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Siskiyou county votes to secede from California

Lindsay Pincus

September 10, 2013


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The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted to secede from California with a 4-1 vote Sept. 3 with an intent to form their own state. Many residents had complaints including a lack representation in Sacramento, being deprived  of water rights and excessive fire taxes, as reported by the Record ...

Chico State representatives appointed to ‘green’ task force

Bill Hall

September 10, 2013


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Chico State faculty and alumni were among those selected as members of the newly reinstituted Sustainability Task Force at the City Council meeting Sept. 3. Fourteen applicants were reviewed for the seven-member committee. After a preliminary vote in which each of the seven council members selected...

The thinning blue line

Jessie Severin

September 10, 2013


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Crime is increasing in Chico, and the number of police officers available to fight it is at a decade-long low. City officials, police officers and former public safety officials are all calling the lack of sworn police officers an ongoing problem compounded by the city’s recent cuts to funding...

University police give chief low ranking

Mozes Zarate

September 10, 2013


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Chico State’s police chief was rated poorly by her fellow officers for the second year in a row in a survey conducted on behalf of a statewide university police officers organization. In the survey, one of many published by the Statewide University Police Association, Chief Robyn Hearne was ranked...

Friends, family of Brett Olson raised money to promote Labor Day safety

Lindsay Pincus

September 9, 2013


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The Campus Alcohol Drug and Education Center received a check from friends and family of Brett Olson, the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student who drowned while floating in the Sacramento River, to promote safety during Labor Day weekend. The donation, which was received a couple of weeks ago, was announced...

Police: Booze ban leads to fewer arrests

Nicholas Carr

September 7, 2013


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From Friday night to Saturday night, police made 43 arrests, as opposed to 84 arrests made during the same period in 2012, according to a Chico Police press release. Calls for assistance during that time also dropped from 1243 in 2012 to 889. The offenses that triggered the weekend’s arrests included: 27 drunks in public 1 assault ...

Chico State rated ‘green’ by Princeton

Chico State rated ‘green’ by Princeton

Bill Hall

September 7, 2013


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Farm-to-table lunches. Alternative transportation programs. Composting and recycling. Student resident hall competitions to reduce energy use. These are just a few of the programs that Chico State engages in while traveling the long path to a sustainable campus. For the second year in a row,...

Limb fall probably caused by water load

Limb fall probably caused by water load

Risa Johnson

September 7, 2013


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An arborist who examined the limb that fell from a tree and killed a student concluded last week that the branch probably fell because it became heavier after absorbing extra water for the summer. The university had two arborists examine the tree after Pa Houa Lor, an aspiring nurse and second-year ...

Labor Day sobers under police vigil

Nicholas Carr

September 7, 2013


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Bringing an end to the chaotic revelry of years past, Butte and Glenn county law enforcement descended on the Sacramento River last weekend to enforce an alcohol ban targeted at the traditional Labor Day float. Last year’s float saw roughly 10,000 people on the river, said Sgt. Kirk Coon, a s...

Faculty, alumni join city’s green committee

Bill Hall

September 4, 2013


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Chico State faculty and alumni were among those up for consideration as the City Council selected seven committee members for the newly reconstituted Sustainability Task Force on Tuesday night. Fourteen applicants were reviewed for the seven-member committee. After a ballot in which each of the...

Memorial planned for student killed by falling branch

Nicholas Carr

August 31, 2013


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A public memorial for the student killed by a falling tree branch will be held Monday at Bidwell Chapel. Pa Houa Lor, a sophomore behavioral health and science major with aspirations of becoming a nurse, died Tuesday after she was hit by a red oak tree limb between Butte Hall and Lasse...

UPDATE: Student killed by falling branch identified

Bill Hall

August 31, 2013


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The student killed by a falling tree branch between Lassen Hall and Butte Hall was identified by campus officials this morning. Pa Houa Lor, a sophomore health science major, was struck on the head by a red oak tree limb that fell about 20 feet at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, said Joe Wills, a spokesperson fo...

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