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Del Hotto? I received an e-mail last week from someone named Lynn wondering about air conditioning at the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley. She took a 10-year-old to the movies on July 28 and she said it was stuffy and there was no notice that the air conditioning system was broken. I called Mike Getz, the owner of the Del Oro as well as Sutton and Sierra cinemas, and he was very apologetic. “We’ve been struggling with the air conditioning all summer,” Mike said, adding that it is currently working. He explained that the heating and cooling system at the Del Oro is nearly original, which means it dates back to the early 1940s. “Basically, every time we fix something, something else breaks.” Mike had a lot of praise for Glen Jones of Glen Jones Heating and Cooling, who is working hard on the old system. Mike said they are now on their third compressor and hoping the problem is finally solved! He said if readers are concerned, to call the business office after 1 p.m. at 272-1646 to make sure. “We ask that the community be patient,” he added. While I had Mike on the phone, I asked him about the mural on the back of the Del Oro. I saw that it had been painted over but wasn’t sure what the next step was. Mike said there is a committee – he and his wife are on it – that will begin meeting to discuss what the mural should look like. “It may take many months” to decide on a design, he said.

Return of the rodeo: Bob Winters is part of a small group of Penn Valley residents who are planning to bring back the annual Penn Valley Rodeo in 2005. Bob said the Penn Valley Fire Department didn’t have the time or resources to continue putting on the popular event and hopes a community-based group can take on the task. There will be an organizational meeting of like-minded folks at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Firehouse on Spenceville Road near Penn Valley Drive. Bob says the prime movers in getting this effort together are Linda Davidson and Doc Halstead. “Anybody and everybody who would like the Penn Valley Rodeo to continue as a community event is invited to attend the meeting,” Bob said. “Many hands make light work.”

Overheard on Monday: A small boy, about 8, in front of Sutton Cinemas. “I want a Porsche 911 Turbo – orange.”


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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