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We visit MoNCA (Museum of Northern California Art) in Chico to talk with the board president Pat Macias. The museum is celebrating its one-year anniversary of moving into its permanent location at the Chico Veterans Memorial Hall, and to celebrating with a street party. In conjunction with the outdoor party, the museum is opening an exhibition of murals and graffiti art. Also on our show, we'll play songs from the top- selling album in the nation, which amazingly is a cast recording of a musical.

We revisit one of our favorite topics on this program over the years (back when this was a four minute show called The Blue Dot Report) The Kepler Space Telescope, the world's greatest hunter of worlds beyond our solar system. With two of its four reaction wheels (gyroscope like devices used to stabilize and point the telescope) failing, Kepler was unable to continue its primary mission. But the K2 mission uses the telescopes still operating instruments to not only hunt for exoplanets but also study objects both near and far from our solar system to energetic galaxies at cosmic distances. Dave talks to two of K2's mission scientists, Ann Marie Cody (who created the cool cartoon above) and Michael Gully-Santiago as we examine what is likely Kepler's last hurrah.

Every North State county has a system they use to let you know when to evacuate in an emergency. The one you’ve most likely heard about is called Code Red. It’s used in nine North State counties – Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity and Yuba. The software is owned by a private company that sends alerts to either your cell phone or landline during an emergency.

Amy Travis, is the Deputy Director at the Office of Emergency Services in Glenn County where the Code Red system is used.

The New England Wild Flower Society is one of the oldest native plant conservation organizations in the country and represents the New England states. Their new book Native Plants for the New England Gardens is a perfect reference for their ecological and pollinator garden workshops being held across New England this summer. On Cultivating Place this week, we learn more. Join us!

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Many State Lawmakers Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Run Again

Jul 18, 2018
Ross D. Franklin

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the statehouse has seemed more like a frat house: Seven have faced accusations, including four who settled secretly with a female legislative aide. 

 

Voters' response? Mostly, keep them in office. 

 

Of the five lawmakers up for re-election this year, three easily made it through their party primaries and will be favored to retain their seats in November. The other two chose not to run. 

 

California's Iconic Highway 1 Near Big Sur Ready To Reopen

Jul 18, 2018
Joe Johnston of The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo)

California transportation officials say an iconic stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive landslide is ready to reopen to traffic. 

 

Courtesy of the Almond Board of California

California almond growers are likely to see their largest-ever harvest this August. But the surge comes at an unfortunate time as their second largest importer imposed a 50 percent tariff on their product. 

 

Throughout his life, Paradise author Garth Nielsen has participated in Native American ceremonies and talked to traditional elders. As an adult he was adopted by an Iroquois woman. His first book was a collection of essays about what he learned, and it described his personal discovery. After this first book, Odyssey of a Spiritual Nomad, he published a second collection of stories called Petroglyphs.

At issue is an industrial scrapyard and recycler that’s stayed behind as the surrounding neighborhood changed. Habitat for Humanity built several single family homes just outside the gates of Chico Scrap Metal on assurances that the business was set to move.  

Activists have been trying to put the issue before voters. But they say the council’s conservative majority has repeatedly used parliamentary tricks to blow deadlines and keep the issue off the ballot. 

Last night the Redding City Council was set to take up a countywide tax measure that would be used for Public Safety.  However, a vote earlier in the day by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors put limits on how revenues could be spent. 

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