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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

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

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 believed to be a 16-year-old female visiting Sacramento, CA from China, according to the Butte County She...

Students create floor plans for Paradise

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

Emily Neria, Staff Writer

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 emotional support for victims of the fire, a small group of architecture majors found a way to p...

Camp Fire mapping forum discusses data and demographics following the fire

Kimberly Morales

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 a background on geospatial data, discussed the information found through mapping which highlighted ...

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

Kimberly Morales

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 delivered by President Donald Trump, Chico politicians and aspiring candidates for local office...

Fire and Water Exhibit explores environmental change

Fire and Water Exhibit explores environmental change

Angelina Mendez

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 as a laboratory for students where they can learn to be professionals,” museum curator Adrienne S...

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

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 on Friday and showed residents their updated plans.The group’s advisor, Rouben Mohiuddin, showed ea...

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

Melissa Joseph

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; those who survived were left with nowhere to go in the cold rains of November.One survivor, Donna Ara...

Cross country runner pushes on through tragedy

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

Karina Cope

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, she was hit with tragedy. The town she grew up in and her parents’ home she had recently moved out...

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 Orion Newscast: A Phoenix Rises

The Orion Newscast: A Phoenix Rises

Christian Solis

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 Wildcat's regular soccer season. Christian Solis can be reached at [email protected] or @c_alexander20 o...

Paradise Moving Forward

People gathered for the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday. Photo credit: Jack Lewis

Jack Lewis and Joel Peterson

November 13, 2019

The Paradise Community Information Meeting was held at the Paradise Alliance Church on Nov. 5 to announce the progress of various agencies involved in the Camp Fire cleanup and show off the town's plans going into the new year.A few of the agencies that presented at the meeting included Federal Emergen...

In times of pain, joy finds a way

A creative ensemble singing and speaking about how people felt about the devastating fire. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Melissa Joseph

November 13, 2019

Goosebumps arose as the Butte County Scottish Society Pipes and Drums marched down the aisles of the Paradise Performing Arts Center playing “When the Battle is Over” to a mass of Camp Fire survivors. On Sunday afternoon PPAC held “Joy Will Find a Way,” an event focused on spot...

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