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Chico Police cancel ride-along program

Chico Police cancel ride-along program

Enrique Raymundo

January 28, 2014

Safety concerns and budget cuts have prompted the Chico Police Department to end their Ride-Along Program.Participating officers are restricted in what they can do with a civilian in the car, said Chico Police Lieutenant David Britt. They cannot respond to "hot calls," such as a vehicle pursuit or an incide...

Chico recognized as ideal adult destination

Chico recognized as ideal adult destination

Dominique Diaz

January 28, 2014

Chico is listed in Sunset Magazine’s “24 Best Places to Live and Work” and is a runner-up in the “Best Place to Reboot Your Life” list for 2014.Chico receives these honors, in part, because of its handsome downtown filled with unique shops and restaurants, the farmers markets and Bidw...

Here’s to 70 degrees in January

Matt Murphy

January 27, 2014

It's the end of January and I wore shorts yesterday. It's warm outside.I can't tell you why and I certainly can't tell you how, but now we all have to deal with it. Like any difficult situation though, there are upsides and downsides. Let's go through a couple shall we?Upsides:1. It feels like spring...

No citations given for ‘Sit and Lie’ violation

No citations given for ‘Sit and Lie’ violation

Madison Holmes

January 27, 2014

The Chico Police Department has not given out any citations to those violating the Sit and Lie ordinance since it took effect in December. The ordinance prohibits people from sitting or lying on Chico sidewalks next to commercial property between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Those who are cited under the ordinance would be g...

Bluegrass jam delivers great music, welcoming atmosphere

Bluegrass jam delivers great music, welcoming atmosphere

Ashiah Scharaga

January 26, 2014

Bluegrass music flowed smoothly out of the front door of Cafe Flo and onto the sidewalk of East 6th Street on Saturday. The intriguing sound came from 15 musicians sitting in a circle with banjos, mandolins and guitars in their arms or harmonicas at their lips, singing and playing bluegrass tunes from 1-4 p.m. The Bluegrass Jams, ...

Exploring music in Chico

Julianna Eveland

January 24, 2014

We have all experienced the frustration that comes from overplayed pop songs on the radio, the annoying advertisements on Pandora and the lack of money to purchase music on iTunes. But right here in Chico there is an underground music world that is just waiting to be explored. Live music...

Correlating Chico’s cold front to better grades

Correlating Chico’s cold front to better grades

Matt Murphy

January 24, 2014

Ah, the first week of a new semester. A biannual event that sees friends reconnect and books get purchased as Chico’s population grow by thousands overnight. Previous choices, good and bad, are pondered, learned from and repeated or desisted.Reconnecting is often what gets Chico State students into trouble. The s...

A conversation about conservation

Zachary Phillips

January 23, 2014

Unless you've been under a rock for the past few weeks, you've most likely heard that California is in a bit of a water crisis. According to the US Drought Monitor, about 99 percent of California is "abnormally dry" or worse. However, that statistic really doesn't do the drought justice as abou...

Eye of the driver

Eye of the driver

Kevin Crittenden

January 22, 2014

Driving a cab in Chico was the best crappy job I’ve ever had.I gave rides to hookers, lawyers, lowlifes and lonely drunks. I was always surprised at the quality of conversation, the openness of communication my passengers felt riding with me. If it wasn’t for the dangerous people and crazy hours I mig...

House burning in avenues

House burning in avenues

John Riggin

January 22, 2014

Sirens were heard throughout the Avenues as multiple fire engines, trucks and paramedic units raced to respond to a house fire near the corner of 10th and Oleader avenues around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. Brent Jeffries was across the street from the still-burning house as multiple units from the Fire Department attended to t...

An introduction from the new sex columnist

Michael Karp

January 18, 2014

In a brilliant farewell to the sex column, Chantal Richards described her unique experience as the sex columnist. I've heard that I have some big shoes to fill, but I am very excited to be taking over the column. My name is Michael Karp, and I welcome you to another raging spring semester at Chico State and a j...

Taylor Hall’s iconic mural demolished

Taylor Hall’s iconic mural demolished

Mozes Zarate

January 10, 2014

Construction workers broke down the Taylor Hall's last standing wall Friday afternoon, and with it, a famous mural painted by a Chico State alumnus. The mural, titled "Academe", was painted by John Pugh in 1981, according to the artist's website. The piece was Pugh's first major commission while he pursued an art degree at Chico ...

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