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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Vans gives away shoes to Camp Fire victims at Chico High School

Vans gives away shoes to Camp Fire victims at Chico High School

Justin Jackson

December 2, 2018

Doing its part to help the victims of the Camp Fire, Vans went to Chico High on Saturday to give away free shoes. The first thing noticeable was the enormous line outside the Lincoln Center that many people would wait at least 2 hours to get through. If they did manage to get through it, they would...

‘Camp Fire’ forces thousands to evacuate

‘Camp Fire’ forces thousands to evacuate

Natalie Hanson and Josh Cozine

November 28, 2018

As the sun rose on Thursday, Nov. 8, the sky in Butte County filled with smoke and began to darken. At about 6:30 a.m., fire had ignited in the small community of Pulga and rapidly advanced to Concow, then towards the nearby town, Paradise. By the end of the day, it had become the most destructive wi...

Camp Fire flames finally settle, yet the housing crisis rages on

Camp Fire flames finally settle, yet the housing crisis rages on

Alex Grant

November 28, 2018

A flame-shredded American flag hangs in the still, grey air. It's flagpole barely holds on to a vertical gutter that's attached to a burnt piece of wood. A charred chimney stands intact behind the flag. Blackened, brown and green tree trucks, limbs and leaves stand behind a chimney in a thick, ash-filled...

Photo of the day

Photo of the day

Dominique Wood

November 28, 2018

A sign sits in the Bell Memorial Union for students to give their thanks to the first responders of the Camp Fire on Tuesday.

Camp Fire Story III: Paramedic Steve Caput donates time to care for evacuees

Camp Fire Story III: Paramedic Steve Caput donates time to care for evacuees

Josh Cozine

November 28, 2018

Steve Caput, a paramedic, has been working at East Avenue Church which opened its doors to Camp Fire evacuees. When the fire broke out, Caput was one of the first, first-responders on scene, rescuing people from Paradise and bringing them down the hill to Chico. After his shift, and during any downtime...

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