Anderson Middle School students on distance learning Monday after fire
Anderson Middle School students will remain on distance-learning on Monday after a fire caused power outages on campus, school officials said.
The electrical fire started in the school’s solar connection, Cascade Union Elementary School District spokesperson Carolyn Phelps said in an announcement on Friday afternoon.
The fire caused power outages throughout the school, according to a notice posted on AMS’ Facebook page.
District staff will update parents regarding when students can return to in-person learning, Phelps said.
“A notification will be sent out Monday evening about the status of Tuesday,” the Facebook post said.
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– Jessica Skropanic
Redding Chamber of Commerce opposes recall effort of Shasta County supervisors
Wednesday, April 28
The Redding Chamber Commerce opposes the effort to recall Shasta County Supervisors Joe Chimenti, Leonard Moty and Mary Rickert, the business advocacy group announced Tuesday evening.
The chamber’s board of directors unanimously voted to oppose the recall following a recommendation from its political action committee.
In coming out against the recall, the chamber said collective decisions by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors to educate rather than enforce state COVID-19 guidelines has helped the local economy, which is reflected in the county’s unemployment rate trending lower than the rest of California. Shasta County’s unemployment rate in March was 7.5% compared with 8.2% in California.
The chamber also was critical of the estimated $200,000 to $400,000 cost for a special election to recall the supervisors, calling it unwise and not an effective use of public funds.
“Now is the time of accentuate the positive momentum in our community and focus on fostering a strong business climate, healthy local government, and vibrant community development,” the chamber said in a news release.
Meanwhile, the recall effort is on hold after Cathy Darling Allen, the county’s registrar of voters, said proponents of the recall did not include their signatures in the notices of intention published in the Record Searchlight newspaper. The decision was announced Monday.
Proponents now must start over if they want to proceed with the recall, Darling Allen said.
— David Benda
Coroner IDs man killed in crash in south Redding last week
Tuesday, April 27
The man killed last week when he was thrown from his motorcycle in a crash in south Redding was identified as Sammy Ray Hartzog, 59, of Millville, the Shasta County Coroner’s office said Tuesday.
The crash between the motorcycle and sedan happened last Wednesday afternoon near Railroad Avenue and Eugenia Avenue.
Investigators said Hartzog was on the motorcycle going south on Railroad Avenue at an unknown rate of speed, approaching the intersection of Eugenia Avenue.
The driver of a 2016 Toyota Avalon was getting ready to leave the the Owens Pharmacy parking lot on Eugenia when for unknown reasons, Hartzog lost control and was thrown from the bike and hit the sedan, investigators said.
Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the collision, investigators said. Hartzog was wearing a helmet and the people in the Toyota were wearing seatbelts, the Redding Police Department posted on Facebook.
— David Benda
Deputies help round up loose ram; owner cited
Saturday, April 24
It’s not every day a Shasta County sheriff’s deputy gets called to round up a loose ram.
That’s what happened the morning of April 16 when Shasta Lake Animal Control received a report of a loose goat near Deer Creek Road and Fort Peck Street, the sheriff’s office said.
But the animal turned out to be a full-grown ram with prominent horns.
Animal control wasn’t able to capture the wandering ram so deputies from the Shasta Lake station were contacted to help out.
“Along with Shasta Lake Public Works, they were able to corral him in to a nearby backyard located in the 4000 block of Fort Peck Street,” the sheriff’s office said.
The ram was returned to his residence on Red Bluff Street where the owner was cited, deputies said.
“Great job to everyone who helped get the ram safely back to his residence,” the sheriff’s office said.
— Mike Chapman
Whiskeytown calls for volunteers for Saturday cleanup
Friday, April 23
Staff at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Redding is looking for volunteers to help clean trash and debris in the park.
The “Whiskeytown the Beautiful Volunteer Cleanup” event kicks off Saturday morning.
Volunteers can register to attend and pick up litter. Those with a small boat might be asked to bring it.
Registration to join the cleanup effort is open through Friday afternoon. To register, email [email protected].
