Jake Hutchison, Mercury-Register

Jake Hutchison


Chico, CA, United States

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Past articles by Jake:

Storms to ramp up through start of week

The storms just keep coming. → Read More

Watch out for comment reply scams on YouTube, other social media

I got a message from a reader this week about a scam they encountered through Youtube through the comments on a video. He managed to avoid the scam, and possibly even anger the scammer which I have… → Read More

Butte County supervisors to finalize $33M contract for major jail project

After years of budgeting, planning and designing, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will look at finalizing a $33 million contract for the construction of a new standalone jail facility. → Read More

DWR opens new Oroville Dam spillway for second time

The California Department of Water Resources began releasing 15,000 cubic feet of water per second from Lake Oroville on Friday in anticipation of the incoming stormwater expected through the weeke… → Read More

Weather provides mixed bag for Butte County agriculture

Winter storms this year have created hope for many Californians suffering from years of drought but for agriculture, it’s more complicated. → Read More

Paradise, paired with ice

Just at the tail of Paradise snow finally melting away, Monday morning brought another layer to the ridge. → Read More

Stormy 2023 aids in local water troubles

The consistent stream of stormy weather seems to have made an impact on some aspects of the California drought this year. → Read More

Slam the Scam day aims to bring scam awareness to the public

This week I’m taking a little break from talking about new or recent scams to acknowledge Slam the Scam Day, which is in its third year of trying to bring awareness and comprehension to the p… → Read More

Supervisors hold off on proactive cannabis enforcement

A new illegal cannabis enforcement program is being launched in the unincorporated areas of Butte County that, according to county staffers, will be more proactive. → Read More

Highway 70 closed indefinitely after series of rock slides, snow blockage

After months of natural disasters along Highway 70, Caltrans announced that the road would be closed indefinitely as crews work to unblock debris at multiple portions. → Read More

Supervisors continue discussions on PG&E fund road maintenance – Oroville

After a series of discussions on whether to develop a cost center for the Pacific Gas and Electric settlement fund, the Butte County board of Supervisors once again asked its staff to return with m… → Read More

Snow causes severe tree damage in the foothills

Over the course of the past week, mountain towns such as Paradise and Forest Ranch have turned into snowy wonderlands — or wastelands, depending on the viewer. → Read More

Be careful when hiring winter contractors

Those living in the foothills and higher know that it’s been one heck of a winter this year. → Read More

Snow covers north state; upcoming storms to be wetter

Snowfall covering the north state are reported to have caused power outages and closures to some public municipalities. → Read More

Convicted sexual predator Michael Cheek no longer moving to Paradise

Even before its scheduled hearing with a judge, the option of placing convicted sexually violent predator Michael Cheek in Paradise is off the table. → Read More

Thunderstorms, gusts, rain, snow expected in winter storm

The coming storm is projected to bring plenty of various weather events like thunderstorms and the chance of low-elevation snow as the week wraps up. → Read More

North Valley Community Foundation continues efforts in water delivery

The North Valley Community Foundation’s water delivery program has surpassed 70 households in Tehama County alone. → Read More

Incoming storm causes wind advisory

Another potentially large storm appears to be looming in the distance this week with a chance of high wind and a small possibility of low-elevations snow. → Read More

Butte County continues to weigh library funding options

The board agreed on Tuesday to form an ad hoc committee featuring Chairman Tod Kimmelshue and Supervisor Tami Ritter as well as those directly involved in the libraries and potentially representati… → Read More

Paradise residents discuss proposal to move convicted predator to town

Dozens gathered at the Paradise Community Church on Thursday night to discuss options to push back against the placement of convicted rapist Michael Cheek in a new home along the town’s bike … → Read More