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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, Aug. 5. 

Interview: Plumas County author writes poetry collection about Dixie Fire

The Dixie Fire devastated the community of Greenville one year ago Thursday. Plumas County author Margaret Elysia Garcia worked in Greenville and lives nearby. In July, she published a poetry collection about the fire called “Burn Scars.” Read the full story.

Adia White, NSPR

Despite wildfires, Butte County air quality has been improving

Air quality in Butte County has gotten better over time. That might sound surprising, but Jason Mandly, senior planner with the Butte County Air Quality Management District, says improvements have been made for particulates, as well as ozone. Wildfire smoke remains a problem.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

California plans to recruit thousands of mental health workers to public schools

The California Department of Education announced Thursday its intent to recruit 10,000 new mental health clinicians to public schools throughout the state. Officials say they’ve known for a while that more resources are needed in rural communities and communities of color.

Alec Stutson, NSPR

Water usage down statewide as drought continues

There’s good news as California continues to deal with a prolonged drought. Water usage compared to two years ago is down statewide. The State Water Resources Control Board says Californians used 7.6% less water in June of this year than in June of 2020.

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