2015 Year in Review (Part 1)

A look back at the headlines and stories we wrote this past year.

Colusa County Officials Sworn In
Newly Elected Colusa County Sheriff, Joe Garofalo was one of four newly elected officials who took the oath of office on Jan. 5, 2015. Newly elected officials included County Superintendent of Schools, Mike West, County Clerk-Recorder Rose Gallo-Vasquez, and County Assessor, Arnold Gross Jr.

Living Well Workshop to aid residents with chronic illness
The Colusa County Health and Human Services provided a six-week workshop to help individuals with lifelong health conditions.

Led Zeppelin Tribute Band
A Led Zeppelin Tribute Band performed at the Colusa Theater with great success! The tribute band ‘Celebration Day’ was well received as the Colusa Theater hosted several concerts throughout the year.

Colusa Fire Department helps one of its own
The community raised $12,738 to help fellow Colusa City Firefighter Mike Bell. Bell faced a setback after undergoing heart surgery and remained in a coma-like state. Colusa City Firefighter Association President, Craig Dunn commented that Mike risks his life every day to help complete strangers and now was the time to give back. Local businesses such as Market Street Grill and Rocco’s Bar and Grill helped contribute to the cause. Bell later made a full recovery.

Steidlmayer Law
Leo Steidlmayer started his law firm over 35 years ago and was recently joined by his son Luke and daughter-in-law Erin. Both Luke and Erin have a broad range of specialties including probate, real estate law, business law, agriculture law, litigation, and much more.

Williams Community Center Boasts Toddler Music
The Williams Community Center hosted a mildly successful group toddler and parent music class. Instructor Melissa Baikie-Rick commented that studies had shown the crucial development period of a child is between the ages of two and five and these were the prime years to introduce the child to music.

Arts Council Hosts Wetland Waterfowl Photography
The Colusa County Arts Council hosted several Wetland Waterfowl Photography during the month of January with an enchanting artist reception. Photographers featured were Steven Emmons, Hazel Holby, and Mike Peters.

Multiple County High Speed Chase
On January 7, 2015, Herman Lee Cochran, Jr, 48 of Corning was arrested after leading police on a multiple county high-speed chase. With speeds topping over 100 MPH, Cochran lead police through county roads and the chase ended after Cochran collided with a bridge support structure in Arbuckle. Cochran was arrested for the possession of a controlled substance, vehicle theft, and evading police with heedless disregard for safety.

Red Cross Honored Local Heros
SSGT Alex Jauregui was honored at the 14th Annual Heroes Luncheon held at the Woodland Community Center. Jauregui was honored for his example to the community, teaching others that just because life throws you the unexpected it doesn’t mean you can give up.

Williams Citizens hosted Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
On January 9, 2015, a gathering of residents came out to Williams Town Square in support of local law enforcement where a moment of silence was given to fallen officers across the country.

Colusa Hospital Plans Women’s Health Clinic
The Colusa Regional Medical Center began planning phases for its Women’s Health Center in January. Located in the Colusa Industrial Properties District. The CRMC Foundation announced it was committed to helping raise funds to purchase new digital mammography equipment.

Arbuckle Coffee Shop New Owners
A coffee drinker’s paradise, and emporium for the sweet tooth, Two Chicks Creations Coffee and Sweets opened its doors after taking ownership of the establishment. Serena Carlson and Adrian Murphy spearheaded the businesses which have become a staple in the Arbuckle Community.

Colusa Farm Show Celebrates 50 Years
The “Granddaddy” of Farm Shows, celebrated its 50th year. The 2015 Colusa County Farm Show boasted over 300 exhibits and demonstrations and hosted numerous seminars.

Mushroom Facility Provides Training
Premier Mushrooms provided training for the U.A. Local Union #228 Plumbers, Pipefitters and Refrigeration. Premier needed to replace 48, one-inch ball defective valves without lengthy downtime. Premier Mushrooms and the Local Union partnered to provide both a service to the organization and necessary experience for workers.

Etchepare Hall to Receive Garden
A special groundbreaking ceremony was held on January 10, at the future site of the Francis Dunning Etchepare Memorial Garden located outside Etchepare Hall at the Colusa County Fairgrounds. The garden expansion project was a partnership between the Colusa County Fair board the Etchepare Family, the Colusa County Master Gardeners, and the Garden Club of Colusa County. The Garden was completed just in time for the Colusa County Fair.

Red & White Bash for Valentines Day
The newly founded Colusa County Fair Foundation hosted a successful Red & White Bash on Valentines Day. The proceeds from the event benefited the Colusa County Fair Foundation, which helps supplement the costs of maintenance, repairs, and improvements of the Colusa County Fairgrounds.

