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Local mural artist Christian Garcia helps indigenous Chico

Christian Garcia In front of a flicker bird, Fox and foliage at the mural painting on Second St and Ceder St Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Alex Coba

January 28, 2019

If you were to drive past the corner of Second Street and Cedar Street here in Chico, you might have seen a new mural being worked on bearing the image of a bear and flicker bird surrounded by foliage. Well, this work of art was done by none other than local artist Christian Garcia. Garcia is best known...

Chico State student loses mother and Paradise home during the Camp Fire

Chico State student Christina Taft lost her mother in their Paradise home during the Camp Fire. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Yaritza Ayon

December 5, 2018

Christina Taft woke up early, Nov. 8, to a neighbor urging her to evacuate. She initially didn't take the evacuation order seriously, but after showering she began to pack up her car. Christina said she packed for about an hour before noticing that her 66 year-old mother, Victoria Taft, was still in...

Camp Fire Timeline

Flames burn a hole into an oak tree near Honey Run Road off of Skyway around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 9, the morning after the Camp Fire started.

Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant

November 28, 2018

The following photos are from the Camp Fire taken in Chico and Paradise. The photos are from the first two days of the fire on Nov. 8 and 9 and from Nov. 15 and 16, a week after the fire began. All photos taken by Alex Grant.  Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant can be reached at n...

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...

Chico gives outsiders an opportunity to grasp new perspectives

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Alex Grant

October 24, 2018

*Note the following claims are personally-based from my own views and not from interviews or research.* It’s Saturday afternoon. My roommate and I walk out of Great Northern Coffee, otherwise known as “train-car-cafe,” and take a sip of iced coffee. We unlock our bikes and pedal past the frat...

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary

Getty Image by AleksandarNakic.

Rachael Bayuk

October 24, 2018

Halloween in Chico has a deep tradition of being a time for partying. While I have no bone to pick with celebrating, I do have a few tips for staying safe while doing it.Sex is great, but it can be dangerous to get caught up in an exciting hookup. There will be an influx of “out-of-towners” into our ...

Environmental organization celebrates 43 years in community

The Arc Pavillion hosted the 43rd anniversary dinner and awards gala for the Butte Environmental Council. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

October 22, 2018

The Butte Environmental Council's 43rd Anniversary Gala was held in the ARC Pavillion Saturday. Within a hour of the event starting, the room was filled and the sounds of soulful alternative folk, thanks to the band Sunday Iris, welcomed members to their tables. The Butte Environmental Council (B...

Audrey Denney rallies students

Audrey Denney giving her speech about what her campaign is all about, at a rally held Wednesday Photo credit: Yaritza Ayon

Yaritza Ayon

October 18, 2018

Audrey Denney was at the Student Success Center Plaza, Wednesday, encouraging students to vote, as well as to register to vote if they hadn’t already. This event was hosted by student organizations, Central Americans For Empowerment and Leaders Educating for the Advancement of Dreamers. Denney and her campaign team got...

City council candidates converse on Chico concerns

Left to Right: Rich Ober, Alex Brown, Scott Huber, Jon Scott, Andrew Coolidge Photo credit: Ricardo Tovar

Ricardo Tovar

October 16, 2018

A city council candidate Forum was hosted by Safe Place, a domestic support group and advocate for victims and survivors of sexual assault, at Congregation Beth Israel Monday evening. Out of nine candidates running for City Council on Nov. 6, five attended and came to speak on issues pertaining to social...

Pride March gives participants a voice in Chico’s community

Several Pride Marchers with their queer week posters. Photo credit: Keelie Lewis

Alex Coba

October 14, 2018

Cars could be heard honking as marchers chanted, “Our queer rights are under attack, what do we do," in the streets of downtown Chico. The participants were walking in the Pride March Friday, that was led by the Gender & Sexuality Equity Coalition (GSEC) as a part of “Queer Week." The march...

Winner of music competition showcased at Madison Bear Garden

Passionate artists put their souls on the table with  every performance. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Alex Coba

October 7, 2018

It was live music galore at Madison Bear Garden Thursday, as the popular Chico hotspot hosted the School of Arts Productions (SOTA): Chico Unplugged in the final Winners Showcase. Chico Unplugged is an event held every semester for three consecutive Thursdays. The previous two Thursdays were competition...

Chico celebrates art with a glass of wine

Wine is poured throughout Chico as many come together to enjoy some beautiful artwork. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Natalie Hanson

October 7, 2018

Laughter, jazz and the sound of glasses clinking together rang out in downtown Chico during the Art & Wine Walk Friday. Each year the Art & Wine Walk graces the downtown area for the fall season. Local businesses open their doors to celebrate local artists and musicians, offering a space for...

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