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.

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Alyssa Nolan is one of those cape-less heroes.  A new mother made homeless when 2008’s Humboldt Fire swept through some of the same areas as last year’s Camp Fire, she turned a long-held aspiration of getting a tiny home for herself into a full-time charitable mission. Building tiny homes for fire survivors who’ve lost just about everything.  


Her workshop is a vacant gravel lot behind a former Ford dealership in downtown Oroville. There’s no electricity available so Nolan makes her own, filling a generator with gas she buys out of her own pocket. 

In this episode of “After Paradise,” we commemorate the year anniversary of the Camp Fire by focusing on where we are now, 364 days after the fire. We’ll hear from those working in mental health about how the one year mark is triggering stress and anxiety for many in the community, and about practical ways to manage. We’ll hear about recovery from survivors living in communities all over the Camp Fire burn scar. And we’ll visit with a few people providing a message of hope. It’s been a long road, and it may not feel like it now, but we can turn the challenges and devastation of this disaster into Post Traumatic growth. 


It’s again time for our weekly check-in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to help Camp Fire survivors. Joining us is Justin Jacobs, representing the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Colette Curtis spokeswoman for the town of Paradise, Butte County Spokeswoman Casey Hatcher and Mickey Rich for the Paradise Irrigation District. 

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Just as electricity returns, Pacific Gas and Electric is warning it might go away again starting this morning.


With the national weather service warning intensely dry north winds will resume this morning, PG&E is preparing to cut power across much of the same areas recently impacted.

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Amidst another weather-related blackout, the California Public Utilities Commission met in Redding yesterday where residents demanded officials hold Pacific Gas and Electric Company to account.   

“When is PG&E going to have to pay for their mistakes,” said Redding Resident Cathy Tipton.  

The meeting was scheduled more than a year ago as a way to enhance outreach. After public comment, the committee moved to its agenda, tacking a surcharge onto customers’ bills to cover wildfire damage.  

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In the short run it may preserve more legal jobs than ones in the fishing industry, but a recently introduced bill by Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) would grant salmon habitat stronger protection. 


The move comes as the Trump administration approved a policy upping water deliveries to agriculture through the Central Valley Project and State Water Project.

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Updated 11:05 a.m. on 10/23

Electricity service will be severed in the Sierra Nevada foothills at around 2 p.m. Tuesday as Pacific Gas and Electric Company attempts to reduce the risk that its equipment will cause another catastrophic wildfire.

The voluntary blackout is expected to hit about 179,000 customers across 17 counties including Alpine,  Butte, Lake, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Tehama and Yuba. 

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More bad news for PG&E customers. Another disruption could start tomorrow.  


“We expect a potential public safety power shutoff to impact up to 209,000 customers across the 15 counties.” PG&E spokeswoman Mayra Tostado said.


The number of actualpeople impacted would be about three times that figure, as each customer covers a full household.

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A controlled burn in the Sierra set for tomorrow has been postponed.



Forecasts of low humidity and breezy conditions necessitated the change. 


“Right now with the winds that are predicted, we would get into a situation where we would have too aggressive fire behavior and that’s why we’re postponing it.” Fire Management Officer for Lassen National Forest’s Almanor District Nicolaus Bunch said.

From Alderpoint to Yuba City, hundreds of thousands of PG&E customers are managing without electricity across Northern California today as the company conducts a pre-emptive blackout aimed at preventing its equipment from sparking another wildfire.

The company began turning off the electricity to half a million households shortly after midnight due to high winds.

Customers of Redding’s Municipal Utility and other systems are not generally affected.