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  1. Richard Christoph says:

    Redding City Councilwoman Francie Sullivan hosts a Civic Walk the first Thursday of each month at 7 AM, and today’s meeting location is at the Bell Rooms building on California St.

    We are fortunate to have elected officials and City staff who are quite accessible to the public and are willing and eager to answer questions and welcome input. Hope to see some other newscafe readers there this morning.

  2. Just fyi, for those who wondered about today’s column, “The Weight is Over” Val and I swapped days so she could reveal the Cascade news.


  3. Common Sense says:

    Oregon getting their numbers in on Cannabis Taxes… Imagine that……$210 Million to work with! Some money for the Police….for Schools……Mental Health, Alcoholism and Drug Services……Imagine that…Money to do some good in the Community!

    The Residents of those towns and cities getting all the help are saying…..Thank you!….Thank you Supervisors and City Council Members for looking out for our Communities…..and putting your “Personal and Religious” Beliefs aside…..Imagine that!……doing what is in the Communities best interest….bring in more money to fund more services……good stuff up there!

    • cheyenne says:

      CS, what do Hunington, Oregon-Adelanto, California-Pueblo County and Trinidad and Sedgwick in Colorado have in common?  Business Insider noted that they came back from failed economies because of the legal marijuana industry.  The three Colorado areas are in the south part of the state where the first hemp farms were started.  One problem Colorado is having, especially in the south state is from MS-13 drug gangs though legalizing MJ has given LE more weapons to use against the MS-13.

  4. Common Sense says:

    Oh about those payments we said we were going to turn over…..ahhh….we are not doing that now!

    Two words…. Emoluments Clause!

    About those Tax Returns #45??

    • cheyenne says:

      CS, I have to respond to your Trump bashing.  A headline in the Arizona Republic, “Democrats United Against Trump But Little Else”.  At the moment it seems all the Democrats are bent on condemning #45 but put forth no other plans.  Are the libs going to wait until November 1st, 2018 to come up with their plans for change?

      • Common Sense says:

        Hello Cheyenne, I am not a Democrat ( just for the record)…..I am for common sense…’s not that all his policies are the worst…..its that he is unstable…..His Pathology won’t change…’s who he is….he is a habitual liar….he misstates things, he is a Narcissist ……he has no concept of Government…..he wants to try and run the Government like a Business…..can’t do that…..two different animals….

        If Hillary was in there….believe me….I would have plenty to say also….She has her own issues…..but she is more stable…..

        I know that the Conservatives love to bash the “Stupid” Liberals as they call them…..and probably Vice Versa…..I am into pointing out facts…..Not Lies….like the Wall……you know…the one we weren’t supposed to be paying for-but will be!

        I know for Staunch Conservatives….It must be a tuff time right now?…Should we double down or admit he is coming off the hinges?……shoot….not sure yet……let’s attack the Lib’s…..yeah….that will make us feel better about our “Glaringly” ( obvious now) choice we made at election time…..

        More Leaks will be coming out….Comey will have some interesting things to say and we will get to the bottom of it all.…..and it will make Watergate look like a trip to Disneyland…..time will tell…..but don’t fret yet…..He can’t get out of the Paris Climate Change agreement until 2021…when another Person will be running the show…..

        “For Harvard psychiatrist Judith Herman, the signs of Trump’s mental instability are so visible professional expertise is not even needed to recognize them”. 

        Not sure what the libs are going to do cheyenne…..god knows they have a hard time standing up for much!….they lost about every opportunity they had to win…….senate…..

        • cheyenne says:

          CS, I did not attack the Democrats, I just pointed out facts that the party’s only plan is to bash Trump with no plan to build up America.  The latest call from the Democrats, probably won’t read it a liberal paper, is for HRC to step back because she is hurting the party.  This comes from Democrats.  Also, not in a liberal paper, Trump is calling to replace America’s infrastructure with not one mention of a wall.  Right now the Democratic party’s frontrunner is Bernie Sanders and he isn’t even a Democrat.

          Here in Trump country I do not worry about what is happening in DC.  I am more concerned about Wyoming’s problems which, like Redding, have nothing to do with Trump except for the “could, might, possibly” conspiracy crowd.

  5. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    Do you have a child in need or know of one? Sometimes summers can be rough for kids who have access to free school lunches during the school year, yet must go without during summer break.

    Text “FOOD” to 877877. You’ll be prompted to enter your location by city or zip code. You’ll get a reply with the closest places offering breakfast and lunch to kids.

    Here’s what I got when I entered “96001.”

    Buckeye School of the Arts. 3407 Hiatt Drive, Redding, CA 96003. (530) 245-7917. Breakfast: 8:00-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Open from June 7 through June 27.

    Anderson High School. 1471 Ferry Street, Anderson, CA 96007. (530) 378-0568. Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Open from June 5 through June 29.

  6. Common Sense says:

    Bought and paid for…..your Politicians hard at work…..for Their Interests!

    This is the Real Reason for pulling out of the Paris Agreement!

  7. cheyenne says:

    When my youngest daughter was a senior at Anderson High one of her friends was in a foster home.  When she turned 18 the foster family kicked her out while she was still in high school.  I could have gone on a rant against Bush or Arnie or Herger which would have done nothing for this girl.  Instead we took her in and let her finish high school and eventually find a job and an apartment.  Ranting about politicians is a national past time but it is up to us minions to actually do something beside rant.

  8. Common Sense says:

    Wednesday and Thursday should be Memorable this week in American Politics. Up to Bat First Is Mike Rogers with the NSA….followed by James Comey the “Former” FBI Head ( Thurs)… they say in some circles….”The Last People you want to Alienate-Attack are the “Intelligence” Community members”……should be quite a Show!

    They call them the Intelligence Community for a reason…..they have ALL the goods on Everyone…..

  9. Common Sense says:

    The Drug Problems continue to climb in our Country…’s time to start addressing these issues on a Bi-partisan basis and put the knives down and work together!….if not for our sake….for our kids and grandkids sake!

    • cheyenne says:

      The drug problems here in the northern Rockies, meth, is due to the MS-13 drug gangs.  This has been documented in several articles and the MS-13 are showing their presence even on the East Coast as WaPo had an article about it.  MS-13 is an American drug gang that grew out of southern California and now is crossing the US.  They recruit, also documented in articles from the Denver Post and Lincoln Journal, from the illegals who flow into this country across the southern border.  That said, a wall is not going to prevent that.  What is needed is a military presence on the southern border.  My oldest daughter works with the US Marshals in Alaska but comes down to the lower 48 for meetings, she is in Denver this week.  All the marshals she talks to, especially in Arizona when she is there, say how bad the problems illegals cause are.  Colorado has really increased their attacks on MS-13 and one of the reasons, a sheriff said, is with the legalization of marijuana they have more resources to go after real crime.

      • Common Sense says:

        The last part of your comment was especially revealing……there is a Sheriff that Understands what the REAL problems are!…..the Real Drug Problems are Not MJ…Cannabis…..Weed….Refer…..You have covered the REAL problems and issues….I would just throw Heroin in there as one of the Majors also…..It’s Ironic….that locally they Would have More Money for the Police Department by saying Yes to Prop 64 instead of NO…..

        So Just Say NO….no to more money….to fund the Police and Sheriffs Dept’s to go after the REAL Problems…… But then….that’s Common Sense…… The One thing you say no to….over and over….is the one thing that can help you solve the problems….maybe not cure or eliminate all the drug problems….but certainly help!…. show me one Police Dept anywhere that is not better off with more money for more officers and more equipment!

        It’s like the Poor dying stranger crossing the desert….he happens upon an Oasis filled with water…..he goes to the water and says…..I see you are water….but I cannot drink you…You are not Evian!…onward the poor straggler goes in the hot Redding/Desert Sun…..and expires….but not before complaining about the water that was not right…..

  10. Common Sense says:

    So…..what bothers you more?….The Leakers…..or the Fact that Russia Influenced the Election and Threatens our Democratic Process?

    Putin was the Head of the KGB………..let that sink in for a minute or two!

  11. Common Sense says:

    Oh those words……those interesting words…..and how they come back to haunt you……You can’t write a better script for a movie than 45’s real life day to day actions!

  12. Common Sense says:

    Even Fox News Host Blasts #45…… Wow

    I am guessing R.V turned this one off?

  13. cheyenne says:

    While CS posts the latest #45 misstep, which has nothing to do with Redding, the conflict at the city council shows his attention should be locally.  Oh that’s right the locals won’t listen to him either.  Now back to my morning coffee.

  14. Common Sense says:

    Good stuff Bruce…..don’t run out of Hamms there…..The Missteps of the current administration affect everyone….from the Hamms Beer Drinking folks in your neck of the woods….to the good ol boyz in the City of Reddin……are you up to Tripling down now on your guy…or are you up to Quadrupling now?

    And on the other side of the Fence…..Maxine and Nancy and your favorite….Elizabeth are patiently waiting for Comey’s testimony……Oh Pol i Ticks….

    • cheyenne says:

      Actually if you would step away from your googling of #45’s missteps you would learn I live in the north end of the craft beer renaissance movement.  One of my favorites is Rocky Mountain Oyster Ale, the ingredients can be found in any stockyard said the master brewer.  It is from Wynkoop Brewing in Denver and was started, gasp, by a Democrat, Governor John Hickenlooper.  Governor Hickenlooper said, gasp on Fox, that it was inconceivable that Russia hacked the election.  Of course in 2018 Hickenlooper will be termed out and there has been much speculation that he will seek the Democratic Presidential candidacy in 2020.  He also said Democrats and Republicans need to work together to solve the countries problems.  He has had a lot of experience in that area governing a purple state.

  15. Common Sense says:

    Now there’s something I can agree with and that needs to happen!…Working together to make this Country Great Again….A Bi partisan effort…..unfortunately with some of the guys in office for 20+ years….without Term Limits we probably won’t get back to anything of the sort!

    Two term Limits!…..The Same Health Care as the Rest of the Country for the Scallywags!

    Well I can say one thing….from what I have seen and how Colorado is doing…..they are on the Right Track!…California can learn a lesson or two from them!

  16. cheyenne says:

    In the latest #45 news.  In Arizona the family of Brian Terry, the border guard murdered with a “fast and furious” gun, have asked President Trump to use his executive power to unseal the “fast and furious” documents that they said were sealed by President Obama.  More secrets being exposed coming down the pipeline.

  17. Common Sense says:

    James Risch Republican Senator, to James Comey-

    “America Needs needs More Like You and we Really Appreciate it!”

    Now there is a Man that Love his Country!

  18. JeffG says:

    Sad to see Skyway leave Redding.  My first new bicycle was a sleek Skyway T/A, of course outfitted with those iconic 5-spoke Tuff wheels, that the company had donated to a Carter House auction.  I was the envy of the neighborhood, even in Payless shoes!  I can still remember the awe in the other boys’ faces when they gathered round and discovered the bike was so light they could “pinky lift” it.


    Every morning before dawn I’d head out to deliver the newspaper with what seemed like the weight of the world swinging from that canvas bag on my handlebars.  And every afternoon I’d get home from school and race to the local bike jumps.  There we’d dare each other to do bigger jumps and tricks until inevitably someone crashed and we thought better of continuing.  Despite all that use and abuse, that Skyway needed nothing but the occasional tube or tire.  OK, maybe not so occasional rear tire — those crazy 80’s tread colors made it easy to spot, and tempting to leave, skid marks around town.


    Urban legend had it that if those mag wheels ever lost their true, you could stick them in a freezer overnight and they’d snap back into shape.  I never had to test it, my Skyway Tuff wheels stayed true through the morning, nearly 10 years later, when I discovered the bike stolen from our garage.  Even then, the thief passed over much newer & more expensive road & mountain bikes to grab the old Skyway bmx…


    Anyway, the company lives on, but the new owners are leaving Redding for the more business-friendly states of Mississippi & Indiana.  It joins Nestle, Northrup Grumman, Carls Junior, Toyota, and over 9,000 other businesses that have left California over the past 10 years.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I never associated BMX bikes with bottom-feeders, dirt-bags, ne’er-do-wells, deadbeats, flops, mother-grabbers, washouts, scofflaws, creepers, and riff-raff until I moved to Redding.

      And not because I came to know Skyway owners Ken and Parrey personally.

  19. cheyenne says:

    In the latest news Biden is promoting Mitt Romney for senator.  Maybe I should polish up my article, printed last year on Anews, as to why I feel Romney is the president this country needs now.  I wrote in Romney for my president vote, and I wasn’t the only one.  Since the Democrats elected Trump, either by not voting or having a lousy candidate, maybe the time is here for a “GASP”  Mormon president.

    • Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

      As an independent, I had my doubts about Romney when he ran, but he’s looking pretty good about now.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Romney:  “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what… These are people who pay no income tax…”[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

        That was pretty damning, and the fact that he said it in what he thought was a closed luncheon with campaign contributors (I believe it was recorded by a waiter) is even more damningly two-faced.  But Trump says stuff like this almost every day.  Just yesterday Trump said that of course he has a collection of billionaires on his cabinet.  You would’t want poor people in those jobs, he said.   (Poor people, like the mere millionaires on Obama’s cabinet, presumably.)

  20. Common Sense says:

    Jeff Sessions personally asked Congress to let him prosecute medical marijuana providers


    That a Boy……Lock up those people helping the Veterans and the Kids with Cancer and Seizures…..

    It’s LEGAL in many states now….Get Over It JEFFERY!

    • cheyenne says:

      When Colorado legalized marijuana it was noted by the feds that they would not interfere if Colorado kept strict control over the industry.  Sessions noted the recent indictment in Denver of a major illegal drug ring that included some former marijuana compliance officers.  This coupled with the Denver 420 celebration that was fined and banned for three years because of problems, the 420 group denies them, shows me that the worst enemies of MJ legalization are the MJ crowd themselves.

  21. Common Sense says:

    Sessions is Clueless on the Topic! He reminds me of the City Council here locally on the topic… idea……Time to go to school folks…..we will start with a Month long De Programming of Mr S ……then follow that up with some actual facts about the plant…Some stories from Survivors….from those that have used it to Cure themselves….then we will revisit history and the reason it was outlawed in the first place….yep….we will follow the MONEY trail….all the way BACK to the Politicians ….. Very ironic that the one natural thing that can Help the Opioid Crisis…is the one thing that ignorant people are still fighting……reminds me of the guys years ago that had the 12 ft satellite dishes…..many including my Grandfather refused for 10 years to get rid of them…..LOL

    So far there is only one politician that understands this topic ( that I have seen) ….    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher….

    …..not my favorite one that’s for sure…..but he at least is not Ignorant on the topic !

    • cheyenne says:

      CS, you need to read the Denver Cannabist, a part of the Denver Post, and you will see that there are a lot of politicians, including Republicans who voted against MJ legalization, that support legal MJ because, in their own words, the people voted it in.  Of course the extra tax money, over $20 million a month in Colorado, has a lot to do with that support.  In High Country News is an article about how Walsenburg, Colorado went from a blue city to a red city.  What the article doesn’t mention is that two, so far, Denver businesses are already bringing marijuana grow complexes to the city.  One company states they will have 500 employees just themselves which doesn’t include small growers who will rent space from them.

      Sessions and Trump are blowing smoke that just delights the conspiracy nuts.

  22. Common Sense says:

    Imagine that Cheyenne, 500 more jobs……at least Colorado gets it…..

    Locally…..we don’t want any new jobs, which is quite clear with the NO mentality! Meanwhile in Shasta Lake City…..they will probably go from $450k a year in taxes on the plant to $2-$3 Million when Recreational finally kicks in……it won’t be long that you will be driving on the disheveled roads in Redding to brand new paved streets on the way to the dam!

    I am not an Economist….but when Redding Says NO and Shasta Lake City says Come on Down how may we serve you today…..( or up in our case)……that Sucking Sound from the Redding City Coffers is clear!

    It won’t be long before former Police Chief Rob Paoletti is saying….thank you Redding!……I am SO glad I was given the opportunity to leave and go to an area where I could be Supported and had people around with OPEN minds!


  23. Common Sense says:

    Think we are not all connected?…….think again……..

  24. Harding Republican Harding Republican says:

    Liberal Democrats give President Trump an unduly hard time about his administration’s cronyism.  I’m not calling it “so-called cronyism,” because it is what it is, and it’s not a bad thing.  Cronyism, friends, is the glue that binds America’s business networks together.  Familial cronyism?  So much the better.  America has long suffered from the presence of a class aristocracy, but the lack of a political one.  The genius of President Trump has been—at long last—to marry the two to create a ruling aristocracy of the wealthy.  It’s the model that all of the great nations of Europe followed when that continent was in its prime.  We should be ruled by our superiors, and “superior” in a capitalistic society is objectively measured by wealth and political power.

    Liberal Democrats also criticize President Trump for his free-wheeling Twitter habits. Finally!  An American leader who isn’t afraid to state in less than 140 characters more or less what the rest of us think!  Liberals don’t like his imprecision with English and verifiable facts, but their discomfort and embarrassment are our bliss. President Trump is rocking their boat! #MAGA

  25. My column didn’t make it today. I’m deep into packing for my next move. I’ll keep you posted via a column when I have time to sit down and write.

    Wish me luck that all the real estate stars line up perfectly in terms of one escrow closing, the other opening (I’m in escrow on an adorable Redding house … more about that later), and that I can manage to pack all my crap belongings and fit it into the moving container. What will I do if it won’t fit? (Because of the two-house escrow closing and opening dance, I’ll have to store my stuff for a few weeks before I can move in.)

    I’m trying to not stress. Oh, why oh why am I such a collector? Why did God invent under-bed storage containers? Do you think the new owners would mind if I just left the entire contents of my garage for them?

    (Which reminds me, I’ll be posting things here, on Craigslist and FB that I need to sell pronto, so stay tuned.)

    Deep breaths, Doni …

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      Nothing’s much more stressful than moving.  It ain’t the moving; it’s the packing and deciding.  Keep us posted.

  26. trek says:

    You must be busy doing something? It sure isn’t taking care of “aNewsCafe.”

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      That sounds like a snarky remark.

    • trek, did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed or what?

      I agree with Beverly that your comment sounds snarky.

      Even when I’m busy packing, we have a team who helps care for A News The site is doing fine.

      How about you?

      • trek says:

        I apologize if it came off “snarky.” I prefer when you write stories based on what’s happening in Shasta County. I don’t know how you knew it but I did get up and off the opposite side of the bed this morning.

  27. Well, congratulations on all the chaos! I’m beginning to believe that life is supposed to be tumultuous — so enjoy excitement. We’ve helped enough people move in and out to have learned that getting rid of STUFF is a kindness to everyone. Wishing you all the best.

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      I think most of us need to hire Shelly to direct us toward getting rid of stuff (GROS, as I’ve termed it) so that moving or just living is so much better.

    • I think you’re right, Erin, about dealing with life’s tumultuous parts. If I can ride it out with grace that will be my success. (And yeah to getting rid of stuff.)


  28. cheyenne says:

    I wonder who will be ousted first, Trump or Pelosi?

    • Common Sense says:

      Good Question Cheyenne!…..It won’t happen over night…..but a good chance both will be out of a job in the next 9-12 months!

      When we look at this whole Russian Hacking thing we learn that Obama knew 90% more than he led on and reported to the public about the ordeal! He basically slapped the Russians hand…..because he was on the way out there were no Serious Punishments handed the Russians who knowingly penetrated our Voting systems. Although no actual Votes were changed…one misses the point if they say….what’s the big deal….they didn’t change any votes! The point being…..they Interfered with our Democratic Process and penetrated it!

      Anyone that doesn’t think this was a big deal….or that it’s fake news, is so far down the rabbit hole….that they are past the point of no return!

      This is a Huge Spider Web….Huge! as #45 would say….HUGE… will take lot’s of time to untangle….and when Bobby 3 Sticks does get to the bottom of it……HISTORY will be made……..

      We are looking at Obstruction of Justice……all the way up to and including possible Treason….depending on the Russian probe…..the Emoluments violations and a couple other issues…..

      This will take up to a year to sort out… question is this though……Where are we going from there?…..It’s one thing to throw the book at the whole gang and indict them….but what happens AFTER that?…Will #45 actually go to jail?….Will the Republicans Actually Do something when it all comes out?….OR will they try to cover once again?……Possibly Guaranteeing loses in the Midterms if they choose to do Nothing!

      Spicer will be out here soon…..too much heat in the Kitchen….Kelly Anne….probably sent somewhere off camera if not asked to leave…..Sessions….well he lied 3 times now under oath…..he’s a gonner…its a matter of time…..the son in law….not looking real good for him or the other 3-5 players…..

      Another question I have is….Why did Obama just slap a wrist? Knowing what they did?

    • cheyenne says:

      I don’t know if that is true.  While many Republicans are disagreeing with Trump many Democrats are calling for Pelosi to resign.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Pelosi’s probably not going to resign, but there’s no question that she’s bad news for Demo candidates.  She started out as Speaker of the House and has been losing seats ever since, spending most of her tenure as Minority Leader of house Demos.  The message that resonates most with voters in close races is that the Demo candidate will be Pelosi’s lap dog.  Whether it’s her fault or not, she’s toxic.

        Barack Obama remains America’s most popular politician on the national landscape—far more popular than historic-low Trump.  Thus, some pundits are proposing that the congressman from Obama’s home district in Chicago step down (the guy is old) so that Obama can run and become Speaker when the Demos take the majority of the House back.

        I’m thinking Obama would rather not take the demotion from POTUS emeritus.

        • JeffG says:

          One need not be a member of the House to become Speaker, but I’m not sure it would be wise to place someone ineligible to be elected president in the line of succession.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Maybe, but if you read the 22nd Amendment, it speaks strictly of limiting the number of times you can be elected president.  A SOTH moving up to POTUS via the line of succession would not be elected.  Such a POTUS would, however, only be allowed to finish that term, and not be eligible to run for re-election.

  29. JeffG says:

    Seattle’s $13/hour minimum wage likely cost jobs, hours:

    The number of jobs paying <$19/hour declined 7% while the average number of hours per employee declined 9%.  538 reports: “Crucially, the negative impact of lost jobs and hours more than offset the benefits of higher wages — on average, low-wage workers earned $125 per month less because of the higher wage, a small but significant decline.”


    Last year California Democrats voted along party lines to institute a statewide $15 minimum wage which takes effect in increments through 2022-23.

  30. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    Readers of my Live Music in the North State column, I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off to work on “admin” tasks for my upcoming album. Thanks for checking in, and thanks for supporting our local music scene.

  31. cheyenne says:

    As I predicted the GOP have shelved their repeal of the ACA.  As with the supposed future attacks on Medicare and SSN they are much ado about nothing.  Arizona Republic ran an article that for a single person to rent a studio apartment they would have to earn $12 an hour.  They showed costs in other states and in California a single person would have to make $20 plus to afford a studio.

  32. cheyenne says:

    What brought over $39 billion to the economy, $3.9 billion in taxes, to Colorado(Hint, it wasn’t marijuana).  It was outdoor recreation and tourism.  In much smaller Wyoming outdoor recreation and tourism brings in half a billion, the second biggest income generator after mineral extraction.  Redding, gateway to the north state, has never, in my opinion, promoted fully the natural wonder of the north state.  Instead of looking at how Colorado does marijuana look at how they do all year outdoor recreation and tourism.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Yeah, well….I hear ya, but I harken from Steamboat Springs, CO.  When it was 112°F with a hot wind in Redding and going outdoors felt like waking around in a convection oven, it was about 85°F in Steamboat and about 90°F in Bend and Tahoe.  I wanted to be anywhere but here.

