Issue: December 19, 2013

Good morning, Chico News & Review readers!

Once again this year, local writer Zu Vincent graces us with a touching Christmas-themed piece of fiction, the CN&R's cover story, "What we want for Christmas."

Our four Newslines are: News Editor Tom Gascoyne's "Television blackout" (those wondering what the heck is going on with their DISH satellite service ought to read it); "Back to black," a city-budget update by Editor Melissa Daugherty; contributor Vic Cantu's "Market bids adieu," about the closing of the last remaining grocery market in Chapmantown; and "Case overload," Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee's update on the effects in Butte County of state prisoner realignment.

In Arts & Culture, among other things, contributor Robert Speer penned "Moving forward," about monca's fundraising campaign to renovate the Chico Veterans Memorial Hall, and Hardee wrote an informative review--"Touch indie, bit heavy"--of the recent Maltese show featuring local bands Surrogate and Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy.

Contributor Evan Tuchinsky wrote the Healthlines feature story this week, "Kids' health conundrum," which takes yet another (necessary) look at the trend toward childhood obesity and offers tips for raising fit, healthy children.

Our Greenways feature, "What's in your water?," comes to us courtesy of Environmental Health News writer Brian Bienkowski and--dare I say it?--is a must-read bit of journalism.

This week's Streetalk (only in our print edition) is both timely and interesting--do read it. And check out that Calendar section if you're looking for fun stuff to do (in addition to Christmas shopping and gift-wrapping)...

Happy Christmastime!

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia