Issue: August 28, 2014

Good morning!

I hope this email finds everyone in a happy mood. But if not (and even

so), check out this week's feature story on happiness and the science

behind it. Believe it or not, there are some fairly simple ways to

improve your mental state, and we share them with you. (Because we

really want you to be happy!)

In other news: Everyone is abuzz about the recent police shooting of an

unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., and we are right there with them. Our

lead news story this week, written by staff writer Ken Smith, explores

the militarization of local law enforcement in light of new stats about

the transfer of military surplus guns, vehicles and other equipment to

Chico Police Department and the Butte County Sheriff's Office. Also read

our editorial about the Ferguson incident and how it relates to us here

in Butte County. For something a little lighter, regular contributor

Claire Hutkins-Seda writes about her experience at a recent tomato fest;

I spent a few hours soaking up (and drinking in) the ambiance and oils

at a local olive farm; and contributor Rachel Bush gives us a good

preview of this weekend's Butcher Shop theater extravaganza.

Have a great weekend! And, read on!

Meredith J. Graham, associate editor