Issue: March 21, 2013

Good morning, CN&R readers:

Happy (second day of) spring! This week, we've got a great issue on the stands, starting with a very personal and insightful cover story written by Don Regis-Bilar, a former newspaperman who is mentally ill and homeless in Chico. As Editor Robert Speer writes in this week's From this Corner, Regis-Bilar's well-written piece will challenge the stereotypes many people hold about the homeless population.

Over in Newslines, our lead story is about Chico's beloved trees. In the piece, staff writer Ken Smith talks with a local professor who would like to see sustainable choices in the changes the city is making to its urban-forest policy. Contributor Vic Cantu gives a rundown of the relatively calm St. Patrick's Day weekend. News Editor Tom Gascoyne has a story about the stinky effluent from a downtown business that ran into local storm drains. And yours truly has an update on the Chico Animal Shelter's new policy of not accepting cats, and how Butte Humane Society has stepped up by offering an owner-surrender program.

In Healthlines this week, there are two stories. The first is on Feather River Hospital's new 4-D cardiac ultrasound equipment. The second piece is about Oroville Hospital's plan to open an expansion offering aesthetic medicine and physical therapy, among other things.

In Greenways, there's a story about the nutritional benefits of sprouts, despite the health risks sometimes associated with the tiny greens.

And there's plenty in the Arts and Culture section. In Chow, read about coconut oil's triumphant comeback. In Scene, avant-garde printmaker Allison Hyde shares her work at the Janet Turner Print Museum. In Music, there's a piece on the origins of the Accordion Babes, who are playing at Duffy's Tavern this Sunday (March 24). And in Reel World, Juan-Carlos Selznick gives us his take on The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.


-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor