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A CHP car stopped for traffic control at Fawndale Road and I5 in Redding, CA. Photo taken March 9, courtesy of Michael Steinberg.

Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency for flooding, winter storm

Noah Herbst, Managing Editor // March 9, 2023

Governor Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency for a mid-March winter storm. The announcement was made March 8, and affects 21 different counties throughout the state, including those in the Bay Area,...

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Chico State offers abortion pills to students

Molly Myers, Editor-in-Chief // March 7, 2023

WellCat Health Center at Chico State is now offering abortion pills to students. Chico State media relations coordinator Sean Murphy said the pills are available in “limited quantities” and that the...

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School of Education awarded $13.4 million grant creating student-to-teacher pipeline

Melvin Bui, Contributor // March 6, 2023

Although Chico State’s enrollment is at a historical low, the opportunity to grow as a professional in the School of Education is not. The U.S. Department of Education awarded Chico State Enterprises...

hand holding white test strip dipped in small cup of water on table. Also on table is an ID, A pill broken in half and a piece of paper with drug info.

Chico State vs. fentanyl

Abbigail Kovac and Molly Myers // February 28, 2023

Chico State is providing students free naloxone and fentanyl test strips to help combat the opioid crisis within the campus community.  Naloxone is a nasal injection that reverses the effects...

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Skateboarding on campus: Photos of the week

Molly Myers, Editor-in-Chief // February 27, 2023

Clarification: This article previously stated that skateboarding was allowed on campus. Skateboarding is only allowed in the bike lanes on campus. Bruno Silva-Sanchez, a 16-year-old Chico High School...

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What to do and expect during AS general election season

Ariana Powell, City Editor // February 26, 2023

The beginning of the spring semester means the start of classes and the ending of some university careers. It also means that it’s time for the Associated Students general election, a time to elect...

A family of ducks pass by in the partially frozen Mary Lake in Redding, CA. Photo by Timothy Adams, taken Feb. 24.

Parts of the North State now a winter wonderland

Noah Herbst, Managing editor // February 24, 2023

A winter storm touched down on the north state and brought a rare snow to some lower-than-usual elevations around the 1,000-foot-level. Below are photos gathered by The Orion of snow in different areas....

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Live storm updates: large tree down in Chico

Michael Steinberg , Contributor // February 23, 2023

9:48 a.m. Sunday There are new updates regarding PG&E outages in the Butte County area, according to the PG&E outage map: 1,326 customers are without power in the Forest Ranch area, power...

Fallen ginkgo tree on Kendall lawn

Large pine tree falls on campus

Daisy Giselle Costilla-Jaimes, Contributor // February 21, 2023

Early afternoon on Feb. 21, at around 2:30 p.m. a large Canary Island pine tree fell on Kendall lawn in front of Kendall Hall due to extremely high winds.  University Police and Facilities Management...

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Rare winter storm watch issued for Chico, Greater Northern Sacramento Valley

Michael Steinberg, Contributor // February 21, 2023

The National Weather Service Sacramento issued a historically rare winter storm watch Tuesday morning for Chico, along with the Central and Northern Sacramento Valley. The watch will take place from...

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Student’s drunk-driving sentence reduced to misdemeanor 

Noah Herbst and Molly Myers // February 20, 2023

On Jan. 4, Chico State student Cole Carpenter was sentenced to three years probation for striking a pedestrian while under the influence of alcohol, on the night of Oct. 22, 2022.  The terms of...

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Adderall shortage reaches its fourth month,  leaves many without medication 

Emily Russell, Reporter // February 20, 2023

On Oct. 12, 2022, the FDA announced a shortage of the mixed salts that make up the brand-name stimulant medication, Adderall. According to the FDA report, it is expected the shortage will last until early...

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