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National and local organizations provide safe spaces for child evacuees

National and local organizations provide safe spaces for child evacuees

Brian Luong

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News

Patty Henry had six hours to prepare for her flight from her home in Colorado after receiving a call around 9 a.m. asking if she could be a project manager for the Camp Fire.“This was the fastest one [disaster] I’ve ever had to move on,” Henry said.Henry is one of the over 3,000 volun...

Butte County organization seeks to reduce drug overdoses

Butte County organization seeks to reduce drug overdoses

Amelia Storm

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News

A local harm reduction group is looking to combat the rise of opioid abuse and overdose among Butte County residents. In light of the Camp Fire, members of the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition (NVHRC) have been visiting unofficial shelters to provide sharp containers for needles and opioid o...

Chico State student loses mother and Paradise home during the Camp Fire

Chico State student loses mother and Paradise home during the Camp Fire

Yaritza Ayon

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News

Christina Taft woke up early, Nov. 8, to a neighbor urging her to evacuate. She initially didn't take the evacuation order seriously, but after showering she began to pack up her car. Christina said she packed for about an hour before noticing that her 66 year-old mother, Victoria Taft, was still in...

Butte College weathers the Camp Fire, lends assistance to Cal Fire and students

Butte College weathers the Camp Fire, lends assistance to Cal Fire and students

Josh Cozine

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News, Showcase

President of Butte College, Samia Yaqub, stood up and walked over to the south-facing window of her office on the third floor of the Student and Administrative Services building of the college’s main campus. From the high vantage point she began pointing out burnt and blackened patches of fields that...

University Box Office helps to organize meetings during the Camp Fire

University Box Office helps to organize meetings during the Camp Fire

Olyvia Simpson

December 4, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, News

During the two weeks of the Camp Fire emergency, many of the meetings and briefings providing information to the community were held at Laxson Auditorium. Box Office coordinator Christopher Zinna said that Cal Fire and the Town of Paradise contacted Stephen Cummins, director of Chico Performances, w...

GSEC hosts 20th annual women’s conference

GSEC hosts 20th annual women’s conference

Justin Jackson

December 3, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition, Saturday, hosted the 20th Annual Women’s Conference: Women in Power, Empower Women. This conference aims to create a safe university environment that promotes the personal, educational and professional growth of all women.In a dead quiet room, attendees ...

Butte County Office of Education helps teachers assist students

Butte County Office of Education helps teachers assist students

Justin Jackson

December 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, News

Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) held an event, Thursday, to help teachers and other school staff support students after the Camp Fire. As people filled the upper and lower seats of the auditorium, the opening slide of the PowerPoint had a quote from the presenters advising attendees to sit...

The Orion’s Camp Fire Newscast

The Orion’s Camp Fire Newscast

Alex Grant

November 28, 2018


Filed under Camp Fire, Campus, Community, Multimedia, News, Showcase, Video

Nearly three weeks ago the Camp Fire flames ignited Paradise and several neighboring Butte County communities. The fire burned through 153,336 acres of Butte County. The thick, toxic smoke spread to cities as close as Chico to cities as far as San Francisco. Now that first-responders have fully contained...

FEMA plans to stay in Chico as Camp Fire statistics continue to rise

FEMA plans to stay in Chico as Camp Fire statistics continue to rise

Mathew Miranda

November 28, 2018


Filed under Camp Fire, Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will continue operating at the local assistance center in Chico until Jan.12, at the earliest. However, the probability of staying beyond that date remains high according to FEMA officials. The Stafford Act, a prescriptive law approved by Congress dic...

Camp Fire Story: Model United Nations Adviser John Crosby

Camp Fire Story: Model United Nations Adviser John Crosby

Justin Jackson

November 28, 2018


Filed under Camp Fire, Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News

John Crosby, political science instructor and Model U.N. Adviser, lost his home in Magalia due to the Camp Fire. The following is the story of how he traveled across the nation without knowing the status of his home. The morning of the fire John Crosby and his students were headed to a Model U.N. c...

Volunteers seek to reunify Camp Fire animals with owners

Volunteers seek to reunify Camp Fire animals with owners

Olyvia Simpson

November 27, 2018


Filed under Camp Fire, Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News, Showcase

Thousands of people have been displaced by the Camp Fire, and so have their pets. Hundreds of animals have been rescued from evacuation sites but many are still waiting to be reunited with their owners. “We are currently in the reunification phase where animals are being picked up by their owners,”...

Camp Fire Day One: Thousands evacuate through Paradise and Chico

Camp Fire Day One: Thousands evacuate through Paradise and Chico

Mathew Miranda, Josh Cozine, Natalie Hanson, and Alex Grant

November 8, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Camp Fire, Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News, Showcase

Extreme western winds push flames and smoke through Paradise in the first day of the Camp Fire. Updated 9:45 a.m. Friday CalFire's most recent briefing confirmed that the Camp Fire is at an estimated 70,000 acres of damage, and is 5 percent contained. Weather conditions and firefighting efforts ...

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