Issue: August 30, 2012

Happy Thursday, folks:

We've got another great issue in store for you this week, with an outstanding cover story by staff writer Ken Smith. Ken has been spending a lot of time recently at the Silver Dollar Speedway, watching the sprint-car races. But the majority of his time there has involved getting to know the Tarters, a local racing family who lost their loved one, David, the car's driver, to a freak accident in the racing pit. But the Tarter family has forged on in the racing world, believing David would have wanted that way.

Over in Newslines, there's a nice write-up about the growing pains of the Burning Man festival and its uncertain future. Speaking of growing pains, check out the report on the Butte County Board of Supervisors' recent meeting, at which medical-marijuana cultivation was the topic yet again. There's also an update on the family of a developmentally disabled woman who lost custody of her baby back in 2009. That woman, Dorothy Hankensiefken (née Perry), has a new baby girl, and she's in need of some assistance as the infant requires two surgeries. There's also a write up on a youth-focused workshop on relationship abuse held by Catalyst during Stonewall Alliance's Pride festivities last weekend.

In Greenways, there's a story about the work to help the county comply with California's Global Warming Solutions Act. The clock is ticking down to meet the mandated reductions of emissions required by that legislation, and doing so is no easy task, as you will read.

Be sure to check out Greenhouse, Christine LaPado-Breglia's column, which, this week, sheds light on how many of the "natural foods" brands we love are spending money (lots of it!) to defeat the GMO-labeling initiative, Prop. 37. It's pretty eye-opening.

In Arts and Culture, read about the worldly music coming to town by way of two Israeli-born musicians and their band, Moshav. There's also a write up on a super-interesting (and somewhat oddball!) exhibit coming to Chico State.


-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor