This week on the Shasta Serenade we cover a few of the artists coming to the North State; Claire Lynch, Nu-Blu, The Dead Winter Carpenters, T Sisters, Michael Cleveland and the Flamekeepers and Darlingside. And, I round-out the show with my usual eclectic taste in Americana Music.
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Accusing officials of stalling, two local men announced they filed legal documents Friday seeking justice in the wake of a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred in Paradise in November.

Flanked by more than 100 supporters and onlookers, activists Kevin Haddock and Robert Cheney produced copies of a 16-count complaint they said was filed with the Grand Jury.

“Cops like to say, ‘Well, we’re the biggest gang in town,’” Cheney said. “Well, they forgot about one gang, the ‘We the People’ gang. We’re bigger than them.”

This week on Weekend Showcase we talk with Debra Lucero, coordinator of the 5th Annual Chico Silent Film Festival.  You'll hear about the fascinating line-up of rarely seen films showing Saturday & Sunday at the Chico Women's Club, projected in 16mm film and accompanied by live music played on a restored Steinway grand piano. We also talk with artist Peter Jodaitis who has an exhibit at Chico's 1078 Gallery, displaying works from throughout his fifty year career.  Many times, the subjects of his artwork come from great works of literature.

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Tehama County’s emergency alert system has gotten a technical makeover, now it just need residents to get the message.

Law enforcement is asking residents to sign up for Tehama Alert, their new software that sends out emergency information via phone – and by text and email.

Sheriff’s Service Officer, Lisa Callaway says Tehama Alert launched in November. It cost about $16,000 per year is being paid for with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

On this episode of Nancy's Bookshelf, we hear from Red Bluff author and anthropologist Mardith Schuetz-Miller, who writes about the application of geometry to sacred building. She talks about archeology, architecture, and an interdisciplinary approach to finding answers to questions about ancient culture.

We also hear Part 2 of an interview with former Navy frogman and Paradise author Stephen Arrington. He describes a government conspiracy to bring down automobile maker John DeLorean, and why DeLorean was innocents of all charges. After five years as chief diver and expedition leader for the Cousteau Society, Steve returned to Paradise to become a public speaker and help young people avoid the kinds of mistakes he himself made when he was using marijuana. 

Tray Robinson

Despite its conservative face, the ag industry is full of queer agriculturalists.

This may surprise you like it does many of the people dairy farmer Jim Schroer and his husband Tray Robinson introduce themselves to – or it may not. Either way it’s apparent the big reason the two get so many shocked reactions when they say they’re married while in agriculture settings isn’t that they’re the only gay couple within the industry – it’s just that the subject isn’t really talked about.  


Amy Mainzer knows a lot about infrared. She was deputy project scientist for the Wide-filed Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which used infrared to study the entire sky. She's now principle investigator on NEOWISE, a project that uses WISE images to study asteroids and comets. Amy Mainzer joined us for the inaugural episode of “Blue Dot.”

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This week on Cultivating Place, the program’s conversations begin with Bernard Trainor, the Australian-born landscape designer. Known for his iconic California gardens, Trainor is both a hands-on gardener and a big view, large concept designer. His philosophy and work illustrate the power of specific place in any garden or cultivated landscape — no matter how big or small, urban or rural.

Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force

Local officials said they’ve driven a stake through the heart of a local network of drug dealers, announcing the end of a multi-year investigation that led to 27 arrests and the seizure of a small mountain of methamphetamine and cocaine. 

According to yesterday’s announcement, another eight people were arrested Thursday as authorities raided locations in four counties. Six arrests were made in Yuba City, one in Live Oak and two in Modesto. Local and federal drug agents seized more than twenty pounds of meth and more than two pounds of cocaine, along with nearly $100,000 in cash.

It’s the last weekend of the month and I transform the Shasta Serenade into The Rock-a-Barry Weekend Show, playing great oldies from the '40s into the '70s. February 3 marks 57 years since the tragic plane crash in an Iowa cornfield took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. 


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NSPR is pleased to sponsor the 4th Annual Local Nursery Crawl, Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27.

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The Republican presidential candidates met tonight in Manchester, N.H. for the final debate before the first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday, February 9.

Unlike the last Republican debate, Donald Trump, who came in second in the Iowa caucuses, decided to participate. He joined the winner of the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz, as well as Marco Rubio, who came in third. Trump and Rubio were only separated by one percentage point in the caucuses.

Saturday's GOP debate was the final one before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. Here are some key moments:

Rubio targeted: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasted no time in taking shots at Sen. Marco Rubio on Saturday night.

Citing his own record as governor, Christie said that responsibilities like responding to natural disasters meant he had to make tougher and more important decisions than Rubio has had to as a senator. He also attacked Rubio's pattern of missing votes in the Senate, a criticism that has dogged Rubio throughout this nomination contest.

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