HIT — Just recently the California Water Commission voted to make the long-pending Sites Reservoir water storage project eligible for up to $837 million of water bond funds. The funds are a portion of the $7.1 billion authorized through Proposition 1, a water bond passed by voters in 2014.
Sites Reservoir would be filled by excess water flowing down the Sacramento River during periods of high rainfall, which we seem to be having plenty of in recent weeks. If built, the Sites project is planned to be a 1.5 million acre-feet capacity off-stream surface storage reservoir in Colusa County west of Maxwell. The eventual total cost of the project is estimated at $4 billion.
This project has been on the books for decades and would be the first major water project to be built in California since the New Melones Reservoir was completed in 1980, over 40 years ago. The concept is for Sites to be operated in coordination with other Northern California reservoirs such as Shasta, Oroville, and Folsom to increase the flexibility, reliability and resiliency of these water supply facilities which provide recreation, protect areas from floods, address environmental needs, and meet water supply needs of agriculture and urban water users.
HIT — A big hit for Chico High Senior Sam Ruffino for being named Defensive all-section Most Valuable Player — fitting, given the number of “big hits” he delivered for the Panthers this season. This is the first time in five years that a player from Chico High has been named an all-section MVP.
Ruffino is captain of the offensive and defensive line and the Panthers’ lone four-year varsity player. Two teammates, Michael Zopp and Seth Cook, will join him on the first team of the All-Northern Section team.
Well done, gentlemen!
HIT — Isn’t it nice to watch the evening news and see updates on road conditions because of heavy snowfall, and forecasts calling for several days of rain?
This is the winter (so far) we’ve needed for a good number of years. It’s also a reminder that, as noted in the first “hit” today, our state needs to do a much better job of storing this excessive water during the peak years.
The snowpack is building in a big way and we are already seeing rising lake levels all over the north state.
As any good weather reporter will tell you, none of this means the drought is “over.” But it sure is a fantastic start.
And, by all means, please drive carefully. If you’ve never driven in snow or on icy roads before, don’t think for one second you know what you’re doing. You don’t. Play it extra, extra safe and let’s keep the word “accident” out of the news as much as possible.
HIT — That’s right. Four in a row. Who would have believed it?
What better day of the year than Christmas to pause and remind our readers that good news and bad news do not necessarily have to come in equal amounts.
Yes, we saw a lot of bad things happen this year. Many are going to carry over into 2022 and beyond.
We can’t let that rob us of our hope or our optimism. Our wonderful city, and county, got where they are because an incredible number of good people spent an incredible amount of time and blood, sweat and tears making it this way.
Be kind to one another. Do great things for people whether they deserve it or not.
And — here’s a big one — how about we concentrate on finding some “common ground” for a change?
There’s a quote that has been credited to everyone from President Truman to President Reagan to UCLA coaching legend John Wooden. We’re not sure who said it first and in this context, we don’t care. Here’s the quote:
“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
That’s exactly right. We live in an era where partisan politics stands in the way of actual accomplishments; where no side wants “the other side” to get credit for anything good that happens; and where everything is viewed through the prism of “will this help us to stay in power?”
Enough already. Let’s all concentrate on the issues and forget whether or not they have an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ after them. Do that, and “We the People” will have professional politicians scared to death of our next moves — instead of the other way around for a change.
And, especially, let’s be good to one another. If you’re not sure what to get somebody for Christmas, try showing them some kindness instead.
Merry Christmas, everybody.