Annelise Pierce

Annelise Pierce is Shasta Scout’s Editor and a Community Reporter covering government accountability, civic engagement, and local religious and political movements.

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Emergency Drought Relief For Family Farms Could Help Some in the Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District

Federal cuts and local water sales have left farmers in Shasta County’s Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District without water this year. As fields have gone brown and dead, many small family farmers have sold off livestock they are no longer able to feed. The Community Alliance with Family Farmers says they hope their small emergency grants are enough to help some farmers survive.

“How About We ‘Take The Land’ and ‘Bring Heaven to Earth’”: Gubernatorial Candidate Brian Dahle Hopes Mobilizing The Religious Right Will Help Him Win California

A recent conversation Dahle had on controversial worship leader and political activist Sean Feucht’s podcast highlights the collaborative political strategizing that is occurring between America’s dominionist Christian leaders and conservative politicians. Together, Dahle and Feucht are pushing hard for more Christian influence on California policy.

​​Resner Calls On Redding Council To Transparently Discuss Illegal Bechelli Land Sale

Erin Resner, who was among four council members who voted for the illegal land sale in 2020, said that the public deserves more transparency from the council about the land sale. Her comments led to heated discussions about timing and transparency between multiple council members that ended with a decision to bring the issue back for formal consideration on a future council agenda.

Struggling To Survive Without Water? Shasta County Announces Grant Update To Help With Water Deliveries.

As residents of the county’s A.C.I.D. service area fight to survive the lack of water in their district the county has released updated eligibility guidelines for county administration of state drought relief funds. Residents with a larger range of incomes are now eligible for home water delivery services for up to two years.

In Shasta County, Some Residents Of A.C.I.D Face Devastating Consequences From Federal Water Cutbacks

This year, after the federal government severely reduced water allocations to the Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District (A.C.I.D.), the board of A.C.I.D. sold off the rest of the district’s allocated water, saying it would not travel far enough through the system to benefit residents. The board appears to be still holding the $7.5 million in revenue from those water sales. Meanwhile, some residents of A.C.I.D. are struggling to access enough water for their daily living needs. They’re confused, angry, and wondering where to find help to survive.

“This is How I’m Choosing to Celebrate:” More Than 100 Shasta County Locals Protest For Freedom on America’s Independence Day

Celebrating American freedom seems “ironic and condescending” in light of recent Supreme Court decisions, one activist said. The protest in support of human rights was organized by a local seventeen-year-old, Kamryn Mabee, and popularized by the newly formed Shasta Abortion Coalition. Attendees included a wide variety of ages and ethnicities and a mix of genders. This is the sixth local protest for reproductive rights in the ten days since Roe v. Wade was overturned.

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