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The Paradise Symphony opens with Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Paradise Symphony Orchestra offers a ‘new world’ to the town of Paradise

Melissa Joseph // November 5, 2019

Music is often comforting and therapeutic to those in emotional distress. The Paradise Symphony Orchestra held this in mind as they prepared for the Paradise Performing Arts Center’s 61st Annual...

‘Fire in Paradise’: how one Chico State professor helped tell our story

Melissa Joseph and Alex Coba // November 5, 2019

Trigger Warning: The following article references trauma and loss of life. In an attempt to process the devastating circumstances of the Camp Fire, a handful of programs have recently been released...

Coach Hopper going over strategy with Paradise players. Photo credit: Wesley Harris

More than a game for the city of Paradise

Wesley Harris // August 24, 2019

Paradise High School football returned to play in front of their Paradise family for the first time since having their playoff hopes denied after the city was traumatized by the largest fire in California...

Posters are hung all throughout Paradise High School's current building, empowering students to stay strong Photo credit: Trenton Taylor

Paradise schools are making rebuilding progress after Camp Fire

Trenton Taylor // May 1, 2019

There was one thing going through the mind of Paradise Unified School District Superintendent Michelle John on the morning of the Camp Fire, "Get these kids and staff off the ridge safely." “Communications...

Owen Carlson, Sam Lucas (middle) and Shantae Stewar sit onstage during Act 2 of

‘The Almond Orchard’ poses important questions to Chico

Rayanne Painter // March 18, 2019

The opening night of “The Almond Orchard” debuted at downtown Chico’s Blue Room Theatre Thursday night. As an adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” this rendition of the classic...

Vases of a deceased mother from Paradise.

‘Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine’ brings campfire survivors together through art

Alex Coba // February 10, 2019

“Art saves lives,” said local artist Jessie Mercer about the feeling of community at the opening reception for Chico Art Center's new exhibition, "Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine." The art shown in the exhibition...

Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker of MaMuse displayed their artistic talents and songs with instruments like a cello and flute Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Local musicians aid in Camp Fire relief effort

Rayanne Painter // January 23, 2019

Celebration has been bittersweet since flames took to the town of Paradise in November. But excitement still filled the air as dutiful fans waited eagerly for musicians Jonathan Richman and MaMuse during...

Samia Yaqub in front of her third story window where she could see damages from the Camp Fire on the outskirts of the Butte College campus. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Butte College weathers the Camp Fire, lends assistance to Cal Fire and students

Josh Cozine // December 5, 2018

President of Butte College, Samia Yaqub, stood up and walked over to the south-facing window of her office on the third floor of the Student and Administrative Services building of the college’s main...

Volunteers with Friends of Butte Creek have been setting up wattles in an attempt to contain potentially harmful runoff from the ashes and debris left in the wake of the Camp Fire. Photo credit: Dan Christian

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...

Flames burn a hole into an oak tree near Honey Run Road off of Skyway around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 9, the morning after the Camp Fire started.

Camp Fire Timeline

Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant // November 28, 2018

The following photos are from the Camp Fire taken in Chico and Paradise. The photos are from the first two days of the fire on Nov. 8 and 9 and from Nov. 15 and 16, a week after the fire began. All photos...

Medics operate out of a trailer turned into a makeshift triage trailer at the East Avenue Church Photo credit: Josh Cozine

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...

President Trump lands at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, California Saturday morning before he takes a helicopter to the Chico Airport. Photo credit: Christian Solis

President Trump surveys Camp Fire damages in Paradise with local representatives

Josh Cozine and Alex Grant // November 17, 2018

President Trump landed at Beale Air Force Base on his way to Butte County to survey damages from the Camp Fire. The Campfire has become the deadliest wildfire in California history with 71 fatalities...

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