colusa clean  10 11  17Benise Carter and Kevin FoleyColusa, Ca.

Colusa County volunteers joined in the 6th annual effort to clean up the banks of the Sacramento River in Colusa. This year they fanned out to include areas along the State Park, the area on the opposite side of the Bridge Street Bridge and also at Colusa Weir.

The event; held on September 30, and sponsored by Premier Mushrooms Inc., Central Valley Gas Storage, Colusa Industrial Properties, River Partners and Recology is held each year in conjunction with the annual California Coastal Clean-up Day.

About 40 volunteers joined the effort in Colusa this year. “We cleared less trash and recyclables this year, but that means our efforts in past years are paying off,” said Premier Mushroom’s sustainability manager Kevin Foley who organizes the event each year.

Colusa County Supervisor Denise Carter, who has participated with the clean up annually, spoke briefly prior to the start of the effort. She reminded the volunteers that Foley has made the effort to make sure this happens each year.

She also commented that last year the clean up included a flooded out homeless encampment. “The massive amounts of rain last year had demolished the camp. The volunteers made a great effort to clear it, but the probation department also followed up two weekends after the event to finish the job,” she said. The river clean up group hauled out five truckloads of debris which resulted in Recology who had brought two trash bins for the clean-up to bring in a third bin.

Carter and fellow supervisor John Loudon and his wife Nancy always show up to help out with this event.

“I think it is wonderful that our supervisors show an enthusiasm for community by always helping out,” said Jennifer Diaz, publicist for Premier Mushrooms Inc.

“This has become a great event in Colusa County,” said Foley. “We have a lot of people who return year after year to help with this effort,” he said. “We appreciate the continued support,” he added.

Following the clean up, a continental breakfast prepared by Caffeinated and sponsored by Colusa Industrial Properties was served onsite.

picture: Denise Carter and Kevin Foley

The Grimes Ladies Aid Society will hold its annual dinner and bazaar on Saturday, November 4th, at the Grand Island Elementary School, beginning at 5:00p.m. We will be serving our delicious turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings, dessert and beverage. Dinner is $12.00 for adults, $5.00 for children aged 5-12 and free for children under the age of 5. All the ladies aiders and many Grimes friends work hard to make this a delightful evening.

Bazaar booths will begin selling at 5:00 p.m., and will include linens, crafts – which include many Christmas items, boutique items, mystery packages for all ages, a country store with local produce, baked goods, candies and jellies. The Grimes Civic Association will also sponsor a raffle table which helps us to maintain our scout cabin, a popular meeting place since the 1930’s. Most exciting is always the awarding of a gorgeous hand-made quilt!

The Grimes ladies aid was organized in 1901. This annual dinner and bazaar is a wonderful small town celebration shared by the entire community of Grimes and our neighbors. The public is cordially invited to attend this once a year fundraiser. This helps us to maintain the beautiful Grimes community church (which was built in 1875), as well as supporting our school and various community needs.

We hope you all will join us for the great food, fun and fellowship on Saturday, November 4th, beginning at 5:00 p.m.


Set for September

Colusa’s annual River Clean-up Day will be on Saturday, September 30 at 9 a.m. at the Sacramento River State Park in Colusa. Premier Mushrooms Inc. and Central Valley Gas Storage will sponsor the annual effort to keep our waterways clean and free of debris. Inked In & Stitched Up t-shirts will be provided to all volunteers.

Premier Mushrooms Inc. Sustainability Manager Kevin Foley is once again heading up this event and it will be the 6th time the event has been held in Colusa.

The local effort is held each year in September in conjunction with the State’s largest volunteer event, California’s Coastal Clean-up Day.

River Partners’ will be a part of the event as well. A River Partners’ biologist will provide a presentation highlighting the restoration efforts they’ve made along the river bank.

River Partners’ is a Chico-based non-profit with a mission to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment.

Foley commented that the group has been helpful with previous clean-ups and that they have accomplished a lot of work to improve the area along the Sacramento River bank.

Foley said he is pleased with the support and volunteerism the project has received in Colusa. “Everyone has always come out ready to get their hands dirty and we’ve been lucky to have so much support,” he said.

“We have many repeat volunteers (families, groups and individuals) who have been volunteering since the first year,” said Foley. “We really appreciate the ongoing support these folks have shown for the project,” he said.

Following this year’s clean up there will be refreshments and beverages served at the State Park picnic area.

If you are interested in being a part of this event please contact Kevin Foley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kathy Craigo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling Craigo at (530) 632-1164.

by Carol Withington


The early beginnings of the community of Colusa can be traced back to the mid 1840s. According to research, Dr. Robert Semple of Benicia stopped briefly at the Rancheria of the Colusi Indians during a return trip. It is said that Dr. Semple was so impressed with the beauty of the area along with its fertile soil that he inquired as to who owned the land. He was told it was John Bidwell, who obtained it under a Mexican Grant.

When his brother Colonel Charles Semple arrived in California in 1849, Dr. Semple informed him about the Rancheria. The Colonel soon after located Bidwell and the purchase was made.

In the early 1850s,, Colonel Semple, accompanied with a small group, arrived to the area by steamboat. it appears they miscalculated their landing and ended up seven miles past the Rancheria. Realizing their mistake, they moved on down the river where they eventually built a "crude" hotel, surveyed the streets and a new town was born.

Witnessing this event was William Semple Green, the 17-year-old nephew of the Colonel, who would later become one of the most prominent citizens of the area.

During this time, both the county and town were named Colusi, derived from the name of the Coru Indian tribe who lived along the Sacramento River during the 1840s. Some sources relate that the Coru Indians came to be known as the "Colus" by the French explorers because of a "twisted" pronunciation. Whatever the case may be, both the county and town names were changed to Colusa in 1854 by an act of the California Legislature.

Monroeville was the first county seat, but in November of 1853, it was moved to Colusi. That same year, the first official jail and courtroom were built on Market Street. A hall of records, a town hall and county hospital would later be added in the years to come.

Due to its location on the Sacramento Pacific Railroad, the town of Colusa began to flourish. In 1861, a post office was established with J. Hop Woods, owner of the Colusa Drug Store, serving as postmaster. Although Colusa was largely dependent on its grain fields and fruit orchards and other agriculture, the community also boasted of a Canning, Drying and Packing Company along with a foundry and machine shop which manufactured plows, wagons, buggies, traction engines and agricultural implements.

Other businesses included a marble works, two cigar factories and a flour mill. In addition, the Colusa County Bank was considered "one of the most prosperous and soundly conducted interior banks" in California.

Incorporated in 1886, Colusa embraced all the major businesses needed for its community. There were general merchandise and clothing stores, drug stores, books and stationery stores, along with jewelry and millinery businesses. Hotels and restaurants were also among the many establishments.

In addition, physicians, dentists, attorneys and building contractors were all available to meet the needs of the citizenry. There was also a grammar school, a high school and a parochial school of the Catholic Church. Other churches included the M.E. Church South, the Christian and the Presbyterian.

The Colusa Gas Company incorporated March 5, 1886, supplied the town with its first illumination on March 31. The capacity of the works was said to be sufficient enough for a town of 10,000 inhabitants.

The community also included the Daily and Weekly Sun, the Herald weekly and the Gazette daily newspapers. However, it was the Colusa Sun which come into the forefront over the years. Thanks to William Semple Green, its editor and publisher, this newspaper was the "voice of Colusa County" for over forty years. Green, also known as the "father of irrigation" in California was self-educated. However, he became an author of the history of Colusa County as well as the entire state.

Green was also a United States Surveyor during President Cleveland's administration. Some even considered him a "hero" of the county--quite a compliment for one of the founders of the town of Colusa who first arrived on a steamboat at the age of 17.

Note: Over the next few months, the histories of Sites, Stonyford, Grimes, Leesville and Grand Island will be featured.


Stonyford Community Blood Drive

Wednesday, July 26th

11am – 3pm

Town Hall

First Street, Stonyford

Participants earn MyBloodSource Rewards and receive a FREE t-shirt!

July 4th Fireworks at the Colusa County Fairgrounds. The gates open at 7pm. and the admission is free. Show Starts at dark

Three generations of Colusa County residents prepare to race pinewood derby cars at the Colusa County Fair last Sunday. From left to right Julianna Velazquez, Jeanine Burgess, James Velazquez, and Jennifer Velazquez prepare to race. The Boy Scout booth run by the Buttes Area District of Boy Scouts ran the booth giving out certificates to all participants. Racers of all ages raced cars over the four days of the fair. For more information about joining Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in Colusa County , email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .ready 6 21 17

The 78th Colusa County Fair, June 8-11

Fair Beer Garden

“The Garden, hosted each year by the Sacramento Rural Fire Protection District (Sac River Fire) has been relocated to a larger area next to the Main Stage entertainment and closer to all of the food and the main mall,” said Fair CEO Jonathan Howard.

In past years beer garden patrons have been restricted to staying in the garden while enjoying their beverage. This year the rules have changed and patrons will be allowed to walk about the fairgrounds with their beer until 7pm daily.

Etchepare Garden

Etchepare Hall and courtyard/stage area at the Colusa County Fair will be a hub of entertainment and culture at this year’s Fair says CEO Jonathan Howard.

Two years ago, the circa 1970’s Etchepare Hall was rejuvenated and updated with the development of Frances M. Etchepare Memorial Courtyard/Stage and renovations to the hall itself. The renovations to the hall included painting of the building and installation of air conditioning for the building. A drainage system was put into place to eliminate any flooding issues of the area

This year the stage and the hall will host live music from returning artist Razzvio, a violin and electronic drum duo that reinvent familiar pop and rock arrangements from an entirely different angle. New to the stage is Jessica Styler playing an instrument called Hand Pans (Hang). Hang sounds like an incredible meld between a harp, xylophone, hand bells, and a gong.

In addition to Razzvio and Jessica Styler, the stage will be filled with more acts including local talent. “We will have more shows on the stage this year, and the hall itself will be filled with the floral displays," he said.

New Event for Festival Hall

Instead of only the usual commercial items, the building, will now host about 30 booths including commercial and handmade items.

“Our goal for the building is to create an opportunity for the whole family to find souvenirs from the fair,” said Araceli Plaza from the fairgrounds.

“We have a candy lady coming back this year,” said Plaza. “Everyone likes the candy.”

Johnston Amusements and the Johnston family have been entertaining families for more than 60 years. Johnston Amusements is one of the top providers of amusement rides, games and food .

“They are the best of the best, and we are fortunate to have them at our Colusa County Fair,” said Fair CEO Jonathan Howard. “This year’s theme is “Carnival Fun for Everyone,” said Howard. Having Johnston Amusements here makes that more than a theme; it is a solid promise,” he added.

Krouse photo  5 31 17Photo: Dr. S. Samuel Krouse & Ann KrouseColusa First Christian Church has called Dr. S. Samuel Krouse to be their pastor.

He and his wife, Ann (Bowden) Krouse, have deep roots in Colusa County. Ann grew up in Grimes, graduated from Pierce High School in 1964.

Samuel graduated from Colusa High School in 1965, and two weeks later married Ann. Ann worked at the Colusa County Library while he attended Yuba College and then Chico State.

After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army they moved back to the area and then on to Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, where Dr. Krouse earned a Master of Divinity in 1975 and a Doctor of Ministry in 1979.

The couple has two daughters and four grandchildren. They pastored in several churches from 1975 until 2012, when Dr. Krouse retired at 65.

He continues to teach at a charter school in Marysville (20 years now). He did some pulpit supply for the First Christian Church, then when the church leaders asked him to consider being their pastor, he and Ann prayed and felt God calling them back into the pastoral ministry, beginning in May of this year.

The church has an unusual time for Sunday Worship service - 5:00 p.m. They wanted to give people an alternative to Sunday morning. There is also a weekly adult Bible study during the week. The church building is the oldest in Colusa, having been completed in 1869 and in continuous use since then! It is part of the Disciples of Christ denomination.


June 8 through 11

The Ben Mallare Band is one of the featured acts on Main Stage at the Colusa County Fair. The band will appear on the stage on Friday night, but one of the “alter-ego’s” , The Vynl Players will be on stage Thursday night.

“We are fortunate to have a group of this caliber perform at our Fair,” said Jonathan Howard, Fair CEO. “These guys put on a great show and have even performed for huge companies like Nike, Toyota, IBM, LinkedIn, LG, Heathline and Edward Jones,” said Howard.

Chad Bushnell, an up and coming country singer is making a stop at the Colusa County Fair. He is on Festival Stage for one-night-only, Thursday, June 8.

Growing up in Red Bluff, Ca , Bushnell says he knew from watching his dad as lead guitar in a country band that that was what he too wanted to do. He has been singing since the age of four.

Now, he has opened for big names in the industry including Scotty McCreery, Lee Brice, Tracy Lawrence, Neil McCoy, Billy Currington, Mark Wills, Josh Gracin, Mark Chesnutt, Jerrod Neimann, Tyler Farr, and has been back to Nashville to meet with Teddy Gentry from the Alabama Band. He has a new album out called “Tennessee” that was recorded at Studio 19 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“This is pretty exciting to have Chad come to our fair,” said Fair CEO Jonathon Howard. “I suspect we will be hearing his name a lot in the future, and we can say he played at the Colusa County Fair,” added Howard.

The Elevators bring Reggae/Funk to Colusa County Fair

Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, original Reggae Band The Elevators have been bringing their distinctive beach Reggae sound to fans and music lovers up and down the East Coast. The group’s following has continued to grow as they introduce songs from their new record “The Cornerstone”, released on the band’s own imprint Belly Full Records.

The group will grace the West Coast with their style when they perform for one night only on the Festival Stage.

The band is no stranger to performing with other high caliber performers. They have performed with both North American and international touring acts such as Ziggy Marley, Stick Figure, The Movement, John Browns Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Passafire, New Kingston, Bad Fish, Anthony B, and many more. In addition to club and theater performances, the band has performed at festivals throughout the United States including Levitate Music Festival (MA), Mount Snow Reggae Festival (VT), Front Porch Fest (VA), and Frozen Harbor Music Festival.

Sunny and the Black Pack headline Festival Stage

The Stage will feature a great line-up including Sunny and the Black Pack with Tammy Byerly. They will be on stage Saturday, June 10.

For years, The Black Pack and its producers composed and created some of the world's most influential music. Producing for such genres as Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Reggae, and even Jazz.

In a recent move to fulfill their desire to share their own music and message with the world, The Black Pack has pivoted from producing to performing.

Sunny Promyotin, lead vocalist, piano player and ukulele artist leads the group.

Mutli-instrumental, composer, lyricist, producer and performer, Tammy Byerly has been one of the most talented individuals to join forces with The Black Pack. While scheduling and location don't allow her to perform on a regular basis with the band, she has been known to grace the live shows when opportunity allows.

Singing, rapping, beat-boxing cello player coming to the Colusa County Fair

The Colusa County Fair (June 8-11, 2017) has expanded its stage entertainment, and has found some pretty unique entertainment says Fair CEO Jonathan Howard.

“One act we are particularly excited about is Joey Chang- aka Cello Joe. This guy is amazing,” Howard said.

Hip hop had always been part of Joey’s listening diet and because of this habit; beat-boxing naturally began to work its way into his improvisations on the street.

Also CMA notable Dave Russell coming to Colusa County Fair

The Country Music Association (CMA) named Dave Russell as being “Who New to Watch” and he’s coming to the Colusa County Fair.

Dave Russell has shared billing with such great artists as Glorianna, Brett Eldredge, James Otto, Justin Moore, Steve Holy, and James Wesley. Along with his shows on the west coast, Dave is always a favorite at CMA Fanfest every year with hundreds of people continually lined up to meet with him and get autographs. Part of his appeal is in fact, the “down home attitude and accessibility” he always shows his fans.

Napa Valley Duo bringing acoustic sounds to Fair

JourneyDay & Jade, a Napa Valley bother/sister duo will appear at the Colusa County Fair.

The brother and sister have been playing music together from a very young age. Now, they tour together appearing at fairs, festivals and other venues and music halls.

New to the Colusa County Fair is Lanky the Clown (aka Danny Kollaja).

Lanky will be the Kids’ World host this year. Lanky has more than 25 years of clowning experience. He has traveled the world entertaining children and adults.

He has repeatedly toured Russia and Guatemala, and has toured Afghanistan and Cambodia as part of an International Coalition of Clowns put together by renowned Medical Doctor, Patch Adams - yes the same Patch from the famed movie.

The concept was to take the simple universal language of clowning to the children of that war-torn country. Thousands of children were visited, many in hospitals and orphanages. This tour was undertaken at great risk to the thirty or so clowns from around the world that took part in it.

“We are very pleased that Lanky will be a part of our 2017 Colusa County Fair, “Its going to be a great Fair this year” said Fair CEO Jonathan Howard.

Craigo Wedding photo  5 24 17Katherine Craigo and Thomas Harteis were married on May 13, 2017. The ceremony was held at the Badlands Bible Camp near Medora North Dakota.

The bride was given in marriage by her two sons, John VonSchriltz and Val Craigo. Attending the bride were her daughters, Velvet Craigo and Tiffany Craigo. The bride's granddaughter Lea Craigo was flower girl.

Standing with the groom were friends of the couple Gary Teragawa serving as best man and Keith Bear as groomsman. Ring bearers for the couple were the bride's grandsons Vaughn and Kohen Craigo.

The bride's granddaughters Jade and Annalee VonShriltz attended the guest book. Diane Melbye officiated the ceremony.

Music was provided by the bride's daughter-in-law Becky Craigo, and friends of the couple Keith Bear and Vern Paulson. The bride's daughter-n-law Tara Craigo provided a special reading.

A dinner reception followed the ceremony. The dinner was hosted by the bride's children and prepared and served by Velvet Craigo, Jodi Ebel and Tara Losinski. Becky Craigo baked and designed the wedding cake which sat atop a rustic wooden stand built by Val Craigo.

The couple will make their home in Nice, CA.

During the Colusa County Fair (Carnival Fun for Everyone) June 8-11, patrons will be able to hop aboard Cowboy Ken’s red train that holds 36 people to learn about the fair's entertainment, foods and rides.

"I always say, 'Whenever you see my train and me, your rides are always free," Cowboy Ken (Ken Kiefer) said.

The train conductor started working in fairs 35 years ago after buying a pony to give rides to his kids. In the last 16 years, he started driving trains.

Cowboy Ken has gotten to know families over the years while working at festivals. He is now giving train rides to the grandchildren of some of the kids he took around on ponies.

Over the years, he moved from a gas-powered train, to diesel, to propane, to electric, and now to solar.

His 6-year-old solar train has six batteries that are usually charged by a solar panel on the roof, but he can also plug it in and charge them with electricity.

Cowboy Ken designed the train over a period of 4 1/2 years before having it custom built in Belgium. It is made out of completely recyclable materials, and if he ever needs a new train, he will send it back to Belgium, and they will use the different parts to build a new one.

It is the only solar, battery-powered train that runs without being on a track in at least six Western states — California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Idaho and Nevada. Cowboy Ken said it might even be the only one in the entire United States.

His conductor's hat has the train's name, Rawhide Express, across the top. He named it after his ranch in Cool, which is a small town near Auburn.

Kids World.

Kids will have a special place to call their own at the Colusa County Fair (Carnival Fun for Everyone) a play area designed for children 10 and under where everything is FREE and the parents can sit and relax. The children will find lots of fun activities like hand painting, drawing boards, Hula Hoops, building blocks, the kid car play zone, sand box, musical instruments to play, a bean bag toss, jump ropes, activity cube, bowling, busy bones puzzle, and a magnetic sand table.

The 2017 Colusa County Fair's theme is "Carnival Fun for Everyone" and will run June 8-11 this year. Its not too early to start thinking about making this one of the best Fairs ever said Colusa County Fair CEO Jonathan Howard.

