After Paradise: Week 25

May 2, 2019

Tonight on “After Paradise” it’s been 25 weeks since the Camp Fire started.

We first get our regular update from Butte County, the Town of Paradise, FEMA and CalOES. We also go to Paradise and hear from residents who celebrated Gold Nugget Days over the weekend. The annual tradition was held Saturday for the first time since the Camp Fire.


We also answer many of your questions — about Phase Two debris removal, how FEMA makes decisions about who gets housing and why so many trees are being cut down on the ridge.

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The Sutter Buttes are more than 2,000 feet high and 10 miles in diameter. At the base of the buttes is a small town called Sutter. Both were named after John Sutter. He was a Swiss pioneer who is probably best known as being the owner of Sutter’s Mill, a sawmill where gold was first found in the state and the place where the California Gold Rush began.

Listener John Miles submitted a question to NSPR asking why people often refer to the Sutter Buttes as the “smallest mountain range in the world?” He also asked, what makes the Sutter Buttes a mountain range and how were they were formed?

Union Pacific

Authorities in Redding are attempting to positively identify the remains of a man — believed in his 60s, who was struck and killed by a Union Pacific freight train early yesterday. The man was struck by a Roseville-bound train at Breslauer Way around 2:15 Monday morning.  


Farmers using older, dirty burning diesel powered agricultural vehicles may be eligible for financial help for upgrades. Officials with the Butte County Air Quality Management District announced that $1.6 million dollars in grant funding will be available this year to subsidize cleaner burning engines and entirely new agricultural equipment. 

Fire Bug In Redding?

Apr 29, 2019
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Does Redding have a serial arsonist on their hands?  The Fire Department thinks they might.

On Monday of last week, someone lit a series of fires, including one that damaged a building at the Hope Baptist Church on Churn Creek Road.


Another fire on the property had burned itself out before crews arrived, and there was a small vegetation fire near the Loma Vista overpass.  Two other small fires were reported that same day on the other side of the freeway.

A controversial effort aimed at removing four hydroelectric dams along the Klamath River moved closer to reality last week as an 18 million dollar contract was awarded to Keiwit Infrastructure West, for studies and preliminary work. 

“Any fisherman in the country should be very happy that these dams are coming out” said Matt Cox.

Julia Maldonado

Neal Dow was a famed Prohibitionist and the Mayor of Portland, Maine in 1851. Chico has both an elementary school and street named after him. Chico resident Marcia Tarabini submitted a question to NSPR asking what the connection was between this historical figure and the city, and why these places adorn his name.

Marcia, first, you’re not the only one who has had this question.

Julia Maldonado

The Camp Fire displaced thousands from their homes in November. Some are now living in other places across the United States, but many have stayed in the area and are now living in Chico, where housing is extremely limited. This lack of housing has led to recreational vehicles popping up as momentary dwellings all over the city. NSPR recently received a question from an NSPR listener asking about temporary housing options for people—this person was specifically interesting in knowing whether or not shipping containers or tiny homes were viable options.

After Paradise: Week 24

Apr 25, 2019


Tonight on "After Paradise" it's been 24 weeks since the Camp Fire started. We get an update from four government officials working in Camp Fire recovery, we hear from Chico News & Review Managing Editor Meredith Cooper about a group looking to better manage future wildfire in Concow and about why some who perished from fire related causes aren’t being counted in the death tool, and we also hear from students at three universities who’ve been envisioning the rebuild of the Ridge and have blueprints and ideas to share with the community.  





CHICO, Calif.— The North State Public Radio (NSPR) news team has achieved one of the highest honors in broadcast journalism—a National Edward R. Murrow Award—for After Paradise, a locally produced weekly program covering recovery from the Camp Fire—the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history.


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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.