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December 12, 2023
Honeygirl McCloud says her freedom of speech was violated earlier this month when her principal told her she couldn’t use a quote referencing violence against Indigenous women. The district did not confirm or deny those allegations but says that she will be allowed to use her original quote.
“Every Kid, Every Option”: In Far Northern California, Educators Encourage Post-Secondary Education Amidst Critical Workforce Gaps
December 08, 2023
Rebuilding Shasta County’s workforce will increase the quality of life for this generation, and those to come. But filling workforce gaps will require educators to overcome economic, informational, social and logistical barriers to increase access to post-secondary education and build pathways to jobs.
Breaking: Voting Rights Advocates Ask California’s Secretary of State To Monitor Shasta County’s Upcoming Elections
October 26, 2023
Advocates describe a “torrent of misinformation and disinformation” in Shasta County which “truly threatens the electorate’s ability to discern the truth” about the election process.
Thirty-Five Days Before an Election, Shasta Supervisors Seek Expanded Citizen And Board Authority Over Process
September 30, 2023
If approved, an ordinance on the Board’s October 3 agenda will solidify a just-formed citizen advisory committee into law, giving it more oversight and power. The County’s own legal counsel says the proposed ordinance is legally insufficient and unenforceable.
Draft 2nd Amendment Resolution Seeks To Give Supervisors Authority To Decide Which Gun Laws Are Constitutional
July 25, 2023
The new draft would allow the supervisors to define which federal and state laws meet 2nd Amendment standards. That approach contradicts the constitutional separation of power that says constitutionality is determined by the judicial branch, the courts.
Back from the Dead: Shasta County Fountain Wind Project Could Be Approved Under New California Bill Designed To Fast Track Renewable Energy
June 11, 2023
Fountain Wind is poised to become a first test of how much the state is willing to bypass local and Tribal governments to meet its clean energy goals.
First A Racial Slur, Then Protest: First Amendment Rights Take Center Stage In Shasta County Board Meeting
June 02, 2023
Local justice organizations are criticizing the Shasta County Supervisor Patrick Jones for allowing the use of a racist slur during public comment earlier this week. They’re also concerned about his subsequent decision to have a Black man removed from the meeting after he protested the racist speech. Jones said his decisions are backed by the First Amendment and Board policy. Here’s what the First Amendment says, and why it matters.
Wild Rice Farm Will Sustain Both Family Agriculture And The Environment Under Land Trust Conservation Agreement
May 18, 2023
More than three-hundred acres of family farmland along the Fall River in Northeastern Shasta County will now be permanently protected and will continue to be used as working farmland while providing essential habitat for migratory birds.
May 03, 2023
Some said that low wages are a significant factor in high staff vacancy levels that are endangering compliance with mandatory State timelines for distributing aid. Scout’s document requests reveal that over the last eleven months Shasta County’s staff vacancy rates have risen to almost 19% as more than 270 Shasta County staff members have left their jobs.
May 01, 2023
On International Workers Day, we talked to some of the County’s lowest-paid workers, many of whom provide critical State-funded services that help prevent homelessness, increase public safety, and respond to food insecurity.
April 26, 2023
His decisions to cancel the County’s contract for Dominion voting machines and move towards an unprecedented plan to hand count all future election votes seem to have worsened the County’s political divides.