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


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. 

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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.  


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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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The Redding Police Department is informing citizens of scam phone calls taking place this tax season. 

According to a press release from the Redding Police Department, many Shasta County citizens have received phone calls from people claiming to be from the IRS. The impersonators usually say that the citizen needs to wire money for back taxes due to a mistake on a prior tax filing. 

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A woman who was hit in the head by a fallen tree limb last year at a famers market in Red Bluff has filed a lawsuit against the city for $25,000.

According to the Red Bluff Daily News, Betty Stohler was 77 years old when a tree branch hit her in the head and knocked her unconscious while she was at the Wednesday Farmers Market last August. The incident reportedly happened at a booth set up in front of the historic Tehama County Courthouse. 

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The day was all about one word: grit. It made the speeches: “It is grit this year.” It made the songs: “Grit, grit, gritty-grit. Get your heart full of it.”

And finally made it on my list of questions. Thankfully, CCDS Principal Megan Neely was there to explain the meaning of grit and why the school chose it as their annual motivational word.