Chico man sentenced for break-in that led to Corning stabbing conviction

By Ryan Olson, Chico Enterprise-Record

A Chico man was sentenced to state prison Tuesday for a break-in that led to his conviction for a June 3 stabbing in Corning.  James Lee Stadler, 37, was sentenced in Butte County Superior Court to 20 months for second-degree commercial burglary and a prior prison term.  As part of a plea agreement, he was sentenced to state prison following his guilty plea to attempted murder with a special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury.  Because Stadler has a prior strike under the state’s three-strikes law, his attempted murder sentence was doubled and he received a five-year sentencing enhancement for a total of 18 years in the Tehama case.  Stadler was arrested June 13 during an attempt to burglarize the Paradise Elks Lodge, according to an Enterprise-Record article at the time. He was found hiding in an exterior alcove of the lodge.  While in custody for that offense, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department obtained an arrest warrant for Stadler for a June 3 incident where he stabbed a 45-year-old Corning woman.  In that incident, Ashley Rodarthe was in a house behind the former Richfield Tavern on Highway 99W when Stadler stabbed her in the throat with a knife. Stadler and another man fled while Rodarthe went to the front of the business where a passing driver called 9-1-1.  Rodarthe was taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, where she was treated and released after nine days.

The defendant was given 224 days in custody credits and he appeared to be eligible for 14 more. Due to the serious nature of his offense, Stadler must serve 85 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.



Man changes plea for 2013 shooting outside Gridley

By Ryan Olson, Chico Enterprise-Record

A man has changed his plea for a double shooting southeast of Gridley in September 2013.

As part of a plea agreement, defendant Garrett Richard Rudd pleaded no contest to two felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm. He also admitted the special allegations of firearm use and inflicting great bodily injury.

Under the agreement, both sides agreed Rudd would be placed on probation when he is sentenced March 3. His probation terms will include one year in Butte County Jail.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rudd following calls of a shooting on the evening of Sept. 27, 2013, according to reports at the time.

The Sheriff’s Office stated an initial 9-1-1 caller reported he shot someone in self-defense. Another caller phoned shortly after that and reported he and another man had been shot.

Two injured men were found on the 800 block of Alexander Avenue north of East Evans Reimer Road.

Deputies arrested Rudd on River Avenue. Officers reportedly found a weapon and ammunition in the defendant’s vehicle.

One of the victims had attempted to run Rudd off the road about 45 minutes before the shooting. The defendant remains out of custody on bail with conditions.



Interest groups sponsor inaugural festivities for California politicians


After taking their oaths of office Monday, eight California leaders celebrated new beginnings with festivities paid, in large part, by interest groups that do business with the state.

Labor unions, law firms, Indian tribes, large corporations and wealthy individuals donated tens of thousands of dollars for swanky parties hosted by Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Treasurer John Chiang. Controller Betty Yee, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who raised money from many of the same groups during their runs for office, used leftover campaign funds for their inauguration events.

The celebrations ranged from an office reception with a roasted pig gifted by a supporter to grand productions featuring color guards, choruses and hundreds of guests. Here’s a run-down, provided by campaign and government representatives, of how much California’s constitutional officers spent on their inaugural celebrations – and where the money came from.

Gov. Jerry Brown: about $75,000

Brown celebrated his historic fourth term as governor Monday with at least three events: a private reception in his office, a party at the California State Railroad Museum that was closed to the press and an afternoon barbeque on the lawn outside the Capitol, where politicians lined up alongside homeless people for hotdogs and union boss Art Pulaski mingled with billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer. The Orange County Employees Association paid for the barbeque that featured a performance by a live mariachi band. The evening reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres at the railroad museum cost roughly $75,000 and was paid for with donations left over in Brown’s 2011 inaugural account. For his inauguration four years ago, Brown raised more than $400,000 from private donors – including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; the Peace Officers Research Association of California; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the Sycuan, Morongo and Pechanga Indian tribes.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom: about $23,500 but there may be more…

Newsom raised $50,000 in December into a host committee that paid for his inaugural events. The largest chunk of money ($15,000) came from the Entertainment Software Association, with smaller sums donated by a handful of labor unions and individual supporters. Newsom took the oath Monday in an intimate ceremony surrounded by family, with his wife juggling a toddler in one arm and a Bible in the other. Afterward, he held a reception in his Capitol office where a well-wisher from San Francisco arrived with a whole roasted pig. Newsom spent $3,300 to have the event catered by Plates Café and Catering, a program that provides job training to formerly homeless mothers in Sacramento. On Tuesday, he held a $20,000 swearing-in party at a YouTube video production studio in Los Angeles.

Attorney General Kamala Harris: about $85,000

Interest groups and a handful of individual supporters gave $127,500 to a nonprofit committee to pay for two inaugural celebrations for Harris. On Monday, a party for about 600 guests at the Crocker Art Museum. Another is scheduled for this weekend in Los Angeles. The money came largely from labor unions representing law enforcement, tradesmen, and health care workers. Leaders in the tech and entertainment industries – including Silicon Valley investor Ronald Conway and television producer Charles Lorre – also donated to put on the events.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla: more than $6,000

Padilla’s inauguration was paid for by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, a nonprofit that promotes Latino participation in politics, of which Padilla is president.

Controller Betty Yee: under $23,000

Yee hosted a huge welcome to her first term in statewide office, with guests filling two overflow rooms during her swearing-in at the Crocker Art Museum. The event, which included catering and performances by the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, was paid for with leftover campaign funds, though the final cost had not yet been determined.

Treasurer John Chiang: $23,060

Blue Shield of California, the United Nurses Association of California and developer Bill Witte were major sponsors of Chiang’s lavish inauguration at the Crocker Art Museum Historic Ballroom, which included drinks, flower displays, a photo booth and chocolate coin favor bags. AT&T, several local and national law firms, and unions representing public employees, firefighters, school workers, plumbers and law enforcement also helped pay for the event.

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones: about $15,500

Jones jumped right into his second term, issuing an emergency regulation during his swearing-in at the Tsakopolous Library Galleria. Leftover campaign funds covered the venue, catering, a sign language interpreter and a photographer. The emergency regulation established tougher standards for the availability of doctors in medical provider networks

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson: about $11,500

Torlakson took his oath, and called for extending Proposition 30’s temporary tax increases, during a reception in the lobby of the Department of Education. Leftover campaign funds paid for about $6,500 of catering and invitations for the event, as well as a second celebration next Friday in Los Angeles at a cost of no more than $5,000. Torlakson was re-elected following a contentious and tightly contested campaign that saw the California Teachers Association spend millions on his behalf through independent expenditures.



Federal judge blocks California’s ban on foie gras


Foie gras can go back on the menu in California after a federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state’s ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver.

U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson permanently blocked the state attorney general from enforcing part of the foie gras ban that took effect in 2012, finding that the federal government’s authority to regulate poultry products supersedes the state law.

Chefs cheered the return of the delicacy and animal-rights groups blasted the practice of fattening the birds as cruel and inhumane. Opponents of the dish urged Attorney General Kamala Harris to appeal the decision, though her office had no immediate comment.

State lawmakers voted in 2004 to bar California farmers from force-feeding birds with a tube, which is how foie gras is produced. That part of the law, which was phased in over seven years, was not challenged.

Foie gras farmers in Canada and New York and a Hermosa Beach restaurant successfully targeted a second part of the law that banned the delicacy produced out of state from being served in restaurants or sold in markets.

The judge had previously rejected foie gras supporters’ claims that California couldn’t impose its regulations beyond state borders, and an appeals court upheld that ruling.

But the lawsuit was amended to say state law was pre-empted by the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act. That law prevents states from imposing labeling, packaging or ingredient requirements different from federal standards.

The main question was whether the state was imposing its ban on an ingredient or a process. The judge rejected the state’s argument that the law was aimed at barring products created by a particular process.

Animal rights groups that fought to the get the law passed and displayed photos of bloated ducks and geese with pipes shoved down their throats called the ruling misguided, a miscarriage of justice and absurd.

Chicago passed a similar ban on the delicacy but later repealed it. The ruling came early enough in the day that producers could ship foie gras to restaurants overnight, said attorney Michael Tenenbaum, who represented the farmers and Chaney.

It is expected on menus Today.



Charlie Hebdo to Print 1 Million Copies

Charlie Hebdo magazine will publish 1 million copies next Wednesday instead of its usual 60,000. The paper will publish after its editor-in-chief, four cartoonists, and others were killed to show that “stupidity will not win,” said columnnist Patrick Pelloux. “It’s very hard. We are all suffering, with grief, with fear, but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win,” he said. The paper will be eight pages long instead of its usual 16.



