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Sheltering the unhoused | Emergency declaration | Infrastructure needs

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Jan. 5.

Chico’s unhoused residents left with few shelter options

As winter storms continue to dump rain and snow across the North State, Chico's unhoused residents are left with few ways to get out of the rain. The city of Chico Wednesday told NSPR it does not have plans to open a temporary warming shelter during the day. Through a partnership with Safe Space Winter Shelter, there are beds available overnight. People can find help at the Safe Space intake center at 2300 Fair Street.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Officials warn against non-essential travel after emergency declaration

With California now under a state of emergency due to the incoming winter storms, state officials are urging Californians to stay off the roads for non-essential trips. If you do have to drive, officials say to turn around when encountering standing water. One foot of water is all it takes for a vehicle to start to float.

— CapRadio Staff 

Interview: Deadly flooding highlights need for upgraded infrastructure

Deadly flooding this week highlights California’s aging network of flood control projects, including levees, some in greater need of repair than others. CalMatters water reporter Alastair Bland spoke with CapRadio’s Randol White about what he found. Listen to the interview in today’s headlines.

— CapRadio Staff

Scientists hope atmospheric river could help California's snowpack

Some scientists are raising hopes that drought-stricken California could see relief in the spring when mountain snow melts and begins to refill parched reservoirs. The past three years in California have been the driest ever recorded, dating back to 1896.

— CapRadio Staff

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

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Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.
Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.
Adia White is a broadcast journalist and producer with nearly 10 years of experience. Her work has appeared on WNYC, This American Life, Capital Public Radio and other local and national programs. She started at North State Public Radio as a freelance reporter in 2017 before leaving for a stint at Northern California Public Media in Santa Rosa.