Some think college is going to pot in Colorado, where there's a plan afoot to tax pot sales to fund higher eudcation.
The plan is to levy a 5 percent excise tax on pot growers in Pueblo County outside Denver. Half would go to a scholarship fund and half for long needed capital improvement projects--like street repair and school maintenance.
Supporters say it's what pot money was intended to do.The idea will have to be approved by the county commission next week and then voted on this fall. The unique idea is the scholarship--which aims to keep local students in Pueblo County--by offering the money for high school graduates who stay in the county for college. Supporters say the tax would gather about 2 million dollars a year.
One person quipped, "it gives a new meaning to the term higher education."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal now have enough votes in the Senate to make sure the deal survives a challenge from Republicans.
The 34 votes are enough to uphold a presidential veto of a resolution of disapproval.
Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland today became the 34th vote in favor of the agreement. She calls it "the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb."
With opposition to the agreement failing to take hold on the Democratic side, supporters may even be able to muster the 41 votes needed to block the disapproval resolution from passing in the first place.
There's no reaction yet from the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has lobbied U.S. lawmakers to block the nuclear pact.
Secretary of State John Kerry, in a speech in Philadelphia today, has been making the case that the agreement makes the U.S. and its allies safer. He earlier told MSNBC that "the fastest way to a genuine arms race in the Middle East is not to have this agreement."
Chico Police and Chico Park Rangers conduct a joint patrol operation in Bidwell Park. Authorities issued six unlawful camping citations and one unlawful burn for a campfire citation at the One-Mile Recreation Area while on patrol around 5:30 am Tuesday.
One man reportedly fled the scene, leaving a backpack and a mountain bike behind. Police are looking into whether the bicycle was stolen.
In the past two weeks authorities have increased patrols of lower Bidwell Park and other problem areas. Officers have issued a number of camping violations and have arrested at least three people during these patrols.
The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District plans to fog areas of Butte County Wednesday night, weather permitting. Officials will be spraying from 7:30 to 11pm in the areas of Hamilton City and Nord. For more information on mosquito fogging and planned spray areas, visit www.bcmvcd.com.
The etiquette of cell phone use keeps changing. 32 hundred American adults took part in a recent Pew survey but the first thing is they’re called “cell phones”, but they’re not really phones they’re portable computers—mobile device is more accurate.
The things frowned on aren’t that surprising-- don’t use it during meetings, movies, church or at meals or to avoid people or in front of someone else. Yet it’s OK to use it in any public space of your choosing, to send messages or pictures in front of others, and to take calls in front of other people.
So if someone is staring at their screen while you’re talking to them that’s OK and so is staring at a screen no matter where you are—like a busy intersection. And as devices become more common these rules are likely to change over time and become even more permissive.
An Oregon man is arrested on charges he evaded authorities and resisted arrest after an early morning chase Monday.
28-year-old Kenan Kaler of Klamath Falls was driving what authorities thought might be a stolen vehicle about 12:30 through Shasta Lake City. He was reportedly stopped then fled and led deputies on a chase of up to 80 miles an hour.
Authorities were finally able to surround his vehicle, when a short standoff occurred. Deputies eventually smashed the vehicle window and pulled Kaler from the driver's seat. It's not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor.
New information is out on the missing Chico man found dead in Eastern Oregon. The body of 69-year-old Si Wrigley was found Saturday in Malheur County Oregon.
Wrigley's truck and trailer were found a few days earlier on a remote road. Search crews found Wrigley's body about five miles from his pickup truck and authorities say that Wrigley may have died on August 6th or 7th.
Wrigley reportedly suffered from a heart condition and diabetes which investigators believe one or both of those conditions along with heat and exhaustion may have caused his death.
He was reportedly in Oregon as a part of an extended fishing trip.
The suspect in a recent Chico stabbing incident has been arrested in Paradise.
50-year-old Wendy Davis was booked on charges of attempted murder Monday after last Tuesday's stabbing with an ice pick at the Almond Grove Mobile Home Park in Chico.
She was apprehended in Paradise after Chico Police had contacted her last week, even though she reportedly gave a false name. Police say the stabbing victim is now stable after the nearly life threatening injuries.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A key Democrat is predicting there will be enough votes in the Senate by week's end to uphold President Barack Obama's veto of a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal.
Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, tells students at Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday that he remains undecided. But he says the numbers are close to favoring the president when Congress votes later this month on GOP legislation disapproving of the deal.
As of now, 31 Senate Democrats and independents back the deal — but Cardin says that number will get to 34 by week's end. That's the number needed to uphold a presidential veto.
Cardin didn't name names, but Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware is expected to address the issue later Tuesday.
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Two gay couples have asked a federal judge to punish a Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue them marriage licenses by fining her, but not sending her to jail.
Lawyers for the couples filed the motion to hold Rowan County clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court on Tuesday morning, shortly after her office refused again to issue the licenses — this time despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.
Davis says her office is doing so "under God's authority."
The latest motion in the case asks U.S. District Judge David Bunning to hold Davis in contempt. Bunning will probably hold a hearing for the gay couples to present evidence, which could include testimony from Davis herself. Bunning would then decide on punishment. That could include fines, jail time or both, but the motion asks the judge to impose only financial penalties.
