INSIDE Chico State
0 February 22, 2001
Volume 31 Number 11
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KCHO Commentary Wins Prestigious Award for Second Year

California State University, Chico's Northstate Public Radio has won a prestigious award for a news commentary for the second year in a row. KCHO/KFPR news director Todd Thornton won for his light-hearted commentary "Four More Years."

The Associated Press Television and Radio Association of California and Nevada named Thornton's piece Best Editorial or News Commentary of 2000. No other TV or radio station in the North State has won an APTRA award in the past decade, let alone two years in a row.

Thornton's commentary bemoaned the fate of his fellow 34-year-olds who were just one year too young to run for president last year. While light in tone, the commentary made the serious point that the Constitutional provision that the president must be at least 35 years old is outdated and unnecessary.

Last year, KCHO won the 1999 award for Thornton's commentary on education that addressed the need for California students to be better educated about the workings of state government.

The commentary competed against entries from commercial radio stations outside the major cities in the two states, plus college-based stations throughout California and Nevada.

Thornton has been news director at KCHO/KFPR since October 1996. He is the only full-time news staff member at the station. He also teaches broadcast journalism classes in CSU, Chico's journalism department.

Death of Former A.S. President Spurs Safety Resolution

The Butte County Supervisors passed a resolution on February 13, 2001, declaring a four-way stop at the intersection of Dayton Road, Ord Ferry Road, Durham Dayton Highway, and Aguas Frias Road.

The Associated Students had supported this action after the death of former A.S. president Armando Sanchez in an accident at the intersection on December 10, 2000.

The board also agreed to look into the feasibility of installing flashing red warning lights and road buttons.

"The Associated Students are very pleased that the Butte County Board of Supervisors has taken this action to make this intersection safer. While nothing can replace Armando, this is a step in the right direction so that others will not have to face the grief that his family and friends have gone through," said Jeff Iverson, A.S. President.
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