Issue: August 29, 2013

Dear Chico News & Review readers--

Good day to you! Our cover-story package this week--"Extreme Butte County"--features four stories by two writers (Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee and contributor Sean Murphy) about four local extreme athletes who participate in some pretty hair-raising (and intriguing) sports. To go along with these interesting stories, in our print version we offer Streetalk: "Ever had a near-death experience?"

In Newslines, Staff Writer Ken Smith's lead story, "A walk to remember," looks at three local women who participated in the famous 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee follows with "Struggle for equality," about the recent Pride Weekend celebration. Our No. 3 and No. 4 news stories are both by News Editor Tom Gascoyne: "Reining in the holiday" is focused on the local Town and Gown Committee's concerns about the activities of Chico State students over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, and "Delta project's pros and cons" covers a recent meeting at the Chico Family Masonic Center that dealt with issues surrounding the controversial proposed twin water-tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region.

In Healthlines, contributor Evan Tuchinsky offers "'Anyone with a spine,'" about new local chiropractor Mark Tenenbaum, whose affordability and non-mainstream hours are proving to be rather popular. Our Greenways feature this week--"Sunscreen, naturally"--is by CN&R intern Katherine Green, and offers a look at alternatives to mainstream sunscreen (there's even a recipe!). My column, The GreenHouse, features some of the most interesting postcards I received in response to a prior GreenHouse column in which I asked for submissions of creative, recycled-material postcards.

In Arts & Culture, my story, "Permanent exile," previews Bay Area artist Lydia Nakashima Degarrod's thought-provoking new exhibition--for which she interviewed nine long-term Chilean exiles--at Chico State's Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology. Contributor Mark Lore weighs in with "Epicenter of epic," a band-by-band preview of Aug. 31's Epic Fest. Our Chow story this week--"The Italy connection"--is by contributor Alastair Bland, and looks at local men of Italian descent who make wine. And Arts DEVO confesses to an incident from his past that was dredged up as a result of his recent participation in the jury-selection process.

Check out the Calendar section in our print version of the CN&R--even more to do now that school is back in full swing!

Enjoy your day...

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor