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The Carr Fire has claimed a second fatality. Officials announced that a City of Redding firefighter was killed last night. A bulldozer operator was killed yesterday.

In a sign of just how out of control the inferno remains, CalFire moments ago said nearly 5,000 structures are now under threat. In an assessment since dawn, officials said 65 structures have been utterly destroyed, another 55 damaged.

CalFire spokesman Scott McLean said the fire has jumped the Sacramento River.

Brian Michelsen

We head up the road to California’s first mission this week, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá. (“Basilica” was bestowed by the Pope in 1976, a title signifying a church of major historic significance.) The ceremonial establishment of San Diego as Spanish colony came on July 16, 1769, when the assembled multitudes ascended the hill above their encampment. The first official European foothold in California, this “Plymouth Rock of the West Coast” was chosen as both California’s first mission and associated military outpost or presidio because of its commanding views of the valley and the bay. After a solemn mass, Father Junípero Serra, the “father president” of California’s not-yet-founded mission chain, dedicated the site to the glory of God.

The garden is a full contact playground engaging us at all levels: We can hear, we can taste, we can see and smell - touch and feel. Tovah Martin is gardener and garden writer who explores the truth and the manifold joys of this truth in her new book “The Garden in Every Sense and Season” out now from Timber Press. Tovah joins us this week on Cultivating Place to share more. Listen in!

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Catching a wild bird and strapping a band onto its foot may not seem that revealing if you aren’t in the bird world, but for biologists at Lassen Volcanic National Park the information they collect from this type of tracking tells them a lot about the park’s condition.

Each year Lassen Volcanic National Park holds public demonstrations on bird banding, which take place the third weekend in July. This year the demonstration was led by wildlife biologist Mike Magnuson who taught people everything from how to monitor birds to how to tell if they’re male or female.

Today our guest is Seattle songwriter, Jack Knight. Once part of the popular Chico indie/rock band The Mondegreens, Knight eventually split off to pursue his own solo career. We talk with Knight about the songwriting of his latest album Some For Jack, Some For Jesus.

We visit MoNCA (Museum of Northern California Art) in Chico to talk with the board president Pat Macias. The museum is celebrating its one-year anniversary of moving into its permanent location at the Chico Veterans Memorial Hall, and to celebrating with a street party. In conjunction with the outdoor party, the museum is opening an exhibition of murals and graffiti art. Also on our show, we'll play songs from the top- selling album in the nation, which amazingly is a cast recording of a musical.

We revisit one of our favorite topics on this program over the years (back when this was a four minute show called The Blue Dot Report) The Kepler Space Telescope, the world's greatest hunter of worlds beyond our solar system. With two of its four reaction wheels (gyroscope like devices used to stabilize and point the telescope) failing, Kepler was unable to continue its primary mission. But the K2 mission uses the telescopes still operating instruments to not only hunt for exoplanets but also study objects both near and far from our solar system to energetic galaxies at cosmic distances. Dave talks to two of K2's mission scientists, Ann Marie Cody (who created the cool cartoon above) and Michael Gully-Santiago as we examine what is likely Kepler's last hurrah.

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.

The New England Wild Flower Society is one of the oldest native plant conservation organizations in the country and represents the New England states. Their new book Native Plants for the New England Gardens is a perfect reference for their ecological and pollinator garden workshops being held across New England this summer. On Cultivating Place this week, we learn more. Join us!

For photos visit cultivatingplace.com. The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloudiTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher

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. 

 

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Ways To Donate To Victims Of The Carr Fire And Mendocino Complex

The Carr Fire is one of the most destructive wildfires in California's history. The Mendocino Complex is one of the largest. Learn what you can do to help victims of these Northern California fires.

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