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CHIRP’s mission is to research, document and preserve the history and culture of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan tribe.

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California’s Wildfire Smoke and Climate Change: 4 Things You Need to Know


California wildfires every year emit as much carbon as almost 2 million cars, posing a threat to efforts to battle climate change.

Ancient Fires Drove Large Mammals Extinct, Study Suggests


In a new study published Aug. 17 in the journal Science, fossil records at La Brea Tar Pits indicate that the disappearance of California’s sabertooth cats, dire wolves and other large mammals nearly 13,000 years ago was linked to rising temperatures and fire activity spurred by people.

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Heart of Gold Gravel Race to benefit Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation, other youth mental health organizations

The Nevada City race will be followed by the Heart of Gold Festival, which is a celebration of wellness featuring great food and brews, live local bands, a Kid Zone with lawn games, a bike rodeo and an outdoor recreation …

Image caption: New legislation will impose penalties on local school boards that ban books for covering issues of diversity.
New California Bill Slaps Back at School Book Bans

California will penalize school boards that ban books based on inclusion of certain groups under a bill the governor is expected to sign into law. But some fear unintended consequences.

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Concept for Cal-Neva revealed with hopes to open by 2026

Conceptual designs for the revitalization of the historic Cal-Neva Resort were revealed at Bowl Incline. The property was purchased by real estate investment, development and management firm, McWhinney, in April 2023.

Image caption: Disney’s planned community of Celebration in Florida is far from Walt Disney’s earlier vision of a utopian city.
Solano County Planned City Latest in a California Tradition

Silicon Valley billionaires want to create a new city in Solano County. How have planned cities fared in California? From Lakewood to Irvine to Disney’s new Cotino, there have been many.

Image caption: One of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River targeted for demolition.
Dam Demolition Gets Going. Can Klamath River be Saved?

As four aging hydroelectric dams are demolished, tribes and communities along the Klamath River wait anxiously to see what the future holds. “Once a river is dammed, is it damned forever?” experts ask.

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History of the Donner Party Hike

The Donner Party Hike (DPH) has been offering hikes to fellow hikers, historians and people who are interested in the history of the area for 31 years.

Image caption: Since the Gold Rush era, land reclamation has cost California 90 percent of its wetlands.
How Land Reclamation Hurts California’s Environment

Since the Gold Rush era, land reclamation projects have helped to build California, but they are also damaging the state’s environment for people, plants and animals by eliminating essential wetlands.

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Showroom opening in historic theater of the Capitol Building in downtown Truckee

A new iteration of Truckee's historic theater upstairs in the Capitol Building is once again open to the public after months of careful renovation.

Image caption: Hurricane Hilary formed off the coast of Mexico, quickly intensifying from a tropical storm to hurricane status.
Climate Change Brings Rare Tropical Storm to California

Climate change has warmed Pacific Ocean waters, causing storms to rapidly intensify, leading to the first tropical storm watch in Southern California ever as Hurricane Hilary prepares to make landfall.

Image caption: How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‘Swamps’ Into Farmland

California has used reclamation districts to turn millions of acres of unusable swamps into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush. Here’s how it happened.

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Wednesday September 27 2023   8:00 AM

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