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On Sunday, The Mercury News published "Homes in the fire zone: Risk growing as more people move to once rural regions,” which was reported by Lisa Krieger and delved into why California’s fire seasons seem to be getting worse, and why large areas once thought nearly immune from such risks are now recognized as quite vulnerable. 

Northern California was mentioned as having many at risk communities. This included the entire City of Chico that is considered to be in the Wildland Urban Interface, defined as where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildfire. 

Photo courtesy of Pen Pender

 

This week on Cultivating Place, a best of conversation with a home gardener who has moved not just gardens, but continents and hemispheres. As we just reached the height of sunlight with our summer solstice, she eased into her winter. She shares a gardening story of learning, community and adaptability. Pen Pender is a gardener, mother, wife, voracious reader, community activist, bee keeper, cook and novice potter living near Mt. Macedon in Victoria, Australia.

While I might never see kangaroos in my garden, and she may never hear the sound of a congregation of acorn woodpeckers, we are still gardening together in some sense. As she digs in and looks appreciatively up at winter over there, I dig in and look up in anticipation of a long hot summer over here. Pen shares her story of gardening under Australian skies.

Andrew Baumgartner

This question comes from Mary Vanneman of Chico. Mary loves to ride her bike and in a city like Chico which caters to this lifestyle, why wouldn’t you? But this bicyclist’s utopia isn’t perfect, with a lot of bikes in the area there is bound to be bike theft.

According to Mary there seems to be a perception that bike theft is more common in Chico than other towns. To find out if this is true I reached out to Sergeant Cesar Sandoval who is on the community outreach team for the Chico Police Department.

Marc Albert

Chico Mayor Sean Morgan called it mob rule and judicial overreach. Vice Mayor Reanette Fillmer called it coercion. Nevertheless, by a narrow majority the Chico council again changed course on its scrap yard saga Tuesday night.

What should have been a contentious, but fairly typical rezoning battle has dragged on for decades. Some insist Chico Scrap Metal, with its open-air yard, heavy equipment, noise and dust doesn’t belong in the changing neighborhood.  

AP Photo/Noah Berger

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Monetary. Relief organizations taking monetary donations for the Carr Fire include:

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is helping raise funds for Carr Fire victims in conjunction with a surviving member of a family that suffered grievous losses. 

 

On 8/3 we visit Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to talk with the writer-director and the cast from the current production "Radioland's Back to the Beach," a variety show in the style of an old-time radio broadcast, including songs, comedy, serial chapters with wild characters and an audience-interactive game-show.

    

The Dot goes deep Blue on this episode as we explore the mysterious and immense submarine canyon that lies below the surface of Monterey Bay. Monterey is known for its famed Monterey Bay Aquarium but did you know it also has a separate scientific research center? Based in Moss Landing at the very head of the Submarine Canyon, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is one of the world's leading oceanographic and marine biology/ecology research centers. Dave is joined by geologist Charles Paull along with fellow MBARI researchers James Barry and Bruce Robison plus robotic submarine operator Craig Dawe as we explore the deep waters of California's central coast.

Photo used courtesy of Leslie Bennett

Leslie Bennett is a garden designer of both English and Jamaican descent working out of Oakland, CA. With a Jamaican-born husband, a young son, and knowledgeable, passionate views about the importance of cultural heritage, on Cultivating Place this week, Leslie shares her journey navigating the marriage of beauty, function, cultural property and the radical activism of gardening. Join us!

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Nearly a dozen government agencies and aid organizations will gather together under a single roof in Redding starting Thursday, aiming to provide answers and get victims of the Carr Fire back on their feet. 

 

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