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Cross country runner pushes on through tragedy

Cross country runner pushes on through tragedy

Karina Cope

November 17, 2019

Talia Swangler was raised in Paradise and attended Butte College after high school. She then transferred to Chico State before the start of her junior year. Less than three months after her transition, she was hit with tragedy. The town she grew up in and her parents’ home she had recently moved out...

Paradise Moving Forward

Paradise Moving Forward

Jack Lewis and Joel Peterson

November 13, 2019

The Paradise Community Information Meeting was held at the Paradise Alliance Church on Nov. 5 to announce the progress of various agencies involved in the Camp Fire cleanup and show off the town's plans going into the new year.A few of the agencies that presented at the meeting included Federal Emergen...

In times of pain, joy finds a way

In times of pain, joy finds a way

Melissa Joseph

November 13, 2019

Goosebumps arose as the Butte County Scottish Society Pipes and Drums marched down the aisles of the Paradise Performing Arts Center playing “When the Battle is Over” to a mass of Camp Fire survivors. On Sunday afternoon PPAC held “Joy Will Find a Way,” an event focused on spot...

Butte County falls silent in remembrance of Camp Fire

Butte County falls silent in remembrance of Camp Fire

Kimberly Morales

November 13, 2019

Friday, Nov. 8, marked a year since Butte County faced the deadliest wildfire in California history, and residents faced it with remembrance and hope. Gathering at various locations in Chico State and the Chico City Plaza, the town fell silent for a shared 85 seconds, marking the 85 lives lost from the ...

Paradise High Athletics bounces back after Camp Fire

Paradise High Athletics bounces back after Camp Fire

Karina Cope

November 12, 2019

In the year since the Camp Fire, life has been filled with destruction, loss and sorrow for each person affected by its destruction. However, this one year has also brought reconstruction, community bonding, resilience and strength. Paradise High Athletics went through a whirlwind last year, from...

‘Reflections and Hope’ one year later

Kimberly Morales

November 12, 2019

On Thursday, the Museum of Northern Californian Art opened the doors to their latest display, "Reflection and Hope: A Year to Remember," and "Bench Press: Please Be Seated."Currently on display together, both exhibits take on a role in allowing the community of Butte County to reflect upon the first...

Paradise stands together through church efforts

Paradise stands together through church efforts

Melissa Joseph

November 12, 2019

Paradise Alliance Church held a free event Saturday night, welcoming residents to enjoy carnival games, a petting zoo and live art. The event, We Stand Together, welcomed anyone in the area who has been affected emotionally or physically by the fire, encouraging visitors to pray and enjoy themselves through...

Pianist Leeya Shaw shares her experience post Camp Fire

Pianist Leeya Shaw shares her experience post Camp Fire

Kati Morris

November 12, 2019

Leeya Shaw, a music student at Chico State, was living with her mother in her childhood home in Paradise when the Camp Fire started a year ago. When evacuations began, Shaw was staying with a friend and was forced to leave everything behind. Among her clothing and mementos, she left behind all of her inst...

Resource building ‘The Brick’ initiates the rebuilding of Paradise

Resource building ‘The Brick’ initiates the rebuilding of Paradise

Danielle Kessler

November 12, 2019

On the one year anniversary of the most destructive fire in state history, the Paradise community gathered to celebrate the strength and resilience of the town. A major topic of the Camp Fire commemoration ceremony was unity, a theme reinforced by the adoption of a new building in the center of town ha...

Sculpture made of keys from Camp Fire survivors revealed

Sculpture made of keys from Camp Fire survivors revealed

Rayanne Painter

November 12, 2019

Only three days after the Camp Fire, artist Jess Mercer began asking for keys owned by survivors from the Ridge. Any key: cars, houses, businesses, safes, boats, diaries, etc. were accepted.. After just a year, Mercer had collected upwards of 18,000 keys from items lost in the fire. Little by little, she ...

Chico State interior architecture students to rebuild Paradise homes

Chico State interior architecture students to rebuild Paradise homes

Danielle Kessler

November 11, 2019

, the Interior Architecture Department has begun plans to rebuild homes in Paradise for families who lost their homes during the most tragic wildfire in California history. Students and professors in the department have commenced “Project Rebuild Paradise” and are currently working to br...

Paradise Ridge Elementary thanks first responders

Paradise Ridge Elementary thanks first responders

Jessie Imhoff

November 8, 2019

Paradise Ridge Elementary held a remembrance event in their school’s gym for the Camp Fire anniversary. Students participated in different performances for the event, such as reading the American Creed and singing "America the Beautiful." https://twitter.com/JessieReports/status/1193012119689580544?s=20 https://twitter.com/JessieReports/status/1193012582258368512?s=20 Many...

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