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The Highway 149 Widening and Interchange while under construction over a decade ago. (Photo courtesy of Jon Clark).

County proposes plan to speed up construction development

December 15, 2015

A new plan aims to make development quicker and less expensive in Butte County, while simultaneously protecting the environment. The proposed Butte Regional Conservation Plan would give local cities...

Jason Roberts, senior environmental science supervisor for California Department of Fish and Wildlife, reported that the salmon population has further decreased in the past year. Photo courtesy of Jason Roberts.

Salmon population continues to decline

December 14, 2015

The salmon population has continued to decline in the Sacramento River because of depleting water levels and increasing temperatures. This is after nearly 95 percent of the Winter Run Chinook salmon died...

Courtney Silver, second-year graduate biology major on the AS Sustainability Committee, emphasizes the fact that the

‘Trash talkers’ spread the word about change to composting efforts

December 5, 2015

Since the change in composting at Chico State, students have been mobilized to talk trash across campus. But it's not the trash talk that first comes to mind, they're literally talking about trash.The...

The view of Butte Creek Canyon as seen from Lookout Point on Skyway is muddied with smoke from local fires on Monday, Sept. 14. Photo credit: Alicia Brogden

Fire prevention in wake of destructive fires

Austin Herbaugh // September 29, 2015

The Valley fire north of Napa is now one of the top three most destructive wildfires in California history, burning more than 1,200 homes near Middletown. There have been more than 5,300 wildfires...

Many trees may experience sudden limb drop— a phenomenon that usually happens during drought conditions where limbs can fall unexpectedly due to water build up. Photo credit: Sara-Elizabeth Whitchurch

Chico summers send tree branches crashing down

Austin Herbaugh // September 7, 2015

The thought of falling tree branches is usually associated with an intense winter storm with high winds. While storms can cause branches and trees to fall, hot summer days can do the same. The average...

Chico State is making an effort to conserve water by not watering lawns and embracing the dead look. Photo credit: Alicia Brogden

Chico State reduces water usage by 43 percent

Austin Herbaugh // August 30, 2015

It's hard not to notice the dead lawns when walking around campus. Signs that read things such as "brown is the new green" are hard to miss. Cutting off water to some lawns is just one of Chico State's...

The Chico Municipal Airport has been sending planes to provide aid to the 14 active California wildfires Photo credit: John Domogma

Chico airport used as an air base to fight wildfires

Austin Herbaugh // August 24, 2015

Fourteen major wildfires are burning across California, leaving thousands of acres charred and covering much of the state in a blanket of smoke. Resources are being pulled from all over California to fight...

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