Issue: March 23, 2017

Hey there! So, I don't know about you, but I was pretty pleased with what transpired all across the Northern Hemisphere early Monday morning. I'm talking about the vernal equinox, of course, which every year heralds the arrival of spring. The sunshine may be coming in fits and starts right now, but the days are getting longer, and that in itself is a nice prelude to warmer days ahead.

In this week's feature story, Dennis Myers discusses a different spring—Silent Spring, a 1962 book written by marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson. In it, Carson argued the detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment. The book had plenty of critics when it was published more than half a century ago. And it seems Carson's reputation may still be on the line—as some contemporary critics continue clinging to the claim that Silent Spring resulted in pesticide bans which led to deadly malaria outbreaks in other countries. It's an interesting tale, and I think you'll find that this week's feature story from Myers does a good job of parsing fact from fiction.

Over in the arts section, you'll find a story from Tim Prentiss about the metal band Qarin. And Megan Berner has a piece about the artistic endeavors being undertaken by our neighbors over in Truckee.

If you pick up a paper copy of this week's issue, you'll find columns and cartoons that don't appear online, including Streetalk. This time, I asked people to tell me where they would make cuts in federal spending. And when you're done with the paper, you can put it to good use. If you're headed out for a hike or a visit to the park, I suggest you try wrapping cold bottles and containers in the paper to keep them cool for longer.


Jeri Chadwell-Singley

RN&R Special Projects Editor