Butte County Launches New Mental Health Initiative

Originally posted at HealthyCal.

By Lynn Graebner.

When law enforcement and people experiencing a mental health crisis intersect, it’s often not clear to either of them what they are dealing with or how to proceed. A new program in Butte County seeks to make those encounters safer for everyone.

The Butte County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and local law enforcement are offering cards to consumers of mental health services that can contain any information the consumer feels would be important for a first responder to have. That may include their diagnosis, emotional triggers and emergency contacts.  The back of the card carries the emblems of local law enforcement agencies that support it.

“It invites the officer to step out of an enforcement mode and into a public service mode,” said Andy Duch, a captain at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.  “When mentally ill people are approached by law enforcement, just like anyone else, they get incredibly anxious,” said Jason Tate, program manager for the Iversen Wellness and Recovery Center in Chico. “Anxiety and fear can lead to a more challenging time.”  And symptoms of mental illness can appear to police as drug abuse. A manic episode, for instance, can look like methamphetamine use and slurred speech can often be mistaken for drunkenness, Tate said. So a white card explaining unusual behavior may change the interaction with a police officer.  A successful pilot project with cardboard cards was done three years ago. So in April NAMI Butte County started rolling out more substantial plastic ones. Close to 100 have been distributed, said Cathy Gurney, president of NAMI Butte County.  Some leaders in the mental health community fear the cards will increase stigmatization of the mentally ill, painting them as incapable of speaking for themselves or even dangerous.



“Don’t gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don’t go up, don’t buy it.”   —Will Rogers


SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Residents and Businesses affected by the December Winter Storms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California residents and business owners affected by the December winter storms that occurred December 3 – 23, 2014 in Tehama County.  SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Brown on December 31.  The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Tehama County and the neighboring counties of Butte, Glenn, Mendocino, Plumas, Shasta and Trinity.

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster.  “Beginning Wednesday, January 7, SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,”.


SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Red Bluff Community Center

1500 South Jackson Street

Red Bluff, CA  96080

Opens Wednesday, January 7 at 9 am

Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm

Closes Friday, January 16 at 12 pm

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.




The unexpected plunge in gasoline prices has been a boon for many Americans, with a third of U.S. gas stations now selling regular unleaded for less than $2 a gallon. Among those who warn such prices are too good to last: President Barack Obama.

In an interview with David Shepardson of The Detroit News, Obama said “folks should enjoy” lower gas prices, but warned that they would inevitably rise again given demand for oil around the world.

“I would strongly advise American consumers to continue to think about how you save money at the pump because it is good for the environment, it’s good for family pocketbooks and if you go back to old habits and suddenly gas is back at $3.50, you are going to not be real happy.”

Obama’s comments came on the day he’s taking a victory lap for his administration’s bailout of Detroit’s auto industry, visiting a Ford plant in Wayne, Mich., that was retooled to build models like the C-Max Hybrid and Focus Electric thanks in part to low-cost federal loans. That the plant is closed this week because sales of Ford’s hybrids have fallen in the face of low gas prices shows just how much headwind such messages face.

The truth is that while Americans have changed their car-buying habits due to cheap fuel, it hasn’t been by much. The average fuel efficiency of all new vehicles sold in December was 24.1 mpg, a reduction of 0.2 mpg from November and down 0.7 mpg from a high hit in August, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. That’s still 5 mpg better than when UMTRI began tracking such numbers in October 2007, and while Ford’s small cars are struggling, others such as the Honda Fit have seen sales grow.

And Obama can take some credit for that as well: Under the fuel economy rules his administration set in 2009, every new model unveiled today and for the next several years will have to be more efficient than the one it replaces. It’s not the only reason Ford decided to build aluminum-bodied pickups, or Chrysler chose to put a nine-speed automatic transmission in many of its vehicles — but automakers have shown in the past that without such tough rules, fuel economy becomes less of a priority. At the moment, automakers number among those enjoying low gas prices; sales of full-size vehicles and larger SUVs rose greatly in 2014, boosting profits back to near-record levels. Only if they have to keep idling plants like Wayne will the enjoyment wear thin.



