New Sources Shed Light on Allegations of Domestic Violence Endured by Missing Shasta County Woman, Nikki Saelee-McCain

Nikki Saelee-McCain is missing, and the 39-year-old Shasta County woman’s close-knit family is frantic with worry. Their last communication with Nikki was on Sat., May 18, when she texted her younger sister Chloe Saelee, at about 12:35 a.m. Nikki’s brief… Continue Reading


Northern California Tribes Fight to Protect Maidu Ancestral Land in Plumas National Forest from Destructive Rainbow Gathering  

Editor’s note: At 5 p.m. on July 11, 2024, for clarity’s sake, A News Cafe removed some text from this story. We regret any confusion.  On the afternoon of June 26, Edna Lepe sat in the Chevron gas station parking… Continue Reading


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