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.

Authorities are trying to identify skeletal human remains found near the Sacramento River south of Hamilton City.   

The macabre discovery was made by a California Fish and Wildlife officer at about mid-day Sunday March 8. The officer, patrolling the west bank of the river across from Scotty’s Landing with a dog, spotted part of a human skull protruding from the earth. The spot is within 100 yards of the river, a location subject to occasional flooding.

Butte County Sheriff's Office

Updated March 19, 2:45 p.m.

The man sought in connection with the discovery of a woman’s body just west of Chico Monday surrendered to authorities without incident Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities believe the woman fell victim to foul play and named Chico resident Christopher Swihart, 49, as a suspect. Swihart contacted the Butte County Sheriff’s office from his attorney’s office, arranging to turn himself in. 

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Inebriated St. Patrick’s Day revelers kept Chico police busy Tuesday, though authorities say changes in the academic calendar helped limit alcohol-fueled exuberance. 

In all, four DUI arrests were recorded along with 19 for public intoxication. Another eight were detained on other charges.

Council members in Chico tackled a series of minor issues with little acrimony Tuesday night, agreeing to small changes to various programs and to conduct an inventory of potentially surplus city-owned real estate. 

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Californians must adjust to the drought by using dramatically less water, and new restrictions approved today are aimed at making that a reality. 

The regulations, adopted unanimously by the state Water Resources Control Board, are a mix of both familiar and new strategies aimed at weathering the coming months, and being prepared in case the rains again fail next winter.

 

Officials warned that without drastic steps, a continuing drought would create catastrophic conditions. 

 

Chico State President Paul Zingg is recovering from a successful heart bypass operation performed at Enloe Medical Center Sunday. An official university announcement said Zingg is expected to fully recover, though it is uncertain how long he will be on medical leave.

It is unclear if the surgery was routine and scheduled or conducted in an emergency.

University officials declined to elaborate on the circumstances leading up to the surgery, Zingg’s current condition or whether he has been discharged from the hospital, citing privacy concerns.

Siskiyou County Visitors Bureau

 

Visitors to Lake Britton or the Pit River downstream of the Lake Britton dam, can expect hazardous conditions as Pacific Gas and Electric Company tests new equipment. The testing, and elevated danger, is scheduled to start Saturday and continue for 10 days.

Elected leaders in Chico today are set to consider farming out a key part of summer to a separate entity. To locals, a dip in Sycamore Pool is as emblematic of summer as backyard barbecues, family road trips or ice cream. 

The good news is that shouldn’t change. But this year, in an effort city leaders say could save taxpayers a total of $6,000, officials are set to turn over lifeguarding duties at the pool to the Chico Area Recreation District, or CARD.

California Geological Survey

 

The chances of a very strong earthquake rattling California is higher than previously thought, and more comprehensive studies suggest inland Northern California is hardly immune from sudden seismic disturbances.

The number of identified faults in California has risen from 15 in 1988 to 350 today. The chance of a quake 6.7 or greater — the strength of the destructive 1994 Northridge quake — was cut to once every 6.3 years. Meanwhile, the chance of a potentially cataclysmic magnitude 8 or greater within 30 years was revised upward to 7 percent. 

The head of a Butte County water district intent on selling water to San Joaquin Valley nut orchard operators dismissed concerns raised by county officials and said the district is fully complying with regulations. 

Eugene Massa, general manager of the Biggs-West Gridley Water District, said he has no plans to cancel or alter in any way a water transfer deal with West Hills Farm Services of Fresno through the state Department of Water Resources. 

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