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Hill Country Health and Wellness Center in Round Mountain Designated a Level Three Patient-Centered Medical Home

Hill Country Health and Wellness Center has been nationally recognized by NCQA (the National Committee for Quality Assurance) as a “Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home”. Level 3 is the highest level attainable for a medical practice. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, [...]

Artist’s Drawing Workshops with Artist-in-Residence James Kuiper

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is pleased to announce a series of drawing workshops for people of all ages and abilities led by Artist-in-Residence James Kuiper.  Join Mr. Kuiper at various park locations, and learn to see Whiskeytown in new ways through art.  Art supplies will be provided for the first 8 participants.  If you have [...]

Mistress of the Mix: The Smile Experiment

I’m conducting a scientific experiment. It’s really not that scientific. I’m not clad in a white smock, there’s no laboratory filled with bubbling beakers, and there’s no control group. But I’ve got a hypothesis, and I’m testing it out. And I think you should join me. There’s been so much talk in these parts lately [...]

Or So it Seems … Jobs from Hell

Now you know you’re underpaid but the boss says you ain’t He speeds up the work ’til you’re ’bout to faint You may be down and out, but you ain’t beaten You can pass out a leaflet and call a meetin’ Talk it over, speak your mind Decide to do somethin’ about it Pete Seeger, [...]

A Modest Proposal

This is a letter I sent a few days ago to a member of the Board of Supervisors of Shasta County. Disclaimer:  I do not grow marijuana or use marijuana, nor do I represent anyone who is in or seeks to be in the marijuana growing business.  I just think that the county is passing [...]

Redding’s Increase in Crime, Transients, Street People, the Homeless; Something’s Got to Give

My personal wake-up call that Redding was potentially unsafe happened two-and-a-half years ago when someone hurled a cinder block through the window of my locked Prius to steal my purse. When I wrote about it, the story had 50 comments from many of you expressing your frustration, or sharing similar stories. (You can read it here.) I [...]

Or So it Seems … That’s Gross, Gilbertson

This column is dedicated to my brother-in-law, Keith, who passed on this week. He was, without a doubt, one of the brightest, funniest, and most creative men I’ve ever met. Even though he’s gone, the stories of his exploits will long survive him. One of my favorite memories was his idea for a TV show [...]

Menu Please: Taj Mahal – Delicious Food, Incessant Service

Okay, a show of hands, please: who remembers the Cypress Street Bridge construction? Whoa! A LOT of you. Wasn’t that fun? Trying to figure out where the stop lights were, which lane was which, and God help you if you had to cross the bridge during the noon hour.  It’s been completed for a few years [...]

UPDATE: Gas Leak Repaired; Roads Open, Evacuations Lifted

UPDATE:  According to KRCR, road closures were lifted this a.m. after PG&E repaired the broken gas line at about 7 a,m. ### Thursday p.m.: The first call about the gas leak near Shasta Regional Medical Center Thursday night came from an ambulance crew, shortly after 9 p.m. “They heard hissing and smelled gas,” said Steve [...]

Mistress of the Mix: Old School

To put it mildly, I was kind of a rebel back in the day. I was the kind of kid who liked to march to the beat of my own drum. I just thought I knew what was best for me, and nobody else was going to tell me what to do or how to [...]

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