Issue: December 20, 2012

Good morning, readers:

Following what has become tradition at the CN&R, our annual holiday issue's cover story is a work of fiction by local writer Zu Vincent. We hope you'll enjoy this year's poignant tale.

In Newslines, you'll read about former Chicoan Troy Williams' time in the service, including his deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his thoughts on the approaching end to the U.S. military's presence in those countries. You'll hear from Christian Friedland, the founder of Chico-based Internet retailer, about e-business and the unscrupulous lawsuits filed by so-called patent trolls. Check out the goings on at the City Council, including its work on the homeless issue. And make sure to read about the Esplanade House's plea to the community.

In Greenways, you'll read about seven easy tips to keep your holidays eco-friendly. In Healthlines, read about the good work of Rowell Family Empowerment, a local organization helping families of children with special needs.

In the Arts and Culture section, check out the stories Chico artists share in the 1078 Gallery group show, Stories 1. You'll get hungry for sushi after reading about Ikkyu, the new Japanese restaurant in Paradise. And you'll finally get a look at Arts DEVO's holiday songs mix (that doesn't stink).

Happy holidays and happy reading!

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor