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Town of Paradise gathers for Camp Fire remembrance ceremony

The Campfire Remembrance Ceremony was held at Paradise Alliance Church and it was full to capacity with townsfolk. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Ricardo Tovar and Julian Mendoza

November 17, 2019

Paradise Alliance Church was packed with townsfolk affected by last year's Camp Fire. Food and games were provided from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. when the ceremony began.Residents gathered for a tribute and to hear speeches from Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, Vice Mayor of Paradise Greg Bolin, Paradise Alliance ...

‘The Ridge Lives On’ remembers fire in Magalia

The U.S. Forest Service Department of Agriculture was in attendance providing games, prizes and information about their organization. Photo credit: Ricardo Tovar

Ricardo Tovar

November 13, 2019

Pine Ridge School was packed full of food trucks, local vendors, games and entertainment, all in remembrance of the anniversary of the Camp Fire. Saturday marked a day for the town of Magalia to remember what they had lost and to celebrate its resilience. The event was sponsored and partnered with...

Homeowners seek permits to rebuild in Paradise

Town Hall is where people go to start (re)building homes and businesses in Paradise. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Ricardo Tovar

November 5, 2019

The Camp Fire burned approximately 153,000 acres and destroyed 18,800 structures. The makeup of those buildings was estimated to be 14,000 residential and about 530 commercial structures.Since then, residents from Paradise have looked to rebuild the homes that were taken from them. As of Oct. 23, 429 b...

Paradise students show Chico State what #ButteStrong means

First-year student Danielle Wagner attends Chico State after losing her home during the November Campfire. Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

Kimberly Morales

September 29, 2019

Students all across Chico State understand the meaning behind the infamous #ButteStrong hashtag, which commemorates the victims and survivors of the tragedies that afflicted towns throughout Butte County such as Paradise, Oroville and Chico.But beyond the phrase, the reality is that many of the stude...

‘Buck-a-Box’ yard sale raises fuel funds for fire evacuees

Boxes piled up outside the Orland Camp Fire Donation Center on the first of a three-day yard sale Photo credit: Trenton Taylor

Trenton Taylor

February 27, 2019

One week after the Camp Fire in November 2018, an empty building in Glenn County was repurposed, becoming a donation center for Camp Fire evacuees. The overflow of support from the community ensured inventory was never low. The First Lutheran Church of Orland hosted a three-day yardless yard sale...

Community members look toward the future of Paradise

Paradise locals gather into groups and each member take turns placing dots on the Paradise map. The dots signify the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Paradise, CA. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Gordy Papalias

February 25, 2019

Cheers erupted from over 100 people in the Paradise Alliance Church on Friday, as community members received a promise that their town will be rebuilt after the Camp Fire disaster. The Paradise Town Council members put the meeting together and Barry Long, the CEO of Urban Design Associates, was the...

Mike G takes insults for a good cause, raising money for Camp Fire survivors

Comedian TJ Hudson gave the

Olyvia Simpson

February 25, 2019

What would it take for you to sit in front of an audience and be publicly ridiculed in the name of comedy? For Mike Griffith, also known as “Mike G Ride,” it took having both a winning personality and it being for a good cause — raising money for Camp Fire victims. The comedy roast of the Chico...

State of the City meeting addresses Chico’s housing crisis

From left: Golden Valley Bank CEO Mark Francis, Chico Mayor Randall Stone, Chico Chamber Chair of Commerce Chair Michelle Niven and Executive Director of the Downtown Chico Business Association Melanie Bassett. Photo credit: Nate Rettinger

Nate Rettinger

February 18, 2019

Prominent figures of Chico came together Friday in an attempt to solve some of the city's issues, including the looming housing-crisis. Around 100 people gathered at the Chico Area Recreation and Park District center to listen to local leaders present data and solutions they had gathered. The meeting...

Feather River hospital to close, over 1,200 employees to be laid off

The entrance to the Feather River Hospital Emergency Room just after the Camp Fire burned through Paradise. Adventist Health now says the entire campus area on Pentz Road will not be re-opened anytime soon. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Kendall George

February 14, 2019

Feather River Hospital medical center campus in Butte County will not be reopening after Camp Fire damage, according to a press release on the Adventist Health website released Wednesday morning. Feather River Hospital was previously a 101-bed, acute-care hospital, and the leading employer in Paradise. Ov...

Red Cross Camp Fire shelter to close Jan. 31

Cindy Huge is a Red Cross volunteer who has worked at 24 national emergency shelters.  She is currently stationed in Chico as part of public affairs for the Camp Fire shelter. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Kendall George and Christian Solis

January 29, 2019

Walking into the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico looks quite different from four months ago. Once a place for carnival rides and horse racing, it has turned into a National Emergency Red Cross shelter for victims of the Camp Fire.Since Nov. 8, this emergency shelter has been home to up to 657 victi...

Wells Fargo donates $3.25 million for Camp Fire victims

Karen Woodruff  Vice President of Community Affairs, Government and Community Relations with Wells Fargo broke down the distribution of the $3.25 million at a press conference Friday morning. $2 million will go directly towards housing for those displaced by the Camp Fire, while the remaining $1.25 million will go to small businesses affected in order to help rebuild Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Julian Mendoza

January 26, 2019

$2 million to go towards helping Camp Fire victims find housing, remaining to help small businesses rebuildOn Friday, Wells Fargo announced that $3.25 million would be donated to support Butte County for Camp Fire relief in conjunction with the Butte Strong Fund.The announcement took place in the Ol...

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