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Chico gets cooling center | Electrical grid help | Yosemite-area wildfire grows

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, July 25. 

Safe Space opens indoor cooling center in Chico

Chico got an air-conditioned cooling center last week. The emergency shelter nonprofit Safe Space opened the new center at Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Chico. It will be there until Aug. 15, then it will move to a different church location. Instead of opening only when temperatures reach a certain threshold like many cooling centers do Safe Space’s site will be open 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR 

PG&E, Tesla look to battery-equipped customers for energy during high demand

PG&E customers with Tesla battery-equipped solar systems will now be able to feed power back into the electrical grid during times of high demand. The companies are collaborating on a pilot program that pays customers for the electricity they provide, while also giving them control over the amount of drawdown in their storage batteries.

Ken Devol, NSPR  

Oak Fire near Yosemite is largest California wildfire this year

A dangerous wildfire burning in the Central Valley near the gateway to Yosemite National Park now covers more than 15,000 acres. It’s the largest fire California has seen this year and has prompted the evacuation of around 6,000 people in Mariposa County. Forecasts say smoke could blanket parts of Northern California in the coming days.

CapRadio Staff

California approves cryptocurrency campaign contributions

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has unanimously approved contributions to political committees using cryptocurrency. The FPPC did not set a firm date for the start of accepting crypto contributions. It’s expected to happen by the end of year and possibly in time for the November election.

CapRadio Staff

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