Chico

PG&E Explains Outages To Chico Residents

Jun 13, 2019
Marc Albert

Eager to learn why, and curious about how to cope, several dozen locals attended a Pacific Gas and Electric Company open house in Chico Wednesday evening, days after the company preemptively cut power, due to extreme wildfire risk.

The company is holding similar forums throughout its service area through July.  

Sherry Leonard

When retired professor Sherry Leonard was married to a mining engineer some years ago, they lived in northern Chile in the Atacama Desert.  Her novel, Atacama, is a fictionalized version of her experiences those five years.

Chico singer/songwriter Garrett Gray describes how he came to write the lyrics to the songs on his first album, “Five Winds”.

Gold Field Books

Nancy Leek is a librarian who writes biographies of California pioneers for children.  Her book on Peter Lassen, like her biographies of John and Annie Bidwell, are illustrated by Steve Ferchaud.  

From GoldReads:

My name is Nancy Leek. I live in Chico, California and am a retired librarian. I have worked in public, school and academic libraries, including reference librarian for the Butte County Library and children’s librarian at the Orland Free Library.

I am the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer, and the co-editor (with John Rudderow) of The Miner Poet: The Poems of Pres Longley.

Safety Near Chico State Tops City Council Agenda

May 20, 2019
Chico State

A new contract with firefighters, parking, and pedestrian safety near the university tops the agenda as the city council in Chico meets tonight.  

 

The official analysis calls the financial impact of the contract “minimal” on the city’s bottom line, but there are some changes. If ultimately approved, some firefighters would end up picking up a larger share of contributions to CalPERS and Medicare, costs currently picked up by taxpayers. But firefighters would be made whole by a 2.7 percent raise under the contract. The proposed contract would run through June of 2021. 

Itasca Books

Can He Say That? is an edgy essay collection on subjects from murder to meditation, politics to punctuation. Anthony Peyton Porter’s column “From the Edge” appeared on the back page of the Chico News & Review.

Anthony Peyton Porter has ventured in other media including, Write On Radio!, Minnesota Public Radio, and Twin Cities Public Television. After his time in Minnesota, he came to Chico, California and joined KZFR.

Up The Road: Honoring Local Heritage

May 9, 2019
Kim Weir

We’ve been exploring California as a place created, almost overnight, by the accidental discovery of gold in 1848, which brought tens of thousands of fortune hunters the following year, the ’49ers. Nothing has been the same since.

This being California, change keeps coming. As Sacramento native Joan Didion put it: “All that is constant about the California of my childhood is the rate at which it disappears.” True enough.

Ryan Merce / Flickr Creative Commons

Electric skateboards are the newest way of transportation. They look like a normal skateboard and come with a little remote that can control your speed and brakes. 

 

Wesley Kronmiller of Chico submitted a question to NSPR asking whether or not electric skateboards are illegal to ride in Chico. To find out more for Wesley, I headed over to the Chico Police Department. There I spoke with traffic officer Travis Johnsen who gave me my answer.  

 

“Motorized skateboards, electric or gasoline powered are completely illegal,” Johnsen said.  

FEMA Plans Expanded Site

Mar 26, 2019
Marc Albert

  

FEMA has again increased the number of families it plans to house at a pop-up trailer park in south Chico.

 

First it was forty eight, then sixty four, now FEMA says they’re planning to house 82 families on the site, within the Hegan Lane Business Park. 

Outrage Following Botched Tree Cut

Mar 25, 2019
VisitingCalifornia.com

Officials are working on new procedures after dozens of prized valley oaks were mistakenly chopped down in Bidwell Park last week. 

 

Erik Gustafson, City of Chico Public Works Director for Operations and Maintenance, described a “series of miscommunications” involving an inmate tree crew contracted to remove a stand of damaged Catalpa trees. 

 

Marc Albert

Stretched to the limit by a population that has surged by a third since November’s Camp Fire, Chico officials meeting Tuesday night discussed both short and longer term solutions.  

 

Addressing crime trends, Police Chief Mike O’Brien found little definitive correlation between the Camp Fire and crime, despite an increase of 30,000 residents during its immediate aftermath. O’Brien said the volume of calls received by 911 dispatchers is up, rising to a rate of about 75 calls an hour. 

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