State audit questions California judiciary’s administrative spending


Questionable financial and operational decisions by the administration of California’s judicial branch has limited the amount of money available to the courts, a new state audit has found.  The Judicial Council did not adequately oversee the Administrative Office of the Courts in managing the branch budget, according to an audit released Wednesday, allowing for dubious business practices, including generous staff salaries and benefits.   The audit held the Judicial Council, which has policy authority over the judiciary, responsible for not always spending its multibillion budget in the public’s best interest after recession- driven budget cuts that resulted in dozens of courthouse closures and thousands of layoffs.  The report identified $30 million in “questionable compensation and business practices” over a four-year period, plus additional savings if the AOC were to consolidate its operations in a single location.  Among the items it highlighted: average employee salaries of $82,000 and eight office directors who earn more than the governor’s annual $177,467 salary, savings of $7.2 million annually if about 70 contractors and temporary employees were replaced with state employees; and a fleet of 66 vehicles that had not been justified as necessary.

The audit also noted that the AOC had spent about $386 million on behalf of the trial courts over the last four fiscal years using the trial courts’ local appropriations, but a portion of those payments could have come from its own state appropriations instead.    “As a consequence, an indeterminate amount of additional funds might have been available to support the courts,” the report stated.  The audit recommended that the Judicial Council conduct regular reviews of the AOC’s compensation practices and transfer any savings to the trial courts. It also called for the creation of a separate advisory body to bring more transparency to the AOC’s spending and regular sureys to ensure that the administration’s services align with the needs of the courts.  In a response, recently appointed administrative director Martin Hoshino agreed with many of the recommendations, but noted that some were already underway, including efforts to increase the Judicial Council’s oversight.



Senator Jim Nielsen Appointed as Chair of Veterans Affairs; Vice Chair of Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) nominated Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) to serve as Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review.

Passionate in his pursuit to bolster the economy and keep the state’s budget on stable ground, Senator Nielsen will bring his experience and knowledge to the budget process.

“To grow the economy, the Governor and Legislature must refrain from spending,” said Senator Nielsen. “The Governor described the budget surplus as ‘precarious.’ Therefore, it is necessary to confront and address the state’s long term debts in the budget.”  In recognizing his long-standing commitment to California’s veterans, Nielsen was selected to Chair the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.  “It is an honor to be the leading voice for the needs of our veterans; all of whom are deserving of our respect and gratitude for their service,” stated Nielsen.

Senator Nielsen was also asked to serve on the Senate Committees on Health, Appropriations and Joint Budget.



High Speed Train Not Fiscally Practical Says Vice Chair of Senate Budget Committee

The Governor and members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority today held a ceremonial groundbreaking in Fresno. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, cautioned against spending of taxpayers’ dollars on the controversial project.   “Money spent on roads and state highways will be better invested than on a high-speed train that is neither needed nor wanted.  “Rail officials have failed to fulfill their promises regarding funding for this project, ridership estimates, and the actual overall costs for its completion.  “The United States Congress has made it clear that they have no intention of providing federal funding for this project.”

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Vidak: ‘Governor is Driving a Shovel through

the Heart of Our Central Valley’

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) responded with the following statement to the governor “breaking ground” on High-Speed Rail today in Fresno:

Today the governor is ‘breaking ground’ on the debacle known as High-Speed Rail and will unceremoniously drive a shovel through the heart of our Central Valley, destroying families, farms and futures.

To add insult to injury, Californians are already feeling the pain from the governor’s gas tax hike; a tax he plans to use to pay for his multi-billion dollar bauble train set.

Hardworking families should not have to pay more at the pump so they can drive to work and get their kids to school just to finance this High-Speed Rail boondoggle.

In the unlikely event High-Speed Rail ever gets built, most Californians won’t be able to afford the luxury to ride it.

Unfortunately, the governor’s High-Speed Rail project is eerily similar to other major projects engulfed by scandals:

the unnecessary and bankrupting Harrisburg Incinerator;

the lawsuit- and tragedy-ridden ‘Big Dig’ in Boston; and

the budget-busting, loosely-bolted Oakland Bay Bridge.  High-Speed Rail will leave a legacy of debt for California’s future generations.

Vidak introduced Senate Bill 5 to stop the hidden gas tax hike being cited for rising gas prices that began on January 1.

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The federal government is considering whether to list fishers as a threatened species in California because of the harm being done by rat poison and other toxic chemicals used on illegal pot farms on public land.

A cousin of the weasel, California fishers now exist in just two isolated populations – one in the southern Sierra just south of Yosemite and the other on tribal lands in the northern part of the state near the Trinity Alps Wilderness area. The two populations are separated by a 270-mile gap.

