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.

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 Many residents of unincorporated parts of Butte County are getting used to a new routine on trash day, if not a new trash day altogether. Plans to divide up the county into three separate areas and grant exclusive fiefdoms to the different companies that used to compete took effect this week.

Chico’s city council will be grappling with a problem tonight they haven’t had to worry about in years — what to do with extra money.

Rising sales and property taxes thanks to an improving economy, coupled with savings from some pretty serious budget cuts, have left $4.8 million worth of black ink in Chico’s municipal coffers. But after years of crisis budgeting, city leaders meeting tonight will likely end up using the windfall to pay off debts rather than on funding any new initiatives or restoring much in the way of services.

California’s farms and, increasingly, urban residents will be dependent on groundwater reserves for water supplies as parched conditions continue into a fourth year. Meanwhile, long-term plans to help ease California’s chronic water shortages took another small step forward. 

Hopes for enough rain and snow to break the ongoing drought have gone from doubtful to nearly unfathomable as winter yields week after week of unusually warm and dry weather.

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About 75 people gathered Thursday night to offer support and plan a community response after a racially charged incident a month ago left a biracial Chico family under emotional siege.

The group vowed to confront what they called an intolerant undertow lurking below the surface in the otherwise serene university town. 

Speakers called for changes in school curriculum, diversity training and a multimedia campaign to promote understanding and tolerance. They also urged individuals to speak up and peacefully intervene when the situation warrants.

One of the United Kingdom’s leading universities has announced long-range plans to establish a presence in Northern California. 

 

The University of Warwick, a private, not-for-profit research institution, said it plans to build and operate a new campus in Placer County just west of Roseville. 

 

University spokesperson Peter Dunn said via email that the campus plans to see students start graduating by 2021. Warwick hopes to grow the campus to 6,000 students by 2031. 

 

The victim of a stabbing early Tuesday morning in Chico is refusing to cooperate with authorities and declined to identify the suspect, an acquaintance. 

Little information was released regarding what sparked the dispute, which escalated into a physical confrontation near Sycamore Pool in the One Mile Recreation Area in Lower Bidwell Park around 5:30 that morning. The victim, a 20-year-old white man, suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso. The wounds were not considered life-threatening. 

The prime suspect in last week’s fatal Chico stabbing was arrested in Ord Bend after a brief chase Tuesday morning, Chico police said.

 

The pursuit involved officers from three different agencies, but ultimately ended when residents of a mobile home Michael Patrick Anderson had sought refuge in kicked him out. 

 

Anderson, a 30-year-old Chico man, surrendered to authorities at around 11:30 Tuesday morning after leading officers past a trailer park, across a field, through an orchard and ultimately into a ditch about five miles south of Hamilton City. 

The invisible reservoir deep below the Sacramento Valley is being depleted to levels unseen since the epic drought of 1976-1977, and short of praying for rain, there’s little officials plan to do. 

 

Nearly 60 percent of the water wells that Butte County officials have long measured have fallen within range of the lowest levels ever recorded. Those historic lows were documented back in the 70s, during the most severe drought in California’s recorded history. County officials say the levels are about what they’d expect after four consecutive dry winters.  

 

About 1,700 more people may soon be living in Chico, and none of them will have to hire a moving truck or pack up a single keepsake. North State Public Radio’s Marc Albert has more.

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It won’t take hand trucks, packing peanuts or a suspension of the laws of physics—just a few strokes of the pen to make small, but potentially important changes for those affected.

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.

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