Issue: May 10, 2012

Good afternoon, readers:

We're excited for you to read this week's cover story, "A Monk's Life," about the brothers of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. Many of you may be familiar with the Vina monastery, but writer Jerry Olenyn, because he works at the Abbey, has unprecedented access to the brothers. It shows in the piece, as the monks talk not only about their life in service to God, but also about their pasts outside of the Abbey.

In Newslines this week, you'll get a taste of local politics. CN&R staff writer Ken Smith has a report on the League of Women Voters' candidates' forum, which included those seeking to fill the seat of retiring 1st District Congressman Wally Herger. Editor Robert Speer takes us south to Biggs for a story on some troubles in the school district, which is at odds with the teachers' union on a contract. Speaking of contract negotiations, news editor Tom Gascoyne has a write up on the California Nurses Association's picket at Enloe Medical Center last Friday. And there's more ...

Over in the Arts and Culture, there's a write up on Chico's latest print publication, Empirical Magazine. And you'll also find a review of the Chico State School of the Arts' production of Oklahoma!

Quick brag: The CN&R won three awards in a statewide journalism contest. One of them, a first-place award, is for local government coverage produced by Robert Speer, Tom Gascoyne and yours truly. Our Arts and Culture section, under the fearless leadership of Jason Cassidy, finished second to our sister paper, the Sacramento News & Review. Check out Downstroke to learn more.

Thanks for continuing to read and support the CN&R,

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor