After Paradise

6:30 p.m. Thursdays

“After Paradise” is dedicated to post-Camp Fire recovery information. Each Thursday night, the NSPR News Team will bring you the latest from government officials, rescue organizations, financial planners, trauma experts and local reporters.

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First, looking at the news of the week.

Temporary housing and free building permits were among the issues addressed by the Butte County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

After Paradise: Week 11

Jan 24, 2019

Tonight on After Paradise - It’s been 11 weeks since the Camp Fire started. We bring you the latest from last night’s Paradise Town Council meeting. We also look to next week, next Thursday to be precise, January 31st. A day of some very big deadlines, including signing up for FEMA and the state's debris removal program for those who have been displaced by the Camp Fire. It’s also the day the final remaining Red Cross shelter is set to close. Hundreds still remain there, we’ll speak to those being housed there about where, if anywhere, they have to go.

After Paradise: Week 10

Jan 17, 2019

Tonight on After Paradise - It’s been 10 weeks since the Camp Fire started. PG&E faces staggering legal costs. California’s largest utility now seeking bankruptcy protection. We explore what it means for Camp Fire survivor and ratepayers.

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If anything good came out of the catastrophe last November, it was a renewed sense of community, and a desire to contribute to the recovery effort. One example of that is a program called “Adopt a Family” -- which matches fire victims with people who want to help them. NSPR’s Tess Vigeland spoke with Eric Loftholm, who founded the ad-hoc charity.

 

Marc Albert

The heartbreak from the fire has tentacles seemingly everywhere. Not only did our community lose lives, and homes, and livelihoods, but we lost so much history as well. The Honey Run Bridge, long an icon of Butte County is now reduced to only its steel piers. And Paradise lost an important museum. Laura Wenus has more on an effort to rebuild the past.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

The loss of some 14-thousand homes in Butte County created a scramble for housing. And one of the ripple effects is that home prices are skyrocketing. The average sale price for a single family home in Chico at this time last year was 341-thousand dollars. This year, it’s 100-thousand dollars more. This seller’s market means people are doing whatever it takes to win bidding wars, including writing poignant narratives of loss and turmoil. NSPR’s Christal Smith spoke with a very motivated buyer who lost her custom, forever home in Paradise.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

As we just heard, last year’s PG&E related tragedies have put wind in the sails of major reform pushed by some legislative Democrats in Sacramento. Potential bankruptcy and new laws could mean big changes for PG&E. On Wednesday I reached out to Republican state Assemblyman James Gallagher, whose district includes Butte County, for his response to the company’s  bankruptcy warning.

 

Noah Berger / AP Photo

On Monday PG&E announced its intention to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company faces multiple lawsuits over the Camp Fire and other fires from both 2017 AND 2018. In a statement, it said bankruptcy was necessary to continue safe delivery of gas and electricity to its customers. NSPR’s Tess Vigeland spoke with reporter George Avalos of the San Jose Mercury News, who’s been following PG&E’s finances.

Quilters Respond With Generosity, Grace

Jan 17, 2019

In the warehouse space behind Cathy’s Sew & Vac here in Chico, a group of quilters has given away hundreds of beautiful quilts to Camp Fire survivors. With shipments coming in from around the country, they handed out more than 900 in early December. Laura Flynn spoke to some grateful recipients and organizers about how the quilting community comes together for survivors of tragedies around the country.

Choir Soothes Hurt Souls

Jan 11, 2019
Art Strong Butte County

In the aftermath of a disaster, psychologists say that artistic expression can often help victims as they struggle to rebuild their lives. From painting to music, art can bring comfort to people in need. In that vein, students from five local high schools – many of them displaced by the fire – have formed a choir that’s performing for other affected kids. They want to use the power of song to heal their community. Laura Wenus has our story.

 

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