Issue: February 16, 2012

Who was Vang Pao? For those unfamiliar with the Hmong military leader, we offer an in-depth look at his life, both in Laos during the Vietnam War and here in the States afterward.

In other news: Politics and upcoming elections are heating up, with several hopefuls eyeing seats on the Chico City Council all the way up to Congress; Butte County's experiencing more orange air days--find out just what that means; and Butte College worries about student progress in math classes.

Also, we're now taking entries for Fiction 59! And we've updated the categories for kids and teens, breaking them up into grade levels rather than age groups. See for rules and an online entry form.

Until next time,

Meredith Graham, managing editor