On new terms

There is a sea change in store for the city of Chico and its approach to homelessness issues. On Friday (Jan. 14), a settlement agreement in the Warren v. City of Chico lawsuit was signed […]


Victory lap

The chilly night air, sharpened by the frozen surface beneath his wheels, did nothing to cool the warmth of Kevin Hines’ smile as he first circled the ice rink in Chico City Plaza Thursday night […]


Spotlight on Chico

Last month, a group called Chico Voters launched recall efforts against Mayor Andrew Coolidge and Councilman Sean Morgan. Among the group’s cited reasons why the men should be removed from office are perceived missteps related […]

Camp Fire

Harvest hurdles

When the Camp Fire raged through Paradise on Nov. 8, 2018, Jim and Laurie Noble barely escaped with their lives. Almost everything they left behind, including three homes and eight outbuildings that composed the infrastructure […]


The forgotten fire?

Until the night of Sept. 8, 2020, Berry Creek’s Village Market was the beating heart of a thriving community. It was the only destination “on the hill”—as locals refer to the foothills area—that offered groceries […]


From all sides

In accordance with rules established by a federal court, much of the ongoing drama surrounding Warren v. Chico—the civil case filed by eight plaintiffs against the city over lack of shelter options and anti-homeless ordinances—has […]


Violent ends

Lisa Hilliard was settling in to sleep at her campsite on the east side of Teichert Ponds shortly after 2 a.m. on Sept. 4 when the sound of unfamiliar voices shouting set her nerves on […]

Local Government

Still in crisis

On Tuesday (Aug. 10), the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on a resolution to extend the shelter crisis declaration for Butte County. The original resolution was approved in September 2018, the month before the Camp […]

Local Government

Charging forward

Tuesday’s (Aug. 3) Chico City Council meeting kicked off with the swearing in of new members Michael O’Brien and Dale Bennett, and the two men took their new seats on the dais within 10 minutes […]


DIY together

Chico suffered many cultural losses during the pandemic, and among the most mourned in activist and artistic circles was the closure of Blackbird. Though ostensibly an anarchist bookstore that served coffee, the little yellow Victorian […]

Local Government

Now hiring

With the Chico City Council on a fast track to appoint two new members to begin serving Aug. 3, the regular meeting on Tuesday (July 20) took the form of a group job interview. The […]

Local Government

Two hot seats

A total of 21 applicants—including a retired police chief and two former council members—have tossed their hats in the ring to fill two vacant positions on the Chico City Council. The majority of hopefuls, 14, […]


Court order: Stay

A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to the plaintiffs in the ongoing Warren v. Chico civil case late Thursday (July 8), barring the city of Chico from enforcing ordinances aimed at the homeless population. […]


Judgment coming soon

Those watching the lawsuit between eight unhoused individuals and the city of Chico over camping enforcement and lack of suitable shelter options will have to wait at least a little longer for a federal judge’s […]


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 […]