Marc Albert

Reporter, Morning Edition Host

North State Public Radio reporter Marc Albert joined the staff in 2010 as a morning program host. Formerly a reporter at the Oakland Tribune, Alameda Sun, Berkeley Voice and other publications, Marc is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and attended the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. A California resident since 1987, Marc has lived in Kyoto, Japan, Georgetown, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand. He originally hails from New York City. His first public radio experience was at age 16, answering phones during pledge drives at the storied WBAI. He later served as a volunteer reporter at KUSP-Santa Cruz, WBAI-New York and KPFA-Berkeley before embarking on a decade plus sojourn in print journalism. He has proudly called Chico his home since 2008.

Local elected officials in Butte and Shasta Counties will consider a number of different issues when they meet Tuesday morning.  

The Butte County Board of Supervisors is set consider a change in wording that would designate the county jail a mental health facility, at least as far as inmates are concerned. Officials pushing the concept say it will reduce lengthy trial competency delays. Currently those ruled incompetent to stand trial must wait for treatment in a state hospital, where few beds exist.

Residents of Shasta County and anyone else using water delivered by the Shasta Community Service District are advised to continue boiling their tap water before drinking it. Authorities urge residents to keep water at a boil for a full minute as a precaution against bacteria. The district’s water treatment facility was affected by the Carr Fire. Officials are taking steps to restore regular filtration and purification operations. 

A Cal Fire heavy equipment mechanic was killed early Thursday in an apparent single vehicle crash along State Route 99.  

 

Map used courtesy of Cal Fire

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. 

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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.  

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. 

 

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. 

 

 Bethel Church Redding and the Salvation Army are providing meals, food, bedding, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products and items for babies and toddlers to victims of the Carr Fire. 

 

With parts of the city in ruins, elected leaders gathering this morning to proclaim a local emergency in Redding. The designation will suspend competitive bidding requirements, allowing expedited repairs.

According to City Attorney Barry DeWalt, declaring a local emergency will also make it easier for Redding to receive state aid, along with federal funds, should they be made available.

Brad Alexander, a spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Services said officials’ primary concern has been fighting the fire, evacuations and restoring electricity once danger passes.

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.

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