Briefs: Councilman sworn in tonight
New Williams Councilman Kent Boes will take his oath of office along with returning Councilman John Troughton Jr. at the City Council meeting tonight in City Hall.
Boes and Troughton were the top two vote-getters in a four-candidate race on Nov. 6.
City Clerk Chuck Bergson, who is also the city administrator, and Treasurer Sally Barker also will be sworn in. Each ran unopposed.
Leaving the council will be Don Barker, who had been the senior member of the board.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m.
Little League needs leaders
Williams Little League is looking for volunteers willing to serve on the board of directors. All positions — president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, field maintenance and snack bar representative — are open and must be filled to have a 2013 baseball and softball season.
The deadline to be able to get the season started is Sunday.
If interested or for more information, contact Natalie Povlsen, 473-2373.
Santa comes to town
The 26th annual Santa on Wheels program continues today and Thursday with the Jolly Old Elf and members of the host Colusa City Firefighters Association riding on the city's ladder truck through the city's neighborhoods.
The group has been out since Monday. The remaining areas are:
Today: Santa and crew will cover Third Street area south of Sioc Street.
Thursday: Santa will be in the areas of Butte Vista, Country Club Drive and Walnut Ranch.
Winterfest campus event set
The Colusa High School Winterfest will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school, 901 Colus Ave.
The MEChA and Music Club will have food and goodies for sale and Santa will be on-site to visit with the little ones.
Everyone in attendance will receive a free raffle ticket for a Xbox, with the winner being chosen at 7:25 p.m.
For more information or to volunteer, please call principal Darren Brown at 458-2156 or Melissa Daniels at 635-2561.
Thursday deadline for contest
The Department of Fish and Game and International Sportsmen's Expositions have teamed up to offer a youth essay contest. Holders of a junior hunting license and are youth under 16 who have valid 2012 hunter education certificates are eligible.
To enter, contestants need to submit an essay of 500 words or less on what "Passing on the Tradition" means to them. Participants are encouraged to write about conservation, sportsmanship and ethics.
Essays will be reviewed and scored by the stars of National Geographic's Wild Justice TV show.
The winner will be notified by phone and must be present with his or her parents for the grand prize on Jan. 12 in Sacramento.
Mail entries to Lt. John Nores, PO Box 1, San Martin, CA 95046.
Entries must be received by Thursday.
Bald eagle hikes slated
The Bureau of Land Management is hosting free guided tours of the Cache Creek Natural Area in Lake County that will include views of wintering bald eagles, as well as tule elk, golden eagles, osprey, herons, red-tailed hawks and egrets.
The hikes are scheduled for Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, but early reservations are recommended.
The four-mile hikes last three to four hours. The trail includes a steep 600-foot climb in the first mile, so hikers should be in good physical condition. Hikers should wear sturdy hiking boots suitable for wet conditions and dress for cold weather.
They should carry water, a lunch and binoculars, as most eagle sightings are from a distance.
Participants will meet at 10 a.m. in the Redbud Trailhead parking area, eight miles east of Clearlake Oaks on Highway 20.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call the BLM Ukiah Field Office, 707-468-4000.