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Rain quickly changes the look of popular trail

Rain quickly changes the look of popular trail

Green. That was the significant difference two weeks made. My first trek on the Annie Bidwell Trail in Upper Bidwell Park came Oct. 22 with the Chico Oroville Outdoor Adventurers group. The dusk hike was an opportunity to stretch our legs for an hour after being...

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Meet the author at annual Tahoe holiday faire

Meet the author at annual Tahoe holiday faire

I will be signing and selling copies of my three Tahoe outdoor books at the 25th annual Valhalla Holiday Faire on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe on Nov. 19-21. The Dirt Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Hikes is $15, Snowshoeing Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Treks...

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Goats take a bite out of fire threat throughout Chico

Goats take a bite out of fire threat throughout Chico

Thorn eating, poison oak gobbling goats have been romping through Bidwell Park as an environmentally safe way to mow down the potentially fire-hazardous grasses and rid the area of invasive species. This flock hails from Rancho Cordova-based Capra Environmental...

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Thousands of trees make Chico an autumn wonderland

Thousands of trees make Chico an autumn wonderland

Red, yellow, orange, pink, fuchsia, burgundy green, brown—these are the many colors of leaves dangling from trees and scattered about yards throughout Chico. It’s hard to drive on a street in this city that is not full of trees. No wonder it is called The City of...

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Abundance of beauty on trek to fish ladder

Abundance of beauty on trek to fish ladder

In less than 2 miles we arrived at a man-made contraption in the middle of the forest that is saving the lives of countless fish. “The project is truly an engineering marvel: located in a deep canyon, with no road access, approximately 500 tons of rock were excavated...

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Holiday season a crapshoot for retailers this year

Holiday season a crapshoot for retailers this year

The shipping container-supply chain conundrum is adding stress to many retailers who often depend on fourth quarter sales to produce the bulk of their income for the year. Ordering product early and more of it, while being innovative are ways store owners hope to...

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