      But even so, too many people think of Redding as a gas station inside of a blast furnace that they endure on their way to some place fun.  Some of the best trout fishing in the continental U.S., right here in town.  On a day like today, the Redding area is fantastic.  One of the only reservoirs you’ll find that doesn’t get drawn down every year to expose a wide bathtub ring of bare dirt, just west of town.  A beautiful and under-visited National Park an easy morning drive east of town.  One of the best and least crowded networks of mountain biking trails in the nation, west of town.  A landmark bridge and museum*/arboretum complex in the middle of town, on a stunning stretch of river running clear and cold (usually).  Redding doesn’t do a great job of promoting itself.

      *I was at at Turtle Bay yesterday.  The Joaquin Miller exhibit is fascinating. I’d had no idea what that guy had seen and done in early California—I just thought he was some frontier yarn spinner.

      • name says:

        that guy’s book about the Mt Shasta/Yreka area is fascinating.  It sounds like he could have embellished things a bit, but he tells some great stories about the early days there, with a lot of info from the Indian’s perspective

    • Common Sense says:

      The Entire Administration is at Tipping Point Gary…..not just an Agenda…..with more Staff and Cabinet Member adding Attorneys….the writing is on the wall… don’t double up on Attorney’s if you have done nothing wrong!

      The Boyz have been squawking and the deals are being cut right now….It’s any ones bet whether there will be 1 or 3 different Indictments……time will tell…..

      On things for sure…..It’s not the Summer of Love in Washington!

      It’s the Great Divide….the real question is….how do we come together again and make progress in this Country…..once this is all cleared out….1-1.5 years from now….and who will be leading our Country?….

  33. cheyenne says:

    And in news that has nothing to do with President Trump or billions of marijuana dollars, Tim Tebow passed Michael Jordan for most minor league home runs.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I think you mean that Touchdown Timmy passed Jordan’s home run total.

      The minor league HR record is still held by catcher Crash Davis of the Durham Bulls.

      • cheyenne says:

        Actually the single season minor league home run record is 66, set by a Salt Lake City Bee player, I don’t remember his name, and he had the number 66 on his apartment door.  Though this was pre 1962 when record keeping began so it is very possible a fictional Crash Davis holds the record.  Especially if Russian hackers, this was during the Cold War, were around.  I do know in 1962 my brother was stationed in Turkey and monitored broadcasts out of Russia.

  34. Common Sense says:

    Merck the latest Casualty in the Cyber War…..The New War is here…..It’s a Digital War…….this Virus/Hacking was followed back to N. Korea….. It’s hard to get a grip on this new Battlefield if you spend your time denying it…..

  35. cheyenne says:

    In the latest #45 news, a 2020 President Trump reelection fundraiser brought in $10 million.  On the other side the Democratic fundraiser for their 2020 presidential candidate brought in, oops, the Dems don’t have a 2020 presidential candidate.

    • Common Sense says:

      Yep…and along with that $10 Million in Fund Raising Cash comes yet another Lawsuit!…..Your boy there keeps digging himself deeper and deeper…..and at the rate he is going….that money will be spent on yet ANOTHER Attorney……..Defending all that Fake News is Getting Awfully Expensive!

      Two Words…. Emoluments Clause

      • cheyenne says:

        Actually #45 is not my boy, I didn’t vote for him.  And I have better things to do than spend my day googling for the latest dirt on Trump.

  36. Steve Murray says:

    Is LaMalfa going to be in town this holiday weekend? Think he is going to meet with his constituents from whom  he is trying to take their healthcare ?? I’ll give him full credit if he does, but I’ll bet he doesn’t.

  37. Beverly Stafford says:

    I’ll start July.  I hope to read a Femme de Joie restaurant review soon.  It’s been too long.

  38. Common Sense says:

    And people wonder why the common folk don’t trust most Politicians?

    Gov Christie Enjoys the Beach…..that he closed to the “Public”

    • cheyenne says:

      I hope he wasn’t wearing a speedo, God that would be ugly.

    • nombre says:

      Hey, it is New Jersey, and the people there are used to that, and expect it.  If their Governor (and anyone else) was not abusing the system, then things would be seriously out of whack.  Start to worry for the country as a whole if the graft, corruption, and back-room deals in NJ suddenly go away.  This is a proven fact with that State – the most corrupt of all 50.   I have read extensively on the subject.  The whole reason Gov Christie rose up the ranks in the first place was that he as allegedly against all of that.

  39. cheyenne says:

    Signs the Apocalypse is upon us.  If this came out of Wyoming I would shrug it off as business as usual but it came out of Fort Collins, a liberal college educated Colorado town.  A group has started a GoFund me request to put up a billboard that the Earth is actually flat.  They say they have scientific proof of this and claim 40,000 subscribers to their you tube video with over 7 million viewers world wide.  It is all reported in the Denver Post.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      My knee-jerk reaction to this is that it’s trolls, making fun of paranoid, anti-intellectual, anti-science, regressive-right conspiracy theorists.  It’s not.  It’s actually paranoid, anti-intellectual, anti-science, regressive right conspiracy theorists.

      At the foundation is a shared anxiety that the heliocentric solar system and spherical Earth as a tiny rock in the universe suggest that we’re not special.

      It’s okay, snowflakes. You don’t have to adopt the absurd belief that you live in a flat glass-domed specimen display case to think you’re special.  You’re special.

  40. Common Sense says:

    I have seen a couple posts about this new “Movement”……..and really I am a loss for words on the Subject!

    They might want to focus a little more attention on the Cyber Warfare that is going on and put some energy behind what it will take to get THAT under control!

    I think Convincing the City of Redding To Allow Cannabis Businesses in-and them allowing that, stands a better chance of success than trying to get the Mass of the Population to believe the earth is indeed Flat!!

  41. Common Sense says:

    Wake up Call going out to Every Amercian that can read and write and comprehend…..the Cyber War is in full Motion!

    Hackers penetrated the Energy Companies!

    Think that doesn’t matter?….Think again…….if you can control the Nuke Power Plants….that’s some pretty good Leverage!

