Issue: February 07, 2013

It's Thursday, folks!

And love is in the air this week. Don't forget that Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Yep, it's time for our annual Love, Sex & Marriage issue, which, this year, includes four stories tied into a theme of love connections. We don't want to give too much away, but here are a few teasers: We talk to a former sex columnist who was, shall we say, very revealing in her work; we talk two married couples who met while working at a big-box store; a senior citizen opens up about heading online to find dates; and you'll learn about how important touch is to the well-being of the human spirit.

In Newslines, water is the big topic. In one story, a panel discussion tackles water issues from a religious viewpoint. In another, water advocates talk about their concerns related to the drying up of local monitoring wells. We've got a look into what the Chico City Council thinks about new City Manager Brian Nakamura's organizational restructuring plan. We've also got a write-up on the city's latest spate of stabbings.

In Greenways, check out how author Alicia Funk turns native plants into delicious desserts.

In Heathlines, Enloe CEO Mike Wiltermood weighs in on a report on California's health-care system and the health of its residents.

And in the Arts, check out the feature on Gridley resident Gabe Zanotto and his 7,000-pound dragon, Claude, an amazing fire-breathing sculpture. Chow is all about love and chocolate. Our Music feature is a review of a Café Coda show with headliner The Brothers Comatose, a S.F. quintet. And in Reel World, zombie flick Warm Bodies is on tap.

Happy reading,

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor