Issue: January 28, 2016

Morning, readers!

Are you ready for the Oscars? There's been quite a bit of controversy over

the white-washedness of the awards this year, so instead of offering Oscar

predictions, one of our film critics offers his thoughts on the year's

best--and worst films, actors, etc.

In other news: Are you ready for the Keep Chico Weird madness that's

happening this weekend? Pick up a paper for your official program for the

weekend (art show today through Saturday, talent show Saturday!). Also, we

take a look at the region's new laws banning medical marijuana; we check in

on the Torres Community Shelter in its time of need; BEC weighs in on a

proposed solid waste treatment center in Glenn County; and there is now a

way to get free trees!

Until next week,

Meredith J. Cooper, managing editor