City promotes interim chief

Staying in-house, Chico city leaders elevated Billy Aldridge to chief of police. Aldridge (pictured), who served as interim chief following the August retirement of Matt Madden, topped two other finalists for the job. The Chico […]


University prez retires

Chico State will have a new president next year as Gayle Hutchinson has announced her retirement after six years heading the university. Hutchinson (pictured), Chico State’s first woman president and the Cal State University system’s […]


By any other name?

Chico Municipal Airport has a new name. That much is undisputed fact after the City Council meeting Tuesday night (Nov. 15), when council members decided on the rebrand to Chico Regional Airport. How much the […]


Cold and flu season comes early

Dr. Marcia Nelson remembers her concerns last holiday season. COVID-19 took another upswing; from averaging 30 new cases a day in mid-November of 2021, Butte County doubled that rate during Christmas week and hit 300 […]


Full speed ahead

A week before Election Day, amid a battle over the balance of power in local (and national) government, the Chico City Council meeting Tuesday night (Nov. 1) attracted sparse attendance. Only a dozen citizens came […]


Taking flight

As the Chico City Council convened in closed session Tuesday evening (Oct. 18), diners downtown took advantage of the seasonable weather for a meal outside. At Momona and the Banshee, patrons enjoyed streetfront tables in […]

Election 2022

Public trustees

This feature is part of the CN&R’s Oct. 6 Election Issue. For more stories on the 2022 general election click here. Eileen Robinson has seen a lot change in the Chico Unified School District. She […]


Almost unanimous

The current iteration of the Chico City Council isn’t known for harmony. The six conservatives and one progressive often find themselves at loggerheads within their ranks and with members of the public. Meetings go long […]

Guest Comment

Guest Comment: Registration Day call for action

By Dora Rose and Brittany Stonesifer With our nation’s democracy facing existential threats, California’s duty to protect and empower every eligible voter in the state has never been more urgent. Although we often lead the […]


Council says, ‘Yes hotel’

“How could they do that?” This was the reaction of Sandy Goulart and other California Park residents Tuesday night (Sept. 6) immediately after the Chico City Council, reversing a decision of its Planning Commission, allowed […]


New nuisance code on the ballot

With little resistance and one final revision, Chico’s so-called Quality of Life Act is heading to the November ballot. The Chico City Council, at a special meeting Thursday evening (Aug. 4), approved a measure to […]


‘Quality of life’ show goes on

Nostalgia permeated the start of the Chico City Council meeting Tuesday night (Aug. 2). Chambers packed to capacity, Boy Scouts waited at the rear of the room for a formal presentation of colors. Mayor Andrew […]

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Rest in peace, friend of Chico

[Editor’s note: According to the Butte County Coroner’s office, Tom Nickell was found dead in his Chico home on July 19. Details on exact date and cause of death have not yet been released.] Like […]


Butterfly effect

On a recent Friday afternoon, the heat more intense than the thermometer would indicate, Angela Laws headed into a clearing at the Oroville Wildlife Area. She checked her handheld GPS, then strode past rows of […]


Surge protectors

Walking into a store, eatery or nightspot around Butte County, a casual observer might assume the pandemic has passed. Quite the contrary: Absences of face coverings and plexiglass barriers belie a new spike in COVID-19 […]