Issue: May 14, 2009

Welcome to the second edition of the Chico News & Review’s electronic newsletter! If you’re a new subscriber, welcome to the group; if you saw last week’s issue, I hope you found it useful. This week, we have a few big features with a global perspective. The cover story is journalist/photographer Ryan Libre’s account of going behind rebel lines in Burma. What’s the Chico connection? Libre himself -- he’s from here and graduated from Chico State. In Fifteen Minutes, we profile Robert Woodward, a crime analyst from the Chico Police Department who used to be a geologist, crisscrossing the globe for an oil company. He has so many compelling stories that we have a Web Extra detailing a handful of life-and-death experiences from his exploration work. I think it’s good reading ... but, then, I’m biased as the author. In the arts and culture realm, we have a dining review of Christine LaPado’s favorite new sushi spot, Big Tuna; Alan Sheckter’s recap of weekend music festivals, and another story from Christine on a new visual arts alliance in town, ChiVAA. last but not least, Anthony Peyton Porter assesses whether the TANC power lines truly are in the public interest. The full table of contents is below -- I hope you find this week’s offerings worthwhile.Evan Tuchinsky, Editor