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New Chico police chief | Redding casino opposition | Earthquake aftermath

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Dec. 22. NSPR Headlines will be on break Friday and Monday, and it will return Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Chico City Council confirms police chief appointment

The Chico City Council Tuesday unanimously confirmed the appointment of Billy Aldridge as the city’s new police chief. Aldridge, who joined the Chico Police Department in 2005, had been serving as police chief on an interim basis since September, following the retirement of former Police Chief Matt Madden. Aldridge’s salary was set at $189,000.

— Andre Byik, NSPR

Redding City Council again opposes casino proposal

For the second time, the Redding City Council will oppose a casino proposal on land next to Interstate 5 known as “Strawberry Fields.” The Redding Rancheria, which operates the Win-River casino in south Redding, owns the land and wants to relocate its gaming facility there.

— Kelly Frost, NSPR

Rio Dell grapples with aftermath of North Coast earthquake

Most of the damage from Tuesday’s earthquake happened in the small Humboldt County town of Rio Dell. Following the 6.4-magnitude earthquake, reporters on the ground said stores were trashed and some houses have been torn off their foundations.

— Madi Bolaños (KQED), The California Report

ACLU settles lawsuit against Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California recently settled a lawsuit against the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. It states the office has been violating state laws around detention of undocumented immigrants. Read the full story.

— CapRadio Staff

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

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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.