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  • Menu Please: Fire and Pizza at Cinders

    In his 1983 book “Third Helpings,” journalist Calvin Trillin investigated the infamous Fried Chicken Wars of Crawford County, Kansas. It seems that Chicken Annie had made a name for herself in the 1930s until 1943, when Chicken Mary opened up her fried chicken palace at the corner where customers turned off the main road to [...]

    March in the Garden & North State Calendar of Gardening Events

    As spring rises, so do my gardening urges – dreams and plans. Thankfully, the older I get – and it’s a nice round number for me this year – the more deeply I care about some things, and the far less I care about others. This is true in all facets of my life. I [...]

    Solar-powered Canals – Are They the Future in California?

    Governor Brown’s recently announced plan to have California derive 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 has opened the door for bold ideas to help achieve this. Carl Weidert, a retired, self-employed biologist who lives in Shingletown, has spent years garnering interest in his idea of utilizing California’s canals as solar arrays [...]

    The Kindness of Highlanders

    Two traits I’ve noticed about Highlanders are that they look out for each other, and they know everything about each other. The first is a consequence of remoteness – so far away from “civilization,” people have drawn together and helped each other out for generations. The second thing can go either way – there are [...]

    New West Side Trail Connection

    The Westside Trail is a gem, a multi-faceted gem. The main trail and its access trails provide more than 8 miles of adventure, the destination of which are the vistas provided by traveling along the ridge, which is the western skyline of the city Redding. This trail is the result of the vision of a [...]

    Lassen Volcanic National Park Opens Park Highway to the Devastated Area

      Photo from Lassen NPS Visitors can now drive to the Devastated Area, ten miles from the north entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park. ” Beyond the Devastated Area visitors will find snow depths of two to three feet and excellent spring-like skiing conditions,” stated Acting Park Superintendent Steve Gibbons. We hope many of our [...]

    Shrove Tuesday in the Garden and the Coop

    My hens are laying up a storm now that storms have arrived in our part of the world. I welcome both! Shrove Tuesday is February 17th this year, so the Lenten Season is here. Every year Shrove Tuesday arrives – the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, the Catholic/Anglican/Episcopal 40-day season of [...]

    Lassen, Whiskeytown Offer Free Admission on Presidents’ Day Weekend

      To celebrate the connections between our national leaders and national parks, all 405 National Park Service sites will have free admission during Presidents Day weekend, February 14th through February 16th. “Every U.S. president has visited, resided in, or been honored in a national park,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. “Sites such as George Washington’s birthplace, Ulysses [...]

    Valentine’s Day is Saturday: Wine? Check. Flowers? Check. Fondue? Check it Out

    Oh, Valentine’s Day. You look so innocent – all sweetness, hearts and flowers. It’s unfortunate that such a seemingly simple day of love, friendship and affection has grown into a Godzilla-sized emotional super-power day of extremes. It can bring joy and elation. It can wreak sorrow and heartbreak. The same office where one woman cries [...]

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