Anti-Abortion Activists Train To More Aggressively Intervene at Local Women’s Clinic
Stories that Build Democracy
Some Wintu People Call For “Land Back” During Riverfront Meetings. Here’s Why.
The land we now know as Redding has been a part of Wintu people’s vast homelands for thousands of years. Today, after surviving state-sponsored massacres, violent removals, and discriminatory legal doctrines, Wintu tribes remain almost entirely landless. For some Wintu people, the proposed sale of riverfront land is inseparable from the need to reckon with this often-suppressed history.
COVID Explained: What’s VAERS?
Those who oppose the use of COVID-19 vaccines frequently cite data from VAERS, a federal vaccine harm reporting system. But while VAERS data can provide an important early warning of potential vaccine harm, raw data from the system can’t show us whether a vaccine is actually unsafe.
Orienting and Shaping Shasta Scout’s Indigenous Affairs Beat
Our monthly Open Notebooks updates are a way for us to invite you into the journalistic process and encourage your collaboration in the news. It’s our goal that the Notebooks help you to see us as we really are so you’ll see that journalists are not the enemies of the people, we are just people, trying to make sense of this complex and confounding world. Just like you. We welcome your participation in our process. Join us!
Local Tribe Uses Legal Brief To Argue For More Just and Equitable Water Stewardship
The brief has been submitted as part of an appeal in a case that addresses California’s entrenched water rights system, which prioritizes those who claimed water first, sometimes at the expense of those who need it most. The Winnemem Wintu Tribe argue the current system harms not only California waterways but also tribes, who’ve been historically excluded from claiming water rights.
Council Will Reconsider Whether To Declare Key Riverfront Land Surplus
After a break of several months, Redding council members will again discuss whether several key parcels at the Redding riverfront should be declared surplus, paving the way for the land to be sold to a consortium of developers and non-profits. If the properties are declared surplus, the city must first make them available to affordable housing developers and a list of public entities that includes ten local tribes, before they could be sold to the consortium.
Supervisors Are Busy With Performance Evaluations But Are They Actually Doing Their Job?
Opinion writer Susanne Baremore says that a recent closed session performance evaluation of Public Health Officer Karen Ramstrom is a form of harassment that is out of line with accepted policy and practice. Drawing attention to how Ramstrom has appropriately fulfilled her role in the county, Baremore calls on the Supervisors to fulfill theirs, by learning to govern as a body, while maintaining their individual perspectives, in service to their community.
People-Powered Elections Coverage
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Building Democracy: We’re Opening Our Reporter’s Notebooks
Shasta Scout is organized around principles and processes that encourage our readers to become our collaborators in the production of local news. We’re also working to increase trust in the news by breaking down barriers between journalists and the public. As part of that process, we’re about to open our notebooks to members.
Sheriff And County Executives Announce Plan For $120 Million Jail Facility; Critical Details are Still Scarce
The “hub and spoke” style facility would include rehabilitation services integrated within a large county detention facility. The plan is designed to provide increased accountability for those who are unhoused or facing mental health or substance use issues within the county, top leaders said. Supervisors were divided on the approach but expressed interest in learning more at future meetings.