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

Nearly 200 farmers, local water agency workers and area citizens met at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning Thursday to talk current and future drought conditions in the North State’s valley. 

The 2015 Northern Sacramento Valley Water Dialogue covered a large list of topics including agriculture drought management practices, how to secure additional water supplies under surface-water cuts and an overview of last year’s drought impacts on the Northern Sacramento Valley.


In Chico, it's Bike Month already. Chico Velo kicked it off this past weekend with the Wildflower Century, along with the less-strenuous Childflower and Flatflower rides. But those were just the first of about a dozen events lined up for this year's local Bike Month campaign, Bike Chico.

The body of a 19-year-old Magalia resident who had been missing for two weeks has been found in the West Branch of the Feather River.

According to the Paradise Post, Butte County officials said the body of Tristian Lucero was found in the river below Feather River Hospital by search and rescue crews at 11:25 Monday morning.


If you’re one of the many Californians who received a higher-than-anticipated tax penalty for being uninsured, you now have a second chance to get insurance for 2015. Covered California says it’s extending its open enrollment until April 30 to give those without coverage a chance to – at least – lower their tax penalty this year. 

Sarah Bohannon / NSPR



You may have made a smoothie before, but have you ever used a bicycle to blend it? That’s exactly what was going on at the Egling Middle School Farm Stand in Colusa on Tuesday. Kids were lining up to take turns to jump on a bicycle blender. The faster they peddled, the faster an attachment at the back of the bike mixed up bananas, oranges and kale into a surprisingly tasty smoothie. 

Baxter International Inc.


The F-D-A recently announced a recall of four different types of intravenous or I-V solutions, some of which were distributed to North State hospitals.

The products were voluntarily recalled by their distributor, Baxter International Incorporated. They contained presence of particulate matter, which the company says could lead to serious health consequences in high risk patients.  


Michael McCollough / Flickr, Creative Commons


Some farmers in Northern California and Southern Oregon just learned they’ll be getting 65 percent of the water they’d normally be allotted.

The decision pertains to farmland in Siskiyou and Modoc counties. It’s due to significantly low snowpack and was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.


California Department of Public Health


A new report shows the two deadliest chronic diseases in the nation are killing fewer Californians, but the North State can’t claim the same progress. 

Reductions in coronary heart disease and cancer – which are the first and second leading causes of death in California and the nation – were the highlights of the new report. 

Brittany H. / Flickr, Creative Commons


A firm preparing an environmental study about a proposed elephant sanctuary in Tehama County has now been tasked with creating a “Specific Plan.”

According to the Red Bluff Daily News, the amended agreement was approved yesterday at the Tehama County Board of Supervisors meeting. 

Antonio Josiah / Flickr, Creative Commons


Starting Wednesday, residents of unincorporated areas of Butte County will need a burn permit to burn yard debris. 

That’s according to a news release from the Cal Fire Butte Unit, which says there are also many burning guidelines that residents need to follow. Those include burning between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., burning piles of vegetative waste no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet and not using burn barrels.