The year in review

As we head into the new year, this newspaper is quickly approaching publishing 300 stories related to the Camp Fire—find them curated online ( at the Camp Fire Reports link.

Therefore, it's no surprise that our annual year-in-review package is again filled with coverage of the complexity of the disaster, from the holdups in identifying people who perished to water contamination on the Ridge. But the ripple effects are seemingly endless, crossing over into areas outside of the burn scar, including Chico and its environs.

Our staff was deeply touched by the tragedy and has been proud to be empathetic community watchdogs during this difficult journey. As the CN&R wraps up the year, we want to ensure readers that we will continue this work in 2020.

Still, our package reviewing the past 12 months—the first full year after the mega blaze—also includes other important and unrelated local news items. Case in point: Chico's decision to abandon at-large City Council elections for district-based elections.

As always, in addition to the top 10 stories of the year, we've compiled a list of other notable stories and our popular “What were they thinking?” picks.

Happy reading!