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Lake Mead at a low water level
Courtesy of Salt Lake Tribune.

Water in the southwest a ticking time bomb

Reed Mccoy // April 7, 2019

Today's California particularly the Southern half features cities and agriculture where desert should be.More likely than not, the water that keeps these cities running comes from a river or stream in...

Hayrides are offered for a drive around the pumpkin patch. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Chico High Future Farmers Of America pumpkin patch returns after five years

Olyvia Simpson // October 15, 2018

For the entirety of their summer vacation, anywhere from one to eight students came out to the field for a few hours every Monday through Friday, to individually pull out weeds growing between pumpkins...

Erosion damage on the bottom half of the Oroville Spillway prompted the Department of California Water Resources to reduce the outflow from the lake. Photo courtesy of the Department of California Water Resources.

Oroville Spillway crisis sheds light on failing infrastructure

Editorial Board // February 15, 2017

The Oroville Dam situation isn’t a sudden problem, it comes from years of neglect by California Governor Jerry Brown. Brown is not the only person who was responsible for the spill. Yes, he could...

Rainfall in Chico per inch over the last three years. Photo credit: Bianca Quilantan

California stuck in state of emergency

Victoria Rohrer // February 7, 2017

For over three years, California has been at a standstill because of widespread drought. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Jan. 17, 2014, due to lack of rainfall and soaring...

Photo credit: Dongyoung Won

Chico is getting expensive

Alex Horne // April 28, 2016

Rent: $600; authentic Mexican food: $9; cover charge at a bar: $3. How is a college student supposed to afford it all? It feels like Chico is getting more and more expensive every day. The numbers are...

El Nino's warmer currents shift eastward in the Pacific Ocean causing changes in temperature across the United States. Photo credit: Christine Zuniga

El Nino brings warmer weather to Chico

Christine Zuniga // March 2, 2016

Although March is only beginning, students around Chico State are already sporting shorts and sunglasses with the prospect of continued warm weather, thanks to El Nino. The hype behind El Nino seems to...

Chico creek flows through campus outside of Butte Hall.

Too hot California causing El Nino to chill out

Kayla Fitzgerald // February 14, 2016

Even though El Nino has created record breaking numbers in rainfall and snow pack, it is still not enough to make up for the past dry winters. El Nino has provided a 105 percent snow pack level with...

Many trees may experience sudden limb drop— a phenomenon that usually happens during drought conditions where limbs can fall unexpectedly due to water build up. Photo credit: Sara-Elizabeth Whitchurch

Chico summers send tree branches crashing down

Austin Herbaugh // September 7, 2015

The thought of falling tree branches is usually associated with an intense winter storm with high winds. While storms can cause branches and trees to fall, hot summer days can do the same. The average...

Brittney Patera, MS, RD Sports Dietitian and Chico alumna, discusses the importance of staying hydrated to avoid heat-related illnesses. Photo courtesy of Brittney Patera.

Avoiding heat-related illnesses

Sarah Strausser // August 30, 2015

It was a hot spring day on the track when Kayla Lawson, junior business project management major, noticed one of her teammates beginning to shake and feel dizzy. She knew as soon as she saw her that...

Chico State is making an effort to conserve water by not watering lawns and embracing the dead look. Photo credit: Alicia Brogden

Chico State reduces water usage by 43 percent

Austin Herbaugh // August 30, 2015

It's hard not to notice the dead lawns when walking around campus. Signs that read things such as "brown is the new green" are hard to miss. Cutting off water to some lawns is just one of Chico State's...

The Chico Municipal Airport has been sending planes to provide aid to the 14 active California wildfires Photo credit: John Domogma

Chico airport used as an air base to fight wildfires

Austin Herbaugh // August 24, 2015

Fourteen major wildfires are burning across California, leaving thousands of acres charred and covering much of the state in a blanket of smoke. Resources are being pulled from all over California to fight...

Matt Ball, District Manager at the Butte County Public Health Department, discusses the severity of West Nile virus in the Butte County area. (Photo Courtesy of Matt Ball).

Small bugs, big consequences

Sarah Strausser // August 24, 2015

There have been 30 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Butte county, the highest of any county in the state. Butte County has had an "epidemic level" of cases reported, according to Matt Ball, the district...

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