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Chico’s isolation has benefits

Chico’s isolation has benefits

Alex Horne and Helen Suh

April 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Have you ever felt when you're in Chico like you're stuck out in the middle of nowhere? Sometimes I feel this way, but I have come to realize it isn't necessarily a downside as I once thought it was.Most who attend Chico State come from California and compared to most of California, Chico is relativel...

Local event returns to encourage families to live a healthy lifestyle

Local event returns to encourage families to live a healthy lifestyle

Michelle Zhu

April 10, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

Next Saturday Chicoans can participate in the 10th Annual Growing Healthy Children Walk and Run. The no-cost walk/run tries to promote healthy lifestyles through nutrition and staying active.Families can choose from a one-mile loop, 5K loop or short sprints for children. There will also be refreshmen...

Chico is bringing back bike police

Chico is bringing back bike police

Kayla Fitzgerald

April 8, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

Police bike units will begin patrolling Bidwell Park and downtown areas in the upcoming summer months.Tuesday, Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien said two officers will be patrolling those areas to enhance enforcement.The patrol is scheduled to begin at the end of May or early June, and will last about tw...

‘Cats in the Community give back

‘Cats in the Community give back

Dominique Diaz

March 31, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

Watch video at end of story for student involvement. "We're helping the community!" could be heard throughout downtown Chico as several students yelled at passers-by on their way to lower Bidwell Park. Hundreds of students gathered at the Wildcat Recreation Center March 31 to participate in 'Cats...

The Bidwell ‘Perks’ of volunteering

The Bidwell ‘Perks’ of volunteering

Amelia Storm

March 23, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

The city of Chico is hoping to gain a helping hand by hosting training for community members wishing to volunteer in Bidwell Park. There are currently two types of volunteers through the city’s park services. The first are Park Watch volunteers, who act as ambassadors to the park and commit to 4...

Cycling club celebrates artwork at Bidwell Park

Cycling club celebrates artwork at Bidwell Park

Michael Arias

February 27, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The sculpture named "Decide and Ride" was officially recognized by the public Friday afternoon at the ribbon-cutting ceremony where people gathered to take a look at the new art piece in Bidwell Park. The Chico Velo Club started fundraising for the art project in late 2012. After meetings and discussions...

Fire prevention in wake of destructive fires

Fire prevention in wake of destructive fires

Austin Herbaugh

September 29, 2015


Filed under News

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 statewide this year, altogether scorching almost 300,000 acres, according to Cal Fire. With no i...

Chico State athletes wow at Wake Fest

Chico State athletes wow at Wake Fest

Sabrina Grislis

September 22, 2015


Filed under Features, Multimedia, Video

  Soul id, a Chico-based social media website for action sport athletes and photographers, hosted the 2015 Wake Fest, the first wakeboarding event in Chico history. The competitors were pulled across Sycamore Pool in Bidwell Park by a dual-winch system that launched the riders over a 24-foot ...

Bidwell Park observatory offers stargazing, relaxation

Bidwell Park observatory offers stargazing, relaxation

Sabrina Grislis

September 15, 2015


Filed under Features, Nebula

Going to school in a small college town, the pool of activities can run dry after a few fun weekends. Instead of heading back to square one, Chico State students can find alternative ways to light up their weekend nights by stargazing. Luckily for students, there is a complete observatory in Chico's ba...

Low-cost nature center attracts locals

Low-cost nature center attracts locals

Madeline Merlic

September 13, 2015


Filed under Special Sections

  I had time off and decided to explore Bidwell Park. But I had exhausted sites like One Mile Recreation Center and Bear Hole and wanted something new. I set off to find the Chico Creek Nature Center, enticed by its award for Best Budget-Friendly Activity in the Best of Chico contest. ...

One Mile named Chico’s best outdoor recreational spot

One Mile named Chico’s best outdoor recreational spot

Jovanna Garcia

September 9, 2015


Filed under Special Sections

I googled One Mile the other day and found that it’s ranked No.1 of 27 things to do in Chico on Trip Advisor. While the reviews are great (I found out it’s better to go on a Friday right after Sycamore pool is cleaned), if I was visiting Chico for the first time, I don’t know how much I wo...

7 fires put out at Upper Bidwell, alleged arson

7 fires put out at Upper Bidwell, alleged arson

Hannah Suzuki

March 9, 2015


Filed under Breaking News, Crime, News

On Sunday afternoon 21-year-old Joey Valderrama and was detained for alleged arson. According to Steve Harrison, division chief of Chico Fire Department, seven fires were set near Division Dam at Upper Bidwell Park on Sunday afternoon. Shortly after 1 p.m., firefighters responded to the smal...

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