The Orion

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...

Q&A: CSU Chancellor responds to The Orion’s Spring 2021 questions

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White

Kimberly Morales and Julian Mendoza

September 11, 2020

Chancellor Timothy P. White announced Thursday in a letter to all 23 institutions in the CSU system that most Spring 2021 classes will meet online. Following the announcement, The Orion posed some questions for The Chancellor’s Office that matter most to students.  Q: Will the CSU be providing ...

10 dead in North Complex Fire; over 60,000 acres burned and 0% containment for West Zone

Campus on Sept. 9 during the North Complex Fire

Matthew Wreden, Chloe Curtis and Kimberly Morales

September 10, 2020

The North Complex Fire continues to burn throughout Plumas, Yuba and Butte counties as firefighters and other personnel work around the clock to gain traction on the historic fire.  “It’s sad,” said Butte County Sheriff’s Office Captain Derek Bell. “That’s about as clear as I ca...

Chico State and CSU cancel in-person classes for Spring 2021 citing COVID-19 threat

Chico State will continue virtual instruction through spring 2021. Photo taken Sept. 2, 2020.

Julian Mendoza, Mulitmedia Editor

September 10, 2020

Chico State will continue with virtual instruction for most classes next semester. The policy, handed down by CSU Chancellor Timothy White, applies to all 23 California State University campuses, according to an announcement from the CSU Chancellor's office.  “I realize this is another disappointment...

North Complex Fire raging near Oroville; 3 dead, 12 missing, 2,000 structures damaged or destroyed

Campus on Sept. 9 during the North Complex Fire

Chloe Curtis, Kimberly Morales, and Matthew Wreden

September 9, 2020

A Butte County fire task force held a press conference Wednesday night on Facebook Live to update the community on the rapidly evolving North Complex Fire near Oroville.   “This is the part of my presentation that I’ve been dreading,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said with a somb...

Butte County Public Health calls out college-age population for COVID-19 surge, Chico State students under investigation

Front view of Kendall Hall

Kimberly Morales, Editor

September 2, 2020

Butte County Public Health announced on Wednesday that within a week, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among people ages 18-24 in Butte County had risen by 557.  Of the 557 cases, 464 of the confirmed cases were from Chico. As Labor Day weekend approaches, BCPH urged the 18-24 ag...

COVID-19 spike for 18-24 year olds forced Chico State’s decision to close dorms, end remaining in-person classes

Kendall Hall on Sept. 1, 2020. Chico State's Administration officially moves to fully online semester amid COVID-19 spikes, empties the dorms.

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

September 1, 2020

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson hosted a virtual press conference on Sept.1 to address several concerns and newsworthy points regarding the university’s decision to cancel all in-person classes and remove roughly 500 students from campus housing.  “As we think about COVID-19 — and I don...

Commercial Cannabis Resolution Passed by Chico City Council

South side of city council building

Joel Moret, Reporter

August 31, 2020

The Chico City council passed a resolution in a 5-2 vote on Aug. 18, setting up the necessary framework for cannabis retailers in Chico for the very first time.  “I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for seeing this through. I know it has not been simple,” said Jessica Mackenzie, a...

Chico State stops in-person and hybrid courses, closes the dorms

Covid-19 cases in Butte County as of Friday, Aug. 28.

Kimberly Morales, Reporter

August 30, 2020

Chico State announced Sunday evening that all remaining in-person classes will be suspended and resumed online. The university also canceled most on-campus housing because of a growing cluster of COVID-19 cases. “We knew this semester wasn’t going to be typical, but we wanted to provide as m...

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