The Orion

Foodies gather for Chico tradition

Attendees waiting for their Taste of Chico. Photo credit: Courtesy of Downtown Chico Business Association

Matthew Manfredi

September 19, 2016

On Sept. 25, some of the area’s best restaurants, wineries, breweries, food trucks and beverage vendors will gather for the Taste of Chico, an event transforming a quiet Sunday afternoon into a foodie-crazed occasion occupied with over 8,000 visitors and locals. From the Madison Bear Garden to ...

Man sells drugs in City Plaza

Illustration by Miles Huffman Photo credit: Miles Huffman

Carly Plemons

November 14, 2015

University Police DepartmentCall Type: Vandalism, 8:45 a.m., West Sacramento Avenue"Window was smashed, nothing missing from vehicle."Call Type: Suspicious Subject, 6:51 p.m., Konkow Hall"Subject was found hanging around inside the laundry room with bottle of beer."Chico Police DepartmentCall Type...

Snowboarders, skiers will shred in first Rail Jam

Soul id's Eli Libby, public relations director (left), Ben Sampson, founder and CEO (middle), and Kyle Nelson, marketing director (right), are excited to cover Chico's City Plaza in snow for the first Soul id Rail Jam. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

February 18, 2015

The normally bone dry City Plaza in Downtown Chico is going to be covered in snow for the first Soul id Rail Jam. Snowboarders and skiers across the North State are going to be throwing down their tricks at 6 p.m. on Friday.The event is being held to launch a new social network platform called Soul id, sp...

Local indie rockers sprint from concert to concert

The LoLos backstage at

Jeffrey Fox

September 14, 2014

The LoLos' guitarist Ben Colbeck pulls off his shirt as the band walks briskly down the sidewalk of West 3rd Street after a Chico BandSwap performance in the City Plaza. If he wants to change before the band's next show, he'll have to do it now.A few party-goers chant "LoLos" as the band rushes by. A fe...

Diversity debated downtown

Aimee Guy vocalizes her opinions on the unfair treatment of pitbulls in modern society downtown Friday as part of the Great Debate. Photo credit: Annie Paige

Nathan Lehmann

April 12, 2014

Chico State students gathered in the downtown plaza all-day Friday for the city's biannual Great Debate.Over 1700 Chico State students presented speeches, debates and group presentations centered around this year's theme: diversity and discrimination, said Gina Tigri, the program assistant for the debate. “The Great Debate is a way for us to e...

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