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State of emergency expanded | Safe Space shelter closes | Storing storm water

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, March 13. 

Glenn added to list of California counties under a state of emergency

Gov. Gavin Newsom Sunday expanded a state of emergency due to ongoing storms to include six additional counties, including Glenn. On Friday, President Joe Biden also approved Newsom’s request for a presidential emergency declaration in 34 California counties. That declaration aids in bringing in federal resources for storm response.

— Adia White, NSPR

Interview: Safe Space shelter closes for the season as extreme weather conditions persist

Winter storms continue to bring extreme weather to the North State. Last week, Chico nonprofit Safe Space Winter Shelter ended its seasonal operations. NSPR's Alec Stutson spoke with Executive Director Hilary Crosby about the needs of the unhoused community and the remaining options for shelter. Listen to the interview in today’s headlines.

Alec Stutson, NSPR

Officials balance flood control with water storage needs at Lake Oroville and other reservoirs

Amid an onslaught of rain, officials who manage reservoirs in California are working to strike a balance between holding as much water in storage, as long as they can, while maintaining room in reservoirs for more stormwater. Read the full story.

— Alastair Bland, CalMatters

Flood watch, winter storm warning in effect for parts of the North State through Wednesday

Wet weather is expected to continue through at least mid-week. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for much of the Sierra Nevada above 7,000 feet through Wednesday evening. A flood watch is in effect for a large portion of the valley and foothills in Northern California through Wednesday morning.

— Adia White, NSPR

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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.