But I’m managing to find the energy to develop my list of top local stories in 2006.
This is not a comprehensive list since I’m not reviewing a year’s worth of local news stories.
I just wanted to note several local stories or events that made an impression on me – or least made enough of an impression for me to recall at this moment.
The Chico Beat already published its stream-of-consciousness review. I expect the News & Review will publish its list this Thursday, along with the E-R later this week.
Here’s my short list, in no particular order:
1. Local elections. Two incumbents – one City Councilor and one CUSD Trustee – are defeated. Maureen Kirk wins the Third District Supervisor seat. Mary Flynn, Scott Gruendl, and Tom Nickell win Council positions. Rick Rees, Andrea Lerner-Thompson, and Kathy Kaiser win school board seats.
2. City Council approves Enloe expansion plans.
3. Butte County General Plan update begins.
4. Tom Fogarty’s Oak Valley development lawsuit filed, which is still unresolved.
5. Renovated downtown City Plaza finally opens.
6. The Chico Beat begins publication.
7. Evan Tuchinsky takes over News & Review editorial helm and brings back veteran reporter and feature writer Bob Speer.
8. Early fighting over proposed Mechoopda casino.
9. Enloe CEO Dan Neumeister leaves. Several prominent Enloe Board members also move on.
10. Supevisor Mary Anne Houx passes away.
11. Chico State and City of Chico make sustainability a key policy priority.
12. Never-ending infill land-use battles.
13. Several highly visible road improvements are completed.
14. Animal shelter woes continue.
15. Several downtown groups organize with some shared but also differing visions of how to improve downtown.
What local stories did you find compelling in 2006, or that I forgot to mention?
Today’s Scrabble word is swarf, or material removed by a cutting tool.
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