Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LaMalfa to discuss legislation in north state town halls

From the north state's Rep. Doug LaMalfa:
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) announced that he will be holding community coffee events in both Corning and Ord Bend next Thursday, July 28th. Constituents are invited to join Rep. LaMalfa and his staff to discuss his work in Congress, federal legislation and other issues affecting the North State.

Corning Event

What: Corning Community Coffee
When: Thursday, July 28th, 2016 from 8:00am-9:30am
Where: Corning Veterans Memorial Hall, 1620 Solano Street, Corning, CA, 96021

Ord Bend Event

What: Ord Bend Community Coffee
When: Thursday, July 28th, 2016 from 11:00am-12:30pm
Where: Ord Bend Community Hall, 3241 State HWY 45, Glenn, CA 95943

For more information, please contact Rep. LaMalfa’s Oroville office at (530) 534-7100.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Agencies push water project funding at Redding 'fair'

Today more than a half-dozen state and federal resource agencies made presentations to north state officials on how to get grants and loans for their needed local water projects.

Rural communities struggling with failing wells, poor water quality and other drought-related problems have lots of opportunities to fund new projects, agency representatives said during a meeting at the Redding Library.

The State Water Resources Control Board and six other state and federal agencies are urging local leaders to seek grants and loans for projects related to drinking water, wastewater, water quality, water supply, energy and water use efficiency and flood control.

About 40 mostly rural officials gathered in a library meeting room on July 26 to hear presentations from agencies including USDA Rural Development, which offers project funding for tiny communities that lack adequate water and wastewater services.

"It's very important" that small communities learn what funding is available so they can solve some of California's most pressing water needs, USDA community program specialist Dave Hartwell said in an interview. "What I find traveling around is people say, 'USDA? Why are you here?' This gives us an opportunity ... to get the word out about our programs."

In the photo, Weed city administrator Ron Stock and others listen to one of the presentations.

For my complete story, check soon.

For some teens, being in 4-H is 'like home'

Maddie Coburn, 18, has been raising animals and bringing them to her local fair for years.

But while many students move to FFA when they become teen-agers, Coburn stayed in 4-H. The charter school she was attending didn't have its own FFA program, as many public high schools do.

"4-H provides for any age," Coburn, a Happy Valley, Calif., resident, said while tending to her pigs at the Shasta District Fair in June.

Coburn is one of several students in Happy Valley 4-H that remained into their high school years. While FFA is incorporated into high school curricula and offers access to scholarships and other incentives, some youngsters prefer to stay in 4-H for various reasons.

In the photo, Happy Valley 4-H members (from left) Matthew Bybee, Bethany Chambers, Maddie Coburn and Cody Williams stand behind the swine barn at the fairgrounds in Anderson.

Look for my full story within the 4-H ad display on Page A11 in this week's print edition of the Capital Press. To view the paper online, click here (subscription required).

Monday, July 25, 2016

Widespread triple-digit heat to linger this week

Here is the outlook from the National Weather Service:
Moderate risk for heat-related illness for sensitive groups, locally high for most groups.

Forecast Confidence
High for multiple days of triple digit heat

Timing and Strength
Tuesday - Friday: widespread Valley highs between 100-111 degrees
Near Record heat is possible Wed and Thu.

Weather Summary
High pressure will strengthen over the region early this week. This will bring seasonably hot temperatures, with widespread highs around 105 degrees Tuesday through Thursday. The north end of the valley will have temperatures near 110 degrees during this time period. Temperatures will remain hot on Friday but start to trend downward slightly with temperatures returning to normal over next weekend.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Redding meeting to vet proposed water projects

Top state water officials will hold a meeting in Redding on Tuesday morning to take questions from proponents of water-infrastructure projects that are vying for state funding, including money from Proposition 1.

From a news release:
The State Water Resources Control Board, along with six partner agencies, will host a free California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) Funding Fair Tuesday, July 26, in Redding.

The CFCC Funding Fair is an excellent opportunity for public works and local government representatives to obtain information on funding currently available for infrastructure projects. Project categories include, but are not limited to: drinking water; wastewater; water quality; water supply; water conservation; water use efficiency; energy efficiency; and flood management. Some of the participating agencies also fund other types of infrastructure projects, such as streets and highways, emergency response vehicles, solid waste and community facilities.

The fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shasta Public Libraries’ Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding, 96001.

The CFCC was formed in 1998 and is made up of seven funding members: The State Water Board; California Department of Water Resources; California Department of Housing and Community Development; U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development; U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation; California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank; and CalRecycle.

CFCC members facilitate and expedite the completion of various types of infrastructure projects by helping customers combine the resources of different agencies. Since 2000, CFCC members have conducted free funding fairs statewide to educate the public about available financial and technical resources.

These fairs provide one-stop shopping for those looking for infrastructure funding in California. Each of the listed agencies will provide information on their available infrastructure grant, loan and bond financing programs, including funding available from the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1). Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to speak directly with program staff about specific projects and issues affecting their community.

The schedule for the funding fair is as follows:

Check-in: 8-8:30 a.m.
Agency presentations: 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Project discussion with agencies: noon-2 p.m.

The Redding funding fair is one of six to be held throughout the state in 2016. The schedule and registration is available at the CFCC website.
For our coverage of the meeting, keep watch at next week.

Friday, July 15, 2016

FFA allows ag mechanics students to shine

Raising livestock isn't the only way that high school students in FFA prepare for entering their local fairs.

At the Shasta District Fair in June, dozens of tables, chairs, gardening equipment and other shop-class creations were displayed next to the livestock show arena.

Dustin McNeely, who will enter Shasta College's agricultural mechanics program in the fall, won a Best of Show for the garden cart he spent nearly the full school year working on in his high school wood shop class.

While the 19-year-old McNeely also brought a market hog to the fair, he likes the ag mechanics competition "because it gives you a chance to get in front of the public and show them what you can do and make a little extra money on the side," he said.

For more on this, see my story within the FFA ad display on page A13 of today's print edition of the Capital Press. To view the paper online, click here (subscription required).