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Paradise High Athletics bounces back after Camp Fire

Photo credit: Karina Cope

Karina Cope

November 12, 2019

In the year since the Camp Fire, life has been filled with destruction, loss and sorrow for each person affected by its destruction. However, this one year has also brought reconstruction, community bonding, resilience and strength. Paradise High Athletics went through a whirlwind last year, from...

Chico High faces Eureka High after nearly 30 years

Eureka's Lamarie Dunn goes heads up with a Chico defensive back in the second half of Friday's game. Photo credit: Matthew Ferreira

Matthew Ferreira

October 12, 2019

We’re a little over halfway through the Northern California high school football season, and teams are starting to heat up. The Chico High Panthers have had a strong season so far, losing only one of their first six games. All due to their explosive offense and a defense that improves every wee...

Paradise students show Chico State what #ButteStrong means

First-year student Danielle Wagner attends Chico State after losing her home during the November Campfire. Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

Kimberly Morales

September 29, 2019

Students all across Chico State understand the meaning behind the infamous #ButteStrong hashtag, which commemorates the victims and survivors of the tragedies that afflicted towns throughout Butte County such as Paradise, Oroville and Chico.But beyond the phrase, the reality is that many of the stude...

Paradise High School Football Bounces Back

Paradise High football strategizes offensive plays during practice. Photo credit: Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

Matthew Ferreira

September 22, 2019

"Resilience" is defined as “the ability to recover quickly from difficulties.” The Paradise High School football team seems to be the embodiment of that word.After losing most of their town during the Camp Fire, the Paradise Bobcats have banded together as a family and community to start ...

More than a game for the city of Paradise

Coach Hopper going over strategy with Paradise players. Photo credit: Wesley Harris

Wesley Harris

August 24, 2019

Paradise High School football returned to play in front of their Paradise family for the first time since having their playoff hopes denied after the city was traumatized by the largest fire in California history. Along with running the score up in a 42-0 shutout, the Bobcats’ performance provided th...

Paradise schools are making rebuilding progress after Camp Fire

Posters are hung all throughout Paradise High School's current building, empowering students to stay strong Photo credit: Trenton Taylor

Trenton Taylor

May 1, 2019

There was one thing going through the mind of Paradise Unified School District Superintendent Michelle John on the morning of the Camp Fire, "Get these kids and staff off the ridge safely." “Communications broke down throughout the town, but our busses immediately got the kids, and cell phones were...

Paradise High School on the road to Recovery

Paradise High School remained untouched despite buildings around it being destroyed by flames. Photo credit: Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

February 10, 2019

The first week of November was a crucial time for Paradise High School athletics: the football team was ready to take on their first playoff game, both soccer teams and the wrestling team were on the verge of qualifying for playoffs, and the basketball teams were getting ready to kick off their season. The...

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