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Unemployment rates in Butte County drop to all time low

Getty Images by David McNew

Yaritza Ayon and Mathew Miranda

November 2, 2018

The Butte County unemployment rate is reaching record lows.According to data by the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department, the unemployment rate for September was 4.1 percent. The lowest rate for a single month since the department began releasing data in J...

Chico State and local businesses take the Strawless Challenge

Sophia Graves believes that all Chico State students should take the strawless challenge. Photo credit: Rachael Bayuk

Roberto Fonseca

April 16, 2018

An estimated 500 million straws are used daily in the United States and the majority of those end up in various oceans. On April 23, Chico State will be officially be taking the strawless challenge in an effort to bring awareness to the plastic straw waste problem and to reduce the amount of plastic used on ...

The Ruckus rocks the WREC

First place finisher in the Advanced Women's category, Christina Saschin holds on before her next move.

Nick Martinez-Esquibel, Sports Editor

April 15, 2016

The smell of hand chalk and the sight of brightly colored tape filled the WREC on Sunday, April 10 for the fifth annual climbing competition, The Ruckus. The competition solely focused on bouldering, a specific type of climbing that doesn't require ropes or harnesses. Although it can be done with...

WREC hosts annual climbing competition

Contestants at last year's rock climbing competition. Photo courtesy of George Johnston's Instagram

Amelia Storm

April 7, 2016

The WREC will host the fifth annual Ruckus Climbing Competition this Sunday, April 10. The all-day event is a bouldering competition sponsored by local companies such as The Bear and Klean Kanteen. The competition, which is limited to 35 competitors, has already filled up. The competition opens at 12 p.m....

Singer-songwriters host intimate concert

Local singer-songwriter Nolan Ford strums and sings a cover of

Trevor Whitney

November 20, 2014

Though the seats were mostly bare Tuesday night at 1078 Gallery, singer-songwriter Olivia Awbrey told the audience that it felt refreshing to play for them. "You are definitely the quietest audience I've had on this tour so far," Awbrey said. "And it's great." Awbrey played a set that night to 15 or...

Shop locally for holiday presents

Kayla Smith

December 15, 2013

It gets harder and harder every year to shop for the people in our lives, causing the stress of running from store to store looking for the perfect gift. Well, you can relax this year.Here is a gift guide to bringing a piece of Chico home this year: Chico BagFor the adventurous traveler in your family,...

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