News of Our Past: North Valley Plaza celebrates grand opening


Public to feel budget pinch: county to close Fridays

OROVILLE — A shortened four-day work week for Butte County employees, to begin later this month, will change the way the local courts operate and mean less public access to most county offices.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally adopted the new schedule, closed Fridays, and a 5 percent pay cut, which county employees voted to accept.

The Superior Court will be open from 8 a.m. until noon Friday, but only one judge and courtroom will be available for hearing pretrial law and motion calendars and contested juvenile cases.

Judges in both the Superior and Municipal Courts have agreed to put in four, 10-hour days to further minimize the effect of the shortened work week on the court system.

“It’s experimental right now,” noted Superior Court Judge William Patrick.

Public Defender Dennis Hoptowit pointed out that the judges coordinated their schedules with those of the attorneys to minimize any potential conflicts. However, Bill Short, an Oroville lawyer, who is also under contract to provide public defender services in felony criminal matters, fears that his private legal practice will suffer because the main criminal and civil calendars will be heard on the same day.

Unlike the Superior Court, the Oroville and Chico Municipal courts will adhere to the new four-day Monday through Thursday work week, with both courts closed Friday.

— Chico Enterprise-Record, October 15, 1993


North Valley Plaza opens here today

NVP has arrived! And, the general public terms it fabulous, beautiful, wonderful, spectacular, different, gorgeous, et. cetera, et. cetera and ET CETERA!

North Valley Plaza Shopping Center officially opened today with ribbon cuttings at both the mall and at the new Penney’s store this morning.

The center features daylight lighting throughout and planters in the mall area that go through to the ground below. The mall is 575 feet long from Penney’s to Montgomery Wards, and is 35 feet wide.

One of the highlights is a fountain in the center with a mobile hanging above designed by professor Stephen Wilson of Chico State College’s Art Department. The mobile is a many-colored array of hanging discs and weighs over one-half-ton.

Shoppers were questioned here this morning.

“It will probably make Chico one of the leading shopping centers in Northern California.” said Pat Lappin, manager of the Greater Chico Chamber of Commerce. “And it is probably one of the biggest boons to the greater Chico area we’ve had in many years.

— Chico Daily Enterprise, October 16, 1968


Gas for Hunters Out of Question

Special gasoline rations for hunters are “simply out of the question,” Gilbert McNeil, district mileage representative of the Office of Price Administration announced today.

“In addition to the present very serious tire situation, Petroleum Administrator Harold L. Ickes announced only last week that war demands require a cut of 28,000 barrels in our Western gasoline consumption.”

According to Ickes, 1941 military used a great deal more of the total western gasoline supply. Currently the armed forces are using 43 percent of the total produced and their needs are expected to rise to 52 percent during the next year.

“For many months we have been concerned in the west with restricting mileage to conserve tires,” McNeil said. “The tire problem is definitely here and we will be 8,000,000 tires short of our national needs during the balance of the year. …

— Chico Daily Enterprise, October 21, 1943


Frightened Team Injures Driver

Kicked three times on the left leg by a terrified horse while driving the team and a wagon load of hay into Nelson, Don Young of Chapmantown received a fractured leg and severed artery from which he would have bled to death but for first aid administered by a Nelson woman, who used her apron as a tourniquet. Dr. P.F. Bullington, when called, found a fracture, a four-inch gash, and severance of the tibial artery.

The team had been frighted by a passing automobile, and Young, who was sitting on the double tree with his legs hanging, received the full force of the kicks of the horse in front of him. Fainting, Young fell from the wagon, and the team tore down the road.

— Chico Daily Enterprise, October 17, 1918



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