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Supes spend COVID money

Before the Board of Supervisors heard proposals for Butte County’s allotment of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, Chairman Bill Connelly expressed some reservations. “I’m worried about spending every bit of the money,” he said […]

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The watcher

Ken Jordan calls it “spotting smokes,” and it’s an easy job when the mountain air is clear: “Sometimes, it’s second nature to spot a smoke without even looking for it.” White, gray or bluish, woodsmoke […]

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A place to heal

Aaron Singer and Jess Mercer both have experienced homelessness—Mercer lived out of a hotel as a teen, Singer out of his car about a decade ago. During these times, each turned to local community recreational […]

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No hotel, for now

The No Hotel in California Park community group got the results it hoped for when the Chico Planning Commission voted 3-2 (with two absent) to deny the use permit application for the TownePlace Suites project. […]

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Covered California rates going up

By Ana B. Ibarra for CalMatters CalMatters is an independent public journalism venture covering California state politics and government. For more info, visit calmatters.org. Premiums for health insurance plans sold through the state marketplace will increase […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Community boosters

Times are tough. There’s no sugar-coating economic struggles in Chico, Butte County and elsewhere. Residents—and businesses—are feeling the pinch of high prices for gas, food and goods. The CN&R could devote our annual Business Issue […]

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Enter the altruist

On the top shelf of the bookcase above his office desk, Farshad Azad displays a soccer ball. It’s from the 2014 World Cup, now slightly deflated—seemingly out of place among mementos more apropos of the […]