The Orion

Oroville bans flavored tobacco products; students react

An outside picture of Dragon Tobacco

Courtney Collier

February 12, 2020

Oroville’s City Council met to confirm a ban taking place in less than a month that will prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products.  Council members had two public meetings where each member supported the ordinance.  With the new ban, only tobacco products that are created from real tobacco leaf...

Community responds to incoming Oroville vape bans

The smoke shop Darkside sells multiple different vaping products. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Jessie Imhoff

October 7, 2019

Chico State's campus is usually lined with students tabling for different reasons, such as recruitment for clubs or Greek life. Others go to campus and table to share their ideas about the world with students.That's what Nick Bowman and Gabe Trujillo set out to do by setting up a table in front of the St...

Student charged with sexual assault and burglary has first hearing

Martin Morales, a Chico State student majoring in Sociology, had his first court hearing at the Butte County Courthouse on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Photo credit: Ricardo Tovar

Ricardo Tovar

September 6, 2019

A student charged with sexual assault and burglary had his first hearing at the Butte County Superior Court in Oroville on Thursday morning.Martin Morales, 22, currently suspended by Chico State, faces charges of first-degree burglary, sexual assault and three cases of loitering/prowling on private p...

Youth demand better climate change policy

The band Low & Behold performing on the lawn. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Julian Mendoza and Trenton Taylor

April 24, 2019

Trinity Commons was filled with tables from both campus and local organizations educating students on what they can do to take action against climate change during the Earth Day Festival. “We are trying to engage students in ways of fighting climate change through policy,” said Jared Geiser, executive...

Two years later, questions about the Oroville Dam Spillway remain unanswered

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.

Natalie Hanson

February 13, 2019

Historic Evacuation On the morning of Feb 12, two years ago, the Oroville Dam had been brimming with overflowing rainwater for days. The surrounding county of Butte and the residents of Oroville had been watching the levels threatening to flow over the top of the dam since Feb. 7, as the spillways releas...

Butte College weathers the Camp Fire, lends assistance to Cal Fire and students

Samia Yaqub in front of her third story window where she could see damages from the Camp Fire on the outskirts of the Butte College campus. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Josh Cozine

December 5, 2018

President of Butte College, Samia Yaqub, stood up and walked over to the south-facing window of her office on the third floor of the Student and Administrative Services building of the college’s main campus. From the high vantage point she began pointing out burnt and blackened patches of fields that...

DUI incidents increase as spring season begins

DUI incidents increase as spring season begins

Josh Cozine

March 29, 2018

A string of drunk driving arrests was reported in Oroville this week, and police have called for awareness of the problem. Oroville’s California Highway Patrol Facebook page announced four different incidents of drunk driving in recent days, prompting a post Tuesday which read “What the heck is going on? Another suspected DUI arrest.” Officer Ry...

Armed felon with two outstanding warrants arrested in Oroville

Armed felon with two outstanding warrants arrested in Oroville

Josiah Nicholl

March 28, 2018

A convicted felon was arrested during a welfare check on State Route 70, north of Palmero Road, Wednesday morning. California Highway Patrol in Oroville confirmed that the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Steven James Sturgill, was driving a sedan at at approximately 2:20 a.m. when he pulled onto...

Man arrested for fatal shooting in Oroville

Man arrested for fatal shooting in Oroville

Josiah Nicholl

March 5, 2018

A man was caught and taken into custody Sunday for fatally shooting another man in Oroville this weekend.Oroville police first responded when they were dispatched to the Oroville Hospital at 2:45 a.m. Sunday after a call about a patient who had a gunshot wound to the head.The person who brought the patien...

Chinese New Year celebrated at temple in Oroville

The docents of the temple in Oroville, from left to right: Jan Clay, David Knox, Lani Fridrich. Photo credit: Tisha Cheney

Tisha Cheney

February 19, 2018

The historic Chinese temple museum in Oroville hosted an open house to share New Year festivities with community members Sunday. The temple, established in the late nineteenth century, was bought by the City of Oroville in 1937. "The 10 room complex is so unique, there is nothing like it in the U.S.,...

Photo of the day

The fishing from the Feather River Hatchery to the HWY 70 bridge in Oroville remains hot with spawning steelhead. Photo credit: Jared Shibuya

Jared Shibuya

February 5, 2018

The fishing from the Feather River Hatchery to the HWY 70 bridge in Oroville remains hot with spawning steelhead.

Traffic collision in Oroville, one dead

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Natalie Hanson

January 23, 2018

A vehicle driving through a red light struck another in an intersection in Oroville Sunday.According to a release Tuesday, a Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling east on Las Plumas Ave at about 1:38 a.m. As the vehicle entered the intersection at Lower Wyandotte Road, it struck a Toyota Tacoma also entering ...

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