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Soccer great Megan Rapinoe had a busy visit to the North State this weekend. She was the grand marshal of the Redding Rodeo Parade on Saturday, and that night, Redding Mayor Missy McArthur formally changed Redding Soccer Park’s address to 15 Rapinoe Way.

"She's done so much for our community,” McArthur said. “She's been such an inspiration. She's just generous natured. And the least we can do is recognize her achievements by naming this street after her.”

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Hi.  I'm Pam Geisel, Your Practical Gardener.  Today we’ going to talk about a horrible terrible little tiny pest called spotted wing drosophila.

So as it happened, I was out trying to prevent the birds from decimating my just-now-ripe cherry crop with bird netting. The anticipation for those sweet ripe cherries was building.  In just days, those beauteous little red fruit would be turning that deep shade of burgundy and I would be popping them right into my mouth.

On 5/20 we visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the directors, the actors and one of the writers from "Fresh Ink," a festival of four brand-new short plays. We also talk with art photographer Paula Schultz. Her images of north state native Americans are on exhibit at Ninth Avenue Gallery in Chico.

Local librarian and historian Nancy Leek wrote "John and Annie Bidwell: The Long and Short of It" for children (and adults) about Chico founders John, who was tall, and Annie Bidwell, who was short. The book is illustrated by Steve Ferchaud who joins Nancy in the studio. Ms. Leek's daughter Jean Ping is also a librarian and offers recommendations for reading Russian and African literature.

Last year, 30,151 meals were served through the Tehama County Community Action Agency Senior Nutrition Program.

But getting that many meals on the plates of Tehama County seniors can be challenging, especially with little monetary backing. Juanita Rajanen, the program’s nutrition coordinator, says the program has seen years of funding cuts.

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We all know that human development impacts nature, and that the most developed of human spaces — cities — without any nature in them, negatively impacts humans. Since the very beginnings of the fields of landscape architecture and public planning, there have been designers, builders, thinkers and dreamers who have worked to interweave nature — its sense of green, of refuge, or peace — into these otherwise very inorganic areas, for the benefit of both the ecological world and the benefit of humans. Think of Frederick Law Olmstead’s work in New York’s Central Park and many, many other urban parks across the country at the turn of the 19th century. To varying degrees of success, generations of landscape architects since Olmstead have carried the torch.

Up the Road: McCloud Mushroom Festival

May 18, 2016
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McCloud, onetime mill town in the shadow of Mount Shasta, is famous for its wild spring mushrooms. Buyers show up every May to gather in the best of what local fungus hunters have found, then quickly pack and ship the fresh mushroom crop to appreciative chefs as far away as New York. What better theme could McCloud choose for its Memorial Day weekend party? 

Ron Reed has been a public defender for the past 30 years. His focus: juveniles who end up in trouble. The Reed Family Foundation has produced a film for kids who may be considering a life in gangs, and they hope it can communicate a positive message. It's called "Who Are You Going to Be? Don't Let a Gang Decide for You." Much of the film consists of interviews with people who are serving lengthy prison sentences for gang activity they engaged in as a teenager.

A man police described as having an “extensive criminal history,” was arrested early Tuesday, after allegedly breaking into an army surplus store in Chico and fleeing with several rifles.

Authorities found 25-year-old Weston Davis hiding under a trailer in a used car lot next to the army-navy store.

Police believe Davis got inside by prying his way through the building’s roof.

Highway 99 was closed for 10 hours overnight Sunday night, after a big rig overturned between Yuba City and Live Oak.

Traffic was detoured throughout the night after a tanker truck overturned and ruptured, spilling 78,000 pounds of hazardous materials. The truck was hauling anionic emulsion, a pavement sealer. The compound spilled onto the roadway and into storm drains.

The single-vehicle accident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The highway didn’t reopen until 5 a.m. on Monday.


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At the end of 2013, snowy owls started showing up far south of their usual winter range. The big white birds were reported in South Carolina, Georgia, even Florida.

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