Highlights and Sticky Notes:After viewing the provocative and unbalanced video that KHSL posted on its website about the same meeting, I am writing in appreciation of your more balanced reporting of the proceedings of the Board of Supervisors on April 8.
Out of the 12 to 15 well-informed, well-spoken and rational speakers, reporter Brian Johnson or his editor chose to focus on the inflammatory and heated comments of Dan Levine (who is not a part of Frack-Free Butte County). Mr. Johnson’s choice to link Mr. Levine’s threat that frackers will be met with “armed resistance” to the proposal to ban fracking that was put before the board hurt all of us at Frack-Free Butte County.
What Mr. Levine chooses to do is his business, but irrational threats and fear tactics are not what Frack-Free Butte County is about. We believe in the ballot box and verifiable facts. In my opinion, the KHSL piece was nothing more than pro-fracking propaganda. The residents of this beautiful county deserve better. Thanks again for covering this historic meeting and reporting it intelligently.
OrovilleI have appreciated the recent articles during the past two issues of the CN&R exposing the multiple threats to our water caused by water use and misuse in the Central Valley.
Twice as much groundwater is being consumed than water is being returned by rain and snow. Most alarmingly, little is being done to control and protect this essential resource. As groundwater goes down, the tree roots may not be able to reach it and Chico’s canopy of beloved trees would die. With time, the land can subside, as in sink! Yes, dead trees and sinking ground.
We need to conserve water, more than just turning off water when brushing our teeth. Massive amounts of water being exported for profit to huge agribusiness in the southern desert, where no one should be growing water-intensive crops, needs to be stopped. Once that is under control, we need to put into place local conservation efforts for all citizens and businesses.
AquAlliance is the group prepared, willing and able to protect the groundwater of this valley. We must support them with our dollars so they can work on legal defenses both in and out of court. Please contact them at www.aqualliance.net.
ChicoThe prospect of the bleak economic situation in this city forcing the Chico Creek Nature Center closed is truly disturbing. I’m a recently returned daughter of Chico, living the past 13 years in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, but finding the draw of Chico’s parks and streams undeniable once I became a mother.
Imagine my surprise upon relocating my family here, to find parks (among other beloved Chico institutions) going under the knife due to government mismanagement of the city budget. Just as the Nature Center was part of my childhood, my daughter now enjoys a weekly visit herself: talking to the birds, getting up close with the rabbit and tortoise, learning the movement of snakes, feeding goats by hand, investigating the native gardens, and learning from the staff. It is such a great resource!
As a mother and native Chicoan, I enjoy all of Chico’s parks, but because I have a physical disability and am a single-income family, the Nature Center is uniquely precious to me: It is an affordable, accessible, child-friendly, educational public space. I hope the Chico City Council understands the value of this place and prioritizes funding to the Chico Creek Nature Center.
Olivia SchmidtTags: fracking, chico, nature centerby: rdifalco