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Disaster County

In early March, as coronavirus started to spread through the Sacramento Valley, Katy Thoma remained optimistic. She understood the gravity of the situation—Butte County officials had recently declared both a local emergency and a local […]

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Anatomy of a surge

This is an update of previous story published on July 14, 2020. In early spring, health officials and providers across California braced for a flood of coronavirus patients. Spread of the disease elsewhere—such as New […]

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High anxiety

When coronavirus took hold in California over late winter and early spring, Adam Aaronson had a better sense than many Chicoans for how the pandemic would reshape lives. Aaronson, a marriage and family therapist in […]

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Crisis schooling

Like many parents, Dan La Bar felt the impact of the coronavirus emergency profoundly in March when stay-at-home orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom changed how schools teach and students learn. La Bar works as an […]

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Still a college town

When Chancellor Timothy White announced May 12 that all 23 campuses of the California State University system would teach classes predominantly online in the fall, political and business leaders in Chico went into a tailspin. […]

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Breaking points

Lindsay Briggs has grown accustomed to criticism. She’s a particular bugaboo for Chicoans who, in a clique of Facebook groups, take umbrage with her social activism. Called “Professor Voldemort” in reference to her position in […]

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Premature opening?

When Butte County became one of the first two California counties permitted to advance further in reopening businesses, Tami Ritter had a muted reaction. Ritter, a county supervisor representing Chico, served on a committee of […]