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Butte County moves back to most restrictive Tier 1 status amid COVID-19 surge

Graphic made by Hana Beaty
November 16, 2020

Butte County has moved back into the most restrictive Tier 1 status in California’s reopening plan following a spike in COVID-19 cases reported by The Orion last week.  Businesses are expected...

COVID-19 uptick could mean another setback for Butte County

Graphic made by Hana Beaty
November 15, 2020

Butte County may be reverting back to Tier 2 status amidst an uptick in COVID-19 cases. If the trend continues, Butte County will re-enter Tier 2 by Nov. 17.  “I am very concerned to see an...

City Council discusses marijuana sale fees; tensions among council members run high on election night

Citizen Charles Withuhn criticizes the councils handling of the Homeless Oppurtunity plan.
November 5, 2020

Citizens of Chico gathered in City Hall on the night of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, and two key issues stood out — the acceptance of California Alcohol and Beverage grant and the establishment...

Early Chico City Council election results suggest incumbent defeats, conservative gains

Unofficial election results show a trend of conservative wins for Chico City Council seats. Photo taken on Nov. 3 by Kimberly Morales
November 4, 2020

Unofficial results from the 2020 election in Butte County show steady Democratic support nationally but strong conservative gains in the contentious city council races. All results remain unofficial...

Denney and LaMalfa on the issues affecting the 1st Congressional District

Doug LaMalfa and Audrey Denney are fighting for the same seat once again following their 2018 race.
October 22, 2020

(Quotations for Audrey Denney were sourced from an interview with The Orion; quotations for Doug LaMalfa were sourced from a community forum debate that was hosted by the League of Women Voters. Orion...

‘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
October 14, 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...

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
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...

Two Chico State Nursing students launch COVID-19 video campaign

Graphic made by Jacob Collier
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...

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
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...

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
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...

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.
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...

Chico businesses hit with triple-whammy: state restrictions, COVID-19 and fire smoke

The past month businesses in Chico have faced the impacts of both the global pandemic and unhealthy air conditions caused by nearby wildfires. Photo taken Sept. 16, 2020.
September 20, 2020

Butte County Public Health held a meeting Thursday, Sept. 17 where some Chico business owners and other community members expressed outrage over state- and county-mandated restrictions. Recent fires,...

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