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Life In Technicolor with Lapidary Artist Quinn Street

By Molly Barber Photos by Molly and Quinn “Great Art Picks Up Where Nature Ends” Marc Chagall There is always a deep reverence that stirs within me as I learn about artists. It’s borderline magical to watch someone completely in-tune with their craft; to see their passion and spirit mixed in with the art they create. There is an unseen bond and deep respect between an artist and their medium. This was brought to my attention today as I listened to the interview and reviewed the photos I took with lapidary Quinn Street. I met with Quinn a couple of days ago. The plan was to do the interview,...

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Wolves Return To Northern California-Shasta & Lassen Packs Confirmed

By Eileen Majors Wolves have been discovered in California once again. Both the Shasta Pack and now the Lassen Pack have been officially identified by wildlife officials for inhabiting specific areas in NorCal. The Shasta Pack consisted of a breeding pair with five pups in 2015. While their whereabouts is unknown, one of the pups was detected in northwestern Nevada in 2016. The Lassen Pack consists of a male, a female and three pups, which have been photographed on remote trail cams in western Lassen County.  The adult female was collared and is being tracked.  The Lassen Pack regularly...

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Dirt-Redding Drag Strip

    By Christy Milan The smell of burning rubber, the sound of tires squealing on pavements and the exhalation of the crowd as the car shoots down the track. Welcome to the oldest NHRA sanctioned drag strip in the United States, the Redding Drag Strip. Here the motto is “Race the strip, not the street.” The history of the drag strip begins in about 1948. Locals  wanted a place to drag race their cars. Roger Whipp and other locals also wanted to be legal in doing so. They searched out places that would be ideal for a track. The Redding Airport had abandoned runways that would fit...

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Fishing Fun In and Around Lake Almanor

By Bob Kopernik, Lucky Grady Fishing Guide Service If you are new to this area and are interested in drowning a few worms or crickets in hopes of having Fish Tacos for dinner, do yourself a favor and purchase a detailed geographical map of the area. I like the Northern California DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Map book because it shows most all of the lakes, streams, campgrounds and the roads to get you there.  Another good resource is the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website, to see where and when they last planted fish into the place that you are thinking about fishing.  You...

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Bug Wild- Mosquito Eaters

A few years back, some buddies of mine, and I, were relaxing in one of the guy’s backyard. It was a late warm summer afternoon with next to nothing of a breeze. We were just discussing the kind of stuff of life that not so young guys talk about, when one of the guys asked, “What are all those big spindly bugs flying all around here in your back yard.” The guy whose back yard it was said, “Well, don’t you know? Those are Mosquito Eaters.” There were dozens of them just flying nonstop up and down, and around and around. Someone else asked, “Why do they just keep flying around like that.”  Our...

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Businesses Welcomed in the Small Town of Westwood

Westwood’s business community is well supported by the townspeople. The welcoming streets are named alphabetically by the names of trees. Streets are lined with old wooden homes, reminiscent of its early lumber days’ history. Retail businesses include three convenience stores, two with fuels, Lassen True Value hardware store, Now and Then thrift shop and Old Town Mercantile, an artists’ collective/Shabby Chic home furnishings & decor store which has been moving and expanding for its new early April Grand Re-opening. The town recently lost its grocery store, due to retirement, as was the...

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A Walk Through Time

In August of 1911 the man we all know as Ishi walked into Oroville. He was lonely, emaciated, and exhausted after having spent the last three years alone, being the last remaining member of the Yahi tribe. He was quickly taken under the wing of Alfred L. Kroeber who was an anthropologist. Ishi was taken to the Bay area where he worked as a janitor and was considered a “research assistant”. It was in 1914 when Kroeber took Ishi against his wishes back to Deer Creek in an effort to see first hand how Ishi lived in that environment. It was during this trip with Kroeber, Ishi’s physician Saxton...

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Exploring Our Local Winter Wonderland – Snowshoeing, Skiing, Sledding And More

By Mara Dobyns Photos by Jessica Compton- JCM Photography In this beautiful area of Northern California we are often spoiled with snow which means we have countless opportunities for fun in the outdoor world. In my opinion it would be pretty silly not to take advantage of it. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing, sledding, or just exploring your local backcountry, we’ve got something for everyone. When I was a kid having my birthday in January always meant one thing, going to our favorite local hill for play, Stover, celebrating with snow and sledding until our...

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