Scores of stolen guns found in Chico annually Most are pistols, but AR-15-style rifles are also recovered

ChicoSol and Tehama Group Communications infographic

by Gabriel Sandoval and Dave Waddell

Against a backdrop of rising gun thefts nationally, a stolen gun is recovered by authorities in Chico an average of once every eight days. And while nearly three-fourths of all stolen guns in the city are pistols, multiple stolen assault rifles are recovered each year.

That’s based on data from an 18-month investigation by The Trace, a nonprofit news organization, and more than a dozen NBC-owned television stations, which collected information on stolen guns from hundreds of law enforcement agencies and collaborated on a series of reports last year. read more

Council candidate spends rainy weekend on street Scott Huber learns about homelessness through experience

video feature by Guillermo Mash

Chico City Council candidate Scott Huber shares his experience of being without a roof the weekend of April 6-8 in this video. Huber touches on a handful of topics, including rain gear, a one-night stay at the Torres Shelter, stereotypes and surprises in this ChicoSol segment recorded prior to Chico Friends on the Street’s Sunday meal and survival-gear giveaway at Chico City Plaza.

“I respect the durability of these people because this is not easy. I can’t imagine that it is the first choice in anyone’s life, and it certainly wouldn’t be mine.”-– Scott Huber read more

Gun laws vigorously discussed at forum NeverAgain Chico students question leaders

photo by Dave Waddell

by Dave Waddell

There were two Republicans on the El Rey Theater stage for Saturday’s Chico forum on school gun violence — and only one was made of cardboard.

At center-stage throughout the program was a life-size cutout of a microphone-holding Rep. Doug LaMalfa, so real-looking that many in the audience at first thought the Richvale Republican was in attendance. Students organizing the event say LaMalfa was invited.

The one breathing Republican on stage for the Town Hall for Our Lives was congressional candidate Gregory Cheadle. He gained national notoriety when, in June 2016, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump pointed him out at a campaign rally crowd in Redding and said: “Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him. Are you the greatest?” read more

Chico observes killing of MLK 50 years ago March, songs, passionate words mark anniversary

photo by Dave Waddell

Frances Mann led the singing

by Dave Waddell

There were, appropriately, many passionate words Wednesday around peace and justice at Chico’s 50th anniversary observance of the killing of Martin Luther King Jr. – the soulful singing of Frances Mann quite notably among them.

A Mann-led rendition of Joan Baez’s “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” started off a march of about 50 people, who sang their way from the Dorothy Johnson Center on 16th Street several blocks to the statue of MLK at Community Park on 20th Street. There, a ceremony sponsored by the Chico Peace & Justice Center was led by Emily Alma. read more

ChicoSol intern hired by investigative newsroom Sandoval gets award for reporting on CSU, Chico deal

photo by Dave Waddell

Bob Butler and Gabriel Sandoval at awards banquet

by Dave Waddell

Former ChicoSol intern Gabriel Sandoval, recently honored by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) for his investigative reporting, has been hired by ProPublica as he prepares to enter graduate school in New York City.

Sandoval, who received a bachelor’s degree in journalism in December from Chico State, will do reporting for ProPublica, which describes itself as a nonprofit news operation producing investigative journalism in the public interest. ProPublica won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

Sandoval had caught the attention of ProPublica previously, as he was a member of its Emerging Reporters Program class of 2015-16. Sandoval also has completed summer internships at the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C., and at public radio station WNYC in New York City. read more

“American Totem” gets ‘sneak preview’ The film: “We are not one nation when it comes to guns”

photo by Guillermo Mash

CSUC President Gayle E. Hutchinson introduces “American Totem” at Bell Memorial Union auditorium Monday.

“American Totem,” a film exploring the topic of guns in America, was a project three years in the making which premiered as a free “sneak preview” public showing at the Chico State Bell Memorial Union on March 26, with hundreds of movie-goers nearly filling the 800-seat auditorium.

Political Science honor society Alpha Sigma Phi hosted the event and facilitated an audience Q-and-A panel discussion after the film.

The 80-minute documentary film was co-directed by Sue Hilderbrand and Dan Carter, faculty members at Chico State and community radio personalities at KZFR 90.1 FM. read more