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College Republicans Held Public Event Calling for Chico State to Dismiss Tenured Professor

Chico State Republicans President Michael Curry announced the call for the termination of employment and more against assistant professor Lindsay Briggs. Photo taken Sept. 17, 2020.

Kimberly Morales, News Editor

September 20, 2020

Chico State Republicans held a public event outside Trinity Hall on Thursday morning to call for the termination of Dr. Lindsay Briggs, a tenured associate professor in the Department of Public Health & Health Services Administration. The Orion did not attempt to verify or dismiss the allegations mad...

Chico businesses hit with triple-whammy: state restrictions, COVID-19 and fire smoke

The past month businesses in Chico have faced the impacts of both the global pandemic and unhealthy air conditions caused by nearby wildfires. Photo taken Sept. 16, 2020.

Dylan Griffith, Reporter

September 20, 2020

Butte County Public Health held a meeting Thursday, Sept. 17 where some Chico business owners and other community members expressed outrage over state- and county-mandated restrictions. Recent fires, an uptick in COVID-19 deaths and strict reopening guidelines have increased tensions in the politic...

North Complex Fire reaches over 60% containment; officials warn residents to monitor fire conditions

North Complex Fire reaches over 60% containment; officials warn residents to  monitor fire conditions

Chloe Curtis and Matthew Wreden

September 19, 2020

The North Complex Zone has burned nearly 290,000 acres and surpassed 60% containment since Friday’s community briefing. The West Zone of the fire, which is in Butte County, has burned nearly 80,000 acres at 50% containment.  Although fire conditions have subsided significantly, Butte County...

Last missing person found safely as North Complex Fire containment passes 50%

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire on Sept. 18, 2020

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis

September 18, 2020

The North Complex Fire has burned more than 287,000 acres at 54% containment. The West Zone of fire has burned nearly 80,000 acres at 45% containment. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed that the last person missing from the fire has been found since Thursday night. “There are no more una...

North Complex Fire reaches 40% containment; now one of California’s Top 5 deadliest and largest wildfires

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 18, 2020

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis

September 18, 2020

The North Complex Fire has burned more than 10,000 acres since Wednesday’s community briefing—although weather conditions have been favorable in its gradual containment. “Between pandemics, other fires, civil unrest, I just want to make sure that people don’t forget this incident,” sai...

1 person remains missing in North Complex Fire; more than 600 structures destroyed

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 16, 2020

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis

September 16, 2020

Cal Fire officials confirmed Wednesday that at least 3.3 million acres have burned in California at a community briefing in Chico. This estimate is up from the 2.8 million acres that was reported on Tuesday.  Areas of risk for continued fire activity include areas south of Bucks Lake and Little Grass Valley. W...

Firefighters gain ground on North Complex Fire; nearly 500 structures destroyed, 2 remain missing

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 15, 2020

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

September 15, 2020

The North Complex Fire continues to blaze throughout Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties, engulfing over 273,000 acres at 34% containment.  News items from Tuesday’s community briefing included:  More than 2.8 million acres have burned throughout California since Aug. 15, up from Monday’s ...

1 new death, 2 remain missing in North Complex Fire; favorable weather conditions impeding fire’s spread

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 13

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis

September 14, 2020

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed one new death on Monday, bringing the North Complex Fire death toll to 15. News items from Monday’s community briefing included: Butte County has received 182 welfare calls; 165 people have been located, 2 are unaccounted for and 15 are confirmed dead2 new a...

2 additional deaths confirmed; unhealthy air to linger for weeks

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 13

Chloe Curtis and Matthew Wreden

September 13, 2020

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed two additional deaths Sunday, raising the North Complex Fire death toll to 14. The fire has burned more than 261,000 acres and containment is 26%. The West Zone of the fire in Butte County has burned 74,000 acres and is 18% contained. “A critical period of weath...

Chico State says off-campus housing prices decreased for 2020/2021 school year

Off-campus student costs decreased by roughly $3000 a year. Photo taken Sept. 2, 2020

Joel Moret, Reporter

September 13, 2020

Chico State’s estimated cost of attendance decreased by roughly $3,000 for the 2020-2021 school year, based in part, on responses from Chico State students in a statewide survey.  Off-campus student costs decreased from $25,788 to $22,924 a year. A decline in off-campus room and board prices ...

3 more deaths from North Complex Fire; task force preparing for harsher weather conditions

Screenshot of damaged structures from CalFire's interactive map

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis

September 12, 2020

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed 3 more deaths Saturday, raising the North Complex Fire death toll to 12.  The fire has burned more than 250,000 acres but remains at 21% containment. In the West Zone, 73,000 acres have burned and containment is only 10%. An additional 3,000 acres have b...

Gov. Newsom signs inmate firefighter legislation in Butte as historic blaze rages on the ridge

CalFire map of the North Complex Fire, Sept. 11, 2020

Chloe Curtis, Kimberly Morales, and Matthew Wreden

September 11, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom arrived in Butte County on Friday amid the raging North Complex Fire and signed legislation, AB-2147, striking down barriers for inmate firefighters to become licensed after serving their sentences.  "Inmates who have stood on the frontlines, battling historic fires...

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