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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 This story was last updated at 3:45 p.m. on 9/5/18

Marc Albert

Following several hours of contentious accusations, theorizing, and finger-pointing, a tense hearing about homelessness in Chico boiled over at Tuesday's city council meeting. 

As a decision on reimposing a local law barring people from sitting or lying down on downtown sidewalks drew near, pandemonium broke out as activists drowned out proceedings with noisy tactics borrowed from the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations of a decade ago.

The statistics released Thursday cover so-called part one crimes — homicides, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft. Overall, it shows arrests and citations soared 42 percent, while a number of reported crimes in the above categories plummeted by more than a third. But, the figures only present a limited picture.

Due to changes in computer systems and how information has been collected and compiled, the figures released Thursday only compare figures from May, June and July with the same months last year.

Firefighters, police and highway patrol units raced to the scene of a place crash in Redding yesterday, shortly after 11:15 a.m.

A small plane plummeted to the ground near Benton Airpark. 

Rescuers located the downed plane in a ravine in the vicinity of the north end of the runway. Sean Coleman is a battalion chief with the Redding Fire Department.

“There was a single occupant and they did not survive the crash,” Coleman said. “I believe there was also a canine in the plane and I am not sure of the disposition of the animal.”

Rising costs and budget shortfalls have led Butte County officials to proceed with a possible reorganization of rural firefighting and perhaps firefighting throughout the county, which could lead to residents paying more.

According to Butte County Supervisor Steve Lambert it’s a problem that’s faced seemingly every year.

“Ever since I’ve been on this board, we’ve, every year we go through this. Trying to (figure out) how we’re going to pay for fire?” Lambert said. 

The Butte County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hire McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., to design, build and deliver the county’s jail expansion project and construct a new morgue and evidence locker. Ninety percent of the costs are being paid for by the state as Sacramento continues efforts to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court order to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. 

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People who suffered some financial loss or inconvenience due to the Carr Fire can still apply for help with groceries, but they’ll have to move fast. 


Applicants have until Wednesday evening to apply for emergency food aid in Shasta County.  


Jill Haskett is a spokeswoman for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. 

A 48-year-old Shingletown man was arraigned yesterday in connection with the discovery of the remains of a missing woman near Battle Creek Reservoir a week ago.

Authorities say the body was badly burned and found in a rock crevice inside Lassen National Forest. A forest fire had swept through the area, but authorities believe a homicide occurred.

Frank Alexander Berry was taken into custody Saturday.

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Wildfires have spread loss and misery across much of California this summer. While firefighters and weather conditions are breaking up blankets of smoke from the Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex the peak of fire season is far from over. New devastating conflagrations in coming months are almost a certainty – meaning more bad air quality likely is too.

NSPR's Marc Albert interviewed Venessa Vidovich, supervising public health nurse for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency's Communicable Disease Unit about the dangers that lurk in wildfire smoke and how best to avoid them. 

Recreation, open space and transient camps will likely top concerns at the Redding City Council meeting Tuesday evening as officials hear from the public while they update long-range plans for parks.

According to a report prepared for the council, Redding residents are underserved by current parks and some neighborhoods have a shortage of recreational facilities.