Sarah Bohannon

Interim News Director

Sarah is one of the early birds of the NSPR team, hosting Morning Edition. She grew up in the North State – in the small town of Biggs – before heading off to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz. After finishing her general education at Cabrillo College, Sarah attended Chico State. There she earned a degree in journalism and a minor in nutrition. During her time at the university, Sarah wrote for the college’s award-winning newspaper, the Orion. She also worked as both a news intern and the associate producer of the series “Reflections” at North State Public Radio. Sarah’s previous experience also includes two years working in multimedia at a local nonprofit, where she created educational materials about farming and nutrition. Along with being the station's interim news director, Sarah is the producer of the programs Cultivating Place, Up the Road and Common Ground for Common Good

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Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District has announced it will use more groundwater after farmers in its service area got news Wednesday that they’ll see further surface water cutbacks.

Wednesday night Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District turned on pumps at five wells in Glenn County, which span an area from Hamilton City to Oro Bend. Thaddeaus Bettner is the general manager at GCID.

9:30 a.m. update (6/23):

A public meeting was held Sunday as officials prepared to turn management of the Saddle Fire back to local authorities. The fire is still 95% contained. Total acreage burned is still 1,550 acres. 

9:20 a.m. update (6/19):

The size of the Saddle Fire burning near Hyampom in Trinity County has decreased by 120 acres at the last update this morning. It’s unknown whether that decrease is due to containment or an adjusted estimate of the fire’s size – which is currently 880 acres. 

The fire began Tuesday during a lighting storm. The entire community of Hyampom is under an advisory evacuation, with areas northwest of the town along county road 311 under mandatory evacuation. An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at Hayfork High School. 

About 100 Trinity County residents are being evacuated due to a fire that – at last report – had spread across 750 acres.

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Editor's Note: NSPR reporter Sarah Bohannon went on a ride-along with the state Department of Water Resources to learn why Butte County is increasing groundwater monitoring and to see exactly how groundwater levels are monitored.

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Nearly 4,000 health care professionals traveled from all over California Tuesday hoping to persuade lawmakers to fully fund the state’s Medicaid program: Medi-Cal. That included vanloads from Tehama and Shasta counties who came from three hospitals – St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff and Mercy Medical Center in both Redding and Mount Shasta.    

According to the new data collected by the state Department of Water Resources, groundwater levels in Butte County really haven’t changed much from last spring to this spring. On average, groundwater levels only declined an inch. Compare that to the 4-foot average difference measured the year before and you might be inclined to think the new levels don’t sound too bad. But Christina Buck, water resources scientist with the Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation, says it’s more of a good news, bad news scenario.

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Water was the topic of discussion at a public outreach meeting in Colusa Tuesday night. About 120 people showed up to listen to what state and county officials had to say about water law, the state’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and Colusa County’s current spring groundwater conditions.  

According to Mary Fahey, water resources coordinator in the Department of Agriculture in Colusa County, the results showed that although things look grim overall due to the drought, this year’s levels weren’t as bad as some might have thought.

Courtesy of Susie Foster

Tuesday was International Nurses Day, and one of the countries in the world perhaps most grateful for nurses right now is Liberia. The country was declared Ebola free over the weekend with the World Health Organization listing support from foreign medical teams as one of the main factors in the outbreak’s end. 

The Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force has actively been investigating manufacturing labs of a potent type of concentrated marijuana called butane honey oil, according to a press release from the Chico Police Department sent out this weekend.

According to the release, the agency made their latest honey oil bust last Tuesday when they served a search warrant on 23-year-old Chico State student Gary Dufault at his home on Victorian Park Drive in Chico.