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Man found dead in creek

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Keyla De Los Santos

April 25, 2020

On April 24 at 11:00 a.m., the Chico Police Department received a phone call reporting a man who had fallen in the creek behind 25 Main St. according to a CPD press release. When officers arrived at the scene, they founded an employee from the Chico Research Foundation conducting CPR on the man....

Small businesses in Chico are struggling during COVID-19 pandemic

Marco Day, Staff Writer

April 19, 2020

Local businesses are struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to apply for federal aid to continue operations. There are two programs in California developed for small businesses to obtain aid from the U.S Small Business Administration.  The Paycheck Protection Program is a lo...

Chico PD responds to home invasion report

Chico PD responds to home invasion report

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

On Feb. 29 at approximately 4:40 p.m., the Chico Police Department Dispatch Center received a report that there was a home invasion robbery that had occurred on the 500 block of El Reno Drive, according to the CPD news release. Officers learned that four suspects allegedly arrived at the victim’s house and ...

Shooting outside Chico motel

Shooting outside Chico motel

Keyla De Los Santos, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

A suspect is in custody after allegedly firing four shots outside the Motel 6 located at 665 Manzanita Court.  The suspect was identified as Michael Austin Sans Cartier-Ward who  was attempting to “steal the keys to his mother’s vehicle,’’ according to the Chico Police Department...

Hundreds of Chico citizens show up for needle protest

A sign that reads, “Would u give a suicidal persona gun? Then why give an addict a syringe?

Grayson Edgemon, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

A deafening crowd of protesters clogged the sidewalk and steps around the Chico City Council chambers to show discontempt for the North Valley Harm Reduction Coalition on the corner of East Fourth and Main streets last Tuesday.   The bulk of the protestors encouraged their elected officials to m...

French-Jewish Holocaust survivor inspires Chico audience

A then and now picture comparison of Marthe Cohn.

Grayson Edgemon, Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

As a 99-year-old lady standing less than five feet tall, Marthe Cohn doesn’t bestow a very imposing figure. But the impact she made on the hearts and minds of those in attendance at the Performing Arts Center on March 3 can only be matched by the impact of her resistance efforts in Nazi-Occupied Europe...

Spring Break playlist

Spring Break playlist

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

It’s been a long semester, and most of us are all too eager to take the week off for spring break. To help you get into a vacation-ready mood, listen to this playlist full of songs that are worthy of revisiting and a few that you might not have heard of.  Steve Lacy: Dark red I can’t explain i...

Study abroad programs canceled amongst heavy cases of Coronavirus, select students to leave countries

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Chico State and study abroad consortiums have begun to pull students from their study abroad programs amid the increase of coronavirus cases across the globe.  Students continuing toward their degree in countries such as China, Italy and South Korea were notified by the University and their...

Prescribed fire lights sustainable path forward

Current botany Master’s student Mitch Bamford participates in a previous controlled burn.
Photo credit - Jason Halley - CSU Chico University Photographer

Emily Neria, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

The smoke looming over the Chico horizon Thursday afternoon was no cause for residential alarm. The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER), Terra Fuego and Cal Fire conducted a prescribed burn across a 25 acre area reducing would-be-fuel for larger fires.  Under director Eli Goodsell, the ecological...

Luke Sweeney’s Peace Meal Group serenades their ‘hometown’

Grey Loo’s set was filled with electrifying music and lighting to match.

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and the hum of large amps filled Tender Loving Coffee as dozens gathered to watch Luke Sweeney and more perform Friday night.  Red and green fluorescent lights spilled over the makeshift stage as Grey Loom opened the night with chilling vocals and deep bass. E...

Maltese bar champions one of Chico’s most diverse drag shows

A performer dances on an audience member at a drag show

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Drag kings and queens from all over northern California gathered at the Maltese Bar, Saturday night for the venues monthly Drag Show. The show began at 10:30 p.m., but most of the crowd and a few of the performers were there much earlier to chat and drink on the bar’s back patio. Performers of a...

Omron gifts $830,00 to upgrade Chico State’s Mechatronics Laboratory

A sign that reads “OMRON COLAB: This classroom & Laboratory made possible through the generous support of Omron Corporation. Dedicated February 10, 2020 California State University, Chico.”

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Chico State’s administration and members from Omron Automation Americas gathered at Plumas Hall to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Omron CoLab on Feb. 10.  The CoLab is a brand new collaborative laboratory for the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management ...

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