Issue: December 08, 2016

Morning, readers!

With all the rain we've been getting of late, it doesn't quite feel like we're in a drought anymore. But, don't let that rain fool ya. Unless we get a whole lot more this winter, we'll be feeling the effects of this dry spell for years to come. One of those effects is taking place among the pines. Millions of trees have fallen victim to the bark beetle, which is able to attack more efficiently in drought conditions. The North State is not immune, and our forests could be decimated. Read Howard Hardee's account to find out more.

In other news: Chico State and Butte College grapple with election aftermath, including racism and fear; there's a new mayor in town; and the Board of Supervisors begin to look at how Butte County might be affected by legal weed and other election-related changes.

Until next week,

Meredith J. Cooper, managing editor