Crash takes out another power pole

By Larry Judkins

Glenn County Observer

In the last two weeks, no less than four power poles have been destroyed in northern Glenn County.

The latest pole was taken out in a vehicle accident at about 1:43 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the area of County Roads M and 21.

Fortunato Chavez of Orland was driving a 2000 Nissan Frontier north on Road M, north of Road 24, at about 40 miles per hour, when he fell asleep.

The vehicle drifted across the road to the left and hit a power pole on the west side of Road M, shearing it off.

The Frontier then drifted back to the right, caught fire, and came to a stop roughly 100 yards north of the power pole, on the east shoulder of Road M.

It was reported that the vehicle was fully involved in flames. Chavez, who was the sole occupant of the Frontier, was able to get out of the vehicle.

Orland firefighters, California Highway Patrol officers, Glenn County Sheriff’s deputies, and Orland police officers quickly arrived at the scene and the fire was soon extinguished.

The drooping power lines were still live. PG&E was contacted and arrived at about 1:55 p.m.

About 2,200 residences and businesses were without power. At the scene of the accident, Orland Police Chief Vlach said that Fairview School had no power, and a little later your Glenn County Observer reporter discovered that the Orland Post Office was dark and closed for business, as was the library across the street.

Chavez was wearing his seatbelts and was not injured. The airbags in the Frontier also deployed.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were involved.

The vehicle sustained major front end and fire damage. It was towed from the scene by Bambauer Towing.

Oktoberfest returns to Artois

Glenn County Observer

The Oktoberfest in Artois is back!

After a COVID-caused absence in 2020 and 2021, the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Oktoberfest in Artois is returning.

The event is planned to take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2.

The menu includes brots (from Schwarz Sausage Co. of San Francisco), and homemade sauerkraut, German potato salad, German chocolate cake, and sweet/hot mustard.

Sierra Nevada beer (purchased separately), and water, soda, and wine will also be available.

Meals can be eaten at tables while listening to live music inside the parish hall, or at tables set up outside in the community park. Furthermore, all meals will be placed in to-go containers.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets are $30 each. Please call Myrna Lohse (530-934-5711), Harold von Bargen (530-934-3613), or Laura Blevins (530-855-0819).

The church and parish hall are located at Sixth and Main Streets in Artois.

This is a tradition you don’t want to miss!