March 29, 2001


Butte College announced it has hired two new employees this week, Doug Cremer II and Lestor Jauron. Cremer, a graduate of Ohio State University, started March 1 as the college’s director of Facilities Planning and Management. He retired from the Navy in 1994, after more than 20 years of service. His last assignment as a service man was as the commanding officer of the USS Baton Rouge, a fast-attack nuclear submarine. His duties at Butte College will include the planning, development and management of all facilities operations there. Jaroun, the new director of Information Systems and Institutional Research, will start his job May 1. He’ll arrive from Germany, where he’s currently the deputy chief of morale welfare and recreation for the Army’s troops in Europe. He is second-in-command of a division that supports 178,000 soldiers, civilians and families assigned to Europe.

California First Lady Sharon Davis awarded Pleasant Valley High School senior Manisha Bahl the “Outstanding Young Scientist” award March 20. She was one of three semi-finalists who competed in a statewide high school science competition held in Sacramento, in which more than 6,500 students applied to compete. Bahl won the award, which comes with a $1,000 scholarship, for her experiment in testing the effectiveness of blood sera from ground squirrels in inhibiting the properties of rattlesnake venom. This isn’t the first time Bahl has been in the competition—she was an Outstanding Young Scientist runner-up last year, when she entered with a project analyzing environmental factors along Big Chico Creek.

Chico State’s debate team took home second place in the Novice National Debate Tournament March 11. Team members Monica Julian and Zach Justus advanced to the tournament’s championship round, where they defeated top-ranked teams from the United States Military Academy, Cornell University and the University of Vermont. The competition was held at Towson University in Baltimore, Md.


Governor Gray Davis appointed Burton Bundy, a Red Bluff resident, to the state Reclamation Board. It will be Bundy’s second term; he was first appointed in July 1998. Bundy is the manager of the Sacramento River Conservation Area and a former Tehama County supervisor. He also owns and operates Bundy’s Catfish, a Los Molinos ranch that produces market fish. The state Reclamation Board acts as a liaison between the state and the federal governments and property owners affected by flood-control-management efforts.


Anne Butterfield Kerns recently accepted the position of development director at KIXE, Channel 9. While she’s new to the station, she’s not new to public television. Kerns spent several years working for KNPB, the public broadcasting station in Reno. Her most recent position was as a development officer for the National Judicial College in Reno, where she was primarily responsible for grant writing and major gift fundraising.

Sierra Central Credit Union CEO John Cassidy plans to start co-hosting “Pro-Hoop Roundtable,” a weekly sports program highlighting basketball. Joining Cassidy as weekly hosts will be Harold Pressley, a former Sacramento King, and Scott March, a sports radio personality. Sports star guests will round out the discussions. The program will air on KHSL, Channel 12, Sundays at 4:30 p.m.