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PG&E employees deal with the aftermath of the Camp Fire

PG&E employees deal with the aftermath of the Camp Fire

Yaritza Ayon

December 17, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News

Pacific Gas and Electric Company workers have experienced loss of homes, emotional trauma and acceptance from Paradise residents in the aftermath of the Camp Fire destruction.PG&E employees went up to Paradise, days after the fire, trying to restore gas and electricity for the community.“It w...

CA fires: Celeb mansions vs. ‘the average joe’s’ house

CA fires: Celeb mansions vs. ‘the average joe’s’ house

Brooke Martin

December 7, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

When celebrities and the ‘average joe’ deal with the same struggles, the spotlight tends to center on the celebrity, but this shouldn’t be the case with the recent fires.Tragedy has struck California. From the Paradise fire to the Southern California fires, many are suffering. This...

We took our vacation, now it’s time to honor the Camp Fire victims

We took our vacation, now it’s time to honor the Camp Fire victims

Karen Limones

December 5, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Sitting in the northwest foothills of California’s Central Valley is Paradise, a Butte County town now widely known for perishing during the Camp Fire in a matter of 24 hours. According to Data USA, Paradise had a population of 26,396 residents. Most of these residents lost their homes during the C...

Chico State student loses mother and Paradise home during the Camp Fire

Chico State student loses mother and Paradise home during the Camp Fire

Yaritza Ayon

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News

Christina Taft woke up early, Nov. 8, to a neighbor urging her to evacuate. She initially didn't take the evacuation order seriously, but after showering she began to pack up her car. Christina said she packed for about an hour before noticing that her 66 year-old mother, Victoria Taft, was still in...

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

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

Josh Cozine

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, Mobile Headlines, News, Showcase

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...

Camp Fire photos from Chico and Paradise

Camp Fire photos from Chico and Paradise

Alex Grant

December 5, 2018


Filed under Camp Fire, Mobile Headlines, Multimedia, Photo Galleries

The following photos are taken in a variety of places in the Chico and Paradise communities. More photos will be added to this page as I travel to areas affected by the Camp Fire. To see a photo timeline with some of these photos click on this link. ...

Photo of the day

Photo of the day

Alex Grant

December 5, 2018


Filed under Camp Fire, Multimedia, Photo of the Day

A Red-bellied newt crawls over white ash that was left from the Camp Fire. This newt was found on Saturday near the southern part of the Flumes in Paradise. Click here to view more photos of Paradise and the Camp Fire. Alex Grant can be reached at [email protected] or @AlexThomasGrant on Twitter....

University Box Office helps to organize meetings during the Camp Fire

University Box Office helps to organize meetings during the Camp Fire

Olyvia Simpson

December 4, 2018


Filed under Campus, Community, News

During the two weeks of the Camp Fire emergency, many of the meetings and briefings providing information to the community were held at Laxson Auditorium. Box Office coordinator Christopher Zinna said that Cal Fire and the Town of Paradise contacted Stephen Cummins, director of Chico Performances, w...

‘Camp Fire’ forces thousands to evacuate

‘Camp Fire’ forces thousands to evacuate

Natalie Hanson and Josh Cozine

November 28, 2018


Filed under Community, News

As the sun rose on Thursday, Nov. 8, the sky in Butte County filled with smoke and began to darken. At about 6:30 a.m., fire had ignited in the small community of Pulga and rapidly advanced to Concow, then towards the nearby town, Paradise. By the end of the day, it had become the most destructive wi...

Camp Fire flames finally settle, yet the housing crisis rages on

Camp Fire flames finally settle, yet the housing crisis rages on

Alex Grant

November 28, 2018


Filed under Camp Fire, Editorials, Opinion

A flame-shredded American flag hangs in the still, grey air. It's flagpole barely holds on to a vertical gutter that's attached to a burnt piece of wood. A charred chimney stands intact behind the flag. Blackened, brown and green tree trucks, limbs and leaves stand behind a chimney in a thick, ash-filled...

Camp Fire Timeline

Camp Fire Timeline

Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant

November 28, 2018


Filed under Camp Fire, Community, Multimedia, News, Photo Galleries

The following photos are from the Camp Fire taken in Chico and Paradise. The photos are from the first two days of the fire on Nov. 8 and 9 and from Nov. 15 and 16, a week after the fire began. All photos taken by Alex Grant.  Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant can be reached at n...

The Orion’s Camp Fire Newscast

The Orion’s Camp Fire Newscast

Alex Grant

November 28, 2018


Filed under Camp Fire, Campus, Community, Multimedia, News, Showcase, Video

Nearly three weeks ago the Camp Fire flames ignited Paradise and several neighboring Butte County communities. The fire burned through 153,336 acres of Butte County. The thick, toxic smoke spread to cities as close as Chico to cities as far as San Francisco. Now that first-responders have fully contained...

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