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Police respond to rumors of man on campus asking suspicious questions

Police respond to rumors of man on campus asking suspicious questions

Kendall George

March 4, 2019

Updates: Earlier, it was reported that the Chico Police Department responded Monday morning to the rumors of a suspicious subject being on campus. It was actually the University Police Department who responded. There has also been a confirmation that the suspect was not on campus Monday morning according...

‘Buck-a-Box’ yard sale raises fuel funds for fire evacuees

‘Buck-a-Box’ yard sale raises fuel funds for fire evacuees

Trenton Taylor

February 27, 2019

One week after the Camp Fire in November 2018, an empty building in Glenn County was repurposed, becoming a donation center for Camp Fire evacuees. The overflow of support from the community ensured inventory was never low. The First Lutheran Church of Orland hosted a three-day yardless yard sale...

Consistent rainfall causes a string of evacuations

Consistent rainfall causes a string of evacuations

Gordy Papalias

February 26, 2019

6:50 p.m.Butte County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation notices for all residents on Alberton Avenue due to flooding in Little Chico Creek Tuesday Evening.7:00p.m.This was followed by another evacuation of the Rock Creek Levee area just 10 minutes later.The Rock Creek Levee area begins “at the railroad track...

Community members look toward the future of Paradise

Community members look toward the future of Paradise

Gordy Papalias

February 25, 2019

Cheers erupted from over 100 people in the Paradise Alliance Church on Friday, as community members received a promise that their town will be rebuilt after the Camp Fire disaster. The Paradise Town Council members put the meeting together and Barry Long, the CEO of Urban Design Associates, was the...

Mike G takes insults for a good cause, raising money for Camp Fire survivors

Mike G takes insults for a good cause, raising money for Camp Fire survivors

Olyvia Simpson

February 25, 2019

What would it take for you to sit in front of an audience and be publicly ridiculed in the name of comedy? For Mike Griffith, also known as “Mike G Ride,” it took having both a winning personality and it being for a good cause — raising money for Camp Fire victims. The comedy roast of the Chico...

Paradise victims learn to cope with grief

Paradise victims learn to cope with grief

Julian Mendoza

February 21, 2019

A support session was held for those struggling with handling grief from the Camp Fire. The event, Wildcats Rise- Managing Through Grief and Loss, focused on what to expect after a tragedy like the Camp Fire. The event covered grief as something someone needs to go through, it can't be avoided according to Russ Hansen, a marriage and family therapist who spok...

#ClimateUprising raises concerns for areas prone to climate-induced disasters

#ClimateUprising raises concerns for areas prone to climate-induced disasters

Trenton Taylor

February 19, 2019

A camera stabilized on a 30-foot crane captured a crowd standing in snow and hail, holding up a #ClimateUprising banner as a call-to-action to find solutions for the changing climate. Followed by the banner, participants spelled out “#ClimateUprising” by lying on the ground of the driveway into the...

State of the City meeting addresses Chico’s housing crisis

State of the City meeting addresses Chico’s housing crisis

Nate Rettinger

February 18, 2019

Prominent figures of Chico came together Friday in an attempt to solve some of the city's issues, including the looming housing-crisis. Around 100 people gathered at the Chico Area Recreation and Park District center to listen to local leaders present data and solutions they had gathered. The meeting...

Feather River hospital to close, over 1,200 employees to be laid off

Feather River hospital to close, over 1,200 employees to be laid off

Kendall George

February 14, 2019

Feather River Hospital medical center campus in Butte County will not be reopening after Camp Fire damage, according to a press release on the Adventist Health website released Wednesday morning. Feather River Hospital was previously a 101-bed, acute-care hospital, and the leading employer in Paradise. Ov...

Two years later, questions about the Oroville Dam Spillway remain unanswered

Two years later, questions about the Oroville Dam Spillway remain unanswered

Natalie Hanson

February 13, 2019

Historic Evacuation On the morning of Feb 12, two years ago, the Oroville Dam had been brimming with overflowing rainwater for days. The surrounding county of Butte and the residents of Oroville had been watching the levels threatening to flow over the top of the dam since Feb. 7, as the spillways releas...

Camp Fire memorial service held at reopening of Paradise Performing Arts Center

Camp Fire memorial service held at reopening of Paradise Performing Arts Center

Julian Mendoza

February 12, 2019

A celebration of life was held in the Paradise Performing Arts Center in memory of the 86 lives lost from the Camp Fire. The event featured multiple artists including singers, a choir and pianist, dancers and guitarists who all performed in front of a large audience on Friday. This was the grand reopening...

Students and community members speak at 3rd annual People’s State of the Union

Students and community members speak at 3rd annual People’s State of the Union

Gordy Papalias

February 11, 2019

Culture, pride, fake news and more were discussed at the 3rd annual People's State of the Union last Thursday. The event was put on by Slow Theatre at the 1078 Art Gallery on 1710 Park Ave. Each speaker had the opportunity to share stories that were personal to them and information that would have a positive impact on their co...

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