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Flooding at encampments | North State power outages | Newsom takes oath of office

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, Jan. 6.

Unhoused residents call for more aid to protect campgrounds

Unhoused residents in Chico used a slight break in the rain Wednesday afternoon to try to fortify their encampments from flooding. The city of Chico’s public works department provides sand to the public to help provide a barrier from flooding, but anyone who needs sandbags must purchase their own and fill them up themselves. This makes getting sandbags for flood protection a challenge for many unhoused residents.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Thousands in the North State lose power during winter storm

More than 8,000 customers in the North State lost power during this week’s storm, according to Pacific Gas & Electric. Many have since had power restored, but some living in Butte County ridge communities were still in the dark as of this morning. PG&E spokesperson Paul Moreno said conditions on the ground have made it difficult for crews to get into affected areas to survey and repair damages. Another major storm is forecast to hit the region this weekend, and the utility expects more outages, which could last for several days or more.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Gov. Newsom to take oath of office for second term

Gov. Gavin Newsom will take the oath of office today outside the State Capitol in downtown Sacramento. The governor insists he’s not going to run for president next year and that he’ll serve all four years of his governorship. Political strategists say Newsom’s presidential prospects depend on his performance this term, which will be his last in the governor’s office because of term limits.

— CapRadio Staff

Forecast shows break in the weather ahead of rainy weekend

Forecasters say Northern California should see a break in the wet weather today before more rain, snow and gusty winds return Saturday into Sunday. Another system is expected to arrive Monday into Tuesday. In the past week, the Sacramento Valley has received between 2.5 and 5 inches of rain.

— CapRadio Staff

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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.
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.