Issue: July 19, 2012

It's Thursday already, so you know what that means ....

Fresh off the presses this week, our cover story is a special issue about the Greenline, the boundary that separates Chico's urban area from its prime farmlands just to the west in unincorporated Butte County. This zoning restriction designed to protect those agricultural areas from sprawl was adopted by the Butte County Board of Supervisors on July 21, 1982. Today, the demarcation remains exactly as it was when that historic vote was taken. On the eve of the 30th anniversary, we talk to former District 2 Supervisor Jane Dolan, and others, about the history of the line and its future moving forward.

In Newslines this week, our lead story reveals some interesting details about the conduct of a Marsh Junior High School teacher, whose teaching credential was taken from him ... even though he was exonerated of molestation charges. There's a write up about a local couple struggling with the loss of their toddler son and the financial ramifications of being medically uninsured. We have a feature about local environmentalist John Merz, who is retiring from his post as president of the Sacramento River Preservation Trust. And we also have a write up on a longtime Chico man and business owner who's in trouble for withholding federal taxes.

In the Arts, there's a Q&A with garage-popster King Tuff, who's playing a show in Sacramento. We check in with a couple of dudes who are distributing anarchist and other types of interesting 'zines under the moniker 530 DIY. And for lovers of grape, check out our story about "noble rot," a wine made from some funky (moldy) grapes.

There's plenty more in this great issue.

Happy reading,

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor