U.S. Department of Agriculture

As Paradise begins rebuilding, some experts say a large firebreak could make a big difference.


The idea: a half mile deep swath of well-managed and maintained open space on the edge of town. Instead of a rat’s nest of manzanita and scotch broom, the wildland would have more fire resistant plants and be trimmed and thinned. In theory, when fire came, it would move slower, giving firefighters time to mobilize, and residents time to get out.


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Getting through the Feather River Canyon late next week will take lots patience or excellent timing. 


Caltrans will entirely close 11-miles of State route 70 between the Jarbo Gap and Cresta Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week as workers stabilize the overhanging canyon wall. 


NSPR Off Air In Redding

May 30, 2019

Update: Friday 2:30 p.m.  

The internet service provider, who carries NSPR's signal to the transmitter atop Shasta Bally, has informed us that their work crews will not be able to head to the Redding area for several days. This means, unfortunately, that NSPR's signal will be off air until they can re-establish that internet connection. Thank you for your continued patience.  


Update: Wednesday 11:30 a.m.  

The road to the transmitter site atop Shasta Bally has been cleared and opened by the Park Service. NSPR is working with our internet service provider to travel there as quickly as possible to check all equipment, and re-establish NSPR's signal. Thank you for your continued patience. 


Update: Monday 9 a.m.

NSPR continues to stay in contact with The National Park Service, who controls road access to the top of Shasta Bally where the NSPR tower is located. The Park Service is clearing debris from last week's storm and repairing road damage from winter weather. This work needs to be finished before NSPR and internet service providers can check our transmission equipment. Thank you for your patience. 


Update: Friday 4 p.m.  

According to the U.S. Park Service, who controls road access to the top of Shasta Bally where the NSPR tower is located, it will be early next week before the road is cleared of debris and driveable. NSPR and internet service providers need to examine the equipment to determine why broadcasts are off and what can be done to solve the problem. Thank you for your patience. 


Update: Wednesday 1 p.m.

NSPR is coordinating with the National Park Service and two internet service providers to get to the tower site atop Shasta Bally as quickly as possible. The Park Service is clearing the only road that runs to the top of the mountain, and NSPR is waiting for approval to head up. Unfortunately, this is an engineering problem that needs help from additional companies before NSPR can solve it. Thank you for your patience. 


Update: Monday 11 a.m.

PG&E has restored power to the mountaintop, but KFPR remain off the air. We are working with the internet service provider, which carriers our signal from Chico to the mountaintop, to see if their equipment is working. Access to the summit is restricted to flying in by helicopter. We continue to work for a resolution that will restore broadcasting. Thank you for your patience. 


Because the Thursday afternoon thunderstorms knocked out power to portions of the Redding area, KFRP, 88.9FM, is off the air. The transmitter located atop Shasta Bally lost power in the storm. We are in contact with PG&E to monitor the power restoration efforts, and hope to be back on air as quickly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Eugene Zemlyanski

Butte County authorities are investigating a possible triple homicide after three bodies were found in a home in Oroville Tuesday night. 


Three bodies were located in a home in the vicinity of Yellow Hammer Drive and Tyme Way, near the Gold Country Casino. A witness, who initially called authorities requesting a welfare check, reported seeing a body on the floor after peering inside the home. 

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Thirteen winter-run Chinook Salmon that were released last year into the cold water of Battle Creek have returned to the Coleman National Fish Hatchery near Anderson following an effort to jump start the reintroduction program.

Project leader Jim Smith said although 13 fish may not seem like a large number, this is a big deal since the endangered species have seen hard times due to increased temperatures in the Sacramento River from drought and low water levels in Shasta Lake.

Marc Albert

Utilities throughout Paradise and some surrounding areas will be rebuilt and moved underground; a huge surprise that prompted a standing ovation at a crucial town council meeting Wednesday night.

Residents rose to their feet as new information, essentially direction from a federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of California’s largest utility, was relayed by Aaron Johnson, a Pacific Gas & Electric Company electrical division vice president.


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The question of whether or not to build a casino off of South Bonnyview Road and Interstate 5 in Redding was debated at the Redding City Council meeting Tuesday night.

At issue is how the proposed casino, hotel and event center would affect the community. The casino would be built by the Redding Rancheria and would also contain retail space. It would be located in an area of Churn Creek Bottom known as the “strawberry fields”.


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. 

Marc Albert


Susan Beeler, Steve Clement and Leslie Bowen do a lot of driving. They’re defensible space inspectors and they’re visiting every address in Butte County. It’s a slow and methodical process.  

Earlier this week, I rode along with the trio as they were working Berry Creek, a secluded woody, expanse of foothills east of Oroville. The area is known for Bald Rock, where locals value their privacy and underground agriculture — the marijuana trade.  



A meeting scheduled to gauge public support of a planned radical redesign of two busy Chico intersections has been canceled. 


The meeting was to introduce revised proposals to improve safety and reduce congestion at two intersections along Chico’s busy Nord Avenue where it crosses two unconnected segments of West Sacramento Avenue.