Issue: October 26, 2017

Morning, readers,

This week we have some somber—but heart-wrenching—reads for you that revolve around the theme of death. We interview a cemetery employee who helps families navigate their options when a loved one passes, an elder law specialist who helps people prepare for end-of-life decisions, and to several hospice workers who care for the dying. As Halloween and Dia de los Muertos approach, we also take a look at some of the events happening around town to celebrate those holidays.

In other news: A sheriff's deputy's lawsuit alleging the Butte County Sheriff's Office discriminated against him because of his race cleared a hurdle last week and moves forward; the Chico Museum closed without fanfare—what's going on there?; and Arts DEVO bids farewell to well-known local arts-maker Lew Gardner.

One last thing: I have a request! Every year, we put together an issue dedicated to Local Heroes. These are people who volunteer their time and energy to causes near and far. In other words, they do it because they love to give back—not because they're paid to. We are looking for nominees! So, if you know someone who fits the bill, please email us at, with Local Heroes in the subject line. Please include your name and number, plus a reason why you're nominating who you're nominating. Thanks in advance! (Deadline to submit nominations is next Thursday, Nov. 2.)

Until next week,

Meredith J. Cooper, managing editor