Almost unanimous

The current iteration of the Chico City Council isn’t known for harmony. The six conservatives and one progressive often find themselves at loggerheads within their ranks and with members of the public. Meetings go long […]


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 […]


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 […]


Butte County COVID changes

With California’s COVID-19 case rates falling and the state relaxing mandates, including most face-covering requirements, Butte County Public Health (BCPH) has announced changes to its pandemic policies and reporting. The county’s COVID-19 dashboard will now […]


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 […]


University in-person

Chico State students returned to campus—literally—for spring semester after the school decided to stick with its plan for in-person instruction amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. Seventy percent of courses contain an in-person component, according […]