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The Today in History Series from Redding Record Searchlight
July 1, 2000 - December 31, 2000
 
"Reprinted with permission of the Record Searchlight"

  Transcribed by Viola Patton
 
Feb - June 2000
July - Dec 2000
Jan - June 2001
Jul - Dec 2001
Jan - June 2002

 
Today is Saturday, July 1, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a corporation was formed to develop the Recorder and Town Creek mines near Copper City. It was called the Pioneer Gold, Silver and Copper Mining Co.

In 1950, "Green Tag Days"  -- an effort to simulate mid-week buying in Redding -- was being instituted by merchants. Wednesday and Thursday during the summer were known as Green Tag Days in leading Redding stores, with items offered below regular prices and prominently displayed.

In 1975, a 35-acre blaze that destroyed thousands of board feet of timber near Old Station, 45 miles east of Redding, was extinguished and mopped up, less than two days after it started.

In 1990, gasoline prices were expected to surge at least once during the summer with a 5-cent-per-gallon tax going into effect Aug. 1. The price of unleaded gasoline in Northern California varied at stations from $1 per gallon in Roseville to $1.30 in Red Bluff and Chico.
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Today is Sunday, July 2, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a front-page advertisement in Redding's Morning Searchlight read, "It's all profit after the first year if you buy property in Keswick. The earnings of the improvements on the property will pay for themselves and the land too."

In 1950, two Weaverville men escaped serious injury in an airplane crash at Benton Field when their plane collided with Pacific Gas and Electric power lines. The district attorney filed charges against Walter Davenport, the pilot of the plane, for allegedly flying while intoxicated.

In 1975, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was overhauling the water flow control gates at Keswick Dam.

In 1990, the doors to the new Red Bluff Community/ Senior Center were set to open with a benefit event with a 1950s theme.
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Today is Monday, July 3, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the price of the Iron Mountain Mine property for the year was fixed by the assessor at $1.75 million.

In 1950, construction on the proposed bridge across the Sacramento River near Anderson was set to begin, according to county road commissioner Earnest Breuning.

In 1975, the Shasta County Building Appeals Committee was directed to study building code regulations and make recommendations to the county for adoption.

In 1990, members of a Vision Quest wagon train were traveling through Shasta County as part of a six-month trek that started in Tucson, Ariz. The wagon train was to cover California, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah before going back to Arizona.
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Today is Tuesday, July 4, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, city trustees took a step they hoped would result in Redding being a well-sewered city with beautiful streets. The city attorney was instructed to examine the law as to bonding the city for street and sewer improvements.

In 1950, it was reported that the Redding Fire Department cost the taxpayers more annually than any other department except the street department. The expansion of the city limits would add more to the cost that year.

In 1975, a survey conducted by the Shasta County Superintendent of Schools Office showed 55 percent of the 29 school districts in the county had cut back their programs.

In 1990, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors agreed to sell 456.2 million gallons - or 14,000 acre-feet - of water to the Clear Creek Community Services District, subject to approval from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
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Today is Wednesday, July 5, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the new town of Sallee, near Bully Hill Mine, was soon to have a second hotel. Henry Stacher was contemplating the building's construction and H. Briggs was drawing plans for the structure.

In 1950, a Novocain allergy caused the death of Doris Sund, 13, of Burney, Coroner Claude Whiteman said after his preliminary investigation.

In 1975, Shasta County supervisors approved a package giving the majority of county employees a 10 percent increase in wages and fringe benefits.

In 1990, Christopher Smith, a 17-year-old Red Bluff High School student, was killed after he reportedly ran out in front of a passenger train in Red Bluff.
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Today is Thursday, July 6, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, the county assessor completed his work on the assessment roll of property in Shasta County for the year. The 1,157,064 acres of land within the county was assessed at a little more than $3,645,000.

In 1950, Trinity County was set to celebrate a new century with its 100th anniversary celebration.

In 1975, commercial zoning to allow conversion of the old Pine Street School into a mall of specialty shops and restaurants was unanimously recommended by the Redding Commission.

