Shasta County Threat Assessment: Code Red as Publisher Threatened, Trans Students Endangered and Gateway Board Prepares to Hire Sketchy Superintendent

A local far-right radio host has called for the “public execution” of A News Café publisher Doni Chamberlain, who he claims “deserves” to be “hooked up to a car and dragged down the road” for being both a “communist” and… Continue Reading


Gateway Unified School District Board of Trustees Caves to Teacher’s Union Brown Act Complaint

On Thursday, in an emergency meeting called after the California Teachers Association alleged the Gateway Unified School District Board of Trustees had violated the Brown Act numerous times at its last meeting on Jan. 4, the Gateway Unified School District… Continue Reading


New Public School Board Chair’s Social Media Reveals Homophobic, Christian Nationalist, Anti-Public Education Beliefs

By now, everybody who follows the news in Shasta County knows the newly elected MAGA school board majority at Gateway Unified School District summarily fired its superintendent last Tuesday. After being sworn in the week before, new board members Cherrill… Continue Reading


Tuesday Night Massacre: Gateway Trustees Aim to Fire Superintendent, Hire Bryan Caples

At a hastily called special meeting Tuesday night, the newly elected anti-establishment majority on the Gateway Unified School District Board of Trustees plans to fire superintendent Jim Harrell. Harrell, a prominent member of Bethel, is in the ninth year of… Continue Reading


The Twitter Quitter, Chris Kelstrom Caves on the SOJ, and Shasta County’s Brain Drain

“Just deleted my Twitter account because Elon Musk has turned it into a rightwing cesspool,” I posted on Facebook one week ago today, and I still feel the better for it. I was worried I’d become addicted to watching the… Continue Reading


NOV. 11 ELECTION UPDATE: 21,000+ Still-uncounted Ballots; County Clerk Speaks Frankly About Election

Journalist R.V. Scheide and I spoke with Cathy Darling Allen, Shasta County’s Registar of Voters, late this afternoon, as the North State awaited the updated election counts. Darling Allen said she and her staff continue to count the remaining tens… Continue Reading