What’s safer, Highway 99 or 70?

That’s a simple enough question, right? Or at least it seems so.

"Where exactly is Northern California?" is a question I’ve had since moving from Butte County to Santa Cruz. I remember living there thinking, “Is this still Northern California?” What I learned from Santa Cruz locals was that they did consider themselves to be a part of Nor Cal, but they were quick to tell me that they – unlike so many of the Northern Californians I grew up with – did not use the word “hella.”

With the recent decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals within sixth months, North State schools are struggling to find ways to support their students.

Chico State, for example, does not ask students for their immigration status. There’s no box on your application that you would check, so it’s hard to know how many students on campus will be directly impacted by the decision. Elizabeth Alaniz is the associate director of financial aid at Chico State.

Adia White

We may not have Zika, Malaria or any of the classically terrifying mosquito-borne diseases here in the North State, but our resident insects still carry a number of potentially life-threatening diseases. County agencies are now hard at work to determine which ones are around this summer. Mike Kimball is the manager of Yuba Sutter mosquito abatement. He explains one of the many ways they test mosquitoes for viruses.

Sue Graue

More than a dozen water storage projects are vying for money from the Proposition 1 water bond California voters approved in 2014.

The largest request comes from supporters of Sites Reservoir, which would be built about an hour northwest of Sacramento in Colusa County.

Covered California

You would have to be pretty dedicated to keep up with the national healthcare debate. While repeal and replace efforts seem to have stalled for now, proposals that may go nowhere are nevertheless having impacts across the North State. 

Outside Lands 2017

Aug 14, 2017
photo by Andrew Jorgensen

Over the weekend somewhere around 50,000 people flocked to the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for the 10th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, including NSPR’s Nolan Ford.

Librarians Wrangle Tech, Students, Books In Schools

Aug 3, 2017
Elizabeth Castillo

When Leslie Tharp agreed to work as the librarian for Red Bluff’s Vista Preparatory Academy, she didn’t realize she’d be the keeper of the school’s most popular technology.

“Imagine 30 kids coming in at lunchtime, all wanting to use the 3D printers,” she said. “It got a little bit crazy.”

Tharp’s library houses shelves stacked with books and posters promoting reading. But, it also has a communal space called a Makerspace. It combines manufacturing equipment, like the 3D printers, with education. While tech plays a role in a makerspace, Tharp said it’s about learning.

report by Tony Johnson, also for the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management

Less than six months after near disaster, Oroville Dam is awash in activity. Workers and equipment are racing the calendar, making sure the nation’s tallest earthen dam can’t again reach the brink of catastrophe. But an ongoing forensic examination suggests otherwise. It says other dangers, possibly undermining the dam’s integrity, remain largely unaddressed. NSPR’s Marc Albert has more. 

Photo by Pat McCaslin

Last weekend the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival kicked off its 7th season in Hyampom, California. NSPR sent Nolan Ford to learn about the annual concert series and what North State residents can expect in the coming weeks.