Issue: July 17, 2014

Good morning!

When was the last time you had an adventure? For Allan Stellar, who

penned our feature story this week, the answer is very recently. He

writes about a large chunk of wilderness that straddles the

California-Oregon border and why an environmental group led a (wildly

unpopular) movement to turn it into a national monument. He hikes the

trails and cowboy camps, and shares the experience with all of us. Judge

for yourself (and let us know what you think about it in a letter to the

In other news: I get to the bottom of a water issue troubling some local

residents--the ever-receding water table that's leaving some wells dry;

Arts Devo gets elbow-deep in the craft-beer movement; Ken Smith heads up

to Red Bluff to find out what happens when a 350-year-old tree falls on

a 150-year-old house; and Melissa Daugherty gets in on some early City

Council campaign filings.

Naturally, there's more as well. Please Like us on Facebook and check

out our pet photo contests! Submissions are closed for the Cutest Pet

... but there is still a little bit of time to submit lookalike photos

of you and your pet.

Until next week,

Meredith J. Graham, associate editor