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Irritated at the prospect of paying more, and perturbed at other aspects of a California Water Service rate hike proposal, Chico officials Tuesday night moved to try and block it. Trouble is, it’s pretty much out of the city’s hands.

The investor-owned utility, known locally as Cal Water, is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Chico police are circulating surveillance footage gathered 10 days ago showing a young white man slashing a tire on a delivery truck.

The incident occurred at 3:25 in the morning on Sept. 27. Police say the man, accompanied by two other young men, slashed tires on two trucks owned by Tahoe Pure Water. Damage was assessed at $1,000.

Fires: October 7

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The Valley Fire that’s been burning for nearly a month in Lake, Sonoma and Napa counties is now considered fully contained. However, fire fighters still have a lot of work to do. They’re expected to continue mopping up the fire for several weeks. The Valley Fire has been deemed one of the most destructive fires in recorded California history. It charred almost 120 square miles, killing four people and destroying 2,000 structures.

One Safe Place

When Shane Miller killed his wife Sandy and two young daughters — Shelby and Shasta — in Shingletown, it made national headlines. That was in 2013. On Monday, One Safe Place’s Sierra Center opened in downtown Redding with the Miller women in mind. 

One Safe Place Executive Director Jean King says about three weeks prior to her murder, Sandy Miller had taken her daughters to the old shelter, but decided to leave because of a lack of privacy.

King says things might have turned out differently, had she stayed.

You may not think much about your zip code. But it turns out that number can tell more about you then just where to deliver your mail.

Daniel Zingale is with The California Endowment. He says new data prove zip codes can be a reliable indicator of life expectancy.

Fires: October 6

Oct 6, 2015

Fire fighters continue to improve existing lines and mop up hotspots across the area of the 119-square-mile Valley Fire in Lake, Sonoma and Napa counties. It’s now considered 99 percent contained.

The Butte Fire in Calaveras and Amador Counties was declared fully contained last week at 111 square miles. 

Recently contained fires: 

$43M In California Fire Prevention Money Goes Unspent

Oct 5, 2015
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A state fire prevention account has ended recent fiscal years with tens of millions of dollars unspent despite bone-dry conditions across much of California's wildland area.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the state ended the fiscal year in June with an estimated $43 million in fee money left over for fire prevention.

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Cal Water customers in the Chico area may soon face higher water bills. The investor-owned company, which provides drinking water to Chico and several other communities in the North State, has filed for permission with regulators to raise rates.

The rate increase is only one facet of Cal Water’s proposal. The application before the California Public Utilities Commission also seeks to merge several distinct divisions and standardize rates.

Several elected officials oppose the internal consolidation, saying it would push rates higher for most customers.

Fires: October 5

Oct 5, 2015

A fire broke out Saturday in Butte County, north of Chico off of Hwy 99 and Meridian Road. Firefighters contained the fire at a little over a square mile. Its cause is under investigation.

Butte & Valley Fires

·        The Butte Fire, in Amador and Calaveras Counties, was declared 100 percent contained on Thursday at 111 square miles.

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As the weather begins to turn, Redding’s People of Progress, a nonprofit community resource, is in need of blankets and winter clothing. Director Melinda Brown says this is the first time she can remember supplies being so low.

"We've just started getting some rain and so people whether they have a roof over their head or they don't they need blankets, and we don't have any,” she said. “We need the community to be generous as they usually are and drop off some blankets."


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