Issue: June 21, 2012
Welcome to the summer, CN&R fans:
It's a perfect time to get out to and experience Bidwell Park! And,
after reading this week's cover story about me taking a walk across
the 12-mile length of the park and talking to park workers and
volunteers about the challenges Chico's "crown jewel" is facing and
the need for a much higher level of stewardship, maybe you'll want to
volunteer to pull a few invasive plants after you finish your picnic,
hike or swim?
In Newslines, Christine G.K. LaPado looks into a knife-point robbery
at Chico Natural Foods and how the store and other businesses
downtown are dealing with an increase in panhandling and shoplifting;
news editor Tom Gascoyne talks to Chico's new police chief, Kirk
Trostle; and Ken Smith reports on a fresh round of budget cuts by the
City of Chico for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
In Healthlines, Meredith J. Graham looks at public health concerns in
the aftermath of the Georgia woman's battle with flesh-eating
bacteria, while in Greenways, editor Christine G.K. LaPado digs up
the dirt on fracking.
The exciting news in art is the addition of the new MANAS Art Space
to the local scene, and Willow Sharkey files a report on the festive
opening night. While ver at the Blue Room Theatre, Ken Smith takes in
his first Bloomsday, celebrating James Joyce and all things Irish.
-Jason Cassidy, arts editor