Barbara Reed, a farm adviser serving Colusa, Glenn and Tehama counties as part of the University of California Cooperative Extension, took on new responsibilities May 1. She will serve as “county director” for Glenn County, taking some of the workload off of Horticulture Adviser Bill Krueger, who had been director since 1996. Reed continues to oversee dairy issues but has reassigned irrigated forage programming to Jerry Schmierer of Colusa County Cooperative Extension.
Jerry Louie of Chico was elected in late April to serve as a member of the board for the 12,000-member National Cutting Horse Association. Louie will serve three years starting in June, and there he will help “broaden and strengthen the sport of cutting worldwide.” Louie raises cutting horses and competes in shows.
Jon Gregory, president and chief executive officer of the Chico-based Golden State Capital Network, will be a guest speaker at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration National Forum to be held May 30 in Washington, D.C. Gregory, who felt honored by the invitation, will be on a panel discussing the idea of “Maximizing Partnerships.”
The Chico veterans’ clinic has moved. The Department of Veteran Affairs announced the move April 18, and by the 23rd, the Chico VA Outpatient Clinic was located in a new, 6,300-square-foot facility at 280 Cohasset Road. The Chico Vet Center at 25 Main St., Suite 100, continues to provide counseling and will make the move later.
Several Chico sixth-graders were presented April 24 with an award for local environmental activism. Representatives from Kids Making a Connection (KMAC), including student Mary Bayham and sponsor John Sweet, traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the Presidential Environmental Youth Award from George W. Bush. Rep. Wally Herger, R-Marysville, was on hand and commended the students for their project, which told a true, educational story of a Chico family affected by carbon monoxide.
Bacio Catering will see a change in ownership this month as Amanda Leveroni becomes the 12-year-old business’ sole proprietor. Her business partner, Brian McCloud, is leaving “to pursue artistic interests in Southern California,” said Leveroni, who has hired Geoff Anderson from Kauai as executive chef. Anderson comes with 25 years of experience in the industry. Bacio Catering also manages the Lakeside Pavilion for the Church of Religious Science.
Seven Chico State University graduates, representing each of the colleges, were honored at an April 27 "outstanding alumni" banquet as part of Founder’s Week. They were: Ed Anderson, a successful engineer; Craig Young, vice chair and director of AT&T; Michael Jones, an executive at Microchip Technology, Inc.; Matt Olmstead, a Hollywood producer and scriptwriter; James A. Young, a range scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Michael Strand, co-owner of a software company; and Wayne S. Wooden, an author specializing in youth culture.