Paradise Irrigation District settles with trust | Almond exports stalled | Low-cost internet available
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, May 10.
Paradise Irrigation District settles with Fire Victim Trust
The Paradise Irrigation District announced yesterday that it has reached a settlement with the PG&E Fire Victim Trust for $189,495,000 in damages caused by the 2018 Camp Fire. District Manager Tom Lando said the funds will help support the irrigation district's operations after the fire.
"The settlement does allow us to actually be viable indefinitely," Lando said.
However, the district won't be seeing the entire $189 million, as the trust says it is currently only paying 45% of its claims. Lando said they were told to expect possible increases in that payment in the future. In addition to funding the operation of the district, the settlement funds will also help with repair efforts, including the rebuilding of Reservoir B, which is used for drought relief.
— Alec Stutson, NSPR
California almonds growers unable to export crop
A billion pounds of California almonds could be sitting in warehouses instead of being exported by the start of the July harvest.
The problem is companies are finding it more lucrative to return shipping containers empty instead of loading them with American exports.
Manteca almond grower and shipper Dave Phippen said he has had to build extra warehouses just to store his surplus crop.
“The slower it takes us to get product to a foreign destination the longer it takes for a grower to become paid,” Phippen said. “The proceeds from last year’s crop come in the next calendar year and the growers use last year’s crop proceeds to produce this year’s crop.”
Phippen noted that this year fertilizer costs have tripled and energy costs have doubled.
He hopes the Ocean Shipping Reform Act now in Congress will force companies to take American exports if they want to bring goods into the U.S.
— CapRadio Staff
Low-income Californians to receive discounted internet service
Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and other internet providers have agreed to deliver discounted service to low-income people in California and throughout the country. The service is part of the Affordable Connectivity Program, announced by the Biden Administration Monday.
Geoff Neill is with the California State Association of Counties, which has been advocating for funding to close the digital divide.
"The federal subsidies combined with these discounted rates from some of California's biggest broadband providers will be really important in connecting low-income customers, in communities that are connected, to the modern world," Neill said.
The $1 trillion infrastructure package passed by Congress last year included funding that provided $30 monthly subsidies on internet service for millions of lower-income households. People can determine their eligibility and sign-up for the program at getinternet.gov.
— CapRadio Staff
Largest student-run powwow held for the first time since the pandemic
The nation's largest student-run powwow was held in person at Stanford University over the weekend, the first time that's happened since the pandemic hit. The theme was intergenerational resilience.
Native Americans have faced higher death rates from COVID-19 than any other racial group. Over the last two years, many powwows like most cultural events, were canceled. Some tribes found other ways to connect. Grace Carter is a sophomore at Stanford and co-chair of the powwow.
“So I'm Cherokee, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and they started doing these video series where you would go online, and then they just talk about — kind of like a State of the Union address — of what's going on in Cherokee Nation,” Carter said.
She said she was proud of her community's ability to adapt, but she missed powwows and the chance to come together and share cultural traditions like language, dance and food.
— Annelise Finney (KQED), The California Report
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In other news
- Are California companies about to get more transparent?: “California legislators are advancing two bills that would require companies to report more data about pay and internal practices. Business groups oppose the bills and say the data could be taken out of context.” — CalMatters
- LCHD seeks volunteers for Red Cross disaster relief work: “When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross responds. The Red Cross has asked the Lassen County Health Department to help find volunteers who can help.” — Lassen County Times
- Chico police issue first 7-day warnings to homeless people: “At 8 a.m. Monday morning, police delivered notices to people in downtown Chico, Lost Park and Annie's Glen, said Interim City Manager Paul Hahn.” — Chico Enterprise-Record
- Sacramento River Discovery Center plant sale offers variety of options: “Under the shade of a giant oak tree, the Sacramento River Discovery Center held a plant sale Saturday morning at the Red Bluff Recreation Area to promote the gardening of species native to Tehama County and Northern California.” — Red Bluff Daily News
- How one California tribe protects the history of its land: “This is still fairly new work for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake tribe. But it’s growing quickly in Lake County, where large swaths of natural land have remained undisturbed until recently.” — CapRadio
- A window into Yuba City’s past: “Since it opened its doors in 1970, the Sikh Temple Gurdwara of Yuba City on Tierra Buena Road has been a source of pride and controversy for an established segment of the community that has as much of a storied past in the area as nearly any other group.” — The Appeal-Democrat
In case you missed it
- City of Chico prepares to begin anti-camping ordinance enforcement — NSPR (Headlines, May 9)
- Board of Supervisors candidates attend forum on police reform — NSPR (Headlines, May 9)
- More CSU sexual harassment and abuse cases made public — EdSource
- Man arrested after he allegedly assaults Chico police officer — Chico Enterprise-Record
- “This is a misuse of the pledge”: In Shasta County, political candidates challenge League of Women voters forum tradition — Shasta Scout
- CHP seeks public help in solving man's mysterious death in Redding — Redding Record Searchlight
- Candidates for Sheriff respond to questions at League forum — Plumas News
- Palermo fire detroys one outbuilding, damages one storage container — Chico Enterprise-Record
- Multicultural fair highlights diversity in Corning — Red Bluff Daily News