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Christian Hammond solely operates the BC19.Live dashboard which tracks COVID-19 data pertaining to Butte County.

One-man job: data-tracking the pandemic in Butte County

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // October 13, 2021

In the wake of the pandemic, one man brought it upon himself to regularly aggregate COVID-19 data to paint a more complete picture of how infection was spreading across Butte County. More than a year...

The Big Chico Creek portion behind the OConnell Technology Center runs dry.   Photo taken on Sept. 15, 2021

Campus creek goes dry

Melvin Bui and Alex Martin // September 21, 2021

The section of Big Chico Creek that runs through Chico State campus, once home to a variety of wildlife, has gone bone dry. Sandrine Matiasek, a Chico State assistant professor of Geological and Environmental...

Myrtkais (Left) and Sani (Right) pose for a picture, on Aug. 22

Chico State students on Dixie Fire frontline 

Noah Herbst, Reporter // September 18, 2021

The 2021 wildfire season has hit Northern California hard. The Dixie Fire, which began in Butte County, has burned irreplaceable parts of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lake Almanor. The fire has...

Oscar Rivera (left) pictured with interpreter Masud (right) during Riveras service in Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Oscar Rivera, 2005.

Twenty years later: Chico State veterans remember the 9/11 attacks

Ava Norgrove and Kimberly Morales // September 11, 2021

The world was beginning to step into the early stages of the new millennium when four hijacked airplanes brought the nation to a grinding halt.  Millions of people living in America held their...

Pizza Riots Sunflower creation. Image provided by Pizza Riots Instagram.

Pizza Riot introduces new location for vegan pizza

Angelina Mendez // October 18, 2019

In early November, a new vegan-style restaurant named Pizza Riot located on Walnut St and 2nd St. will open to the city of Chico.Chico State students can now enjoy the fresh plant-based and organic non-genetically-modified...

Baja Club students working on their car. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Baja Club Stays Low in Plumas

Julian Mendoza // October 7, 2019

Every Monday and Wednesday, dozens of students arrive in the parking lot located in Plumas Hall, discussing, experimenting, engineering and getting their hands dirty on the old version of their car for...

Todd Bishop the co-founder of Geek Wire and 1996 Chico State graduate in Journalism and Business Administration. 
Image Credit: Kurt Schlosser

Todd Bishop: Founder of GeekWire and Chico State alumnus speaks with The Orion

Ricardo Tovar // October 4, 2019

Todd Bishop, founder of GeekWire and a Chico State alumnus and former Orion staffer, returns to campus this month. Based in Seattle and launched in March of 2011, GeekWire is a news site dedicated to covering...

From left to right: Astral Chains male protagonist, the Sword Legion and the female protagonist.
Image Courtesy of Platinum Games

Astral Chain: Another strong link for PlatinumGames

Ricardo Tovar // October 4, 2019

"Astral Chain" is PlatinumGames' latest action-adventure title. Coming after the massively successful and highly praised "Nier: Automata," the gaming world was excited to see what the studio’s next...

Upper Crust happily handed out cupcakes. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Taste of Chico celebrates food

Jessie Imhoff // September 23, 2019

There was much to see when walking down the streets of downtown Chico on Sunday. The Downtown Chico Business Association held their annual Taste of Chico, hosting a variety of vendors, including local...

The terrain looked better after the goats ate up the overgrowth. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Goats in Butte County help control overgrowth

Jessie Imhoff // September 17, 2019

A herd of 488 goats have been deployed in Upper Bidwell Park as a cost-saving measure to remove invasive species and dangerous plants, including those that pose a fire risk.The goats, owned by Capra Environmental...

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