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‘Violence Suppression Unit’: Chico Police Department’s response to an increase in violent crime

The Violence Suppression Unit will target crimes such as homicide, felony assault and robbery. Photo Credit: Joel Moret on Sept 26

Joel Moret, Reporter

October 15, 2020

In response to a community increase in crime since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chico Police Department has created a new task force: the Violence Suppression Unit. The new unit began work on Sept 17.  “For a variety of reasons, including the COVID-19 Pandemic, there has been an increase in P...

Chico State opens vacant dorms to house North Complex firefighters

Lassen Hall will is one of the two Chico State on-campus residence halls to open it's doors to house first responders

Dylan Griffith, Reporter

October 11, 2020

Chico State announced that it will be housing up to 200 firefighters in on-campus housing that was recently closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks. They will be used by firefighters who are currently battling the North Complex fires. “Chico State announced October 6th that they are partnering with the Office of E...

WREC to reopen under limited county guidelines

The WREC will reopen for limited indoor activity on Oct. 19

Kimberly Morales, News Editor

October 10, 2020

Chico State’s Wildcat Recreation Center will begin its reopening process on Oct. 19 after Butte County was moved to a lower-risk tier in California’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines. The fitness center, which at one point served thousands of people, will be operating at10% capacity with strict sa...

Two Chico State Nursing students launch COVID-19 video campaign

Graphic made by Jacob Collier

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2020

Chico State senior nursing students, Isaac Padilla and Tasha Haase have partnered with Butte County Public Health to gather comprehensive data from Chico State students, faculty and alumni about their individual experiences with COVID-19.  Padilla and Haase rolled out a Google Form earlier th...

Vice presidential candidates discuss COVID-19, the economy and higher education in 2nd election debate

Graphic made by Hana Beaty

Joel Moret, Reporter

October 9, 2020

The vice presidential debate for the 2020 election aired on Wednesday night, between current Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic candidate, Kamala Harris.  As compared to the first presidential debate last week, this debate was more civil, with fewer interruptions and less shouting. Mod...

2020 Presidential Debates Kick-off to a Fiery Start

The first presidential debate hosted topics such as the pandemic, Supreme Court nominations and the economy.

Joel Moret, Reporter

October 3, 2020

President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in the first debate for the 2020 presidential election on Tuesday, exceeding the already expected level of contention. There will be two more presidential debates before election day.  As compared to debates for pr...

Q&A: Chancellor-select discusses COVID-19 enrollment, student fees, UPD and more

A photo of CSU chancellor select, Dr. Joseph I. Castro

Kimberly Morales and Chloe Curtis

October 1, 2020

Dr. Joseph I. Castro, CSU chancellor-select, participated in a press conference for student media on Wednesday to answer questions for student-journalists across the 23-campus system.  Castro is currently sitting as President of California State University, Fresno and will assume the position as th...

Butte County taken off most restrictive COVID-19 risk level, more businesses to open

Butte County taken off most restrictive COVID-19 risk level, more businesses to open

Kimberly Morales, Reporter

September 30, 2020

Butte County has moved to a less restrictive tier in California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy and will now have the ability to open limited indoor dining, gyms, and more, Butte County Public Health announced on Tuesday.  The tier system reflects California’s guidelines for expanding and suppressing activity in order to reduce the ...

Dr. Joseph I. Castro appointed as new CSU chancellor, historic decision for the CSU system

Future CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro; Courtsey of CSU

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

September 25, 2020

The California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday appointed Dr. Joseph I. Castro as the eighth chancellor for the CSU system. The historic decision makes Castro the first Mexican American and California native in this position.  Monica Lozano, College Futures president and CEO, hos...

Over 1,200 homes destroyed in North Complex Fire; fire weather watch in effect this weekend

Over 1,200 homes destroyed in North Complex Fire; fire weather watch in effect this weekend

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2020

The North Complex Fire is nearing containment at 78% after over 301,700 acres have burned since the fire erupted earlier this month.  News items from the community briefing included:  Over 1,200 single-residence structures have been destroyed The grand total of destroyed structures...

What District Are You In? City Council Elections Right Around the Corner

Odd-numbered districts in Chico will be up for election on Nov. 3.

Joel Moret, Reporter

September 22, 2020

The first Chico City Council general municipal election since the introduction of a new district map is set for Nov. 3.  The approved map branched Chico into seven districts. District 4, which contains communities closest to Chico State, will not be voting for a representative this November. Ho...

College Republicans Held Public Event Calling for Chico State to Dismiss Tenured Professor

Chico State Republicans President Michael Curry announced the call for the termination of employment and more against assistant professor Lindsay Briggs. Photo taken Sept. 17, 2020.

Kimberly Morales, News Editor

September 20, 2020

Chico State Republicans held a public event outside Trinity Hall on Thursday morning to call for the termination of Dr. Lindsay Briggs, a tenured associate professor in the Department of Public Health & Health Services Administration. The Orion did not attempt to verify or dismiss the allegations mad...

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