Issue: November 12, 2020

The latest print issue of the Chico News & Review coincided with the two-year anniversary of the Camp Fire, and our main features address two of the biggest questions for people in fire-prone Butte County: How is the recovery progressing in devastated Paradise? And, what can we do to manage the severity of wildfires in Northern California?

In Vision for Paradise, Ashiah Scharaga surveys the rebuilding efforts on the Ridge and the challenges still facing a community that has so far replaced 445 of the 11,000-plus homes lost to the fire. And Evan Tuchinsky talks to local experts about the multiple approaches—including removing fuels, addressing climate change, rethinking suppression and returning to proven tribal methods—needed to manage wildfire in the state in California will burn.

On another note, the CN&R is embarking on various partnerships with other local media outlets, and the first collaboration comes online this week. Read about Chico Music Television on BCAC.TV (premiering Friday, Nov. 27, 9-11 p.m. on Comcast channel 11 and on YouTube), as well as other fun stuff on the horizon, in the latest Arts DEVO column.

Lastly, do you have a Local Hero? The CN&R is planning to end 2020 on a positive note with a special print edition (Dec. 10) that shines a spotlight on those who have given the most to keep our community intact during this most challenging year. We want your input! Who are your local heroes—those who worked hard for the community, made sacrifices, lifted spirits? We are looking for essential workers (from teachers and nurses to baristas and clerks), volunteers, local business owners, performers, community leaders and any other heroes. Send us your nomination with 150 words or less explaining why they are your local hero—via email ( or mail (353 E. Second St., Chico, CA 95928). Nominations due by Nov. 29.

Jason Cassidy
CN&R interim editor