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Guess who’s coming to Oroville?
The Oroville Planning Commission will be tackling a matter before the end of March that could have those who like to dine out in a happy state. The commission will consider whether a restaurant proposed in the Feather River Crossing center on Oro Dam Boulevard should have a drive-thru.
It would be on a pad in the center’s parking lot. That’s the former (and full) Walmart shopping center, by the way.
Being proposed is a Chipotle restaurant, but it seems the issue of a drive-thru is the question mark.
A public hearing on the issue will be held during the March 28 commission meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 1735 Montgomery St. According to the public notice, it looks like the issue comes at the end of the meeting.
Paradise bank now in Chico
If there was a bank that deserves better, it’s Bank of the West. A recount of the Paradise branch for the last few years is a sad, sad story.
Back in December 2017, the Paradise branch was gutted by an early morning fire. I don’t know the cause of it. Energized by resilience, the bank opened a temporary mobile branch in the parking lot of its burned-out location.
Then came the Camp Fire. Need I say more?
So with a nod again to resilience, the bank has come to Chico. It recently took over the old California Water Service mini-building at 1540 The Esplanade, just south of Sixth Avenue.
The branch has been open for a while, but an open house is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What I really like about this situation is the bank’s outlook: “Please join us to celebrate our new Paradise branch location in Chico.”
Do I sense rebuilding? It even has kept a Paradise phone number, 877-8891.
Say hello to manager Kimberly Hutton, who’s been through quite a lot over the past few years.
Employers wanted
Circle April 9 and 10 on your calendar if you’re a business looking for employees. There are two job fairs being hosted by the Alliance for Workforce Development in the foothills.
On April 9, the job fair runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Feather River College Gym in Quincy, and on April 10, it’s from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Graeagle Fire Hall in Graeagle.
Businesses can get more information about participating in the job fair from Valerie Bourque at the alliance by calling 283-1606 or emailing vbourque@ncen.org. Registration closes on April 3.
Those looking for a job might want to note those dates and locations as well.
Duck, duck, chicken
I’m always happy to hear from Book Family Farm, established in 1984. It’s one of the local ag businesses that has found a way to balance the profit and nonprofit worlds, which is not easy.
Book’s is south of Chico, just west of Highway 99 before you hit the Highway 149 overpass. You may also know its herd of “heavy horses.” Its draft horses are legendary, and eye candy for equine lovers.
It’s one of the favorite places around for pumpkin harvesting, but now it’s chicken time. Field trips introduce kids to gathering eggs, feeding chickens (they’re quite friendly) to petting and feeding goats. Cows are on hand, and there are the aforementioned horses.
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