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.

Significant hurdles remain ahead but officials have made progress this past week on finding some solution for removing hazardous trees on private lots. Money for the first step in building a sewer system on the ridge, preparing planning and environmental documents is being assembled, and after a very long wait, the FEMA group housing site just south of Chico is preparing to open fully.

It’s time once again for our weekly check in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to help Camp Fire survivors get back on their feet. We speak with Mike Peacock from FEMA, Justin Jacobs of CalOES, Casey Hatcher for Butte County and Colette Curtis with the town of Paradise.  

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Financial aid and legislative help are speeding the North State’s recovery from the worst wildfire in modern history, but as the region’s top elected leaders heard at a town hall Monday in Chico, much more is needed.  

 

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As daylight waned Saturday, about 100 gathered in front of the Yuba County Courthouse in Marysville. Part multi-cultural religious service, part demonstration, the group urged Yuba County authorities to end a contract allowing US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold detainees at the Yuba County Jail.

 

Redding Police Department

Captain Bill Schueller, who has spent a quarter century with the Redding Police Department was recommended for the department’s top job yesterday by City Manager Barry Tippin.  

The city council will take up the potential promotion Aug. 20. Schueller would replace Chief of Police Roger Moore, who is retiring Oct. 4th.  


More debris was cleared, more home sites are ready for rebuilding while Paradise prepares its first post-fire budget and launches monthly informational meetings. 

 

 

It’s time once again for our weekly check in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to help Camp Fire survivors get back on their feet. Earlier today we received updates from Mike Peacock, a public information officer from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Justin Jacobs of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services perhaps better known as CalOES and Colette Curtis with the town of Paradise.  

Tech Advisor

Authorities detained a 22 year old Northern California man after he allegedly praised recent mass shooters on social media in a post described as incendiary and called for a similar attack locally.

The 22-year-old McCloud man was taken into custody and placed on a three day psychiatric hold after leaving a message on the social media site Snapchat officials interpreted as a potential threat.

Courtesy of UC Davis

Traffic collisions with wildlife in California cost drivers an estimated $232 million last year according to a report out Wednesday from UC Davis. NSPR’s Marc Albert has more. 

 

Among the highlights, Interstate 5 and State Route 70 top the North State’s highways in terms of accidents involving vehicles and wildlife according to the report from The Road Ecology Center at UC Davis. Dividing the state by Assembly Districts, the large and rural 1st – covering the northeast corner of California and until recently represented by Brian Dahle, had both the most total accidents involving wildlife and the most injuries reported from those accidents. 

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A proposal ordering nightly curfews in Chico should electricity be cut by Pacific Gas and Electric Company due to fire danger will undergo further study after receiving a chilly reception at a council meeting Tuesday night.  

 

After a combative reception from some members of the public, and only lukewarm support on the dais, Chico Mayor Randall Stone sent the emergency ordinance back to the drawing board.

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Firefighters have a busy late summer and autumn ahead across most of Northern California if official forecasts are accurate.  

 

A new report, prepared by Predictive Services says pretty much all of the Northern half of the state, with the exception of the Northern Sierra, will experience above normal fire activity in coming months. Predictive Services is an inter-agency group assembled by the US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management and Cal-Fire that studies weather patterns, air and soil moisture and other factors that can contribute to a fire breaking out, or spreading, well, like wildfire. 

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Major changes are ahead for a small Sutter County water utility and its arsenic-tainted water, due to pressure from the US Environmental Protection Agency. 

 

The roughly 350 customers of Sutter County Waterworks District, primarily serving the community of Robbins, will continue receiving free bottled drinking water as part of the deal, according to Amy Miller, Director of Enforcement and compliance for EPA Region 9.

 

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