Shasta County

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In mid-October Shasta County had the highest rate of new COVID cases in California, 19 per 100,000 residents.

Its numbers are now well above that rate and there’s no sign the county will escape purple tier status anytime soon. 

Kerrie Schutte, a spokesperson for Shasta County Public Health, gave a stark assessment of the current rate of infection.

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New COVID-19 restrictions will take effect in Shasta County on Sunday.


Places such as restaurants, gyms and places of worship will be required to operate outdoors only. 


Tim Mapes, a spokesman for the Health and Human Services Agency, says the county tried to contain outbreaks that happened a few weeks ago, but cases have continued to rise.

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State health officials announced Wednesday that Shasta County will slip back into the state’s most restrictive purple tier due to widespread transmission of the coronavirus. 


Mark Ghaly, the state’s Health and Human Services secretary, says it’s clear the virus is spreading uncontrolled in the county.


“And it allows us to say, yes, now is the time to put the brakes on a little bit, go back to purple, stabilize, work with the county to make sure they have enough testing and contact tracing — that we understand transmission as we work to get back into a less restrictive tier in the future,” Ghaly said. 

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Patrick Henry Jones has worked at his family-owned gun shop Jones’ Fort in Redding since he was 4 years old. And while it is his day job, Jones keeps himself busy with more than dealing firearms. 

This year, the former Redding mayor is running for the Shasta County Board of Supervisors out of what he says is an immense frustration with his current representatives — and statewide politics. 

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The Zogg Fire in Shasta County is finally out. It killed four people and burned through more than 50,000 acres. Among the victims — the historic Ono Grange building. The Grange dates to the 1930s and served as a community hub for Ono, Igo, and the Trinity Alps Preserve.

NSPR’s Andre Byik recently visited with junior Grange leader Karina Pearson and grange master Jerry Dalrymple to talk about the loss of a piece of history. Here are highlights from their conversation.

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Authorities in Shasta County confiscated a small arsenal and more than two pounds of hard drugs during the arrest of a 37-year-old man Wednesday morning.


In all, four assault rifles and a stolen handgun were seized by deputies and Redding Police following the service of a search warrant on the 1600 block of Kenyon Drive. A pound and a half of methamphetamine and three-quarters of a pound of heroin were also found.


Shawn Copelin was booked into the Shasta County jail on multiple charges. Bail was set at $300,000.  


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Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko announced his retirement last week.


Bosenko has been with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office since 1979, holding the title of Sheriff since 2006. Since then, he’s won three elections, two unopposed. Now, he says it’s time for change. 


“Been married to the job for 40 years. I think I’d rather spend some time with my wife of 40 years.  And there was some things really recently that came up. I lost a few friends, one to cancer, and a couple due to heart attacks and I felt this would be time now.  We’ve accomplished a lot over the 13 years me being Sheriff, and I felt it was time.” Bosenko said.

Overnight Closures Scheduled For I-5

Oct 4, 2019
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Late night drivers using Northbound Interstate 5 in southern Shasta County should expect significant disruption to their normal routines next week. 


All northbound lanes will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from midnight until 5 a.m. as highway widening work continues.


Workers replacing a railroad overpass will be lifting 150 foot long, 164,000 pound girders into place using cranes and other heavy equipment. Traffic will be detoured near Anderson for about three miles.


Mountain Fire Grows To 820 Acres, Winds Subside

Aug 22, 2019

Updated at 6:40 p.m. 

Evacuations and road closures remain in place, but Cal Fire is reporting officials are starting to get a handle on the Mountain Fire. 

It’s currently 820 acres in size, according to the Redding Record Searchlight. 

The blaze was moving quickly earlier today, at one point, doubling in size in an hour, but according to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Robert Foxworthy the winds fanning the flames have subsided. He said, even so, it’s important that residents stay vigilant.

“There’s always a chance that we could have to expand the evacuation zone, just due to the fact that the fire isn’t completely extinguished and it’s still burning,” Foxworthy said.

Shasta Regional Community Foundation


Shasta Regional Community Foundation is a nonprofit, public charity serving the people of Shasta and Siskiyou counties. Established in 2000 by a group of dedicated community volunteers, the Community Foundation helps people achieve their charitable goals. In partnership with their generous donors they are building resources that will serve the community now and in the future. Click here for more information.