The Orion

Butte County falls silent in remembrance of Camp Fire

Marge Nelmes came to Chico City Plaza to remember her best friend, Lolene Rios of 46 years who passed away during the fire. Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

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 ...

‘Open Studios’ invites community inside workshops of artists

Alex Coba

November 10, 2019

Local artists showed off their studio spaces during Chico Art Center’s annual "Open Art Studios" event in which the community was able to get a peek of where the magic happens, like a behind-the-scenes tour.“You not only would see the end of the work, but you’re also seeing the whole...

President’s Fall Reception Kicks off Academic Year

Carolyn Allen and Melissa Herrera

September 14, 2019

Kendall Lawn pulsed with music on Friday for the Fall Reception, an event where President Gayle Hutchinson discussed her new strategic plan for the university. The plan centers around three main priorities: equity, diversity, and inclusion; civic and global engagement; and resilient and sustainable sy...

ICE Resistance training

Julian Mendoza

September 1, 2019

An ICE resistance training session was hosted at Blackbird Cafe Saturday night by NorCal Resist.NorCal Resist is an organization based in Sacramento that is active throughout Northern California and outside of the Bay Area.NorCal Resist specializes in training sessions informing the public on what to ...

‘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...

Undocuweek kicks off with ‘Know Your Rights’ workshop

LEAD President, Evelyn Lucho, speaking about what agencies can or cannot request to see identification, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Chico, CA. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Trenton Taylor

February 28, 2019

"I do not wish to speak with you, answer your questions, or sign or hand you any documents based on my 4th amendment rights under the United States Constitution."This is one of many points outlined at the "Know Your Rights" workshop, part of Undocuweek, in the Student Services Center Monday afternoon...

Featured Artist: Caloy shows off piano skills, distinct vocal talent

Featured Artist Caloy at the piano. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Alex Coba

February 19, 2019

For “Caloy” music has been a part of his life from a very young age. Learning how to play the piano at a young age, he began to get inspired by big acts like John Legend, Adele and Lady Gaga. Pop ballads were his go-to type of music. Caloy was drawn to the dramatic vibes that the artist Adele...

State of the City meeting addresses Chico’s housing crisis

From left: Golden Valley Bank CEO Mark Francis, Chico Mayor Randall Stone, Chico Chamber Chair of Commerce Chair Michelle Niven and Executive Director of the Downtown Chico Business Association Melanie Bassett. Photo credit: Nate Rettinger

Nate Rettinger

February 18, 2019

Prominent figures of Chico came together Friday in an attempt to solve some of the city's issues, including the looming housing-crisis. Around 100 people gathered at the Chico Area Recreation and Park District center to listen to local leaders present data and solutions they had gathered. The meeting...

Who is Matthew Mitchell?

Matthew Mitchell is a Northern California native who struggled with homelessness and a sense of community for a year in Chico, CA.  Here is what he had to say.

Christian Solis, Visuals Editor

February 14, 2019

Matthew Mitchell is a Northern California native who struggled with homelessness and a sense of community for a year in Chico, CA. Here is what he had to say....

‘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...

Blackbird and MR. Bang host open mic night with a diverse array of performers

Pickles and Yogurt, a local band consisting of members (from left to right) Jim Reid, Dexter Pullybank and Mark Pullybank. Photo credit: Angel Ortega

Mitchell Kret

February 8, 2019

Josh “MR. Bang” Lang hosted an artistic open mic night at Blackbird on Park Ave on Feb. 6 where a wide variety of people around Chico showed up to perform original and cover music, as well as some spoken word. Blackbird has been hosting these events for about a year now with Wednesday night marking...

Police Blotter: Indecent exposure, fraud and burglary

Police Blotter: Indecent exposure, fraud and burglary

Gordy Papalias

February 6, 2019

University Police Call Type: Disturbance Wednesday, Jan. 23, 3:19 p.m., Aymer Jay Hamilton Hall on Arcadian Avenue. Reporting party stated that a woman in a pink sweater beat her up two weeks ago and is now waiting in the area to fight her. All parties were counseled and agreed to leave eac...

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