The Orion

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.

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 reporters reached out to the LaMalfa campaign to organize an interview and did not receive a respo...

‘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

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 a variety of reasons, including the COVID-19 Pandemic, there has been an increase in P...

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

Dylan Griffith, Reporter

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 the North Complex fires. “Chico State announced October 6th that they are partnering with the Office of E...

Two Chico State Nursing students launch COVID-19 video campaign

Graphic made by Jacob Collier

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

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 individual experiences with COVID-19.  Padilla and Haase rolled out a Google Form earlier th...

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

Kimberly Morales, Reporter

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 announced on Tuesday.  The tier system reflects California’s guidelines for expanding and suppressing activity in order to reduce the ...

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 1,200 single-residence structures have been destroyed The grand total of destroyed structures...

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.

Joel Moret, Reporter

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 contains communities closest to Chico State, will not be voting for a representative this November. Ho...

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.

Dylan Griffith, Reporter

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, an uptick in COVID-19 deaths and strict reopening guidelines have increased tensions in the politic...

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

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

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 fires, civil unrest, I just want to make sure that people don’t forget this incident,” sai...

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

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 13

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 182 welfare calls; 165 people have been located, 2 are unaccounted for and 15 are confirmed dead2 new a...

2 additional deaths confirmed; unhealthy air to linger for weeks

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 13

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 of the fire in Butte County has burned 74,000 acres and is 18% contained. “A critical period of weath...

3 more deaths from North Complex Fire; task force preparing for harsher weather conditions

Screenshot of damaged structures from CalFire's interactive map

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis

September 12, 2020

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed 3 more deaths Saturday, raising the North Complex Fire death toll to 12.  The fire has burned more than 250,000 acres but remains at 21% containment. In the West Zone, 73,000 acres have burned and containment is only 10%. An additional 3,000 acres have b...

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