NSPR News Brief: March 2

Mar 2, 2017

Here's your daily briefing...

Piled high and deep: While not quite a record, the Sierra Nevada snowpack is 185 percent of normal, according to yesterday’s official monthly measurement by the Department of Water Resources. While that’s fantastic news for growers, salmon and everyone else, officials point out that the state’s aquifers---an equally, if not more important source of water in California---have been greatly depleted.

North State Congressman Doug LaMalfa fielded wide-ranging questions from constituents during a hastily called conference call Wednesday evening.

Recently elected to a third term, LaMalfa tacked closely to Republican positions on issues involving health care, education, immigration and firearms.

A frequent and vociferous critic of the Affordable Care Act, LaMalfa, like President Donald Trump, emphasized that people shouldn’t worry about losing access to health care.

There is a flower farming revolution sweeping across our country and I for one am all for it. A few months back, Cultivating Place was joined by Debra Prinzing, the founder of the aptly named “slow flowers” and "American Grown Flower" movement in the floral industry. This week we’re joined by Erin Benzakien – the name and face behind the beautiful and impassioned Floret Flower Farms, based in the Skagit Valley of Washington State.

This week we head up the road in search of California’s creation story. Just how did the Golden State come to be?

Great Northern Services (GNS) is a community based nonprofit that invigorates communities by initiating positive social change to improve economic conditions.

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On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, President Donald Trump will deliver his address to a Joint Session of Congress at around 6 p.m. NPR will provide live anchored coverage of the president’s speech as well as the Democratic response. This will be the first address to Congress of President Donald Trump's presidency. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs.

California Department of Water Resources

Workers operating barge-mounted heavy equipment continued clearing tons of debris left beneath the crippled Lake Oroville spillway Tuesday, as work proceeds toward restarting the dam’s hydro-electric power plant.

An estimated 1 million cubic yards of broken concrete and rock left behind by floodwaters formed an impromptu dam in the diversion pool. That excess water is preventing the dam’s Hyatt power plant from going back online. When operable, water can be released through the plant at a rate of up to 14,000 cubic feet per second.

NSPR News Brief: Feb. 27

Feb 27, 2017

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Cowgirl In The Control Room

Feb 25, 2017

On this week’s Cowgirl in the Control Room, it’s Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and a handful of the many great musicians they influenced.


NSPR's Marc Albert interviews Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.