In 1990, Redding's Spring Creek storage project, until recently thought to be the most viable of the city's hydroelectric projects, was apparently hanging by a thread. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission informally told city officials that it would probably not approve the building of the facility.
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Today is Friday, July 7, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, the Shasta Express was stopped three times near Anderson by grass fires. The fires were ignited by sparks from a fright train locomotive that was ahead of the passenger train by a few minutes.

In 1950, property owners on Eureka Way met with the City Council and representatives of the state highway agency to learn about the proposed widening of Eureka Way between Court Street and the city limits. The state wanted to widen the street and take out a dangerous corner because of predicted increases in traffic due to the opening of Shasta College.

In 1975, a plan for creating 64 off-street parking spaces at a cost of $75,000 was to be heard at the next meeting of the Weed Planning Commission.

In 1990, Mercy Medical Center Foundation received an anonymous gift of $160,000 to help the Redding hospital remodel its pediatrics pavilion.
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Today is Saturday, July 8, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, if recommendations made by officers of the state Board of Health were acted on, Redding would have a new method of disposal of its sewage and several other radical changes would be made to benefit the city.

In 1950, the Junior Chamber of Commerce ask the Redding City Council to budget $5,000 for improving and repairing facilities at Lake Redding Park.

In 1975, Tammy White, 12, of Anderson won the local, district and state competitions in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Student Essay Contest.

In 1990, a $5.9 million project to widen and build a roadway northeast of Weed was among seven projects considered for funding during a California Department of Transportation commission meeting.
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Today is Sunday, July 9, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, excavating for the smelter at Bully Hill was to start soon. Alex Graham of Redding was awarded the contract for the work.

In 1950, H. Wilson, state Banking Department examiner, paid a visit to Burney that residents hoped would result in the town having a bank. Wilson planned to report his findings to the department and grant a charter for a private bank if his findings were favorable.

In 1975, Redding Elementary School District trustees approved a $3.1 million preliminary budget for the 1975-1976 year. The budget was $174,000 more than the previous year's.

In 1990, Bill Pyatt, 13, of Shasta won the state science honor for his invention of a vacuum cleaner equipped with a powerful magnet. The magnet was for the purpose of picking BBs off the carpeted floor of his room before they got sucked into the vacuum cleaner.
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Today is Monday, July 10, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, an option for a bond on the Minnesota Mine on Spring Creek was coming up. Dan McCarthy of Keswick was still working the mine successfully under his lease.

In 1950, a Redding Community Chest became a reality, and four major youth and charity agencies were part of it. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA and the Redding Rescue Mission officially agreed to participate.

In 1975, a lawsuit was filed in Shasta County Superior Court seeking a court order to stop development of a controversial 100-acre subdivision south of Whitmore.

In 1990, Operation Rescue abortion protesters were facing trial in Shasta County for trying to close the Redding clinic that preformed abortions.
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Today is Tuesday, July 11, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, George Simmons was in Redding from French Gulch to consult with Frank Scammons in regard to plans for a schoolhouse in the French Gulch District.

In 1950, H. Obendorf of Redding reported the theft of his Geiger counter to the Redding Police Department. Obendorf said the counter and earphones were stolen from his car.

In 1975, the Siskiyou County Opportunity Center received a $41,000 federal grant to develop a large regional rehabilitation center for the mentally and physically handicapped and the culturally and environmentally deprived in Mount Shasta.

In 1990, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation agreed to a deal that would divert 100 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water from the Keswick Community Services District to the Shasta Community Services District, one of the three north state water agencies reeling from four years of drought.
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Today is Wednesday, July 12, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a group of so-called "conscienceless  scoundrels," who were recently run out of Oakland, were said to be heading to the Redding area to embark on a blackmailing scheme. A similar scheme had brought shame and indignation to numerous women and girls in Oakland and many dollars to the blackmailers.

In 1950, recruiting for the armed forces stepped up in Redding, reflecting a trend over the nation as a result of the Korean War.

