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Jutting out into the river above Bedrock Park is a long finger of a rocky peninsula anchored by ravaged shrubs and small trees. The twisted tangles that repel people fashion nice habitat for thicket critters, and my attention was taken by three deer and one little stray dog.

Agricultural water users south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will be getting more water this year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced. The allocation to south-of-delta water users was increased Friday from 40 percent to 45 percent of what’s desired.

Sacramento >> Just as a ballot initiative that would dramatically expand Proposition 13 tax benefits for longtime homeowners was deemed eligible for the November ballot earlier this month, its proponents said they were negotiating with the Legislature on a compromise to avoid a bruising and costly initiative battle.

Chico >> Freshly shaved sheep, lambs, cows, pigs and goats were all up for sale Saturday in the Junior Livestock Auction held in Cassady Pavilion at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. The slew of market livestock was briefly in the care of 500 budding Future Farmers of America since January.

Out of the mists of the past came a clear picture of an art instructor in the Bay Area who was an inspiration to me. Robert Rishell taught an art group and I joined. I soon picked up that he was a renowned landscape and portrait painter of the 1970 era, and in my fledgling art aspirations I was eager to absorb any suggestions he made.

“Our real journey in life is interior; it is a matter of growth, deepening and of an ever greater surrender to the creative love and grace in our hearts.” This is a quote from Thomas Merton, a Trappist Monk, who was also a poet, social activist and student of comparative religion.

Sometimes you gotta do whatchya gotta do. Such was the case last Saturday morning. I was up early and at my desk by about 7:30 a.m. takin’ care of business. My beloved husband had run out to grab a paper and pick up sunflower micro greens for me at the farmers market.

Four fires that broke out last October in Butte and Nevada counties have been linked by Cal Fire to trees or tree branches falling into PG&E power lines, and three of the cases involved violations of the law that requires the utility to maintain adequate clearance around its lines.

Chico >> Whether the Butte County district attorney will have a shot at winning a lawsuit against the state Department of Water Resources could come down to a comma. At the North Butte County Courthouse on Friday, the two sides presented different interpretations of the 1875 law that District Attorney Mike Ramsey is suing under for environmental damages caused by the Oroville Dam crisis in February 2017.

Oroville >> The Butte County Board of Supervisors this week waded into the controversy about the operations of the Community Action Agency. The Community Action Agency has been accused of operating behind closed doors and faces demands that the agency follow the state’s open meetings laws, which CAA has resisted.

Butte Valley >> It was the final test question as roughly 400 Butte College students waited outside: Will the skies open and pour on them? That crossed many minds Friday night during Butte College’s 49th commencement ceremonies as the day started with showers.

For me, Memorial Day weekend always marks the start of fair season with Chico’s Silver Dollar Fair. It’s by no means the first California fair of the year, but it’s the first one I tend to attend in spring (and believe me, you tend to attend a lot of fairs when your husband is a fair manager).

Chico >> The Silver Dollar Fair begins a five-day run Thursday, with gates opening at 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds in south Chico. Fair admission is just $1 today. There’s no headline music or grandstand event tonight, but there are three chances to see the new sea lion show, and a couple of turkey races.

Chico >> Chico State University received recognition for its cost and return on investment. The Payscale College Return on Investment Report, which evaluates the cost of attending college against the long-term earning potential of students after graduation, included Chico State on its list of the top 100 schools for return on investment.

Three candidates are running for the 4th Senate District seat in the coming election, a Republican incumbent and two Democratic challengers. Chico Area Recreation and Park District board member Michael Worley and Citrus Heights-based community organizer Phillip Kim are both vying for the office currently held by Sen.

Oroville >> Passenger trains may yet be running from the old Oroville train depot. A private buyer is in escrow to purchase the site, and putting people on the rails is part of his plans. Dallas property developer Kevin Morris has a deal to buy the 1910 building and the surrounding 2.

BARKER: Donald A. Barker, 87, of Paradise, died Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Sacramento. Arrangements are under the direction of Paradise Chapel of the Pines, 877-4991. CAMPBELL: Christopher John Campbell, 35, of Paradise, died Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Paradise.

Chico >> Friday is Kids Day at the Silver Dollar Fair, with children 12 and younger admitted free. Admission for those 13-64 is $10 and seniors over 65 are $8. Parking is $7. There is a wristband available for unlimited rides on the midway for $32.

The Paradise Community Band’s Spring Concert with the theme“American Composers” will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at Paradise Methodist Church, 6722 Clark Road. The band will perform American favorites such as “The Charleston,” “Tea for Two” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.

James Ibedson is an aspiring New York City artist whose middling-quality work can’t catch a break. The critics ruthlessly hammer his latest gallery showing. The adult son of a wealthy art collector, he’s filthy rich and resentful that the Art Establishment can’t see beyond his money to the talent he actually has.