Issue: April 25, 2013

Good morning, CN&R fans:

I hope you're ready for one of our favorite special issues of the year: Our annual Bike Issue! This is the fifth anniversary of this fun issue that each year celebrates the vibrancy of the local bicycling culture through features, news and entertainment coverage. You'll find bike-related info not only in the cover story, but also spread out in other parts of the paper. Of course, this issue is timed to coincide with Chico Velo Cycling Club's annual Wildflower Century this Sunday, April 28. Learn more about the Wildflower rides, which range from 125 miles to 12 miles, at

In Newslines this week, we've got a story about Chico's great number of bike thefts (and how to avoid having your ride taken). Speaking of thievery, there is also a write-up on a major theft of walnuts out of a Biggs processing plant. We've got follow-up coverage of what comes next ... now that alcohol is prohibited on the stretch of Sacramento River that for decades has been the route of college-age tubers during the Labor Day weekend. We also report on the latest departure of a city of Chico manager. This time it's Sherry Morgado, the director of Housing and Neighborhood Services.

In Healthlines, you'll read about a local college student and a doctor, both of whom discuss bike-related injuries. In Greenways, there's a follow-up story on the dissolution of a California bill some charged was an "ag-gag" bill designed to make it more difficult for animal advocates to gather sufficient evidence in abuse cases.

In the Arts and Culture section, there's a preview of the work of Hiroshi Yakabi, a visiting Japanese artist with autism who has found a voice through his artwork. Three CN&R staffers review local CDs this week in a music feature. And in Chow, Henri celebrates a decade of eating and writing for the CN&R. There's also a review of the new Ryan Gosling (swoon) film The Place Beyond the Pines.


-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor