Issue: May 31, 2012

He can't do that, can he? We'll find out. Joseph Hardesty believes he was vested, in part by a proclamation from President Ulysses S. Grant, to engage in local mining operations on his property while ignoring modern-day regulations to protect the environment. But the state of California's mining board, and Sacramento and El Dorado counties beg to differ. Hardesty's theory that he is immune to environmental prosecutions will be tested in an upcoming trial. Investigative reporters Paul Koberstein and John Williams report in this week's feature.

In Frontlines: Community organizers and pirate-radio-station enthusiasts tried 10 years ago to convince the Federal Communications Commission to open up the airwaves to small, community-focused stations. Surprisingly, they won. In the coming months, a plan for locally grown radio is set to double in size, scope, and, correspondingly, impact. Phil Busse looks at the future of community radio in Sacramento. Also this week: Cosmo Garvin preps all for the forthcoming tax attack in Bites, Christopher Arns rides the city's new bike lanes to see if Sacto is bike friendly, and SN&R endorses for the coming election.

In Arts&Culture, it's a busy week. The poet laureate visits Sacramento; Kel Munger has the interview. Anthony Nathan looks at some cool skateboarding events, Greg Lucas finds a pretty flakey (that's a good thing) croissant, Big Idea Theatre has a comedy--yes, really, a comedy--about 9/11, and Nick Miller plays dueling interview with Sherman Baker and Autumn Sky.

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