Issue: May 21, 2015

Good morning, readers!

Did you know ... that 100 years ago, Lassen Peak exploded in spectacular

fashion, giving Chicoans quite a show but devastating areas closer by.

For this week's feature story, staff writer Ken Smith looks into our

past while also talking with local experts who attempt to look into our


In other news: A city committee discusses the future use of Bidwell

Ranch, a huge parcel originally intended to serve as a mitigation bank;

the supes talk big development south of Oroville; Chico City Council

looks to take Orland's lead when it comes to supporting the arts; and we

take a deeper look at the potential impact of shipping crude oil through

Feather River Canyon could have.

Read on!

Meredith J. Cooper, associate editor