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By Scott Michaels

Listen to Interviews with Community Leaders, News Makers and Event Organizers from the KPAY Morning News

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Assmb James Gallagher

May 25th, 2022 07:30am

Gallagher is once again leading a push to Have the Governor Suspend the Gas Tax...also talks Water Storage and Newsome's handling of the Drought

Cal Water Stage 2 Conservation

May 18th, 2022 07:00am

Evan Markey District Mgr for Cal Water explains the guidelines for Stage 2 water restrictions as Chico and Oroville will move to Water Restrictions on Sunday May 22nd.

Dist 6 Candidate Chico Council Tom VanOverbeck

May 17th, 2022 08:30am

He joins the morning news to talk about his District and citizens who are against the City putting 1 of 3 Homless Cam Sites located near a Local Middle School. He talks about the type of person who will be living at the site and Safety Concerns for the Kids and Invites Chico Residents to the Council Meeting to air their grievances to the Council.

Chico Councilman Sean Morgan

May 17th, 2022 07:30am

Morgan defends the City's move to open 3 additional 'Camp" Sites for the homeless in addition to the Pallet Shelter Site as part of the Settlement Agreement handed down by the Federal Judge.

CHico Camp Shelters Opening

May 16th, 2022 08:00am

Chico Interim City Manager Paul Hahn talks about the opening of 3 camp sites in the city as part of the Shelter Settlement with the Federal Judge.

Sean Morgan on Chico Pallet Shelter Site

April 25th, 2022 07:30am

Chico Councilman Sean Morgan talks about the 'Soft" Opening of the Pallet Shelter site and what it means for the city regarding the enforcement of the Anit Camping Ordinances. Morgan says its still in the Federal Judge's hands whether or not he accepts this shelter as adequate on the heels of the Lawsuit of Chico V Homeless Advocates

Chico Pallet Shelter Opens Monday

April 22nd, 2022 08:30am

Interim City Manager Paul Hahn shares the Breaking News of the Chico Pallet Shelter Site Opening On Monday April 25

Town of Paradise Sewer Project Update

April 21st, 2022 08:00am

Public Works Director Marc Mattox gives an update on the Sewer System Project and gives timeline when the Town will be expecting to start the addresses cost concerns and overall project issues.

Round 2 Small Business Grants Available

April 20th, 2022 08:00am

Butte Co and the City of Chico have allocated an additional 2.5 Million in Grants thru the America Rescue Plan to assist Small Business Owners recover from the Pandemic.. Butte Co's Katie Simmons and Chico Deputy City Manager Jennifer MaCarthy talk how to apply for the grants , where the money comes from and who it will help

Local Chico Businessman announces run for City Council

April 14th, 2022 08:00am

Local Chico Business Owner and resident Tom Van Overbeek comes on Morning News to Announce his candidacy for Chico City Council in the 6th District. Van Overbeek reviews his priorities for the City including Homelessness.

Butte Co Economic Snapshot

March 30th, 2022 08:00am

Golden Valley Banks Mark Francis gives us a look at previous Economic Snapshot and Business Owner Confidence as we head in to the 2nd Quarter

Councilman Sean Morgan

March 28th, 2022 08:00am

Morgan talks about the sudden resignation of City Manager Mark Orme...the ongoing issues and projects still facing the City...The Proposed Tax Increase and so much more....

Town of Paradise Recovery Plan

March 24th, 2022 07:30am

Colette Curtis talks about the Towns receovery and where it stands 3+ years following the Camp Fire..She addresses some of teh Major areas and how residents can take a survey on their input on the plans...from Economic and Commercial Growth to The Infrasturcture projects.

Assm James Gallagher

March 21st, 2022 08:00am

The Republican leader talks about the recent GOP Proposal for 51 cent per gallon tax releif and teh Democrats response....he addresses the Homeless issue and How Newsome and the Dems are throwing Dollars out the window with no Accounting..and He says Prop 47 should be Newsome and State Lwamakers pamper Criminals over Victims

Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge

March 17th, 2022 07:30am

Chief Standridge joins us to give us an update as the Department prepares for another Wildfire season....the Chief tells us about ongoing challenge of staffing and overall update on teh Chico Fire Department

Take the Chico Air Service Survey

March 16th, 2022 08:00am

Butte Co Economic & Development Deputy ADmin Director Katie Simmons introduces our listeners to a new Survey posted to get input on bringing Air Service Back to the Chico Airport..available for business leaders and the general public. Simmons also adresses the potential Economic impact not just for Chico but the Greater Butte Co and adjoining Counties as can take the survey at

Chico State of City Preview

March 9th, 2022 08:00am

Golden Valley Bank CEO/President Mark Francis gives a Preview of the Chico Business Summit and State of the City Summit.. Francis talks Economic Snapshot and looking ahead for the year, What Business Owners and Leaders are Forecasting ..and the overall Health Of The economy...

Chico Plaza Fence Shelter Site Update

March 7th, 2022 08:00am

Chico City Manager Mark Orme gives an update on the Controversial fence that remains up around teh City Plaza and updates our listeners on the status of the Pallet Shelter Site

Assm James Gallagher Gas Tax Holiday

March 4th, 2022 08:00am

Gallagher talks about the recent proposal by State Republicans to give Californians a Gas Tax Hike break that could save consumers .51 a gallon and explains why Democrat Leaders are pushing back. He Also talks about the Governors recent proposal to create "Care Courts" to deal with the Mental Health Issue associated with some of the Homeless. Gallagher addresses the latest Covid 19 moves by Newsome and looks ahead to what it means for California Families and Businesses

Valley Contractors Exchange Receives Grant

March 4th, 2022 07:30am

Amy Rohrer, Executive Director For Valley Contractor Exchange talks about the New Mobile Training Hands On Program to introduce the Building Trades to Young Adults that may have been impacted by recent fires in the NorthState. A Recent Federal Grant Gives a Big Boost to the Program

Butte County Business Development Provides Local Grants

March 2nd, 2022 08:00am

Katie Simmons with Butte County's Economic and Community Development Dept explains the Amount and number of grants that have been awarded to assist local business thru the Pandemic and how they continue to help moving forward as the State recovers from 2 years of shut downs and Covid Mandates.

Russia Invades Ukraine

March 2nd, 2022 07:30am

Chico State Professor of Political Science John Crosby talks about the Crisis in Ukraine, what Russia and Putin are trying to accomplish and How the Ukrainian people are fighting back... also what teh US and EU , NATO can do to help Ukraine

Butte Co Public Health

March 1st, 2022 12:00am

Update from Lisa Almaguer Butte County Public Health about the latest directives from Sacramento regarding Mask Wearing, also the latest Omicron Subvariant and how the County moves ahead as both Cases and Hospitalizations decline.

New Chico Airport Manager

February 24th, 2022 07:30am

Chico's Airport Manager Ton Bahr talks about the process of getting Air Service back to Chico Airport and the ongoing negotiations with different Providers. Bahr also talks the economic impact on the City if Service returns

Calif New Compost Food Scraps Law RECOLOGY

February 23rd, 2022 08:00am

Recology's Becky Holden explains how the new Calif Bill impacts the local Community when it will be launched in 2023...the idea behind Composting and collecting Food Waste separately from Normal Garbage plus the added Cost to the Company that will be passed on to the Customer.. Holder did tell us that the Prgram in San Francisco has been successful.

Butte County Farm Bureau

February 23rd, 2022 07:30am

Butte Co Farm Bureau Dirctor Coleen Cecil brings us up to date on how the Suplly Chain has impacted our Ranchers/Farmers...also how the cold nights can destroy the we talked water and future of water storage and the impact on Local Farms/Ranches

City of Chico Job Opportunities

February 17th, 2022 08:00am

Chico Hr Department Director Jamie Cannon breaks down the Job Opportunities in Chico and how job seekers can apply for the positions. Cannon also gives run down of what the HR Dept does citywide for teh 1000's of employees under her direction.

Town Paradise Weekly Update for Feb 17

February 17th, 2022 07:00am

Steve 'Woody" Culleton talks about the rebuild efforts and how some residents are getting declined for Insurance well as update on the Trust Fund Payments for Camp Fire Victims

Chico High Donating Tiny House to Bear Fire Victim

February 16th, 2022 08:30am

Chico HIgh Kids with help from the Valley Contractors Exchange are building a Tiny Home for a lucky Bear Fire Survivor..they are needing donations and some Anyone with experience that would like to mentor the kids in the Construction trade to help with the Build.

Red Bluff Chamber 10th Anual BEAM

February 16th, 2022 07:30am

Dave Gowan, CEO of the Red Bluff Tehama County Chamber gives us update on teh 10th Annual Business Expo and Mixer/Job Fair on Feb 17th..Gowan also talks about the current business environment in Tehama County as well

Cal Water and the Drought

February 9th, 2022 08:00am

With the State in teh midst of a Drought.. Cal Water Companies interim District Manager Evan Markey gives update on what is being done to Conserve the resource...and what customers can do during the drought to conserve water...Markey says that local customers are doing a good job when it comes to water use..

Butte Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)

February 8th, 2022 09:00am

2 members of the Butte LAFCO commission explain what they do working with local govt and agencies when it comes to everything from the recently approved Tuscan Water District to the Paradise Sewer project to Chico Annexation ...

Chico Deputy City Manager

February 4th, 2022 12:00am

Jennifer MaCarthy the Chico Deputy City Manager gives us update on some of the major projects on Economic Development within the city.

Town of Paradise Weekly Update

January 20th, 2022 08:00am

Rose Tryon has the latest on permits, rebuilding and plans for 2022

Chico Public Works Engineering

January 20th, 2022 07:30am

Chico's new Public Works Engineer Dept Director Leigh Ann Sutton talks about coming to Chico, How the Dept works with infrastructure planning and development on roads and pther projects within the City and what is planned for the upcoming year(s)


January 18th, 2022 08:30am

Chico State University President Dr Gayle Hutchinson talks about the issues facing the campus with the ongoing issues surrounding the pandemic with in person vs online learning. The vax mandates and response from both Students and Staff...and She gives an overall State of the Campus update

Judge Signs off on Homeless Settlement

January 17th, 2022 12:00am

Chico City Councilman Sean Morgan breaks down some the highlights of the Settlement and what it means for both sides moving forward in the ongoing Homeless Sheltering Issue

Paradise Weekly Update

January 13th, 2022 12:00am

Steve Culleton joins us to give update on the rebuild and recovery in the Town 3+ years following the Camp Fire as KPAY continues to support the efforts with the weekly update

Chico Police Chief Matt Madden

January 10th, 2022 12:00am

Chief Madden talks about the recent violent crime in the city and how lawmakers need to address the early release programs thru Prop 47 ..Madden also looks ahead to the New Year and what is being addressed and worked on in the Department

Chico reaches Homeless Shelter Deal

January 5th, 2022 08:00am

Chico Councilperson Sean Morgan gives Basic Details regarding the deal agreed upon by the City and Advocates in the ongoing lawsuit over Homeless Sheltering.. The deal now goes to the Magistrate Judge for his sign off...

Butte County Public Health Jan Update

January 4th, 2022 08:00am

Communication Manager Lisa Almaguer talks Omicron Virus and impact on Butte County, what you need to do to stay healthy, Boosters and the importance of getting the shot, and How Masks work and the best mask to use as the Covid 19 surge continues....

City of Chico Admin Services Director Broadband

December 16th, 2021 07:45am

Scott Dowell gives us update on the Big Broadband project the City is hoping to launch by next year to provide an alternate to City Residents with their Broadband service in the future..

Town Paradise Weekly Update

December 16th, 2021 07:15am

Town Councils Rose Tryon gives the weekly update on the Rebuild and Recovery efforts for Paradise and looks ahead to the New Year...

Chico City Development Director Brendan Vieg

December 9th, 2021 07:45am

Mr Vieg tells us and updates on projects underway for Affordable Housing and looks ahead to future projects in regards to Housing and Commercial Projects in the City of Chico

Paradise Update Dec 9

December 9th, 2021 07:30am

Town Council Member Steve Culleton gives update on recovery & rebuild efforts and talks about PGE compensaton Trust Fund and the difficulty wsome are having getting those funds

Habitat for Humanity on the Ridge

December 8th, 2021 12:00am

Habitat for Humanity of Butte County's Nicole Bateman talks about the work going on in Paradise to build homes for people...How the process works and their plans to team with Paradise to build 10 homes a year for the next 20 years.

Butte Co Public Health Omicron Variant

December 7th, 2021 12:00am

Lisa Almaguer with Public Health talks about the newest Coivd Variant OMICRON and the impact it may have ..although experts still dont know much about this variant .

Chico Public Works Update

December 2nd, 2021 09:15am

Public Works Director Eric Gustafson gets us up to date on teh Major Infrastructure projects underway or in the plans for the upcoming the Talks to Get Air Service back to the Chico Airport and what's need with infrastructure to attract both Air Service and Businesses back to the Airport Industrial area.

Town Paradise Update

December 2nd, 2021 09:00am

Vice Mayor Greg Bolin gives update on the Rebuild and recovery Efforts on the Ridge as well as previews some Holiday Events ...Bolin gives update on how the cost of rebuild and supply shortages is impacting some home owners as they try to get back home

Chico E/R Editor Mike Wolcott

November 18th, 2021 12:00am

Chico's Daily Newspaper, The Enterprise Record's Editor Mike Wolcott joins the guys for a look at What you love about Chico, recently featured in the paper, the state of Journalism in todays divided world, and the future of Journalism and recruting a new generation to the business