Carnival Fun for Everyone is a reminder that this is one of the biggest family-oriented celebrations each year in Colusa County.

This year is no different from past years as the Colusa County Fair Board and CEO Jonathan Howard have laid plans for a great fair.

"We've made some changes to our entertainment line up this year, and we are happy to say we will have a great line-up of performers on three stages as well as ground acts, and ongoing activities at Kid's World," said Howard.

Howard said he is so thankful for the support the Fair receives each year. "Not only do we have great patrons who support us by attending our fair, but we are lucky that we have the continued support of our county businesses and residents," he said.

There are many ways to support the fair.

Howard said volunteers, as always are the mainstay behind the smooth operation of the event, but there is also a need for financial support.

Along with the entertainment fees, there is always a need for sponsorship of events such as the Demolition Derby, Miss Colusa County Pageant, Mini Miss Pageant and Mr. Cinderfella Pageant or other attractions.

"The great thing about managing the Colusa County Fair is the support we receive," said Howard.

"We have folks who return year after year with financial support or volunteer their time and/or equipment. It just takes a lot of hands, bodies and work hours to pull this off each year," said Howard. "We are lucky that the folks here just want us to have the best fair possible," he said.

To become a Colusa County Fair sponsor contact Howard at (530) 458-2641 ext 103.

Colusa, Ca.

Premier Mushrooms Inc., is the 2017 Colusa County Fair Wooden Coin sponsor.

A few years ago, Colusa County Fair devised a fair promotion using wooden coins.

The Fair; “Carnival Fun for Everyone” is slated for June 8-11, 2017.

The wooden coins’ popularity and success in Colusa County previously earned it the title of Small Fairs Best Single Day Promotion from the Western Fairs Association, and resulted in a number of other county fairs picking up the idea for their fairs.

Thanks to the generosity of Premier Mushrooms Inc., the coins will once again be a part of the 2017 Fair promotions.

The wooden coins redeemable ($1 value) at any participating Colusa County Fair food vender are once again being handed out by fair “spies” around the county.

If a fair patron is overheard by a fair spy promoting the fair, they will receive a wooden coin.

“You never know when someone might hand you a coin,” said Fair CEO Jonathan Howard.

Premier Mushrooms Inc. is a local mushroom grower. Their farm in Colusa produces about 300,000 pounds of mushrooms weekly and employs more than 200 employees.

“We appreciate that Premier has always supported the fair and many other County events,” said Howard.

In the past collecting the coins became a competition among some groups,” said Howard. He reminds fair patrons though that only 2017 coins stamped with the Premier Mushroom logo are redeemable at this year’s fair. “Coins from past years will not be honored,” he said.

Fair patrons can redeem the coins at any Colusa County Fair food vendor where they see the Premier Mushroom logo displayed.

For more information contact Howard at (530) 458-2641 ext 103.

Colusa, Ca

Pre-sale tickets for the 77th annual Colusa County Fair will go on sale April 17. at the Fair office in Colusa.

Pre-sale tickets are available earlier than they have ever been,” said Colusa County Fair CEO Jonathan Howard.

The fair, “Carnival Fun for Everyone” will run June 8-11.

Pre sale tickets provide fair patrons with substantial savings on carnival attractions.

This year the four day adult gate pass is $20, four day children pass is $10 and children five and under are free.

Pre-sale carnival wristband coupons may be purchased for $25 and are good for one entire day at the fair. Wristband coupons purchased at the carnival are $30 per day.

Howard commented that there are a lot of new attractions and events at the Colusa County Fair this year.

Howard is a lifelong Colusa County resident so as the new CEO he is most proud of his hometown fair.

“We are very excited by the renewed community involvement,” he said. “Our local fair is one of the highlights of the year here and it gives community members, families and local businesses an opportunity to shine,” he added.

For more information contact the Colusa County Fair Office at (530) 458-2641,

primier mush  3 22 17Six Colusa County non-profit groups were named as the 2016 Premier Mushroom Inc. Grant recipients. Representatives from the groups accepted the awards on March 1 during the 6th annual Grant Awards Breakfast hosted by Premier Mushrooms Inc. CEO John Ashbaugh.