In 1975, the Shasta County Deputy Sheriff's Association agreed to accept a 10 percent wage and fringe benefit increase package under protest, according to Louis Moore, president of the group.

In 1990, a plan to create a $42 million medical complex in downtown Redding overcame a significant hurdle. The city Planning Commission said one-block stretches of Liberty and Butte streets should be closed to make room for expansion of Redding Medical Center.
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Today is Thursday, July 13, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that Redding might get a place in the Northern Racing Circuit in the coming fall. The chance was attributed to the decisions of Willows and Marysville to not hold the weeklong races in their cities that season.

In 1950, it was reported that the Shasta County Board of Supervisors would spend $9,000 less in the coming year on its salaries and expenses. The coming year's budget was $16,835, down from the previous year's  $25,047.

In 1975, with his right foot nearly severed, a San Jose transient named Gregorio Castro crawled 150 yards from a moving train toward the help of members of the Redding Fire Department. Castro had attempted to board the train in Redding when he slipped and fell beneath the cars.

In 1990, operators of the Feminist Women's Health Center in Redding vowed to stay open while authorities continued to seek out the cause of a fire that gutted the clinic overnight. It was later determined that the fire was not arson.
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Today is Friday, July 14, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, it was reported, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors decided to buy Judge Bell's Redding lots to be used for the site of the new country high school.

In 1950, it was reported, an estimated 100,000 Kamloops trout eggs were being shipped to Redding from Spokane, WA.,along with 200 kokanee salmon eggs to be planted in Lake Shasta and the Coleman Fish Hatchery.

In 1975, it was reported, 50 men under Sheriff Tom Kelley were searching in the Lewiston area of Trinity County for Marjorie Woodmansee, who vanished while her husband was showering.

In 1990, it was reported, Steve Prouty, 34, of Coulterville was reported in stable condition at Redding Medical Center after losing control of his hang glider while flying near Shasta Dam and plunging approximately 200 feet to the ground. Prouty suffered a broken leg in the accident.
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Today is Saturday, July 15, 2000. On this date.

In 1900, word reached Redding from northern Shasta County that a toll road was to be built connecting Trinity Center with the Southern Pacific Railroad at a city called Elmore, located in the Sacramento River Canyon south of Lakehead.

In 1950, the annual report by city Treasurer A. Souza Jr. showed Redding took in $1,254,243 in the last year and spent $1,222,014.

In 1975, a fire destroyed a $20,000 home owned by O. Hayes in Anderson. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

In 1990, a staff committee for the Federal Communications Commission recommended rejection of Southern Oregon State College's application to operate its noncommercial, educational KSOR-FM radio station in Redding.
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Today is Sunday, July 16, 2000. On this date.

In 1900, the lead headline in the Searchlight read, "Town of Dunsmuir Burning." The story reported that the fire started in the home of Pendergast and rapidly swept toward the town's business center, consuming eight buildings.

In 1950, the construction bridge below Shasta Dam was to be torn down soon and a new bridge built in its place, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced. Invitations for bids on the job were being issued.

In 1975, Lyndell Jackson, 34, of Redding was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison for the armed robbery of two supermarkets and using a firearm in the commission of the crimes. The sentence was ordered by Judge Richard B. Eaton in Shasta County Superior Court.

In 1990, President George Bush nominated Mount Shasta native Brig. Gen. David J Barrato for promotion to Major general, a two-star rank. If promoted, Barrato would rank among the top half of the army's 460 general officers.
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Today is Monday, July 17, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a wooden bridge just being finished across Spring Creek on the road from Keswick Station to Keswick collapsed. The contractors said the cost of raising the structure again would not be more than $100.

In 1950, a slow disappearance of tools and equipment from the Scott Lumber Co. in Burney was being investigated by the county sheriff's office. The disappearances had resulted in a $2,000 loss in seven months.

In 1975, restaurants in the Redding area were picketed as part of a five-week strike by the Culinary, Bar and Hotel Service Employees Union.

In 1990, an expert on violent Los Angeles street gangs said Redding didn't have a major gang problem, but it did have signs of gang influence that could become serious if not addressed.

