Debbie Cobb

Debbie Cobb


“The great thing about working in news in the fact that every day is different,” stated Debbie Cobb, one of two people recently promoted at KHSL-TV and KNVN-TV. Cobb was named managing editor and Scott Howard was appointed to the position of news director. Tony Kierman, general manager of both stations, said, “We are confident that Scott’s and Debbie’s experience and talents will allow both our news departments to bring the best possible news and information to the North Valley.”

Cobb has covered the news in Chico for 18 years, while Howard rose to the top after working on newspapers before being hired at KNVN in 1998.

The Chico News & Review has seen some changing faces in its advertising department.

Bob Rounsaville left early this month after 18 months with the paper. The University of California at Davis graduate is now a sales representative for the Pacific Bell Yellow Pages, where he will sell ads to business owners in Butte, Tehama and Glenn counties.

Taking over Rounsaville’s accounts at the News & Review is Maury Ledoyen. He most recently worked in sales and marketing for the Tuscan Ridge Golf Club. Ledoyen is a graduate of Chico State University who has lived here for seven years.

Also joining the ad staff is Jill MacCartney, who came on board in August. She arrived from In Motion Fitness, where she was member services director and then corporate sales assistant director. She went to school in Illinois and moved here four years ago.

Public service

Anastacia Snyder has been named the new executive director of Catalyst Women’s Advocates, which helps victims of domestic violence. Snyder, who has worked with the agency since 1996, took on the director role on July 1. She is in charge of the operation of the agency, including education and prevention programs, teen relations, staff training and media outreach.

Snyder has lived in Butte County for 12 years, having graduated from St. Mary’s College.


American Taxi has expanded its fleet with the addition of several new taxis, including more than 20 Ford Crown Victorias, two Chevrolet Astro Vans and two Chevrolet Caprices that have been converted into taxicabs.

They will be a little darker than the familiar blue vehicles, which will be retired or donated to nonprofits like the Chico Peace and Justice Center and Computer Head Starter.

Meanwhile, the company has moved its home base from Humboldt Avenue to 333-D Highway 32. And owner Hubert Beaver is opening Ninth Street Auto Sales, which will operate in conjunction with American Taxi.


Chico State instructor Rick Sheridan has created an award-winning Web site for a health and community services class he taught. Sheridan has been awarded two different Web page design awards for his site.


Nearly $54,000 was raised during the August membership drive for KIXE-TV, the Northstate’s public television station. During the drive, 130 volunteers sacrificed more than 390 hours. The result: 4,403 more dollars were donated than last year. A considerable contributor to the success of the drive was the "Northstate Quilts 2001" show, which featured two of Daniel Boone’s granddaughters’ quilts.