Sarah Bohannon

Interim News Director

Sarah is one of the early birds of the NSPR team, hosting Morning Edition Monday through Wednesday. She grew up in the North State – in the small town of Biggs – before heading off to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz. After finishing her general education at Cabrillo College, Sarah attended Chico State. There she earned a degree in journalism and a minor in nutrition. During her time at the university, Sarah wrote for the college’s award-winning newspaper, the Orion. She also worked as both a news intern and the associate producer of the series “Reflections” at North State Public Radio. Sarah’s previous experience also includes two years working in multimedia at a local nonprofit, where she created educational materials about farming and nutrition. Along with being the station's interim news director, Sarah is the producer of the programs Cultivating Place, Up the Road and Common Ground for Common Good

Photo used courtesy of Loree Bohl

Danger: Home gardener, garden communicator and blogger Loree Bohl, loves a garden with stand-out foliage and  bold form. But pay attention to where you’re going, or as her mail carrier and her little dog Lila both know - it can be dangerous out there! As Loree writes on her blog: "Nice plants are boring – my love is for plants that can hurt you. Agave, yucca, anything with a spike or spur!” Join us for the next in our series of Dispatches from the Home Garden on Cultivating Place. 

Jessica Kantor

We head Up the Road this week to the Nord Country School in tiny Nord, California. This spot in the road just northwest of Chico, central to cattle, fruit tree, and nut ranches, puts on some of the best community events anywhere. When was the last time you went to a pie auction? The next one is coming right up, Saturday night at the Chico Elks Club, and you won’t want to miss it. Tickets are still available through the school, or online through EventBrite.

Photo used courtesy Youth Violence Prevention Council of Shasta County

The Youth Violence Prevention Council of Shasta County is nonprofit partner of Shasta Regional Community Foundation whose mission is to prevent youth violence and promote a safe and healthy community. The Youth Violence Prevention Council Executive Board is comprised of top-flight leaders from a broad cross-section of the business, law enforcement, government, faith, and education sectors of Shasta County. Learn more at www.yvpc.org. 

Photos used courtesy of Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve

Last week we talked "Little House on the Prairie" and this week we visit the grassland prairies and plains of Kansas. According to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas, tallgrass prairie once covered between 170 to 250 million acres of North America – making it the largest ecosystem in the country. By 1860, the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4 percent remains, mostly in the Kansas Flint Hills. 

We’re joined in conversation by Brad Guhr, education coordinator and prairie restoration ecologist for the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, Kansas. To learn more about this inspiring ecosystem based landscape - join us.

Photo used courtesy of Celebration of Life 5k

The Celebration of Life 5k is an event benefiting and raising awareness for Hospice and Palliative Care in Butte County.  The nonprofit is a partner of North Valley Community Foundation. The event takes place on the first Sunday in May. Learn more about the event at their website or Facebook page. 

Tom Hilton

We appreciate Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe this week, a chronicler of the California Gold Rush better known as Dame Shirley.

Originally from New Jersey and Massachusetts, the dame came West with her physician husband during the heady early days of California statehood. Her descriptions of life in Rich Bar and Indian Bar, gold camps on the Feather River not far from Quincy, were published in the form of letters to her sister. (A “bar” in this case is an accumulation of sand or gravel in a river exposed at low water, the easiest place to find gold.) Clappe’s history was so apt that the well-known writer Bret Harte may have “borrowed” from it, liberally, in his own work. Ever generous, Dame Shirley called these “unconscious plagiarisms.”

Located in the heART of downtown Dunsmuir, California, the Siskiyou Arts Museum strives to enrich the lives of artists, residents and visitors to Siskiyou County through exhibition, sale and interpretation of the visual, literary and performing arts by presenting programs and events that will educate, strengthen, serve and sustain our community.

This week on Cultivating Place, our next in the occasional series of Dispatches from the Home Garden — this time through the lens of a regional newspaper's gardening columnist. Every region needs a paper and at least one regionally knowledgeable gardening columnist. Laura Christman was that person in Redding, California, for the many years of her long career.

She's an avid home gardener and in our conversation, we explore the meaning of gardening through this particular lens of shared stories in a given time and place.

She writes: "Perhaps you are familiar with the term 'gardening.' It is a tangle of weirdness. Turns out there's more to it than growing a lovely lawn or prolific pepper plant."

Her book "Planet Pomegranate" is a collection of columns written for the Home & Garden section of the Record Searchlight, the daily newspaper in Redding. "The pieces are a mix of conversations, observation, reflections and frustrations…..and pomegranates." Join us!

Lily Gicker

We head up the road this week to Downieville, known these days for its northern gold-country charm and the annual Downieville Classic point-to-point mountain bike race, a 29-mile gold-rush-era route from Sierra City to Downieville.

Irlen Syndrome is a visual processing disorder that affects 1 in 5 individuals. The Irlen Method is a non-invasive, drug-free therapy that improves the brain’s ability to process visual information, using colored filters to relieve headaches and visual distortions. 

The Irlen Ambassadors Charitable Fund exists to raise awareness of Irlen syndrome, and to raise funds to pay for the lab fees for low-income individuals.

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