Issue: July 26, 2012

It's Thursday, or CN&R-day!

This week, our cover story goes on the road with Ken Smith as he hits

the roadside attractions and meets the people who live and work along

Hwy 99 between Chico and Red Bluff.

In Newslines this week, we lead off with the story of local

water-rights group AquAlliance's protest of a plans approved by Gov.

Jerry Brown to build two giant tunnels to divert water south from the

Bay Delta. We also check in on a local couple's fight to regain

custody of their children in the aftermath of a raid on their home

and also stave off child-abuse charges for the use of medical-marijuana.

In Healthlines, we talk to certified wound, ostomy and continence

nurse Linda Reynolds about her "Dirty Job," while over in Greenways,

Christine LaPado takes a trip up to Yankee Hill to visit Turkey Tail

Farms and check out their herbal CSA, Everything Herbal.

In the Arts, we have the story of Lee Wright, a homeless Chico artist

who is using his art to help him get off the streets, and we say

goodbye Quentin Colgan, a well-liked veteran of the theater scene who

died this week. We also talk to local electronic-musician Symbio (aka

Stephen Holland-Chang) about his online hub for electronic dance

music, 530Techno and we feature a less-than-complimentary review of

the new Batman movie by our critic Craig Blamer.

There's plenty more in this great issue.

Happy reading,

-Jason Cassidy, Arts Editor