Chico CA Bidwell Park Photography by local artist John Peters

I, like so many others, have become entranced by the photographic stylings of John Peters, Chico photographer.  John has dedicated more than 3 years and 15,000 photos to a project focused on capturing the essence of our own Bidwell Park.

John’s photographs featuring Salmon Hole, the fish ladders at One Mile, Iron Canyon, Big Chico Creek, Horseshoe Lake, and local wild and plant life intrigue viewers from all over the world.  He has been extraordinarily generous in allowing me to share his work here for both local residents past and present to enjoy, as well as individuals considering relocating to the beautiful Chico, CA area.

My goal for this work is that it may help to inspire a renewed sense of appreciation in our community for Bidwell Park and help to develop a clear plan to sustain and preserve this sacred trust for current & future generations to enjoy its wild and beautiful solitude.  —John Peters



“John’s photography captures the beauty of Chico’s Bidwell Park with stunning color and wonderful composition. His prints are to be cherished as works of art that remind us how fortunate we are to live in Chico.”

Jim Gregg

John Peters profile picAbout the artist:   John Peters has spent most of his life in Chico, and grew up exploring Bidwell Park.  His childhood is filled with many fond memories of long days spent wandering the trails, enjoying its swimming holes, and discovering many secret wonders throughout the park.

The year 2000 brought a series of tragedies into John’s life.  His family’s home was devastated, he lost a lifelong best friend, and struggled with the declining health of a loved one.

An important part of John’s healing process was retreating to the serene, magnificent beauty of Bidwell Park.  He spent a great deal of time there reflecting, ultimately developing a passion for both photography and creating a greater awareness for preserving the treasure we have in Bidwell Park.

More of his work can be found at his website,  Bidwell Park Arts.  Prints are available for a nominal fee, and are sure to become cherished favorites–  what a fabulous gift idea!

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Chico State University Condo Rental Unit For Sale


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Gorgeous, gated, and priced to GO! You will LOVE this beautiful 3 bd 2 ba condo located within walking distance to CSUC. Tucked away from the street within the exclusive Woodland Commons community, you will find a delightful place to call home. Recently renovated with the most sought after materials: bamboo flooring, stainless steel appliances, maple cabinets, Kohler brushed nickel fixtures, and decorator paint colors. Stackable washer and dryer!


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Parking Spaces: 2
Year Built: 1990
Subdivision: Woodland
Located on Floor #: 1
Floors in Bldg: 2
Square Footage: 960
Agent Name: Sandi Bauman
Broker: Chico Homes
MLS #: 200901556


1114 Nord Avenue #23 Chico CA 95926

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3355 Shallow Springs Terrace Chico, CA Canyon Oaks Golf Course Views SOLD!

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An exquisite Michael Galli Tuscan style home for the discriminating buyer. The property overlooks the 9th tee on Canyon Oaks and boasts expansive canyon views from the extended slate veranda. Intriguing decor with custom woodwork, travertine, granite, and extravagant kitchen and bathrooms. Features include: 3 tier waterfall, built in hutches, 2 fireplaces, HUGE master bath with jetted tub and walk-in shower, warming drawer and hammered copper sinks in the kitchen. IMMACULATE condition… priced to sell.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Year Built: 2006
Subdivision: Canyon Oaks
Lot Size: .61
Garage Size: 3+
Square Footage: 2875
Agent Name: Sandi Bauman
Broker: Chico Homes
MLS #: 200903374
Countertops: Granite and tile
Flooring: Travertine
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Let’s Make Chico CA a Little Greener


by Mike Wiegert

This post is dedicated to providing information on making Chico a little “greener” by giving information on eco-friendly products, services and practices available to all of us.

Are you in a quandary about what material to use to replace existing countertops or install in a newly built home? The variety of products for counter tops is a virtual smorgasbord of surfaces ranging from rich choices in granite and marble to concrete to a wide variety of tile and slate. How about broken glass for an option? Yes, it’s true, recycled glass counter tops are available in a host of visual choices from subdued to ultra flashy. Want to check it out? Granite Transformations right here in south Chico has a wide variety of recycled glass products. Local owner, Don Thomas also reminded me that their business covers existing counter tops with their products, thereby eliminating the need to remove and deposit the old counter tops into the county landfill.

Ever hear of “phantom loads”?  If you have, good for you. I hadn’t and here’s the lowdown: By way of example, most of us have a cell phone charger that we only use at night. We leave the docking station plugged in and ready to use. By doing so, we are leaking small amounts of electricity out into our environment at no benefit to us. If you had a dripping sink you would get out the wrenches and fix the leak, right? Most of us are wasting more electricity of components in our homes such as the TV, VCR, DVD player, stereo and other devices that utilize a remote to turn them on and off. These components use power in the standby mode so that they can be turned on by our remotes. I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot more energy searching for my remote that is usually under the couch then I would walking up to the TV and turning it on manually. With all the multiple components an average American household has these days, you’re probably resistant to the idea of turning them all on or off. Why not put them all on a power strip, preferably one without the light which also wastes electricity, and then you can turn all of your entertainment needs on in the push of one button. That big transformer you’re using to charge you’re laptop is sucking up the juice when not in use. How many clocks does a household really need? And why do you need one on your coffeemaker when you make the coffee manually? I’m sure many are wondering how much electricity are we really wasting with all this all this nonsense. A recent ad from PG&E announced that if all Californians eliminated their phantom loads, it would be the equivalent of taking 8.5 million cars off the road.

Want to save energy, save money and maybe get a rebate? The California Public Utilities Commissions publishes a list of energy saving tips and also rebate information pertaining to appliances and other devices used the home or office. Please visit: 

Chico is such a great place to live! Let all work together to make it better…  and greener.

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Chico Real Estate Market Report April 18, 2008

 by Mike Wiegert

While the rest of the world continues to shroud itself in a cloak of doom and gloom, our Chico real estate market appears ready, able and willing to go to the 15th round.

All type of media ranging from the daily newspaper to “expert” fiscal commentaries on various internet news services to regional and local blog sites are all assuming the role of a sort of economic Edgar Allen Poe. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m not just tired. I’m exhausted, wiped out and drained by all the tales of woe that doomsayers consider newsworthy.

It’s time to stop assuming that just because a home down the street went through a foreclosure that this is the end of Chico real estate as we know it. As pointed out in previous “moments”, foreclosure sales nationwide only amount to seven tenths of one percent of all the households in our country. Due to the reseting of adjustable rate loans and a subsequent inability to pay by the borrowers on these loans, the rate of foreclosures is certain to rise. But with all the government and banking industry sponsored programs to assist these troubled homeowners, any foreclosure rates increases are assured to be negligible.

Let’s look at some hard facts derived from statistical reporting by our Chico Association of Realtors. Historically, the first quarter of every year is a “seasonal” slow quarter as many sellers and buyers anticipate the brisk activity of the spring and summer housing markets. The first quarter of 2006 statistics revealed 178 residential sales in all of the Chico sectors. The average market sold price for these sales was $361,166 giving us a total volume of sales of $64,287,548. The 2006 first quarter is considered to be one of the most active quarters in local real estate history. The first quarter of 2008 showed us 162 residential sales with an average Chico sales price of $336,926. The total volume of sales for this quarter was $54,582,012.

So let’s crunch some numbers and interpret this data. Using these hard numbers, sales in the first quarter of this year lagged fifteen percent behind the first quarter two years ago. When comparing average sales prices of these quarters we see that the average sales price of this year’s quarter is down seven percent from the average sales price of the 2006 first quarter.

Ask ten economists how much prices have dropped and you’ll probably get eleven answers but these local quarterly statistics are as good an indicator of pricing as any.

So it’s time for all you woe-begone town criers to blow your noses, put down your Kleenex’s and stop using sensationally negative national news to harm our virile local economy. For years people have asked me, “Mike, how does your town survive with little or no industry.” My answer, “Inexplicably, it does”. Over thirty years ago when I started in the real estate business the nay-sayers were out there. I was told this town would never survive. But it has and it will continue to not only survive, but thrive. I’ve seen many down cycles locally, but our area like many, always pulls out of it and experiences safe and positive growth.

Before we know it, these problems will be a memory and we will remember just how great it is to live in a place like Chico, CA.

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