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"A pebble painted blue, with the word hope written on it in black."
Painting Chico, one rock at a time
Melvin Bui, Reporter // March 6, 2021

What started off as a small gesture of kindness has turned into a popular pastime in the Chico community. In the summer of 2016, painted rocks mysteriously started to appear all around Chico.  Ed Nelson, founder of the Chico ROCKS! Facebook group, has an explanation...

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Convenient vaccine alternative coming soon
Convenient vaccine alternative coming soon
Melvin Bui, Reporter // March 5, 2021

Butte County has been steadily administering COVID-19 vaccinations amidst the pandemic. The county currently has Moderna and Pfizer vaccines available for healthcare workers and individuals over the age of 65, and both vaccines require two shots. “All three vaccines...

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Jon Batiste
An exclusive with ‘The Late Show’ bandleader and producer of Disney’s ‘Soul’ soundtrack
Sophia Pearson, Reporter // March 1, 2021

Jon Batiste, the bandleader of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and the producer of Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” soundtrack, will soon release a personal album. Batiste has had a busy year, but he recently made time to sit down in a virtual press conference on Feb....

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6. Chicken pot pie success! Note the position of the cuts made into the top crust in the shape of an asterisk (*).
Championing chicken pot pie
Ian Hilton, Reporter // March 1, 2021

Chicken pot pie is best when the weather is at its worst. That’s not to say it’s not great when it’s gorgeous out — as evidenced by me writing this, outside on a late February afternoon in a hammock wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Pot pies date back to the ancient...

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Texas conundrum old hat to Californians
Texas conundrum old hat to Californians
Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // March 5, 2021

Aside from human responsibility, I think our solidarity with Texas comes from shared experience. Anyone who’s questioning reasons to support a state whose leaders mocked us should remember similar struggles with PG&E and the wildfires.  The emergency in Texas...

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Alex Martin and his grandparents having dinner at Scott
How COVID-19 has affected me
Alex Martin, Opinion Columnist // March 4, 2021

The last time I saw my grandparents in person was in the summer of 2019. I had just graduated from my junior college and wanted to see them right before I headed off to Chico. Before I left, I gave both of them a hug. It would be the last one I gave them for a while. It’s...

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#20 Kristin Worley takes a swing in a softball game at Chico State. (Ryan McCasland/Chico State Sports Information)
Kristin Worley: The all-time leading scorer for the Wildcats
Alex Martin, Sports Editor // March 4, 2021

Kristin Worley is a senior at Chico State and is considered to be one of the most communicative members of the softball team. Her teammates look up to her and see her as a role model and somebody they can learn from. “Kristin’s really good at communicating, especially...

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Chico State closer Kristian Scott stands on the sideline with teammates.
Kristian Scott: a dominant closer for the Wildcats
Connor McPherson, Reporter // March 1, 2021

Chico State closer Kristian Scott has been a shut-down pitcher for the Wildcats; in 2020, he had a 0.77 earned run average through just over 11 innings. On top of that, Scott recorded five saves for the Wildcats. But growing up, being a pitcher wasn’t always his primary...

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