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Don't let this break coming in from the west fool you, there's more on the way. As seen on our doppler radar, there is a dry line break to the west headed over the Sacramento valley. We'll get a break for a few hours, but more wet and windy weather is headed in tonight. In the meantime, be on the lookout for thunderstorms as the atmosphere gets roiled by sun driven convective processes.


The next batch tonight and Saturday will bring more wind and rain.

  • Tonight Rain. Low around 54. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Saturday Rain. High near 57. South southeast wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
  • Saturday Night Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 54. Breezy, with a southeast wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
  • Sunday Showers, mainly before 4pm. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 57. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.


Chico fire investigators are looking into an early morning blaze Thursday at a salon. Crews responded to a call of smoke at the U.S. Nail and Spa Salon on Mangrove Avenue around 3am.



Chico Fire's Marie Fickert says anybody with information is asked to call 895-49-12.

PG and E crews continue to work to restore power to the thousands of North Valley customers hit by outages.  PG and E says as of 4 AM, there were 65 separate outages, leaving 61 hundred customers in the dark.   About 3400 of those customers were in the Paradise-Magalia area.  



PG and E spokesperson Jana Morris says crews have been working around the clock to handle storm related problems. 

Lots of rain in this storm, the ground is now saturated. Winter storm Warning int he Sierra Nevada above 7000 feet also.


See more at the now updated KPAY Weather Center

- Anthony

Rain forecast thru Sunday: Chico 6.45" Paradise 12.15" Oroville 6.16" Expect street and small stream flooding on valley floor, possible mud/rock slides in mountain areas from this storm. Heaviest precip will be east of Paradise in higher mountain areas.


From NWS: More storm systems are on their way to Northern California, bringing significant rainfall and windy conditions with it. Mud and debris flows are possible, and some tree branches are likely to break off causing possible power outages. High reservoir capacity will mitigate main stem river flooding concerns, though the Upper Sacramento River is forecast to approach flood stage as a result of the upcoming rainfall. Urban and small stream flooding is likely. Snow levels are approximately above 7000 ft, so most precipitation will fall as rain. Approximately 12-30" of snow are possible for the Northern Sierra Mountains and Lassen National Park region beginning Thursday evening into Friday. Visit and click on "Weather Center" for latest storm updates.


- Anthony

P-G-and-E crews are gearing up for the expected high winds and heavy rain to hit our area. Utility Spokesperson Paul Moreno says crews are standing by. Meanwhile, Butte County emergency officials are also keeping tabs on the storm systems.

That is John Gulserian with Butte County Emergency Services. He says the situation isn't as serious as 1997  because the reservoirs are not close to capacity. But they are concerned about the winds.  T

Rescue crews had to free a driver following a Chico crash Wednesday.  Officials say a truck hit a car on Manzanita Avenue around 3 PM.  Both drivers were hurt.  The Chico Fire Department says firefighters used extrication equipment to free the driver of the car.


Tehama County authorities have arrested a man for allegedly killing his brother.  According to the Sheriff's Office, 46 year old Clifford Palmer told deputies he fought with Fermin Alberro Tuesday and punched him in the face.  The victim reportedly fell to the floor unconscious.   Palmer was booked into the county jail on suspicion of murder.   







ARCATA, Calif. (AP) — A public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana. The Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Humboldt State University plans to sponsor scholarly lectures and coordinate research among 11 faculty members from fields such as economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology. The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that one professor is studying recent campaigns to legalize marijuana, while another is investigating the environmental effects of pot cultivation. Sociology professor Josh Meisel tells the newspaper that the institute is probably the first dedicated to examining marijuana through the lens of multiple disciplines. The University of California has a medical marijuana research center in San Diego that conducted scientific studies on the drug's health effects until its state funding ran out.

A Tehama County man is behind bars for allegedly attacking a 74 year old man because of his age.   The Red Bluff Police Department says 32 year old Russell Rodgers reportedly slammed a Burger King bathroom stall door in the face of the elderly victim Monday.   According to the victim, the suspect said "that is what I do to old people."   Rodgers was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse.

An elderly pedestrian has died after being struck by a truck in Butte County.   The 81 year old Magalia man was killed Monday afternoon after stepping in front of the pick up on the Skyway.   The CHP tells the Paradise Post the truck's driver was unable to avoid a collision.   The fatal accident shut down the roadway for several hours.

