Issue: September 19, 2013

Dear Chico News & Review readers--

Ten good reasons to read the Sept. 19 issue of the CN&R:

1. "The future of the f-word," our cover story, by contributor Leslie Layton, on the future of fracking in California.

2. "The Medi-Cal mess," by contributor Alastair Bland, which looks at the possible effects of the Affordable Care Act on Medi-Cal.

3. "Cutting to prevent burning?" by Staff Writer Ken Smith, an interesting piece on the hurried passage of Assembly Bill 744, purportedly designed to reduce wildfire-fuel supply in Northern California forests by increasing the diameter of trees it is permissible to cut.

4. "On the chopping block," by contributor Robert Speer, which offers yet more bad news on the state of the city of Chico's budget.

5. "Young at sport," by contributor Evan Tuchinsky, for which he interviewed two local health-care professionals about the uptick in "boomeritis"--middle-aged folks who are getting seriously involved in athletic activities.

6. "Whole-house efficiency," also penned by Tuchinsky, which sums up the findings of the Energy Pioneers program and how they might be applicable to energy- (and cost-)conscious Chicoans in the future.

7. "The dream lives on," Arts Editor Jason Cassidy's detail-filled piece about local musician Aubrey Debauchery, who is releasing a new album.

8. "That's going to leave a mark," Smith's review of the Blue Room Theatre production of Gruesome Playground Injuries.

9. "From Kenai to Chico," my Chow story on Alldrin & Sons Alaska Salmon and their adventures (which include being filmed this summer for the upcoming season of Nat Geo Wild's Alaska Fish Wars).

10. "Mobsters abroad," Juan-Carlos Selznick's review of the film The Family, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.

And, of course, there's plenty more, including items in the hard-copy version of the paper--such as Streetalk and the jam-packed Calendar section--that do not appear online.

But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you. --Stephen King, Salem's Lot

The first day of fall is September 22...

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor