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Law enforcement spells out new booze ban for Labor Day Float on Sacramento River

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:20:12 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 26 2013 11:05:19 PM CDT
HAMILTON CITY, Calif. -

Law enforcement wants to spread the word about the new alcohol ban on the Sacramento River through Butte and Glenn Counties for Labor Day Weekend.

California State Parks hosted a news conference on the topic Monday morning at the Irvine Finch Launch Ramp in Glenn County.  

Both Glenn and Butte Counties passed the alcohol restrictions.  Glenn County's approval came after the death of Brett Olson during the Labor Day Float in 2012.  Olson was a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo who went missing during the float.  His body was found a few days later.

Olson reportedly had been drinking heavily and an autopsy revealed cocaine was found in his system.

Among the agencies represented at Monday's news conference were  the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Chico State University, Butte College, Butte Search and Rescue, California State Parks, Chico State Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC), Butte EMS, Hamilton City Fire Department, US Fish and Wildlife, California Fish and Wildlife, California Highway Patrol, Chico PD, Cal-Fire, Glenn County District Attorney's Office, and Butte County District Attorney's Office were there to discuss preparations for Labor Day weekend in the area.

The discussed recent laws concerning alcohol consumption and possession along the Sacramento River and public safety preparation for anticipated large crowds at the river.  They also discussed alternative activities for Chico State students.