Issue: February 13, 2014

Good morning, CN&R readers!

For a good overview of California’s drought/water situation, read contributor Alastair Bland’s Cover story, “The big squeeze.” Follow that with Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee’s Newsline, “‘We will come out of this,’” another water-centric story that is focused on the Durham-Dayton area, just south of Chico.

Also in Newslines, we offer contributor Allan Stellar’s “Coyote killings under review,” an update on the Modoc County coyote hunts, as well as a story by Staff Writer Ken Smith featuring local social worker Meagan Meloy, and News Editor Tom Gascoyne’s article about National 2-1-1 Day.

In Healthlines, contributor Evan Tuchinsky offers an interesting piece outlining some of the yeas and nays of obtaining a flu shot: “The flu demystified.” For Greenways, I wrote a story titled “Spreading democracy,” for which I interviewed Butte County Library Outreach Coordinator Oliver Allen about the new Little Library program, which is installing tiny free libraries in the Chapmantown neighborhood. And my GreenHouse column takes a look at a couple of noteworthy local, sustainability-focused projects: the new cookbook created by Sherwood Montessori students (shepherded by the school’s illustrious cooking/gardening teacher, Chef Richie Hirshen), and the new good-food partnership between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market.

In Arts & Culture, there’s a Valentine’s Day theme apparent: Alastair Bland’s story, “Flavor of love,” is all about aphodisiacs; contributor Vic Cantu’s 15 Minutes interview with California Organic Flowers’ Marc Kessler looks at the most popular Valentine’s Day flowers, among other things; and my “Stage flight” is a preview of acclaimed performer/playwright Ann Randolph’s one-woman show, Loveland (and two-day grief-centered writing workshop), at the Chico Women’s Club. Arts DEVO offers many tidbits about the local art scene as well.

Take note: The CN&R is in the processing of accepting entries for our Fiction 59 contest; contest rules are on page 33 of our print edition.

Enjoy your day!

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor