Sarah Bohannon

Interim News Director

Sarah is one of the early birds of the NSPR team, hosting Morning Edition. She grew up in the North State – in the small town of Biggs – before heading off to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz. After finishing her general education at Cabrillo College, Sarah attended Chico State. There she earned a degree in journalism and a minor in nutrition. During her time at the university, Sarah wrote for the college’s award-winning newspaper, the Orion. She also worked as both a news intern and the associate producer of the series “Reflections” at North State Public Radio. Sarah’s previous experience also includes two years working in multimedia at a local nonprofit, where she created educational materials about farming and nutrition. Along with being the station's interim news director, Sarah is the producer of the programs Cultivating Place, Up the Road and Common Ground for Common Good

Photo used courtesy of International Dark-Sky Association

This week on Cultivating Place, we spend a little time revisiting our conversation exploring and appreciating the many gifts of darkness with the International Dark-Sky Association. 

This conversation is from December and the season of Winter Solstice, but I really wanted to revisit it now – in the season not too far past the summer solstice. The nights are short (but lengthening now) and they are warm and we have a tendency to want to stay up and out later than we do in winter. 

Ed Bierman

 

 


 

We head up the road this week to another Spanish-era mission—Mission San Juan Bautista, or St. John the Baptist, California’s 15th mission. One of the most intriguing stories about San Juan Bautista is almost invisible. Tucked away in the mission museum are a couple of original choir books from Father Pedro Estevan Tapis, which demonstrate the Spanish technique of using colors or textures to teach polyphonic music. And teach it he did. The fame of the padre’s boys choir in the early 1800s earned San Juan Bautista the nickname “Mission of Music.”

Photo courtesy of Pen Pender

 

This week on Cultivating Place, a best of conversation with a home gardener who has moved not just gardens, but continents and hemispheres. As we just reached the height of sunlight with our summer solstice, she eased into her winter. She shares a gardening story of learning, community and adaptability. Pen Pender is a gardener, mother, wife, voracious reader, community activist, bee keeper, cook and novice potter living near Mt. Macedon in Victoria, Australia.

While I might never see kangaroos in my garden, and she may never hear the sound of a congregation of acorn woodpeckers, we are still gardening together in some sense. As she digs in and looks appreciatively up at winter over there, I dig in and look up in anticipation of a long hot summer over here. Pen shares her story of gardening under Australian skies.

Andy Cross

 

 

 


 

 

We head up the road this week to San Francisco, and that city’s official beginnings—its modest Spanish mission, California’s sixth, and The Presidio, its military companion. Today’s spectacular, Yankee-style military outpost is nothing like the original, a structure built of adobe and sticks that first housed a few dozen soldiers. What remains of the city’s original El Presidio is buried beneath the Main Post and inside the walls of the Presidio Officers’ Club, now a museum and cultural center.

AP Photo/Noah Berger

Note: This list was last updated on 8/28/18. If you're wanting to make an item donation or volunteer we recommend that you make contact with the organization directly as their needs may have changed. 

Monetary. Relief organizations taking monetary donations for the Carr Fire include:

Photo used courtesy of Leslie Bennett

Leslie Bennett is a garden designer of both English and Jamaican descent working out of Oakland, CA. With a Jamaican-born husband, a young son, and knowledgeable, passionate views about the importance of cultural heritage, on Cultivating Place this week, Leslie shares her journey navigating the marriage of beauty, function, cultural property and the radical activism of gardening. Join us!

For photos visit cultivatingplace.com. The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloudiTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher

Kenneth J. Gill

 

 

 


We visit the Carmel Mission this week or, more properly, Mission Basilica San Carlos Borromeo del Río Carmelo, the second Spanish mission established in Alta California by the Franciscan Father Junípero Serra. But you could be forgiven if you came to think of the Carmel Mission as California’s first, because Monterey, where it was initially established, quickly became both the cultural and military capital of Spain’s settlements here. It was definitely “first” for Father Serra, who primarily served here, died here, and was buried here, in the chapel.

A community meeting about the Carr Fire took place at 4 p.m. Monday, July 30th at the Redding Civic Auditorium. You can watch the full viedo of the meeting by clicking here. 

At the meeting officials said that Cal Fire Damage Inspection Specialists have provided affected community members with a live damage assesment map. It can be found at https://tinyurl.com/carrfirestructuremap.

Wildfire Viewer, ENPLAN

This post was last updated at 10:08 a.m. on Sunday 7/29/18

CalFire is reporting that 536 structures have been destroyed in the Carr Fire. Five people have been killed, including two children. Officials are still assessing the number of destroyed and damaged homes. Currently 5,000 still remain threatened. The Carr Fire is currently the 18th most destructive wildfire that’s happened in California in the last 15 years. It’s nearly 90,000 acres and still 5 percent contained.

The following places are taking monetary donations for victims of the Carr Fire:

Brian Michelsen

We head up the road to California’s first mission this week, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá. (“Basilica” was bestowed by the Pope in 1976, a title signifying a church of major historic significance.) The ceremonial establishment of San Diego as Spanish colony came on July 16, 1769, when the assembled multitudes ascended the hill above their encampment. The first official European foothold in California, this “Plymouth Rock of the West Coast” was chosen as both California’s first mission and associated military outpost or presidio because of its commanding views of the valley and the bay. After a solemn mass, Father Junípero Serra, the “father president” of California’s not-yet-founded mission chain, dedicated the site to the glory of God.

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