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Photos taken by Shae Pastrana and edited in Adobe Spark. What a bare garden bed can look like a month and a half later. Sunflowers are almost blooming!

Gardening builds health and empowers communities

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // May 19, 2021

Between the sunlight and my plants, a misty rainbow greets me every morning as I water my lush green babies. The dopamine from a hand glued to a smartphone doesn’t compare to the mood that I get from...

The sprawling garden area of the Kentfield Garden near East 1st Ave.

Dirt to soil, worms & leftovers

Jessica Shippelhoute and Erin Holve // May 17, 2021

What is composting and why does it matter? The first rays of sunlight beamed across the sleeping town of Chico as the low rumble of garbage trucks sounded off the Esplanade. Many Chico residents are...

The African American Family Cultural Center in Oroville.

KOYO Media Project a ‘light in the community,’ fighting against broadcast inequity

Erin Holve and Shae Pastrana // May 11, 2021

In downtown Atlanta, there sits a small brick building that was the home to the first black-owned radio station – WERD – in the United States in the 1950s. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other...

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Why should I cancel the governor?

Ian Hilton, Reporter // May 10, 2021

This fall, we will be asked to decide whether or not to retain Gavin Newsom as our governor. As Republicans across the country decry the unfairness of cancel culture, they demand the cancelling of voting...

Alex Martin and his dad Jeff running a marathon in Santa Cruz, Calif in May 2017.

How running changed my life

Alex Martin, Sports Editor // May 6, 2021

My breathing is arduous as I pick up speed, making it tougher to talk. I always remind myself that the pain that comes with running is temporary. The rhythmic sound of my feet hitting the pavement reminds...

Photo by Shae Pastrana.
The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit experience.

Pandemic-stricken arts economy questions meaning of ‘essential’

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // May 2, 2021

Nearly 130 years after his death, Van Gogh still lives. I struggle to find words to describe my experience at the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit that opened last month in San Francisco. Overwhelmed with...

‘Waffles + Mochi’ lends hope for a food-secure future

‘Waffles + Mochi’ lends hope for a food-secure future

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // April 20, 2021

If you have children and a Netflix account, then you might already be familiar with the new series ‘Waffles + Mochi.’ If, like me, you haven’t budged from your juvenile tastes, despite these crazy...

Graphic made by Erin Holve

The lasting effect of COVID-19: guilt

Erin Holve, Opinion Editor // April 8, 2021

We’ve officially hit the one-year mark since COVID-19 forever changed our lives. I had hoped to make it this far avoiding the archenemy of society, coronavirus.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t so...

Close up of a bee on a white flower on the Chico State campus.

Lessons in mindfulness commemorate 2020 lockdown

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // March 31, 2021

The smell of bees dancing in rosemary flowers, to the music of birdsongs, added ambience to the sunlight’s warm hugs as it pierced through the tree canopy. As I appreciate this moment, new, warm air...

Image created by Erin Holve

‘Promising Young Woman’ holds a mirror to society’s complicity in rape culture

Erin Holve, Opinion Editor // March 11, 2021

From the beginning, “Promising Young Woman,” doesn’t hide from its leading theme: the complicity of society in rape culture. It hides the gruesome reality of the female experience with a traditional...

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Municipalization: California’s path to power

Ian Hilton, Opinion Columnist // March 11, 2021

North state residents recently received some less-than-ideal news regarding their gas and electric utility services. Pacific Gas & Electric announced a broad plan to raise rates by an average of 4.6%. PG&E...

Texas conundrum old hat to Californians

Texas conundrum old hat to Californians

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // March 5, 2021

Aside from human responsibility, I think our solidarity with Texas comes from shared experience. Anyone who’s questioning reasons to support a state whose leaders mocked us should remember similar struggles...

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