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Animal Corps

The only wildlife spotted by CN&R reporters during a Sept. 10 trek into areas ravaged by the North Complex Fire were a pair of ravens ominously perched on a guardrail near the Bidwell Bar Bridge; […]

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Not just needles

Following a legal settlement that stopped the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition (NVHRC) from distributing sterile syringes in mid-August, volunteers from the organization continue to show up at Humboldt Park each Sunday to provide what […]

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Small piece of haven

In May 2014, local social-justice champion Dan Everhart wrote an impassioned guest comment for the Chico News & Review decrying efforts to criminalize homelessness. In it, he criticized city policymakers for adopting an ordinance prohibiting […]

Arts & Culture

Curtain call

A black plywood casket sat in the space once occupied by the Blue Room Theatre’s main stage, surrounded by the room’s figurative viscera: detached lighting rigs, speakers and piles of coiled-up cables. The unintentional stage […]

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‘Eyes are open now’

Tyler Rushing was a “smiling, gentle human being” who rubbed shoulders with celebrity clients of his commercial and residential window washing business, and was a stage-lighting wizard and an adventurous soul driven to help the […]

Arts & Culture

Buffet to-go

During a recently bygone time, I could take the healthiest vegetables from below a sneeze guard, combine them in ungodly ways and bury them under enough blue cheese to make a so-called “salad” capable of […]

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Force and funding

It didn’t happen in 2013, when Chico police officers fired 19 shots at the car driven by Breanne Sharpe, killing the 19-year-old and sending bullets into a bus stop, a parked car and a residential […]

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Safe for now

After decades of self-described “rough living,” including spending the last two years on the streets, Nathaniel Edwards is no stranger to hardship. But in mid-March, as fear of the coronavirus rose in the North State, […]

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Shared pain

Photo by Melissa Daugherty CN&R contributor Ken Smith positions himself to take photos of the charred husks of cars on the Skyway. On a dark and smoky morning in July 2018, a friend and I […]

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Squeezed out

Photo by Ken Smith Esmeralda and Michael Johnson stand outside the home they’ve rented for the last five years, and may soon be forced to vacate. Michael and Esmeralda Johnson considered themselves fortunate to have […]