The Supervisor Talks Back: District 3’s Mary Rickert on the Recall Movement and Rural Life

The following Q&A is a transcript from the Saturday, July 17 episode of Common Ground Radio, co-hosted by Christian Gardenier and R.V. Scheide. (Tune in 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays to KCNR 96.5 FM/1460AM.) This transcript has been edited… Continue Reading


Shasta County’s Marijuana Problem, Part 2

James Benno wants his stuff back. All of it, everything that was confiscated for evidence or destroyed after the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force raided his Happy Valley medical marijuana collective in 2014, including but not limited to his dignity.… Continue Reading


Shasta County’s Marijuana Problem, Part 1

Next Monday, unless the Shasta County District Attorney’s office pulls a rabbit out of its hat, local medical marijuana cultivator and activist James Benno and his two sons will walk out of the courthouse free men, completely exonerated of all… Continue Reading


Get Benno! Shasta County Snuffs Out Medical Marijuana — And Gun Rights, Too?

Sometimes, I wonder what the Shasta County Board of Supervisors and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office have been smoking. Wasn’t it just six months ago they were telling voters that Measure A, by totally banning all outdoor medical marijuana cultivation… Continue Reading


Sheriff Bosenko Receives Recognition from CRPA

Sheriff Tom Bosenko will receive the Peace Officer of the Year award from the California Rifle and Pistol Association. Rick Travis, Field Director of CRPA, offered Bosenko congratulations. “CRPA annually recognizes and honors a Peace Officer in California for work they’ve… Continue Reading

Evacuation Area Expands as Officials Prepare to Incinerate Home Packed With Explosives

An evacuation zone surrounding a mobile home just west of Redding city limits that is packed with more than 60 pounds of explosives and other volatile chemicals was expanded to 2,000 feet Friday morning as authorities finalize plans to torch… Continue Reading