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Shurmer Gym now a COVID-19 testing site

Matthew Wreden, News Editor // March 3, 2021

The Butte County Health Department announced Wednesday that it will turn Chico State’s Shurmer Gymnasium into a COVID-19 testing site starting March 4. The health department has teamed up with...

Front view of Kendall Hall

Chico State adds more detail for Fall 2021 reopening

Matthew Wreden, News Editor // February 25, 2021

Chico State hosted a “State of the Campus” webinar on Thursday to address plans for Fall 2021. News Items from the webinar included:  Chico State students will know which Fall 2021 classes...

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...

North Complex Fire reaches over 60% containment; officials warn residents to  monitor fire conditions

North Complex Fire reaches over 60% containment; officials warn residents to monitor fire conditions

Chloe Curtis and Matthew Wreden // September 19, 2020

The North Complex Zone has burned nearly 290,000 acres and surpassed 60% containment since Friday’s community briefing. The West Zone of the fire, which is in Butte County, has burned nearly 80,000...

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 18, 2020

North Complex Fire reaches 40% containment; now one of California’s Top 5 deadliest and largest wildfires

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis // September 18, 2020

The North Complex Fire has burned more than 10,000 acres since Wednesday’s community briefing—although weather conditions have been favorable in its gradual containment. “Between pandemics, other...

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 16, 2020

1 person remains missing in North Complex Fire; more than 600 structures destroyed

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis // September 16, 2020

Cal Fire officials confirmed Wednesday that at least 3.3 million acres have burned in California at a community briefing in Chico. This estimate is up from the 2.8 million acres that was reported on Tuesday.  Areas...

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 15, 2020

Firefighters gain ground on North Complex Fire; nearly 500 structures destroyed, 2 remain missing

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief // September 15, 2020

The North Complex Fire continues to blaze throughout Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties, engulfing over 273,000 acres at 34% containment.  News items from Tuesday’s community briefing included:  More...

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 13

1 new death, 2 remain missing in North Complex Fire; favorable weather conditions impeding fire’s spread

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis // September 14, 2020

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed one new death on Monday, bringing the North Complex Fire death toll to 15. News items from Monday’s community briefing included: Butte County has received...

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 13

2 additional deaths confirmed; unhealthy air to linger for weeks

Chloe Curtis and Matthew Wreden // September 13, 2020

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed two additional deaths Sunday, raising the North Complex Fire death toll to 14. The fire has burned more than 261,000 acres and containment is 26%. The West Zone...

Chico State will continue virtual instruction through spring 2021. Photo taken Sept. 2, 2020.

Chico State and CSU cancel in-person classes for Spring 2021 citing COVID-19 threat

Julian Mendoza, Mulitmedia Editor // September 10, 2020

Chico State will continue with virtual instruction for most classes next semester. The policy, handed down by CSU Chancellor Timothy White, applies to all 23 California State University campuses, according...

Campus on Sept. 9 during the North Complex Fire

North Complex Fire raging near Oroville; 3 dead, 12 missing, 2,000 structures damaged or destroyed

Chloe Curtis, Kimberly Morales, and Matthew Wreden // September 9, 2020

A Butte County fire task force held a press conference Wednesday night on Facebook Live to update the community on the rapidly evolving North Complex Fire near Oroville.   “This is the...

Kendall Hall on Sept. 1, 2020. Chico State's Administration officially moves to fully online semester amid COVID-19 spikes, empties the dorms.

COVID-19 spike for 18-24 year olds forced Chico State’s decision to close dorms, end remaining in-person classes

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief // September 1, 2020

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson hosted a virtual press conference on Sept.1 to address several concerns and newsworthy points regarding the university’s decision to cancel all in-person classes...

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