In October, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the fisher as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. It recently extended the public comment period on the listing from Jan. 5 to Feb. 5.

Matt Baun, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wild Service, said rat poison being used on illegal pot grows can harm other animals as well. “We’re concerned about rodenticide impacts on the ecosystem, and are very much interested in learning more about the impacts on Northern spotted owl, since owls prey on the same types of animals,” Baun said.

In the Sierra, fishers live at elevations between 2,500 and 7,000 feet. The rugged terrain in the mountain range also makes it an ideal place to grow marijuana undetected.

Biologists ran tests on dead fishers at illegal grow sites this fall. All of the sites were on U.S. Forest Service or National Park Service land. they found that 91percent of dead fishers in the southern Sierra tested positive for at least one rodenticide. Two years ago, 81 percent tested positive.

In the north, in the coastal range near the Trinity Wilderness area, the Hoopa tribe has been monitoring roughly 30 fishers. Within the last two years, six in the group have died from rat poisoning.

They estimate there are 300 to 1,000 fishers left in Northern California. About a third of those are live in the Sierra.

Historically, the secretive fisher species has faced other man-made threats. It almost went extinct in the 1940s due to widespread fur trapping.

Logging has also taken its toll, as fishers prefer to live in old-growth forest habitats. The old trees and snags provide structure for nesting and den construction, as well as protection from predators.

While logging is still an issue for the species, illegal marijuana cultivation threatens fishers most.



Surge In Marijuana Ills Causes Cries For Stricter Control

The number of children treated annually for accidental pot consumption in Colorado has reached double-digits and a drug treatment chain has seen a surge of teens treated for cannabis abuse, a leading U.S. anti-marijuana group said on Monday.

In a report, marijuana legalization foe Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) also pointed to higher-than-average use in the first states to sanction recreational cannabis, Colorado and Washington state, and an increase in burns from butane hash oil production.

“We need a pumping-of-the-brakes on the marijuana industry,” SAM’s president, Kevin Sabet, said in an interview. “When we have hospitalizations and burns and deaths, we need to stop many of these products from being sold.”

The report comes amid rapidly shifting state laws governing marijuana use. Voters in four U.S. states opted to legalize its recreational use, most recently in Oregon and Alaska. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Legalization opponents say Washington state and Colorado have been flooded with dangerous products, from infused candies and concentrates, many far stronger than what might have been smoked in the 1960s.

At least 14 Colorado children ages 3 to 7 were sent to hospitals in the first half of 2014 for accidentally ingesting marijuana products, compared with eight in 2013 and four between 2008 and 2011, SAM said of state data.

In Colorado, teen marijuana abuse treatment at about a dozen Arapahoe House Denver-area facilities increased by 66 percent between 2011 and 2014, SAM cited that group as reporting.

Separately on Monday, Colorado health officials announced a $4 million Internet, television and radio public-education campaign aimed at exposing the dangers of cannabis-infused products and aspects of the law.

Use among people ages 18 and older from 2011-2013 in Colorado and Washington has risen about 3 percentage points, from roughly 16 to 19 percent and from 15 to 18 percent, respectively, SAM said, citing federal data. The national average is about 12 percent.

The University of Colorado observed 17 cases of marijuana-related burns in 2014 and 11 cases in 2013, largely from botched butane hash oil extractions, with one case each in the three years prior, SAM said.

“Trying to draw any conclusions with less than one year of data is irresponsible,” pro-cannabis Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Mason Tvert said.

He said research on pot has drawn conflicting results and has been limited by the federal ban.


a survey finds that Porsche drivers are the least faithful of any  group of car owners, with almost 50 percent of them cheating on their partners… …No surprise there. …Hey, why do you think they call them high PERFORMANCE vehicles? …That’s because most guys don’t even BUY a Porsche unless they’re already LOOKING for some action on the side.



This week in 2010, Charles Manson was caught with a cell phone under his mattress. Manson made calls and sent texts to California, New Jersey, Florida and British Columbia before guards found the contraband phone…

…And they were all toll calls, since he used up all his Friends and Family minutes talking with the voices in his head.


This week in 2013, a Pennsylvania man had an ad running on Craigslist attempting to sell an engagement ring he claimed was once worn “by Satan herself.”…

…”Darling, I’d like you to marry me…here’s a ring once worn by royalty…the Dark Princess…SATAN HERSELF!”

…Ugly breakup? Maybe?!?


NEWS ATTACK! _ The new members of Congress have taken over. [It hasn’t even been a week and already they’ve tossed a sofa into the swimming pool and peed off the balcony.]

SLEEP EATING _ Ever wake up really full and find crumbs in the bed? You might be sleep eating. Sleep researchers say that some of us are “sleep eaters” — people who, while still asleep, raid the fridge. Some sleep eaters even devour stuff like cat food and medicine.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CYCLIST CRASH ‘JOKE’ TWEETER GETS FIRED _ A man who tweeted that he had knocked over a cyclist but could not stop because he was “late for work” has been fired from his job at a brokerage firm in Wales.


  • 8 Jan 2015 HAPPY BIRTHDAY _ Sunday Morning host Charles Osgood is 82. Game-show host Bob Eubanks (The Newlywed Game) is 77. Physicist Stephen Hawking is 73. David Bowie is 68.

*NEWS ATTACK! _ Scientists report that they have discovered yet another earth-like planet, this one being the most like earth ever found. One key difference is that a year there is only 35 days. [Which means that on that planet celebrities actually get to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. ]

*DASH AGAIN TOPS LIST OF WORLD’S BEST DIETS _ Once again the DASH diet took top honors in the annual US News and World Report rankings of diets. DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and which was formulated by the National Institutes of Health, has won top spot every year since 2011.

*WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BARTENDER ACCEPTS WORST COUNTERFEIT $ _ Police in Manchester, England, released a photo of some funny money passed at a bar. The £20 note was accepted by a bartender even though it was made of stapled photocopies of the front and back of a real bill.

*SUPER BOWL ADS ARE 95 PERCENT SOLD OUT _ NBC says that its in-game advertising for the Super Bowl is 95% sold out, with costs to advertisers of $4.4 million to $.4.5 million per 30-second ad. Fox TV charged $4 million last year.

*WHAT THE INTERNET TAUGHT ME _ Thomas Edison taught his second wife Morse code to tap out messages on his arm so they could communicate in secret in front of her parents. Phoner: Does your spouse and you have secret codes, like an ear rub when it’s time to leave a dinner party or something?


NEWS ATTACK! _ Mark Zukerberg has started his own book club, and is challenging his followers to keep up with him as he reads a new book every two weeks. [Yeah, I could keep up with him if he’s referring to comic books.]


TOO MANY OF US DIDN’T TAKE A VACATION DAY IN 2014 _ A new survey reveals that nearly half of Americans didn’t take a single day off in the summer of 2014. And 41% of Americans didn’t take any vacation days in 2014.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE FOLLOW FOOTPRINTS IN SNOW _ Two teens who stole candy at gunpoint were arrested in Chicago on Sunday after police followed their snowy footprints to a nearby hideout.



Neat stuff…



This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.



Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife company. When playing poker it as common to place one of these Buck knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was. When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer. If this person didn’t want to deal he would “pass the buck” to the next player. If that player accepted then “the buck stopped there”.



The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were

expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a “riff” and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.



The Old English word for “spider” was “cob”.



Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.



These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small town along the Mississippi River. Unlike the boat shown in the movie “Showboat” these did not have an engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is “showboating”.



In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in a effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.



Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People would say they “barged in”.



Steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless “hog wash”.



The word “curfew” comes from the French phrase “couvre-feu”, which means “cover the fire”. It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as “curfeu”, which later became the modern “curfew”. In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called-a “curfew”.



As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it is hot. The expression means to get immediate information.


*WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ARRESTED FOR THROWING RAW MEAT _ A woman in Boston bombarded a police station with uncooked breakfast meats. At her court appearance after her arrest the woman said that God told her to “feed the pigs.”


*FEDERAL EMPLOYEES KINDA NOT HAPPY _ Federal workers are increasingly dismayed by what they see as weak leadership across government. A new survey released Tuesday finds employees’ job satisfaction at its lowest point since Congress required the first workplace appraisal 11 years ago. Despite continued positive feedback at some agencies and improving morale at others, just 56.9 percent of employees are happy with their jobs and would recommend their agencies as places to work.



Two beggars are sitting side by side on a street in Rome, Italy.

