The Orion

Concerned students respond to Downtown Chico vandalism

Courtney Collier

February 12, 2020

Student employees from Collier Hardware, located in Downtown Chico, voice concern about rise in vandalism. Photo by Courtney Collier Recent vandalism at Collier Hardware, located in Downtown Chico, has employees worried.  On Feb. 5, two glass doors were shattered at Collier Hardware. Howev...

Taste of Chico celebrates food

Upper Crust happily handed out cupcakes. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

September 23, 2019

There was much to see when walking down the streets of downtown Chico on Sunday. The Downtown Chico Business Association held their annual Taste of Chico, hosting a variety of vendors, including local restaurants, radio stations and live music.The Taste of Chico has been an annual event since 1985. Celebrating its 34th installment, many ...

Cold Stone and other businesses close, Woodstock’s Pizza to relocate

The Coldstone location in Chico is now closed and a new company will arrive in September. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Julian Mendoza

September 19, 2019

Over the past few months, downtown Chico has seen multiple businesses close their doors permanently.The old Cold Stone creamery now stands as another abandoned business in downtown Chico. Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab, a chain with locations in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande, will replace t...

Riff Raff headlines show in Downtown Chico

Rift Raffa preforming “Tip Toe Wing in my Jawwwdinz”  for the crowed during his show at the El Rey Photo credit: Alex Coba

Angel Ortega

September 8, 2019

Riff Raff performed a headlining show at the El Rey Theater in Downtown Chico on Friday. The concert was held in part as a celebration of the grand opening of the new Blaze N' J’s store in Downtown Chico, next door to the El Rey Theater. Fans were able to meet and take a photo with Riff Raff i...

Fire at Cafe Petra in downtown Chico

A fire broke out at Cafe Petra on Monday.

Gordy Papalias

April 23, 2019

Chico Fire Department responded to a fire at Cafe Petra on 163 2nd St. at about 4 p.m. on Monday. The fire was contained between the first and second floor of the building. Fire crews worked through the afternoon to open the roof and the ceiling to ventilate and extinguish the fire.There was a significant amount of charring according to Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge, but there was no structural damage and the building should make a full recoveryNo one was injured during the fire and Chico Fire Department is currently looking into how it started.Gordon Papalias can be reached at [email protected] or @G...

Photo of the day

A Camp Fire Toy Drive is located on Main Street in downtown Chico. Kozette McGowan organized the event with the children affected by the Camp Fire in mind so that they can have something of comfort. The toy drive will be going on until Dec 17. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

December 10, 2018

A Camp Fire Toy Drive is located on Main Street in downtown Chico. Kozette McGowan organized the event with the children affected by the Camp Fire in mind so that they can have something of comfort. The toy drive will be going on until Dec 17.

Downtown Christmas event brings joy to community and relief to Camp Fire victims

Children happily run up to greet Santa as he pulls up in a vintage firetruck to help light the Christmas tree in the downtown plaza. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

December 4, 2018

Members of the community gathered in Downtown Chico during the cold weather Sunday night to enjoy the 40th Annual Christmas Preview, where a portion of proceeds went toward Camp Fire relief efforts. The event was originally scheduled for Nov 18, but after the events of the Camp Fire, the holiday event was rescheduled for Dec 2...

Chef Jimmy Lee keeps Chico green with sushi

Aonami uses Seafood Watch to determine which fish will impact the environment less. Photo credit: Yaritza Ayon

Yaritza Ayon

October 17, 2018

Aonami is Chico's first sustainable sushi bar and one of only ten in the country.Jimmy Lee, owner and chef of Aonami, found it fairly easy to open the sushi bar because of Chico's rich history of supporting sustainability."It's not hard to be a sustainable restaurant since there's sustainable companies that want...

Out of the Darkness Walk hopes to raise awareness about mental health

Emilee Hunt writes that before she dies, she wants to

Alex Coba

October 15, 2018

For people who have lost a loved one to suicide or for those who struggle with their mental health, it can be hard to find a good support system. The ninth annual “Out of the Darkness Walk" was designed to help give people that much-needed support system, as well as provide resources that can he...

Taste of Chico welcomes all foodies

Enzo Perri tosses pizza dough to the desired form for Friday's dinner rush at Celestino's. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Yaritza Ayon

September 19, 2018

Classics and newcomers will all gather in downtown Sunday to feed the foodies of Chico. The 33rd annual Taste of Chico will feature over 150 food and drink vendors from throughout Northern California. Participants will be treated to live music, work from local artists and activities for children. Furt...

Shots fired in downtown Chico leaves one injured and one detained

Paramedics prepare for transport as Chico Police investigate the scene. Photo credit: Dan Christian

Dan Christian

September 6, 2018

Around 1 a.m. this morning, Chico Police responded to a report of a subject in the downtown area brandishing a firearm. Upon arriving downtown, police heard multiple gun shots and people running from the 300 block of Main Street. When police arrived on scene they located a person lying on the ground...

Friday Night Concerts kick off in the Chico City Plaza

Friday's concert featured a performance from the Fritz, a local Chico band. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Josiah Nicholl

May 5, 2018

People filled the city plaza in downtown Chico Friday night to enjoy the return of Chico's Friday Night Concerts. For the 41st year, free shows with live music will be put on by the Downtown Chico Business Association in the city plaza every Friday night throughout the summer. The shows start at...

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