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It may be in the National Anthem, but in the North State authorities say leave “the bombs bursting in air” to the pros.  


Fireworks are banned throughout Shasta County. Cheryl Buliavac is a spokeswoman for Cal Fire’s Shasta-Trinity Unit.  

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. 

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.  


Department of Water Resources

Rain and melting snow are pouring into Lake Oroville and officials may break in the new spillway a week from Friday. 

Lake Oroville’s newly rebuilt spillway may get its first real test next week, as officials prepare to open the spillway’s floodgates to create more room behind the dam. 

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Authorities are still trying to determine the origin of highly potent street drugs that left one dead and 17 others hospitalized in two recent incidents. 


Safety improvements to State route 70 took another step forward Friday, with the announcement of $8.3 million to widen just over six miles of the highway south of Oroville. 


Camp Fire Has Potential To Spread To Oroville

Nov 10, 2018
Marc Albert

The Camp Fire that is burning in the Paradise area of Butte County has now covered more than 100,000 acres and is 20 percent contained. Nine people have died. Officials are now saying that strong northeast winds Saturday night could move the fire to Oroville.


Kevin Tidwell is a public information officer with Cal Fire’s Butte County unit. He spoke with NSPR on Saturday morning.


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Construction workers and engineers officially crossed the finish line at Lake Oroville. Yesterday, the Department of Water Resources pronounced the new spillway ready, willing and able to handle whatever mother nature delivers.


Zack Cunningham / California Department of Water Resources

Officials in charge of Lake Oroville said the crippled spillway will be repaired or replaced and ready for next winter. 

In an era when major construction jobs are best known for cost overruns and blown deadlines, Bill Croyle, acting director of the California Department of Water Resources, made a bold vow Monday.

“We will, if I have anything to do about it, we’ll have a spillway to use by Nov. 1” Croyle said. “Whether that is a permanent or a temporary structure is yet to be decided.”

A total failure of Oroville dam would prove catastrophic. The loss of life, likely tremendous. Repair costs unknown.

While much of the focus in Oroville has shifted to restarting the hydro-electric Hyatt Power Plant, the extent of the tragedy narrowly averted last month is coming into better focus.