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.
“There’s a Day Coming When The Media Will Have to Pay”: Tensions Continue to Mount in Shasta County
Vaguely threatening statements towards the media were made as a part of a recent podcast produced by Red, White and Blueprint, an effort to document attempts to recall Shasta County Supervisor Leonard Moty. The statements came just after reports of credible threats of violence against several supervisors. A special election to consider Moty’s recall will take place February 1.
To Build A Strong Indigenous Future, Native Researchers Seek Survey Respondents
A short survey offered in 2020 and again this year, offers respondents a chance to provide key data to Native researchers, advocating for the needs of Indigenous communities, nationwide. Local Native community members are invited to participate.
Local Law Enforcement Documents Swept Up In Investigation Into January 6 Capitol Attack
Documents collected as part of the “January 6 Project” — research by D.C. based non-profit Property of the People — reveal more about how local law enforcement responded to a Redding protest against police brutality in June of 2020. According to the founder of Property for the People, they also raise questions about aggressive policing of progressive dissent.
Turtle Bay and Other Stakeholders Make Plan to Deter Further Looting of Wintu Graves
After a local Native educator interrupted two men allegedly looting Wintu burial sites near the Turtle Bay area of Redding last month, key stakeholders met with Wintu representatives and say they’ve developed a plan to deter future grave robbing. The Redding Police department first received a report about the incident on November 20 and are still investigating.
Relatively Few Community Members Have Weighed In on A Proposed Riverfront Land Sale — Those Who Have Mostly Oppose It
After a proposal to develop key riverfront land was brought to the city council in September, staff solicited public input. Shasta Scout collected and analyzed data from emails, survey responses, and public workshop comments to provide a summary of what the public has said so far. Here’s what we found.
2003 Sexual Harassment Allegations Failed to Trigger Title IX Protections at West Valley
A former student alleges months of harassment and an assault by a West Valley teacher and coach in 2003. An internal investigation into those allegations by the Anderson Union High School District, did not meet the standards of Title IX law. Local law enforcement documents show no evidence of an investigation after a report of the allegations was filed by Child Protective Services. The former student began speaking with Shasta Scout after allegations of sexual assault on the West Valley football team became public last year. Her story, and the public records Shasta Scout obtained, indicate important similarities.