The controversy over a scrap yard in Chico may be back from the dead. Opponents of Chico Scrap Metal said they will submit more than enough signatures on Thursday to force the contentious issue to a city-wide referendum.

Newly elected City Councilman Karl Ory, said opponents will turn in more than 6,000 signatures, about 1,100 more than required.

Community leaders will meet and call for calm in Chico this morning as bias-related incidents appear on the increase after last week’s election.

Mike O’Brien is chief of police.

“We do not want to see a community that erupts into violence, that has incidents of hate crimes, that type of thing, we want to get out in front of it,” he said.

Close to 150 people turned out in Chico Tuesday evening to show solidarity with anti-pipeline protesters in North Dakota.

Members of the crowd said they sought to draw attention to an ongoing struggle pitting Native Tribes against the company building an oil pipeline, and by extension, federal and state authorities that approved it.

Megan Cortright, a member of Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, said she turned out for a single reason.

“Fighting for clean water, not just for the natives, but for everybody, for all living beings,” she said.

11:12 a.m. update

The Chico Enterprise Record reports that police say lockdowns have been lifted at all schools except Chico High where they expect to also lift the lockdown soon.

Man, 24, Injured In Chico Shooting

Sep 2, 2016

A 24-year-old man was shot multiple times in Chico in broad daylight Thursday afternoon. The victim was rushed to a local hospital. First responders found the man in the middle of the street on the 1600 block of Davis Street in Chapmantown.

The shooting was reported at 1:40 p.m. on Thursday.

No information about possible suspects or a motive was released. 

A blurry Facebook video and accusations of overzealous use-of-force over the weekend prompted a lengthy official rebuttal from Chico police Monday.

Today on Weekend Showcase, we talk with Cameron Kelly, the new director of the Chico Art Center. She will discuss her vision for the future of the center. We also talk with the writer-director & the cast of "A Kid Walks into a Bar," an original comedy at the Blue Room Theatre which gives us an inside look at the Chico bar scene.

The Paradise Post is consolidating editorial operations into the Chico Enterprise-Record. Managing Editor Rick Silva made the announcement in a note to readers Tuesday.

The paper is owned by Denver-based Digital First Media, publisher of more than 60 daily newspapers around the country.

Common Ground For Common Good: Chico Youth Court

Jun 28, 2016

The Chico Youth Court is a restorative justice program aimed at mitigating the impacts of juvenile crime. Joe Montes manages AAA Properties and also serves as the judge of Chico Youth Court, but he just helps from the procedural side — the youth are judged and represented by their peers. 

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Following the lead of other local communities in restricting the possession and purchase of butane cans, Chico is expected to follow suit at a council meeting this evening.

The cans, about the same size and shape of a spray paint can, have been used to extract concentrated THC from essentially worthless marijuana leaves.

A lucrative but dangerous cottage industry has developed. The heavier-than-air gas is extremely flammable. Amateur chemists attempting to refine so-called butane honey oil have mistakenly set off explosions, some fatal.