Lucero loses lead

Chico police officer Peter Durfee took the lead over incumbent Debra Lucero in the race for District 2 supervisor in the latest update to Butte County’s primary election results. Hours after vote centers closed Tuesday […]


Community strong

Darlene Lightcap wrapped her arms around her husband, Mark, and smiled as she looked at the tapestry depicting the ashen rubble of their former home. The Lightcaps lost everything they owned in the Camp Fire, […]


Drier and dire

Domestic well users will be hit the hardest as Northern California continues to suffer from severe-to-extreme drought conditions in 2022. That is one of the key takeaways from a Drought Impact and Analysis Study being […]


Butte evac zones

Last month, Sheriff Kory Honea announced the completion of a new evacuation map for Butte County. According to the Butte County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office (BSCO) press release, in fall of 2020, the Sheriff partnered with Cal […]


Editorial: Code yellow

Butte County is not in the green. As of last week, the color-coded system of determining COVID-19 risk from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has our county and most of those […]


Whom to watch in 2022

The pandemic may have altered a lot of traditions, but one we’ve maintained at the CN&R is our annual Whom to Watch feature, spotlighting locals we anticipate will make significant impacts—or at least headlines—over the […]


Climate exodus

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. In September of 2020, California was in the midst of a record-setting heat wave. The hot and dry conditions […]


Planning for a future

For the better part of the 21st century, Mark Stemen has immersed himself in the science of climate change and planning responses. He’s spoken often—to his Geography Department students at Chico State, government leaders and […]