(AP) — Stocks are opening lower after a warning from White House economists dampened what had been a huge weekend for retailers. Shoppers flooded stores in record numbers over the weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. The organization said 247 million shoppers visited stores and shopping websites during the Thanksgiving holiday, up 9.2 percent from last year. But today, the National Economic Council and the Council of Economic Advisers said that a sudden increase in taxes for middle-income taxpayers could reduce consumer spending next year by nearly $200 billion.

Fire crews are mopping up an early morning blaze in Chico. Chico and Cal Fire crews responded to the abandoned building in the 300 block of East 20th street around 4:30 this morning. Crews quickly knocked down the flames in the empty building. No word on a cause.

Work gets underway soon on the latest expansion of Butte County's Neal Road Landfill. The Board of Supervisors has already approved the work, it's just a matter of making sure the project is properly paid for. Sang Kim with Butte County Administration says the county is constantly in the process of expanding the landfill. The issue comes before the Supervisors today. The County already has the almost three quarters of a million dollars for the work; it just needs Board authorization to spend it.

A woman has been sentenced in Butte County for a fatal shooting last year.  The Chico ER reports 49 year old Jacqueline Bolf was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing her boyfriend last April.   Bolf had pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Robert Bauman.


A blaze in Paradise caused more than 200 thousand dollars in damage to a home off Pentz Road.  Cal-Fire says the cause of the fire Monday afternoon on Laga Vista Way is under investigation.  More than 2 dozen firefighters helped extinguish the flames.  No injuries were reported.  The blaze reportedly burned the attic.

Chico State's President has suspended all sorority and fraternity activity on campus until further notice. The announcement came as President Paul Zingg met with Greek representatives Thursday at the Bell Memorial Union. CSU Spokesman Joe Wills says the action is based not just on the recent alcohol poisoning of 21 year old Mason Sumnicht, but follows a series of incidents that go back to last spring. He says all Greek groups will be eligible for reinstatement next spring. Wills adds the action will not affect other groups or organizations on campus.

Butte County authorities say human remains found near Feather Falls Casino have been identified as those of a man

who disappeared six years ago.  The Sheriff's Office says bones were found Monday after workers cleared brush by the Mooretown Rancheria housing area.  The remains were identified thru dental records as Ronald Bonner Jr., who was last seen leaving his Biggs home in 2006. The Sheriff's Office says Bonner's disappearance was considered suspicious. No cause of death has been released.

A Chico State student hospitalized after an apparent alcohol overdose has died. Chico Police say Mason Sumnicht was hospitalized nearly 2 weeks ago after celebrating his 21st birthday. The cause of the man's death has not been officially determined, although police suspect his death was from acute alcohol poisoning. The Police Department says officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.


Chico Police say a person was robbed of their deposit bag while walking through a bank parking lot. That theft happened Thursday at the Wells Fargo Bank on Memorial Way.  Chico Police say a man wearing a beanie hat and

sunglasses fled with the deposit bag. There was no weapon used in the theft.

BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — A 29-year-old Northern California man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with an accidental shooting at his home that left his two young children hospitalized with serious injuries. The Redding Record-Searchlight reports that 29-year-old Kevin Venia entered his plea to felony child abuse and illegally possessing guns and ammunition during his arraignment in Shasta County Superior Court on Wednesday. Authorities say Venia's two-year-old son and his four-year-old daughter remained in serious condition after being hit by a blast from a sawed-off shotgun at the family home in Burney on Monday. Sheriff's officials say Venia wasn't home at the time, but had placed the loaded gun on an ottoman while his three kids played nearby. Detectives believe a third child in the home, a five-year-old boy, was playing with the gun when he accidently shot his younger brother and sister. Venia was being held on $500,000 bail.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nonpartisan legislative analyst says California is facing a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses over the next few years. The Legislative Analyst's Office on Wednesday released a positive but cautious forecast for the state, a week after Californians approved Gov. Jerry Brown's sales and income tax initiative. Analyst Mac Taylor says California is at a "promising moment" that could mark the end of a decade of budget deficits. He projects a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion for the 2013 fiscal year, compared to the $15.7 billion deficit lawmakers faced earlier this year. The analyst's report projects a surplus starting in 2014, thanks partly to Brown's tax initiative, the state's economic recovery and previous budget cuts.

Northstate PG and E employees are back in California, after spending 2 weeks helping restore power in New York
following Hurricane Sandy.   Chico PG and E employee Loretta Weber says her team did assessments to identify the damage in Queens, Brooklyn, and Coney Island.

She tells KPAY New Yorkers were grateful for the outside help to get services back online after the storm damage.


