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County fire station closures | Valley’s Edge faces referendum | State budget proposal

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Berry Creek residents say they weren’t notified about decision to close fire station

Last month, the Butte County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a group of budget actions, including downstaffing and closing three fire stations for the winter. One of those stations was in Berry Creek. Some residents say they didn’t receive proper warning about the Board of Supervisors’ proposal to close the station.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Opponents of Valley’s Edge development launch referendum campaign

Opponents of the Valley’s Edge development plan in Chico announced the launch of a referendum campaign. The campaign aims to gather enough signatures to bring the project’s specific plan before voters for reconsideration following its approval by the Chico City Council last week.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Newsom expected to reveal budget proposal today

Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to unveil his proposed California state budget today. After two years of surplus, the state is looking at a budget deficit. That could mean less funding for the governor’s priorities like housing and electric vehicle infrastructure.

— CapRadio Staff

California gas prices remain steady amid storms

In some regions of the country, hurricanes and other national disasters can cause gas prices to go up because of refinery issues and delivery setbacks. So far, there are no indications California's damaging, atmospheric river storms will affect the state's gas prices. The average price for a gallon of gas in California is currently $4.40, which is up a few pennies from a week ago.

— 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.
Jamie was NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covered all things fire, but her main focus was wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as a 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.