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1st Congressional District race | Lassen Park recovery | Parade of Lights

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Oct. 17. 

Interview: Democratic House candidate Max Steiner challenges incumbent Doug LaMalfa

Democratic House candidate Max Steiner is facing off against Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa on the November ballot. LaMalfa has represented California’s 1st Congressional District since 2013. Steiner recently spoke with NSPR’s Andre Byik about reproductive rights, forest management in the North State and California’s ongoing drought. Listen to the interview.

Editor’s note: NSPR has requested an interview with Rep. LaMalfa. His chief of staff, Mark Spannagel, referred NSPR’s request to LaMalfa’s campaign, which has not returned messages seeking an interview.

— Andre Byik, NSPR

A year after the Dixie Fire, forests in Lassen Volcanic National Park are returning

The Dixie Fire burned through more than 73,000 acres of Lassen Volcanic National Park between August and October last year. Park Superintendent Jim Richardson said a year later, much of the forest is coming back.

Ken Devol, NSPR

Chico celebrates Parade of Lights for the first time since the pandemic

Thousands turned out for the 31st annual Parade of Lights celebration in Chico Saturday evening. The theme this year was “Unity in Community.” It was the first time the parade had been celebrated since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

California voters expected to approve Proposition 1

Proposition 1 would guarantee the right to abortion and contraception by amending California’s constitution. The Associated Press reports the measure is expected to pass in the heavily Democratic state, where supporters “hope a solid win will inspire other states also to enshrine the right in their constitutions.”

Andre Byik, NSPR

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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.
Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.
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.
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.