A man has been arrested after being seen in a car allegedly stolen in Chico.
An officer spotted a green Honda Civic parked at the corner of 7th and Arbutus before 1:30 am this morning. The doors and trunk of the Honda were reportedly open and a man was seen sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle. The officer discovered that the Honda had been reported stolen from an address in Chico.
The officer made contact with the man, identified as Kevin Crone and arrested him for possession of a stolen vehicle and providing false information to a police officer. According to Chico PD, Crone has had run ins with officers in the past for weapons violations and possession of burglary tools.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says people who attack Jews who support the Iran nuclear deal are like African-Americans who differ with him on policy and then conclude he's "not black enough."
Obama spoke in an interview with the Jewish newspaper "Forward." He was asked whether it hurt him personally when people say he's anti-Semitic.
Obama answered, "Oh, of course." And he said there's no evidence to support that claim.
The president added that he's more offended when he hears members of his administration who are Jewish being attacked. The president didn't mention any specific critics or targets by name.
MIAMI (AP) — Weather forecasters say Hurricane Fred is easternmost hurricane known to have formed in the Atlantic tropics, and the first to actually pass over the Cape Verde Islands as a hurricane.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Fred's maximum sustained winds Monday afternoon are near 85 mph (137 kph).
Hurricane Fred is centered about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north-northeast of Ribeira Brava in the Cape Verde Islands and is moving northwest near 12 mph (19 kph).
A hurricane warning is in effect for the islands, where Fred is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches. Gradual weakening is forecast to begin Tuesday.
Meanwhile in the Pacific, Hurricane Jimena is centered about 1,330 miles (2140 kilometers) east of Hilo, Hawaii, and is moving west near 16 mph (26 kph). The Category 4 storm has maximum sustained winds near 150 mph (240 kph). The hurricane doesn't currently pose a threat to land.
A vehicle crash leads to a standoff with authorities in Anderson. A car was traveling northbound on Missouri Lane on Sunday evening when it reportedly went off the road and crashed into an oak tree.
According to the CHP two passengers, identified as 18-year-old Andrew Thetford of Redding and 26-year-old Daniel Gomesbarba of Burney, died at the scene. The driver, reportedly covered in blood, came to houses on the street asking for help but then fled the area. The driver was later found in a house on the 15 thousand block of Spring Gulch Road which allegedly escalated into a standoff with Shasta County authorities.
The standoff reportedly ended after about an hour. A man was said to be taken from the home in handcuffs. The CHP says that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
The body of a missing Chico man has been found in eastern Oregon.
69-year-old Si Wrigley who had been reported missing over two weeks ago was found dead in Malheur County, Oregon near the Idaho boarder on Saturday. He was reportedly on an extended fishing trip, but had not been heard from after he had visited relatives in Bend, Oregon.
Wrigley's truck and trailer were found on August 21st on a rocky and remote road. According to authorities, the pickup was stuck down an embankment. Wrigley's body was reportedly found by search and rescue crews about seven miles from where the truck was found. Authorities say that there were no signs of foul play.
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit along with members of the United States Forest Service raided a large marijuana garden on Thursday, August 27th.
The marijuana garden was found spread along Mill Creek, east of Pulga, growing in extremely steep and rugged terrain. The over 2,ooo marijuana plants were clustered in small groups for almost a mile along the hillside, and were eradicated by officials. Deputies also located five separate campsites containing tents, sleeping bags, camp stoves, food supplies, and hundreds of pounds of trash, in addition to two firearms in one of the campsites; a short barreled shotgun and a .22 caliber rifle.
A suspect was reportedly located at the same campsite, but fled from the scene. The man was found later by a Forest Service K-9 but the suspect allegedly struck the dog on her head with a rock and got away. The K-9 was flown to a Chico area veterinarian hospital for treatment and she is said to be doing well.
The marijuana plants were being watered by Mill Creek and several springs. The suspects had diverted the natural flow of the water sources to holding tanks dug into the side of the mountain and then piped the water to each cultivation site.
Chico Police Department arrested a man for a Saturday armed Robbery. Officers received a call around 1 pm on Saturday reporting an armed robbery at the pharmacy of the Safeway store on East Ave, where the suspect reportedly brandished a firearm and demanded medication.
After getting a description of the robber and his getaway car CPD units spotted the vehicle on Centennial Ave. and gave chase when it took off. The pursuit lasted less than a mile and reached a top speed of 35 MPH. The driver was taken into custody without incident and identified as Robert Hoffman.
Officers located a replica firearm and the stolen medication inside the suspect vehicle. Hoffman was booked into Butte County Jail for Robbery, Burglary, and Evading.
Butte County Authorities conduct a pot bust in Berry Creek. A search warrant was issued for a residence on the 100 block of Leandra Way late last week.
Agents reportedly found and eradicated over 6 hundred marijuana plants growing on the property inside green houses, a double wide mobile home and outside. Agents even found several plants lining the driveway. A firearm and packaging material consistent with marijuana sales, along with 30 thousand dollars cash were also located.