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Today is Tuesday, July 18, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the members of the Redding Fire Department took the step of providing each hose house with a map of the city. The maps showed locations  of all hydrants in an effort to improve the fire fighting system.

In 1950, a diver was preparing to plunge 90 feet to the bottom of Lake Shasta in an attempt to locate a Seabee airplane that had sunk the week before at Bridge Bay.

In 1975, the Mount Shasta Rod and Gun Club called for the transfer of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managers Robert Fields and Homer McCollum because of their alleged mismanagement of federal game refuges at Tulelake and Lower Klamath Lake.

In 1990, the city of Red Bluff issued a permit for construction of a Raley's Supermarket on South Main Street to replace the existing market there.
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Today is Wednesday, July 19, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, two men from Michigan were in Redding looking into the mining and timber belts in the western part of Shasta County. They were also looking into the practicality of running a railroad to the coast through Beegum Pass in the southwestern part of the county.

In 1950, Redding's bid to get on the big time rodeo circuit was accepted and a rodeo was planned for Aug. 12-13.

In 1975, Charles Martin, Anderson city manager since March 1, 1970, announced he would retire at the end of the  year.

In 1990, a plan to salvage young timber and repair some of the effects of the large Hermit Wildfire in 1988 in Trinity County was set to go ahead despite a federal judge's ruling that some timber sales in the region should be halted.
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Today is Thursday, July 20, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, surveyors were working in the streets of Anderson laying lines for the extension of the Terry Railroad line to the South Pacific Depot there.

In 1950, the Redding City Council started work to cut electricity rates in the city. A committee headed by Councilman Bill Morrison was appointed to determine how much the rate could be cut.

In 1975, Leland McDaniel, 55, owner of Big C Surplus in Redding, was killed when a fire extinguisher blew up in his face while he was fighting a small fire.

In 1990, construction of a $14 million, 300-bed jail in Red Bluff was moving ahead, project manager Wayne Nadon of Oak Run said in his report to the Tehama County Board of Supervisors.
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Today is Friday, July 21, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, swarms of grasshoppers near Lowden's Ranch in Trinity County caused extensive damage by devouring every bit of green vegetation they could find. Pioneers of the district said they had never seen such an infestation in the area before.

In 1950, a motion to disqualify Superior Court Judge Albert F. Ross from presiding at the murder of James McKay and Robert Sturm was denied by Judge Warren Steel of Marysville. McKay and Sturm were accused of shooting to death Earl Sholes and Dan Heryford near Gibson on May 25.

In 1975, Bob Smith of Anderson was killed and his wife, Macolviana, seriously injured when their airplane crashed into a tree 200 yards north of the Redding Sky Ranch Airport landing strip.

In 1990, a propane-powered pizza delivery truck burst into flames and was destroyed while making deliveries to a south Redding market.
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Today is Saturday, July 22, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a petition was put before the Shasta County Board of Supervisors asking that a county highway be established on the east side of the railroad tracks from the first crossing, a mile below Redding, to a point near Clear Creek.

In 1950, a vote was set to be taken on a $47,000 bond issue in the Enterprise Water District. The bond would be used for 75 percent of the needed  water line expansions in the area.

In 1975, Redding City Manager William Brickwood asked the city to give up  on a controversal sanitary landfill planned for a 250-acre site adjacent to the existing landfill on Placer Street.

In 1990, the first salary study of its kind in Shasta County found government workers had better benefits and generally higher wages than their private sector counterparts.
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Today is Saturday, July 22, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a petition was put before the Shasta County Board of Supervisors asking that a county highway be established on the east side of the railroad tracks from the first crossing, a mile below Redding, to a point near Clear Creek.

In 1950, a vote was set to be taken on a $47,000 bond issue in the Enterprise Water District. The bond would be used for 75 percent of the needed  water line expansions in the area.

In 1975, Redding City Manager William Brickwood asked the city to give up  on a controversal sanitary landfill planned for a 250-acre site adjacent to the existing landfill on Placer Street.

