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Fire station closures | Winter storm precautions | Leftover campaign money

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Dec. 29.

Three fire stations in Butte County shuttered for the winter

This month, the Butte County Board of Supervisors voted to reduce a contract with Cal Fire by $700,000, temporarily closing a partnership called the Amador program at three stations. The program meant Cal Fire firefighters staffed Butte County stations during the winter season. Stations closing or reducing services include Harts Mill Fire Station 62 in Berry Creek, Stirling City Fire Station 13, and Jarbo Gap Fire Station 36.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Winter storms to bring rain, snow and potential for flooding

A series of winter storms are set to hit the North State this week through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. They will bring rain to the valley and snow to the mountains, along with a risk of flooding. The chance for winter storms will also continue into early next week. Emergency officials are urging residents to be cautious of driving on inundated roads.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

California politicians sit on millions in leftover campaign funds

A new investigation from CalMatters found there are nearly 100 politicians across California sitting on $35 million in leftover campaign funds. That’s because California law allows former politicians to use old campaign cash to pay down debts or pay legal and consulting fees. They can contribute the money to other candidates or to political parties. Read the full story.

— Ben Christopher, CalMatters

Project underway to deliver water to state’s bighorn sheep

California’s bighorn sheep population will soon be getting some help in dealing with the state’s drought. A project is underway to build nearly 100 artificial watering holes for bighorn sheep in San Bernardino, Riverside and Inyo counties.

— Keith Mizuguchi (KQED), The California Report

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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.
Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.
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.