The Orion

Quick 30 minute hikes for busy students

View of Bidwell Park and golf course from the trail by Big Chico creek Photo credit: Matthew Ferreira

Matthew Ferreira

December 2, 2019

In the midst of our busy lives filled with work and school, sometimes it can be hard to make time for yourself to get out and enjoy Chico’s beautiful parks and nature.Getting outside and taking advantage of what Chico has to offer doesn’t have to be time consuming. Below are a few short hik...

Taking out the trash at Bidwell Park

Volunteers grabbed cans, glasses, and other recyclable materials out of bags like these. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Ricardo Tovar

September 22, 2019

A dump-truck full of trash and several bins full of recyclable items were picked up and sorted Saturday at Hooker Oak Park. The park was a meeting ground for the community of Chico. A wide range of volunteers including students and families all freed their days to make sure Bidwell stayed clean. The 32nd ...

Goats in Butte County help control overgrowth

The terrain looked better after the goats ate up the overgrowth. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Jessie Imhoff

September 17, 2019

A herd of 488 goats have been deployed in Upper Bidwell Park as a cost-saving measure to remove invasive species and dangerous plants, including those that pose a fire risk.The goats, owned by Capra Environmental Services Corp, are on a 55-acre contract according to Linda Herman, Chico’s Park and Natura...

Photo of the day

Eliza Lee plays on the swing set at Five Mile, Bidwell Park, on Monday while spending time with her grandmother. Photo credit: Carly Maxstone

Carly Maxstone

February 6, 2018

Eliza Lee plays on the swing set at Five Mile, Bidwell Park on Monday while spending time with her grandmother.

Community contributes to clean local parks

Trucks were loaded with piles of trash. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

September 16, 2017

Chico locals and students participated in 30th Annual Bidwell Parks and Creeks Cleanup, Saturday morning.The event combats environmental damage done in parks and creeks from encampments and littering. Volunteers gathered over 1,500 pounds of trash from Lower Bidwell park alone, said Jared Glasser, Chico S...

Park Rangers are allowed to carry firearms

Photo courtesy of Amanda Martin

Christian Solis

September 6, 2017

The City Council of Chico decides to allow Chico park rangers to carry ammunition.The decision passed 6-2, Tuesday. Ann Schwab and Randall Stone opposed each other.The decision was made to better enable rangers combating rising crime throughout the park, specifically from vagrant populations.There are three ...

Dead week not so dead

Photo credit: Helen Suh

Jeff Guzman

May 13, 2016

The week before finals is informally known as “dead week.” During dead week professors are expected to spend most of lecture time reviewing old material rather than introducing new material, and less work is given out to students all in an attempt to lighten the load right be...

Local event returns to encourage families to live a healthy lifestyle

For nine years Growing Healthy Children has promoted nutrition for a healthy lifestyle Photo credit: Growing Healthy Children Website

Michelle Zhu

April 10, 2016

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...

World Pillow Fight Day comes to Chico

From the International Pillow Fight Day facebook page

Elizabeth Helmer

March 22, 2016

Chico is hosting a pillow fight 4 p.m. in Bidwell Park on April 2.The pillow fight is part of the celebration for International Pillow Fight Day, an unofficial holiday started seven years ago. The event is open to people of all ages. Participants are encouraged to wear pajamas. No pillow cases are allowe...

Chico-based clothing company grows, gives back

Chico natives Jaime Wilhite and David Selkirk, owners and co-founders of Upper Park Clothing, created the popular brand after deciding to expand their screen-printing company.

Nathan Graves

October 14, 2015

There is a multitude of clothing brands that represent different places. San Francisco, Venice Beach and New York are examples of cities commonly reflected in people’s styles. While big, well-known locations generally have this effect, Chico locals may have noticed shirts, tanks or hats with fe...

Chico offers array of options for outdoor recreation enthusiasts

Upper Bidwell Park offers many hiking and biking trails, swimming holes and views in its 3,670 acres of recreational space. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

February 28, 2015

With more than 3,670 acres of recreational space in just Bidwell Park alone, students who are interested in taking advantage of the outdoor activities that Chico has to offer have no shortage of choices. Students simply do not know the capacity of outdoor options that Chico offers, said Chris ...

Readers, Digest: Back-to-school Bidwell Bars

Bidwell Bars Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Christina Saschin

August 25, 2014

The new school year is upon us, which means the return of homework, tests and projects. These dried fruit bars are simple to make and a perfect on-the-go snack for the busy beginning of the school year.Total time: 40 minutesYield: 10 barsIngredients:1/2 cup flour3 eggs1/2 cup milk1/4 cup raisins1/4 c...

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