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California’s ‘Pyro Futures’ | Chico second most rent-burdened area in the state | PG&E fined $45M for Dixie Fire involvement

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday January, 26. 

In today’s episode:

  • New study shows Chico second most rent-burdened area in California — CapRadio Staff
  • PG&E fined $45M by state utility regulators for involvement in 2021 Dixie Fire — CapRadio Staff 
  • City of Chico to host public comment events about downtown transportation plan — Ken Devol, NSPR 
  • California is home to some of the world’s most rapidly declining groundwater basins — Rachel Becker, CalMatters


UC Davis professor of landscape architecture Brett Milligan is one of the creators of the “Pyro Futures” exhibit. Photo taken on Jan. 23, 2024.
Jamie Jiang
An art exhibit put on by two UC Davis professors shows the future isn’t predetermined when it comes to wildfire.

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Sarah has worked at North State Public Radio since 2015 and is currently the station’s Director of Operations. She’s responsible for the sound of the station and works to create the richest public radio experience possible for NSPR listeners.
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.
Ava is NSPR’s Morning Edition anchor and reporter. They previously worked on NPR’s Weekend Edition and NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered broadcasts and produced weekly national news stories focused on contextualizing national issues for individual communities. They love NorCal and spending time outdoors.