Issue: September 12, 2013

Dear Chico News & Review readers--

Good Thursday morning to you all! For those of you interested in getting to know our somewhat-beleaguered new city manager, Brian Nakamura, a little better, turn to our cover story--the somewhat sarcastically titled "Welcome to Chico"--by News Editor Tom Gascoyne.

In Newslines, we offer a fair amount of rebelliousness in the form of three news stories, one each by Staff Writer Ken Smith, Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee and Gascoyne. Smith's--the lead story--is called "More than a state of mind," and takes a look at the recent move on the part of Siskiyou County toward secession from the state of California. Hardee's story, "Diplomacy over bombs," follows the gentle protest of a group of local women against military involvement in Syria. And Gascoyne's piece, "Cops in court," is about the lawsuits of two men against local police accused of civil-rights violations.

In Greenways, the feature story--"Tiny loans, big impact," by contributor Claire Hutkins Seda--is focused on the efforts of the local Women's Microfinance Collaborative to help improve the lives of poor women in Guatemala (read about the speaker the group is bringing to town on Sept. 15). Also in Greenways, my column, The GreenHouse, has the latest news on the Butte Environmental Council's important Code Blue water-education series ("Action!"), as well as the details for turning in submissions for the early-October postcard-art show at 1078 Gallery (Christine says, "Awesome!).

In Arts & Culture, contributor Juan-Carlos Selznick weighs in with his sage movie advice in "Stories we tell," which discusses a number of on-demand summer films worth watching. Contributor Robert Speer offers a piece called "Poet of the mines," about late local poet Pres Longley's new (posthumous) book, The Miner Poet, and a scheduled reading of Longley's work by beloved local poet/actor Lew Gardner. And, long-away contributor Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff reappears in our Chow section with his entertaining take on the monthly Fork in the Road food-truck extravaganza, "Jumping on the bandwagon."

When you pick up our print version, check out intern Katherine Green's "15 Minutes" interview--"Bra wiz"--with Dorothy Soult, the charming JC Penney brassiere fitter whose reputation for proper fittings is growing in these parts. (And, don't forget to read Tom Tomorrow, if you want to keep abreast of what's really going on. Ditto for our Calendar section.)

What are you going to do this weekend?

(Me, I'll probably go hiking.)

--Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor