A couple of North State community colleges will receive grants from the California Department of Education to help pay for equipment and fund programs in health and public service.

According to the Redding Record Searchlight, Shasta College will receive $5.5 million. The paper says the money will go toward health management programs and welding and machine programs. College of the Siskiyous in Weed will also receive funds to help pay for marketing, sales and health science.

Thirteen-year-old Emily Aldrin of Palo Cedro was eliminated from the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.  She correctly spelled and defined three words but only 49 finalists were selected out of the 250 children in the bee. She made the trip to Washington, D.C., after successfully spelling “fumigation.”

City of Redding water customers have saved over 399 million gallons of water, or a 36 percent reduction compared to last year, according to a press release from the City Manager’s Office. For the period from May 17–23, residents conserved more than 86 million gallons, a 38 percent reduction from last year. Officials say the cooler weather may have contributed to the reduction in usage, but continue to stress that as the temperatures go up, the need to conserve will also increase. Pamphlets explaining the importance of water conservation will be sent out in the next water bill.

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A half-glass of water may inspire debate. A glass two-thirds full should inspire conservation.

At least that’s the hope. And if hope fails, there’s always bills.

Starting Monday, Chico residents will be tasked with getting by on two-thirds as much water they used two years ago. Those who don’t make the goal will feel it in their checkbooks.

A man accused of leaving behind three injured people after he T-boned a police SUV and ran from the scene pleaded no contest, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Thursday.

Conrado Garcia, 23, was charged with felony hit and run resulting in injury after police say his speeding Buick ran a red light at Cypress and East Eighth streets in Chico and broadsided a police department Chevy Tahoe. The accident occurred May 16 at about 2 in the morning. The officer had to be extricated from the wreck.

Michael O’Brien, who has spent 23 years in a Chico Police Department uniform, was named the department’s new chief Thursday.

O’Brien, already a lieutenant, will succeed interim Chief Mike Dunbaugh June 5.

City manager Mark Orme praised O’Brien’s character, integrity and outlook. Orme predicted that O’Brien will garner the respect and trust of rank and file officers, elected officials, administrators and local citizens.

Fire investigators suspect arson was the cause of a vegetation fire that broke out Tuesday night in Redding.

Four fire engines responded just before midnight to the 50-foot-wide fire in a vacant field near the Salvation Army offices, also adjacent to a vacant lumber yard. Crews say there was no immediate threat to either property.

Witnesses told investigators that a man threw a lit incendiary device into the air as he was walking through the field. The device has been retrieved as evidence.

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Assembly Republicans want to know if Legislative Democrats are using their state budget proposals to punish a medical group that opposes California's controversial vaccine bill.

In separate proposals for the fiscal year that starts in July, Senate and Assembly Budget subcommittees voted last week to restore six of the seven optional Medi-Cal benefits that are currently unfunded by the state. There's only one benefit they're not proposing to restore: chiropractic services.

El Niño Won't End California Drought

May 28, 2015
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U.S. forecasters say there's an 80 percent chance that El Niño will continue through 2015 in the Northern Hemisphere.

The sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific have risen above normal, creating the conditions that can bring record heat to some continents and more rain to others, like the U.S.

But, it won't end the drought in California, says meteorologist Michelle Mead with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

A lodging establishment that generated nearly 1,000 calls for service from the Redding Police Department over a recent three-year period has been served with an inspection warrant. According to a police department press release, the Americana Lodge on Pine Street was served at about 8 a.m. Wednesday. The inspection team is comprised of inspectors from the City of Redding Code Enforcement, Building Division, Fire Department, Electric Utility, and Shasta County Environmental Health. 

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