Out of bounds?

In the course of six days, the Chico City Council went from seven to five, as two members resigned amid purported harassment stemming from criticism of their residency. On June 21, Councilman Scott Huber submitted […]


Will this fly?

The day before the city of Chico opened its “resting site” for the local unhoused population at the Chico Municipal Airport last Friday (June 25), John Howlett stood in sweltering heat, peering through the fence […]


Reopening risky for kids?

By Mark Kreidler This story is produced by the award-winning journalism nonprofit Capital & Main and co-published here with permission. The setting was midtown Sacramento, but the scene is going to become familiar across California in the […]

Local Government

Conservatives: Let it lapse

When homeless advocate Kelli Johnson addressed the Chico City Council during its meeting Tuesday night (June 15), she spoke as heatedly as the temperature outside council chambers. “I’m frankly perplexed we’re having this conversation,” Johnson […]


Solutions elusive

After enduring almost a year of shifting City Council directions, intense public criticism and unrealized attempts to help create new shelter options, Suzi Kochems is leaving her role as the city of Chico’s homeless solutions […]



This story originally appeared in The Sacramento Valley Mirror. Staci Buttermore and her family are carrying the weight of California’s water crisis across their property in 5-gallon buckets. In the week since the domestic well […]


Business as usual?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chico News & Review has reported on restaurants that opened just as stay-home mandates were ordered (like vegan pizza makers Pizza Riot and new beermakers Mulberry Station Brewing Co.); highlighted […]

Arts & Culture

Return of nightlife?

This feature is part of the CN&R’s June 2021 Business Issue. Archer Lombardi kicked off 2020 ready for big changes. After nearly a decade dedicated to establishing The Maltese as one of Chico’s cornerstone bars […]


Healthy outlook

This feature is part of the CN&R’s June 2021 Business Issue. Brandon Keith has deep roots at Madison Bear Garden. Fifteen years ago, he worked in the kitchen, in view of customers who ordered burgers […]