Issue: May 14, 2015

Hi everybody,

Y'all remember that great winter we had? All that skiing, building

snowmen, catching snowflakes on your tongue? Yeah, we don't remember

that either, because it didn't happen. It hardly snowed at all, down

here in the valley or up the Sierra where we need that precious

snowpack. And no snow in the winter means no water in the summer. And

no water in the summer means trying to remember which days are

acceptable for lawn watering, and then getting all cut up trying to

swim in a Truckee River that's 90 percent rocks. It looks like

somebody spilled a soda over cat litter. Our intrepid photographer

Eric Marks headed out into the dry wilds to document the desiccation.

Also in this week's issue, food reviewer Todd South describes some

insects he ate, movie guy Bob Grimm reviews the new Jack Black movie,

arts writer Kris Vagner wrote about photographer Nolan Preece, and

news editor Dennis Myers wrote about some retirement issues that I

didn't really understand.

As always, be sure to pick up a newsprint copy of the paper for

exclusive columns, cartoons and all the raw materials you might need

to build a paper airplane.

Thanks for reading! If not for you, we'd still be hot ... but it

would be a dry heat.

Best,

Brad Bynum

RN&R Arts & Culture Editor