Sarah Bohannon

Reporter, Morning Edition Host

Sarah is the early bird of the NSPR team, hosting Morning Edition every weekday. 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 came back to Butte County to attend 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 currently being NSPR’s weekday morning host, Sarah works as the station’s agriculture and health reporter too.   

There is a flower farming revolution sweeping across our country and I for one am all for it. A few months back, Cultivating Place was joined by Debra Prinzing, the founder of the aptly named “slow flowers” and "American Grown Flower" movement in the floral industry. This week we’re joined by Erin Benzakien – the name and face behind the beautiful and impassioned Floret Flower Farms, based in the Skagit Valley of Washington State.

This week we head up the road in search of California’s creation story. Just how did the Golden State come to be?

Great Northern Services (GNS) is a community based nonprofit that invigorates communities by initiating positive social change to improve economic conditions.

As gardeners or naturalists, we often share an urge to display our love – flowers or fruits of the season arranged in bottles and vases, in bowls and on platters. The deep beauty of the harvest and the season have a strong call. As gardeners who harvest food and flowers, as nature lovers who gently forage fallen moss, lichen, stones, feathers, or cooks who prepare our fruits, vegetables and foraged edibles we all experience that moment – perhaps daily of saying: what will I put that in? What vase, large or small, what dinner plate, what cake plate, what bowl? 

Photo by J. Maughn

We’re heading up the road this week to get acquainted with bats at Pinnacles National Park, just south of the Bay Area—a place you’ll want to visit now and in to spring—and also in Yolo County quite close by, where summer is the time to go batty.

A possible Norovirus outbreak has been confirmed at the Red Cross evacuation shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. Lisa Almaguer, communications manager of the Butte County Public Health Department, says six citizens are showing signs and symptoms of the virus, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and sometimes vomiting. Five Red Cross staff were also sick but went home upon getting ill. No lab tests have been taken to confirm the specific virus.

Sarah Bohannon

The new Bethel AME Community Choir will be holding a special performance for Black History Month at Chico State. It will take place on Friday, February 24 at 3 p.m. in the University's Performing Arts Center, Room 144. The performance will take people through a journey of black sacred music including spirituals, gospels and contemporary pieces. The event is free. 

2012 Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle


Late winter early spring might be kind of quiet in the garden in terms of flowers, but it is very busy in terms of plant care – especially in the care of keeping of our roses.  Roses are a favorite of many gardeners, a staple of many gardens, they have been cultivated, celebrated, bred and judged for more than 5,000 years around the world. Roses can and are grown just about anywhere in the world. Their history and mythology runs deeply through the roots of cultures around the world. Roses are among the pluralists of the world. They can be ancient or modern, they can be brassy and bright or elegant and understated. They can be edible, native, tenaciously perennial, fragrant, large, small, climbing, cuttable and endlessly arrangeable. The roses have it all. And late winter, early spring is an active time for caring for your roses: everything from choosing and planting bare root selections to pruning and feeding your established roses.

Oroville Dam Special Program

Feb 15, 2017
Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources


Tens of thousands of people were evacuated this week following the crisis at the Oroville Dam. These people in low-lying areas of Oroville and in communities along the Feather River are still under an evacuation warning. What does that mean? Tonight we're speaking with officials and residents about the current situation and sharing information that you need to know in the event of another evacuation order.

Mandatory evacuation orders for Oroville and surrounding areas downstream have officially been downgraded to an evacuation warning. The announcement was made by Butte County Sherriff Kory Honea during a press conference in Oroville this afternoon. Honea said the change in evacuation status is effective immediately. Those displaced can now return to their homes and businesses can resume their operations.