Leaking pipe causes sinkhole on levee near Roberts Road

Leaking pipe causes sinkhole on levee near Roberts Road

A collapsed pipe owned by Roberts Ditch Irrigation Company is suspected to have caused a sinkhole on the western levee of the Sacramento River, just outside of Colusa near the Sacramento River State Recreation Area. The levee road has been closed to traffic when the sinkhole was first discovered. According to Joel Farias, of the […]


Behind the scenes of the Maxwell High School Rodeo

Behind the scenes of the Maxwell High School Rodeo

It’s 2:15 p.m. at Maxwell High School on a Monday in late May when a voice comes over the PA system. “Attention all students: Please report to your rodeo committees. Attendance will be taken today.” In moments, the library is buzzing with activity as students bustle to their respective committees in the classrooms that surround […]


Arbuckle man detained, arrested after allegedly admitting to starting grass fires in town

Arbuckle man detained, arrested after allegedly admitting to starting grass fires in town

Last Wednesday, Colusa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Ruiz was patrolling the town of Arbuckle when he observed a small grass fire burning on Sixth St., just north of Hall St. Ruiz drove to the nearby Arbuckle Fire Department and notified Chief Casey Cox, who informed him that over the course of the last three summers, […]


Indivisible Colusa protests Trump’s firing of FBI head

Indivisible Colusa protests Trump’s firing of FBI head

Last Wednesday saw a rare occurrence in the City of Colusa: an organized protest. A group of eight people, most of them members of the group “Indivisible Colusa,” gathered in front of the Colusa County Courthouse to protest President Donald J. Trump’s firing of James Comey, the former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. […]


FFA and Career Technical Education programs at risk with proposed State budget

FFA and Career Technical Education programs at risk with proposed State budget

Once again, Governor Brown has placed Career Technical Education (CTE) programs such as the Future Farmers of America (FFA) on the chopping block in his updated state budget proposal, released last Thursday. “The Governor’s budget proposal presented in January contained a provision for reallocating what we know as SB 1070 monies in a way that […]


Californians urged to remove standing water to reduce mosquitoes

Californians urged to remove standing water to reduce mosquitoes

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges all Californians to eliminate standing water around their homes and businesses to help reduce mosquito populations in an effort to prevent Zika and West Nile virus infections. “As the rainy season comes to an end and temperatures rise, we will see increased mosquito activity,” CDPH Director and […]


Arbuckle restaurant saved from fire, damage minimal

Arbuckle restaurant saved from fire, damage minimal

Last Thursday evening, a structure fire threatened a local Arbuckle eatery, but the restaurant is already back in business. As Becky Peart drove through downtown Arbuckle she quickly noticed something odd at the El MexKal restaurant. “We were driving by the Odd Fellows building when I (saw) smoke coming from the restaurant,” said Peart. “It […]


Williams High School college readiness rate higher than county, state

Williams High School college readiness rate higher than county, state

Iqbal Grewal plans to practice medicine; Juan Melesio intends to be a billionaire industry giant and Sheila Sandoval wants to build skyscrapers. The Williams High School seniors aren’t just exceptional students but are three of the 53.4 percent of the Class of 2017 who are graduating on June 2 ready to attend college, and accepted […]


Williams parents concerned about cannabis facility

Williams parents concerned about cannabis facility

Williams residents and parents of school-age children say they are struggling with the mixed messages they claim city officials are sending to youth when they call pot users undesirable but pot growers the salvation to the city’s financial woes. “I think it is an amazing double standard,” said CJ LaGrande, at an informational meeting sponsored […]


Maxwell Rodeo kicks off with parade, activities on Saturday

Maxwell Rodeo kicks off with parade, activities on Saturday

Charlene LaGrande is a longtime Williams resident, but she’s a Maxwell gal through and through. The 1969 graduate of Maxwell High School is this year’s grand marshal of the Maxwell Rodeo Parade. Maxwell High School’s 87th annual rodeo kicks off Saturday, May 20, with a host of activities, including a 5K run, bull riding, mutton […]


Norovirus spreading through Colusa County schools

Norovirus spreading through Colusa County schools

Students in school districts around Colusa County are showing symptoms of noroviros, an extremely common but highly contagious virus that spreads quickly among people in close quarters. Maxwell Unified officials said they had one confirmed case last week, but that approximately a dozen or more students and adults were sick. School officials are asking those […]


Here comes Peter Cottontail, Colusa County prepares for Easter

Here comes Peter Cottontail, Colusa County prepares for Easter

Hopping down the bunny trail, hipity, hopity, Easter will come a little early for the communities of Arbuckle and Maxwell as they each celebrate the holiday this weekend. ■ The Arbuckle United Methodist Church will host its Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, at 10 AM in Balfour Park, near the baseball field, […]


Colusa agrees to pay former interim City Manager Dunn $13,600 in settlement

Colusa agrees to pay former interim City Manager Dunn $13,600  in settlement

During a special meeting of the Colusa City Council, preceding an unconventionally scheduled regular meeting, the Colusa City Council voted in a 4-1 decision to agree to a severance settlement with former interim City Manager Randy Dunn in the amount of $13,600, in exchange for Dunn waiving all claims against the city. The decision was […]


Williams residents hear more about Canna-Hub from founder and CEO

Williams residents hear more about Canna-Hub from founder and CEO

Questions were answered, and both support and opposition was expressed last week in the Williams City Council’s public workshop held in regards to a proposed cannabis business park near the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 20. Canna-Hub founder and CEO Tim McGraw gave a presentation to the roughly 45 people who attended the special […]


Fouch & Son burglar may receive plea deal

Fouch & Son burglar may receive plea deal

The Colusa County Probation Department will be preparing a report for a possible plea deal in the case of a man charged with second-degree burglary, vandalism, evading a peace officer, and possession of a controlled substance. David Michael Gibson of Citrus Heights, who was arrested on suspicion of burglarizing the Fouch & Sons pharmacy in […]


Children’s Services Council meets with Senator Nielsen

Children’s Services Council meets with Senator Nielsen

Colusa County Office of Education Superintendent Mike West and the CCOE Children’s Services Policy Council visited the state capitol and met with Senator Nielsen last Thursday. “The group talked about child care issues, child development, and the preschool program,” said Gloria Estrada of CCOE Children’s Services. “The Senator even took us into his office where […]


Colusa native artist has art social Friday

Colusa native artist has art social Friday

Raised in Colusa and graduated from Colusa High School in 1960, Sally Jones Paul returns to Colusa with a rural themed show featuring her paintings, and other works of art. Currently, Sally lives between Winters and Dillon Beach, California with her husband Don Ferraiuolo, also a Colusa native. The couple frequently travels, and Sally uses […]


2017 California Junior Duck Stamp Winners Announced

2017 California Junior Duck Stamp Winners Announced

Artwork from 2,276 school-aged waterfowl artists throughout the state was judged during the 27th Annual California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge on March 30. Among those entires were about 100 from Colusa County, submitted by students from Maxwell Elementary and Princeton Elementary. In California, the Federal Junior Duck Stamp […]


Master Gardeners: Catchweed Bedstraw

Master Gardeners: Catchweed Bedstraw

Catchweed bedstraw is a summer annual broadleaf plant that is starting to show in your gardens now! Its bristles attach to people’s clothing and the hair of animals, aiding in its dispersal. If you have this plant, get rid of it now. It is very distinctive with a square stem and sticky feeling. Mature plant […]


Wait, the IRS might call me about my tax debit?

Wait, the IRS might call me about my tax debit?

