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As legal battles continue over the fate of three dams that impede salmon and steelhead on the Klamath River, work aimed at aiding the iconic, but imperiled fish was wrapping up on one the Klamath’s key tributaries, the Trinity River. NSPR’s Marc Albert has more.


If it all works out, no one will even know they were here.

On a recent Monday, though, that was hard to imagine.    

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The Shasta Serenade

Oct 22, 2016

This week we are rebroadcasting a show from July 2, 2016. The show features music from the late Ralph Stanley, and Scotty Moore (Elvis’ guitar player), both of whom died the week before the show aired. 

We talk with some of the Chico artists who are inviting the public to come visit them in their workspaces during the Open Studios Art Tour. And we talk with director & cast from the current production by Redding's Axiom Repertory Theatre -- "Into the Woods," the Stephen Sondheim musical about characters out of different fairy tales mixing & colliding.

Shasta College Spanish instructor Ann Sittig gathered oral histories of Mayan women living in Nebraska and working in meatpacking plants.  She published these stories in a book, The Mayans Among Us: Migrant Women and Meatpacking on the Great Plains.

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Oct 20, 2016

Union seeks strike authorization - Local 1000 of the Service Employees International Union, the largest bargaining unit among state employees said it would seek a strike authorization vote from members. Union leaders say they can’t accept the state’s most recent offer, which included pay raises of less than three percent annually. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consumer price index has risen 1.5 percent over the past year.

He was a giant among planetary scientists of the 20th century. He revolutionized our understanding of the role of cosmic impacts in the evolution of the solar system, including Earth. His ashes are on the moon and he has a fascinating connection to the home of this show – Chico, California. Gene Shoemaker has been described as the father of planetary science. Perhaps that title is a bit much for any one person, but he certainly played a central role in our modern understanding of the intersection of astronomy and geology. He was a great person and tremendous teacher, I feel lucky to have briefly known him. 

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I don't know about you, but for me the garden grounds me, at the same time that it liberates me. Being out in nature - in the garden or on the trail - opens my mind and heart, settles me down while simultaneously teaching me about and connecting me to nature, science and humanity. For some, the combination of grounding, expansion and liberation that can be gleaned from a greater understanding and connection to the natural world is crucial and valuable in even more immediate ways. 

NSPR News Brief: Oct. 19

Oct 19, 2016

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The Redding City Council talked groundwater last night – particularly how to move ahead with sustainable management of the region’s aquifer.

In 2014 Governor Jerry Brown mandated that the State Water Resources Control Board require agencies that sit over groundwater basins come up with a plan to ensure the sustainability of each aquifer.


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