Our Lady of Lourdes Celebrates Local Service Agencies
Each year Our Lady of Lourdes School celebrates the service of local agencies and the people that make them up. Public thanking them, the school children presented baskets, cards, and posters to the Colusa City Fire Department, Colusa County Library, Colusa County Fairgrounds, Colusa City Police Department and the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department.

Colusa Girl Scouts Donate to Animal Shelter
Several Girl Scouts donated supplies to the Colusa County Animal Shelter. Troop members collected donations, supplies, pet food, and various other items for the shelter. Additionally, troop members crafted toys for both the cats and dogs in the shelter and were able to help make a difference in the lives of the animals at the shelter.

Colusa County Board of Supervisors Recognized County Employees
Ten County Employees were recognized for their years of service to the community. This included: Yolanda Tirado, Kent Johanns, Linda Walker, Lawrence Harris, John Poyner, Jill Rablin, Albert Bumbarner, Cynthia Garza, Peggy Scroggins and Richard Bowen.

County Helps Slow Traffic in Princeton
After CalTrans had proposed to increase the speed limit in downtown Princeton from 35MPH to 45MPH, community members became outraged and concerned for their neighbors safety. County officials listened to the complaints and provided to offer a compromise with the state agency to implement experimental traffic slowing techniques that included signage, and road striping. Albeit temporary, the experimental project was accepted by CalTrans, which will resurvey the area at a later date to see if a speed-limit increase is warranted.

Colusa County Farm Bureau Donates more than $8,000 to Youth Causes
The Colusa County Farm Bureau voted to contribute $3,000 in local youth scholarships, $1000 each to Colusa and Arbuckle FFA; and the purchase of FFA Jackets at each chapter, $500 to the Pierce High School Horticulture Club, $1000 to the Arbuckle FFA Field Day, $300 to Clean Barns and Ag Mechanics at the Colusa County Fair. The Colusa County Fair Foundation and Colusa Western Days received $500. The Colusa High School Grad Nite received $100.

Colusa Police Department ‘Coffee With a Cop’
Colusa Police Chief, Josh Fitch, began hosting a series of community meetings in the form of informal conversations with a cup of coffee. Community members and officers were available for discussion as no agenda was provided. Officers and community members discussed concerns and events within their communities. The Department had hosted some these events before attendance was bare. Chief Fitch commented that he would host the ‘Coffee with Cop’ until no-one shows up. He added that he looked forward to resuming the meetings in 2016 by expanding the opportunity for residents to attend.

Stonyford Hosts Rodeo
Another successful year for the Stonyford Rodeo. The two-day PRCA event brought professional cowboys from around the nation to compete for prizes in bareback and saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and bull riding. Amateur cowboys and cowboys also competed.

Colusa County hosts Community Baby Shower
The Colusa County Advocate for Parents and Children teamed up with First Five Colusa County, and the Colusa County Department of Public Health to provide expectant parents with the opportunity to connect with various county, and educational services, The event was held on March 19, 2015, at the Colusa County Education Village Multi-purpose room.

John Boeger Wins Colusa County Spelling Bee Fifth Year in a Row
Two Egling Middle School Students took top honors in the Colusa County Junior High Spelling Championship on March 11, 2015. Eight-grade student John Boeger advanced to the State Spelling Competition, and seventh-grade student Mia Critchfield took second place.

Bowling for Paws
Several dozen animal lovers attended the second annual ‘Bowling for Paws’ event at Riverside Lanes as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Colusa County Animal Shelter.

Assemblyman Bill Dodd held County Barbecue
On April 17, 2015, Assemblyman Bill Dodd held a community barbecue at the Sacramento Valley Museum. The event provided Dodd with the opportunity to meet his constituents and to provide an open forum for discussion. The event was mildly attended.

Williams Denny’s Damaged by fire
In the early morning hours of March 11, 2015, the Williams Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at the local Denny’s restaurant. Firefighters quickly assessed the scene and discovered that fire had mostly extinguished itself causing extreme smoke and heat damage to the interior of the restaurant. The Williams Denny’s remains closed.

This feature will continue in the Jan. 6 edition ofthe Pioneer Review

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Is the Owner, Publisher, Editor, and Reporter of the Williams Pioneer Review. Committed to publishing the news of our Community, Lloyd has been the owner of the Williams Pioneer Review since 2010. To contact Lloyd about this article or future articles, please email him at lloyd@colusacountynews.net