One has a Cross in front of him; the other one is holding the Star of David.  Many people go by, look at both beggars, but only put money into the hat of the beggar sitting behind the Cross.  The Pope comes by. He stops to watch the throngs of people giving money to the beggar who holds the Cross while none give to the beggar holding the Star of David.  Finally, the Pope approaches the beggar with the Star of David and says: “My poor fellow, don’t you understand? This is a Catholic country; this city is the seat of Catholicism. People aren’t going to give you money if you sit there with a Star of David in front of you, especially when you’re sitting beside a beggar who is holding a Cross. In fact, they would probably give more money to him just out of spite!”  The beggar with the Star of David listened to the Pope, smiled, and turned to the beggar with the Cross and said: “Moishe, would you look who’s trying to teach the Goldstein brothers about marketing!”



7.Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.


8.Law of the Result – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, IT WILL!!!


9.Law of Biomechanics – The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.


10.Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena – At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.


State Wants to Return $20 Million in Undelivered Tax Refunds

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced it is holding more than $20 million in returned state income tax refunds.

This year nearly 47,500 refunds, ranging from $1 to $50,000, were returned by the US Postal Service. Taxpayers who moved after they filed their returns and failed to update their addresses are the main reason refunds are returned.



Death Row Millionaires: IRS Issues Millions in Fake Refunds

Hundreds of thousands of prisoners are filing phony tax refund claims and the IRS is not doing enough to quash the problem.

According to the report, more than 137,000 phony tax returns were filed in 2012 using a prisoner’s Social Security number to the tune of $1 billion. While many of the fake refunds were flagged and prevented by the agency, the IRS issued $70 million in bogus refunds.



Climatologist: 30-Year Cold Spell Strikes Earth

By Clayton B. Reid

With nasty cold fronts thrusting an icy and early winter across the continental U.S. — along with last winter described by USA Today as “one of the snowiest, coldest, most miserable on record” — climatologist John L. Casey thinks the weather pattern is here to stay for decades to come.

In fact, Casey, a former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant, is out with the  provocative book “Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell,” which warns that a radical shift in global climate is underway, and that Al Gore and other environmentalists have it completely wrong.

The earth, he says, is cooling, and cooling fast.

And unless the scientific community and political leaders act soon, cold, dark days are ahead.

Casey says the evidence is clear that the earth is rapidly growing colder because of diminished solar activity.

He says trends indicate we could be headed for colder temperatures similar to those seen in the late 1700s and early 1800s when the sun went into a “solar minimum” — a phenomenon with significantly reduced solar activity, including solar flares and sunspots.

If he’s right, that would be very bad news.

“Dark Winter” posits that a 30-year period of cold has already begun. Frigid temperatures, and food shortages that inevitably result, could lead to riots and chaos.

Casey tells Newsmax, “All you have to do is trust natural cycles, and follow the facts; and that leads you to the inevitable conclusion that the sun controls the climate, and that a new cold era has begun.” Casey is president of the Space and Science Research Corp., an Orlando, Fla., climate research firm.




The San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour presented by Bank of America will continue

its public tour and visit the Community Center in Red Bluff on Friday, January 30, 2015. The 2010, 2012 and

2014 Major League Baseball’s Commissioner’s Trophies, crafted by Tiffany & Co., will be on display to help

celebrate the World Series Champions with devoted Giants fans in Junior Giants communities throughout

northern and central California, Oregon and Nevada, and help raise funds and awareness for the Junior Giants


The viewing of the trophies is free to the public but a voluntary contribution of $2 per person is suggested to

support your local Junior Giants program. This will be the third public trophy tour held in the past five years.

In 2014, the Tehama County Junior Giants programs served approximately 800 children who live in the area. There are five

Junior Giants programs in Tehama County in the communities of Cottonwood, Red Bluff, Los Molinos, Corning,

and Rancho Tehama. Junior Giants is the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, which serves more than 22,000 boys and

girls in 87 underserved communities throughout northern and central California and southern Oregon. It is a free

and non-competitive baseball program that has served as a model for MLB youth initiatives.  The Tehama County Police Activities League’s (PAL’s) first program

was the Junior Giants baseball program which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year! Many of the

program’s participants would not normally have the opportunity or means to play baseball without Junior Giants.

Volunteer coaches are a crucial part of a successful league and are needed for the upcoming 8-week Junior

Giants season that generally begins the middle of June and goes through the beginning of August. To learn

more about volunteer opportunities please contact Kathy Hausman at Tehama County PAL by calling (530) 529-

7950 or via email at khausman@tehamaso.org.