Issue: January 16, 2014

Greetings, Chico News & Review readers--

We have a hope-inspiring cover story for you in this issue--"Second Chances," by News Editor Tom Gascoyne--about some of the results of prison realignment, specifically looking at the Alternative Custody Supervision program.

In Newslines, Staff Writer Ken Smith leads off with "The big fish," a piece about the latest exploits of the late Samuel Adams--I mean, local activist/constitutionalist Don Bird (read the story to understand my "misstatement"). "Aiming high" is Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee's article about local medical-marijuana advocate Andrew Merkel, who, among other things, intends to run for Butte County Supervisor Larry Wahl's seat. And Smith's "Rash of robberies" covers the latest on a recent string of robberies for which two cousins from Orland are being held as suspects.

Hardee wrote the Heathlines feature story this week, "Recovering in style," about Skyway House's luxurious new substance-abuse treatment facility, Serenity House. Contributor Evan Tuchinsky penned "For the love of seabirds," a very informative Q-and-A with pelagic birding guide Debi Shearwater, who will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Snow Goose Festival.

Go to the Arts & Culture section for a number of reviews: Smith's favorable review, "The American classic," of Chico Theater Company's ongoing production of Grease; "Programmed for love," contributor Juan-Carlos Selznick's review (also favorable) of Her, the new Spike Jonze film playing at the Cinemark 14; and "Blowing revue," contributor Miles Jordan's review of Mark Hummel's recent Blues Harmonica Blowout at the Sierra Nevada Big Room.

And don't miss contributor Vic Cantu's 15 Minutes interview, "The gatekeeper," with Karen Laslo, the gatekeeper of the Chico Cemetery (and a CN&R photography contributor).

As always, don't forget to pick up a hard copy of the CN&R--plenty more in there to read, including the jam-packed Calendar section.

Still hoping for rain...

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor