The rate and number of violent crimes declined in Chico last year, while property crimes remained almost unchanged. A new report from the Chico Police Department has law enforcement declaring victory.  


On the face of it, the figures aren’t something to boast about loudly. Violent crime dipped by nine percent between 2018 and 2019, with 54 fewer incidents reported. It’s a move in the right direction, but not exactly huge.

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Dramatic cuts and widespread layoffs could be coming to Paradise schools.


Officials say an announcement about major layoffs and deep cuts in the Paradise Unified School District could be just weeks away. 


How bad it will be is anyone’s guess. 

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County and state officials have formally asked for a yearlong extension for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) housing units.  


Without an extension, everyone currently in a FEMA unit would be out on the street May 12. That’s due to an 18-month statutory deadline.  

Candidates for Butte County’s fourth supervisorial district seat met in a spirited but respectful debate last night.

The race, which will likely be decided during the March 3rd primary election, would replace Supervisor Steve Lambert on the board. Lambert is not seeking another term. 


The contest pits county water commission vice-chair Tod Kimmelshue against political science lecturer Sue Hilderbrand for a seat including much of the county’s agricultural land, along with Gridley and a small slice of Chico.

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After five years at the helm and 28 on the force in Chico, Police Chief Michael O’Brien announced plans to retire effective June 5th. 


After 31 years in law enforcement, the vast majority at the department he would eventually lead, O’Brien said ultimately, it was input from his wife that set the wheels in motion.

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Despite recent disasters, the North State’s economy is plugging along at a steady pace, and according to Robert Eyler, a professor of economics at Sonoma State University, it will likely continue to do so.


Eyler delivered his annual economic forecast in Redding last week, part of a daylong conference held by Chico State’s Center for Economic Development. Low interest rates and tame inflation should fuel lending and business activity without risk of overexpansion. However, risks do remain. 


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The four candidates vying for two seats on the Butte County Board of Supervisors face off at a League of Women Voters sponsored event this evening. 


Tonight’s event might be the only chance to see the hopefuls debate as the victors will likely emerge March 3rd .  


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A new effort is being made to reconnect with Camp Fire survivors who may have fallen through the cracks.

The consortium of government, non-profit, religious and charitable organizations called the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group, will hold a dozen events through Jan. 24, hoping to quantify holes and gaps in recovery efforts so far.

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Since the Oroville Dam Spillway crisis in 2017 and the Camp Fire the following year, there's been a lot of talk about whether or not a siren system could help alert people to an evacuation.


News sirens being tested at the Oroville Dam are not that.

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Officials may cut a deal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that lets Camp Fire survivors buy their dwellings. 

Tuesday, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will look into possibly leveraging federal guidelines that allow FEMA to sell their units to occupants and donate them to other government agencies or certain charitable organizations. However, even if approved, potential buyers will have to come up with more than just money, Casey Hatcher Butte County’s deputy chief administrative officer said.