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Oroville Dam caught in dilemma

Oroville Dam caught in dilemma

Nicholas Feeley
February 21
Filed under Community, News, Showcase

  California’s reservoirs are caught in a conflict: water storage or flood prevention. “They are trying to keep the water as high as possible while still doing flood control,” Steven Mehl said, department chair of civil engineering. “It depends on how we want to operate our reservoirs,”...

Spillway evacuees tell their stories

Spillway evacuees tell their stories

Nicole Henson
February 21
Filed under Campus, Community, News, Showcase

Caitlyn Richter remembers flashing notifications on her phone that read the Oroville Dam emergency spillway was going to fail within the hour. She was told it was going to fail. Not that it might. An emergency evacuation of surrounding areas affected both students and faculty of Chico State. Professors...

Chico State Portal crashes over the weekend

Chico State Portal crashes over the weekend

Carly Campbell
February 21
Filed under Breaking News, Campus, News

An ITSS crash took down the authentification system late last week. Blackboard Learn was still up and running, but the Chico State portal took a hit, leading students to believe their user names and passwords were wrong.According to the IT team, many internet services were unavailable this weekend due to th...

President Hutchinson’s first 100 days

President Hutchinson’s first 100 days

Daniel Wright
February 21
Filed under Administration, Breaking News, Campus, News

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson has concluded her 100-day listening tour. President Hutchinson came to Chico State in July of last year, and in the first 100 working days that followed, she conducted 90 group meetings, held two open forums, and received online feedback from 407 faculty, staff,...

Local flood damage reduction project

Jacqueline Morales
February 21
Filed under Breaking News, News

Mike Cook presented a beneficial approach to flood protection in the Central Valley at Chico State Monday. Mike Cook is the Regional Director of River Partners, a non-profit organization founded in 1998, that brings about solutions to local flooding. "The focus of our work is large scale implementation, re...

Campus remains open despite severe weather warnings

Campus remains open despite severe weather warnings

Kayla Fitzgerald
February 20
Filed under Breaking News, Campus, Community, News

Chico State plans to remain open through recent severe weather warnings.According to a public affairs email, the University is keeping a close watch on the impact and patterns of the ongoing weather."We urge students and employees to use their best judgement and consider safety the top priority as you ...

Enloe to accept applications for Patient Ambassador program

Enloe to accept applications for Patient Ambassador program

Alejandra Fraga
February 20
Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

Enloe Medical Center's Volunteer Services will be accepting applications for its Patient Ambassador program until Feb. 23."Enloe is seeking compassionate, mature volunteers to visit patients at their bedside, provide emotional support, offer a listening ear and provide diversions, such as caring touch and...

More than 50,000 homes could be affected if Oroville Dam fails

Jafet Serrato
February 20
Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

A new data analysis predicts 15,750 homes in Butte County could be damaged if the Oroville Dam completely failed.The data brief provided by Alexandra Hayes includes the following counties:· Colusa· Glenn· Sutter· Yolo· YubaA total of 50,047 homes would be in danger of flooding by t...

Bachelor of Social Work applying for impaction status

Bachelor of Social Work applying for impaction status

Nicholas Feeley
February 20
Filed under Campus, News

The Bachelor of Social Work is seeking to limit the number of students who will be accepted into the major after several semesters of overpopulation and reduced resources. In the 2014-2015 school year the program was operating 35 percent over capacity. In the 2017-2018 school year the major will ...

Protesters call for Chico State to cut ties with banks lending to North Dakota Access pipeline

Nicole Henson
February 19
Filed under Campus, Community, News

After Seattle voted to cut ties with Wells Fargo because of its ties to the Dakota Access Pipeline, Chico protesters are asking Chico State to do the same.Chico State was the first public university in the United States to fully sever ties with fossil fuel companies in 2014. This raises concern as to if the c...

Man caught masturbating in park

Man caught masturbating in park

George Johnston
February 19
Filed under Breaking News, News, Police Blotter

Chico Police Department Call Type: Indecent Exposure Tuesday: 12:47, Peterson Memorial Dr. Male subject found inside park masturbating.   Call Type: Suspect Circling Wednesday: 12:30, 1900 Notre Dame Blvd. Reporting person was working in the area and was approached by a subject ...

Heineken caught for illegal marketing

Kayla Fitzgerald
February 18
Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has reached a settlement with Heineken after the recent illegal marketing scheme. The campaign directed consumers to a separate site to obtain a coupon code, after registering on a Heineken website. If customers followed instructions, they were prompted ...

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