Issue: November 28, 2013

Good day-before-Thanksgiving!

Every year at this time, the Chico News & Review comes out with its Local Heroes issue on the day before Thanksgiving. This year, Local Heroes 2013 honors five deserving individuals for their volunteer efforts to make Chico and its environs a better place to live.

The Newslines section opens with "Facebook flap continues," News Editor Tom Gascoyne's follow-up on the situation regarding the (some say racist) Facebook posts of a Chico Police officer. That story is followed by contributor Allan Stellar's "Perils of journalism," his follow-up to his earlier cover story on camping in Lassen Volcanic National Park when it was closed during the recent government shutdown.

Newsline No. 3 is Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee's "Power up," which looks at solar-energy firm SolarCity's expansion into Chico (Hardee fans will also like to read his Healthlines feature story, "Grieving season," a touching interview with a Paradise woman who recently lost her husband to bone-marrow cancer, as well as his review of Delhi 2 Dublin at the Sierra Nevada Big Room, "Everyone's dance party"). Our last news story is "Hope for the homeless," by contributor Angie Klein, on the goodness of Oroville's Hope Center.

Our thought-provoking Greenways feature story--"A climate narrative"--was co-written by Scott McNall, the former executive director of Chico State University's Institute for Sustainable Development, and George Basile, senior sustainability scientist at the Global Institute for Sustainability at Arizona State University.

In Arts & Culture, check out "Rethinking turkey day," contributor Alastair Bland's piece on healthful, humane alternatives to purchasing factory-farmed turkeys for Thanksgiving, as well as contributor Robert Speer's "Keeping the lights on," about the Pageant Theatre's campaign to crowdfund a new digital projector.

Continuing the giving-thanks theme is contributor Vic Cantu's 15 Minutes interview ("Angel for animals") with local mobile vet Keira Troxell.

Also, we offer our annual holiday festivities guide, "Charity, entertainment & cheer"!

In our print edition, do take a look at Streetalk, for which four adorable kids answered the question (while they were in line to see Santa Claus at the recent Christmas Preview downtown), "What are you asking Santa for this year?"

May you have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday--

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor