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Families sue over Mill Fire | Bear Fire remembrance | Job training aid

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, Sept. 16. 

More than 100 sue wood products company over Mill Fire 

The Mill Fire in Siskiyou County killed two people in the city of Weed. The son of one of those victims is suing Roseburg Forest Products, the company that owned the mill that may have started the fire. Roseburg Forest Products acknowledged that the failure of a machine it uses may have sparked the fire and is still investigating. That lawsuit is one among many brought by at least a hundred people against the company.

—Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Survivors gather to commemorate two years since the Bear Fire

Last Saturday, the community of Berry Creek commemorated the passing of two years since the Bear Fire, also known as the North Complex. The fire took the lives of 16 people in 2020. Hundreds lost their homes. Two years later, the community is still in the initial stages of recovery. Norma Lacy is a disaster case manager for the nonprofit Northern Valley Catholic Social Services. Despite the hardship of rebuilding and a general lack of aid, she said many have chosen to remain in Berry Creek.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

State grant program to help those who lost their jobs during the pandemic

The new Golden State Education and Training Grant Program aims to help Californians with job training and education. The $2,500 grants can go toward covering tuition, housing and books. Applicants must fill out a short application that takes about 10 minutes to complete and attest that they lost a job or hours after March 4, 2020, when Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency. Read the full story.

Mikhail Zinshteyn, CalMatters

Newsom now promoting abortion website in other states

Gov. Gavin Newsom is using money from his $24 million campaign fund for billboards in seven red states with messages like, “Need an abortion? Come to California” along with a website address. The new website includes information about legal rights and a map of abortion providers in California. Newsom is also expected to sign a package of other bills to expand access to abortion in California.

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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.
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.
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.
Adia White is a broadcast journalist and producer with nearly 10 years of experience. Her work has appeared on WNYC, This American Life, Capital Public Radio and other local and national programs. She started at North State Public Radio as a freelance reporter in 2017 before leaving for a stint at Northern California Public Media in Santa Rosa.