‘Burn Scars’ | Butte County air quality | School mental health
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.
— CapRadio Staff
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In case you missed it
- Q&A: “Burn Scars” poetry collection gives a visceral description of loss in Greenville after the Dixie Fire one year ago — NSPR
- Dry lightning poses risk for fire starts in the North State — NSPR
- Redding hits pause on new short-term rental applications — NSPR
- Interview: Orland extends water system to some unincorporated households amid drought — NSPR
- How to protect yourself from wildfire smoke — NSPR