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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...

The Plant Barn and Gifts remains open for business, inviting all to continue to grow. Photo by Ian Hilton, 4/17/2021.

The Plant Barn’s rooted resolve: A portrait of growth against the backdrop of pandemic

Ian HIlton, Reporter // April 20, 2021

The Plant Barn and Gifts is no stranger to hardship. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a bane for many businesses, but The Plant Barn owner and Chico State alumna Denise Kelley has proven that, with hard...

Courtesy of Butte County Sheriff's Office of the info cam from BCSO.

Crime Blotter: Fentanyl

Mary Cron, Reporter // April 18, 2021

Northbound drug bust  Butte County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tyler Hardwick was conducting a routine traffic stop on April 9 when his K-9 alerted him to the presence of narcotics. Upon searching...

Chico City Council Building on Sept. 2, 2020

City council explores new approaches to homelessness, lethal force

Kelsey Ogle, Arts & Entertainment Editor // April 9, 2021

Several approaches to the mental health aspects of homelessness, police brutality and lethal force were discussed and debated in Tuesday night's city council meeting. However, the only specific decisions...

Alexa Benson-Valavanis, who served as president and CEO of The North Valley Community Foundation since July 2005, and engineered a new business model mobilizing social entrepreneurs and philanthropists locally and around the globe, is photographed at NVCF on Monday, April 4, 2019 in Chico, Calif. 
(Jason Halley/University Photographer/CSU Chico)

Dreams of saving home become reality

Melvin Bui, Reporter // April 6, 2021

As charred smoke filled the sky of Butte County on the first day of the Camp Fire, Alexa Benson-Valavanis, a 2000 Chico State alumna, sprung to aid the community. As president and CEO of the North Valley...

Chico Scrap Metal remains at its 20th Street location despite city rezoning ordinances. February 2, 2021.

Chico Scrap Metal controversy continues

Ian Hilton, Reporter // February 4, 2021

Citizen protests and ongoing litigation remain a nuisance for Chico’s sole remaining scrap metal and recycling center, suggesting an uncertain future for the city’s disposal service needs. Chico...

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

Joel Moret, Reporter // 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...

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COVID-19 uptick could mean another setback for Butte County

Joel Moret, Reporter // 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...

Citizen Charles Withuhn criticizes the councils handling of the Homeless Oppurtunity plan.

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

Chloe Curtis and Alex Martin // 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...

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

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

Kimberly Morales, News Editor // 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...

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

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

Joel Moret, Reporter // 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...

The Violence Suppression Unit will target crimes such as homicide, felony assault and robbery. Photo Credit: Joel Moret on Sept 26

‘Violence Suppression Unit’: Chico Police Department’s response to an increase in violent crime

Joel Moret, Reporter // October 15, 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...

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