They still care in Martinez.

Many of the pine trees planted around a memorial to those who died in the 1976 Yuba High School bus crash near there had died.

The thinking is, according to an article published June 7 in the East Bay Times, that the mature trees were lost because of the high salinity in the area near the ocean and that the long drought didn't help. A storm last year knocked some over, as well.

Martinez planted 22 new trees to fill in the grassy area around the memorial. They planted California bay laurels, a species better suited to a high-salinity and drought-prone area.

The memorial was installed near the water there in Martinez and dedicated in May 1996, the 20th anniversary of what was the worst bus crash in history. Near there is the Marina Vista off-ramp from Interstate 680 and that's where the bus carrying 52 passengers, including the Yuba City High School a cappella choir, went over a guardrail and plunged more than 20 feet. Out of 52 passengers on the bus, 28 students and an adult adviser were killed. All of the survivors were injured, most critically.

The memorial bears the names of those who died and was constructed by firefighters who had responded to the accident.

Emergency responders said they could never forget the tragedy.


Thumbs Up: As of mid-day Friday, the GoFundMe page for Victor Torres (go to and search for "Victor Torres Medical Fund") was at $1,270. Their goal is $8,000.

Torres of Linda, the last our reporter talked to him, was searching around for a doctor who would take care of the arm injury suffered when he intervened during a dog attack on Tuesday.

We weren't witness to it, and there isn't an official police report about his aid, but from what we gathered from people who were there, it's likely that Torres saved a life or two by putting himself in harms way.

Two pit bull dogs had a couple people down on the ground and were tearing them up. Torres jumped out of his truck and ran to help. He broke an oar over one dog's head … and the two dogs then came after him. They tore his arm up badly. He was worried about nerve damage.

Torres is a truck driver and won't be able to work for a while — he needs both arms for his job. And if he should need surgery, he'll be off work for a while longer.

Here's a guy who deserves some help.


Thumbs Up: We like a good county fair. By "good," in our book, we mean there are lots of animals, lots of kids showing animals, lots of displays of garden and farm and canning and art, all kinds of fun entertainment — some of it completely goofy -- good music, friendly people.

It looks like the place to be this weekend is the Colusa County Fair. Their schedule of events is awesome.


Uggh: An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house. After eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen.

The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, "Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly."

The other man asked, "What's the name of the restaurant?"

The first man thought and thought and finally said, "What's the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one that's red and has thorns."

"You mean a rose?"

"'Yeah, that's the one," the first man said.

Then he turned towards the kitchen and yelled, "Hey, Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?"

(Keep 'em rolling Capt. Jerry.)

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