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Butte County moves back to most restrictive Tier 1 status amid COVID-19 surge

Graphic made by Hana Beaty
November 16, 2020

Butte County has moved back into the most restrictive Tier 1 status in California’s reopening plan following a spike in COVID-19 cases reported by The Orion last week.  Businesses are expected...

COVID-19 uptick could mean another setback for Butte County

Graphic made by Hana Beaty
November 15, 2020

Butte County may be reverting back to Tier 2 status amidst an uptick in COVID-19 cases. If the trend continues, Butte County will re-enter Tier 2 by Nov. 17.  “I am very concerned to see an...

Biden projected as 2020 presidential election winner

Graphic by Hana Beaty
November 8, 2020

After a historic Presidential Election, former Vice President Joe Biden has been projected as the winner, and the former senator will succeed President Donald J. Trump, who failed to win a second term,...

City Council discusses marijuana sale fees; tensions among council members run high on election night

Citizen Charles Withuhn criticizes the councils handling of the Homeless Oppurtunity plan.
November 5, 2020

Citizens of Chico gathered in City Hall on the night of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, and two key issues stood out — the acceptance of California Alcohol and Beverage grant and the establishment...

Still counting: Presidential race remains undetermined, California proposition results remain competitive

A presidential election by Jacob Collier
November 4, 2020

As vote counting rages on, it’s still unclear who will win the presidential election. Currently, former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald J. Trump with 253  projected electoral college...

Early Chico City Council election results suggest incumbent defeats, conservative gains

Unofficial election results show a trend of conservative wins for Chico City Council seats. Photo taken on Nov. 3 by Kimberly Morales
November 4, 2020

Unofficial results from the 2020 election in Butte County show steady Democratic support nationally but strong conservative gains in the contentious city council races. All results remain unofficial...

Chico State cancels incoming and outgoing study abroad programs for Spring 2021

Study abroad programs for Spring 2021 have been canceled. 
Photo Credit: Dylan Giriffith taken on Oct. 22
November 2, 2020

Chico State international programs announced the cancellation of  study abroad programs that would have sent and welcomed students to and from countries all over the world.  This announcement...

The beginning of the end: key takeaways from the final presidential debate

The beginning of the end: key takeaways from the final presidential debate
October 27, 2020

The final debate between President Donald Trump and presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden was held on Oct. 22. The debate covered topic areas such as COVID-19, healthcare and systemic...

Chico State sees drop in new students and transfers despite growing total enrollment across CSU

Meriam Library on Sept 2 2020.
October 27, 2020

Chico State has seen a small decrease in total enrollment for the fall semester — but a nearly 10% drop in first-time freshmen and a 5% decline in transfers — despite an overall increase in enrollment...

Denney and LaMalfa on the issues affecting the 1st Congressional District

Doug LaMalfa and Audrey Denney are fighting for the same seat once again following their 2018 race.
October 22, 2020

(Quotations for Audrey Denney were sourced from an interview with The Orion; quotations for Doug LaMalfa were sourced from a community forum debate that was hosted by the League of Women Voters. Orion...

Butte County moves down to ‘moderate’ COVID-19 risk level, bars to open

Butte County was updated to a
October 20, 2020

Butte County has moved out from a “substantial” COVID-19 risk level to a “moderate” level under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy guidelines. The county will now have the capacity to...

Butte County registrations over 100,000; Chico State registers over 1000

A press release from Candace Grubbs, Butte County Clerk-Recorder and the Registrar of Voters noted updated numbers of registered voters and collected ballots.
October 20, 2020

One hundred twenty-four thousand registered voters have been counted in Butte County following the Oct.19 deadline to register to vote with enough time to receive a ballot by mail, according to a press...

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