Since You Asked

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Asking good questions is at the heart of good journalism.

But we’re not the only ones who can ask good questions. With our new series Since You Asked, we're turning to YOU. What have you always wondered about the North State? What questions do you have about this place we call home?

From the Lemurians who — according to legend — inhabit Mt. Shasta, to why many locals say “am-end” instead of “al-mond,” this series explores the little quirks and curiosities that make the North State, the North State.

Whether your question is lighthearted or hard-hitting, we want to get to the bottom of it. Submit your question using the form below. You can also email us at, or leave us a voicemail at (530) 433-4887.

Ways to Connect

Julia Maldonado

California Park is a large area in Chico filled with almost 2,000 condominiums, houses and apartments. It’s located on the east side of the city, just off Deer Creek Highway and Bruce Road. The area has an abundance of wildlife; the geese can be seen flying above the ponds and lake that only Cal Park residents can access.

Listener Mandy Irwin submitted a question to North State Public Radio about the history of neighborhood. Specifically she wanted to know when the lake was built, whether or not it was originally a wetland and why developers created Cal Park in the first place.


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The Sutter Buttes are more than 2,000 feet high and 10 miles in diameter. At the base of the buttes is a small town called Sutter. Both were named after John Sutter. He was a Swiss pioneer who is probably best known as being the owner of Sutter’s Mill, a sawmill where gold was first found in the state and the place where the California Gold Rush began.

Listener John Miles submitted a question to NSPR asking why people often refer to the Sutter Buttes as the “smallest mountain range in the world?” He also asked, what makes the Sutter Buttes a mountain range and how were they were formed?

Julia Maldonado

Neal Dow was a famed Prohibitionist and the Mayor of Portland, Maine in 1851. Chico has both an elementary school and street named after him. Chico resident Marcia Tarabini submitted a question to NSPR asking what the connection was between this historical figure and the city, and why these places adorn his name.

Marcia, first, you’re not the only one who has had this question.

Ryan Merce / Flickr Creative Commons

Electric skateboards are the newest way of transportation. They look like a normal skateboard and come with a little remote that can control your speed and brakes. 


Wesley Kronmiller of Chico submitted a question to NSPR asking whether or not electric skateboards are illegal to ride in Chico. To find out more for Wesley, I headed over to the Chico Police Department. There I spoke with traffic officer Travis Johnsen who gave me my answer.  


“Motorized skateboards, electric or gasoline powered are completely illegal,” Johnsen said.  

Andrew Baumgartner




Not many people in Chico are aware of the small area of trees and grass called Mercer Grove that’s located off of East 10th Avenue and East Lindo Avenue. It's a place that can actually be seen perfectly well from Mangrove Avenue, if you know where to look. 



Andrew Baumgartner

This question comes from Mary Vanneman of Chico. Mary loves to ride her bike and in a city like Chico which caters to this lifestyle, why wouldn’t you? But this bicyclist’s utopia isn’t perfect, with a lot of bikes in the area there is bound to be bike theft.

According to Mary there seems to be a perception that bike theft is more common in Chico than other towns. To find out if this is true I reached out to Sergeant Cesar Sandoval who is on the community outreach team for the Chico Police Department.

Marc Albert

“Hi, this is Lana Johnson from Chico California, and I would like to know the history of the Miller Mansion. Is the property significant in Chico history? And who exactly were the Millers?”


Thanks Lana, I’ve often wondered about that stately building framed by columns on somewhat storybook grounds.  


Yes, the Miller Mansion property is quite significant to Chico history, the house, less so. And the Millers? Well, hold on.


PETER SIMS / Flickr, Creative Commons

“Hello, this is Lupe Green. I’m calling from Tehama County, California and my question is how is the issue of water resources for the North State being addressed? I am concerned about the availability of water in the North State over time, given climate change, droughts, increased acres of orchards, and water demands from the southern part of the state. Will the many individual water wells run dry?”

The northern Sacramento Valley is lined with walnut orchards, almond orchards and the communities we call home. All of this takes water, and a lot of it. If you rely on a well, then Lupe is right, there are a number of things that you should be concerned about; especially in an ever changing political and environmental climate. 

Adia White

“Hi, this is Fran Bart and my question is why are there roosters and chickens, lots of them, in the parking lot of Starbucks in Yuba City. It's a big parking lot, like a big mini mall and there's a Starbucks there. It's on Highway 99 in Yuba City, and so I'm just wondering why all those chickens and roosters are running around the parking lot there. Anyway, thank you very much. Bye.”




Photo by College Plus Coordinator, Doug Ferguson

“Hi. My name is Dan and I am a student at Chico State, and I also have Asperger's disorder. My question is, ‘What in Butte County is there for someone such as myself to have as a service here in Chico? That is to say what is available to me through scenarios to cope with any discrimination or misunderstanding?”