Up The Road: To Honor Water And The God Of The Dark North

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Bok Kai Temple

This week we head Up the Road to appreciate the power of water. Even here in the north, where most of California’s water comes to ground, we tend to take it for granted. Turn on the kitchen or garden faucet, out it comes—and there better be enough to meet our needs, at a comfortable price. We also expect it to stay where we put it, inside the lines that represent flowing water, on maps, and behind the dams we’ve built to stop that flow, to store water and to play in it.

Faced with the choice of closing fire stations or raising taxes, Butte County Supervisors avoided making any decisions Tuesday, but did punt the toughest decision to the Chico City Council, hoping to deflect blame.

Warning of a looming budget shortfall exceeding $3 million, County Administrator Paul Hahn said all services will come under review.

“We’re not going to have a magic answer here,” Hahn said. “We’re going to have to make some significant reductions in the county’s general fund budget. And that, primarily is composed of public safety.”

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

California Treasurer John Chiang is known as a fiscal watchdog. But has he saved state taxpayers more than $5 billion?

Chiang made that claim on March 23, 2017 at a Sacramento forum for candidates in the 2018 California governor’s race.

Major traffic headaches in the Siskiyous where an overturned big rig has blocked all lanes of southbound Interstate 5. There is no detour available. Caltrans says they may be unable to reopen the highway before night fall. The big rig and its spilled load rest near Flume Creek in Shasta County, about six miles south of Dunsmuir.

A major shake-up in how Butte County residents are protected from fire is scheduled to go before the board of supervisors today, as officials try balancing rising costs with static revenue. NSPR’s Marc Albert has more:

The board commissioned a report last year seeking organizational and other efficiencies that would reduce costs.

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Sanctuary City Policies Jeopardize Federal Grant Funding: The Trump Administration has sent a letter to the state saying it will withhold funds from California due to its policies regarding sanctuary cities. The proposed cut funding supports local and state law enforcement, but is a miniscule amount of the state’s city and county budgets.   

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Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter. Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain "terror-prone regions," and the lifting of "roadblocks" to let "infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward."

We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with director & cast from "Monty Python's Edukationel Show" featuring many classic Python sketches. We also talk with art teacher Reta Rickmers and two of her Pleasant Valley High students about the many student-made items (artwork, jewelry, keepsake boxes and more) that will be featured in May at the "Art at the Matador" event.

US Bureau of Reclamation

Despite the clear skies and warm temperatures, expect rapid rises on the Trinity River over coming days, creating potential danger to boaters and those fishing.

The US Bureau of Reclamation will be sharply increasing the volume of water shooting down the Trinity River starting Saturday. The extreme flows are meant to mimic natural spring floods that occurred before construction of the Trinity, Lewiston and Whiskeytown dams were constructed in the 1960s.

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Attempted Suicide and Long Term Health: Are there long term health consequences for those attempting suicide as a teenager? A new study being launched by University of California researchers will harness so-called ‘big data’ to find the correlation.  

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