Issue: February 04, 2016

Good morning!

This week, in honor of Black History Month, our feature story focuses on

the Bethel AME Church, a historically black--but definitely

all-inclusive--congregation whose roots run as deep as Chico's. Our

story follows the life of the church, the people who made it what it is,

as well as historical and current events that keep it relevant and vibrant.

In other news: Another homeless housing outfit, Safe Space, is poised to

close without help from the community; the Chico City Council nixes a

proposed pot ban; Chico certainly kept things weird last weekend

(yeah!); and a local politician throws his hat in the ring against Rep.

Doug LaMalfa.

And, I want to offer a special thank you to everyone who has supported

the Chico News & Review Foundation, a nonprofit arm of this newspaper

dedicated to funding investigative journalism in our community. We

reached our goal of $25,000 by the Jan. 31 deadline, which means we

received an added $10,000 gift from an anonymous donor. So, thank you

for your support, faithful readers!!

Have a great week,

Meredith J. Cooper, managing editor