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 A competition between high schools across much of Northern and Central California for 100 micro solar power plants will be ramping up soon, powered by the organization Green Tech and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

The portable, suitcase-sized solar units will be given away to schools through a contest being run on the utility’s website.

CHP Warns Of Daylight Saving Time's Effect On Drivers

Mar 5, 2015

Sunday is Daylight Saving Time, which will gain us an hour of sun, but will cause us to lose an hour of sleep. It’s the latter that worries the California Highway Patrol. 

According to a press release from the CHP, losing even one hour of sleep can affect a person’s internal clock. And that lack of sleep, says Redding CHP Officer Jason Morton, can turn people into unsafe drivers. 

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The roll-out of a new system of trash collection is causing some concerns among affected Butte County residents. 

A new system to better coordinate trash pick-up in unincorporated parts of Butte is rattling the cages of a few local residents with confusion and frustration. 

Several residents contacted NSPR, complaining about reductions and losses of various services. 

Candace Menefee, who has lived in the same home for 22 years, was upset and a bit astounded when she learned that she would lose a service she’s grown to count on.

The Redding City Council told frustrated homeowners there is nothing it can do to alleviate the problem of stray bullets flying by and in some cases hitting their homes nearby a shooting range used by Redding police.  

Redding police Chief Robert Paoletti told the council he doubts that any stray or ricochet bullets are leaving the Record Range, which sits just west of Redding city limits near the Mary Lake Subdivision. But story after story was told by neighbors about bullets being found in nearby yards, playgrounds, and even in a wall of a child’s bedroom. 

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 Many residents of unincorporated parts of Butte County are getting used to a new routine on trash day, if not a new trash day altogether. Plans to divide up the county into three separate areas and grant exclusive fiefdoms to the different companies that used to compete took effect this week.

California’s farms and, increasingly, urban residents will be dependent on groundwater reserves for water supplies as parched conditions continue into a fourth year. Meanwhile, long-term plans to help ease California’s chronic water shortages took another small step forward. 

Hopes for enough rain and snow to break the ongoing drought have gone from doubtful to nearly unfathomable as winter yields week after week of unusually warm and dry weather.

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 “Flipping” is what the real estate industry calls it when you buy a home and then sell it again with a 12-month period. 

“Indicating someone who’s buying the property, presumably fixing it up and then selling it for a profit,” says Daren Blomquist with RealtyTrac


The research firm’s latest data show about 5,500 California properties were flipped during the fourth quarter of last year. Blomquist says that was a little more than 7.5 percent of all single-family home sales.

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West Nile virus cases more than doubled in California last year, with nearly 800 cases being reported. That’s the highest number since 2005. While there could be many reasons for the spike in cases, the one experts are pointing to most might surprise you — it’s California’s drought. 


That may seem a little counterintuitive considering West Nile virus is spread by mosquitos, and mosquitos need water to breed, but if you think about it, says Chico State professor of virology Troy Cline, it actually makes sense.  

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko will be recognized this weekend by the California Rifle and Pistol Association as Peace Officer of the Year for his efforts to support gun rights, hunting and fishing.  

“I’m very humbled by it and very honored to receive that,” Bosenko said.

Morgan McGaughlin of the CRPA says Bosenko was chosen from among several candidates and will receive the award at an annual banquet in Southern California on Saturday.

Although there will be no changes in Shasta or Butte County, several changes to the California State Responsibility Area are proposed for other North State counties, including Tehama. The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection will hold a public hearing in Redding on Thursday to go over those changes. The hearings are part of the board’s process for making changes to the state’s SRA. Those living in State Responsibility Areas will be subject to the controversial Fire Protection Fee, while those living outside those areas will not.