The Orion

Sting operations have lead to success within months, police say

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Alejandra Fraga

January 25, 2018

With 11 felony arrests made in December of 2017, the Chico Police Department stated they conducted a second round of operations this month.This second operation resulted in six felony arrests. "Being back to back, this is actually a very successful operation and officers are able to look at the issue...

Women’s March draws thousands with call for change

Dance company Nefertiti’s Dozen, performed on stage pre-march and rang in the end of it with just as much energy. Women’s March on Chico Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

Natalie Hanson, Alex Grant, and Kendall George

January 24, 2018

Thousands gathered and marched in downtown Chico Saturday in the 2018 Women’s March. This march was one of many across the world. One year after the first Women’s March drew hundreds of thousands of participants nationwide in response to the presidential inauguration. According to a Faceb...

The Chico Parade of Lights: a Chico tradition

Square Deal Mattress Factory had a float that featured a Tarzan type theme. Photo credit: Jordan Rodrigues

Jordan Rodrigues

October 24, 2016

The 27th annual Chico Parade of Lights has been a Chico tradition since the early 1900s. The parade has evolved from high school seniors being invited to view the Chico Normal School campus, building special displays to depict the heritage of the campus within the community to the event it is today....

Chico helps fight against human trafficking

Protesters marching. Photo courtesy of Maliah Seavey.

Kaylie Lewis

October 23, 2016

People marched through downtown Chico on Oct. 22 to raise awareness for human trafficking and slavery. A21, a non-profit, nationwide organization that works to abolish human trafficking, hosted a Walk for Freedom that consisted of a mile-long silent protest. A single-file line of volunteers walked...

Art tour reveals hidden gems of Chico

Kari Zagan and Chico Country Day Students used the Farmer's Market as their inspiration for one of the six Icon Pedestals done by various artists. Photo credit: Cortneanne Campbell

Cortneanne Campbell

October 22, 2016

Chico locals and visitors alike have probably noticed the public art that fills downtown Chico, but there are some hidden gems that are often overlooked. To help get a closer look at the local art, The Chico Arts & Culture Foundation provides the inside scoop through their art tours. Their missio...

2016 National Futures Yo-Yo Contest

Max Girard, a 14 year old out of Murphy's, CA shows off his own move called the

Carin Dorghalli

October 2, 2016

Chico hosted the 2016 National Futures Yo-Yo Contest on Oct. 1 at the Chico City Plaza. Gentry Stein, the world yo-yo champion, sat as one of the judges. The event showcased promising competitors, ages 18 and under, and focused on the next generation of yo-yo players. Various age brackets have...

Chico’s Pageant Theater to be featured in national film celebration

Promotional poster for Art House Theater Day via (

Rylee Pedotti

September 22, 2016

On Sept. 24, venues across the nation are set to commemorate independent theaters and their everlasting contributions to cinematic culture. Locals will have their chance to join the celebration as Chico's Pageant Theater will be participating in the inaugural Art House Theater Day. Mirrored after mus...

Adult Swim star David Liebe Hart performs at Duffy’s Tavern

Adult Swim star, David Liebe Hart, performs at Duffy's Tavern. Photo credit: Carin Dorghalli

Carin Dorghalli

September 21, 2016

David Liebe Hart of Adult Swim's "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" invades Duffy's Tavern with his unique brand of irreverent surrealism. His religious beliefs, love of trains and relationship struggles make for an interesting but original performance. This Adult Swim star isn't afraid to go str...

Life happens: Stories beneath the surface

Photo credit: Jordan Rodrigues

Jordan Rodrigues

September 21, 2016

Everyone has a story, but not everyone has someone to listen to it. I was the listener this time. I went out with the intentions of photographing random homeless people that I assumed were homeless because of some type of addiction. I was humbled when I sat and talked with these people. My mind was in...

Foodies gather for Chico tradition

Attendees waiting for their Taste of Chico. Photo credit: Courtesy of Downtown Chico Business Association

Matthew Manfredi

September 19, 2016

On Sept. 25, some of the area’s best restaurants, wineries, breweries, food trucks and beverage vendors will gather for the Taste of Chico, an event transforming a quiet Sunday afternoon into a foodie-crazed occasion occupied with over 8,000 visitors and locals. From the Madison Bear Garden to ...

Comedy competition at the El Rey Theatre

Myles Weber, the competition host, counts down 10 seconds for applause, which awards each comedian one bonus point Photo credit: Matthew Manfredi

Matthew Manfredi

September 14, 2016

On Saturday night, a line outside the El Rey Theatre formed well before doors opened for the 8 p.m. show. Inside the theatre, 16 comedians from all over the U.S., Canada and even as far as China, prepared for the 41st annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, a multi-week event that took place in venues al...

Shortz! Film Festival to take center stage at the El Rey

Shortz! Film Festival logo. 
Photo courtesy of L. Renee Boyd

Rylee Pedotti

September 13, 2016

Local film aficionados are in for a treat when the fifth annual Shortz! Film Festival takes residency at the historic El Rey Theater Sept. 16-18.What began in 2011 as an interactive method for local filmmakers to share their work with peers, family and friends have now flourished into an acclaimed event fea...

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