After warning tax payers that the IRS will never call you to collect a tax debt, the IRS has began handing over some of it’s debt collection work to private collection agencies that may call you. “The Internal Revenue Service plans to begin private collection of certain overdue federal tax debts as early as spring […]


Former special education paraeducator sentenced to two years in prison for child pornography

Former special education paraeducator sentenced to two years in prison for child pornography

William Wolfenbarger was sentenced last Wednesday and will serve two years in state prison after pleading guilty the week prior in court to possessing more than 4,000 images of child pornography. With the Deputy District Attorney seeking the maximum three-year prison sentence, and defense attorney Albert Smith seeking probation for his client, presiding Superior Court […]


Colusa arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals for allegedly killing grandparents’ dog

Colusa arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals for allegedly killing grandparents’ dog

A 20-year-old Colusa man was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly bludgeoned his grandparents 10-pound dog to death with a shovel and buried it in a hole in the back yard of a Colusa residence. Armando Cuauhtemoc Mendoza, 20, of Colusa, was arrested on April 2 at 12:52 p.m., at his residence on the 200-block […]


Sheriff community meetings scheduled

Sheriff community meetings scheduled

The Colusa County Sheriff, Joe Garofalo, announced he will begin holding community meetings throughout the County during the months of March, April, and May. The following are the locations and corresponding dates and times that the meetings will be held: March 28, at 6:30 PM Stonyford Grange Hall April 4, at 6:30 PM Grimes Scout […]


Wolfenbarger pleads guilty

Wolfenbarger pleads guilty

A former Colusa County special education paraeducator was convicted March 22 on a single count of possessing sexually explicit images of children. William Richard Wolfenbarger, 34, of Arbuckle, pleaded guilty to a felony and is facing up to one year in county jail and up to $50,000 in fines when he is sentenced March 29 […]


Marsh elected to Superior Region FFA Officer Team

Marsh elected to Superior Region FFA Officer Team

Arbuckle FFA member, Carlyn Marsh recently was slated to the 2017-18 Superior Region FFA Officer Team during the organizations Spring Leadership Conference in Chico March 16, She will serve as the organization’s treasurer. During the event, FFA Members in their Blue Corduroys came together to recap the events that had occurred that year. New regional […]


Students make personal connection to agriculture

Students make personal connection to agriculture

The Colusa County Farm Bureau on Monday recognized two local students for their exceptional connection to agriculture. Ysabel Charter, 11, a student in Laura Hensen’s fifth grade class at Arbuckle Elementary School, and Tanner Vierra, 9, a student in Shannon Vierra’s third grade class at Maxwell Elementary School, were named regional winners in the 2016 […]


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Terry’s Smog Shop celebrates new location with Ribbon Cutting

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Terry’s Smog Shop celebrates new location with Ribbon Cutting

Moving a business to a new location is a daunting task, but business is booming at Terry’s Smog Shop in Colusa. After 14 years in Arbuckle, Terry Drennan is providing the same great customer service at his new location in Colusa. “I’m here to help and serve,” Drennan said. Terry’s Smog Shop, which opened at […]


CONSUMER ALERT: ‘CAN YOU HEAR ME’ SCAMS

CONSUMER ALERT: ‘CAN YOU HEAR ME’ SCAMS

Phone Fraudsters Recording Consumers’ Voice Responses The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim’s utility or credit card account. According to […]


The “Green Rush” in Colusa continues

The “Green Rush” in Colusa continues

City Council gets presentation from Greenleaf regarding potential cannabis oil extraction facility A Los Angeles-based medical marijuana company with local ties is eying the City of Colusa as the location for a cannabis oil extraction facility, becoming the second cannabis-related company to make a pitch to the City Council in recent months. Brett Gaumond, spokesman […]


Williams Community Center holds youth art show

Williams Community Center holds youth art show

Celebrating national Youth Art Month, the Williams Community Center showcased student artwork in a variety of media Saturday. Area art teachers selected some of the most Representative pieces, which featured students in grades 7-12. Just over a dozen attended the show. Schools represented this year included Maxwell, Colusa, and Williams. “We have many talented young […]