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Red Bluff responds to Grand Jury report

RED BLUFF— The City Council decided how to respond to the 2018-2019 Tehama County Grand Jury report Tuesday. Every year the Grand Jury releases its report, which evaluated the city’s efforts to promote economic development and attract new businesses. The report found the city does not employ a full-time city manager, city attorney or community development director. It cited the city’s trouble in planning for new infrastructure and public facilities that obstruct economic growth. Economic development is not actively promoted by the city. The Grand Jury recommended the city hire a full-time community development director who could pursue outside funding for development. The council responded by stating it is well into the 2019-2020 budget year and finances were not set aside to hire an economic development director, but the recommendation will be referred to the city’s Budget Committee in early 2020 for evaluation. The Grand Jury recommends City Manager Richard Crabtree, who also serves as the city’s attorney, present the council an annual progress report of the city’s 20-Year General Plan beginning with the adoption of the new 20-Year General Plan. The council said it…

Fall sports information for Red Bluff High School

RED BLUFF — Red Bluff High School is gearing up for the fall sports season and has released the following information for athletes interested in participating and their parents. All athletes must have a physical on file and all paperwork turned in to the student store before they can participate in a practice. They need to go to the student store to receive their participation slip before going to practice. Cross Country Coach Kellen Starmer is new this year. There will be an open run at 9 a.m. Friday Aug. 9 at the Red Bluff Recreation Area. The first practice will be after school on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Football is coordinated by varsity coach Oryln Culp. The Varsity, Frosh-Soph and Freshmen team’s will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at Spartans Stadium. The player and parent meeting will be held with practice to follow. Bring your green slip from the Student Store. Field Hockey is coached by Shelby Azevedo, now in her second year. Practice will start 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and then after starting school Aug. 14. Girls Golf is coached by…

Kurtenbach: Kevin Durant finally set the record straight — but it’s a shame that was necessary

Kevin Durant — at least the one I came to know in the Bay Area (to whatever ability one can know him) — speaks his mind. While his thoughts on a matter might not come to the surface immediately, they always show up. And when he talks, you listen, not just because he’s a superstar, but because he’s sharp, even if he’s a bit jaded. But for the last few months, people have been talking for Durant, suggesting that the reason he left the Warriors in free agency was because the team mishandled his calf injury, which turned into a torn Achilles tendon, a far more severe injury that will likely keep him out of his first season with his new team, the Brooklyn Nets, and could limit him for the rest of his career. It’s a bold and damning accusation, and while the evidence never backed it up and the Warriors have publicly pushed back at the notion, it persisted. But Durant finally shared his perspective on the matter, speaking to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes in an article published Wednesday. The verdict? It’s exactly…

Letter: Senate urged to protect vote, democracy

Editor: The findings of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation offered a clear warning: Our election system was targeted by the Russian government in 2016 and is still vulnerable to Russian interference. Not only do we have proof Russia infiltrated election systems in all 50 states in 2016, but Microsoft has already tracked nearly 1,000 foreign cyber attacks against political organizations during this election cycle. In response, the House of Representatives recently passed a bill that will allocate $600 million in election security funding to states. This key piece of legislation would allow states to replace outdated voting equipment with systems that use voter-verified paper ballots, the best way to protect vote counts from hacking and cyber threats. Many states do not have a way to verify vote counts in the event of a hack — an open invitation for any foreign adversary looking to influence the outcome of an election. I’m asking my senators to take a stand and support a version of the House bill, and urge other senators to do the same. Americans are counting on lawmakers to lead the way in…

Letter: County’s ban on outdoor cultivation is repressive

Editor: Tehama County represses residents with universal aerial surveillance and eradication of any outdoor cannabis plants, anywhere. If you are abated or headed to your administrative hearing, consider the value of joining a coherent and active resistance movement. Should you decide to sue, issues not mentioned in your Kangaroo Kourt, or administrative hearing, are not allowed in your arguments when you get to real court. Consider what you might say. When it is your turn to speak, try to make statements that might protect your ability to bring a successful case. To wit: It is a violation of your constitutional right against self-incrimination to be asked or forced to self-incriminate. This hearing is not a judicial event, there is no judge, but an extrajudicial process that intimidates and extracts admissions of guilt under threat of extortion, fines more than 10 times the legal limit for civil or criminal offenses, stalling your access to court by insinuating you may prevail before the Supervisors. It functions to siphon away cash, assets, property and, often, slaves for the gulag. The hearing resembles being interrogated by police without being…

A Sexually Violent Predator Could Be Released To Sacramento Area

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A sexually violent predator (SVP) may be placed in Del Paso Heights, according to District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. Schubert’s office said a Santa Clara judge will consider placing SVP Dariel Morrise Shazier in Del Paso Heights, even though he does not have any ties to the Sacramento area. A judge previously considered releasing Shazier to Placer County but he remained in a rehabilitation center in Santa Clara County. READ MORE: Lincoln Residents Say They’ll Fight To Keep Sexual Predator Out Of Their Neighborhood  According to the DA’s office, Shazier was convicted in Santa Clara County in 1989 and 1994 in multiple cases of: Sodomy of a Person Under 14 by Force Annoy/Molest a Child Sexual Battery Sodomy of a Drugged Victim (Under 18) Oral Copulation of a Drugged Victim (Under 18) He has served a 17-year sentence and has been designated as an SVP by a jury. If he is placed in Del Paso Heights, the DA’s office said he would only be monitored for a year before being eligible for a full release from supervision to live unmonitored in the…

As Frequency Of Wildfires Grows, So Do Requests For Smoke Forecasts

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Among the hundreds of firefighters, aircraft and engines dispatched to a northern Arizona wildfire were two women whose focus wasn’t on flames, but smoke. Carolyn Kelly and Anita Thompson are part of a growing program that dispatches specialists to monitor smoke from wildfires. Congress earlier this year said all top-tier federal teams battling wildland blazes should have at least one air resource adviser. The specialists look at smoke models, humidity, weather patterns and fire behavior to gauge the air quality. They then produce a color-coded smoke forecast that tells the public whether it’s OK to be outside. The U.S. Forest Service oversees the program. It has about 95 air resource advisers from various agencies but can’t always fill the requests to send them to wildfires.

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