Issue: August 15, 2013

Good morning, dear readers of the CN&R!

Our excellent cover story this week--"Water fight!," by Alastair Bland--is must-read stuff if you have any questions or concerns whatsoever about the proposed Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta twin-tunnels water-transfer project, and the potential ramifications of it for North State water-drinkers (hey, that's all of us!). Local water advocates, as well as others farther south, weigh in on this controversial, timely issue.

The Newslines section is particularly strong this week as far as environmental issues are concerned as well, leading off with News Editor Tom Gascoyne's "Fish count," on the generous efforts of local company FISHBIO to count the local trout population. Contributor Cody Drabble's "State of solar energy," our second Newsline, is an update of issues surrounding the California Solar Initiative. Staff Writer Ken Smith follows with an entertaining-yet-sobering piece on Rep. Doug LaMalfa being awarded the not-so-prestigious Unicorn Award for his staunch denial of climate change, and Gascoyne wraps up the section with "Up from the ashes," on the recent restarting of work on the long-dormant Oak Valley housing project, which is being built near the site of the old Humboldt Burn Dump.

In Greenways, contributor Claire Hutkins Seda weighs in with "Yes, we can!," which acknowledges the recent revival in canning and preserving, and previews upcoming local canning workshops hosted by two longtime canners. Contributor Evan Tuchinsky's Healthlines feature story, "An unsettling picture," is an interesting look at problems with the availability of county and state mental-health care.

Leading off Arts & Culture, contributor Mark Lore offers a preview of L.A. punk duo No Age's August 22 performance at Café Coda--"Coming of No Age"--and Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee offers another music story, his thoughtful "Of nostalgia and laptops," a review of the recent Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, featuring big-name acts such as Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend and Russian-German DJ Zedd.

I wrote this week's Chow review, "'Good, and good for you,'" on the delicious, healthful food served by The Hunter & The Farmer food truck, and contributor Craig Blamer's "No fun for orcas" is a thought-provoking review of the thought-provoking film at the Pageant Theatre, Blackfish.

Don't forget to read out editorials, "Investigation needed" and "Fukushima's nightmare," both timely pieces on some unsettling topics--respectively, the toxicity of Chico State's Physical Science Building and the spewing of radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. Also, check out Editor Melissa Daugherty's Second & Flume column, a useful guide to anyone who might have aspirations to become mayor of Chico.

In other columns: Arts DEVO runs down a list of recent Chico claims-to-fame, and The Greenhouse looks at the troubling situation of the Third & Chestnut heritage trees.

And, as always, pick up the print version for lots of useful information that does not appear online, such as our event-packed Calendar section.

Enjoy the new roundabout!

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor