Highlights, lowlights from the news of the week – Chico Enterprise-Record

BLOW — It is rare for a company and its owner to attain “living legend” status.

Scotty’s Landing and owner John Scott passed this milestone a long time ago.

The news that Scotty’s Landing is for sale came as a bit of a shock this week, especially since there’s hardly anyone in this area who doesn’t have many favorite memories of the place — be it live music, a pit-stop a raft down the river or (perhaps especially) that prime rib dinner.

But everyone deserves a break at some point, and Scott more than earned his.

“I’m trying to retire and relax, but I also want someone else to have it, take it over so it can go on — so I’m trying to sell it before I die — it’s a historic landmark,” Scott said .

As mentioned in an ER story seven years ago, Scott is more than just a household name at the restaurant. His knowledge of the river is not only legendary, it has saved countless lives: “For decades, Scott has been known as the man who calls out when people on the Sacramento River need help. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, and Hamilton City Fire Department are known to call Scott when people floating on pipes get into trouble, and because Scott always has a boat at his dock, he hits others rescuer in most emergencies. ”

Nobody can ever replace John Scott. We hope the right investors will take up this challenge and keep his great company alive and thriving for decades to come.

FAIL — We have to ask — why on earth aren’t more people voting?

Could the state of California make it even easier for you than it already is?

You will receive a ballot in the mail. It includes a return envelope. You don’t even need a stamp. Aside from sending a person or robot to your home and having them hand you a pen and forcing you to sit down at the table and fill it out, how much easier could it possibly get?

And yet a lot of people just don’t do it.

For example, check out the Chico City Council races. We have more than 100,000 Chico residents—but how many people bothered to vote in the four county council elections? Just a few thousand?

It’s pathetic. But given the level of partisanship and outright hatred that pervades so many of the local races, it comes as no surprise either. A lot of people are just fed up with the whole mess.

BLOW — We often recognize outstanding sporting achievements in this area. This week we present one of the most amazing yet.

The Chico State men’s cross-country team, led by coach Gary Towne, won the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship for the 20th consecutive season on Saturday, with six Wildcats earning All-CCAA honors. The streak is the longest in all CCAA sports.

The women’s cross-country team, also coached by Towne, finished in second place behind Stanislaus State but has won 16 of the last 20 CCAA titles and finished second in the other four.

That’s 36 combined championships and four second places in 40 attempts.

It’s one of the best domestic success stories we know. Towne, who is in his 27th year as a cross country head coach, is a graduate of Corning High who received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Chico State in 1991 and his master’s degree in physical education in 1996. Since then he has produced the best athletes, while coaching an incredible 72 All-Americans.

He is particularly proud of the family atmosphere in the team: “Once a part of the Wildcat family, you’re a part forever.”

With a tradition like this, who would ever want to leave?

FAIL – Lest we sound like we’re treating Butte County voters too harshly, we have to point out that things are worse not too far up the road.

Widespread ridiculous theories about “rigged elections” became so commonplace in Shasta County that Cathy Darling Allen, the voter clerk and registrar, asked Redding police to escort her and her staff to their vehicles. This is a first in her 18 years on the job. She said poll workers were being followed in their cars and some people even slept outside the office “to prevent anyone from tampering with ballots.”

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, the day before the Jan. 6, 2021 riot in the US Capitol, a man stood before the Shasta County board of directors and said, “When the ballot box is gone, there is only the cartridge box. They made bullets expensive. But luckily for you, ropes are reusable.”

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: why anyone would want to run for public office in the face of such despicable behavior baffles us.

Hits and misses are compiled by the editors.

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