The Orion

Small businesses in Chico are struggling during COVID-19 pandemic

Marco Day, Staff Writer

April 19, 2020

Local businesses are struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to apply for federal aid to continue operations. There are two programs in California developed for small businesses to obtain aid from the U.S Small Business Administration.  The Paycheck Protection Program is a lo...

Firefighters respond to Jesus Center incident

The Jesus Center is located on Park Avenue in Chico. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Jessie Imhoff

November 16, 2019

The fire department was called Friday for a small, smoldering fire that broke out at the Jesus Center.According to Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge, there was a hot water heater on the second floor of the building that overheated the floor, causing minor damage.Once it was located, it was put out b...

Treat Street brings families downtown on Halloween

Sweet Chico Confections participated in Treat Street annually with other downtown businesses. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

October 28, 2019

Downtown Chico is well known for being a hot spot of college parties on Halloween night. But before all the partiers come out in droves, Downtown Chico is home to an event called Treat Street in which families can come and take their children trick-or-treating to all the different shops.Many downtown ...

Annual Harvest Sale highlights downtown businesses

Jessie Imhoff

October 14, 2019

Merchandise and autumnal decorations lined the streets of Downtown Chico for the annual Harvest Sidewalk Sale, hosted by the Downtown Chico Business Association.An outpouring of shoppers came to the event to score great deals from their favorite local businesses.Downtown retailer Anika Burke joined oth...

Doc Burnstein’s has soft opening in new downtown location

Max Palmer working as a scooper during the soft open. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

October 1, 2019

Despite Cold Stone Creamery closing, Chico did not go without an ice cream place close to campus for long. Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab opened in its place, holding its soft opening on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.That Thursday was not their first soft open at their Chico location. Their first sof...

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 ...

Chico State students play live Bluegrass music in downtown

From left to right David Theissen, Christine Wilhoyte, and Steve Lawson play “Back to the Bar Room” for an enthusiastic crowd at Tender Lovin’ Coffee. Photo credit: Emily Neria

Emily Neria

September 2, 2019

A new local bluegrass band performed at Tender Loving Coffee in Downtown Chico last Thursday night. The band Green Mountain Bluegrass consisted of a guitar player and two Chico State students on banjo and mandolin. The band played several lighthearted songs with titles like “Back to the Bar Room...

‘The Almond Orchard’ poses important questions to Chico

Owen Carlson, Sam Lucas (middle) and Shantae Stewar sit onstage during Act 2 of

Rayanne Painter

March 18, 2019

The opening night of “The Almond Orchard” debuted at downtown Chico’s Blue Room Theatre Thursday night. As an adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” this rendition of the classic play keeps Chekhov's comedic relief in a tale of change, love, healing and grief. What makes "The Almond...

Pride March gives participants a voice in Chico’s community

Several Pride Marchers with their queer week posters. Photo credit: Keelie Lewis

Alex Coba

October 14, 2018

Cars could be heard honking as marchers chanted, “Our queer rights are under attack, what do we do," in the streets of downtown Chico. The participants were walking in the Pride March Friday, that was led by the Gender & Sexuality Equity Coalition (GSEC) as a part of “Queer Week." The march...

Surveillance cameras enforce safety in the Downtown Chico Plaza

Five cameras are installed in the plaza and will be streamed to the Old Municipal Building.

Christian Solis

October 26, 2017

The City of Chico has spent $20,000 to install video surveillance in the Downtown Chico Plaza to boost public safety.Public concern for safety in the plaza was a facilitating factor in the decision. It was a pointed issue from the Downtown Chico Business Association and various public safety meetings with the Chico Police, according ...

City Council talks possible property and business improvement district for downtown Chico

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Alejandra Fraga

May 18, 2017

Chico City Council discussed the possible adoption of a resolution of intent to establish a Property and Business Improvement District for downtown Chico Tuesday."The business and property owners got together and came up with the idea of doing what many other cities have done," said Chris Constantin Assistant...

Chico State serves rotten dining options

Photo credit: Dongyoung Won

Carson Predovich and Dongyoung Won

October 10, 2016

In recent years, colleges have spent millions of dollars to improve campus life. These expenditures include new recreation centers, state of the art learning facilities and high-quality dining experiences.Chico State has followed suit with most of these trends but is seriously lacking when it comes to di...

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