Issue: July 02, 2009

Welcome to the first newsletter of July! I hope this finds you with great plans for the holiday weekend. Plea from someone living among the trees: Please don’t firework me into oblivion ...The Feature Story this week revisits the Chico eyesores piece we ran a year ago at this time. Meredith J. Cooper took her camera around town to snap some of the less attractive places in need of makeovers, plus updated the progress (or lack thereof) on the 10 we spotlighted last year. If you can pick up a print edition of the paper, you’ll see some cool design work by Tina Flynn.The lead news story covers the departure of a high-profile member of a high-profile organization (no, not me; that comes later). Barbara Vlamis has been ousted as executive director of the Butte Environmental Council. Leslie Layton broke the news Tuesday morning on her ChicoSol site and wrote a story for us to run Thursday.Also in the news section: an interview with Enloe’s new CEO, a report on the City Council meeting, an update on Medi-Cal benefit reductions and a new feature called California Meltdown featuring other budget bits.On the jollier side, I’ve offered up my take on the new Transformers movie (hint: :-)) and Christine G.K. LaPado profiles local artists making a splash in the state capitol. And what would July 4 be without a Chow with cool recipes from Henri?Finally, a personal note you may have seen: I will be leaving the News & Review this week. As I explain in my column, it’s been a special three years for me at the CN&R, and I’m looking forward to what the amazing staff does here on out. 8-)Evan Tuchinsky, CN&R Editor