Fire In Upper Bidwell Park

On Friday, July 13th, giant helicopters hovered over the man-made lake at California Park in Chico drawing up water to help douse the fire in Upper Bidwell Park.

Helicopter returning to California Park lake for more water.


Helicopter drawing up water.


Smoke from the fire is visible above California Park.

As of Sunday, July 15th, the fire in Upper Bidwell Park was 70% contained. All park roads and access to Middle and Upper Bidwell Park were still closed.

Five Mile Recreation Area, Bidwell Park.

The “No Man” and the Tea Party Candidate

Hey Butte County Supervisor District 2 people – don’t forget Larry Wahl voted “no” to banning fracking in Butte County. It’s time for the “No Man” to go.

Larry Wahl voted to not ban fracking in Butte County

But District 2 voters have another choice, they can vote for DEBRA LUCERO. She promises to collaborate, not argue. She can say yes as well as no. Lucero says, “We need leaders who are energetic problem solvers who will seek common ground with political colleagues. We need more collaboration to serve the people of Butte County in an effective and fiscally responsible way.

Debra Lucero, see her website at

Once a Tea Party candidate, always a Tea Party candidate. Bob Evans may have slimmed down a bit and is, in general, a nice guy, but he’s still the same old conservative Republican he once was when he spoke at the Chico Tea Party rally in 2010. Now he’s running for Butte County Supervisor, District 3. At the League of Women Voters forum he said his top priority is “public safety” and like most conservative Republicans these days that’s a euphemism for more cops, or in this case, more sheriffs.

Bob Evans at Tea Party Rally, 2010, Chico city plaza.

In contrast, Tami Ritter, also a candidate for District 3, in the wake of the Oroville Dam scare, spoke of how important it is for public safety to have an official Butte County “Disaster Plan.” Ritter has been endorsed by the popular and retiring current District 3 Supervisor, Maureen Kirk. Ritter’s website says she has “served as an Associate Board member for Community Housing Improvement Program for the past 17 years. She is an avid supporter of the Butte Environmental Council, AquAlliance, Crisis Care Advocacy & Triage, Chico Peace and Justice Center, NSPR, Friends of the Library, and the Chico Housing Action Team. In her spare time, Tami also volunteers for the nonprofit she co-founded, Circles of Justice, teaching Restorative Practices to educators, administrators, teachers, and parents.”

Tami Ritter at the LWV forum, 2018.

Tami Ritter, at the student lead “March 4 Our Lives, 2018.”