Marc Albert


North State Public Radio reporter Marc Albert joined the staff in 2010 as a morning program host. Formerly a reporter at the Oakland Tribune, Alameda Sun, Berkeley Voice and other publications, Marc is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and attended the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. A California resident since 1987, Marc has lived in Kyoto, Japan, Georgetown, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand. He originally hails from New York City. His first public radio experience was at age 16, answering phones during pledge drives at the storied WBAI. He later served as a volunteer reporter at KUSP-Santa Cruz, WBAI-New York and KPFA-Berkeley before embarking on a decade plus sojourn in print journalism. He has proudly called Chico his home since 2008.

Faced with the choice of closing fire stations or raising taxes, Butte County Supervisors avoided making any decisions Tuesday, but did punt the toughest decision to the Chico City Council, hoping to deflect blame.

Warning of a looming budget shortfall exceeding $3 million, County Administrator Paul Hahn said all services will come under review.

“We’re not going to have a magic answer here,” Hahn said. “We’re going to have to make some significant reductions in the county’s general fund budget. And that, primarily is composed of public safety.”

Major traffic headaches in the Siskiyous where an overturned big rig has blocked all lanes of southbound Interstate 5. There is no detour available. Caltrans says they may be unable to reopen the highway before night fall. The big rig and its spilled load rest near Flume Creek in Shasta County, about six miles south of Dunsmuir.

A major shake-up in how Butte County residents are protected from fire is scheduled to go before the board of supervisors today, as officials try balancing rising costs with static revenue. NSPR’s Marc Albert has more:

The board commissioned a report last year seeking organizational and other efficiencies that would reduce costs.

US Bureau of Reclamation

Despite the clear skies and warm temperatures, expect rapid rises on the Trinity River over coming days, creating potential danger to boaters and those fishing.

The US Bureau of Reclamation will be sharply increasing the volume of water shooting down the Trinity River starting Saturday. The extreme flows are meant to mimic natural spring floods that occurred before construction of the Trinity, Lewiston and Whiskeytown dams were constructed in the 1960s.

A 50-year-old Tennessee teacher is in custody at the Siskiyou County Jail after local authorities, acting on a tip from authorities in Nashville, located Tad Cummins and a missing 15-year-old girl near Cecilville.

The girl has been missing since March 17. It is believed that the two were on last spotted at an Oklahoma Wal-Mart on security cameras March 19.

Acting on a tip from Tennessee authorities, Siskiyou County sheriff’s deputies spotted the suspect’s vehicle early this morning. Authorities have received more than 1,500 tips in the case.  

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Authorities announced a $10,000 reward for information resulting in the arrest and conviction in an unsolved murder that occurred four years ago.

The reward is being offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is also assisting with the case.

The victim, 52-year-old Jeronimo Valladares-Mata of Corning, was shot a single time in the head while sitting inside his pickup truck at a mobile home park on the 3500 block of the Esplanade in Chico on April 6, 2013. He died six days later.

Zack Cunningham / California Department of Water Resources

Kiewit Infrastructure West was awarded a multimillion dollar contract to repair, replace and strengthen both spillways at the troubled Oroville Dam late Monday.

The Fairfield-based arm of the Omaha Nebraska construction behemoth submitted a $275 million bid for the job, the lowest submitted.

The Department of Water Resources increased its own cost estimate for the job to $231 million. DWR is refusing to make the bids public, claiming that information could be used by terrorists to plan an attack.

Heated discussion best summarizes the two-hour town hall meeting held by US Rep. Doug LaMalfa Monday evening.

There was a lot of talk and plenty of shouting but little meeting of the minds as the Republican congressman faced a hostile crowd at a town hall meeting at the historic State Theatre in Oroville.

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Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey Thursday absolved officers of criminal liability in the tragic shooting death of an apparently mentally disturbed 25-year-old Chico man last month.

An investigation by Chico police as to whether proper procedures were employed during the Saint Patrick’s Day death is ongoing.

The National Weather Service has issued a Significant Weather Advisory due to a strong thunderstorm cell moving slowly north easterly through western Shasta County. The storm is producing large amounts of hail, up to half an inch in diameter and is accompanied by winds of up to 30 miles per hour. Residents of the City of Shasta Lake, Igo, Whiskeytown, Lakehead and Sugarloaf should be prepared for heavy rain, high winds and hail. The advisory remains active until 3:45