Issue: January 23, 2014

Hello, CN&R readers--

I can't say enough good things about contributor Patrick Newman's timely, sensitively written cover story, "Out of sight, out of mind," about the recent ejection from City Plaza of two entities that provided free food there to the homeless/needy. Do read it--it is excellent.

Staff Writer Ken Smith wrote a couple of timely, readworthy stories this week: "Dry outlook," in Newslines, which looks at the local effect of California's now-official drought; and "A pink cocktail," his preview in the A&C section of the upcoming Pink Martini show at Chico State's Laxson Auditorium. Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee's Newslines piece, "Lost in transmission," is, likewise, timely and worth reading; it is about local community radio station KZFR's need for community support to help replace its inadequate transmitter.

Frequent contributor Claire Hutkins Seda is the author of our Greenways feature story, "Seed-saving savvy," which looks at Cultivating Community North Valley's awesome upcoming six-part seed-saving workshop series (which begins Jan. 25). Also in Greenways, I gave most of my column space in The GreenHouse to local avian ecologist Dawn Garcia for her touching, informative ode to widely known animal advocate Dr. Mel Richardson, who recently passed away.

Our Healthlines feature story, the cleverly titled "A view to a killer," is written by none other than fortitudinous frequent contributor Evan Tuchinsky and looks at the state of tobacco use 50 years after the U.S. surgeon general's landmark report tying tobacco use to illness.

Lovers of the writing style of contributor Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff (count me in!) will undoubtedly enjoy reading his review--"Fifty shades of gender play"--of the Blue Room Theatre production of Venus in Furs, which runs through Jan. 26.

As always, there's more to read than what I have mentioned (and even more in our print version).

Water-conserving tip: Replace your front lawn with a drought-tolerant landscape...

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor