Issue: April 05, 2012

Good morning, CN&R readers:

We have a lot of good reads for you this week, starting with our cover story:

When you think about Iraq, the first thing that comes to mind is probably

the war. Maybe you immediately think about the thousands of American

soldiers and Iraqis who lost their lives there over the past decade.

Perhaps there is not a single good thing that comes to mind when you think

about the country. But for the author of this week's cover story, there's a

lot more to Iraq. Phil Dennis goes back to his childhood and the time he

spent in the country, which was a far different place than what many of us

envision today. For one, Americans were beloved by the Iraqi people.

In Newslines this week, check out staff writer Ken Smith's report on the

Bidwell Mansion Association's dissolved partnership with the California

State Park Commission. We also have a write-up about Republican

presidential candidate Ron Paul and his stopover in Chico. CN&R intern Kyle

Emery took so many great photos of the event that we put a gallery online

(head to the story at to see it). The section is

rounded out by coverage of this week's Chico City Council meeting and a

follow-up on the Chico mortgage scandal involving local builder Tony Symmes.

In Arts and Culture, there's a lot to check out, too, including a review of

the Blue Room Theatre's disturbingly sexy new play, The Secretaries. And in

his weekly column, arts editor Jason Cassidy highlights some of the area's

not-to-be-missed arts, entertainment and community events over the next

couple of months (the Thursday Night Market starts tonight!).

We hope you enjoy this week's issue.

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor