Alan Chamberlain

Alan Chamberlain

photo by Tom Angel

Venture capital

Alan Chamberlain has joined the Golden State Capital Network as sales and marketing director.

He will increase awareness of the network, which matches startup businesses with investors, and enroll sponsors, exhibitors and participants in its activities.

“This is the job I’ve been preparing for all my life,” Chamberlain said.

Meanwhile, he is pushing for investment in the local telecommunications infrastructure and serving with a group that will draft the telecommunications element of Chico’s General Plan.

Chamberlain is most recently worked as a private consultant. He will continue with his music production studio, Single Malt Studios.


Chico High School’s principal, Roger Williams, has been honored by the state for his contributions to agricultural education. The Agricultural Education Department of the California Department of Education named Williams the Star Administrator in the North Valley Section.


Amanda Coggins

After three decades of service to the Butte County Library, Ellen Gamon has retired. Her contributions began in March 1971, when she was hired as a library clerk. In the years since, she rose to become supervisor of the Technical Services Division of the Butte County Library. There, Gamon was responsible for supervising the cataloging of library materials.

The Butte County Board of Supervisors offered her special recognition. But Gamon’s retirement doesn’t spell the end to her service. She intends to keep on actively volunteering as extra help.


SkyWest, which flies passengers to and from Chico for United Express, has announced a further reduction in the number of flights in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

SkyWest went from six flights a day to five, and now, as of Oct. 31, will have only four flights: those departing Chico at 7:58 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 2:55 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. Other small cities also lost service, and Steven Hart, SkyWest’s vice president for market development, suggested in a press release that flights could return as the market improves.


The Almond Board of California has unveiled the new design of its Web site at In addition to statistical records and news for growers, the site now includes a tool called the Position Report Calculator to compare data across crop years.


A Chico 13-year-old is among those competing for the title of Miss Junior Teen Sacramento. Amanda Coggins was selected to take part in the Nov. 4 competition, in which more than $20,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded. Personality and interviewing skills are among the areas in which the girls will be judged.

Coggins, who is sponsored by several local businesses, organizations and individuals, attends Hank Marsh Junior High and is in the eighth grade.

The winner will go on to compete at the Cities of America National Competition in Orlando, Fla.