Issue: November 21, 2013

Good morning, Chico News & Review readers!

Our cover story this week, "Blame the policy, not the plants," by David Downs, is an interesting exploration of the effect of the war on drugs on marijuana cultivation, especially the negative environmental consequences of an increasing number of outdoor grows.

In Newslines, Staff Writer Ken Smith continues the pot theme with "Smoking celebration," which is focused partly on the recent Cannabis Cup at Harvest Festival 2013. Editor Melissa Daugherty follows Smith with her piece covering the recent City Council meeting, "Compromise prevails." Our third and fourth news stories are "A dry spell," a timely water-focused article by Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee, and "Toxic education," News Editor Tom Gascoyne's look at the Butte Environmental Council's efforts to deal with dioxin pollution in Oroville.

In Healthlines, Hardee offers "Not so fluffy," a thought-provoking interview with one of the owners of the new Yoga Center of Chico, and my Greenways feature story, "Bird's-eye view" is centered around an interview with a local paraglider and his bird's-eye take on the state of the environment.

In Arts & Culture, turn to Arts DEVO for the latest update on the Pageant Theatre's fundraising efforts, as well as to contributor Robert Speer's review ("Young musicians take charge") of the North State Symphony's latest concert, featuring two Young Artist Award winners; contributor Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff's theater review of Spring Awakening, put on by the Chico State School of the Arts ("Spring comes early"); and "Taste of Yssingeaux," my Chow story for which I interviewed French-pastry-school-trained baker Josh Graham, who works at Tin Roof Bakery & Café.

Pick up a hard copy of the CN&R to look at our Calendar section, loaded with ideas for things to do during the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

Enjoy the rain...

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor