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Fire on Neal Road burns four acres

The fire burned a total of four acres, leaving burnt remains of the vegetation. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

September 6, 2019

A vegetation fire broke out on Neal Road near the Butte County landfill yesterday. The Butte County Cal Fire Unit was able to quickly stop forward progress of the fire.The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. It broke out on the north side of Neal Road, about a mile above the Neal Road Recycling and Waste...

Butte County organization seeks to reduce drug overdoses

The infographic demonstrates how Butte County compares to the rest of the country in terms of opioid addiction. Infographic created by Amelia Storm.

Amelia Storm

December 5, 2018

A local harm reduction group is looking to combat the rise of opioid abuse and overdose among Butte County residents. In light of the Camp Fire, members of the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition (NVHRC) have been visiting unofficial shelters to provide sharp containers for needles and opioid o...

‘Camp Fire’ forces thousands to evacuate

A flame-shredded American flag hangs on a mostly burnt piece of wood on Wildwood Lane in Paradise. Photo credit: Alex Grant

Natalie Hanson and Josh Cozine

November 28, 2018

As the sun rose on Thursday, Nov. 8, the sky in Butte County filled with smoke and began to darken. At about 6:30 a.m., fire had ignited in the small community of Pulga and rapidly advanced to Concow, then towards the nearby town, Paradise. By the end of the day, it had become the most destructive wi...

FEMA plans to stay in Chico as Camp Fire statistics continue to rise

A man enjoys a meal provided by World Central Kitchen at the Disaster Recovery Center located inside the Chico Mall. The center provides Camp Fire evacuees with resources to help with recovering documents, counseling and other kinds of support. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Mathew Miranda

November 28, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will continue operating at the local assistance center in Chico until Jan.12, at the earliest. However, the probability of staying beyond that date remains high according to FEMA officials. The Stafford Act, a prescriptive law approved by Congress dic...

Weekly News- The Week’s End Update March 30

Weekly News- The Week’s End Update March 30

Natalie Hanson

March 30, 2018

 The week's wrap up broadcast of breaking news reports in the Butte County area, from March 26-30. Natalie Hanson, Christian Solis and Josh Cozine can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_news on Twitter....

Air pollution increases due to Ponderosa fire

Photo courtesy of Butte County Sheriff's Office

Cameron O'Brien

September 2, 2017

Warnings have been posted by campus administration regarding the air quality in Chico, due to the Ponderosa fire. 3,500 acres of land in the Butte county area have been affected. At least, 500 homes and over 800 outbuildings were threatened, according to a joint statement by the Butte County Air Quality Man...

Fire in Butte County leads to evacuations

Photo courtesy of Butte County Sheriff's Office

Christian Solis

August 31, 2017

A fire in Ponderosa started Tuesday afternoon, growing to cover 2,500 acres. The fire, nine-miles northeast of Oroville, is zero percent contained and expected to expand further north, according to Cal Fire. 25 damaged, destroyed homes have been reported. Cal Fire has arrested 29-ye...

Chico City Council talks Oroville Dam crisis

The Oroville Dam Crisis was discussed at the Chico City Council meeting Tuesday. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Alejandra Fraga

May 3, 2017

Chico City Council approved to sign a letter regarding the Oroville Dam crisis Tuesday. The letter highlighted many issues that the Butte County region has raised in community meetings, all issues relating to the Oroville Dam crisis. "We want to get one voice for the region," said District Coordinator...

Promise Pathways coming to Butte County

Butte College Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Daniel Wright

March 27, 2017

Chico State, along with Butte College and Chico Unified Schools, is looking to create a K-20 program to help children in the north state attend college. Several similar models are being considered for this program, but a program similar to the Long Beach Promise is being considered. The goals for...

Chico residents need compassion for the homeless

Photo credit: Kristina Judy

Kyra Stemplinger

March 16, 2017

When walking around Chico, it's not unusual to see a person pushing a shopping cart or asking for spare change. However, it is rare to see someone actually give money to the homeless. There are conflicting views about the homeless population in Chico. While some people want to help the 1,127 afflicted people, most just avoid making eye contact with the...

Torres Shelter might be saved with help from Enloe Medical Center

Torres Community Shelter logo.
Photo Credit:

Kayla Fitzgerald

March 8, 2016

The Torres Community Center just received a $20,000 financial boost.This recent donation came from Enloe Medical Center. In January, the Torres Shelter faced a potential closure, due to its financial crisis. Since then, the shelter has received more than $100,000 from fundraisers and donations. The money will be used to provide meals, ...

Chico State may face competition with new college in Chico

From the Chico State website and the Columbia College website

Michelle Zhu

February 23, 2016

Local college students will have an opportunity to earn a masters or bachelors degree at a new educational institution in Chico. Columbia College, a private nonprofit institution based out of Columbia, Missouri, opened a Chico facility last month and has hired full-time adviser staff. Students can si...

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