Bert Manual of Yuba City traveled last month to Illinois to attend a Rice Leadership Class hosted by the USA Rice Federation. He was among seven growers nationwide to participate in various sessions about growing rice, milling, promotion and marketing. They also met with executives from the John Deere Company and members of the Chicago Board of Trade.

A Chico State agriculture major is among only six students systemwide to be awarded the 2001 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement, a $3,000 scholarship based on need, scholastic achievement and personal accomplishments.

Patricia Cotter of Corning is a junior who has paired a minor in women’s studies with her ag major. A CSU press release stated, “She has confronted many personal challenges on her path to higher education, including homelessness, widowhood, special needs children, and her own visual disability. Cotter continues to serve the community by working as a mentor with the 4-H, Future Farmers of America, and Boys and Girls Clubs.”

Law enforcement

Sergeant Linda Dye of the Chico Police Department was chosen to speak at the State Capitol July 11 as part of the California Conservation Corps’ 25th anniversary event. She had herself served in the corps and later became a firefighter and then joined the Chico PD. Her success illustrated what CCC organizers hope for their alumni.


Chapman Elementary School has received a $400,000 Reading Excellence grant. The grant will be used for developing a program to enhance reading instruction for the students among other literacy and reading programs. Only 52 districts in California received such awards.


The Sixth Annual Microbrew Festival held June 9 at Manzanita Place raised more than $22,000 that will be used to support various Soroptimist charities in the community. Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho is a professional businesswomen’s organization that helps the community though service.

Chico State University’s Student Health Services announced that it has donated $10,000 toward the university’s anti-alcohol effort.

The money was sent to the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC), which will funnel it into its existing programs combating alcohol and drug abuse among students. Recently, the CSU Trustees adopted a system-wide platform against alcohol abuse—especially binge drinking—in the wake of the death of Chico State Freshman Adrian Heideman and two CSU students from Southern California.