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September 10, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A fire in Shasta County in Northern California has destroyed dozens of homes and other buildings and is threatening hundreds more, the California Office of Emergency Services said Tuesday. The Clover fire near Happy Valley, about 10 miles southwest of Redding, started just after 12:30 p.m. Monday and has destroyed 30 residences and 50 outbuildings, officials said. It damaged 30 additional homes and is threatening 300 more structures. The fire has burned 7,400 acres and was 40% contained Tuesday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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December 28, 2013 | By Lee Romney
YREKA, Calif. - Farmers, ranchers and onetime loggers were among those who packed a church community room here in August to listen to a former state lawmaker convey his vision of a cleaved - and more governable - California. The theme was familiar, the resonance deep for those convinced that relentless regulation is strangling the economy of this northern border county. But this time, a tall man sporting a baseball cap stood up with a challenge. "Are we just going to go have an ice cream and complain?"
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September 10, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Within minutes of igniting, the Clover fire in Northern California's Shasta County sent up enough smoke to look like a moving black wall, prompting school evacuations, a district official said Tuesday. The Clover fire near the rural community of Happy Valley, about 10 miles southwest of Redding, started just after 12:30 p.m. Monday near Cloverdale Road, Cal Fire officials said Tuesday. It has destroyed 30 residences and 50 outbuildings, damaged 30 additional homes and is threatening 300 more structures, officials said.
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September 16, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A stretch of Imperial Highway in Hawthorne was shutdown Monday morning as crews attempted to cap a water well that has been spewing methane gas for days. Contractors with Boots & Coots International Well Control are attempting to force mud into the well, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Brian Jordan.  A one-third mile stretch between Inglewood and Firmona avenues on Imperial Highway will be closed to traffic for an unspecified amount of time, he said. The well has been spewing up to 3,000 gallons per minute of water mixed with high levels of methane gas since Thursday.  Crews with Gold State Water Co. were trying to plug a retired well on Imperial Highway between Truro and Condon avenues when they discovered an unexpected flow of water.  Tests revealed that methane gas had mixed with the well water.  "This situation and repairs have no effect on the local water supply, which continues to meet all drinking water quality standards," Patrick Scanlon, vice president of Golden State Water Co., said Monday in a  statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1988 | GEORGE BUNDY SMITH, Times Staff Writer
A group of volunteers from an Orange County literacy organization is trying to help reopen two libraries in Shasta County that have been closed since June, when the Northern California county ran out of funds. "We're quite aware that we aren't going to make up the deficit," said Carol Hazelwood, president of the Literacy Volunteers of America, Orange County chapter. "What we're really trying to say is that libraries are an essential thing, like police and fire service."
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July 3, 1988 | United Press International
Shasta County has become the first county in the state to eliminate its libraries, shutting them down for a second time. The county closed the buildings because of money problems last October, then reopened them three months later. But in March, voters rejected a proposed half-cent sales tax, forcing the county to phase out library services at its nine branches. The last of them closed Thursday.
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December 6, 1987 | Associated Press
Shasta County supervisors are being sued for closing Shasta General Hospital and allegedly violating a court order to maintain health care services for the poor. Legal Services of Northern California filed the suit Friday, alleging the county Board of Supervisors failed to provide alternative outpatient services or notify other health care facilities of the hospital's October closure. A hearing has been scheduled Dec.
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February 6, 1990
A Simi Valley man was arrested in Redding in the death of a Cottonwood man, Shasta County sheriff's officers said Monday. Detective Sgt. Rusty Brewer said Eric Warner, 25, was arrested in connection with the death of Felix Wusstig, 38, who was found dead Dec. 12 in his burned-out pickup truck near a Coleman Fish Hatchery. Brewer said Warner, Wusstig and a third man, who was being sought, were searching for wood to cut when they got into a dispute in which alcohol was involved.
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October 18, 1987 | Associated Press
The 10 libraries in rural Shasta County closed their doors, perhaps forever, on Friday, the first of the state's library systems to close as a result of the county funding crisis. State Librarian Gary Strong said the 38-year-old Shasta system is the first but will not be the last California county to lose its libraries. "The trend is that there is not enough money to support libraries at any level," he said on Thursday. "Yeah, we've got a trend on our hands.