PG and E says more than 150 employees returned to the state Wednesday...they helped restore power to 23 thousand customers.

A plan to cut back on the number of arrest warrants for parole violators has the Butte County Undersheriff concerned. The state reportedly announed the plan this week that it will review outstanding warrants of parole violators and try to weed out older ones in hopes of saving costs. But Butte Undersheriff Cory Honea says if a parolee doesn't know he's no longer facing arrest, it could cause problems.

The plan was revealed this week by the Los Angeles Times where the state will weed out older, less urgent cases and focus on dangerous parolees. That review deals with some 9 thousand cases and is expected to get underway soon.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A strike at a supermarket chain with stores in Northern California and Nevada is over after workers and the company reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.  Raley's and the United Food and Commercial Workers union announced the deal on Tuesday. Union officials said that picket lines would immediately be withdrawn from all Raley's and Nob Hill stores. The parties did not provide any details of the settlement. However, the union says it was able to retain one of its most important benefits, a union-run health plan. The grocery chain and UFCW returned to the bargaining table over the weekend in San Francisco following the Nov. 4 strike. The two sides had been at odds over wages and benefits, including Raley's proposal to eliminate health care benefits for retirees eligible for Medicare.

A former Beale airman has been sentenced in connection with a Yuba County murder.  The Appeal-Democrat newspaper reports 22 year old William Silliman Jr. was sentenced this week to 20 years to life in prison.  Authorities say Silliman drove the getaway vehicle and supplied the shotgun used in a fatal shooting.  His attorney told the newspaper he would file an appeal.

The state department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is looking into the alcohol overdose of a Chico State student.  The Chico ER reports ABC will be investigating if any laws were broken and if Mason Sumnicht was served alcohol while visibly intoxicated.  Sumnicht has been taken off life last report he was in critical condition Tuesday night.  He was hospitalized nearly 2 weeks ago after celebrating his 21st birthday.  

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A group of California State University students say they plan to ask the board of trustees to postpone a set of proposed tuition hikes while the effect of the increases is further studied. Trustees will consider the plan during board meetings in Long Beach. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to attend Tuesday's meeting. Natalie Dorado of Students for a Quality Education told reporters in a conference call Monday that increasing fees would hinder students from graduating faster.  The Cal State system is considering three new fee hikes designed to push students to earn their degrees faster and free up an estimated 18,000 enrollment  slots.  But students say the fee boosts would punish students who may have to quit a class because of job pressures or switch majors.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A group of California State University students say they plan to ask the board of trustees to postpone a set of proposed tuition hikes while the effect of the increases is further studied. Trustees will consider the plan during board meetings in Long Beach. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to attend Tuesday's meeting. Natalie Dorado of Students for a Quality Education told reporters in a conference call Monday that increasing fees would hinder students from graduating faster.  The Cal State system is considering three new fee hikes designed to push students to earn their degrees faster and free up an estimated 18,000 enrollment  slots.  But students say the fee boosts would punish students who may have to quit a class because of job pressures or switch majors.

Paradise Leaders Tuesday take one of their last steps to transition from their own fire department to Cal Fire. The Town Council is expected to approve an agreement that transfers accrued medical benefits to the state agency. Town Manager Chuck Rough says that clears the way for the change.  In other action, the Town is also purchasing a fire ladder truck from Marysville that'll help fight fires and keep insurance rates down. Rough says the used truck should be good for about 5 to 7 years.

A big pot bust in the city of Redding.  Police say they stopped a U-haul pick up containing 300 pounds of processed marijuana this weekend.  4 people were arrested on drug charges.  Police say the suspects were traveling from Trinity County to Sacramento after packaging the pot.

Two explosive devices detonated in Paradise just a few hours apart.  The Paradise Police Department says the explosions happened outside Cobblestone Pharmacy and Mike Ferguson's Recreation within an 8 hour period.  The damage to both buildings was discovered Saturday.   Police say no injuries were reported in either incident.  Officers say the local bomb squad is helping investigate the explosions.

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - Red Bluff police have identified the 42-year-old man who died after he struggled with officers who handcuffed him.   Authorities say Daniel Lyons Myers of Red Bluff died early Monday morning. Officials are awaiting results of toxicology tests to determine the cause of death.  Police say when officers tried to handcuff Myers, he resisted and began showing signs of serious medical distress. CPR and other life-saving measures failed to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Red Bluff, Tehama County and federal authorities are investigating the incident.

