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Comanche Creek campers on notice | Teichert Ponds shooting update | Lake Tahoe murkier

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, July 7. 

City of Chico prepares to clear Comanche Creek homeless encampment, some don’t know where they’ll go

Unhoused people camping at Comanche Creek Greenway were given notice last week that the city of Chico will soon begin clearing the area. The city says campers need to go to a designated legal shelter option, such as the Torres Shelter or the Pallet shelter site. If they don’t, the city says they’ll face enforcement. But some, like unhoused resident Christopher Hicks, say they were told they weren’t eligible. Those deemed ineligible for admission to a shelter can camp at a designated site on the northwest corner of Eaton and Cohasset roads.

Adia White, NSPR

Interview: Hearing for Teichert Ponds shooting scheduled for August, district attorney says

The Butte County District Attorney’s Office says it’s preparing for an upcoming hearing in the case of a teenager accused of killing an unhoused resident and assaulting another at Teichert Ponds in Chico. The incident happened in September of last year. The August hearing will focus on whether the accused will be tried as a juvenile or an adult.

Ken Devol & Adia White, NSPR

UC Davis researchers release Lake Tahoe clarity report

Wildfire smoke is likely one reason Lake Tahoe was a little murkier last year. Researchers say clarity decreased slightly in 2021, as the lake has not fully recovered from a spike of fine particles that flowed into its waters after the extremely wet year of 2017. Recent wildfires have also had an impact.

— CapRadio Staff 

New emergency 9-8-8 number becomes available to the public for those needing mental health services

In a couple of weeks, people with mental health emergencies should be able to call 9-8-8 for help. Mental health nonprofits across the state are training hundreds of counselors to answer emergency calls in anticipation of a new national hotline set to launch on July 16.

Robert Garrova (KQED), The California Report 

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