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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

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

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...

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 Timeline

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 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

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...

FEMA plans to stay in Chico as Camp Fire statistics continue to rise

FEMA plans to stay in Chico as Camp Fire statistics continue to rise

Mathew Miranda

November 28, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will continue operating at the local assistance center in Chico until Jan.12, at the earliest. However, the probability of staying beyond that date remains high according to FEMA officials. The Stafford Act, a prescriptive law approved by Congress dic...

Firefighters push Camp Fire from Chico city limits

Firefighters push Camp Fire from Chico city limits

Natalie Hanson

November 9, 2018

Updated 11:03 a.m. Friday The Butte County Sheriff's office confirmed that at least five people in Paradise are known to be dead. According to a press release by the BCSO Community Relations Unit, the victims were found in vehicles that had been overtaken by the fire. Burn injuries have made it dif...

Chico City Council Election Guide: Meet the eight candidates running for three council seats

Chico City Council Election Guide: Meet the eight candidates running for three council seats

Josh Cozine

November 2, 2018

The Chico City Council consists of seven council members each elected for four-year terms. Three of these council seats will be up for grabs this Tuesday, during the City of Chico's General Municipal Election. Voters will get the opportunity to choose between these eight candidates. *The candidate...

Chico gives outsiders an opportunity to grasp new perspectives

Chico gives outsiders an opportunity to grasp new perspectives

Alex Grant

October 24, 2018

*Note the following claims are personally-based from my own views and not from interviews or research.* It’s Saturday afternoon. My roommate and I walk out of Great Northern Coffee, otherwise known as “train-car-cafe,” and take a sip of iced coffee. We unlock our bikes and pedal past the frat...

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary

Rachael Bayuk

October 24, 2018

Halloween in Chico has a deep tradition of being a time for partying. While I have no bone to pick with celebrating, I do have a few tips for staying safe while doing it.Sex is great, but it can be dangerous to get caught up in an exciting hookup. There will be an influx of “out-of-towners” into our ...

Environmental organization celebrates 43 years in community

Environmental organization celebrates 43 years in community

Natalie Hanson

October 22, 2018

The Butte Environmental Council's 43rd Anniversary Gala was held in the ARC Pavillion Saturday. Within a hour of the event starting, the room was filled and the sounds of soulful alternative folk, thanks to the band Sunday Iris, welcomed members to their tables. The Butte Environmental Council (B...

Audrey Denney rallies students

Audrey Denney rallies students

Yaritza Ayon

October 18, 2018

Audrey Denney was at the Student Success Center Plaza, Wednesday, encouraging students to vote, as well as to register to vote if they hadn’t already. This event was hosted by student organizations, Central Americans For Empowerment and Leaders Educating for the Advancement of Dreamers. Denney and her campaign team got...

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