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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...

OrionScopes: Week of Feb. 19

OrionScopes: Week of Feb. 19

Brandi Gualco
February 19
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Editor’s note: The horoscopes below are compiled in a collaborative effort from The Orion’s opinion staff and have no actual bearing on current astrology. Aquarius: You continue to go out every weekend and spend money you don’t have to look cool on Instagram and Snapchat. You need to stay home ...

Oroville Spillway crisis unfolds

Oroville Spillway crisis unfolds

Molly Sullivan
February 14
Filed under Breaking News, Community, News, Showcase

Feb. 7: Oroville Dam officials discovered erosion damage to the bottom half of the spillway. According to the California Department of Water Resources, flow over the spillway was stopped to investigate the extent of the damage. In a press release, DWR officials said 20 percent of Lake Oroville remain...

Oroville evacuees returning home

Oroville evacuees returning home

George Johnston
February 14
Filed under Breaking News, Community, News, Showcase

Joyful cheers came from the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds as the immediate evacuation order was changed to an evacuation warning. An estimated 1,650 people were at the fairgrounds, according to the American Red Cross. Linda Stapleton was among those evacuees. She felt blessed she could leave. "I've...

Oroville Spillway evacuation order lowered to warning

Oroville Spillway evacuation order lowered to warning

Bianca Quilantan
February 14
Filed under Breaking News, Community, News, Showcase

Embed from Getty Images Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea reduced the immediate evacuation order to an evacuation warning at a press conference in Oroville on Feb. 14. The warning status was effective starting at 1 p.m. Approximately 200,000 residents were displaced by the immediate evacuation...

BREAKING: Updates on Oroville Spillway damage and evacuations

BREAKING: Updates on Oroville Spillway damage and evacuations

Molly Sullivan
February 14
Filed under Breaking News, Showcase

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Oroville evacuees adjust to life in shelter

Oroville evacuees adjust to life in shelter

George Johnston
February 13
Filed under Breaking News, Community, News, Showcase

At least 1,100 people have taken shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairground, according to the American Red Cross. Five buildings have been converted into dorms for incoming evacuees, and volunteers are flooding into the fairgrounds looking for ways to help. Mackenzie Davis, a Butte County School teacher,...

Spillway evacuations continue, federal government involved

Spillway evacuations continue, federal government involved

Jacqueline Morales
February 13
Filed under Breaking News, Community, News, Showcase

A press conference for the Oroville Spillway took place today at noon to address continued evacuations and federal involvement in the incident. The evacuation remains in effect and efforts to secure the areas affected are in progress. “We are working on a repopulation plan that will get people...

Multiple evacuation centers available

Multiple evacuation centers available

Kayla Fitzgerald
February 12
Filed under Breaking News, Community, News, Showcase

Chico and Paradise are offering evacuation centers for those affected by the Oroville Spillway situation. Current evacuation centers in Chico include: Silver Dollar Fairground (at capacity) East Avenue Church Pleasant Valley High School gym In Motion Fitness parking lot Neighborhood Church St. John's Church...

Silver Dollar Fairgrounds becomes shelter for Oroville evacuees

Silver Dollar Fairgrounds becomes shelter for Oroville evacuees

George Johnston
February 12
Filed under Breaking News, Community, News, Showcase

The Butte County Sheriff announced a mandatory evacuation for Butte, Yuba and Sutter County residents because an imminent failure warning was issued for the Emergency Spillway at the Oroville Dam Sunday. Shortly after 4:20 p.m., thousands of people began packing up their things and started migrating...

Reported rape at Kappa Sigma house investigation ongoing, UPD Chief says

Reported rape at Kappa Sigma house investigation ongoing, UPD Chief says

Molly Sullivan
February 9
Filed under Breaking News, Campus, Community, Crime, News, Showcase

The investigation into the reported rape that occurred Feb. 5 at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house is ongoing, according to University Police Chief John Feeney. The University Police Department was made aware of the incident after it received a call from the hospital where the woman who reported the ra...

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