Marc Albert

Reporter, Morning Edition Host

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.

With Valentine’s day coming up Saturday, love may be in the air, but there’s one thing traditionally associated with the holiday that shouldn’t be says PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno.

The potential economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing were pitted against the possible risks to local drinking water and irrigation supplies as a long-awaited fracking ban went before the Butte County Board of Supervisors yesterday. North State Public Radio’s Marc Albert was there.

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In the end, no action was taken on the proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing which had been hotly debated for over a year. However, some additional restrictions may appear later this year.

 One of the most contentious environmental issues of the day goes before local officials in Butte County this morning when the risks of potential water contamination are pitted against the economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing. North State Public Radio’s Marc Albert has more.

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A lively meeting is expected when the Butte County Board of Supervisors considers an outright ban on hydraulic fracturing and the dumping or injection of chemical-laced fracking wastewater into deeper underground wells.

The search for a private operator to run Chico’s airport turned up just a single proposal as the application period closed Friday. Officials say they remain high focused on returning passenger service. North State Public Radio’s Marc Albert filed this report.

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Last night Chico city leaders opted to further discuss considering re-zoning a long-vacant commercial property considered by many an eyesore.

At Park Avenue and 11th Street, the string of run-down, vacant businesses create a dead zone between Chico’s pedestrian-heavy downtown and more auto-centric area to the south.

Nearly 200 concerned residents arrived before dawn Monday as a standoff between locals and Pacific Gas and Electric Company over trees slated for removal. 

Organizers called out the cavalry, bringing in a crowd to Oroville Cemetery as activists struggle to save a condemned stand of mature street trees. The trees, about a century and a quarter old, are set to be removed by PG&E as part of a pipeline safety projected prompted by a deadly natural gas transmission line explosion in San Bruno in 2010. 

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