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Red Cross shelter evacuation slows as protests stall

Red Cross shelter evacuation slows as protests stall

Julian Mendoza and Josh Cozine

February 1, 2019


Filed under Breaking News, Community, News, Showcase

Cars and trailers leaving the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds slowed towards the end of the day Thursday, the day slated as a soft deadline for emptying the grounds, as those staying at the shelter continued to reach lower numbers. According to Stephen Walsh, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross at...

California Homeless Union protest at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds

California Homeless Union protest at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds

Julian Mendoza

January 30, 2019


Filed under Community, Multimedia, News, Photo Galleries, Showcase

On Monday, the California Homeless Union, along with locals in support, protested in front of the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico in response to the shelter closing on Jan. 31. "We actually had an agreement with some of the Red Cross officials so we could have access and they we reneged on that...

Chico resident ordered to evacuate twice due to Camp Fire and flash flooding

Chico resident ordered to evacuate twice due to Camp Fire and flash flooding

Josh Cozine

December 21, 2018


Filed under Camp Fire, Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News, Showcase

Around the police blockade, at the entrance to Honey Run Road on the outskirts of Chico, the Camp Fire could be seen burning in small patches on the northern side of the road. Hopping out of a truck, reporters from The Orion all began shooting videos and pictures, slowly moving further up the road,...

Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation remains unharmed after Camp Fire

Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation remains unharmed after Camp Fire

Grant Schmieding

December 12, 2018


Filed under Camp Fire, News, Showcase

Smoke filled the air as the fire burned surrounding areas, under a mile from the property. Tarps and sheets were placed over enclosures to keep the smoke out. It’s no easy task evacuating lions and tigers. Like much of Butte County, the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation—which houses a wide...

Getting through the final weeks of this semester: our strange, new normal

Getting through the final weeks of this semester: our strange, new normal

Rayanne Painter

December 10, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Welcome to “dead week,” you’ve finally made it. This semester has felt like it’s gone on for far longer than usual.Unless this is your first semester of college, you’ve probably been through a few of these final weeks of the semester. It’s a struggle for most peop...

New members and new ordinances for Camp Fire victims at city council

New members and new ordinances for Camp Fire victims at city council

Justin Jackson

December 6, 2018


Filed under Community, News

A fresh set of city council members were sworn in on Tuesday. After a recognition of the outgoing council members, Kasey Reynolds, Scott Huber and Alex Brown took their seats as Chico’s newest council members. Soon after, Randall Stone was voted to be the new mayor of Chico. Then Al...

Chico State counseling services were not prepared for a mass crisis

Chico State counseling services were not prepared for a mass crisis

Rayanne Painter

December 5, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Here we are, just mere weeks after the Camp Fire started a few Thursday mornings ago. Classes are back in session, campus jobs are up and running and we are now left with the aftermath of dealing with both school, and also the most deadly and destructive fire in California history. The campus has been...

National and local organizations provide safe spaces for child evacuees

National and local organizations provide safe spaces for child evacuees

Brian Luong

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News

Patty Henry had six hours to prepare for her flight from her home in Colorado after receiving a call around 9 a.m. asking if she could be a project manager for the Camp Fire.“This was the fastest one [disaster] I’ve ever had to move on,” Henry said.Henry is one of the over 3,000 volun...

Chico State student loses mother and Paradise home during the Camp Fire

Chico State student loses mother and Paradise home during the Camp Fire

Yaritza Ayon

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News

Christina Taft woke up early, Nov. 8, to a neighbor urging her to evacuate. She initially didn't take the evacuation order seriously, but after showering she began to pack up her car. Christina said she packed for about an hour before noticing that her 66 year-old mother, Victoria Taft, was still in...

Camp Fire relief needs your help, but let’s volunteer and donate effectively

Camp Fire relief needs your help, but let’s volunteer and donate effectively

Rayanne Painter

December 4, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

It’s difficult to watch your community struggle through a devastation as impactful and detrimental as the Camp Fire. If you were able to return to your intact house, town, schools and jobs, it’s even more difficult to come back to Butte County and try and continue to live the life you we...

Heavy rains could threaten salmon spawn from toxic Camp Fire runoff

Heavy rains could threaten salmon spawn from toxic Camp Fire runoff

Dan Christian

December 3, 2018


Filed under Community, News, Showcase

With the Camp Fire 100% contained, evacuation orders are slowly being lifted and roads are opening up allowing residents of Honey Run and Butte Creek Canyon to return to their property for the first time since being ravaged by the Camp Fire. However, with cleanup efforts still in their early stages th...

Butte County Office of Education helps teachers assist students

Butte County Office of Education helps teachers assist students

Justin Jackson

December 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, News

Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) held an event, Thursday, to help teachers and other school staff support students after the Camp Fire. As people filled the upper and lower seats of the auditorium, the opening slide of the PowerPoint had a quote from the presenters advising attendees to sit...

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