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‘Camp Fire’ forces thousands to evacuate

A flame-shredded American flag hangs on a mostly burnt piece of wood on Wildwood Lane in Paradise. Photo credit: Alex Grant

Natalie Hanson and Josh Cozine

November 28, 2018

As the sun rose on Thursday, Nov. 8, the sky in Butte County filled with smoke and began to darken. At about 6:30 a.m., fire had ignited in the small community of Pulga and rapidly advanced to Concow, then towards the nearby town, Paradise. By the end of the day, it had become the most destructive wi...

Camp Fire Story III: Paramedic Steve Caput donates time to care for evacuees

Medics operate out of a trailer turned into a makeshift triage trailer at the East Avenue Church Photo credit: Josh Cozine

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...

Keep Chico state a ‘dry’ campus

Getty Images by DaniloAndjus

Brooke Martin

November 14, 2018

Chico isn’t dry, but Chico State is. Chico is California’s ‘drunkest city’ and is home to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Our town is definitely not short on alcohol. Most students accept the fact that we are known for drinking and some even take pride in it. However, the beer and vodka trail ends when students step onto campus.Alcoho...

Firefighters push Camp Fire from Chico city limits

Vehicles were left on the side of the Skyway as the Camp Fire burned through Paradise and forced evacuations into Chico. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

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...

The Democratic Party has not helped black people

A young black girl voting on election day
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Justin Jackson

November 7, 2018

The Democratic Party has failed the black community.As early as the 1930s, Democrats have had a solid hold on the black vote, but what has it done? Violent crime is still rampant in major black cities, black people have the highest out-of-wedlock birth rate compared to other ethnic groups. Black people di...

Photo of the day

Chico State students check in at the Bell Memorial Union auditorium to vote for the most recent election on Tuesday. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Dominique Wood

November 7, 2018

Chico State students check in at the Bell Memorial Union auditorium to vote for the most recent election on Tuesday.

Agriculture brought to the city

Plump pumpkins from the harvest festival Photo credit: Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson

November 5, 2018

Farm City Celebration (FCC) brought the farm to the city, on Saturday, with its harvest festival. The FCC Harvest Festival is a celebration of agriculture. It’s been going on yearly for 14 years. Bidwell Mansion used to run it, but the FCC took it over and made it into what it is now. Theresa Sc...

Wildcat on the Street: Does greasy food cure hangovers?

Brooke Martin

November 4, 2018

Reporter Brooke Martin went around Chico State to ask students their opinion on greasy food and if they believe it cure's hangovers.Brooke Martin can be reached at [email protected] or @bmartin471 on Twitter....

California Senate candidate does some last minute campaigning

Phillip Kim campaigning at the Chico Certified Farmers Market Photo credit: Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson

November 4, 2018

Democratic candidate, Phillip Kim, was finishing up last minute campaigning, on Saturday, at Chico Certified Farmers Market.Kim is running for the California State Senate for District 4 against incumbent, Jim Nielsen.On the last weekend before the midterms, he wanted to talk to voters about Medicare f...

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

The eight Chico City Council candidates spoke on various issues including but not limited to local businesses, homelessness and public safety, local environmental preservation and the regulation of cannabis in Chico. Be sure to review the candidates' platform points before election day on Tuesday. Photo credit: Chris Godbout

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...

Unemployment rates in Butte County drop to all time low

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Yaritza Ayon and Mathew Miranda

November 2, 2018

The Butte County unemployment rate is reaching record lows.According to data by the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department, the unemployment rate for September was 4.1 percent. The lowest rate for a single month since the department began releasing data in J...

COCO’s Creepy Carnival

Different residence hall communities worked together to create a spooky experience for students during CoCo’s Creepy Carnival on Halloween night Photo credit: Brian Luong

Yaritza Ayon

November 1, 2018

The Community Council of University Housing hosted a Creepy Carnival on Halloween for all the students to attend. All students had to do was show their Wildcat ID card to get a wristband. From there they were free to partake in all the activities COCO had set up.Although the event welcomed all students, it ...

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