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Oroville extends rent control

Disaster-area protections will continue for residential tenants after the Oroville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening (Feb. 19) to impose a rent-control ordinance for the next 10 1/2 months. Effective immediately, no landlord may increase […]


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Post-fire tax relief

Butte County could receive assistance from the state to cover property tax revenue losses due to the Camp Fire. Assembly Bill 72, amending the Budget Act of 2018, was unanimously approved by the Senate on […]


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Paradise water funded

Help is on the way for Paradise’s troubled water system. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded about $1.4 million to the Paradise Irrigation District to repair and restore its water system damaged during the […]


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Paradise hospital lays off 800

With Paradise’s hospital closed indefinitely due to Camp Fire damage, two-thirds of Adventist Health Feather River employees got laid off this week. Jill Kinney, regional spokeswoman for Adventist Health, told the CN&R that the organization […]


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Caring enterprise

It’s been three months since the Camp Fire was sparked in rural Butte County, but we all know it’s going to take years, perhaps even decades, for our region to heal from the most destructive […]


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Time to prioritize temporary housing

It’s been nearly three months since the Camp Fire torched a significant portion of Butte County, destroying thousands of homes and displacing tens of thousands of residents, and yet the most significant commitment in terms […]


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Koppers site debris-free

The former Koppers wood-treatment plant in Oroville is officially out of consideration as a Camp Fire debris site, after state and federal officials determined processing capacity sufficient to preclude the need for a temporary sorting […]


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County sues PG&E

With PG&E already facing so many claims it’s filing for bankruptcy, Butte County sued the utility for damages from the Camp Fire. The county’s suit, filed Jan. 15 in Butte County Superior Court, asserts that […]


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PG&E filing for bankruptcy

Facing at least $7 billion in Camp Fire claims, PG&E announced Monday (Jan. 14) its intention to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Under state law, it can petition the court after a 15-day notice […]


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Schools receive hefty grant

Butte County schools soon will receive nearly $1 million for counseling services, school supplies and materials, excursions and extracurricular activities thanks to a donation from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. founder Ken Grossman (pictured) and his […]


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Fire contaminated water

The Paradise Irrigation District has detected unhealthy levels of benzene in water around the Ridge, the utility announced Tuesday (Jan. 8). PID and the State Water Resources Control Board recently tested drinking water for 30 […]


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Gridley OKs 350 FEMA units

South Butte County will house around 1,200 evacuees still displaced by the Camp Fire after the Gridley City Council unanimously approved a short-term lease with the federal government for 350 modular homes in the city […]


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Hang on, help is here

For Butte County, 2018 will forever be remembered as a year marked by disaster. Specifically, the Camp Fire and its aftermath. The 86 people who perished. The nearly 14,000 homes reduced to ashes. The annihilation […]


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The top 10 stories of 2018

Photo by Melissa Daugherty The charred husks of cars along the Skyway in Paradise. Apocalypse in our midst The biggest story of 2018 came toward the end of the year and should be no surprise […]


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The year in review

Since Nov. 8, the CN&R has been consumed with coverage of the Camp Fire. As you’ll see in our annual year-in-review package, the firestorm bleeds into several categories of the biggest local stories, including homelessness […]