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KMXI Station Blog Archives for 2018-03

New Additions to Webster's Dictionary


It's that time of year again when we find out about the new words that the folks at Merriam-Webster's deem worthy of adding to the world's most used dictionary.


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This year, the folks at Webster's have added 850 new words and definitions to the national lexicon.  Some of the highlights of this year's additions.......


DUMPSTER FIRE:  This one has been used quite often since 2008, mainly as a colorful description of poorly performing athletes and/or sports teams.  Webster's newly added and official definition:  "an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence"


WORDIE:  "A lover of words."   Now foodie has a baby brother in the big book!


MANSPLAIN:  "To explain something to a woman in a condescending manner that assumes she has no knowledge of the topic."   Guys. we'll just say be VERY careful how you use this one and leave it at that.


And finally.......


GLAMPING:  "The act of outdoor camping with amenities and comforts."     And it goes without saying, if you have ever gone camping with an RV, that indeed makes you a "glamper"  and probably a pretty good candidate for the lead role in the next National Lampoon Family Vacation remake.



If you want to know more about the other 846 news word that have been added to the dictionary, click and check out the WORDS AT PLAY COLUMN at Webster's website. 



Mix Pet of the Week


Happy Friday Everyone! It's time for another Mix Pet of the Week, showcasing some of our furry friends from Butte Humane Society who are looking for their new "forever home!"





Name: Copper

Age: 3 years

Gender: Male

Breed: Chihuahua, Short Coat/Terrier, Rat

Color: Tan


Hello new friends! My name is Copper. I’m an adorable, fun sized little guy! I’m a bit shy, but will warm up to you with plenty of walks and treats! I can’t wait to find a new home with a nice, warm bed to curl up on. I think I would do okay with other small dogs, but we’d have to meet first! If you are looking for a sweet pup to add to your family, please come down to the dog adoption center at 2579 Fair St.


Road Info and Chain Controls

The current storm system making it's way through Northern California has made driving conditions dangerous at best. Chain controls are currently up for most, if not all, mountain roadways including 5, 32, 36, 49, 70, 299, and the upper Skyway.  Here's a quick look at where the plows are out and chain controls are in effect via the Quickmaps app from CalTrans.



The Quickmaps app from CalTrans is available through your app store and online at   On this app you have options to see where the chain controls and snow plows are according to the latest CalTrans information. You also can get travel related information  including CHP incidents, hard road closures, and C/T road cameras and message boards. 


There are also some school closures and  power outages  related to the current storm.


Berry Creek Elementary is closed today due to a power outage and will be closed on Friday for a snow day.


There are also a few weather related power outages as well.  


Approx 800 PG&E customers near Lake Oroville are without power this morning. That outage stretches from Forbestown Road in southern Butte County to the Berry Creek  area.


According to PG& E there are several smaller isolated outages scattered around the Chico urban area as well as Corning, Orland, and Gridley.


978 customers are also without power in the Yuba City area.  PG&E says both outages are weather related.  


To get the latest power outage info from PG&E  or to report an outage click here.  To report downed power lines, you can call 1-800-743-5000. 


More information posted on our Facebook page. Click here to check that out.



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