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Community members look toward the future of Paradise

Community members look toward the future of Paradise

Gordy Papalias

February 25, 2019


Filed under Community, News, Showcase

Cheers erupted from over 100 people in the Paradise Alliance Church on Friday, as community members received a promise that their town will be rebuilt after the Camp Fire disaster. The Paradise Town Council members put the meeting together and Barry Long, the CEO of Urban Design Associates, was the...

Paradise victims learn to cope with grief

Paradise victims learn to cope with grief

Julian Mendoza

February 21, 2019


Filed under Campus, Community, News

A support session was held for those struggling with handling grief from the Camp Fire. The event, Wildcats Rise- Managing Through Grief and Loss, focused on what to expect after a tragedy like the Camp Fire. The event covered grief as something someone needs to go through, it can't be avoided according to Russ Hansen, a marriage and family therapist who spok...

#ClimateUprising raises concerns for areas prone to climate-induced disasters

#ClimateUprising raises concerns for areas prone to climate-induced disasters

Trenton Taylor

February 19, 2019


Filed under Camp Fire, Community, Features, News, Showcase

A camera stabilized on a 30-foot crane captured a crowd standing in snow and hail, holding up a #ClimateUprising banner as a call-to-action to find solutions for the changing climate. Followed by the banner, participants spelled out “#ClimateUprising” by lying on the ground of the driveway into the...

Camp Fire memorial service held at reopening of Paradise Performing Arts Center

Camp Fire memorial service held at reopening of Paradise Performing Arts Center

Julian Mendoza

February 12, 2019


Filed under Community, News

A celebration of life was held in the Paradise Performing Arts Center in memory of the 86 lives lost from the Camp Fire. The event featured multiple artists including singers, a choir and pianist, dancers and guitarists who all performed in front of a large audience on Friday. This was the grand reopening...

Paradise High School on the road to Recovery

Paradise High School on the road to Recovery

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

February 10, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Football, Sports

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...

‘Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine’ brings campfire survivors together through art

‘Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine’ brings campfire survivors together through art

Alex Coba

February 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Community

“Art saves lives,” said local artist Jessie Mercer about the feeling of community at the opening reception for Chico Art Center's new exhibition, "Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine." The art shown in the exhibition is a response to the Camp Fire. "The gallery is designed to give the community a safe place...

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. ...

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