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Humboldt emergency proclamation | North Coast seismicity | Mill Fire benefit

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Newsom proclaims emergency for Humboldt County

Gov. Gavin Newsom has proclaimed a state of emergency for Humboldt County following Tuesday’s destructive 6.4-magnitude earthquake, which struck near Ferndale and left at least two people dead. Newsom’s office said the proclamation supports the emergency response to the earthquake. The sheriff of Humboldt County Tuesday declared a local emergency.

— Andre Byik, NSPR

Why the North Coast is so seismically active 

The North Coast is as longtime residents know a very seismically active area. But why? The answer lies with a plate boundary. Or, in this case, three of them. Learn more in today’s episode of Headlines.

— Dave Schlom, NSPR

Benefit raises funds for community devastated in Mill Fire

The nonprofit United Way of Northern California held a fundraiser and movie screening for fire survivors from Weed, California. This comes after the Mill Fire killed two and severely injured three other residents in September.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

California’s rural police departments face staffing shortages

California is facing a statewide shortage of police officers, and rural departments stand to feel the squeeze the most. In Tehama County, for example, officials say they can’t afford to retain their employees because larger departments in places such as Los Angeles and San Francisco pay more. Read the full story.

— Nigel Duara, CalMatters

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

In case you missed it

6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Humboldt County — NSPR
State firefighters to wait years for shorter workweek — CalMatters
State Sen. Wiener introduces bill to decriminalize psychedelics — The California Report
Chico State provost resigns amid revelations of professor’s prohibited affair, alleged threats — NSPR
Community organizers call for more shelter beds for unhoused residents in Oroville — NSPR
Organic dairy farms struggle to stay afloat amid rising costs — CapRadio
How to survive a power outage guide: North State residents and officials share their advice — 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.
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.