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The Youth Violence Prevention Council of Shasta County is nonprofit partner of Shasta Regional Community Foundation whose mission is to prevent youth violence and promote a safe and healthy community. The Youth Violence Prevention Council Executive Board is comprised of top-flight leaders from a broad cross-section of the business, law enforcement, government, faith, and education sectors of Shasta County. Learn more at www.yvpc.org. 

Marc Albert

 

According to the old saw, in California, whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting. 

 

And the fighting never seems to stop. 

 

Last night, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation held the final of three mandatory meetings to collect public comment on a new initiative announced in the fall: maximizing the amount of water delivered to San Joaquin Valley agriculture and cities farther south, maximizing electricity generated by hydropower at California’s dams and re-evaluating protections and consideration for creatures deemed threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. 

 

We visit Chico Theater Company to talk with the director and several castmembers from "A Chorus Line," the hit Broadway musical about dancers at a high-pressure audition for a Broadway show. We also talk with Pat Macias, board president of the Museum of Northern California Art, about MoNCA's present exhibitions and its exciting plans for the future.

Marc Albert

So packed was the room, that forty minutes into the meeting, aspiring candidates had to prop open both doors to the outside with garbage cans to let in the cool night air.

Coming less than a week after the national Women’s March buoyed opponents to President Trump, enthusiasm was high at the Chico library where the crowd gathered to parse four prospective Democrats looking to win the seat of California’s 1st Congressional District.

There was the attorney from Auburn, Jessica Holcombe:

“They’re stealing from us! They’re taking our Medicare, they are taking our Medicaid, and we know that Social Security is on the chopping block.” 

On this episode of Blue Dot, we talk to the creators of "I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere" and "Trifles." Scott Monty and Burt Wolder are not only highly successful businessmen (Monty was the head of social media for Ford Motor Company from 2008-2014), they are also two of the world's most respected Sherlockians --  experts on the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous Great Detective and his chronicler, Dr. John H. Watson. The Holmes character was patterned after Professor Joseph Bell, Doyle's teacher and mentor from medical school in Edinborough, Scotland and is considered the progenitor of forensic science. Many a scientific mind was inspired by the original 60 stories that Doyle penned (aka "The Canon") and the immense number of portrayals of Holmes and Watson on stage, screen (film and television), radio and pastiche fiction makes Sherlock Holmes an enduringly fascinating part of our popular culture. Our guides to all things Sherlockian, Scott and Burt, will take us back to the world of Victorian London and the fog shrouded apartments of Holmes at 221B Baker Street, "where it is always 1895." The game is afoot!

Photos used courtesy of Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve

Last week we talked "Little House on the Prairie" and this week we visit the grassland prairies and plains of Kansas. According to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas, tallgrass prairie once covered between 170 to 250 million acres of North America – making it the largest ecosystem in the country. By 1860, the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4 percent remains, mostly in the Kansas Flint Hills. 

We’re joined in conversation by Brad Guhr, education coordinator and prairie restoration ecologist for the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, Kansas. To learn more about this inspiring ecosystem based landscape - join us.

Photo by Jen Siska | jensiska.com

Award-winning investigative journalist Mary Roach writes humorously about weird science. In her latest book she examines the curious science of humans at war. She will be in Laxson Auditorium on the Chico State Campus on February 5th. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the best-selling New York Times author of Grunt.

Photo used courtesy of Celebration of Life 5k

The Celebration of Life 5k is an event benefiting and raising awareness for Hospice and Palliative Care in Butte County.  The nonprofit is a partner of North Valley Community Foundation. The event takes place on the first Sunday in May. Learn more about the event at their website or Facebook page. 

After a weekend of suspense over the government shutdown, brinkmanship in Washington is on pause, if only for a couple of weeks.

After all the hoopla, North State Congressman Doug LaMalfa, was breathing an exhausted sigh of relief.

“It’s good to finally be past this silly, 72 hour mess,” he said.

But as the ink dries on this latest continuing resolution, the issues surrounding the impasse remain. LaMalfa had little praise for the process.

Women’s Marches drew crowds in cities across the nation this weekend, including in Redding where hundreds of people joined forces to speak out about a variety of equality issues.  

This year numbers were more than double from last year’s march, suggesting that the political climate has changed from a year ago, when women gathered to protest the civil discourse following the election of Donald Trump as President. 

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