The awardees which included the Studio ABC, Arbuckle-College City Fire District, Safe Haven Drop-in Center, Colusa County Resource Conservation District, Colusa County Free Library and the Colusa County Food Basket Association received grants of $250 each.

For the past five seasons Premier Mushrooms Inc. has partnered with the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce to provide their locally grown mushrooms for sale at the Colusa Farmers Market. One hundred percent of the mushroom sale proceeds benefit the grant fund which is designated for distribution among selected non-profit applicants.

In recent years Market Street Grill joined the project and also sells the mushrooms once weekly as well.

The Colusa Farmer’s Market’s Farm to Fork Dinner also joined the grant program when it donated a portion of the dinner proceeds to the grant fund.

Ashbaugh commented that Jennifer Diaz, Colusa Farmer’s Market manager and coordinator of the Farm to Fork Dinner was instrumental in a successful grants program this year. “Jennifer does an excellent job with the Market, and the first Farm to Fork dinner was exceptional,” he said.

“Combining the mushroom sales with a portion of the dinner proceeds helped to make this year’s grant program even more successful,” Ashbaugh added.

Every Colusa County-based non-profit group is eligible to apply for the grants.

Ashbaugh commented that he and the mushroom farm are pleased to be a part of the Colusa County community. “We believe it is important for businesses here to give back to our community,” he said adding that the grant program is one way that Premier can do that. “We are very appreciative the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce, Colusa Farmers Market, Market Street Grill and the Farm to Fork Dinner committee for their efforts in helping this be a successful project,” he said.

This year’s grant recipient brought a variety of projects for consideration.

Safe Haven Drop-In Center’s award will provide funding for the Center’s continued effort to bring awareness around mental health and reduce stigma within the community through various outreach efforts. Safe Haven is a peer-supported center for individuals who are in recovery, in need of assistance, or looking to avoid isolation. Studio ABC is a volunteer-based organization providing arts and crafts to schools in County. The Colusa County Resource Conservation District is spearheading efforts to sustain and expand the Colusa County Grown program. The Colusa County Free Library’s Literacy Program’s grant will support the summer book to movie club reading program. Arbuckle-College City Fire District’s grant will support its fire prevention education programs.

The Colusa County Food Basket Association’s grant will help to continue a project which prepares and distributes about 450 holiday food baskets to Colusa County families in need.

farm show 2 8 17On Feb. 7, 2017 the Colusa Farm Show began its three-day run at the Colusa County Fairgrounds. The February 7, 8 and 9th event, known as the Granddaddy of Farm Shows is free to the public. The gates open daily on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am to 5pm. Thursday show hours are 9 am to 4 pm. The Colusa Fairgrounds are located at 1303 10th Street (Highway 20) Colusa, California.


All seminars will be given in the "Pacific Gold Ag Building" also known as Stagehands Theatre.

9:00 a.m. Red Dot Corp. Seminar on diagnosis and repair of truck and AG. AC systems.

10:00 a. m. AG one solutions/ Drones in Agriculture.

11:00 a.m. Food Safety Modernization Act

12:00 p. m. Rotary Lunch meeting

1:00 p. m. Family Farm Operations- Leadership

2:00 p. m. Family Water Alliance - Updates


9:00 a.m. Almond production in Australia

9:45 a.m. Franz Niederholzer, UCCE Farm Advisor

10:30 a.m. Gabriele Ludwig, Almond Board of California

11:00 a.m. Laws and Regulations Update

11:30 a.m. Spring/summer diseases of Almond.

1:00 p.m. Healthy soil workshop


10:00 a.m. Safety in Agricultural practices

11:00 a.m. AB 529 (BIT) Basic Inspection of Terminals Program and AB 1960 Exclusion from BIT Program

For 52 years the Colusa Farm Show has provided one-stop shopping for all farm services.

The purpose of this showcase is to acquaint agriculturalists with the latest in modern farming

equipment and techniques.

