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On the Camp Fire’s second anniversary, Paradise looks to a brighter future with ‘The Hope of Daffodils’

On Nov. 8, a wall of art in Nic's depicts local artists expressions of hope for the future of Paradise and it's residents.
November 18, 2020

Nov. 8 marked two years since the Camp Fire that ravaged the town of Paradise, a horrific event that garnered coverage across the globe. While Paradise has still been recovering even after all this time,...

Artist Shane Grammer revisits Paradise two years after Camp Fire

A mural titled
November 16, 2020

Two years ago the Camp Fire ravaged the Paradise community and caused many people to lose their homes. Shortly after the fire, artist Shane Grammer returned to Paradise to comfort some of his friends...

Paradise Vice Mayor accused of sending inappropriate texts and photos to undercover officer

Paradise Vice Mayor accused of sending inappropriate texts and photos to undercover officer
April 15, 2020

Vice Mayor Michael Zuccolillo of Paradise, 41, turned himself into the Butte County Jail on April 14 due to allegations made by a sheriff's deputy claiming he sent nude photos of himself to a person he...

Students create floor plans for Paradise

Rouben Mohiuddin instructs a circle of Chico State Architecture students in class. Photo by Emily Neria
March 5, 2020

In the wake of the Camp Fire, there was a sense among the Chico State student body of “What can I do to help?” While the answer for many students was classic volunteer work, making donations or providing...

Camp Fire mapping forum discusses data and demographics following the fire

February 12, 2020

A year following the Camp Fire, details and further understanding of California’s deadliest wildfire continue to emerge. On Thursday, Feb 5th, Peter Hansen, an IT consultant for Chico State with...

Affordable housing, sustainable living: Visions for Chico 2020 at The People’s State of the Union

February 12, 2020

Members of the audience had the opportunity to speak to the panel about concerns such as the mobile home living situation in Paradise. Photo by Dayanna Negrete Following the State of the Union address...

Fire and Water Exhibit explores environmental change

Fire and Water Exhibit explores environmental change
February 5, 2020

On Jan. 23, at 4:30 p.m., a new exhibit opened for students and the campus community at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology called ‘Fire and Water: Elements of Change’.  “We see the museum...

Chico State student architects review their rebuilding plans with Paradise residents

Professor Rouben Mohiudden talking with engineers and builders who will eventually start building homes from the student designed floor plans. Photo credit: Danielle Kessler
November 26, 2019

"Project Rebuild Paradise" is underway as interior architecture students are finalizing their floor plans for Paradise residents. The group of students met with engineers and builders for the first time...

Resilience through knitting: Camp Fire survivor gave out over 1,000 beanies during tragedy

Quirarte spreading peace and love through beanies. Photo credit: Mimi Quirarte
November 20, 2019

As cold weather draws near, it’s hard to forget the emotional and physical chill left by the Camp Fire this time, last year. The Camp Fire burned tens of thousands of homes and killed 85 people;...

Cross country runner pushes on through tragedy

Talia Swangler running in race at the Cross Country Championships. Photo credit: Gary Towne
November 17, 2019

Talia Swangler was raised in Paradise and attended Butte College after high school. She then transferred to Chico State before the start of her junior year. Less than three months after her transition,...

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
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...

The Orion Newscast: A Phoenix Rises

The Orion Newscast: A Phoenix Rises
November 13, 2019

https://youtu.be/ixhpdh-a78M This week on The Orion Newscast, we visit the unveiling of a phoenix made from the keys of those who lost cars or homes in the Camp Fire. Also, we cover the last games of...

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