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PG&E Agrees To Pay $1 Billion To Local Governments For Wildfires; Butte County, Paradise Included

Pacific Gas & Electric Company, whose poorly maintained equipment has been blamed for igniting several recent mega fires in Northern California, has agreed to pay $1 billion to local governments. Attorneys representing 14 local public entities announced the settlement with PG&E on Tuesday to cover “taxpayer losses.” The fires include a 2015 fire in Calaveras County, a series of wine country fires in 2017 and the Camp Fire, which killed 85 people in Paradise and surrounding communities.

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What Questions Do You Have About The Camp Fire Recovery Process?

How do you get funds from FEMA? How do you file a fire insurance claim? We want your questions about the ongoing recovery, and how the people and places affected by the fire can get assistance.

Darwen Cook

Darwen says the book he wrote, “From Profits to Prosperity,” is one no traditionally educated economist would have dared to write.

He has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and his book is about engineering economic prosperity for all.

 

Alisse Waterston’s book, My Father’s Wars, is an anthropologist’s account of her father’s journey across continents, countries, cultures, generations, and wars.

 

A daughter’s moving portrait of a charming, funny, wounded, and difficult man.

 

About Darwen Cook:

 

Cook is the author of From Profits To Prosperity. He is 72-years old and is retired from a career as an Electrical Engineer. He has a master's degree in EE and CS from Montana State College, Bozeman Montana.

 

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Pacific Gas & Electric Company, whose poorly maintained equipment has been blamed for igniting several recent mega fires in Northern California, has agreed to pay $1 billion to local governments.

Attorneys representing 14 local public entities announced the settlement with PG&E on Tuesday to cover “taxpayer losses.” The fires include a 2015 fire in Calaveras County, a series of wine country fires in 2017 and the Camp Fire, which killed 85 people in Paradise and surrounding communities.

City of Redding

Town councils are meeting in many local jurisdictions to weigh issues of importance tonight.

Redding

Redding officials are being asked to approve minor changes to the speed limits on certain segments of certain roads. The changes are being proposed to make speed limits more enforceable under state law.

Klamath National Forest

State Highway 96 remains closed in Siskiyou County due to wildfire. Forest service officials say Caltrans is working to reopen the closed segment—between Highway 263 and the Gottville takeout—by early afternoon. Once reopened, traffic will be escorted by a pilot car. The road will be closed again tonight starting at 10 p.m. The closure will continue until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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Chico Posse Foundation is a diverse group of women who were put together by nothing other than the grace of God.

They have developed a great friendship and as different as they all are, they are all on the same mission to make a difference in their community.

Over the last few years, they have been connecting people in need with people who can and want to help. Learn more here.

Angel Huracha

It’s time for our weekly check in with federal state and local government representatives about the status of recovery in the Camp Fire’s wake.

Joining NSPR's Marc Albert on the line is Debra Young with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Justin Jacobs with the California Governor’s office of emergency services, Casey Hatcher with Butte County and Colette Curtis with the town of Paradise.

Blue Dot 148: Celebrating Father's Day

Jun 14, 2019
David Schlom

It's our Father's Day episode! Interviews with scientists and their Dads as Dave talks to planetary scientist David Grinspoon and his father Lester (who also happens to be a world class professor of psychiatry from Harvard University Medical School), his favorite YouTube science communicator Dianna Cowern, aka "Physics Girl" and her tree farming, Hawaiian resort operating father Bill and finally, a moving conversation between Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of the New Horizons mission that flew by Pluto in 2015 and his Dad Leonard.

Marc Albert

Eager to learn why, and curious about how to cope, several dozen locals attended a Pacific Gas and Electric Company open house in Chico Wednesday evening, days after the company preemptively cut power, due to extreme wildfire risk.

The company is holding similar forums throughout its service area through July.  

Nadia Ruffin

Nadia Ruffin is an entomologist, gardener and educator. She is the founder of Agricademy Inc, and Urban Farm Sista based in Cincinnati, Ohio. A lover of bugs and all life forms since very young herself, Nadia loves sharing this admiration and curiosity, with youth especially.

Up The Road: Lava Beds And Captain Jack

Jun 12, 2019
Davey Nin

Native people called the high Modoc Plateau in northeastern California “the smiles of God,” still a strangely fitting name for this lonely remnant of the Old West. There is great beauty in Modoc County. On a clear day, from the flat-topped, blue, and brooding Warner Mountains, majestic Mt. Shasta to the west seems so close you can imagine reaching out for a handful of snow.

Lassen is right there too. And the view east to the alkaline lakes of Surprise Valley and across the Great Basin is nothing short of spectacular.

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NSPR Wins Prestigious Journalism Award

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