— Jessica Skropanic
Officials looking for car seen leaving area during fire
Saturday, April 17
Firefighters extinguished three vegetation fires that broke out Thursday and Friday in Redding.
The first was a spot fire reported at 10:03 a.m. Thursday behind Enterprise Park on Victor Avenue, and the Redding Fire Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a light blue sedan that was seen leaving the area during the fire. The vehicle is described as a four-door, late 1990s or early 2000s light blue Ford Taurus.
No one was injured in the incident, fire officials said in a statement.
The cause of that fire is under investigation. Anyone with information on who owns the car or where the car is, can contact the fire department at 530-225-4141.
The other two fires happened on Friday at homeless encampments. No one was injured in either of the fires. One was reported at 6:51 a.m. on the 1500 block of Riverside Drive and the other one was reported at 12:08 p.m. on the 8000 block of Eastside Road.
Fire crews contained the fire on Riverside Drive within 10 minutes and stayed behind for an hour to mop up. The fire on Eastside Road burned about a quarter of an acre of grass and brush. Firefighters knocked it down in about 20 minutes and took about 90 minutes to clean up.
— Jenny Espino
Shasta College to hold in-person graduation
Friday, April 16
Shasta College will hold an in-person commencement ceremony on May 21 at its Memorial Stadium while following social distancing guidelines and safety requirements, according to campus officials.
Anyone attending the ceremony will have to wear a mask while on district property and must have a ticket to enter campus. The college will limit the number of staff and faculty at the ceremony, and graduates will be limited to inviting two guests to attend. The college will livestream the event for those who are unable to attend in-person, according to a press release.
“With everything these students have endured and the resiliency they have shown, I feel that this year’s ceremony has special significance for everyone involved. I look forward to recognizing our graduate’s accomplishments and celebrating their achievements as they walk across the stage to receive their diploma,” President Joe Wyse said in the statement.
The college is still confirming details regarding the ceremony and anticipates that some details will be subject to change as the planning process progresses.
— Nada Atieh
Chico State to require dorm residents, athletes to be vaccinated
Thursday, April 15
Chico State University will require COVID-19 vaccines for students living on campus and student athletes starting this fall, the school announced Thursday.
The university wants to house about 1,800 students for the 2021-22 academic year, Chico State Emergency Operations Center Director Mike Guzzi said in a news release.
“Our plan is to open our residence halls at about 80% of full capacity, with two students in most rooms, in the fall. When athletics returns, our student-athletes will spend significant time together in shared facilities,” he said. “It’s critical that these two segments of the student population are vaccinated so we can safely plan for a full, lively Chico State in the fall 2021.”
Chico State officials said they will at a later date give students additional information about the application process to obtain medical or religious exemptions for the vaccine, and instructions for providing proof of vaccination.
Residence hall move-in dates are tentatively scheduled for Aug. 16-20. The university will require students living in the dorms to have received their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by July 30 in order to move in, Guzzi said.
For student-athletes, proof of vaccine will be required as part of their annual medical clearance that starts in June, the university said.
— David Benda
DA: Police shooting justified at Walmart Distribution Center in Red Bluff
Wednesday, April 14
Tehama County District Attorney Matthew Rogers made it official Tuesday, reaffirming a preliminary finding his office issued last July that police broke no laws in shooting to death the man who opened fire with a rifle at a Walmart distribution center in Red Bluff last year.
Louis Wesley Lane, 31, of Redding, was shot and killed by police after he opened fire on employees at the center on June 27, 2020.
Authorities said Lane killed one employee and injured four others in the incident. The man who died was identified as Martin Haro-Lozano of Orland.
According to law enforcement, Lane drove his SUV around the parking lot four times before crashing it into the front of the building and setting fire to the vehicle.
Armed with a semi-automatic rifle, Lane began firing indiscriminately at the dozens of employees in the area, law enforcement has said.
Rogers said Lane did not have alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of the shooting.