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October 17, 1987 | United Press International
Shasta County on Friday became the first in California to be without a public library system, after a budget-cutting move. John Kallenberg, president of the California Library Assn., said the shutdown recalled temporary closures imposed elsewhere immediately after the passage of the Proposition 13 property tax cut in 1978. "In these days, Shasta County is the first to have to take drastic action as the result of the fiscal crisis in California's rural counties," he said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Evacuations, road closures and power outages remain in effect in Northern California's Shasta County, where the wind-whipped Clover fire has been destroying homes and burning through brush since Monday. Officials requested that the power be turned off to keep firefighters safe, Cal Fire spokesman David Ballard told The Times. The fire, he said, had burned power poles, and downed power lines stretched across roads. Containment for the fire -- which so far has destroyed 30 homes -- remained at 40% Wednesday.
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September 11, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Hailey Branson-Potts
This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details. A man's body was found within the perimeter of the Clover fire in Northern California's Shasta County, local sheriff's officials said Wednesday. The burnt remains of Brian Stanley Henry, 56, were found by officers conducting a welfare check Tuesday night on Coal Pit Road, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. The wind-whipped Clover fire has been destroying homes and burning through brush since Monday afternoon when it started near Cloverdale Road, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said.
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September 10, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A fire in Shasta County in Northern California has destroyed dozens of homes and other buildings and is threatening hundreds more, the California Office of Emergency Services said Tuesday. The Clover fire near Happy Valley, about 10 miles southwest of Redding, started just after 12:30 p.m. Monday and has destroyed 30 residences and 50 outbuildings, officials said. It damaged 30 additional homes and is threatening 300 more structures. The fire has burned 7,400 acres and was 40% contained Tuesday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Within minutes of igniting, the Clover fire in Northern California's Shasta County sent up enough smoke to look like a moving black wall, prompting school evacuations, a district official said Tuesday. The Clover fire near the rural community of Happy Valley, about 10 miles southwest of Redding, started just after 12:30 p.m. Monday near Cloverdale Road, Cal Fire officials said Tuesday. It has destroyed 30 residences and 50 outbuildings, damaged 30 additional homes and is threatening 300 more structures, officials said.
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June 28, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- California's first same-sex weddings in nearly five years began Friday as a federal appeals court formally lifted the state's ban against the marriages. After the court's action, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration issued an order to county officials that same-sex couples should be granted marriage licenses. “This means that same-sex marriage is again legal in California,” said a letter from the state registrar to all 58 county clerks. “Effective immediately, county clerks shall issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California.”   By 3:30 Friday afternoon, the weddings were underway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, Anthony York and Samantha Schaefer
The San Francisco county clerk will continue issuing marriage licenses late into the evening Friday and over the weekend, a spokeswoman from Mayor Ed Lee's office said in the wake of a federal court's decision clearing the way for gay marriages to resume in California. Officials said precise business hours Friday and over the weekend were not immediately clear but confirmed that licenses would be issued late into Friday night as well as on Saturday and possibly on Sunday. People interested in getting a marriage licenses can visit SFMayor.org for updates, officials said.
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January 6, 1988 | Associated Press
Less than three months after they closed for lack of money, five Shasta County public libraries reopened Tuesday with $220,000 from the county's reserve fund, officials said. The libraries, including the main branch in Redding, will operate part time until June 30 and will no longer provide reference librarians or children's program.
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December 21, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three people have died in Shasta County and hundreds more have become ill in a hepatitis epidemic that a top health official said had reached "astronomical proportions." Authorities said the number of confirmed cases of hepatitis A is at the highest level in at least 44 years. Dr. Andrew Deckert, the county's chief public health officer, said the deaths of two Redding residents and another from Shasta Lake this year may be the first in the county ever attributed to hepatitis A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the future of same-sex marriage expected as early as Wednesday morning, county clerks say they're prepared if same-sex unions in California are legalized. “We're pretty much ready to go,” said Cathy Darling Allen, the clerk for Shasta County and the head of the California Assn. of Clerks and Election officials. “In 2008, we had some assistance from the state Department of Public Health in making marriage license forms gender neutral.
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June 26, 2013 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown said county clerks must soon begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the issue Wednesday. Brown has directed his Department of Public Health, which oversees marriage licenses, birth and death certificates and other such documents, to tell local officials the licenses should be issued as soon as a federal appeals court lifts a ruling that was temporarily making same-sex unions illegal. The temporary ban is expected to be lifted now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a lower-court ruling which held that Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure prohibiting gay marriage, is unconstitutional.
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