Issue: January 24, 2013

Good morning, readers:

This week's cover story is special for a couple of reasons, but one of the biggies is that its author is just 16 years old. Amanda Allagree wrote the story about homelessness as a research paper for a Butte College class, and her instructor, Steve Metzger, thought we might like to publish it. We did, indeed. Amanda primarily focuses on two people, a man and woman, who live on the streets of the ridge town. The couple spoke to Amanda with striking candor about how tough it is to be homeless, and Amanda contrasts those realities with thoughtful observations about her own relatively comfortable life.

Scoop alert! In Newslines this week, staff writer Ken Smith gives readers a sneak peak at the county's draft medical-marijuana ordinance. News Editor Tom Gascoyne has an update on the ongoing saga over the health and safety concerns about Butte Hall. SN&R's Dave Kempa takes a look at the potential issues with Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's proposed Homeless Person's Bill of Rights and Fairness Act. And new CN&R contributor Jesse Mills takes a look at what's going on beneath the surface of downtown, following the structural issues found underneath the sidewalk in front of Kona's Sandwiches.

In Greenways, Greenways Editor Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia chats with the ladies behind a food-collection program that's the first of its kind in Chico.

In Healthlines, Evan Tuchinsky has a nice write-up on Enloe Hospice's partnership with organizations dedicated to improving the care given to veteran patients.

In the Arts this week, check out Arts Editor Jason Cassidy's review of God of Carnage, the Blue Room Theatre production that brought some familiar faces and names back to town. Calendar Howard Hardee talks to a Chico State professor who's trying to boost the local music scene. And reviewers Juan-Carlos Selznick and Craig Blamer, give us their thoughts on Silver Linings Playbook and Mama, respectively.


-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor