Pursuit for Truth About Anderson Police Chief’s Paid Leave Plagued by Lack of Transparency

A News Café received multiple tips in recent weeks that Anderson Police Department’s Chief of Police Jon Poletski was placed on leave, and his peace officer powers were suspended. In the search for answers regarding Chief Poletski, this reporter dug… Continue Reading


Judge Temporarily Denies Local Lawman’s Request for Dismissal from Dog Mauling Civil Rights Lawsuit

Etna Police detective and local jiu-jitsu teacher Nathan Mendes is the lone defendant in a civil rights lawsuit stemming from a Sept. 3, 2021 dog mauling incident suffered by then 18-year-old plaintiff Ryder Klenk. The dog mauling occurred in an… Continue Reading


Reverge Anselmo Gives Another $250,000 to Right-Wing PAC That Donates to State of Jefferson Candidate

Win Carpenter is ramping up his campaign to run for the District 3 Shasta County Supervisor seat. Carpenter will be running against long-time incumbent, Mary Rickert, who recently announced she planned to run for a third term. The Carpenter and… Continue Reading


Mosquito Board Appointment Another Example of Shasta County’s Far-Right Preference for Subpar Selections

News of the appointment of Jon Knight — right-wing extremist, QAnon conspiracy theorist, and Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack attendee — to the Shasta County Mosquito and Vector Control board by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors went viral in… Continue Reading


Confederate Flag-Waving Cottonwood Militia Leader Describes ‘Suspicious’ SUV’s with ‘Black Guys’

In a recent video podcast, Paul “Woody” Clendenen, the founder and leader of the Cottonwood Militia, shared a story about suspicious “black guys” and SUV’s that recently parked just outside his home in Cottonwood. As was recently reported on A… Continue Reading


2 Secessionist Movements Vie to Split California; 1 Group’s Leader Aims for Shasta County CEO Seat

All kinds of flags dotted the sky at the “Stop the Steal” protest event that boiled over into the attack on the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. A few attendees waved the Confederate flag. Others held up the… Continue Reading


Straight Outta Cottonwood: The Story of Northern California’s Outlaw MAGA Militia

Militias have become increasingly active in the last few years, including in Shasta County. Modern United States militias are categorized by the Southern Poverty Law Center under its hate-groups umbrella as extremist organizations that have evolved into a far-right paramilitary… Continue Reading