The Orion

Sexual assault report reveals lack of exams

Sexual assault report reveals lack of exams

Madison Holmes

October 9, 2014

Enloe Medical Center's Sexual assault reports by Agency | Create Infographics   In 2013, 65 exams were conducted at Enloe Medical Center for victims of sexual assault, according to an annual report from the Butte County Sexual Assault Response Team released Oct. 1. If every victim of sex...

Butte County strides toward fracking ban

Butte County strides toward fracking ban

Yessenia Funes

April 8, 2014

Tuesday marked a checkpoint for Butte County's journey to become the first California county to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. This morning, the Butte County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in support of a ban until the language of its prohibition is approved in early May, said Robyn DiFalco, the Butt...

Marijuana patients petition new rules

Marijuana patients petition new rules

Tj Carter

February 28, 2014

Medical marijuana patients are in the process of gathering signatures to overturn new county restrictions on cannabis cultivation. John Spivey, a volunteer, stood outside of Meriam Library Thursday morning to help gather signatures. The new regulations will be suspended and included as a loca...

Ranchers sell animals to survive drought

Ranchers sell animals to survive drought

Yessenia Funes

February 18, 2014

Because of persistent drought conditions, local ranchers have been selling parts of their animal herds to reduce the number of mouths to feed. The animals need grass to eat, but the drought has kept grass from growing, said Christine Hantelman, co-owner of Wookey Ranch. The ranchers protect their land by sell...

First-ever zero water allocation affects all

First-ever zero water allocation affects all

Yessenia Funes

February 10, 2014

The California Department of Water Resources’ State Water Project has completely halted water delivery due to the drought. Water will not be delivered to its 29 public water distributors because of the current drought, said Ted Thomas, an information officer at the Department of Water Resources. An exception to this change is...

Stricter grow laws may hit Butte County

Stricter grow laws may hit Butte County

Tj Carter

February 2, 2014

New and more restrictive medical marijuana regulations have been adopted in Shasta County, and Butte County is not far behind in implementing similar changes. The Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Jan. 28 to limit medical marijuana patients to 12 plants on their property, regar...

Wood burning restricted in Chico

Wood burning restricted in Chico

Nathan Lehmann

January 30, 2014

During the months of November through February, wood burning is restricted in the city of Chico. Butte County keeps track of the air quality within its borders, said Jim Wagoner, air pollution control officer from the Butte County Air Management District.If the air quality doesn't meet federal standards, the county issu...

Flu season hits Butte County

Flu season hits Butte County

Enrique Raymundo

January 21, 2014

The H1N1 influenza virus, or swine flu, is either the same or genetically not far off from the 2009 flu virus pandemic which killed about 18,500 people worldwide, according to a 2010 report by the World Health Organization. The swine flu was dangerous in particular to younger, healthier patients, and continues to be this flu season. ...

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