Issue: March 29, 2012

Fracking-the process of pumping a mixture of water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into oil or gas wells-has come under intense scrutiny across the country this past year. But in California, it’s tough for local communities to get information about the process and where it’s happening since the state doesn’t keep track. For this week’s feature, SN&R sent Cosmo Garvin to find out if fracking is going on in our region and why environmental groups say the state has largely turned a blind eye to the controversial process.

In Frontlines, there’s yet another arena story: Cosmo Garvin looks at STOP, or the Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork initiative and whether it would spell the end for the proposed Sacramento Kings new home. Also this week: Nick Miller chats with Assemblyman Richard Pan on the Affordable Care Act and what a health-care exchange might look like in California, and Amy Wong chats with author Scott Thomas Anderson on meth in the greater region.

Got fuzz keeping your upper lip warm? Then let’s see if you can cut it with some of the hottest mustachio’d men and women in Sacramento. Steph Rodriguez unveils the ’stache in our Arts&Culture feature. Also: The River Cats take on the Oakland Athletics, Explosions in the Sky (nearly) sell out the Mondavi, Serge Gainsbourg gets a party in Midtown, and True West has brothers and brawling for five-star ravin’ Willie fun at the Capital Stage.

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