The public is encouraged to come on out to the oldest farm show on the west coast an find out what new and exciting things are available.

colusa casino  2 8 17The caption for the picture can read as “Victor Fernandez, General Manager and Colusa Casino Resort Team Members present a check for $60,500 to Yuba-Sutter United Way.”Colusa, Ca.


Colusa Casino Resort in Colusa, California, owned and operated by the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians held a check presentation on February 1, 2017, to present to the Yuba-Sutter United Way a check for over $60,000.


Since 2013, Colusa Casino Resort’s annual charity tournament has donated over $220,000 to charities benefitting children and their families. On September 23rd, 2016, attendees had the chance to mingle and play with dozens of professional sports icons and other celebrity VIPs. Big names that attended the event include: JT Snow – San Francisco Giants Alumni, Doug Christie – Sacramento Kings Alumni and wife Jackie Christie – Star on VH1 hit reality series Basketball Wives LA, Harold Pressley and Bobby Jackson – Sacramento Kings Alumni, Dwight Clark, Barry Simms and Jeff Stover – San Francisco 49ers Alumni and many more.


In addition, for the past three years the Colusa Casino Resort’s annual charity tournament has specifically donated funds from their tournament to benefit the Yuba-Sutter United Way and their Community Impact Program. “This first-class event is raising money to benefit many hundreds of people in Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties, with the largest portion directed to the “Healthier Children” Community Impact program, which provides grants to local organizations providing critical programs and services to youth,” states Bob Harlan, Director of Yuba-Sutter United Way.


The Yuba-Sutter United Way is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve lives by mobilizing resources to meet the needs of the community. They provide services in three counties, has over 25 partner agencies and funds 30 different programs within these counties.


The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians has placed a strong emphasis on being able to support the local Yuba, Sutter and Colusa communities with donations such as this, with a stated purpose of, “A Community united as one family focused on building our future that through education becomes healthy, has pride, respect for self and each other creating a path for our children.”


To finish the evening, golfers and celebrities were welcomed back to Colusa Casino Resort for an Awards Banquet and Dinner, featuring music, silent auction, and a grand raffle.


mushrooms 2 1 17 left to right: Premier Mushroom Inc. Sustainability Program Manager Kevin Foley, CEO John Ashbaugh and Maintenance Manager Randy MacKaben.

Premier Mushrooms Inc. was among honored recipients to receive the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA). The Colusa-based mushroom farm received its award during a January 19 reception and ceremony held at Byron Sher Auditorium in Sacramento. The GEELA program is California's highest environmental honor. The program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California's precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening the state's economy. This year awards were given in the categories of climate change, ecosystem and land use stewardship, environmental education, sustainability practices; communities or facilities and waste water reduction. “Premier Mushrooms is truly honored to receive this award amongst a field of incredible companies that share similar values and especially in a state that sets the standards for sustainability in the country,” said Premier Mushroom Inc. CEO John Ashbaugh. Premier Mushroom Inc. was named winner in the sustainable practices category. Winners in this category are recognized for pioneering efforts and/or completed projects that demonstrate 1) efforts to integrate environmental values and conservation of natural resources into comprehensive, long-term and management of businesses and facility; or 2) effective project design or development of local communities and landscapes that make efficient use of land, which includes multimodal transportation options and connectivity, improved economic vitality, the availability of affordable housing, the protection of public health and safety, optimized energy efficiency and the conservation of local watersheds, habitats and other sensitive lands. Premier Mushrooms Inc. earned this prestigious award through their efforts in reducing its carbon footprint, procuring 15 percent of the electricity consumed on site from a renewable source by diverting several million pounds of walnut shells, and avoiding the combustion of 49,000 therms of natural gas at the utility level. “Premier Mushrooms is excited and humbled to be the recipient of California's highest environmental honor. We're proud of what we've accomplished so far, but realize that sustainability is a journey without an end-point, and look forward to continue building upon our progress in the years to follow,” said the company’s sustainability program manager Kevin Foley. The annual GEELA program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the Natural Resources Agency, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the State Transportation Agency, the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, the Government Operations Agency, the Labor Workforce and Development Agency, and the Health and Human Services Agency. The awards are presented for voluntary achievements culminated in 2015.