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A billboard advertising cannabis delivery in Butte County, May 2021.

Delivering weed to Chico is not just easy money

Ava Norgrove // June 8, 2021

More than 15 companies, mostly based out of Sacramento, will now deliver cannabis to your door in Chico within the hour.  The Orion reached out to Bryon Thornton, one of the owners of Norcanna,...

Moldavite being sold at Lotus Flower Imports on May 18, 2021

TikTok dramatically impacts local crystal shops

Hunter Casperson // June 1, 2021

Crystal shops in Chico have experienced a dramatic spike in sales of the stone Moldavite, a phenomenon the owners credit to a new trend on TikTok.  “From mid-January until about two weeks ago,...

University Police trained to subdue active shooters

Melvin Bui, Reporter // May 13, 2021

In the wake of national gun violence, people have become more weary and paranoid about shootings. California is known for its strict gun laws, however counties with less than 200,000 population allow...

Houses built on the mountains just outside of Port-au-Prince. By Heather Suggitt on Unsplash

Seeing Haiti through native eyes

Melvin Bui, Reporter // May 13, 2021

Haiti is not a poor country, it's rich in culture and wondrous natural landscapes. Associated Students Adventure Outings gave students a free virtual tour of Haiti on May 4. It was facilitated by Jean...

The Voices That Echo

The Voices That Echo

Mary Cron, Reporter // May 12, 2021

His face smudged with dirt as his back pressed against the cold brick, he tucked his torn jacket around himself as he snuggled into the cold cracked concrete. My friend, Hunter and I had previously seen...

Earth Day is every day in Chico

Melvin Bui, Reporter // May 4, 2021

Collective action and protecting the environment is what Earth Day is all about. The holiday started on April 22, 1970 and Chico State has been celebrating it since the start. The first celebration was...

Chico State to host on-campus vaccination clinic

Chico State to host on-campus vaccination clinic

Matthew Wreden, News Editor // May 4, 2021

Chico State announced Tuesday that it will be holding a free on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 11 in Shurmer Gym for students, faculty and staff. In an email, President...

University Housing implements new COVID-19 rules

University Housing implements new COVID-19 rules

Melvin Bui, Reporter // May 4, 2021

New policies have been adopted by University Housing for the fall semester to reduce students’ exposure to COVID-19.  Wildcats applying for University Housing must be fully vaccinated by July...

California Capitol building, Sacramento.

Gavin Newsom Recall Update

Matthew Wreden and Ian Hilton // May 3, 2021

Of the near 1.5 million signatures needed to trigger the gubernatorial recall of Gavin Newsom, over 1.6 million have been verified as of last week. The signatures have been sent back to the 58 counties...

CSU, Chico University Farm located on 311 Nicholas C Shouten Ln. in Chico, Calif.

University Farm grows past hardships at their annual sale

Melvin Bui, Reporter // April 30, 2021

Chico State’s University Farm Greenhouses pruned past obstacles and had record sales at their annual spring sale this year.  The sale was four weekends long. It made $8000 the first week and...


(left to right): Kong, Sue, Ze, Dao, Teng, Cheng and Lang

(bottom, left to right): Zong, Dad, Mom, Chia and Pa.

Courtesy of Sheng Yang

A father’s dream fulfilled, a family’s legacy almost complete

Melvin Bui, Reporter // April 29, 2021

All 10 children from one Oroville family will soon share the same achievement: Chico State graduate Xue and Ong Moua Yang brought 10 children into this world: seven sons and three daughters. On May...

Policing Task Force meeting Zoom bombed with hate speech

Policing Task Force meeting Zoom bombed with hate speech

Mary Cron, Reporter // April 28, 2021

Chico State’s Policing Task Force hosted a meeting on Tuesday at approximately 5:30 p.m. Shortly after, the Zoom bombing began.   “It started out with kid’s noises, random noises,”...

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