Opinion: thumbs up, thumbs down: January 15, 2014
'Oasis' is Colusa native's latest dip at water hole of success
Philip Rice has an award-winning way with flowers.
Rice is a floral designer — and for the fourth consecutive year, he was the lead floral designer on the Sweepstakes Trophy-winning float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.
Clearly, his talent is blooming.
"Sunrise at the Oasis" was the latest Rice seed to blossom. As reported by Brian Pearson in the Jan. 8 edition of the Sun-Herald, Dole Packaged Foods signed on to sponsor the float, contracting with Fiesta Parade Floats — for whom Rice works.
And though Rice designed the spectacular float, it took thousands of volunteers working petal-to-the-medal to germinate the idea from conception to full-grown life.
Rice's fertile imagination was tilled in Colusa, where he was born and where, for 12 years, he worked (at Jaki's Garden, until it closed in 2009).
We always like to see nice folks with roots in our community branching out and reaching for the sky.
Long-time employee of Colusa County Sheriff's Office retires
Congratulations to Francis Austin, who after 38 years at the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, has announced her well-deserved retirement.
We in the public interact with deputies and paramedics and firefighters. We don't often get to meet some of the people who work behind the scenes — and in her roles as a dispatcher and, later, as an evidence technician, Austin worked in two such often-anonymous but vital positions.
Austin reflected on her long career — she met her husband, Doug, at the office — during a party in her honor on Dec. 27.
That's a pretty neat story.
"I'm going to miss the people, obviously. Right now, I think we have an incredible group of men and women working in the department. I think the county is lucky with the men and women that they have right now," Pearson quotes Austin as saying in a story in the Jan. 8 edition.
We think that says it all.
We know the Sheriff's Office will miss you, Francis.