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Swedes Fire is the latest wildfire to hit Butte County

Swedes Fire is the latest wildfire to hit Butte County

Ricardo Tovar

September 8, 2019

Update at 9 a.m. Monday. Containment of the Swedes Fire is now at 40% according to the latest fact sheet from CAL Fire. 13 fire crews are currently involved. All evacuation orders are now reduced to evacuation warnings. In what is now the 180th incident of fire to hit California greater than 10 acres, th...

Student charged with sexual assault and burglary has first hearing

Student charged with sexual assault and burglary has first hearing

Ricardo Tovar

September 6, 2019

A student charged with sexual assault and burglary had his first hearing at the Butte County Superior Court in Oroville on Thursday morning.Martin Morales, 22, currently suspended by Chico State, faces charges of first-degree burglary, sexual assault and three cases of loitering/prowling on private p...

We took our vacation, now it’s time to honor the Camp Fire victims

We took our vacation, now it’s time to honor the Camp Fire victims

Karen Limones

December 5, 2018

Sitting in the northwest foothills of California’s Central Valley is Paradise, a Butte County town now widely known for perishing during the Camp Fire in a matter of 24 hours. According to Data USA, Paradise had a population of 26,396 residents. Most of these residents lost their homes during the C...

Photo of the day

Photo of the day

Dominique Wood

November 7, 2018

Chico State students check in at the Bell Memorial Union auditorium to vote for the most recent election on Tuesday.

Unemployment rates in Butte County drop to all time low

Unemployment rates in Butte County drop to all time low

Yaritza Ayon and Mathew Miranda

November 2, 2018

The Butte County unemployment rate is reaching record lows.According to data by the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department, the unemployment rate for September was 4.1 percent. The lowest rate for a single month since the department began releasing data in J...

Congressional candidates speak at Chico State on issues facing first district voters

Congressional candidates speak at Chico State on issues facing first district voters

Roberto Fonseca and Grayson Boyer

May 1, 2018

The Butte County League of Women Voters hosted a Q&A forum that featured candidates running for the First Congressional District election primaries coming up this June. The candidates answered a few questions on a variety of issues and expressed their platform stance on various topics.Six candidate...

Forum for Congressional candidates set for Monday

Forum for Congressional candidates set for Monday

Josiah Nicholl

April 26, 2018

Chico State has announced that next Monday at 7 p.m., a forum for US Representative District 1 Candidates will be held in Harlan Adams Theater at the Performing Arts Center. It will be free and open to the public. The event is being jointly hosted by the League of Women Voters of Butte County, the Offic...

California grant funds medication to combat opioid epidemic

California grant funds medication to combat opioid epidemic

Tisha Cheney

February 16, 2018

The Chico police received a free supply of Naloxone kits designed to combat opioid overdoses this week.Naloxone is a nasal spray used as an emergency treatment for individuals experiencing an opioid overdose, according to a press release from the Chico Police Department.With the help of state funding...

Butte County program aims to give students educational opportunities

Butte County program aims to give students educational opportunities

Josiah Nicholl

February 4, 2018

Education leaders in Chico came together to sign the Butte County Promise Thursday.The Butte County Promise is a program to give all students the opportunity to further their education after graduating high school, by increasing the collaboration of Chico's education leaders to align educational pro...

How to stay healthy this flu season

How to stay healthy this flu season

Karen Limones

February 3, 2018

As the winter creeps around, so does this year’s infectious flu, H3N2, which has caused more deaths on average than most other strains.H3N2 has reached most of the U.S., sending citizens to hospitals and causing deaths nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.This sea...

Cal Fire lifts burning restrictions from Butte County

Cal Fire lifts burning restrictions from Butte County

Jacqueline Morales

November 6, 2017

Burn suspension will be lifted from Butte County by Cal Fire Monday Nov. 6 at 8a.m.The suspension was cancelled formally by Cal Fire/Butte County Chief Darren Read due to cooler temperatures, according to a press release. Some restrictions are still required for burning:- Before burning the area must...

Chico Police Advisory Board discusses youth related issues

Chico Police Advisory Board discusses youth related issues

Christian Solis

October 20, 2017

The Police Community Advisory Board had an open discussion on community issues with the public Wednesday evening.The topic of discussion was youth related issues in the community. Police Chief Michael O'Brien opened the topic, emphasizing his belief in preventing problems before they occur by digging to ...

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