“The totality of this investigation did not establish a clear-cut motive for Lane’s actions,” Rogers said.
— David Benda
PG&E customers in Lakehead to temporarily lose power starting Saturday
Tuesday, April 13
Nearly 1,000 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers in Lakehead will lose power starting late Saturday night, so the utility can perform maintenance on substation equipment.
PG&E sent letters to customers who will be impacted by the power outage, scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. Saturday and last until 7 a.m. Sunday. The outage will impact 956 homes and businesses, the utility said in a news release.
Crews will perform maintenance inside the Antler Substation. PG&E needs to de-energized the substation to safely do the work, officials said.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may cause and have worked hard to keep the outage duration as short as possible so crews can safely complete this work,” Carl Schoenhofer, senior manager of PG&E’s North Valley Division, said in the news release.
— David Benda
Shasta County looking for grand jurors
Saturday, April 10
Shasta County residents are being recruited to serve on the 2021-22 grand jury.
The Shasta County Superior Court is asking interested residents to submit their names for possibly being nominated to the investigative body.
Superior Court judges will choose grand jurors from the applicants and other nominees as part of a 30-person prospective jury panel.
A random drawing will determine the 19 grand jurors, who serve for one year.
For more information, go to www.shastacountygrandjury.org.
The deadline to complete and submit applications and questionnaires is April 30.
The prospective grand jurors will be interviewed in mid-May and the 2021-22 grand jury will be impaneled on June 24.
— Mike Chapman
Shasta District Fair set for June 23-26 with COVID-19 precautions
Thursday, April 8
The Shasta District Fair will take place this summer with the state’s safety protocols for COVID-19, the fair’s Board of Directors announced Thursday.
“We are excited to announce that the Shasta District Fair will be happening this year, with safety and COVID-19 precautions in place,” according to B.J. Macfarlane, CEO of the Shasta District Fair & Event Center.
The dates will be June 23-26, 2021. The fair will include commercial exhibits, food booths, grounds acts and the Junior Livestock show and auction.
Advance ticket sales begin May 1 with savings on season passes, carnival wristbands and single-day passes, fair officials said.
Exhibitor premium information and all other entry info is available online at www.shastadistrictfairandeventcenter.com.
The fair had to be canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic although the Junior Livestock Auction was allowed last June.
— Mike Chapman
Business center offers online summit next week
Wednesday, April 7
The Women’s Business Center at JEDI will hold a virtual summit for business owners and entrepreneurs who are seeking capital in Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity and Humboldt counties.
The free online summit, called Dream Big & Fund It, runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13-15.
The presentation is for small businesses to learn about loans, managing grants, start-up funding and more. Several community lenders from local banks will be presenters and be available for questions and anwers.
Topics include loan readiness, credit repair and creative/alternate financing options.
The summit is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Adminitration.
Register to attend all the sessions.Receive a link at www.jedionline.org/dream-big?/.
— Mike Chapman
More than 200 PG&E customers without power in Happy Valley
5 p.m. Wednesday UPDATE
Power was retored to the area at 3:48 p.m., PG&E said.
Pacific Gas and Electric says 228 of its customers in Happy Valley are without power in an outage that started at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
PG&E estimates electricity will be restored by 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The power outage is due to scheduled maintenance along China Gulch Drive.
“Our preliminary determination is that your outage was caused by scheduled maintenance work,” the utility said on its website.
A repair crew is working to restore power.
— Mike Chapman
Power restored to PG&E customers north of Anderson
Friday, April 2
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported that power has been restored for the 1,620 customers north of Anderson who lost it on Thursday afternoon.
The outage began around 2:46 p.m., according to the utility’s website. PG&E workers responded and power was restored around 4:30 p.m.
Earlier this afternoon, a vehicle crashed into a pole in the area, at the intersection of Riverland Drive and Knighton Road, according to California Highway Patrol communications.
At 3:30 p.m., CHP also reported defective traffic signals at the intersection of Knighton Road and Churn Creek Road, less than a mile from the crash.
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