Issue: July 11, 2013

Good morning, Chico News & Review readers!

This week's issue of the CN&R is loaded with interesting stuff, starting off with contributor and retired CN&R Editor Robert Speer's cover story, "The world according to Sisko," a well-deserved homage-of-sorts to longtime artist David "Sisko" Sisk.

Next, head to Newslines for the latest on the ongoing issues that are keeping many Chicoans on the edge of their seats at times, such as News Editor Tom Gascoyne's lead news story, "Sacred acres," covering the recent announcement that the Caper Acres children's playground in Lower Bidwell Park will be open only on Friday through Sunday each week. Batting second in Newslines is Staff Writer Ken Smith with his story on North State water going south, "Drop in the bucket?." Assistant News Editor/Project Editor Howard Hardee weighs in on the retirement of Chico fire chief Jim Beery in "Fire chief signs off," and Gascoyne rounds out the section with "Farmers rebel," looking at tensions between the factions discussing the fate of the Saturday-morning downtown farmers' market.

Be sure to read contributor Evan Tuchinsky's timely Greenways feature story--"Maintaining the urban forest"--on the situation of Chico's street trees in light of recent layoffs and the departure of the city's urban-forest manager.

In Arts & Culture, Hardee offers an entertaining look at local metal band, Armed for Apocalypse, in "You will be punished." Arts Editor Jason Cassidy's "Art is the reward" reviews the interesting exhibit at the 1078 Gallery, 2(D) for the Entire Gallery Show, which runs through July 27. In Reel World, contributor Juan-Carlos Selznick offers his take--in "Hi-yo, silly!"--on the recently released (and much-maligned) Disney film, The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. And my Chow review--"Fresh-squeezed salvation"--gives the lowdown on two-month-old juice/smoothie/produce shop Hernandez Farm.

Our editorials this week--"Volunteerism could work" and "Keep an open mind"--tie in with our news stories on the Caper Acres and farmers'-market uproars, respectively, and the Guest Comment, "Preserve the farmers' market," by former Chico Mayor Karl Ory, offers yet another take on the ongoing, unsolved farmers'-market situation.

When you're ready to step away from the computer screen, relax with the print edition of the CN&R and read the paper's entire content, which includes the Calendar section (full of events and editor's "picks") as well as event picks in the Greenways and Healthlines sections. Also, don't forget to check out the work of all our columnists!


Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor