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Chico sparks new energy authority with Butte County supervisors

The city of Chico joined Butte County in drawing plans to create more competitive and sustainable energy rates for local residents. Photo credit: Kimberly Morales
December 2, 2019

Butte County has declared a hand in the market for electricity with Chico, the largest city in the county, as a partner to introduce an alternative for residents to buy their power from.The purpose of...

PG&E to shut off power to thousands Wednesday

Photo credit: Julian Mendoza
November 19, 2019

Over 303,000 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) customers in 25 counties are expected to lose power Wednesday morning due to high winds and dry conditions. This is being done, according to PG&E, in...

Pacific Gas and Electric leave Butte County in the dark

Pacific Gas and Electric leave Butte County in the dark
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...

Homeowners seek permits to rebuild in Paradise

Town Hall is where people go to start (re)building homes and businesses in Paradise. Photo credit: Hana Beaty
November 5, 2019

The Camp Fire burned approximately 153,000 acres and destroyed 18,800 structures. The makeup of those buildings was estimated to be 14,000 residential and about 530 commercial structures.Since then, residents...

Paradise residential cleanup nearly complete

PG&E crews working on moving electrical lines underground on Black Olive Drive, near the Paradise Fire Department, in Paradise, California. Photo credit: Angel Ortega
November 5, 2019

The removal of debris from residential properties in Paradise is expected to be completed by the end of this November, clearing the way for rebuilding neighborhoods.Susan Hartman, the community development...

Climate change demonstration offends Camp Fire victims

Volunteers displayed 86 tombstones for 86 lives lost last year from wildfires. Photo credit: Kimberly Morales
November 2, 2019

On Thursday, Sunrise Movement Chico displayed 86 tombstones for 86 lives lost last year from what they claimed to be due to “the negligence of PG&E.”With tombstones laid out on campus,...

PG&E shutoffs continue all across California

PG&E's plan's to shut off power to 38 counties in northern California. 
Image credit: PG&E Twitter.
October 29, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Sunday as wildfires have driven 200,00 people from their homes.With a high wind warning called in on Saturday through Sunday and again for Tuesday...

PG&E confirms another round of power shutoffs

Photo credit: Julian Mendoza
October 23, 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released today that it does plan to move forward with what they’re calling Public Safety Power Shut Offs or PSPS.This decision is due to the forecast of...

PG&E leaves Californians without power

Chico appears to remain unaffected, the purple spots on the map indicate that the power has been shut of for safety reasons, the screenshot was taken around 9:40 p.m. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza &  Photo from PGE Website
October 11, 2019

As the shutoff of power by PG& E continues, Northern California has been told that they may go without power for days at this point. Chico State hasn't been affected so far. Information from PG&E...

Parts of Chico to potentially lose power for five days

Parts of Chico to potentially lose power for five days
October 8, 2019

The city of Chico and surrounding communities could potentially lose power early Wednesday morning. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) released a statement today announcing plans to cut power to most...

Fallen wires cause power outage in parts of Chico

Fallen wires cause power outage in parts of Chico
March 27, 2018

Thousands of Chico residents experienced a brief power outage Monday. The incident occurred around noon, affecting those living in the area southwest of the Chico State campus. It was caused by fallen...

Gas leak alert leads to evacuations

First responders at the scene of Monday's incident after gas leak alert was sent out. Photo credit: Lizzie Helmer
February 19, 2018

Chico State alerted students and faculty to a gas leak near Shurmer Gym and Yolo Hall Monday around 4:30 p.m. Gas leak on campus near Shurmer Gym and Yolo Hall. Those buildings are being evacuated....

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