HIT >> Long before the “war on drugs” led to a call for treatment of drug offenders rather than incarceration, there was drug court.
Back then — and even more now — it looked like such a wise idea.
Drug court graduates and the workers, volunteers and family members who helped get them there celebrated the 25th anniversary of Butte County”s drug court this month. It was part of the National Drug Court Month observed nationwide. More than 786 men and women have graduated from the county”s acclaimed program since its inception.
The program provides an alternative to incarceration for certain offenders who qualify. They undergo extensive treatment and counseling, as well as constant drug testing to make sure they haven”t relapsed. If a person breaks the rules, he or she goes to jail and serves the original sentence.
While it”s not easy to graduate, those who do are much less likely to reoffend than the rest of people convicted of crimes. Because so many county and state officials and departments are involved, the cost to run the program is expensive, but it”s worth it because it slows the revolving door at the jail.
Congratulations not only to the graduates who changed their lives, but the workers who helped them do so.
MISS >> While a seeming shortage of lifeguards didn”t seem to have thwarted the use of Sycamore Pool on Memorial Day, it is a disturbing trend.
The city found it couldn”t attract lifeguards to take turns at watching the One-Mile Recreation Area pool that is highly used at summer. A shortage of lifeguards in pool-loving and hot-temperature Chico could be a big problem.
In the wake of several news stories, ads and announcements, the city has found a few recruits that are now being trained in water safety. Isn”t it odd that in an area that practically lives at the pool — private or otherwise — that calls for lifeguards went unanswered?
Lifeguards probably don”t make a fortune, but they”re so critical to the community, and it seems like it would be one of the better summer jobs a young person could want. Maybe this shortage should be examined further.
HIT >> If you”re going to kiss a pig, shouldn”t it be on the snout?
We have to give Durham resident Ed McLaughlin a bad time, right along with a pat on his back for kissing a pig at the Silver Dollar Fair Junior Livestock Auction for a good cause. The auction volunteer got tricked into the fun by a talented auctioneer, who knew McLaughlin would be game.
That”s what”s great about the fair. People do unexpected things. The bet was launched as a fundraiser for the families of people serving in the National Guard, and more than $2,000 was actually raised. While McLaughlin, a former county supervisor and current fair board president, did have to endure the application of lipstick before puckering, he got away with only smooching the pig”s back. Next time, Ed …
MISS >> Another week, another inflammatory press release in the Tehama County Indian war.
Unlike the cowboys vs. Indians bloodshed in Tehama County the mid-1800s, the latest squabble is intramural, with one part of the Paskenta Nomlaki Tribe feuding with another. It”s something that happens pretty darn often when casinos and the revenue they generate are involved, and it”s almost impossible for someone on the outside to figure out what”s happening as tribes are sovereign governments, answerable only to themselves.
What we know here is that two segments of the tribal leadership has ousted each other, and the faction still occupying Rolling Hills Casino near Corning has brought in armed guards to protect that asset. We”ve heard from patrons who are clearly rattled by the militarization of the locale.
The faction that doesn”t occupy the casino has hired former Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker as tribal police chief, an appointment not recognized by the group still ensconced at Rolling Hills. Nothing new about all this.
But Parker this week issued a press release stating that without federal intervention, the situation “could truly turn violent.”
That really isn”t helpful. Federal intervention does appear to be necessary here, but playing the violence card doesn”t seem like a step toward resolving the situation.
We hope cooler heads will prevail here.
“Hits and Misses” appears each Saturday. Items are compiled by the editorial board.