Red Bluff Daily News

August 21, 2014

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ByRichGreene @richgreenenews on Twitter RED BLUFF TheRedBluffPolice Department announced Wednes- day it would begin enforcing tres- passing laws on a piece of prop- erty located at Walnut Street and Baker Road that is frequently used by all-terrain vehicles. In a press release the depart- ment said it had been contacted by several residents in the area in regards to the constant off road traffic of dirt bikes, quads and four-wheel drive vehicles that rec- reate in the hills of the area. The Tehama County Air Pollu- tion Control District has also in- vestigated complaints regarding the amount of dust in the air. The property crosses over parts of Bidwell Creek and runs parallel to Red Bluff Union High School. PUBLIC NOTICE Trespasslaws to be enforced at popular off road site By Andre Byik @andrebyik on Twitter RED BLUFF The Red Bluff man convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of military veteran Samuel Forseth was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison on Wednesday. A Tehama County jury in July found Christopher Hougland, 40, guilty of murder with the special allegation that he used a knife in the June 2013 stabbing death of Forseth, 28, of Palo Cedro. Fors- eth, who was found dead on a porch in the 200 block of Pinon Way here, was stabbed multiple times and had his throat slashed. Hougland — a military veteran TEHAMA COUNTY Man gets 25 years to life in prison ChristopherHougland was convicted of murder in veteran's 2013 death By Andre Byik @andrebyik on Twitter RED BLUFF The Red Bluff City Council on Tuesday declared a drought emer- gency, adopting manda- tory conservation measures to comply with state rules. The city's new rules, how- ever, will likely not be ac- tively enforced. The mandatory conser- vation measures for the city's water customers in- clude limited hours to wa- ter lawns, bans on hosing down sidewalks and drive- ways and a mandate that any hose must be equipped with a shutoff nozzle, ac- cording to city documents. Additionally, restaurants must provide a notice of the city's water emergency and only serve drinking water upon request, among other listed water-saving mea- sures that will be distrib- uted by the city. Public Works Director Bruce Henz told council members that the city staff recommendation to adopt mandatory conservation measures was a response to the regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board, which man- dates that municipal water suppliers adopt their own mandatory water conser- vation measures. "I don't believe anything is completely onerous, a lot of them are common sense," Henz said of the city's list of conservation rules. "But again they will try to obtain a reduction as the governor has requested in the state- wide drought declaration." Mayor Daniele Jackson questioned whether some regulations, such as instal- lation of low-flow shower heads and toilets, would be expected of everyone in the city or just commercial cus- tomers. "We're not going to hire water police to go into ev- erybody's homes and check for these things," City Man- ager Richard Crabtree said. "We don't have the money, and besides, that's not the RED BLUFF CITY COUNCIL Droughtemergencydeclared Mandatory water conservation measures adopted By Andre Byik @andrebyik on Twitter RED BLUFF The fourth in a string of recent suspicious fires ignited Wednesday near a north Red Bluff neighbor- hood that has been on edge since Sunday. City, county and state fire- fighters responded about 3:45 p.m. to a vegetation fire that burned in a wooded area near Meadowview and Cimarron drives. The fire, which burned near homes in the Country Vil- lage subdivision, was held to a small area, interim Red Bluff Fire Chief Matthew Shobash said. No damage or injuries were reported. The fire was the fourth in the area since Sunday after- noon. Red Bluff police also re- sponded to the blaze, driving sport utility vehicles into the brushy area that is also near Sacred Heart Parish School. Shobash said he had ruled out all but two causes of Wednesday's fire, but declined to comment on what those two causes were. When asked whether the fire appeared to be the work of an arsonist or arsonists, he also declined to comment, nothing that the in- vestigation remains "sensitive." Shobash said he had pro- vided descriptions of two peo- ple in the area to police, but later said those leads turned out to be nothing. Three of the four fires that have burned in the area since Sunday have been described as spot fires. On Monday, how- ever, a three-acre fire damaged a home and heavily damaged fences in the neighborhood. The spate of fires has left a longtime Cimarron Drive resi- dent scared. "This makes me freaked out PUBLIC SAFETY 4TH SUSPICIOUS FIRE BURNS NEAR HOMES ANDREBYIK—DAILYNEWS Firefighters knocked down a spot fire in a wooded area near Cimarron and Meadowview drives in Red Bluff on Wednesday. It was fourth suspicious fire in the area since Sunday. ANDRE BYIK — DAILY NEWS Red Bluff interim Fire Chief Matthew Shobash, right, investigates the suspicious fire that ignited near the Country Village subdivision in north Red Bluff on Wednesday. Arts..................A5 Comics ............B5 Community.....A3 Lifestyles........A4 Opinion............A6 Sports.............. B1 INDEX Corning's Olive Festival Mixer is at 5:30p.m. today at Bell- Carter Foods; farmers market will be at Northside Park. OLIVE FEST OliveFestivalMixerand farmers market tonight Everyone has their own gardening truisms; Colette Bauer shares hers in this Garden Club column. PAGEA3 GARDEN CLUB Gardening truisms learned from experience The state is debating an end to the pump-as-you-please policy for its vital underground sources . PAGE B6 DROUGHT California's unregulated pumping may be ending The President is considering key changes requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups. PAGE A8 KEY CHANGES Obama weighs broader immigration move PRISON PAGE 7 TRESPASS PAGE 7 No damage or injuries reported "This makes me freaked out completely. I've never seen this since I've lived here — ever." — Mariana Gavris FIRE PAGE 7 DROUGHT PAGE 7 » Thursday, August 21, 2014 50CENTS AN EDITION OF THE CHICO ENTERPRISE-RECORD 7 58551 69001 9 Volume129,issue195 Web bonus Robin Williams remembered. PATH Big Walk kick-off party Community A3 DANCE Sept. 11 tribute show A+E A5 FORECAST High: 95 Low: 63 B8 Seeacalendaroflocalevents ranging from music and art galleries to sporting events. ADDORVIEWEVENTSAT EVENTS.REDBLUFFDAILYNEWS.COM DON'TMISSOUT: PLANYOURFUN

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