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Police officer incentives | Gray wolf comeback | Mild fire season

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Chico City Council considers raising police officer signing bonuses

The Chico City Council today is set to decide whether to adopt an agreement raising signing bonuses for newly hired lateral police officers meaning those with experience from $10,000 to $40,000. The agreement between the city and the Chico Police Officers Association bargaining group notes the Police Department has experienced recruitment and retention issues for qualified officers.

— Andre Byik, NSPR

Gray wolves stage comeback in California

The gray wolf population was decimated in California nearly a century ago, but now they’re coming back slowly. Their numbers are still small, with only about 30 individuals distributed over three packs in Siskiyou, Lassen and Plumas counties.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

State sees mild 2022 fire season, but officials urge caution

Moderate weather and well-timed rainstorms helped ensure a mild 2022 fire season in California. Fire officials warn that despite the end of “peak” wildfire season, residents should remain cautious. Deadly wildfires have occurred in December and January. The Santa Ana winds in Southern California can be especially risky in the winter. Read the full story.

— Julie Cart, CalMatters

Study: Remote learning affected mental health of teens

A new study finds 14- to 16-year-olds who attended school strictly online during the pandemic suffered more severe negative impacts than students who attended in person or participated in a blend of the two known as hybrid learning.

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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.