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Investigators Seek Help In Suspicious Cottonwood Fire Death

Authorities are asking local residents for help after a woman was killed in one of two suspicious fires earlier this week. Shasta County i nvestigators are asking the public for any surveillance footage of suspicious persons or activity in Cottonwood since June, after a rash of suspicious fire s turned deadly early Sunday.

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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi vowed this week to demand President Trump's tax returns if Democrats win control of the House of Representatives next month.

Pelosi, seeking to regain her gavel as House speaker after elections in November, told The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board that the move "is one of the first things we'd do — that's the easiest thing in the world. That's nothing."

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This week on Cultivating Place, the second installment in the Seeds of September four part series – when we’re joined by plantswoman, seed advocate, farmer and author Ira Wallace of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Heritage Harvest Festival in Charlottesville, VA Sept 20 – 22. Join us!

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We head up the road this week to Mission Santa Barbara, “Queen of the Missions.” Not only did Saint Barbara lend her name to the city, her namesake mission generously shared what we now recognize as Santa Barbara style. This was the social capital of Alta California, even when Monterey was its political capital. But the presidio came first, in 1782, and the mission, California’s tenth, was built four years later.

Award-winning cameraman and producer Tim Ortman has written a memoir about his years working overseas for NBC when TV news reporting was at its zenith. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Newsreal: A View Through The Lens When...

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A 17-year-old Olivehurst boy is in custody and may face attempted murder charges following a shooting of a 15-year-old boy Wednesday morning in Olivehurst. 

 

 

Dispatchers received a report of shots fired on the 4300 block of Martel Drive around 8 a.m. 

 

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For the most part, air quality has been downright lousy in Shasta County all summer. Seven weeks ago, the Carr Fire erupted. And since then, a series of major conflagrations have been busy converting the North State’s forests into smoke and ash. 

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Boards of Supervisors meet Tuesday morning in Shasta and Butte counties. Here’s a review of some of the issues facing local lawmakers:  

 

Shasta County officials will consider a three-year, $7.5 million deal with Prime Healthcare Services and Shasta Regional Medical Center to triage, diagnose and treat those detained following psychiatric outbursts. While county officials don’t expect a cost savings, treatment will be delivered more quickly to psychiatric patients, reducing burdens on local emergency rooms.  

 

Natural gas, nuclear, solar, large and small scale hydro, geothermal, and wind are among California’s main energy sources. A proposal being unveiled in Butte County this week could give the public more of a say in how locally used electricity is generated.   

 

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On 9/7 we visit the Sutter County Museum in Yuba City to talk with the curator of the current exhibition "Structures" with works by an array of artists. We also go to Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the writer-producer of a world-premiere musical about the funny world of retail sales.

 

In this episode we celebrate 15 years of the Spitzer Space Telescope. The infrared telescope, one of NASA's "Great Observatory" has helped revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos. Dave is joined by three top scientists from the Spitzer mission. Lisa Storrie Lombardi is the Project Manager and describes the telescope and its operations from an engineering standpoint. Then we are joined by Spitzer Science Center staff astronomer Sean Carey who describes some of the amazing discoveries made by Spitzer and finally, the dean of the Spitzer staff, Mike Werner, who has been with the project since its inception shares his insights from decades of work on the infrared observatory. Learn about seeing the invisible universe through the eyes of the chilled sensors of the Spitzer Space Telescope!

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The Delta Fire continues to grow. As of Friday morning it was 24,558 acres in size and zero percent contained.  According to the U.S. Forest Service, numerous structures are threatened and evacuation orders and warnings remain for parts of Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity counties. The largest city under immediate threat is Dunsmuir which is under an evacuation warning. NSPR’s Marc Albert ventured through the smoke to Dunsmuir yesterday. He said residents displayed a range of emotions. Longtime resident Curtis Smith said this year’s fires have been the worst in his lifetime. 

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