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

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

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 Opening: "Our New World."The opening for the 61st season was coined "Our New World" because it signif...

‘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 to commemorate the looming anniversary of the destruction that swept through Paradise. PBS Front...

More than a game for the city of Paradise

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

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 history. Along with running the score up in a 42-0 shutout, the Bobcats’ performance provided th...

Paradise schools are making rebuilding progress after Camp Fire

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

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 broke down throughout the town, but our busses immediately got the kids, and cell phones were...

‘The Almond Orchard’ poses important questions to Chico

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

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 play keeps Chekhov's comedic relief in a tale of change, love, healing and grief. What makes "The Almond...

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

Vases of a deceased mother from Paradise.

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 is a response to the Camp Fire. "The gallery is designed to give the community a safe place...

Local musicians aid in Camp Fire relief effort

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

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 a Camp Fire benefit concert hosted by KZFR Radio at the Chico Women’s Center, Friday.Jonathan Richman, a...

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

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

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 campus. From the high vantage point she began pointing out burnt and blackened patches of fields that...

Heavy rains could threaten salmon spawn from toxic Camp Fire runoff

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

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...

Camp Fire Timeline

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.

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 taken by Alex Grant.  Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant can be reached at n...

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

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

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...

President Trump surveys Camp Fire damages in Paradise with local representatives

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

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 confirmed so far and burning over 148,000 acres according to Cal Fire. The fire is now 55% contained. Trump...

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