Issue: January 19, 2012

Good morning, CN&R readers,

Back to school, again! We've compiled a few stories in anticipation

of the new spring semester at Chico State and Butte College: an

update on the challenges for schools and students facing budget cuts

and rising tuition; a feature on the Chico State athletic

department's nationally ranked program; and a look inside the Ishi

exhibit at the university's anthropology museum. And in Healthines,

we have a feature on Chico State school of nursing director and

brand-new member of Enloe Hospital's Board of Trustees, Carol Huston.

Leading off the news of the week is story of Sounds by Dave owner

Dave Mauer's business being crippled by new law banning the sale of

speaker boxes and other stereo equipment built with wood containing

formaldehyde, as well as a story on Chico police advocating for a

dedicated alcohol compliance officer.

And in Arts & Culture we gab with Sac rapper Gift of Gab and review

the latest sushi place in town (Izakaya Ichiban) as well as the first

new local theater production of 2011 (the Blue Room's Dead Man's Cell Phone).

Thanks for reading!

Jason Cassidy, arts editor