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Friends, family of Brett Olson raised money to promote Labor Day safety

Lindsay Pincus
September 9
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The Campus Alcohol Drug and Education Center received a check from friends and family of Brett Olson, the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student who drowned while floating in the Sacramento River, to promote safety during Labor Day weekend. The donation, which was received a couple of weeks ago, was announced...

Police: Booze ban leads to fewer arrests

Nicholas Carr
September 7
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From Friday night to Saturday night, police made 43 arrests, as opposed to 84 arrests made during the same period in 2012, according to a Chico Police press release. Calls for assistance during that time also dropped from 1243 in 2012 to 889. The offenses that triggered the weekend’s arrests included: 27 drunks in public 1 assault ...

Chico State rated ‘green’ by Princeton

Chico State rated ‘green’ by Princeton

Bill Hall
September 7
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Farm-to-table lunches. Alternative transportation programs. Composting and recycling. Student resident hall competitions to reduce energy use. These are just a few of the programs that Chico State engages in while traveling the long path to a sustainable campus. For the second year in a row,...

Limb fall probably caused by water load

Limb fall probably caused by water load

Risa Johnson
September 7
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An arborist who examined the limb that fell from a tree and killed a student concluded last week that the branch probably fell because it became heavier after absorbing extra water for the summer. The university had two arborists examine the tree after Pa Houa Lor, an aspiring nurse and second-year ...

Labor Day sobers under police vigil

Nicholas Carr
September 7
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Bringing an end to the chaotic revelry of years past, Butte and Glenn county law enforcement descended on the Sacramento River last weekend to enforce an alcohol ban targeted at the traditional Labor Day float. Last year’s float saw roughly 10,000 people on the river, said Sgt. Kirk Coon, a s...

Faculty, alumni join city’s green committee

Bill Hall
September 4
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Chico State faculty and alumni were among those up for consideration as the City Council selected seven committee members for the newly reconstituted Sustainability Task Force on Tuesday night. Fourteen applicants were reviewed for the seven-member committee. After a ballot in which each of the...

Memorial planned for student killed by falling branch

Nicholas Carr
August 31
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A public memorial for the student killed by a falling tree branch will be held Monday at Bidwell Chapel. Pa Houa Lor, a sophomore behavioral health and science major with aspirations of becoming a nurse, died Tuesday after she was hit by a red oak tree limb between Butte Hall and Lasse...

UPDATE: Student killed by falling branch identified

Bill Hall
August 31
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The student killed by a falling tree branch between Lassen Hall and Butte Hall was identified by campus officials this morning. Pa Houa Lor, a sophomore health science major, was struck on the head by a red oak tree limb that fell about 20 feet at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, said Joe Wills, a spokesperson fo...

Chico State student arrested after early morning pursuit

Nicholas Carr
August 31
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Police arrested a Chico State student on suspicion of carrying a concealed and loaded gun during a pursuit early Sunday morning. Ryan Patrick Mcauliffe, 20, was captured at 2:33 a.m. on the 400 block of Hazel Street. The arrest occurred after police responded to reports of a possible fight betwe...

UPDATE: Woman dies after being hit by fallen tree branch

Dan Reidel
August 31
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The woman struck by a falling tree limb earlier today has died, said Chico State Director of Public Affairs and Publications Joe Wills. A maple branch fell about 20 feet and hit the woman in the head around 3:10 p.m. today between Butte and Lassen halls. The Chico State student's identity will be wi...

Police pelted with bottles, dispersed crowds weekend before classes begin

Nicholas Carr
August 31
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Chico police officers responded to a large crowd of party-goers and were targeted with thrown bottles Saturday morning. About 25 officers from Chico Police Department, University Police Department and Alcohol and Beverage Control in addition to seven police volunteers reacted to the commotion that...

$1,200 raised for AIDS research, testing

Lindsay Pincus
August 31
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Chico citizens gathered at One Mile in Bidwell Park on Saturday morning to raise awareness for AIDS. Approximately 60 participants took part in the Pride AIDS Walk/Run where $1,200 was raised and given to Caring Choices. The organization helps with the health of residents in Northern California. Th...

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