Highlights, low points of the news of the week – Chico Enterprise-Record

HIT — It’s rare for a business and its owner to achieve “living legend” status.

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

The news that Scotty’s Landing is on sale was a bit of a shock this week, largely because there’s hardly anyone in these parts who doesn’t have a good number of favorite memories about the place – whether this either live music, a pit-stop after a float on the river or (perhaps mostly) those prime rib dinners.

But everyone deserves a break, and Scott more than deserved 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 – that’s why I’m trying to sell it before I die – it’s a historic landmark,” Scott said.

As noted in an Emergency story seven years ago, Scott is more than a well-known figure inside 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 to call when people need help on the Sacramento River. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, and the City of Hamilton Fire Department have been known to call Scott when people floating on tubes are in trouble and because Scott has a boat always tethered to his dock, he beats other lifeguards in most emergencies. ”

No one can ever replace John Scott. Here’s hoping the right investors accept this challenge and keep his great business alive and thriving for decades to come.

MISS — We have to ask ourselves — why the hell aren’t more people voting?

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

You receive a ballot by mail. It includes a return envelope. You don’t even need a tampon. Short of sending a person or a robot to your house and having them put a pen in their hand and force you to sit down at the table and fill it out, how much easier could that be?

And yet, many people still don’t.

Look at the Chico City Council races as an example. We have over 100,000 residents of Chico – but how many people bothered to vote in the four district council races? Only a few thousand?

It is pathetic. But, given the levels of partisanship and outright hatred that dominate so many local races, this can’t be called a surprise either. A lot of people are just fed up with all the clutter.

HIT — We often recognize outstanding athletic achievement in this space. This week, we bring you one of the most amazing to date.

The Chico State men’s cross country team, under coach Gary Towne, won its 20th consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association championship on Saturday, with six Wildcats earning All-CCAA honors . The streak is the longest of any CCAA sport.

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

That’s 36 combined championships and four second-place finishes in 40 tries.

It’s one of the best local success stories we know of. Towne, in his 27th year as a cross-country head coach, is a Corning High grad who earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Chico State in 1991 and his master’s degree in physical education from 1996. Since then, he has brought out the best in athletes. , resulting in an incredible 72 All-Americans along the way.

He is particularly proud of the team’s family atmosphere, saying, “Once a part of the Wildcat family, you’re part of it forever.

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

MISS – Lest we sound like we’re being too hard on Butte County voters, we have to point out that not too far up the road things are even worse.

Ridiculous theories about “rigged elections” have become so common in Shasta County that Cathy Darling Allen, the clerk and registrar of voters, asked Redding police to escort her and her staff to to their vehicles. This is a first in 18 years in the business. She said election workers were followed in their cars and some people even slept outside the office “to prevent anyone from tampering with ballots.”

According to a Los Angeles Times article, the day before the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol, a man appeared before the Shasta County Board of Supervisors and said, “When the ballot box is part, there is only the cartridge box. You made bullets expensive. But luckily for you, the strings 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 heinous behavior is beyond us.

Successes and failures are compiled by the editorial board.