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Butte County falls silent in remembrance of Camp Fire

Marge Nelmes came to Chico City Plaza to remember her best friend, Lolene Rios of 46 years who passed away during the fire. Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

Kimberly Morales

November 13, 2019

Friday, Nov. 8, marked a year since Butte County faced the deadliest wildfire in California history, and residents faced it with remembrance and hope. Gathering at various locations in Chico State and the Chico City Plaza, the town fell silent for a shared 85 seconds, marking the 85 lives lost from the ...

Paradise stands together through church efforts

Fair goers enjoy games as the sun sets on Paradise. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Melissa Joseph

November 12, 2019

Paradise Alliance Church held a free event Saturday night, welcoming residents to enjoy carnival games, a petting zoo and live art. The event, We Stand Together, welcomed anyone in the area who has been affected emotionally or physically by the fire, encouraging visitors to pray and enjoy themselves through...

Resource building ‘The Brick’ initiates the rebuilding of Paradise

Many locals came back to Paradise for the one year anniversary. The reactions were all different as the event carried on. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Danielle Kessler

November 12, 2019

On the one year anniversary of the most destructive fire in state history, the Paradise community gathered to celebrate the strength and resilience of the town. A major topic of the Camp Fire commemoration ceremony was unity, a theme reinforced by the adoption of a new building in the center of town ha...

Sculpture made of keys from Camp Fire survivors revealed

The Phoenix contained over 18,000 keys and stood tall in the center of the building. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Rayanne Painter

November 12, 2019

Only three days after the Camp Fire, artist Jess Mercer began asking for keys owned by survivors from the Ridge. Any key: cars, houses, businesses, safes, boats, diaries, etc. were accepted.. After just a year, Mercer had collected upwards of 18,000 keys from items lost in the fire. Little by little, she ...

Chico State interior architecture students to rebuild Paradise homes

Student in the project explaining their designs of homes. Photo credit: Danielle Kessler

Danielle Kessler

November 11, 2019

, the Interior Architecture Department has begun plans to rebuild homes in Paradise for families who lost their homes during the most tragic wildfire in California history. Students and professors in the department have commenced “Project Rebuild Paradise” and are currently working to br...

Paradise Ridge Elementary thanks first responders

Students, parents and first responders attended the event at the Paradise Ridge Elementary gymnasium. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

November 8, 2019

Paradise Ridge Elementary held a remembrance event in their school’s gym for the Camp Fire anniversary. Students participated in different performances for the event, such as reading the American Creed and singing "America the Beautiful." https://twitter.com/JessieReports/status/1193012119689580544?s=20 https://twitter.com/JessieReports/status/1193012582258368512?s=20 Many...

Forum explores relationship of local housing, climate change

Associate planner Dexter O'Connell shared his opinion with the group. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Kimberly Morales

November 7, 2019

On Wednesday, Butte Environmental Council hosted a listening session designed to educate the community about the role housing plays in climate change, while allowing discussion to examine the possible solutions.With the Chico Green New Deal freshly introduced a week earlier, the city began planning ...

Pacific Gas and Electric leave Butte County in the dark

Pacific Gas and Electric leave Butte County in the dark

Kimberly Morales

November 7, 2019

Through this past year, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the largest electricity and gas provider in California, has been in Butte County's spotlight. For the past year, cities across the county have persevered through the devastation of the Camp Fire. The Orion has observed PG&E’s re...

The Orion Newscast: Ballet on the Ridge & Queer Desire Art

The Orion Newscast: Ballet on the Ridge & Queer Desire Art

Christian Solis

November 6, 2019

https://youtu.be/nu0-Nnmpr2g This week on The Orion Newscast, reporters cover a ballet studio's struggle after the Camp Fire and Ryan Ramos aims to "... disrupt the conventional expectations of masculinity and sexuality" through his art he calls "queer desire". Christian Solis can be reached at t...

Netflix’s ‘Fire in Paradise’: an intimate look at tragedy

Firefighters rummaging through debris in the aftermath of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. 
Photo by Zackary Canepari (Courtesy of Netflix)

Angel Ortega

November 5, 2019

The Netflix documentary “Fire in Paradise” recounts the events of the Camp Fire through first-hand accounts and video. Directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper, “Fire in Paradise” documents the events of Nov. 8, 2018; the day the Camp Fire broke out, resulting in the destr...

Paradise Symphony Orchestra offers a ‘new world’ to the town of Paradise

The Paradise Symphony opens with Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Melissa Joseph

November 5, 2019

Music is often comforting and therapeutic to those in emotional distress. The Paradise Symphony Orchestra held this in mind as they prepared for the Paradise Performing Arts Center’s 61st Annual Opening: "Our New World."The opening for the 61st season was coined "Our New World" because it signif...

One year since devastation: Life after The Fire

James Mayne raking the leaves in front of his home in Paradise. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Natalie Hanson and Jessie Imhoff

November 5, 2019

By The Orion News Staff On Nov. 8, 2018, what began as a spark at around 6:30 a.m. in the small town of Pulga (about 30 miles outside of Chico) spread to the nearby community of Concow, with Paradise in its path. By that evening, it was already the most destructive wildfire in California's history. O...

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