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What Does 'Containing A Fire' Really Mean?

Dec 21, 2017

If you live in a place that's prone to massive wildfires, there's one phrase you always listen for: "the fire is (x) percent contained." A 95 percent contained fire sounds a lot less scary than a 25 percent contained fire, and if you're debating whether or not to evacuate your house, that number might make all the difference.

Photo by J. Maughn

This week we head up the road to Elkhorn Slough, the primary “head” of Monterey Bay’s canyon, just offshore.

Bus riders in Tehama County have something to look forward to. Authorities announced Wednesday that they’ll commence Saturday service on three routes beginning with the new year.

The service will link Red Bluff, Gerber, Tehama, Los Molinos and Corning. Buses will run between 8 a.m. and 3:45 pm on lines 1 and 2 and a special, Saturday only route 6. The Saturday bus service is being subsidized by a one-year grant from funds raised through the state’s cap and trade program.

New Law Helps These Racewalkers Cross The Street

Dec 20, 2017
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Andy Blackledge/Flickr

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

Starting in the new year, Californians will have more time to legally begin crossing the street.

Take Sacramento competitive racewalkers Karen Stoyanowski and Nicolle Goldman. As a former Olympic trial competitor and a national champion, respectively, they can cross the street faster than most pedestrians.

California Minimum Wage Increases Begin January 1

Dec 20, 2017
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Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

California’s minimum wage goes up another 50 cents in January, as part of a law gradually raising it to $15 an hour over the next few years.

California’s new minimum wage in January will be $11 an hour—or $10.50 for businesses with fewer than 26 employees.

Shasta Library Foundation

The Shasta Library Foundation’s sole purpose is to support the Shasta Public Libraries in Anderson, Burney, and Redding. The foundation strives to transform Shasta County through the power of libraries, which it believes are at the heart of community, culture, education and democracy. The Shasta Library Foundation’s support for the Shasta Public Libraries enhances high-caliber programs that nurture literacy, the imagination, and lifelong learning.

For more information about the Shasta Literacy Program at the Redding Library or if you would like to participate as a tutor contact Kayla at 530-245-7237 or go to

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Wikimedia Commons

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

In an effort to help young girls remain comfortable while learning, California will require free tampons and pads in some schools next year. 

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U.S. Department of Agriculture / flickr

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

A new California law will put an end to shaming students for unpaid school lunch fees. 

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Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / File

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

The sale of recreational pot will be legal at shops across California starting in January 2018.

School Firearm Ban Among New California Gun Laws

Dec 18, 2017
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Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

Several new California gun laws take effect in the New Year. 

One of the new laws closes a loophole in an earlier statute that Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento says let school superintendents decide whether people with concealed weapons permits could bring guns to school in cases of domestic violence for example.


Programming Changes

Changes are coming to North State Public Radio’s program lineup this January, including the addition of new shows.

With our new series Since You Asked, we're turning to YOU. What have you always wondered about the North State? What questions do you have about this place we call home?

There’s still time to head up the road for a late-summer adventure. Plan a trip with help from this new map of California destinations featured by Kim Weir on her show Up the Road on NSPR.

On Cultivating Place, we speak with people passionate about plants, gardens, and natural history. We explore what gardens mean to us and how they speak to us.

Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities.

Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects. Co-produced by Nolan Ford, Nancy's Bookshelf airs Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m.

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