Issue: March 07, 2013

Good morning, readers:

Today's the day of the big reveal for our annual Fiction 59 contest. It's really a pleasure to read the entries, and this year we left the judging to the esteemed Literary Committee of the 1078 Gallery, the panel that also did the judging for this past fall's Poetry 99 contest. Check out the creative winning entries in the categories of adult, high school, junior high and kids. And remember that there's a reading taking place at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, at Lyon Books, at its new downtown location, 135 Main St.

In Newslines this week, contributor Leslie Layton looks at a new curriculum being used by Chico Unified that was adopted specifically for workshops aimed at helping locals with the challenges of parenting. News Editor Tom Gascoyne talks to nervous city of Chico employees following the sudden departure of a respected department head and the hiring of a new assistant city manager. Editor Robert Speer heads to the first City Council meeting of the month, during which the panel took up discussion on a group whose mission is to help tackle the problems created by homeless transients. And staff writer Ken Smith files a report on a Chico State forum in which teachers from around the world shared their cultures.

In Healthlines this week, new contributor Robert Rhody shares the powerful story of a local mom who's struggled to meet the needs of her schizophrenic young daughter.

In Greenways, regular contributor Claire Hutkins Seda talks to filmmaker Chris Jordan about his emotional journey in filming and photographing the heartbreaking repercussions to the albatross population of Midway Island due to the Pacific Ocean's giant garbage gyre. (Jordan is a speaker at Chico State's annual This Way to Sustainability conference, which starts today.)

And in Arts and Culture, check out the review of the Ashland Shakespeare Festival's 2013 season. There's also a review of the Calder Quartet's Laxson Auditorium performance. In Chow, Henri takes a crack at crabs. And in Reel World, Rachel Bush reviews Jack the Giant Slayer.

Happy reading!

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor