Issue: January 03, 2013

Happy New Year, readers!

Last week we took a look back at 2012, and this week we’re looking ahead. More specifically, we’re looking at the folks we’re going to be keeping a close eye on in 2013. You know, the potential newsmakers. Some of them are the obvious ones: the city of Chico’s new mayor, Mary Goloff; the city’s new manager, Brian Nakamura; the new City Council members, Tami Ritter, Sean Morgan and Randall Stone; and some lesser-known folks, including Bob Maness, the man behind the newly established California Regional Theater.

Newslines are back this week! First up, you’ll read about the competition brewing in the local TV-news market now that FOX20 has been sold. There’s a report on an arrest outside of Costco a few days before Christmas that has a couple of locals alleging the Chico police used excessive force. You’ll hear from CN&R staff writer Ken Smith about what it was like to take the Polar Bear Plunge at Sycamore Pool. And you’ll get the scoop on next week’s special election. If it’s not on your radar, you’re not alone.

In Greenways, check out how a local autobody shop has switched over to eco-friendly auto paint.

In Healthlines, there’s an interesting story on California’s declining birth rate.

In Arts and Culture, read about a Chico High alumnus who, inspired by two of his former teachers, filmed a documentary featuring educators. There’s a write-up about the 1st Monday Jazz events at Café Coda, at which live, local, uninterrupted jazz is the centerpiece. And there are two movie reviews this week: Django Unchained and Les Mis. Plus, a whole lot more &hellis

Enjoy! And cheers to 2013!

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor