Issue: May 31, 2012

Good morning, CN&R fans:

Staff writer Ken Smith conducted a lot of research for this week's cover story, a look back at FDR's New Deal, including the programs and infrastructure that came out of it locally. Ken does a terrific job of applying the lessons learned from that long-ago era to today. Check it out.

In Newslines, news editor Tom Gascoyne, just weeks after talking to bicycling advocate Ed McLaughlin for a story in CN&R's annual Bike Issue, sadly had to write about McLaughlin's untimely death last week. As you'll read, McLaughlin will be missed very much by a lot of people. Tom also has a round-up of the folks who intend, at least for now, to run for Chico City Council. Ken gives a report on a nonprofit attempting to keep a Red Bluff-based state park open. And yours truly has a story about the pending retirement of embattled CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and the California Faculty Association's wishes regarding the selection of a new chancellor.

Over in Arts and Culture, be sure to check out a music feature on Justin Ringle and his band, Horse Feathers. They are playing at Origami Lounge this Sunday, June 3. CN&R's Christine G.K. LaPado has a write up on the very interesting Native American cradleboards exhibit at Chico State.

Also, don't forget to vote on Tuesday. See a rundown of our endorsements in this week's editorial. If you need more info, go online ( to last week's special issue on the primary election.


-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor