The Orion

Chico State student is awarded thousands by PG&E

Gennisis Mendoza Cruz

August 22, 2017

Chico State student was awarded a scholarship of 20,000 by the Pacific Gas & Eelectric Company.Rigoberto Vazquez Jr., a Mechanical Engineering major, applied for the Better Together STEM scholarship on February 17 and was awarded on June 8. “I strive in school because I wanted a better life the influences were to do the opposite of what my family did I saw them as an e...

6,000 LED street lamps will light up Chico

PG&E is making Chico shine a bit brighter by providing over 6,000 street lamps in the city. Photo credit: Yang Dai

Yang Dai

May 8, 2016

Chico will replace lamps in many streets with LED energy-saving lamps in the next four to six weeks in order to ensure more brilliant and energy-saving nights in Chico. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company will provide the lights and head the project. The company is investing more than $1.1 million i...

Power outages affect Butte County residents

PG&E customers are encouraged to have flashlights on hand in case of future outages. Photo credit: Bridget Comito

Bridget Comito

March 12, 2016

As rain continues to fall in the north state, one downside may be future power outages. Chico and Paradise experienced many power outages in the middle of the night between March 10 and 11. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported multiple outages impacting almost 300 customers in Chico, Paradise, and Co...

Transformer explosion causes power outage

Firefighters Talk with PG&E. Photo credit: Michael Catelli

Michael Catelli

September 1, 2015

A power line transformer exploded on corner of Oleander and East Sacramento Avenues around three p.m. on Monday causing a temporary power outage. Chico police were nearby when the explosion occurred."The power went out right as I heard a loud pop from the power line," said an employee of a neighboring business.First responders reported smok...

County wide power outage closes campus

The lights in Kendall Hall are out on Monday morning following a power outage in Butte County. Photo credit: George Johnston

Austin Redfern

April 7, 2015

On Monday students' classes were interrupted by a power outage at 8:20 a.m.Soon after the outage occurred Chico State's official twitter account released a tweet stating that the campus would be closed until 5 p.m.Some teachers made the best of their situations such as Dr. Carolynn Arpin, a chemistry profess...

Woman gives man $160 to fix car battery, he takes off

Brianne Mcevoy

January 24, 2015

Chico Police Department Call Type: Fraud/scam 12:56 p.m., Thrifty Bargains "Woman with car battery problems gave a man $160 because he said he would help her and instead left without doing so. The woman was then told by several in the area that, 'he does this all the time and hangs out u...

Chico State files lawsuit against PG&E

Chico State files lawsuit against PG&E

Ernesto Rivera

May 2, 2014

Chico State is suing Pacific Gas and Electric to recover costs from an environmental cleanup the university performed during the construction of the WildCat Recreation Center. From 1874 to 1928, the Chico Manufactured Gas Plant on West Second Street generated tars, sludge and powdered carbon that wer...

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