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Taking out the trash at Bidwell Park

Volunteers grabbed cans, glasses, and other recyclable materials out of bags like these. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Ricardo Tovar

September 22, 2019

A dump-truck full of trash and several bins full of recyclable items were picked up and sorted Saturday at Hooker Oak Park. The park was a meeting ground for the community of Chico. A wide range of volunteers including students and families all freed their days to make sure Bidwell stayed clean. The 32nd ...

Police chase results in arrest of one of Butte County’s most notorious criminals

Mugshot of Suspect Brian Matthew Loo. Photo credit: Chico PD

Gordy Papalias

February 12, 2019

Chico police officers engaged in a car chase of suspect Brian Matthew Loo on Sunday, which started in the Kohl’s parking lot. Undercover officers showed up to the parking lot to contact a man who was responsible for breaking into a Chico resident's vehicle and stealing the contents inside. Officers identifie...

Students should demand campus bicycling hours

Photo credit: David Molina

Whitney Urmann and David Molina

September 14, 2016

In front of every building at Chico State, there is an abundance of bike racks. In fact, a person is likely to struggle to even find an entrance to a building that doesn't have a bike rack— nevertheless an empty one. It's mind boggling to me that with this many bikes at Chico State, students are...

Life in ‘the aves’

Trash and junk dumped in front of an apartment complex in the aves. Photo credit: Carson Predovich

Carson Predovich

September 12, 2016

Commonly known as “the aves,” the north campus neighborhood is primarily populated by students, but it is unique from other student communities. At first glance, the aves don't look very different from the south campus neighborhood. There are old Victorian and craftsman houses, apartment complexes...

New red meters downtown to help those in need

Donation meters downtown will accept cash, coins and payment cards. Photo credit: Carly Plemons

November 30, 2015

Six red meters will be installed downtown with the proceeds being donated to local assistance programs in Chico. The goal of these donation stations is to provide long-term solutions for those in need and are specifically for donations. Not to be confused with smart parking options downtown, however, the meters do ac...

Graffiti: Art or vandalism?

Street art near the railroad tracks behind Nettleton Stadium in December 2014. This is one of the more popular areas in Chico that taggers and street artists use as a personal canvas for more intricate works. Photo credit: Ashiah Scharaga

Ashiah Scharaga

January 25, 2015

It's easy to find it when walking or driving around Chico. On trash cans, fences, bridges, utility poles and abandoned buildings. Street art, tagging and graffiti seems to be a dynamic part of any city. Some embrace it as an art form, while others consider it a blight to the beauty of a city, its...

Chico police struggle with officer shortage

Infographic by Enrique Raymundo.

Enrique Raymundo

December 16, 2014

Chico police are in dire straits with staff levels below what the department and city need to serve the community, police sources said.Low general staff has many negative effects on police work, said Ford Porter, Chico police captain. Porter is in charge of the operations division, the branch of th...

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