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Drought in Tehama County | Smoke in Chico | Newsom’s climate change asks


The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Aug. 16. 

Tehama County environmental health director says many residents can’t afford to drill new wells amid third year of drought 

California is in its third year of drought and some in the North State who depend on domestic wells are coming up dry. Tim Potanovic, Tehama County’s director of environmental health, says many residents don’t have the option of drilling new wells or deepening existing ones. He also says his department is keeping a close eye on new agricultural wells to ensure they don’t affect domestic ones.

Ken Devol, NSPR 

Widespread haze, patchy smoke in Chico is due to Six Rivers Lightning Complex 

Smoke from the Six Rivers Lightning Complex burning in Trinity and Humboldt counties has drifted into Butte County and is causing unhealthy air quality in Chico and some communities to the west. Jason Mandly with the Butte County Air Quality Management District says to stay safe, residents should reduce the amount of time they’re outdoors. Cal Fire is also urging residents not to call 9-1-1 unless they clearly see flames or a column of smoke.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Newsom proposes new climate bills in waning days of legislative session 

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to up the ante on fighting climate change. But his requests come at an awkward time for state lawmakers, who have a deadline to pass legislation by midnight on Aug. 31.

— CapRadio Staff 

Bill would make state-issued ID cards available to all Californians 

For several years now, undocumented immigrants in California have been able to get a driver’s license, which doubles as a critical piece of ID. But what about immigrants who don’t drive?

Josie Huang (KPCC), The California Report 

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Sarah is an award-winning reporter, producer and editor. She’s worked at North State Public Radio for six years and was previously the station’s News Director before leaving to study at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
A graduate of California State University, Chico, Andre Byik is an award-winning journalist who has reported in Northern California since 2012. He joined North State Public Radio in 2020, following roles at the Chico Enterprise-Record and Chico News & Review.
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Jamie is NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covers all things fire, but her main focus is wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as podcast editor at the Daily Bruin.
Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.