Kelly Frost

News Reporter (Stringer - Redding Bureau)

Kelly is a graduate of Chabot Junior College in Hayward, California. After nearly 25 years in commercial radio, Kelly arrived in Redding and joined North State Public Radio first as a volunteer. He began covering Redding City Council meetings and other local events and was eventually hired as KFPR's Redding news reporter.

Kelly continues to volunteer for KIXE-TV in Redding. He's active in his church and is an avid Star Trek fan.  Kelly’s son, Kelly Jr., also works in radio and is carrying on the legacy!

Brenna Jones / USDA Forest Service

Carr Fire survivors and first responders were honored Wednesday night at the Sikh Center in Anderson.

 

The evening was full of food, music, and Sikh, Christian, and Native American prayers for those who lost homes and for those who risked their lives saving others. Coordinator Amarjit Singh said it’s a common practice for those who share his faith to help the general community in times of crisis. 

Eric Coulter / Bureau of Land Management California

Nearly 260 of the more than 1,000 homes lost in the Carr Fire were within the city limits of Redding. At Tuesday night’s city council meeting an update was given on the cleanup process.

The council granted City Manager Barry Tippin’s request to continue a local state of emergency which allows him to sign contracts for cleanup and infrastructure repair without council approval.  It also allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reimburse the city for a majority of the expenses involved. Residents who lost homes only have until the end of the month to opt in or out of cleanup by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. 

Several urgency ordinances related to the Carr Fire were passed by the Redding City Council Tuesday night. 

As Redding moves to cleanup mode City Manager Barry Tippin asked the council to continue with the declaration of a local emergency.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse funds the city has paid out in the wake of the Carr Fire, but only if certain requirements are met.  One is the declaration of an emergency, which allows cleanup efforts to begin without a vote by the council for each item. Tippin told the council the city sustained considerable damage to its trail system including to four bridges. 

Last night the Redding City Council was set to take up a countywide tax measure that would be used for Public Safety.  However, a vote earlier in the day by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors put limits on how revenues could be spent. 

While both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana is legal in California – many communities are still not allowing the retail sale and distribution of it. Redding is about to become the second city in Shasta County that will. The decision came after a long and emotion-charged Redding City Council meeting Tuesday night. 

There were those who were in favor it and those who were opposed. Citizens voiced arguments ranging from "It's legal now. Smoke a joint. It cures reefer madness.” to “Each of you will violate 21 USC which is conspiracy to violate the federal narcotics act.”

Women’s Marches drew crowds in cities across the nation this weekend, including in Redding where hundreds of people joined forces to speak out about a variety of equality issues.  

This year numbers were more than double from last year’s march, suggesting that the political climate has changed from a year ago, when women gathered to protest the civil discourse following the election of Donald Trump as President. 

Redding’s new city manager has given the City Council a list of his priorities for the next 6 to 12 months.

One of the things that was brought to the attention of the City Council was that Barry Tippin had no goals to measure his performance in his employment contract. 

So Tippin, the former assistant city manager and director of the Redding Electric Utility, came up with a list of 42 items he'd like to complete within the next year.

To help with that plan, he asked a 15-member citizens panel to help.

Redding’s signature playground has reopened after an almost yearlong transformation. 

After 23 years of service, the Kids Kingdom at the Enterprise Community Park was in dire need of repair. Redding’s Community Service Director Kim Niemer says it was literally falling apart.

"We had done or best to keep it going, but it was splintering and decaying and we were going to lose it, one way or the other,” she said.

Redding has a new interim police chief, and he’s a familiar face. 

Peter Hansen spent 28 years with the Redding Police Department, three as chief, before he retired in 2011. Since Chief Robert Paoletti was fired by City Manager Barry Tippin in June, Captain Eric Wallace had been filling the position on a temporary basis.  

Hansen’s interim position was approved by the Redding City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting. 

Two-thirds of the Redding Fire Department was helping out on the Laverne Fire in Happy Valley Tuesday. 

Six of the city’s nine engines were deployed to the Happy Valley incident. Chief Gerry Gray says that with resources running thin, more and more agencies are relying on each other to provide mutual aid. We wanted to know what would have happened if a major incident broke out in the city of Redding at the same time.

Gray says Redding sent resources specifically to protect the city as the fire burned to the north.

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