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.

Among the most contentious issues before the Chico City Council tonight, possibly the largest subdivision in years as 313 acres of open space on Chico’s eastern edge appears slated to become 469 homes, shopping and an unclear number of apartments spread across 34 acres. Local environmental groups are expected to oppose the project due to the existence of Butte County Meadowfoam, an endangered plant. The StoneGate project site straddles Bruce Road between East 20th Street and Skyway.

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Watch Monday's full Chico City Council debate below. 

Eight of the nine candidates vying for a seat on the Chico City Council faced off Monday night at a League of Women Voters event on the Chico State campus.

In terms of municipal politics, all of the candidates love Bidwell Park, they want better public safety, more decorum and less heated rhetoric, passenger service at the airport, Chapmantown annexation to go smoothly and for Chico to be envied elsewhere. Most boast long local roots. 

The second and final chance for voters in California’s giant 1st Congressional District to size up the contenders in person is scheduled for Monday evening. Despite voter enthusiasm across the U.S. the location may rule out massive crowds.

Despite indications that Republicans are facing headwinds nationally, for local Democrats incumbent Doug LaMalfa may be untouchable. Republicans have held most of the territory now in CD1 since 1975.

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The full audio of Sunday's debate is available below. 

About 450 people gathered in Anderson Sunday, watching Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa meet Democratic challenger Audrey Denney in person, for the first of two face to face events.

At the conclusion, both candidates received broad applause and partial standing ovations from the crowd jammed into Anderson High School.

The event, organized by the League of Women Voters of Shasta County, was both cordial and civil. But it also showed the wide contrasts in style and perspective. 

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Nearly 1,100 homes and more than 20 businesses were destroyed by the recent Carr Fire in Shasta County. Atop the emotional and financial strain of the losses, some are finding obstacles they weren’t expecting.

NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones about fire recovery, consumer rights and being properly prepared. 

Jones advsises that those who have a dispute with or question about their insurance or insurance company contact the California Department of Insurance.  

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Those who rode out the Carr and other major wildfires may be eligible for significant federal financial help, but time is running out. 

 

 

Applicants for emergency disaster grants have until Oct. 3 to get in their paperwork.

 

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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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