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September 18, 2014

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PHOTOCOURTESYOFROSSPALUBESKI Firefighters respond to a fully involved structure fire about 5:25a.m. Wednesday on Main Street near Ash Street in Red Bluff. The blaze was suspected to be human caused. ANDRE BYIK โ€” DAILY NEWS Firefighters overhaul the scene of a Main Street fire that heavily damaged two structures Wednesday near Ash Street in Red Bluff. ByAndreByik abyik@redbluffdailynews.com @andrebyik on Twitter REDBLUFF AfireWednes- day morning that gutted an old and vacant Main Street residential build- ing and damaged another structure is suspected to be human caused, interim Red Bluff Fire Chief Mat- thew Shobash said. About 5:25 a.m. Red Bluff firefighters re- sponded to a fully in- volved structure fire at 237 Main St., which was a total loss, Shobash said. The fire also heavily dam- aged the roof and attic of a neighboring vacant commercial building at 257 Main St., where the Snack Box restaurant was formerly housed. No one was inside either building when firefighters arrived, Shobash said, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters knocked down the blaze by about 8:30 a.m. Both structures have most recently been used for storage, and firefighters were mopping and over- hauling the scene to pre- vent any flare ups around 11 a.m., Shobash said. A stretch of Ash Street was closed as officials worked at the scene of the blaze. It was the third time firefighters responded to a fire at the vacant 237 Main St. residence this year. RED BLUFF MAINST.HOUSE GUTTED IN FIRE By Andre Byik abyik@redbluffdailynews.com @andrebyik on Twitter RED BLUFF As preparations continue for the Te- hama District Fair on Sept. 25-28, a 4-H program representative suggested that the fair's board of directors should consider moving future fairs back to the summer in part to attract more fair- goers. Lynn Strom, 4-H program representative II for the University of California Cooperative Exten- sion in Tehama County, told the fairboard at its meeting Tuesday that the September fair com- petes with fall sports such as high school foot- ball and youth soccer, causes children who par- ticipate in the Jr. Livestock Auction to miss school days and misses out on ticket sales by being held at the end of the month. Strom said the families of those who partici- pate in FFA, 4-H or are independent exhibitors at the fair can miss out on taking a summer va- cation and that students miss out on instruction days that are either made up through indepen- dent study or are filed as excused absences. "A summer fair eliminates a lot of reasons not to attend the fair," Strom said. "The bottom line โ€” kids are missing school and instruction time." The fair was moved from July to September in 2000 because of the heat of the summer months. In 2012, the fairboard explored moving the fair back from its September dates but ultimately de- cided against it, according to a Daily News ar- ticle. Directors found that holding the fair in June could conflict with graduation season, and other dates would compete with area events and fairs. Additionally, moving the fair to July would again mean dealing with the heat, and would have threatened the fair's education day. Strom also said that holding the fair in Sep- tember, especially at the end of the month, means missing out on revenue. She said the fair should be held at the beginning of a month because many people are paid at the start of each month. TEHAMA DISTRICT FAIR 4-Hrep: Movefair backto summer By Andre Byik abyik@redbluffdailynews.com @andrebyik on Twitter RED BLUFF The City Council on Tuesday moved forward with a pair of street repair projects that include Givens Road and Lincoln and Crittenden streets. The projects, which the coun- cil authorized to be advertised for construction bids, are estimated to cost about $263,000, according to city staff. The street repairs were included in the city's budget, and much of the money is said to come the city's transportation fund. Public Works Director Bruce Henz said bids could come in within the next four weeks. Repairs for Givens Road, a stretch of which is unconnected between Kirsten Court and Peach Street, also will include drain- age construction between Givens and Kimball roads, according to city staff. Further, the repairs will precede planned improvements for Luther Road related to the Walmart Supercenter under con- struction at Luther Road and Mill Street. Givens Road, once repairs are complete, could become a viable alternate route in the area, allevi- ating traffic delays during Luther Road improvements, according to city staff. City Manager Richard Crabtree said off-site work for the Walmart Supercenter has begun, and he ex- pected work on the store site "to begin shorty after they pull the building permit, which could hap- pen any time." The Lincoln and Crittenden streets project, according to city staff, will include either full pave- ment removal and complete sec- tion replacement or an asphalt overlay in some areas. The repairs are a part of the city's "Neighbor- hood Street Projects that will ad- dress some of the most needed im- provements to our neighborhood streets." Both the Givens Road and Lin- coln and Crittenden streets proj- ects are not expected to use money from the city's general fund. RED BLUFF City Council paves way for street improvement projects Repairsexpectedtocostabout$263,000;bidscurrentlybeingaccepted ANDRE BYIK โ€” DAILY NEWS The Red Bluff City Council on Tuesday authorized the Public Works Department to advertise a pair of street repair projects for construction bids, which include the unconnected stretch of Givens Road, pictured, between Kirsten Court and Peach Street. Commuity.......A3 Opinion............A6 Lifestyles........A4 A&E..................A5 Sports.............. B1 Classifieds......B7 Index............... ## INDEX The Tehama Concert Series continues Sept. 25when Vivace performs at the State Theatre in Red Bluff. PAGEA5 A+E VivacetoplayState Theatre Sept. 25 Alex Funk had 10aces as Red Bluff swept Central Valley Tuesday. Los Molinos picked up a win over Live Oak. PAGE B1 SPORTS Lady Spartans win volleyball home opener Americans suffer needlessly and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, a report says. PAGE B4 HEALTH Many endure unwanted care near death Anxieties are high as Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet invasion at the start of World War II. PAGE B5 WORLD Poles fear Russia on invasion anniversary Interim Red Bluff fire chief: Blaze suspected to be human caused Unoccupied residence: Building owners reported transient problem FIRE PAGE 7 September event competes with sports, school activities FAIR PAGE 7 Corning Cardinals vs Red Bluff Spartans InsideToday Tehama County Shootout 50 th ยป redbluffdailynews.com Thursday, September 18, 2014 50CENTS AN EDITION OF THE CHICO ENTERPRISE-RECORD 7 58551 69001 9 Volume129,issue215 Today's web bonus Ebola vaccine. redbluffdailynews.com SYMPHONY Conductor candidate to debut A+E A5 SRDC Water discussed at meeting Lifestyles A4 FORECAST High: 82 Low: 58 B8

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