For $1, Bar Breathalyzers Offer Fresh Thinking – Or Just Fun

On a recent Saturday night, a small crowd of bar patrons fluttered about the Castle Lounge, where Mike Schuette sat at the bar waiting out the effects of his last Jack and Coke before stepping up to the Alco-Buddy. “I’m… Continue Reading


Under 40, But Unseen: Young Leaders Get the Spotlight

In the Redding area, where many feel that the contributions of the under-age-40 population go unrecognized, recipients of the first round of “20 Under 40” awards have been applauded enthusiastically. When the Record Searchlight lined up the event, nominations were cast for… Continue Reading

Radical Change: Stillwater Lands Its First Tenant

It’s official. After a decade in the making, the industrial megaplex that is Stillwater Business Park has signed its first tenant. After agreeing to a non-binding letter of intent in November, which was passed by the city council in December,… Continue Reading


Unlocking the Doors to Shasta County’s History

On a cold December morning, the interior of the Shasta College Museum and Research Center looks not much like a museum — or a research center. A few cobwebs linger in the corners of the cold, locked interior. Rows of stocked file… Continue Reading

Council Approves Electric Rate Hike

Redding City Council members voted 4-1 to pass an average $9-per-month electric rate increase, with more hikes expected, during a lengthy, agenda-packed meeting Tuesday night. Paul Hauser, Redding Electric Utility director, explained that the electric rates would first climb by about $9 a… Continue Reading


Planning Commission Considers Turtle Bay Hotel Plan

 After a meeting that lasted more than four hours, Redding Planning Commissioners voted Tuesday evening to continue the discussion on Turtle Bay Exploration Park’s proposed hotel on Sept. 28. This would give the commissioners more time to gain additional information before deciding on the plan. The commissioners’ decision followed… Continue Reading


Greyhound Joins the Party at RABA’s Stop

There was an eerie feel at the Butte Street Greyhound bus station today. Lights were turned off. The iconic blue “Bus” signs hung, serving no purpose. Nary a passenger lingered outside the building. Greyhound Lines Inc. closed the Butte Street… Continue Reading


Waders On, Spray Gun Loaded in War on Arundo

Enveloping the riparian areas along the many waterways of Shasta County is the sort of lush greenery that makes living in the far north state enviable. But some of that vegetation, like the invasive, creek-choking arundo plant, puts its environment in… Continue Reading