Chico FD

Cal Fire is reporting that firefighters are battling a 15-acre fire off Highway 32 at Santos Ranch Road, south of Forest Ranch. Highway 32 has been closed in both directions and, the Chico-Enterprise Record is reporting that Upper Bidwell Park is being evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Today on Weekend Showcase, we talk with Cameron Kelly, the new director of the Chico Art Center. She will discuss her vision for the future of the center. We also talk with the writer-director & the cast of "A Kid Walks into a Bar," an original comedy at the Blue Room Theatre which gives us an inside look at the Chico bar scene.

This week Nancy talks with a couple mystery writers. First up is Ken McGorry with his haunted tale in Ghost Hampton. Then, Redding author Robert Seago tells us about his combat-hardened  private detective and German Shepherd partner Joker in Tears of the Innocent. And we end with a change of pace from North State author and entertainer, Shane Weisman.

Updated: Grade Fire Threatens Yreka

11 hours ago

Updated Friday, Aug 26, at 9:32 a.m.

A forest fire burning in Siskiyou County has nearly doubled in size since Thursday evening, though firefighters have made significant progress containing the blaze.

One hundred fifty structures remain threatened near Yreka where the Grade Fire has burned thorough 710 acres. The fire is 65 percent contained.

Evacuation orders and road closures in the area have been lifted for residents.

Marc Albert

In arid California, seasonal drought is a way of life. Water is both scarce and in high demand. People are told to conserve. Agriculture looks for efficiency through technique and technology. Officials slowly conjure money to expand reservoirs. Though closer to reality than ever, the long-awaited Sites and Temperance Flat reservoirs are probably still decades away. Nevertheless, far more modest projects — ones that could be completed in a single morning — may have a strong supporting role in California’s water future.

This week we talk with Kenneth Williford, the deputy project scientist for the Mars 2020 Rover. He's an expert on where biology, geology, and chemistry collide to inform the search for evidence of ancient microbial life in rocks. We also chat with graphic design artist Rachel Ignotofsky about her new book, Women in Science. This illustrated guide profiles 50 women in STEM fields, from ancient times until the present, who have shaped our world. 

Landscape architects create outdoor spaces with intention and thought. While the effects are often unnoticed consciously, they are absorbed and experienced nonetheless — impacting us, our culture, and our understanding of place — historically and right now. Kelly Comras explores some of these ideas with us on Cultivating Place this week. 

Up the Road: Mt. Shasta Caverns

Aug 24, 2016
Kim Weir

Today we head up the road to one of the Shastas you may have missed, especially if you’re an are-we-making-good-time-yet traveler—ancient Lake Shasta Caverns, a National Natural Landmark located near the lake’s McCloud River arm. Visiting the cave formations is amazing in the summer, when it’s blazing hot outside. Such an indescribable pleasure, with sweat trickling down your neck, when the tour guide opens the cavern door and you feel that first blast of moist, cool, 58-degree underground air. Ahhh.

Melissa Bosworth / Capital Public Radio

More than 10,000 firefighters battled wildfires Monday from California's Central Coast to Sierra Nevada forests or mopped up remnants of destructive blazes beaten into submission up and down the state.

Cal Fire says about 1,900 structures were threatened by the 33,000-acre blaze Chimney Fire in coastal San Luis Obispo County, where more than 2,400 people were under evacuation orders.

Here's a round-up of the current conditions of California wildfires:

Kristen Lepore | KPCC

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Will it be the fifth to legalize recreational pot this November? We traveled to Sacramento to host a live event about the pros and cons of Proposition 64, which would legalize adult use of cannabis.


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