Deputies located and arrested 49-year-old German Bedoya-Gonzalez. 33-year-old Manuel Bedoya reportedly arrived later and was arrested. Four children were found on the property and were removed by Child Protective Services.
CHELAN, Wash. (AP) — Wildfires around the Cascade Mountain resort town of Chelan have destroyed about 75 homes as authorities activated the military and sought international help to fight scores of growing blazes sweeping the dry West.
In Boise, the National Interagency Fire Center called in 200 active-duty military troops to help contain roughly 95 Western wildfires. It's the first time the agency has mobilized the military for fire suppression efforts since 2006.
Rob Allen, deputy incident commander for the Chelan fires, says competition for firefighting resources is "fierce."
The Washington National Guard joined the firefighting efforts there, helping 350 firefighters on one of the state's most active fires on the southeastern slopes of Mount Adams.
Large blazes also are burning in Oregon and across the Northern Rockies.
A woman in Chico had her car stolen - as she was getting into it to head to work this morning.
Pamela Moline was loading up her car to go to work at her home on Vallombrosa Avenue and Larch Street around 8am when a grey car pulled into her driveway and a man got out. He shoved Moline away from her vehicle before getting in and driving it off, dragging her behind the car for a few yards.
Reports indicate that Moline's car was located later this morning, and that one of the carjackers has been arrested. Moline recieved minor injuries only and will make a full recovery.
CHICAGO (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed a historic ruling that Northwestern University football players are school employees who are entitled to form what would be the nation's first union of college athletes.
The NLRB released its decision Monday. The losing side does not have an option to appeal.
Northwestern had appealed last year's ruling by a regional NLRB director in Chicago that led to a vote by football players on whether they wanted to form a union. Those ballots were sealed during the appeal and will now be destroyed.
Monday's ruling says unionization could throw off the "competitive balance" between teams by setting different standards for practice, pay and other conditions at union and non-union schools.
Advocates say unionization would help athletes protect their health and financial interests.
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Islamic State group has abducted 230 residents, including dozens of Christians, from a central Syrian town captured by the extremists earlier this week.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syria-based activist Bebars al-Talawy say they have no information where IS militants took the residents after overrunning the heavily populated town of Qaryatain.
The Observatory said Friday that "dozens" of Christian were among the people abducted, while al-Talawy put the number at 60. He says the rest of those abducted are Sunni Muslims.
In February, IS kidnapped more than 220 Assyrian Christians, after overrunning several farming communities on the southern bank of the Khabur River in the northeastern province of Hassakeh.
Since then, only a few have been released and the fate of the others remains unknown.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Today's jobs report may nudge the Federal Reserve toward raising interest rates next month. The government reported today that employers added 215,000 jobs in July, signaling a steadily rising job market.
The unemployment rate held at 5.3 percent for a second straight month.
Hiring has remained robust even though the economy's overall growth rate has been subpar and pay raises have been modest for many workers. Average hourly earnings in July increased just 2.1 percent from a year earlier.
Economist Sal Guatieri of BMO Capital Markets says in a research note that it's "another solid jobs report" indicating that the economy is getting stronger. He says it "keeps the Fed on track to raise rates as early as the next meeting."
The Fed has held its key short-term rate near zero since late 2008, in an effort to energize the economy through stronger borrowing, investing and spending. Now, Fed Chair Janet Yellen has suggested that the economy can not only tolerate higher rates, but that it needs them.
The Butte County Assessor's Office is offering some possible relief for victims of the Swedes Fire. The blaze burned 400 acres and was fully contained Monday.
The wildfire, which started July 27th, destroyed two homes and more than a dozen outbuildings. Bangor residents who had property damage from the fire could be eligible for property tax relief.
Claims are to be filed at the Butte County Assessor's Office located on 25 County Center Drive Suite 100 in Oroville.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the nuclear deal with Iran builds on the tradition of strong diplomacy that won the Cold War without firing any shots.
Obama is comparing the agreement to President John F. Kennedy's call for Cold War diplomacy and nuclear disarmament. He says not every conflict was averted, but the world avoided nuclear catastrophe.
Obama argued in support of the deal in a speech at American University in Washington. He's working to dissuade lawmakers in Congress from trying to stop the agreement.
Obama says many of the same people who argued for going to war in Iraq are now opposing the Iran deal. He says the looming congressional vote is part of the most consequential foreign policy debate since the Iraq war was authorized.
LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — An unruly wildfire in drought-stricken Northern California has grown to more than 101 square miles despite thousands of weary firefighters working to stem its spread.
They tried to stand their ground Tuesday against the blaze that jumped a highway that had served as a containment line and grew by several square miles despite cooler weather and higher humidity.
No additional homes were consumed outside the two dozen already destroyed in the Lower Lake area, about 100 miles north of San Francisco. But more buildings such as barns, sheds and garages have burned.
Authorities have required or urged 13,000 people to leave some 5,500 homes.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the flames are pushing north and chewing through parched brush that hasn't burned in years.
The fire is just 12 percent contained since starting Wednesday.
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