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.

Council members in Chico tackled a series of minor issues with little acrimony Tuesday night, agreeing to small changes to various programs and to conduct an inventory of potentially surplus city-owned real estate. 

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Californians must adjust to the drought by using dramatically less water, and new restrictions approved today are aimed at making that a reality. 

The regulations, adopted unanimously by the state Water Resources Control Board, are a mix of both familiar and new strategies aimed at weathering the coming months, and being prepared in case the rains again fail next winter.


Officials warned that without drastic steps, a continuing drought would create catastrophic conditions. 


Chico State President Paul Zingg is recovering from a successful heart bypass operation performed at Enloe Medical Center Sunday. An official university announcement said Zingg is expected to fully recover, though it is uncertain how long he will be on medical leave.

It is unclear if the surgery was routine and scheduled or conducted in an emergency.

University officials declined to elaborate on the circumstances leading up to the surgery, Zingg’s current condition or whether he has been discharged from the hospital, citing privacy concerns.

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Visitors to Lake Britton or the Pit River downstream of the Lake Britton dam, can expect hazardous conditions as Pacific Gas and Electric Company tests new equipment. The testing, and elevated danger, is scheduled to start Saturday and continue for 10 days.

Elected leaders in Chico today are set to consider farming out a key part of summer to a separate entity. To locals, a dip in Sycamore Pool is as emblematic of summer as backyard barbecues, family road trips or ice cream. 

The good news is that shouldn’t change. But this year, in an effort city leaders say could save taxpayers a total of $6,000, officials are set to turn over lifeguarding duties at the pool to the Chico Area Recreation District, or CARD.

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The chances of a very strong earthquake rattling California is higher than previously thought, and more comprehensive studies suggest inland Northern California is hardly immune from sudden seismic disturbances.

The number of identified faults in California has risen from 15 in 1988 to 350 today. The chance of a quake 6.7 or greater — the strength of the destructive 1994 Northridge quake — was cut to once every 6.3 years. Meanwhile, the chance of a potentially cataclysmic magnitude 8 or greater within 30 years was revised upward to 7 percent. 

The head of a Butte County water district intent on selling water to San Joaquin Valley nut orchard operators dismissed concerns raised by county officials and said the district is fully complying with regulations. 

Eugene Massa, general manager of the Biggs-West Gridley Water District, said he has no plans to cancel or alter in any way a water transfer deal with West Hills Farm Services of Fresno through the state Department of Water Resources. 

Butte County officials Tuesday sought to upend, or at least moderate, plans by a local irrigation district to sell vast amounts of water to growers in the San Joaquin Valley, requiring thousands of acres of local farmland to remain fallow for a second year. 

Plans by a local agency to sell more than 6.3 billion gallons of water to growers in the San Joaquin valley ran into unanimous opposition from the Butte County Board of Supervisors, who called on local and state officials to reduce or cancel the sale. 

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 A competition between high schools across much of Northern and Central California for 100 micro solar power plants will be ramping up soon, powered by the organization Green Tech and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

The portable, suitcase-sized solar units will be given away to schools through a contest being run on the utility’s website.

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The roll-out of a new system of trash collection is causing some concerns among affected Butte County residents. 

A new system to better coordinate trash pick-up in unincorporated parts of Butte is rattling the cages of a few local residents with confusion and frustration. 

Several residents contacted NSPR, complaining about reductions and losses of various services. 

Candace Menefee, who has lived in the same home for 22 years, was upset and a bit astounded when she learned that she would lose a service she’s grown to count on.