The 20 year old man arrested for allegedly stabbing a teenager outside the Chico Mall has pleaded not guilty.  Fernando Palomares is accused of assault with a deadly weapon following the alleged gang-related stabbing last week.  He remains in custody.   Palomares will be back in court later this month for a preliminary hearing.

The Chico Police Department will eliminate the agency's gang unit, street crimes unit, and traffic unit to add more manpower to patrol.  The reorganization will happen next week...returning 6 police officers to the patrol section.   Chico Police say patrol requires a minimum of 56 officer positions to maintain an "adequate" level of service...the department currently has 44 officers available.  The department's "TARGET" unit will be eliminated in February to add 4 officers to patrol.  Chico Police say the reorganization will prevent the department from closely monitoring gang  activity and street level crime, but will ensure there is staff to respond to priority calls.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democrats have gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate, giving them the ability to pass tax increases and take other steps without the need for Republican votes. It is the first time since 1965 that  Democrats controlled a Senate supermajority. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento says  Democrats' dominance provides "an opportunity to begin a new and better California."

A registered sex offender has been arrested in Redding after allegedly exposing himself to a teenage boy and offering the boy drugs.  Police say 39 year old David Brifinco allegedly exposed himself to a 14 year old boy inside a  bathroom at Caldwell Park Wednesday.  Officers say the man also allegedly offered the teen a bag of drugs if he would bring him a "girl."   Police say they found porn and sex related items in the restroom.   Brifinco was arrested on charges including indecent exposure.

Two people have died after a fiery crash in Redding.  Police say a car slammed into a UPS tractor trailer just before 2 AM.  Both vehicles burst into flames.  Police say the driver of the UPS truck was on fire...the flames were extinguished and 57 year old John Abraham was taken to a northstate hospital.  Police found two people dead inside the last report they had not been identified.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters have approved Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to raise income taxes on the wealthy and raise the statewide sales tax to fund K-12 schools and help balance the state budget.  The Proposition 30 vote was close and its passage was not clear until early Wednesday.  Its passage increases the statewide sales tax by a quarter cent for four years, starting in January, while people who make more than $250,000 a year will pay higher  taxes for seven years retroactive to the beginning of 2012.   If voters had rejected it, the Democratic governor had pledged to enact $6 billion in cuts to schools and colleges. Conservative opponents spent as much as $53 million to defeat the measure, while unions and Democratic activists poured nearly $70 million into the yes campaign.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's harshest three strikes law has been reformed to allow for shorter sentences for some offenders.  Under Proposition 36, an offender's third felony conviction now must be a serious or violent crime to mandate an automatic sentence of 25 years to life in prison.  Previously, any felony conviction - even for a relatively minor offense - triggered the automatic sentence for an offender with two previous felony convictions for serious or violent crimes.  Opponents argued the law needed no alteration and was meant to punish California's habitual  offenders.  Supporters argue the state will save millions a year by cutting down on the number of parole hearings and shortening long prison sentences.

Chico's mayor appears to keep her seat on the Chico City Council.  There were 11 candidates vying for four open seats.   As of this morning, Ann Schwab, Tami Ritter, Sean Morgan, and Randall Stone were the top 4 vote-getters, with Mayor Schwab in the lead position with more than 11 thousand votes.
In Paradise, Greg Bolin, Mayor Steve Culleton, and John Rawlings appear to have won seats on the Town Council.  The three topped Stanley McEtchin in that council race.  In Oroville, 3 seats on the city council were up for grabs, with three incumbents leading the race. David Pittman received 27 percent of the vote, followed by Allen Simpson and Thil Chan Wilcox.

In state races, former Senator Doug LaMalfa holds a lead over Jim Reed for the 1st Congressional District seat, with more than 57 percent of the vote.   In the race to become 4th District Senator, Jim Nielsen walked away Tuesday night with just over 50 percent of the vote, topping 4 other candidates.  And incumbent Dan Logue appears to keep his seat  in the State Assembly, beating out challenger Charles Rouse for the 3rd District.  Logue had 56 percent of the vote.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has won a second term. According to an Associated Press count, a win in Colorado gave Obama 274 electoral votes, enough to secure victory. Obama won the key battlegrounds of Iowa and Ohio. Both campaigns focused heavily on the battleground states and made dozens of visits. The Obama campaigned considered the Midwest states a firewall.

For CA and national results, click here. For Butte County results, click here.

The city of Chico finds itself battling the state over some road repairs. The city is looking to widen a stretch of Highway 32 east of the Park and Ride, but may have to fund it alone. Capital Projects Director Tom Varga...

