Menuplease: A Little Slice of Paradise at El Paraiso

Generally Femme de Joie doesn’t linger long in Anderson. It’s a place she passes through on her way to someplace else. But recently she was bopping around the environs looking at thrift stores and second-hand junque places (junque being high-class… Continue Reading


Fish Steal the Show Saturday at Koi Club’s 2011 Pond Tour

“The Whale,” a 13-year-old yellow Ogon carp, lives peacefully in an aquatic sanctuary in Renee and Gary Ottsman’s Redding backyard. He’s the oldest of 15 fish that share the landscaped, precision-filtered pond that Renee and Gary excavated two years ago,… Continue Reading


Peddling News, Not Pedaling News

After a couple weeks on the bicycle beat, I’m giving the two-wheelers a rest (well, mostly) for today. I’ll be writing about upcoming bicycle races and events, including the return of a popular mountain bike racing series in coming weeks,… Continue Reading


Local-Focused Show Lures ‘Harlots’ to Shasta Fairgrounds

In 2009, when Monica Templeton closed “Monica’s Vintage Inspired,” her Athens Avenue shabby-chic emporium, a whole cadre of artists, jewelry designers and furniture up-cyclers lost a home. And Redding lost a place to discover one-of-a-kind, artful gifts and décor, in a place that felt like home.

It was only a matter of time before Templeton …
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Surviving This Arctic Blast, and the Next One

It’s cold. Way too cold for this thin-blooded California boy. I throw on a sweatshirt when the temperature drops below 70. Below freezing? Just get me to the tropics, will ya? But we’ll get through this cold snap and the… Continue Reading


As the Salmon Return, So Do the Festivals

This Saturday marks the 20th annual Return of the Salmon Festival at Coleman National Fish Hatchery, outside of Anderson. New this year is a street fair in downtown Anderson that will run in conjunction with the festival and serve as… Continue Reading