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Every North State county has a system they use to let you know when to evacuate in an emergency. The one you’ve most likely heard about is called Code Red. It’s used in nine North State counties – Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity and Yuba. The software is owned by a private company that sends alerts to either your cell phone or landline during an emergency.

Amy Travis, is the Deputy Director at the Office of Emergency Services in Glenn County where the Code Red system is used.

Many State Lawmakers Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Run Again

Jul 18, 2018
Ross D. Franklin

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the statehouse has seemed more like a frat house: Seven have faced accusations, including four who settled secretly with a female legislative aide. 

 

Voters' response? Mostly, keep them in office. 

 

Of the five lawmakers up for re-election this year, three easily made it through their party primaries and will be favored to retain their seats in November. The other two chose not to run. 

 

At issue is an industrial scrapyard and recycler that’s stayed behind as the surrounding neighborhood changed. Habitat for Humanity built several single family homes just outside the gates of Chico Scrap Metal on assurances that the business was set to move.  

Activists have been trying to put the issue before voters. But they say the council’s conservative majority has repeatedly used parliamentary tricks to blow deadlines and keep the issue off the ballot. 

Last night the Redding City Council was set to take up a countywide tax measure that would be used for Public Safety.  However, a vote earlier in the day by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors put limits on how revenues could be spent. 

Andrew Bowen for Capital Public Radio

State Senator Kevin de León got a boost over the weekend in his underdog campaign to unseat California’s U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein: an endorsement from the state Democratic Party. But it might not bring as much help as his backers hope. 

De León used his connections from his four years leading the California Senate to trounce Feinstein, with 65 percent support from the party’s executive board.  

Todd Hall

A wildfire burning in Upper Bidwell Park at the base of the Sierra foothills east of Chico has swelled to about 500 acres this morning with firefighters and other assets streaming into the area.

Rick Carhart is a spokesman for Calfire Butte County.

"I’ve seen one helicopter and two air tankers, and I heard an order for two more bucket helicopters, oh and there is the skycrane, I just see it coming in right now, the big, giant 2,000 gallon water dropping helicopter."

What Should Be In Your Emergency Kit?

Jun 28, 2018

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

NSPR Announces New General Manager

Jun 25, 2018

Phil Wilke has been appointed the new general manager of North State Public Radio, KCHO–Chico and KFPR–Redding, joining the station at an exciting time as it begins its 50th year of broadcast service.

Wilke comes to NSPR from Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he serves as the director of membership and community outreach for KRWG Public Media, which provides public radio and television to communities in Southern New Mexico and West Texas. Prior to his time in Las Cruces, he served as media manager for Kansas Public Radio.

“I can't wait to get started at NSPR. The staff provides remarkable programming, news coverage and community outreach, and I look forward to helping the station thrive,” Wilke said.  

The lights are out for about 10,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers in Chico, Redding and Red Bluff.

PG&E spokesperson Melissa Subbotin said Saturday evening that the power outages were due to a request from Cal Fire and to fire burning and damaging the utility’s equipment.

Safety patrols must be done before power can be restored. Power may not be turned back on for many customers until Sunday, Subbotin said.  

photo courtesy Redding PD

More than a dozen prized pooches may soon be back on the road after what must have been a harrowing overnight detour. 

 

The fourteen pups, on their way from Washington state to a dog show in Vallejo, went missing for 21 hours after their vehicle was hijacked from the In-n-Out Burger in Redding by an unknown white male, authorities said. 

 

The driver and two human companions had momentarily left the vehicle for a bite to eat. The vehicle, a brand-new, full-size Dodge van, was left unlocked and running to power the air conditioning. When they returned, the van was gone. 

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