Funding the 7 point 4 million dollar project could depend on a local road improvement fund, but there are no guarantees. The matter goes before the Chico City Council tonight.


Chico Police say it took 19 officers to restore the peace following a large weekend fight involving an "out of control crowd."  The Police Department says officers found a large, hostile crowd at a Nord Avenue apartment complex early Sunday morning with people still fighting.  Police say the crowd would not follow commands and acted aggressively toward officers.  All available on duty officers were sent to help handle the crowd.   Five people were arrested.

Red Bluff Police say a 42 year old man has died after a struggle with officers. Police were called to a home on Linn Avenue early Monday morning following a report of a man with a knife acting irrationally.  Police say the 42 year old man struggled with officers before being handcuffed, then experienced a medical problem.  Officials performed CPR but the man died at the scene.  Red Bluff Police say there's no indication of any weapons being used by the officers.  An autopsy has been scheduled.


A man arrested last month in connection with the county's first alleged "shake and bake" meth lab has been arrested again.   Paradise Police say David Tranah was taken into custody Sunday at Smoker's Paradise.  Police say Tranah had apparently growled at the store clerk then destroyed merchandise.   The store clerk was hiding in a back room.    Officers say Tranah is facing charges including vandalism, attempted burglary, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

A Chico home damaged in a weekend fire.  The blaze early Saturday morning on E. 8th Street burned a bedroom and spread to the attic.  No injuries were reported.   Damage was estimated at 150 thousand dollars.

Dozens of alleged gang members were involved in a confrontation in Yuba City Sunday during a Hmong New Year's Celebration.  The Appeal Democrat newspaper reports the incident involved about 70 gang members.  The Yuba County Sheriff's Office was providing security for the event...a department spokesman says one deputy was hit with a chair and deputies used batons and pepper spray during the confrontation.   No serious injuries were reported.   

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October and hiring was stronger over the previous two months than first thought. The unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September because the work force grew.  The Labor Department's last look at hiring before Tuesday's election sketched a picture of a job market that is gradually gaining momentum after nearly stalling in the spring.  Since July, the economy has created an average of 173,000 jobs a month, up from 67,000 a month from April through June.  Still, President Barack Obama will face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any incumbent since Franklin Roosevelt. The rate ticked up because more people without jobs started looking for work. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively searching.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California parole agents have arrested 85 sex-offender parolees during an annual statewide Halloween sweep known as "Operation Boo."  The agents checked on 1,700 parolees to make sure they were not contacting children out trick-or-treating.  The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Thursday that agents confiscated seven weapons and found 17 parolees with narcotics.  They arrested five who had failed to report to parole agents and three more who had not properly reported their addresses to local law enforcement agencies.   Others were arrested for having pornography, possessing prohibited items such as toys and games that could be used to attract children, or for other violations of the conditions of their parole.   This was the 19th year agents conducted the Halloween crackdown.

An Oroville woman is accused of chopping her son's bedroom door down with an ax and attacking him. Oroville Police say 42-year old Shirley Booth reportedly swung the ax several times at her 20-year-old son's head and body before he escaped through a window Thursday. Police say Booth barricaded herself inside the home. Officers climbed through a window and detained her following a struggle. The son said his mother had been smoking meth.

A gang related stabbing injures a teenager outside the Chico Mall Thursday afternoon. The Chico Police Department says rival gang members apparently argued near the Forever 21 store, when a 20 year old man allegedly armed himself with a knife and stabbed a 15 year old boy several times in the back.  The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in serious condition.   Fernando Palomares was taken into custody by an off duty state parks police officer before Chico Police arrived at the mall.   The Vina suspect is accused of attempted murder.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Election Day in California could morph into election week because 50 percent or more of voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail and several statewide contests are toss-ups.  The number of voters requesting mail-in ballots has surpassed 2008, when 40 percent of voters cast ballots by mail.  The rise in mail-in  voting means that some of the highest-profile contests, from a statewide tax initiative to nationally watched  congressional races, might not be decided by the time voters go to bed Tuesday night.   Absentee ballots take longer to count because election workers must compare the signature on the mailed envelope with the one on that voter's registration card.    Elections officials are urging patience, and candidates say they are bracing for a tense few days after Nov. 6.

Five suspects in a Butte County gang-related shooting have been arrested.  The Sheriff's Office says gang unit detectives have recovered a high powered rifle and charged 5 teenagers with attempted murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle.  The suspects range in age from 14 to 19.    Investigators say the shooting happened last week on the Midway at Hagen Lane...a man reported someone shot at him and his vehicle.  

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