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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The full audio of Sunday's debate is available below. 

About 450 people gathered in Anderson Sunday, watching Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa meet Democratic challenger Audrey Denney in person, for the first of two face to face events.

At the conclusion, both candidates received broad applause and partial standing ovations from the crowd jammed into Anderson High School.

The event, organized by the League of Women Voters of Shasta County, was both cordial and civil. But it also showed the wide contrasts in style and perspective. 

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Nearly 1,100 homes and more than 20 businesses were destroyed by the recent Carr Fire in Shasta County. Atop the emotional and financial strain of the losses, some are finding obstacles they weren’t expecting.

NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones about fire recovery, consumer rights and being properly prepared. 

Jones advsises that those who have a dispute with or question about their insurance or insurance company contact the California Department of Insurance.  

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Those who rode out the Carr and other major wildfires may be eligible for significant federal financial help, but time is running out. 

 

 

Applicants for emergency disaster grants have until Oct. 3 to get in their paperwork.

 

Diana Susselman

A 17-year-old Olivehurst boy is in custody and may face attempted murder charges following a shooting of a 15-year-old boy Wednesday morning in Olivehurst. 

 

 

Dispatchers received a report of shots fired on the 4300 block of Martel Drive around 8 a.m. 

 

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For the most part, air quality has been downright lousy in Shasta County all summer. Seven weeks ago, the Carr Fire erupted. And since then, a series of major conflagrations have been busy converting the North State’s forests into smoke and ash. 

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Boards of Supervisors meet Tuesday morning in Shasta and Butte counties. Here’s a review of some of the issues facing local lawmakers:  

 

Shasta County officials will consider a three-year, $7.5 million deal with Prime Healthcare Services and Shasta Regional Medical Center to triage, diagnose and treat those detained following psychiatric outbursts. While county officials don’t expect a cost savings, treatment will be delivered more quickly to psychiatric patients, reducing burdens on local emergency rooms.  

 

Natural gas, nuclear, solar, large and small scale hydro, geothermal, and wind are among California’s main energy sources. A proposal being unveiled in Butte County this week could give the public more of a say in how locally used electricity is generated.   

 

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This story was last updated on 9/7/18 at 9:02 a.m. 

The Delta Fire continues to grow. As of Friday morning it was 24,558 acres in size and zero percent contained.  According to the U.S. Forest Service, numerous structures are threatened and evacuation orders and warnings remain for parts of Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity counties. The largest city under immediate threat is Dunsmuir which is under an evacuation warning. NSPR’s Marc Albert ventured through the smoke to Dunsmuir yesterday. He said residents displayed a range of emotions. Longtime resident Curtis Smith said this year’s fires have been the worst in his lifetime. 

With around 40 miles of Interstate 5 severed by the Delta Fire, Dunsmuir was cut off and under voluntary evacuation Thursday.  

 

That afternoon a blanket of smoke covering the city seemed to lift one minute, then, a half hour later it would suddenly blot out the sun. A sense of stunned dread hung in the air of the historic railroad community. Locals were filled with a range of emotions as they prepped for another night under siege. 

 

Dan Brekke

Massive rebuilding work at the failed Oroville Dam spillways is racking up a matching price tag.  

 

According to a construction update released by the Department of Water Resources Wednesday, the cost estimate rose to $1.1 billion, four times the initial $275 million dollar estimate.  

 

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