Issue: February 14, 2019

Morning, readers!

We know every business in Butte County has been affected in some way or another by the Camp Fire. Many on the Ridge were burned out, like one of our feature package profiles, Collision Pros, which kept all its Paradise staff working at other branches and raised tens of thousands of dollars to help those who lost their homes. Some of the other companies we highlight in this year's Business Issue also have gone above and beyond to ensure their staffs are stable—Fifth Sun and Sierra Nevada built an RV park for their employees; Ray Morgan raised $600,000, half for affected staff, the other half for the community at large. These are the feel-good stories we like to tell!

In other, not so feel-good news: Chico officials and others criticize Butte County's lack of action on behalf of its most vulnerable citizens in below-zero temperatures; Cal Water wants more money from ratepayers; and the family of Myra Micalizio, who was killed by sheriff's deputies last year in Palermo, aren't satisfied with the latest justification for an officer-involved shooting.

Keep reading,

Meredith J. Cooper, managing editor