Issue: March 13, 2014

Good day, CN&R readers!

Our cover story this week, "Return to Humbug Valley," by contributor Jane Braxton Little, is a fine piece about the likely acquisition by the Mountain Maidu of part of their ancestral homeland. Read and enjoy it over lunch!

In Newslines, don't miss Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee's lead story, "A fracking affair," about the recently launched anti-fracking campaign aimed at securing a countywide moratorium on fracking. And Staff Writer Ken Smith's "Survey sparks suspicion" is the very latest installment in the ongoing story of the Saturday morning farmers' market's battle to keep its time-honored spot at Second and Wall streets.

Hardee also weighs in with his Healthlines feature, "A day for play," a notable piece about the new and improved Chico Kite Day, and more health-related happenings. Also worth reading is contributor Evan Tuchinsky's revealing Greenways piece on the Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" endocrine disruptors; Tuchinsky interviewed two local experts to get to the bottom of how these chemicals may affect North Staters.

In Arts & Culture, do check out (among other things) contributor Robert Speer's "Color and form," on longtime Chico artist Dolores Mitchell's "Melding Culture and Nature" show on the walls of Avenue 9 Gallery from March 14 through April 19.

There's a lot to do now that it's darned near spring, and plenty of those things to do are listed in our Calendar section at the back of our print edition.

Have a very happy day!

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor