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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 PGE TRUST FUND

August 4th, 2022 07:30am

the Assemblyman discusses his bill that would protect Fire Vicitms form paying State Inclome taxes on Any Trust Fund Monies received thru the PGE Trust ..Gallagher Also gives update on what in anything being done with the ongoing Drought and what State Leaders are ignoring with Water Storge etc.

Paradise Sewer and Road Project Update

July 21st, 2022 07:00am

Town of Paradise Engineer Ashley Stanley updates us on the Sewer and Road Improvement projects underway on the Ridge as part of the Recovery and Rebuild Efforts

Paradise Update

July 14th, 2022 07:15am

Town Council Member Rose Tryon give the weekly update on the Recovery and Rebuild News from Paradise

Chico State Grads have Low Student Loan Debt

July 7th, 2022 08:00am

Chico State ranks top of the heap in a recent Study that looked at Student Loan Debt.. Jerry Ross with Chico State breaks down the study and tells us why Chico State Students are able to keep their Federal Loan debt the lowest at Graduation.

Chico State and Student Debt Report

July 7th, 2022 08:00am

Vp of Student Enrollment Services Jerry Ross tells KPAY that Chico State Students have the smallest debt upon graduating.. Ross gives us the reasons behind this including low tuition cost and how the University teaches Kids how to handle their finances in relation to Student Loans.

Butte Co Public Health Covid Vax Update

July 6th, 2022 08:00am

Lisa Alamaguer from BCPH updates on the availability of Covid 19 Vax for Young Kids now that the FDA has approved the shots for kids 6 mos to 5 yrs old.. Almaguer also updates on importance of getting the Boosters and tells us if these Boosters will be annual event. She also gives update on West Nile Virus and protecting against Mosquito Bites

Chico Citizens Group Presents Initiative to City Officials

July 1st, 2022 08:00am

Local Business Owner Doug Guillen and Councilperson Kasey Reynolds talk to the Morning News about the recent Initiative presented to the City regarding the enforcement of the Existing Laws and Ordinances regarding lawlessness related to the Homeless encmapments and how this relates (or Works with ) the Settlement Agreement as agreed to with the Advocates , the Federal Judge and the City of Chico

Jesus Center / Pallet Shelter Update

June 30th, 2022 08:00am

Jesus Center Executive Director Amber Abney-Bass updates us about the Role the Jesus center is involved in as the day to day operators of the Chico Pallet Shelter. Balancing the between providing services to those at the Shelter while staying within the confines of the Settlement Agreement

Butte Co Sheriff Kory Honea Data Breach

June 30th, 2022 07:30am

Sheriff Honea talks about the recent Data Breach form the State DOJ website that leaked personal information about Gun Owners , Gun Shop sales lists and also those protected by restraining Orders...Honea gives us what it means for Gun Owners in Butte County and steps they should take to protect their information

Town of Paradise BRC update

June 30th, 2022 07:15am

Toney Lindsey, Community Development Director gives update on the services provided at the Building Resiliency Center (BRC) for Ridge residents still looking to rebuild

Chico Councilman Sean Morgan

June 22nd, 2022 08:00am

Morgan responds to a Concerned Citizens group initiative demanding the Chico Council do more regarding the homeless encampments and move the process forward faster. Also what the City is doing and can do as part of the Settlement agreement between the Advocates, City and Magistrate Judge.

Chico Police Chief Matta Madden

June 20th, 2022 08:00am

Chief Madden previews the Annual Crime report that he will be presenting at this weeks City Council addresses some of the areas of concern and talks about How Chico PD works with Chico Unified when it comes to School Safety in the aftermath of the Deadly Shooting in Texas...

Assembly James Gallagher Gas Tax Relief

June 16th, 2022 08:00am

Assemblyman Gallagher gives update on the latest battle between the GOP and Dems in Sacramento over a Gas Tax Relief Bill. Even as it is now 100 days since the Governor had promised to do something to help Californians

Paradise Update Sewer Trust Fund

June 16th, 2022 07:15am

Mayor Steve Crowder gives update on the progress of the Sewer Project as well as what's the latest on the PGE Trust Fund regarding delays in payment and what the Lawyer for the Trust fund had to say responding to questions from local officials

Butte County Farm Bureau Update

June 14th, 2022 08:00am

BCFB Executive Director Coleen Cecil talks about the state is failing local farmers and Ranchers with Storage projects...and the ongoing issue of getting products to markets with the Supply Chain disruption continues to hurt local crops

Covid Cases Rising in Butte County

June 7th, 2022 08:00am

Butte County Public Health's Lisa Almaguer gives update as Coivd cases are rising again in the County with both Cases reported and Hospitalizations...She talks about the importance of the Vaccine and how to keep yourself and family safe

Butte County DA Mike Ramsey

June 2nd, 2022 08:00am

District Attorney Mike Ramsey gives us update on the Case involving the Former Chico State Employee who has been charged with making Threats Online. Also how Local Law Enforcement Tipped off by the FBI thru Google employees ..As He faces another Court Date to enter his plea.

Bear Creek Tiny Home Dedication Valley Const Exchange

June 1st, 2022 08:00am

Valley Contractors Exchange with Local High School Students built a tiny Home for a Bear Fire Survivor....Exec Director Amy Rorher and Chelsea Irvine talk about the dedication and what the VCE is doing to get students involved with the trades

Chico Public Works Homeless Camp Cleanup

May 26th, 2022 08:00am

Chico's Public Works Director Erik Gustafson updates on the Homeless Camp Cleanup gets underway in the City of Chico as part of the Settlement Agreement...Gustafson also talks about other Projects with road Improvements etc.

Town Paradise Roads Update

May 26th, 2022 07:15am

Public Works Director Marc Mattox gives update on the current road improvement projects and those in the works

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