North State fire updates | Limited abortion access | Chico’s changing of the guard
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, July 1
Containment increases on Rices Fire; forward spread stopped on Sandra, Nelson fires
The Rices Fire burning in Nevada County, near Yuba County, is 22% contained and remains 904 acres in size, according to Cal Fire’s update this morning. About 250 structures remain threatened.
Evacuation warnings remain in place for parts of northeastern Yuba County south of Dobbins.
The Associated Press reported cooler weather and an increase in humidity has helped firefighters stop the spread of the fire. Thirteen firefighters and a civilian have been hurt, with the injured suffering heat-related illnesses such as dehydration.
Separately, firefighters responded to multiple fires Thursday in Butte County.
Cal Fire-Butte County said firefighters have stopped forward spread of the Sandra Fire burning in the Forbestown and Robinson Mill area. The fire was listed at 40 acres and is 30% contained. At 8:05 a.m. today, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office lifted the last evacuation warning that was placed for Zone 685 in the area of Forbestown and lower Black Bart roads. All other evacuation orders and warnings were lifted Thursday.
Firefighters also stopped the forward spread of the Nelson Fire near the Thermalito Forebay, according to Cal Fire-Butte County. That fire was listed at 250 acres and is 60% contained this morning. All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted.
— Andre Byik, NSPR
Interview: Many North State counties don’t have abortion clinics
California may soon become a haven for those seeking abortions from out of state, but access to care is not distributed equally.
For example, seven North State counties don’t have any abortion clinics. Susie Neilson, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, mapped where California’s clinics are located using data from UC San Francisco.
You can listen to an interview with Neilson in today’s Headlines.
— Adia White, NSPR
Chico City Council selects city manager; police chief announces retirement
Chico has a new city manager — former mayor Mark Sorensen. According to the Chico Enterprise-Record, Sorensen was selected by the City Council Thursday and will be officially approved by vote at next week's council meeting.
According to the paper, Sorensen held two terms on the council and was mayor prior to Sean Morgan in 2016. He’s also been the city manager for Biggs in Butte County. He replaces interim City Manager Paul Hahn, who has been in the position since mid-April.
Additionally, Chico Police Chief Matt Madden has announced his retirement. According to a press release from the Police Department, Madden will be stepping down after 25 years with the department. The release states he will continue to work alongside the department and city management during the transitional period.
— Alec Stutson, NSPR
Supreme Court ruling limits EPA’s oversight of power plant pollution
On the final day of its term Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a ruling that would limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision-making power.
The ruling was a blow to the agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions. In essence, the court says that agencies can’t make major decisions impacting the American economy without congressional approval. Environmental groups fear this will significantly delay action to curb greenhouse gasses.
Dan Farber, director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, said this decision didn’t surprise him, as “everyone expected EPA to lose the case.”
Farber said the ruling limits the EPA’s ability to regulate emissions, but it doesn’t strip the agency of that power entirely and future congressional action could strengthen it.
— CapRadio Staff
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In other news
- Decolonizing California’s wildfire zone: “Today, in an agreement with the city of Chico, the Mechoopda tribe manages Verbena Fields. It’s an emerging model of what decolonizing land can look like, supported by partnerships between Native and non-Native communities.” — Shasta Scout
- Out on the street with Redding’s ‘crisis cops’: “Redding’s Crisis Intervention Response Team strives to connect mental health help with people who need it and, if possible, divert them from jail.” — Redding Record Searchlight
- Plumas residents exempt from food recycling – for now: “California has a new food recycling law that goes into effect July 1: SB 1383 requires every jurisdiction to provide organic waste collection services to all residents and businesses. However, Plumas County has requested and received an exemption for the time being.” — Plumas News
- LaMalfa urges FEMA to stop seeking repayment of aid From Dixie Fire victims: “The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it would be sending notices to individuals in Lassen, Plumas, Tehama, Shasta, and Butte counties who registered for federal disaster assistance for losses incurred by the Dixie Fire, to inform them that claims made to the PG&E settlement for the Dixie Fire could be considered duplication of benefits." — Lassen County Times
- Samia Yaqub leaves Butte College with gratitude, excitement about the future: “Samia Yaqub stepped down from her position as Butte College president and superintendent Thursday after 7 years of service. Yaqub attended the reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Butte College math building Wednesday in her last big event.” — Chico Enterprise-Record
- Tehama County Fire urges safety when handling fireworks: “In Tehama County there will be a fireworks display Monday night in Red Bluff near 790 Diamond Ave.” — Red Bluff Daily News
In case you missed it
- North State congressional candidate wants to restore Roe v. Wade — NSPR (Headlines, June 30)
- Parts of Yuba County under evacuation warnings from Rices Fire — NSPR (Headlines, June 30)
- Papini's sentencing in fake kidnapping moves to Sept. — Redding Record Searchlight
- Butte County grapples with staffing shortage as it adopts new budget — Chico Enterprise-Record
- Personal data of Californians with concealed weapon permits breached; could affect about 800 in Plumas — Plumas News
- Personal info on California gun owners wrongly made public — The Associated Press
- Cannabis processing license type to board — The Trinity Journal