Last February, NSPR put together a half-hour special highlighting The Celebration Gospel Choir of Chico, who at the time were preparing for a concert celebrating African-American sacred music. Tomorrow afternoon, in celebration of Black History Month, the choir will return to perform on the Chico State Campus. The event is free to the public and will begin at 3PM in the Performing Arts Center, Room 144. We hope that you enjoy this rebroadcast from February 2017.

Oroville’s City Council moved a baby step closer to allowing marijuana related businesses, including dispensaries, to open up shop.

Casting aside a maximum effort by religious leaders and some elected officials, the council moved forward with proposals that could lead to marijuana being available for purchase legally in Oroville for the first time.

Lengthy, and frequently contentious, officials moved the meeting to the Oroville State Theatre to accommodate a crowd of roughly 150 people, many determined to make their cases.

From a potential sales tax increase in Oroville to making showers available to those experiencing homelessness in Redding, elected officials are set to consider a number of weighty issues around the region this evening.


In Oroville the discussion will be purely conceptual, but a bump in the sales tax rate may be on its way.

Jack Berry is an Oroville city council member.

“Well, it’s pretty much up in the air right now,” Berry said.

Last night the Chico City Council approved a deal assigning county mental health counselors to the police department, advanced a low-income housing project and moved forward with plan to relocate a major provider of homeless services.

Following negotiations with Butte County officials, the council approved a plan to assign two mental health counselors to the Chico police, with the aim of responding to calls involving persons suffering a mental break.

Michael O’Brien is chief of police.

It may be mid-winter, but Cal Fire officials are urging the public to prepare for the blazing days of summer and fall. And fire season is no joke.

California fire victims have asked for nearly $12 billion in reimbursement from insurance companies just from fires occurring between October and December, according to figures released Wednesday by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

Calling for cooperation and united purpose, while still throwing red meat to core supporters, President Trump earned high praise from local Republican leaders and scorn from local Democrats as he delivered his first State of the Union Address Tuesday.

For Congressman Doug LaMalfa who represents most of the North State's interior, President Trump hit all the high notes.

“All in all it was, I think a really great effort tonight and I think laid things out in a common sense manner,” he said. 

Meanwhile Democrats heard much to be alarmed over.

Marc Albert


According to the old saw, in California, whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting. 


And the fighting never seems to stop. 


Last night, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation held the final of three mandatory meetings to collect public comment on a new initiative announced in the fall: maximizing the amount of water delivered to San Joaquin Valley agriculture and cities farther south, maximizing electricity generated by hydropower at California’s dams and re-evaluating protections and consideration for creatures deemed threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. 


Marc Albert

So packed was the room, that forty minutes into the meeting, aspiring candidates had to prop open both doors to the outside with garbage cans to let in the cool night air.

Coming less than a week after the national Women’s March buoyed opponents to President Trump, enthusiasm was high at the Chico library where the crowd gathered to parse four prospective Democrats looking to win the seat of California’s 1st Congressional District.

There was the attorney from Auburn, Jessica Holcombe:

“They’re stealing from us! They’re taking our Medicare, they are taking our Medicaid, and we know that Social Security is on the chopping block.” 

After a weekend of suspense over the government shutdown, brinkmanship in Washington is on pause, if only for a couple of weeks.

After all the hoopla, North State Congressman Doug LaMalfa, was breathing an exhausted sigh of relief.

“It’s good to finally be past this silly, 72 hour mess,” he said.

But as the ink dries on this latest continuing resolution, the issues surrounding the impasse remain. LaMalfa had little praise for the process.

Women’s Marches drew crowds in cities across the nation this weekend, including in Redding where hundreds of people joined forces to speak out about a variety of equality issues.  

This year numbers were more than double from last year’s march, suggesting that the political climate has changed from a year ago, when women gathered to protest the civil discourse following the election of Donald Trump as President.