Issue: January 07, 2016

Good morning, readers!

And Happy New Year! In honor of the calendar rolling over to 2016, we

offer you this week our annual look forward at the movers and shakers

that we'll be watching this coming year. Hint: They include politicians,

entertainers (of sorts), a do-gooder and a mystery guest.

In other news: I checked in with two local women who are headed to

federal court next week on trespassing charges for their peaceful

protest at Beale Air Force Base over drone warfare; we take a look at

what's going on with Chico Scrap Metal, including a group formed to

oppose their staying at their East 20th Street property; we offer

insight into a fairly new program to cut back on the overprescription of

opioid painkillers; and we ring in the new year, Women's Club-style.

Until next week,

Meredith J. Cooper, managing editor