Marc Albert

Facing potential blackouts by Pacific Gas and Electric Company when fire danger is extreme, Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien last month proposed establishing an overnight curfew. O’Brien said his aim was starting a conversation in perhaps the largest city at risk—due to its location on the valley’s edge.

On Tuesday, officials were tentatively scheduled to discuss the matter along with alternatives. 

Nichols, Melburg And Rossetto

Firefighters were on high alert yesterday as thunderstorms and dry lightning struck Northern California. Though conditions didn’t prompt a Pacific Gas & Electric Company public safety power shutdown, concern that one could happen at any time has prompted discussion of setting a dusk to dawn curfew in Chico.


Activists dismissed Police Chief Michael O’Brien’s proposal at a city council meeting August 6th, and the concept seemed to have little support from the council.


Senator Bernie Sanders Speaks In Chico

Aug 23, 2019
Phil Roeder / Flickr Creative Commons

As part of a swing through Northern California yesterday, Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders visited Paradise before hosting a town hall meeting in Chico.


At times jovial, and displaying a down-to-earth authenticity that has earned him loyal followers among progressive Democrats, Bernie Sanders packed the Masonic Family Center to capacity.


Public safety and civil liberties will weigh heavily Tuesday when the Chico City Council considers declaring overnight curfews should electricity be cut due to fire risks.  


The proposed ordinance would establish a curfew from dusk to dawn in Chico when and if Pacific Gas & Electric Company severs electricity because of extreme fire danger. 


Informedmag / Flickr Creative Commons

A brazen daytime burglary Thursday ended in arrest and serious charges after a suspect allegedly kicked down an apartment’s front door and struck the victim with blasts from a Taser multiple times. 


Somehow the victim fled the apartment and managed to call police after being hit several times with a Taser. The incident occurred at three in the afternoon on the 1400 block of North Cherry Street in Chico. 

Mass Attack Drill At Chico High Today

Aug 1, 2019




Don’t be alarmed. The heavy response by police, fire and ambulance crews converging on Chico High this morning and throughout the day is only a drill. 


Today’s training won’t be much different than one held across town at Chico’s other high school at the end of June. 


City leaders in Chico are being asked to upzone an area allowing an apartment complex to rise on a site set aside for single family homes.  


Without the Camp Fire, the proposed 23-unit apartment complex would almost certainly be a tougher lift. But after the loss of 15 percent of all housing in Butte County, and resulting price spikes in both purchase and rental housing, opposition may be harder to muster. 


Award-winning poet Heather Altfield calls her collection of poetry The Disappearing Theatre. Philosophy professor Troy Jollimore received a National Book Critics Circle Award for a previous collection of his poetry. His newest book is Syllabus of Errors — Poems. This week join Nancy for a conversation with two local poets.

Julia Maldonado

California Park is a large area in Chico filled with almost 2,000 condominiums, houses and apartments. It’s located on the east side of the city, just off Deer Creek Highway and Bruce Road. The area has an abundance of wildlife; the geese can be seen flying above the ponds and lake that only Cal Park residents can access.

Listener Mandy Irwin submitted a question to North State Public Radio about the history of neighborhood. Specifically she wanted to know when the lake was built, whether or not it was originally a wetland and why developers created Cal Park in the first place.


City of Redding

Town councils are meeting in many local jurisdictions to weigh issues of importance tonight.


Redding officials are being asked to approve minor changes to the speed limits on certain segments of certain roads. The changes are being proposed to make speed limits more enforceable under state law.