Obi Kaufmann, 2018

There’s an ancient association between the botanical world and the inspiration it provides to artists of all kinds. For our Botanical Artistry series part 1, we meet Obi Kaufmann – author and artist of The California Field Atlas – he sometimes calls it a Family Album of his lifelong relationship with the physical being we know as California. Join us.


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Authorities are asking local residents for help after a woman was killed in one of two suspicious fires earlier this week. 



Shasta County investigators are asking the public for any surveillance footage of suspicious persons or activity in Cottonwood since June, after a rash of suspicious fires turned deadly early Sunday. 


Marc Albert











As expected, Butte County officials cut some red tape yesterday, making it easier to break ground near a stream. 



Arguing that duplicative paperwork and added costs are hindering progress, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday moved ahead with plans that would scrub some regulations aimed at protecting waterways from commercial development.  

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Drivers can expect 15 minute delays along State route 20 east of Marysville Friday afternoon, as two years of construction work gets underway in earnest.  



Karen Sinell

Frescoes by the Bay is a two-volume visual tour of fresco murals in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Karen Sinell provides detailed research and commentary about the frescoes’ history, composition, iconography, and identity of their many figures. 

Andrew Baumgartner




Not many people in Chico are aware of the small area of trees and grass called Mercer Grove that’s located off of East 10th Avenue and East Lindo Avenue. It's a place that can actually be seen perfectly well from Mangrove Avenue, if you know where to look. 



The Butte County Board of Supervisors will consider loosening development restrictions near streams. The proposal, if approved, would remove some projects from oversight under the California Environmental Quality Act. The proposal would also end the required public hearings on projects, requirements to notify neighbors of pending development and eliminate certain county fees. Currently, any construction within 50 feet of a stream or seasonal waterway, must comply with the regulations.

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Settling a lawsuit that blamed company equipment and poor maintenance for sparking a major wildfire, Pacific Gas & Electric Company agreed to pay Butte County $1.5 million. 

The settlement, rising out of legal action following last year's La Porte, Cherokee and Honey fires, will fund two seasonal, two-person teams dedicated to inspecting power lines and poles in wildland areas. 

Dave Schlom

This story was last updated 10/9/18 at 7:55 a.m.

Two fires burning near Red Bluff are now 60 percent contained and more than 3,800 acres in size, according to Cal Fire

The incident is called the Sun Fire. It started Sunday at 12:51 p.m. 

Cal Fire is repting the incident is located off of Highway 36 and Sunriver Drive, east of Red Bluff.

Evacuations are still in progress for Stice Road and Andreni Road.


Tom Kinnee

On 10/5 we talk with two of the many artists who'll be displaying their work in Chico's downtown windows. People can see those many works of art during an Art Walk this Friday. We also talk with director & cast of the comedy-drama "Making God Laugh," about a family which gathers at end-of-year holidays in the 80's, 90's and 2000's.