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Air attack units with the US Forest Service have resumed airdrops on another fire in the Feather River Canyon this morning. Officials said that despite a very active response Monday, the so-called Tobin Fire has burned 375 acres.

The blaze, centered north of State Highway 70, is burning west of Rock Creek and east of Jackass Creek. Officials say the area is heavy with fuel — dead snags still standing after fires struck the same area in 2000 and 2008. Firefighters are being hampered by steep and rugged terrain.

North State News Brief: Sept. 27

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Presidential Debate: Live Fact-Checking From NPR

Sep 26, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first presidential debate Monday night.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate beginning at 6 p.m. PT. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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A name is an identity. And if you want to change something's identity, changing the name might be the first step.

It's an idea that’s surfaced more than once following Oroville's annexation of Southside — a diverse, mostly residential neighborhood that’s home to nearly 2,000 people.

To some city and county residents, the name "Southside" is weighed down by baggage. It calls to mind the challenges associated with the community – poverty, crime, and drug abuse to name a few. Many see the annexation as an opportunity for a new chapter.

North State News Brief: Sept. 26

Sep 26, 2016

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Rock-A-Barry Weekend

Sep 24, 2016

This week is a Rock-a-Barry Weekend and I’m starting off with a little folk revival with the Brothers Four, and do you remember The Easy Riders? How about their only Top-10 hit Marianne? The Riders had a lot more influence in the background of 50s folk and pop music, and we talk a little about Cisco Houston, The Limeliters, Peter, Paul & Mary, and The Kingston Trio. And, let’s not forget Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash (yep, he was a big fan of folk music and Bob Dylan), and Joan Baez. All of that is just in the first half-hour, and we move on from there to Peter & Gordon, (Peter Asher became a very influential producer and manager of Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor). If you’re a fan of music from the 1940s into the 1970s, tune and I’ll give you an earful.

This week we visit CSU Chico's new art gallery to talk with the curator Kelly Lindner and with artist Wesley Heiss whose installation uses projections to immerse visitors in an almond grove. We also go to Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to hear from the cast of "The Veil," a ghost story set in Ireland. 

North State News Brief: Sept. 23

Sep 23, 2016

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In Book Two: The Tribe and Book Three: Journeys of her trilogy, A Nation of Mystics, author Pamela Johnson resumes her exploration of the late 1960s and the counterculture as seen through the eyes of a communal family living in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Up the Road: Get-er-done Museums

Sep 23, 2016
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We’re still visiting museums, and considering how to fit them into anyone’s travel plans.

There are classic homes such as Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park and Stansbury House in Chico, with careful collections that introduce a time, and way of life we’d never know otherwise.


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