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.

Todd Hall

A wildfire burning in Upper Bidwell Park at the base of the Sierra foothills east of Chico has swelled to about 500 acres this morning with firefighters and other assets streaming into the area.

Rick Carhart is a spokesman for Calfire Butte County.

"I’ve seen one helicopter and two air tankers, and I heard an order for two more bucket helicopters, oh and there is the skycrane, I just see it coming in right now, the big, giant 2,000 gallon water dropping helicopter."

The U.S. Forest Service is looking to unload its Red Bluff Recreation Area in an effort to reduce costs.  

 

The site encompasses nearly 500 acres of land along the Sacramento River.  

photo courtesy Redding PD

More than a dozen prized pooches may soon be back on the road after what must have been a harrowing overnight detour. 

 

The fourteen pups, on their way from Washington state to a dog show in Vallejo, went missing for 21 hours after their vehicle was hijacked from the In-n-Out Burger in Redding by an unknown white male, authorities said. 

 

The driver and two human companions had momentarily left the vehicle for a bite to eat. The vehicle, a brand-new, full-size Dodge van, was left unlocked and running to power the air conditioning. When they returned, the van was gone. 

Marc Albert

Despite plenty of sound and fury from the community, there was little decisive action made by Chico's city council Tuesday night on issues surrounding homelessness, poverty and crime.

After much drama and confrontation, the council delegated suggestions and ordered further study of a list of five proposals pushed as helping curb incivility and lawfulness, which were also derided as inhumane, anti-homeless and downright cruel.

courtesy of CAL FIRE

Experts who study fire activity say conditions suggest more wildfires than last year are in store with fire danger just about everywhere in the North State.

Officials are expecting even more wildfires than usual through this year’s fire season, as a combination of a relatively dry winter and late rains have created heightened risks across the North State, and the rest of California.

June 5th is California's primary election and challengers across California's 1st, 2nd and 3rd congressional districts have emerged to try to take the place of those already sitting in seats at the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The NSPR News Team reached out to all of the region's congressional challengers and incumbents to ask their opinions on a variety of issues. Listen to the full interviews by district.   

Bruce Damonte

 

From schools and potholes to deputies, libraries and ambulance service, voters in a dozen North State jurisdictions will determine the fate of local tax measures, in less than three weeks. With generally frugal local voters counties and cities may have a tough time making their case….North State Public Radio’s Marc Albert has our story. 

Five candidates competing for two seats on Butte County’s Board of Supervisors faced off in a sedate and largely civil forum Wednesday evening in Chico. Though representing different points on the political spectrum, and despite some past acrimony, there were considerable points of agreement about priorities, and the challenges facing local government. NSPR’s Marc Albert reports.  

The newly rebuilt Oroville spillway may get its first real test in coming days. The Department of Water Resources says it will open the spillway gates if the lake level rises beyond a certain point with the incoming storm. It would be the first time water is sent down the reconstructed concrete chute since the original broke apart during last year’s emergency.  

 

Mental health crisis counselors hit the streets alongside police in Chico for the first time Tuesday under an agreement with county officials.

Proud of the program but tempering expectations, Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien said the teams aren’t a panacea. The teams won’t be available 24/7 nor are they a response to recent officer involved shootings O’Brien said.

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