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BassMint: Underground club in downtown

BassMint: Underground club in downtown

Trevor Ryan

January 28, 2015


Filed under Multimedia, Photo Galleries

[metaslider id=40589] BassMint, located adjacent to Peking Chinese Restaurant in downtown Chico, was packed with students and locals the first Friday of the spring semester. The owners of the restaurant, which can be found between Mom's and The Golden 1 Credit Union, have opted to use the space after...

Gluten Free store comes to Downtown Chico

Courtney Weaver

January 26, 2015


Filed under Breaking News, News

Photo Courtesy: Mary's Gone CrackersFounded by Mary Waldner, a woman with Celiac Disease, Mary’s Gone Crackers is a business that specializes in gluten free snack food—crackers, cookies, pretzels, etc. Alongside the growing fad of eating right and obsessing over organic foods, the store’s inc...

Chico alumnus creates local, eco-friendly sunglasses company

Chico alumnus creates local, eco-friendly sunglasses company

Taylor Sinclair

November 19, 2014


Filed under Features

When Luke Winter told people he was going to start his own eco-friendly sunglasses company, people laughed and told him he was going to fail. Now he is founder and owner of Woodzee, a successful sunglasses company that makes its product out of wood. Winter started his college career at Cuesta College where he found his passio...

Readers, Digest: Favorite fall drinks

Readers, Digest: Favorite fall drinks

Christina Saschin

September 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Get ready to throw on your scarves and grab those warm beverages: Tuesday marked the autumnal equinox. The Orion offers its top picks for places where you can snag the season's best drinks on campus or downtown. All prices listed are for medium sizes. Don't like coffee? Many places offer versions of thei...

Concrete comes alive with vivid color at Pastels on the Plaza

Concrete comes alive with vivid color at Pastels on the Plaza

Jeffrey Fox

September 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Multimedia, Photo Galleries, Reviews, Video

[metaslider id=35407] Photographs by Annie Paige and Jeffrey Fox Rainbow-colored knees and hands rushed about trying to finish a scene of tongue-kissing unicorns dreaming about sunflowers and fairies before this year's Pastels on the Plaza event ended on Saturday. It was a hot day and local ...

Local indie rockers sprint from concert to concert

Local indie rockers sprint from concert to concert

Jeffrey Fox

September 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

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...

Partygoers should respect local families

Partygoers should respect local families

Megan Mann

August 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It's Thursday night and my neighbors across the street are at it again. Old Man Jenkins next door is shaking his cane and yelling out the window at a noisy hoard of students. Their music is not only keeping me and my building up, but also a family three blocks away. Mom and Dad had finally got...

Friday Night Concert provides enjoyable community atmosphere

Friday Night Concert provides enjoyable community atmosphere

Emma Wood-Wright

May 17, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

A man in a yellow T-shirt plays the air piano along with the band Urban Legend at the 37th anniversary of Downtown Chico’s Friday Night Concert series. “I’ve been going to the concerts since I was 11,” local John G. said. “I can’t recall the amount of bands I’ve seen here.”The free concerts will run every Friday until Sep...

Downtown painted purple for cancer support

Downtown painted purple for cancer support

Ariel Hernandez

April 20, 2014


Filed under Features

    The Thursday Night Market was speckled with purple to help raise awareness for the fight against cancer.   Tristan Yates, co-chair of Relay For Life of Chico, organized the Paint the Town Purple event to raise awareness and participation for the Relay for Life team. ...

Summer slump hurts local businesses

Summer slump hurts local businesses

Madison Holmes

April 15, 2014


Filed under News

Some downtown Chico businesses suffer when the students return home for the summer. Although most downtown businesses have a very broad clientele, the bulk of revenue for downtown comes from Chico State students, said Budd Schwab, the owner of Campus Bicycles on Main Street.“You’ve got 12,000 to 13,000 people w...

Diversity debated downtown

Diversity debated downtown

Nathan Lehmann

April 12, 2014


Filed under News

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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