    • #Truthismessy says:

      Nothing new, Tom Brokaw even wrote a book about this 2 years ago:


      Let us not forget it was America, under the direction of Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama, that escalated cyber warfare from espionage & harassment to physical attacks on infrastructure via stuxnet.

  42. cheyenne says:

    And in Colorado the new motto is smoke a joint, it is for the kids.  Schools get $300 million from pot taxes, as the Deer Trail administrator, who is getting $23 million for a new school, stated “I don’t care where the money is coming from if it gets a new school”.  Deer Trail is the town that wanted to sell “Drone” hunting licenses but was blocked by the Obama administration, perhaps Trump will allow it.

  43. Common Sense says:

    And in Research news not related to all that Cannabis Tax money coming in we find this!

    Israel is light years ahead of the USA in Research…..

  44. Common Sense says:

    Prevezon says….the deal was just too Good not to take!….Imagine that!

    The Department of Justice made an abrupt decision to settle a money laundering case being handled by that same attorney in the Southern District of New York.

    Let’s see here…..Mr. Sessions failed to disclose his meetings with the Russians….then the Dept of Justice mysteriously settles a case for pennies on the dollar to do with money laundering…..mmmm

    That Nothing Burger….it has cheese on it now…..It’s a 4×4 with Cheese on it…….Fries and shake are next R.V!

  45. Common Sense says:

    And in other News….Nothing to do with the Current Administrations Issues……Hemp may be the future of Medicines….

  46. cheyenne says:

    Denver Post reports that the new norm in marijuana sales is over $100 million a month in Colorado.  Over 90% is recreational sales.  That’s where the money is, not in medical marijuana.  So quit the sob stories about denying Granma her medicine.

  47. Common Sense says:

    Eyeing the Future, California City Poised to take in $11 Million + in Sales Tax Revenues in the not too distant future!

    Land that was selling for $5000 an acre 10 years ago….now it’s $50k an acre…..home prices up……Hundreds of Jobs to be created.

    See how they did it.…….

    This forward thinking community put it to the Voters to Decide……Do you want Millions of Dollars to come in for the city to work with? Do you want more jobs?…..they said YES……74% of the Critical Thinkers there…..

  48. Common Sense says:

    Carter Slade has it right…..if you are going to have a Real Discussion on the topic of, “should we allow Cannabis Businesses in Redding”…put together a Strong Panel! Have some Numbers available….What kind of Money are we talking about? Why has the City NOT done a study on the Millions in potential tax revenues yet?

    It is OBVIOUS that Mr. Weaver has a Strong Bias…..Probably other Council Members also?

    Kathy Grindstaff has a REAL Bias….that is Apparent also! Her Statistics were off…..Fake news mostly…

    Just the fact that people call it weed…. “Pot” etc…shows an Inherent Bias! It’s Cannabis! Always has been…..the name was changed to slang terms to demean it years ago….

    The Real Question IS….do we want this or NOT?…..then the rest falls into place……YES or NO?

    If the answer is YES….then…. let’s get into the Details!…..

    Can the city use the money? Yes or no…..?

    Stop wasting time on the details…..the work needs to be done on the YES or NO….then the rest…..

  49. Common Sense says:

    #45 Trying to Distance himself from his own Son-In-Law…… History is in the making!

    All those “nothing burgers” are going to feed a large city soon!

  50. Steve Murray says:

    Hey Doni or others, where to buy kitchen gear any more? Seems these valuable stores just fade away, do we have to buy everything on line?

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      Depends on what you’re looking for, of course, but Bed, Bath, and Beyond is one source smaller items – pots, pans, kitchen tools.  For more commercial type items, Newell’s on Railroad Avenue might be a place to look.

    • Dick says:

      Kitchen Collection in the Shasta Outlets in Anderson is worth to check out. (I think that’s what the outlets are called these days?).

  51. Common Sense says:

    In Weed We Trust…..or To Weed we see it as Bust?

    The City of Redding has held 2 Cannabis Forum Meetings now. They appear to want to “Talk” about what it may look like IF they allowed Cannabis Businesses to operate in the City of Redding.

    This weeks panel included a very Biased Lady that had her Facts all wrong……we shall call those….Alternative Facts…and a Dispensary Owner from SLC. Both presented information along with many from the audience….

    With SLC taking in approx $450k in Cannabis Sales Sax Revenues last year with a Population of approx 10k……it makes sense that Redding with a Population of approx 9.5 Times this…..would do Considerably More!

    Panels and Forums are great and all that….but if you are SERIOUSLY going to consider….Hire a Cannabis Expert to Tell you what the Real Projected Numbers can be!….Big difference between 500k….and 5 Million a year!

    Creating new Jobs….YES….that is a given….again….big difference between 50 new Jobs….and 500!

    What we do know for a fact…..Real estate values have gone up by as much as 3X over Pre Cannabis Legalization days in other states such as Colorado /Ore and Wash! Three times!…so that means more money to the County Tax Collector not to mention owners now having properties worth Millions of dollars more!

    We also know that Legalized states have Less Problems with the Opiates …that probably scares the hell out of the RX industry….but…so far….no one has beat Mother Nature!

    • Carter Slade says:

      The “weed nazi ” lady (tongue pressed firmly in cheek) was evidence that the panel is mostly a feeble attempt at smoke and mirrors. Yes,she has a right to her opinion as she claimed  but give it from the audience as a naysayer and not as one of the workshop hosts.  If your a full fledged card carrying Reefer Madness member, quietly vote no and let’s move on to the next obstacle.

      Having the city lawyer leading the panel and a dispensary owner sitting next to him his side reeks of “we have no clue to what we are doing…” Especially when the dispensary owner is one of 3 located in Lake Shasta City who combined, are seen by some as a ruthless monopoly that was accidentally created when Redding itself banned dispensaries in 2011. Now we have all together on a city approved work shop/panel-  the city lawyer, a Reefer Madness grandma and a cannabis storefront queen who Im sure would love to open a store here in Redding and they are all telling us –We’re here for you...”

      it all reminds of a story- Once there was this little girl, Lucy. She had a football and a friend named Charlie…


      • Common Sense says:

        I agree…everyone has the right to his or her own Opinion…..just not their Own Facts!

        Quite OBVIOUS that Ms. Grindstaff was there to Spout her preconceived, it’s the Devils Drug -Refer Madness Rhetoric!

        I find it quite interesting that no one brought this important statement to the table….. If you guys end up NOT allowing this….and the Millions in Tax Revenues that could come into our beleaguered city….WHAT is your PLAN to Offset the Lost Opportunites? What is your Plan to create the hundreds of jobs that were lost by saying No? What is your Plan to offset the Lost Millions in Tax Money??? 

        God is Great….but I am guessing….even Bethel can’t keep up with the kind of Tax Money the City would be looking at by saying Yes!

        As some of the Panel speakers said…..the information is out there….it’s on the Internet….you just have to do the Research!…..

      • Marc Carter says:

        Ha ha! I think you have it about right, Carter. Including the local RM woman who usually marches out and makes an appearance at such meetings.

  52. Common Sense says:

    Note to anyone that just sent in their check to #45’s Re election campaign…..just send it to his Attorneys for his defense….because that is where your money went!

    Only a guy that does what he has done…would take it a step further…..and cook up a re election rouse to generate some big bucks so HE didn’t have to pay his hundreds of thousands in legal fees out of HIS pocket!

    LOL….you have to give him Credit…..he knows how to Manipulate those with no Critical Thinking Skills!

    • Gary Tull says:


      Sure smells of illegitimate manipulation of so called re-election campaign funds to me. I find it amazing how deaf, dumb & blind many can willingly be.

      Trump supporters do not follow the news because their leader tells them it is fake. They don’t read the news, so the only news they get is from a deranged man-child who sends tweets in the middle of the night (How creepy is that?), and of course one TV news station that coddles him.

      • Common Sense says:

        And they thought they knew him……he doesn’t know himself……his Pathology runs the show….he won’t change….he can’t……it’s his Pathology that dictates what he says…what he does….A Cow is a Cow….a Horse is a Horse… can’t tell them to change either!

  53. Richard Christoph says:

    I have attended both meetings and have both of them to be informative as well as interesting, particularly the unique and entertaining verbal delivery of Mr. Slade who despite getting some of his facts wrong (Rick Duvernay was the attorney for the City of Redding, NOT Shasta County, and Barry Dewalt replaced him as city attorney when Mr. Duvernay retired) was a visual treat with his long beard and cowboy hat. It was good to finally put a face with the name.

    Having been a proponent of legalization for more than 50 years, the topic of cannabis has always been of interest to me, and especially now that implementation is finally near.  Though several of the previous commenters have expressed skepticism regarding the City Council and city management regarding their intent, my view is that these symposia have been presented in a sincereeffort to solicit input from all stakeholders (and yes, even Ms. Grindstaff has some valid concerns) and to gather as much data as possible from knowledgeable parties so that intelligent and workable policies can be formulated. Mr. Dewalt, Dr. Vaupel, Ms. Garzot, and Ms. Grindstaff  were all available for questions from the audience, and in turn asked questions themselves of some of the more knowledgeable, experienced, and civil audience members who spoke.  Unfortunately, some in attendance were incredibly rude, loud, disruptive, and reflected poorly on those who came to support a reasonable approach to this Brave New World.

    Three Council members and our new City Manager were present and attentive to the presentation, so time will tell what influence the data may have had.  The 3rd symposium promises to be valuable as well.

  54. cheyenne says:

    In Colorado the courts have ruled that a drug sniffing dog is not sufficient evidence for a search because the dog cannot tell it’s handler whether it is sniffing marijuana, a legal drug, or an illegal drug like heroin or meth.

  55. Beverly Stafford says:

    Now that “repeal and replace” appears to be dead, can “build the wall” be far behind?

    • Carter Slade says:

      And Obama care will be left to die a slow death.  I guess it wasn’t that great to begin with eh? At least the guy is trying, which is more than anyone can say about the last 3 admins now isn’t it?

      • cheyenne says:

        If Anthem pulls out of the ACA, which they have said they will, Obamacare is dead in Wyoming as there will be no ACA carriers left in the state.  As far as a wall, one might be built on the Colorado/Wyoming border as both state are accusing each other for selling products that are legal in one state and illegal in the other.  MJ in Colorado and fireworks in Wyoming.  A good case can be made for which of the two is more deadly.

  56. Common Sense says:

    So what Does Jill Stein have to do with the whole Russian Fiasco?….we might be finding out here in the near future! Remember she was at a dinner a while back with Putin! Her and Michael Flynn attended a Dinner in Russia prior to the election….

    Plan B Perhaps?

  57. Common Sense says:

    Well, we learned one thing recently….when you attack a Truck Driver Carrying Flammable Products….he is going to Protect His CARGO! Unbelievable an Assistant Chief of the Local C.H.P was involved in this Altercation!

    Stopping your Car to block a Semi Truck on a BUSY Road? FAIL!!!   Hitting the Truck Driver? FAIL!!

    What an Embarrassment to the Local CHP!! No wonder it didn’t hit the News for a WEEK!

    If he is not Fired……people will not trust Law Enforcement anymore after something like this! Anderson Boy or not!

    Totally Unacceptable!

    I am guessing that Truck Driver had some Boxing Classes in his school line up!

    Can you imagine what was going through his mind!…Someone trying to JACK his 20.000 gallons of Gas!

  58. Truthismessy says:

    And in news you probably didn’t see, the Trump administration has likely succeeded in his campaign pledge to lower the $350 billion US-China trade deficit by reaching an agreement in which China opens its doors to US agriculture:

    Rice, for the first time ever!

    Beef, for the first time since 2003

    Also hammered out new deals on soybeans & pork


    25% of US rice comes from Northern California, with the majority of that coming from Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Sutter, & Yolo counties.  China consumes enough rice to go through California’s entire yearly output in just 5 days!

  59. Common Sense says:

    The Implosion of the Presidency of #45……

    Now with Spicey out….Kelly Ann in the Background picking out her next Red White and Blue Outfit…..Look for Reince Priebus to leave or be forced out.

    Hard to tell if it will be Sessions or Priebus next….it’s a toss up at this Carnival…..

    John Dowd one of 45’s “Remaining” Attorneys said Mueller Shouldn’t be Investigating his Financial Transactions “the transactions are well beyond any statute of limitation imposed by the United States Code.’”…..a Clear Inference to financial crimes in the past…

    History in the Making folks…… We are now up to “Nothing Burgers for the whole City”…..pretty soon….enough to feed the entire state!

  60. Common Sense says:

    Jill Stein has Trump Like Meltdown!

    Perhaps you noticed in 2016 the Dinner in Russia with Putin and Michael Flynn and Jill Stein, perhaps you didn’t….but one thing is for sure….when Stein was asked late last week to Turn over ALL her communications with Trump JR-by the Senate…..she went Ballistic.

    So why WOULD a Politician go Bonkers over a simple Request?………The Plot Thickens!

    The Truth…..It never needs defending……

    • Larry Winter says:

      I’m calling your bluff you made in your last sentence…

      The RT dinner was actually in 2015, and she wasn’t asked by the Senate Committee to turn anything over.  Trump Jr. was told to turn over any correspondence with Stein, if there is any.  From The Hill  “But investigators seem to be casting a wider net by asking Trump Jr. for “all communication to, from or copied to you relating to” a long list of individuals that include Stein.”

      She did tweet a response  “The notion I communicated with Trump Jr is laughable. This whole thing is an obvious smear designed to generate a fake news feeding frenzy.”

      Hardly a meltdown, or did I miss something?

      • Common Sense says:

        You are correct Larry! The Dinner was in 2015…..and Flynn and Stein were in Russia at that dinner with Putin…….a person with a little common sense would ask themselves….What were they Doing there?……It’s pretty clear they were there to discuss adoptions…right?

        • Larry Winter says:

          Every point you made in your comment was wrong, not just the date of the dinner.  And your questions insinuate dirty dealing without evidence is nothing better than smear tactics.

          Is it common sense to sound like a vigilante in a country of laws?

      • Common Sense says:

        The Meltdown? The Administration…..the Disgust at being dragged into the fire….yep…that’s Jill….so why Was she at that Meeting?

  61. Common Sense says:

    Buy an Apartment in one of #45’s Properties and the Laundry Services are FREE!

    Drip Drip Drip…..Tick Tick Tick……

  62. cheyenne says:

    I like the editorial cartoons.  Pelosi, the Democrats, the liberals and some posters are calling, “Impeach!  Impeach! Impeach!”  Meanwhile #45 is calling “Jobs!  Jobs!  Jobs!”  And behind the scenes Sanders and Biden are sitting on a park bench discussing their next move.  Only problem is their hearing aids don’t work.  Fake news, of course, they’re cartoons.

  63. Common Sense says:

    Now the In fighting starts……Putin is not very happy with his Installed Puppet…..he couldn’t get the sanctions lifted….in fact the Republican Majority Senate took away some of #45’s power now to ease Sanctions! So the infighting is just beginning…..the ship is sinking and the skipper is insulting his own party……it won’t be long now….every ship with large holes in it sinks sooner or later…..and More Leaks are Coming!

    How many crew members are going down with it?

    Sessions or Priebus are next to Join Spicey…..You can’t fire Mueller with Sessions still in place after Recusing himself…….

    And let us all remember… can’t Pardon your way out of any State Indictments…..Federal possibly….State…not a chance!

    Tick tick tick…….the fuse is getting shorter………sssssst

  64. Common Sense says:

    When things get really tough…..the tough go on Vacation for how long?…Wow……let’s hope he doesn’t take a Vacation that long…..He has already golfed more in 6 months than Obama did in 3 years!

  65. cheyenne says:

    Doni, you can ban me if you want but it has to be said.  Anews comment section is becoming more like the Searchlight where one or two commenters take over the comments with endless drivel repeated.  Especially when one commenter posts more words than the article itself.  There are several commenters on here, like me, that will write a column using our real name and posting our opinions which not everybody agrees on.  Just saying.

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      Amen, Cheyenne.  You have expressed my thoughts precisely.  Not only are the comments endless drivel, they are put in bold type, apparently to make us readers understand their importance.  We may both be banned from now on.

      • We’re aware of the issues that have developed in the comments section, and are working on it. Until then, you’d never be banned for bringing something to our attention, and sharing your opinions about it.

        Beverly, you are one of our original members of the A News family, and a regular, civilized commenter, so you can bet that when you have a concern, we listen.

        It’s a delicate dance between embracing free speech and allowing the site’s comment section to become an unfriendly, negative, argumentative and unwelcoming place.

        The good news is that A News is gaining more traffic and attracting more commenters. The bad news is that with it has come some people whose comments don’t pass the sniff test.

        This Convo Cafe, a place I envisioned as a community forum, has also been hijacked as a place for rants.

        We are reluctant to turning to a moderation format, for many reasons, the most primary of which is that’s not the highest and best use of staff time.

        One thing we can do is remove the greatest offenders, but that turns into a whack-a-mole situation as they morph into new accounts.

        We hear you, and are open to suggestions. We are frustrated, too.

        Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns.

    • I hear you, Cheyenne. See my comment above, to Beverly. Of course I won’t ban you for sharing your thoughts on this vexing topic.

      We’re working on a solution, and are open to suggestions. Thank you, Cheyenne.

  66. cheyenne says:

    One suggestion might be to use Facebook accounts for posters.  Anonymous trolls hate Facebook because it removes their anonymity.  Many sites have done this.  In the old days, pre digital, one would write a letter to the editor and not only would have to use their real name but leave a phone number so the editor could call and make sure they wrote the letter.  Most of us posters on Anews, even if we use a different name are known to all and I don’t think anyone would object to using Facebook.

  67. George T. Parker says:

    I don’t think we’ve heard from Femme de Joie since March. Has she gone on sabbatical? I miss her reviews. I love her conversational tone, and the background she always delivers on the local food scene.

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