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Christian Hammond solely operates the BC19.Live dashboard which tracks COVID-19 data pertaining to Butte County.

One-man job: data-tracking the pandemic in Butte County

Kimberly Morales, Reporter // October 13, 2021

In the wake of the pandemic, one man brought it upon himself to regularly aggregate COVID-19 data to paint a more complete picture of how infection was spreading across Butte County. More than a year...

Items including a firearm and ammunition confiscated from the Sept. 23rd raid. Photo courtesy of the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force

Drug bust near elementary school leads to arrest

Noah Herbst, Reporter // October 9, 2021

A Sept. 23 narcotics arrest near Rosedale Elementary School and Chico State student neighborhoods has alarmed Butte County law enforcement officials. Drugs seized during the raid appear to be fake 30...

One of the many bike lanes running through Chicos campus

Bikers! Stay in your lane on-campus

Thomas Stremfel, Opinion Editor // October 8, 2021

The age-old treatment for stress: fresh air. Nothing clears the mind like a walk among Chico’s assortment of trees and wildlife. But with this luxury, comes a caveat: Your otherwise peaceful walk includes...

Beers at local bar Oasis

Drinks on me

Mario Ortiz Jr, Staff Writer // September 25, 2021

The night seems endless, the beer is cold as droplets go down my glass and hit the coaster below and the atmosphere at Riley's is filled with laughter. Drunk men can be heard catcalling in one ear, and...

The Voices That Echo

The Voices That Echo

Mary Cron, Reporter // May 12, 2021

His face smudged with dirt as his back pressed against the cold brick, he tucked his torn jacket around himself as he snuggled into the cold cracked concrete. My friend, Hunter and I had previously seen...

Lonewolf was one of several performers scattered throughout the Thursday Night Market on May 6.

The return of the Thursday Night Market

Sophia Pearson, Reporter // May 12, 2021

Downtown Chico’s Thursday Night Market is back for the first time since the pandemic began. Every Thursday from 6-9 p.m., the market will occupy Broadway Street, between 2nd and 4th Street where people...

Chico City Council Building on Sept. 2, 2020

City council explores new approaches to homelessness, lethal force

Kelsey Ogle, Arts & Entertainment Editor // April 9, 2021

Several approaches to the mental health aspects of homelessness, police brutality and lethal force were discussed and debated in Tuesday night's city council meeting. However, the only specific decisions...

The Drunken Dumpling gang, ready to please your palate.

Chico restaurant displays dynamism during California wage increase

Ian Hilton, Reporter // February 24, 2021

Restaurant owners John Dean and Lizzy Young repeat what many business owners say: they value their employees, they care about their employees and they wouldn’t have experienced such success without...

South side of city council building

Affordable housing in Chico prioritized

Melvin Bui, Reporter // February 15, 2021

More affordable housing in Chico is on the way. The Chico Housing Action Team was granted nearly $300,000 to lease a property for non-congregate housing on Feb. 2. The grant will also benefit low-income...

Photo taken by Jessica Shippelhoute Feb. 5

Chico State lays out plan for returning to face-to-face instruction

Matthew Wreden, News Editor // February 11, 2021

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson predicts that 20% to 30% of classes in Fall 2021 will be held in-person while the remainder of classes will be held virtually or in a hybrid environment. Hutchinson...

Chico Scrap Metal remains at its 20th Street location despite city rezoning ordinances. February 2, 2021.

Chico Scrap Metal controversy continues

Ian Hilton, Reporter // February 4, 2021

Citizen protests and ongoing litigation remain a nuisance for Chico’s sole remaining scrap metal and recycling center, suggesting an uncertain future for the city’s disposal service needs. Chico...

Aaron Rodgers: the man from Chico

Aaron Rodgers: the man from Chico

Alex Martin, Reporter // December 2, 2020

Aaron Rodgers is the current quarterback for the Green Bay Packers out of Wisconsin. Rodgers was born in Chico and before entering the NFL, played football at Butte Community College and UC Berkeley. Rodgers...

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