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25 YEARS AGO
Still no comments on Bidwell Park burns
How will Chicoans feel about their emerald treasure of Bidwell Park, when the first prescribed burn sends smoke swirling through their neighborhoods and leaves blacken areas amidst the green? That weighs on Bidwell Park Ranger Bob Donohue’s mind, but he knows the burns will be a blessing.
Prescribed burns were proposed to eradicate vegetation that built up after years without fires. It will benefit  plants and wildlife in the area, says Donohue. Acres of upper and lower parkland will be torched to decrease  fire danger. Burning will go from early April and end before Memorial Day.
“I’m hoping we do have concerns voiced. I … have an answer for every valid concern,” said Donohue, before a second public hearing held Saturday. No public members showed up.
“It’s my assumption that we’re not going to hear anything until the smoke hits the air,” said Donohue. …
— Chico Enterprise-Record, March 20, 1994
50 YEARS AGO
Dam Offered for $1, But Nobody Wants It
OROVILLE – Want to buy a dam for $1? There’s one across the Feather River just below Oroville that can be bought for that price. It was offered to the Butte County Board of Supervisors by PG&E last night and turned down.
The company’s obsolete Western Canal Dam, which many want but nobody wants to pay for, was discussed. It will cost about a quarter of a million dollars to fix and $2,000 or so yearly to maintain. The dam has been discussed and argued about for over six years. Demolition was to start today.
The board last night endorsed a City of Oroville resolution for a 30-day extension pending a $2,500 study by paid consultants of costs for rebuilding and maintenance. The city approved the study. Supervisor Jere Reynolds of Biggs suggested last night that the request for extension be made directly to company President S.L. Sibley. … Meanwhile crews were standing by ready to begin demolition of the leaky, low-level structure unless ordered otherwise.
The dam, operated by PG&E, once diverted irrigation water into the Western Canal for the Richvale Area. Water is drawn from the Thermalito Afterbay, which bypasses the old outlet structure. The pool behind the dam was a popular recreation sport for water skiers, bathers and speedboat races. With reduction of the river flow, the pool virtually disappeared because of the leaky Western Canal Dam.
— Chico Enterprise-Record, March 19, 1969
75 YEARS AGO
Sugar Stamps Extended to Ease Peak Buying
Sugar Stamp 30 in War Ration Book 4, scheduled to expire March 31, and Sugar Stamp 31, which becomes valid on April 1, will be good indefinitely for five pounds of sugar, the Office of Price Administration has announced.
Removal of the expiration date will encourage consumers to buy sugar as it is needed, OPA said, and should relieve the heavy demand on retailers which has often come at the end of each ration period.
The consumer ration may eventually have to be cut depending on the shipping situation in coming months and the rate of consumer buying. The five pound value of stamps 30 and 31 will not be reduced, however. Sugar stamp 40, valid for five pounds of sugar for canning purposes, expires Feb. 28, 1945.
Industrial sugar users were recently cut back from 80 per cent to 70 per cent of their 1941 use to bring consumption within the civilian allocation allowed by the War Food Administration. Manufacturers of drugs and medicines, bakers and manufacturers of cereal products were excepted.
— Chico Daily Enterprise, March 20, 1944
100 YEARS AGO
Oil Saturated Sawdust Will Be Used To Fight Mosquitoes In Rice
Following a study into rice conditions in Butte county, Maj. J.C. Geiger, detailed from Washington to combat malaria in rice fields, announced some details of the plan and asked the co-operation of Butte county residents.
Oil-saturated sawdust will be broadcast at regular intervals to secure uniform distribution on the waters’ surface in a thick film that will not injure the rice.
The flying strength of the California mosquito will be tested so its flight may be checked. About four thousand females and one thousand male mosquitoes, to be caught in special nets, will be transferred to containers made from lantern globes, the open ends being covered with bobinet. Brilliantly colored satin, red or blue, is sprayed through the bobinet and paints the mosquitoes so they are easily recognized when recaptured. …
Spreading oil on the waters’ surface in rice fields presented great difficulties. Many methods of oil distribution were unsatisfactory because whenever much oil came in contact with rice the stalks were “climbed” and discolored and some killed. The use of oil-saturated sawdust solved the problem. …
— Chico Daily Enterprise, March 24, 1919

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