The Enemy Within: Ousted Shasta County GOP Chair Rats Out Own Committee

Don’t get mad, the saying goes. Get even. If that’s what recently ousted Shasta County GOP chair Dan Sloan was hoping for when he reported alleged campaign finance violations by the Shasta County Republican Central Committee to the California Fair… Continue Reading


P for Vendetta: Shasta County District 4 Supervisor Patrick Jones Strikes Out Twice in Attempt to Disqualify Judge from Gun Range Lawsuit

Considering their entire lifestyle is at stake, the Millville Plains residents suing Shasta County and District 4 Supervisor Patrick Jones over the supervisor’s proposed massive gun range project in the middle of their rural residential neighborhood aren’t asking for much.… Continue Reading


Can We Talk About Free Speech? Probably Not, But Here We Go Anyway!

A month-and-a-half ago, I wrote a story about two Palestinian exchange students who’ve been hosted by Shasta County families. Ali Alijamal, 15, hails from the war-torn Gaza Strip and currently attends Redding School for the Arts. Basel Abu Ramadan, 24,… Continue Reading


Shasta County District 1 Supervisor Kevin Crye to South American Asylum Seekers: Drop Dead

When it comes to the arc of the moral universe, I confess I was in the Ta-Nehisi Coates camp decades before he riffed off MLK in his 2015 bestseller, “Between the World and Me.”

And here we are now, in a state of chaos, confined to a box we might call Schrödinger’s County. We’re not binary liberal/conservative, left/right, Democrat/Republican. We’re all over the place, hundreds of chaotic collisions. It’s complicated. Continue Reading


After Losing Re-election, Will Shasta County District 4 Supervisor Patrick Jones Burn It All Down?

Most candidates coming off an unexpected 20-point shellacking by a political novice in a primary election might pause and reflect on what went wrong; what they might do differently next time. But not Shasta County District 4 Supervisor Patrick Jones.… Continue Reading


Lawsuit Alleges Shasta County Board of Supervisors’ Casino Sweetheart Deal Cost County Taxpayers Millions

A lawsuit filed Feb. 13 on behalf of Shasta County taxpayers alleges the 30-year intergovernmental agreement between Shasta County and the Redding Rancheria to provide public services to the Tribe’s proposed casino relocation project in Strawberry Fields is illegal. The… Continue Reading