Issue: September 10, 2015

Morning, readers!

It's Thursday, and you know what that means ... We've got new news for

you! Let's see, where to start? Our feature story this week is about

native Chicoan Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a well-respected novelist whose

second book was released last month. Both center around the theme of

foster care and parenting, something Diffenbaugh has very personal ties

to--I actually cried reading this piece, so make sure you have tissues


In other news: The city of Chico is drafting a new ordinance that will

make it easier for law enforcement to break up homeless encampments,

particularly along the city's waterways; Bernie Sanders supporters gain

momentum; and local health care specialists and activists discuss rural

Butte County's ability to serve an aging population.

And I've got two announcements for you(!)

1. This is your last week to vote in the Best of Chico contest, so if

you haven't done so yet, get on over to

and help your favorite businesses win! (Ballots must be submitted by

11:59 p.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 16.)

2. There are still a few weeks left to make donations to the Chico News

& Review Foundation--whose sole purpose is to fund an investigative

reporter for a year--through the Annie B's Community Drive. The bonus

here is that your money goes a little further with the help of some

generous local benefactors who've donated matching funds. Log onto to learn more and to donate.

Thanks for reading! Have a great week!

Meredith Cooper, associate editor