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Since the Oroville Dam Spillway crisis in 2017 and the Camp Fire the following year, there's been a lot of talk about whether or not a siren system could help alert people to an evacuation.


News sirens being tested at the Oroville Dam are not that.

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Officials may cut a deal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that lets Camp Fire survivors buy their dwellings. 

Tuesday, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will look into possibly leveraging federal guidelines that allow FEMA to sell their units to occupants and donate them to other government agencies or certain charitable organizations. However, even if approved, potential buyers will have to come up with more than just money, Casey Hatcher Butte County’s deputy chief administrative officer said. 

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Officials in Butte County have revealed some details involving an ongoing murder investigation in Oroville. The victim’s body was found Dec. 21st in the Feather Falls area near the lake. 

Authorities believe the killing may be related to a marijuana growing network, and that the victim, 27-year-old Jacob McArthur, may have been employed by those involved in his death.

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Proposals detailing the next set of road widening and safety improvements for State Route 70 go before the public this evening.


Derided for years as an accident prone ‘blood alley,’ Caltrans is upgrading highway 70 between Marysville and Oroville. With the first phase complete and the second about to get underway, state transportation officials will roll out conceptual plans for the third stage this evening. 


Pacific Gas & Electric Company may cut power to more than 100,000 customers due to hot, dry and windy conditions, according to the Associated Press.


The utility will make the decision before noon today on whether the controlled power outages are needed to reduce the risk of wildfires. Areas the company currently lists as potentially impacted include a swath of the Sierra Foothills stretching from just north of Folsom Lake east to Georgetown and north to Stirling City and Butte Meadows. Valley areas potentially impacted include the cities of Lincoln, Sheridan, Wheatland and Oroville, along with north eastern districts of Chico. 

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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. 

Rick Bomer / AP Photo

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.