Annelise Pierce is the founder and primary reporter of Shasta Scout. She covers government accountability, Bethel Church and local paramilitary groups. Read more under the "Meet the Team" tab.
Nearly Half of All Shasta County Students Participated in COVID Mandate Walkouts
School absentee data provided by the Shasta County Office of Education indicates that a majority of Shasta County community members oppose COVID vaccine mandates in schools. Organizers of school walkouts say they’ll continue to pull their children out of school on Mondays until they’re given freedom of choice about vaccines. Student COVID vaccine mandates are not yet in effect.
Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson Compares COVID Vaccines to “Mark of the Beast”
Bethel Church, a Redding megachurch that claims to perform miraculous healings, has been the center of controversy over statements and actions related to COVID. Neither Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry nor Bethel Christian School require masks for students.
Redding Riverfront Land Could be Utilized for Affordable Housing
In the first of four public workshops on a proposed riverfront land development, the Council will hear a presentation on the process for declaring city land surplus in preparation for sale. A report from the City Attorney indicates that the City could declare the properties as “exempted surplus land” and sell to a developer ready to build at least three hundred housing units, with 25 percent of them meeting affordable housing requirements.
“Unite the Fight”: Groups Opposing Vaccine Mandates in Schools Unite to Organize School Walk-Outs
Recall Shasta has found new focus after Newsom’s recent announcement of vaccine mandates for school children. A gathering held Wednesday, October 6, by those opposed to COVID mandates in schools, drew hundreds of supporters. A second meeting is scheduled for Monday night, October 11. COVID vaccine mandates for California school children are not yet in effect.