Candidates for Redding City Council to speak on environmental issues


Upstate organizations will host a forum for Redding City Council candidates to present their views on upstate environmental issues.

The forum begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at First United Methodist Church, 1825 East St. in Redding.

Topics include expanding and protecting the Redding tree canopy, passing a new Redding tree ordinance, climate change, Turtle Bay, and protecting riparian areas and open spaces. There will also be a question and answer period.

The forum will be recorded on video and published on YouTube.

Host organizations include the Shasta Environmental Alliance, the Shasta Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Wintu Audubon Society, North State Climate Action, and the Shasta Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. These organizations will not endorse or support specific applicants.

For more information, call 530-355-8542 or email [email protected]

—Jessica Skropanic

County hosts monkeypox vaccination clinic

September 15, 2022

The Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency will be offering free monkeypox vaccinations during this year’s NorCal Outreach Pride festival on September 24.

Hours are 12-5 p.m. at the Sundial Deck at the McConnell Arboretum in Turtle Bay.

People can drop in or make an appointment at

“A lot of vaccines will be available,” the agency said.

—Jessica Skropanic

Opening of cooling centers in Shasta and Tehama counties

September 7, 2022

Cooling centers have been opened in Shasta and Tehama counties in response to this week’s excessive heat warning, in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday.

People can relax in an air-conditioned space at two locations in Shasta County during the hottest hours of the day: noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, the State Health and Human Services Agency said. Shasta county.

Redding Library is a designated cooling center for residents wishing to escape summer heat waves.

Locations include the Anderson Branch of the Shasta County Library at 3200 West Center St. and the Shasta Lake Visitor Center at 1525 Median Ave. at Shasta Lake.

Cooling Center services include:

  • Electrical outlets for charging devices and operating medical equipment.
  • Basic first aid services.
  • Drink water.
  • An outdoor refreshment area with misting fan for pets, available on request.

The Redding Library will continue to operate as an air-conditioned public space during business hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

In Tehama County, Pacific Gas and Electric opened a cooling center at Red Bluff Veterans Hall at 735 Oak St. in Red Bluff. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cold water, snacks and Wi-Fi are available.

The National Weather Service says high heat will be a risk for everyone this week.

Tehama County Health and Human Services has announced that additional cooling centers are available at these Red Bluff locations:

  • The Tehama County Library at 545 Diamond Ave. is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays
  • The PATH Shelter at 440 Antelope Blvd. is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Red Bluff Community Center at 1500 South Jackson St. is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

—Jessica Skropanic

A section of Market Street Alley is closed to vehicles until December

September 7, 2022

For the next four months, Redding Public Works will block a portion of California Street-Market Street Alley and Butte Street in the Downtown Redding Mall to traffic.

Starting Wednesday, the section of Market Street Alley from Tehama Street to Yuba Street will be closed to vehicles while workers install utilities, landscape and otherwise develop Block 7, Public Works announced Wednesday.

Redding Public Works will block a portion of California-Market Street Driveway and Butte Street to traffic from Wednesday, September 8 through December 30, 2022

Motorists are urged to drive with caution and watch for workers in the area.

Work on Block 7 will end and the street will be accessible from Dec. 30, Public Works said.

Block 7 is part of a larger downtown development and beautification project. It’s a collaboration between the McConnell Foundation, K2 and the Town of Redding. Plans include building an urban park and 78 affordable apartments where the downtown California Street parking lot used to be.

—Jessica Skropanic

A sign posted on January 13, 2022 points voters to the Shasta County Department of Elections.  Early voting also takes place for the statewide primary election on June 7, 2022.

Voter forums planned for November 8 election

Tuesday, September 6

The Redding-area League of Women Voters is holding six forums ahead of the November 8 general election.

  • Redding City Council — 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Cascade Theatre, 1731 Market St., Redding.
  • County Supervisor, District 5 – 6:00 p.m. Sept. 21 at Anderson VFW Hall, 3210 W. Center St., Anderson.
  • Anderson City Council – 7:30 p.m. September 21 at the Anderson VFW.
  • City of Shasta Lake City Council — 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Larry J. Farr Community Center, 4499 Main St. Shasta Lake.
  • County Supervisor, District 1 — 6 p.m. Sept. 23 Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding.
  • Ballot Initiatives Pros and Cons – Pies and Proposals – 6-8 p.m. September 24, First United Methodist Church, 1825 East St., Redding.

For more information, visit

— Damon Arthur

Cooling centers will open in Redding, Anderson this weekend

Friday, September 2

With high temperatures expected throughout the weekend, cooling centers will open at the Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. and at the Anderson Library, 3200 W. Center St.

10th anniversary of the Redding Library

The hours of the two sites are as follows:

  • Saturday, September 3 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 4 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Monday, September 5 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Services available include:

  • Electrical outlets for charging electrical devices and operating medical equipment
  • Water and first aid (call 9-1-1 in case of serious injury or illness)
  • In addition to indoor air conditioning, there will be an outdoor cooling space with a misting fan. People with pets are welcome.

Cooling Centers are open to all members of the community and are operated by the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency, in conjunction with the city’s Redding and Shasta Public Libraries.

For any questions, call 530-524-6754.

Tips for taking care of yourself and others in the heat can be found at

Michele Chandler


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