Since You Asked

Asking good questions is at the heart of good journalism.

But we’re not the only ones who can ask good questions. With our new series Since You Asked, we're turning to YOU. What have you always wondered about the North State? What questions do you have about this place we call home?

From the Lemurians who — according to legend — inhabit Mt. Shasta, to why many locals say “am-end” instead of “al-mond,” this series explores the little quirks and curiosities that make the North State, the North State.

Whether your question is light-hearted or hard-hitting, we want to get to the bottom of it. Submit your question using the form below. You can also email us at nsprsinceyouasked@gmail.com, or leave us a voicemail at (530) 433-4887.

Ways to Connect

U.S. Department of Agriculture

“Hi, my name is Beverly Thomassian and I want to know what pesticides they are spraying on the almond orchards throughout the year and if they’re harmful to the humans living adjacent to the orchards.”

This was something I also wondered since moving to Chico several years ago. Fortunately, California keeps meticulous data on which pesticides are used throughout the state. I was able to find the top five pesticides used on almonds in Beverly’s neighborhood with the state’s Agricultural Pesticide Mapping Tool. They’re Ziram, Oryzalin, Glyphosate, Paraquat Dichloride, and Clarified Hydrochloric extract.

Marc Albert

“My name is Josh Hegg and I had a question. When I first moved to Chico, a big point that everyone made was that Bidwell Park was the third largest municipal park in the country, so I’m curious where Bidwell Park actually stands in terms of park size in comparison to the rest of the country and where that rumor started and if it holds any merit at all.” 

What’s safer, Highway 99 or 70?

That’s a simple enough question, right? Or at least it seems so.

"Where exactly is Northern California?" is a question I’ve had since moving from Butte County to Santa Cruz. I remember living there thinking, “Is this still Northern California?” What I learned from Santa Cruz locals was that they did consider themselves to be a part of Nor Cal, but they were quick to tell me that they – unlike so many of the Northern Californians I grew up with – did not use the word “hella.”