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[K~ust a mile down the road + B ~r,L Ii ::!:i i i:::: i.... T (::i i,i PROUDLY SERVING OUR AREA SINCE 1880 WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2016 VOL. 138 NO. 12 Night week begins " Thursday fop Highway 99 ~;ill be espe- cially busy during the evening hours for three months start- ing Thursday. The PG&E natura gas line project will start at West Lib- erty Road and travel north to Standish Lane and is estimat- ed to end May 11, 2016. Torres faces multiple charges in connection with alleged Live Oak rape, Gridley drive-by shooting By David Vantress Sports~News Reporter A Biggs man is behind bars at the Sutter County Jail in Yuba City after surrendering to Sutter County Sheriff's Office deputies in connection with an alleged rape that occurred in Live Oak last Thursday, police said. Abel Arteaga Torres, 27, faces a number of felony charg- es stemming from the incident. He was arraigned in Sutter County Superior Court Mon- day afternoon and formally charged with forcible sodomy, forcible rape, assault with in- tent to commit mayhem, cor- poral injury of a spouse or co- habitant, assault with a deadly weapon not a firearm, false im- prisonment and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The complaint against Torres alleges the crimes all oc- curred between February 3 and February 6. Torres was arraigned on the charges in Sutter County Superior Court on Monday. His next court date is set for Febru- ary 17. Sutter County Sheriff's Of- fice Lt. James Casner, head of STANDOFF PAGE 7 Abel Arteaga Torres Sutter County resident and long-time community ad- vocate, Grace Espindola has announced her candidacy for Sutter County Supervisor for District 1. Espindola's cam- paign is largely based on im- proving infrastructure, creat- ing an environment to attract more agri-businesses, dedicat- ing greater resources to public safety, and water storage and protection. "I am prepared to dedicate my life to making a greater contribution for the sake of the citizens of Sutter County and particularly Dis- trict 1,' she stated. Ms. Es- pindola currently serves as a Board member for the North Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Yuba-Sut- ter-Colusa United Way. Grace is also a Board member and the past Chairperson of the Sutter-Yuba Homeless Consor- tium. She is also a member of the Super Family Assistance Support Team and Family As- sistance Support Team, Creat- ing a Healthier Sutter Coun~ Collaborative, and the Sutter County Healthy & Safe Neigh- borhoods Coalition. Grace Espindola | By Lisa Van De Hey Publisher~Editor The Single Plan for Stu- dent Achievement for Gridley Unified School Districts as- sists in guiding the instruction for all students by allocating. categorical funds to support and improve academic perfor- mances with a targeted inter- vention for EL, SED and SWD students and CAHSEE (Cali- fornia High School Exit Ex- amination). Categorical mon- ies from Title I, II, III, and EIA are part of the SPSA. Without an approved SPSA, categorical funds may not be utilized at the site level. Student Achievement plans were presented by each Gridley Principal. Board members also ap- proved the reduction of hours for one classified position based on lack of work with no layoff notices to be served for this reduction. The position is currently open and will not af- fect a current employee. Esperanza Principal Cindy A twO person team is com- Kershaw reported that Butte ing to Gridley High to review College staffwas coming to the the progress on WASC and will school February 9 to help stu- meet with 20 parents to give dents fill out applications for representation of what is hap- The new locker rooms are esti- mated to be $1.7 million which includes demolition and site work. A library upgrad.e would consist of upgrading the re- the fall. Esperanza has had two pening at GHS. strooms on the east end to be students graduate since last A revised job description ADA compliant with wider month's board meeting and all for the position of Assistant others are on track for gradu- Activities Coordinator was ation. Tracey Allen, Principal of Wilson Elementary told board members that the Royal Kilag Dance Academy will be here March 4, 5 and 6 with a pro- duction at the end of the week. The Mid-Cycle Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) report was presented to the School Site Courmil, the English Language Learner Committee and GHS teachers in preparation for the WASC visit set for March 7 and 8. The report describes the changes that have taken place at Gridley High School since the last committee visit in 2013. The report is a require- ment to the WASC accredita- tioh process. approved by the board with Superintendent Rick Rubino explaining that this position is designated as a Range 16 posi- tion with. a significant impact on the climate and culture of Gridley High School. "Research indicates that positive school climates and cultures greatly contribute to student success and higher stu- dent achievement," he stated. Dan Rosetto and Zane Schreder reported on potential modernization costs for Grid- ley High School including new lockers rooms, new portable classrooms and windows re- placed. They asked that the board give their priorities as to what projects are most important. doors. This project must be completed by 2018 and in- cludes a new roof for the library wing at a cost of $350,000. A quote from American Modular Buildings came in at $1.6 million for eight new classrooms, similar to McKin- ley's with no ramps, flush with the ground and a pitched roof. Discussion followed on the ag department and possibilities there with windows needing to be replaced and enhancing the floral area. The school district has ap- proximately $3.2 million for modernization and the State would pay $1.9 million. The total for all of the projects pre- sented by Rosetto and Schre- der comes to $6 million so it is up to the board to decide what is most important. +