In 1990, the first salary study of its kind in Shasta County found government workers had better benefits and generally higher wages than their privatesector counterparts.
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Today is Sunday, July 23, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, an unusual sight was seen near Middle Creek--a burning caboose attached to a rapidly moving train. Railroad officials discovered the caboose was on fire shortly after it left the Middle Creek station.

In 1950, a proposal to establish a private aluminum plant near Shasta Dam was outlined. The proposal would have given the go-ahead for the Trinity River diversion to make up for the power used by the plant.

In 1975, Rick Ott of CH2M Hill engineering in Redding and Robert Dietz, Shasta County Water Resources director, presented a report to county supervisors on the first phase of a study of storm water problems in the Redding area.

In 1990, north state residents were offered a new nationwide service called the Business Hotline, a direct line to the stock market 24 hours a day.
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Today is Monday, July 24, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, north state leaders decided to hold a celebration in honor of the completion of a new bridge in Keswick on Aug. 11.

In 1950, Northern California's largest rangeland burning and reseeding program was scheduled for the Bear Creek Ridge area near Whitmore during August.

In 1975, employment figures were a little brighter in June for Shasta, Trinity and Siskiyou counties, but the lumber industry remained bleak compared to past years.

In 1990, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors was ready to consider regulating stoves and fireplaces due to the air pollution they caused. The board was scheduled to hold a policy session to discuss draft regulations to reduce pollution from stoves and fireplaces in the county.
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Today is Tuesday, July 25, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the expectations of Bully Hill Mine's management were  were realized when a large body of ore was struck in the mines lower tunnel.

In 1950, Shasta County employees were granted a mileage increase to 8 cents per mile by the Board of Supervisors. They had been getting 6 cents per mile.

In 1975, it was reported that the once fashionable Lorenz Hotel--shut down for more than five months for financial reasons--might open again as a low-rent home for senior citizens.

In 1990, communities within the Shasta Dam Area Public Utility District got an economic boost when Gov. George Deukmejian signed an economic development bill into law. The bill was designed to lure industry to the area.
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Today is Wednesday, July 26, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the first Democratic club in Shasta County, Keswick Bryan Club, was organized in Hill's Hall in Keswick.

In 1950, another attempt to raise school funds in the Fall River Unified School District failed. A 349 to 205 vote resulted in the failure of a measure to assess a special $1 tax levy.

In 1975, an explosion and fire, apparently touched off by sparks from a welding torch, rocked a gasoline service barge and docks at Jones Valley Resort and Marina on Lake Shasta.

In 1990, Redding police officers in the traffic safety unit were targeting specific areas around the city for intensive enforcement of child safety seat laws.
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Today is Thursday, July 27, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Southern Pacific Railroad brakeman E.A. Burt was hurt near the Shasta Retreat in Shasta County when he tried to mount a swiftly moving locomotive, took a wrong step and fell under its wheels. His right leg had to be amputated.

In 1950, Redding Police Chief Scott Lincecum said police were going to start arresting people who cluttered Redding streets with trash. A particular problem area was Placer Road, where trash fell out of people's vehicles on the way to the dump.

In 1975, fire officials were investigating the cause of a blaze that destroyed Bob White's Western Bait Shop in the Enterprise area.

In 1990, the National Park Service was warning people not to go into the water off Whiskeytown Lake's two developed swimming beaches because of bacterial  contamination of water.
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Today is Friday, July 28, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, John Meyers of the Cottonwood area found what he believed to be an indication of oil on his property. slow-moving water in pools on Cottonwood Creek was covered with a dark oily substance he thought signaled the proximity of underground oil.

In 1950, the state highway commission in Sacramento allocated $380,000 to grade, surface and build structures on two miles of Highway 299 near Hatchet Creek.

In 1975, Redding residents Charles Siebert and Bernice Blevins were found dead and William Blevins was missing and presumed dead after their boat capsized in fog and breakers off Calm Beach near Trinidad in Humboldt County.

In 1990, water in numerous wells near McArthur was found to be contaminated with high levels of nitrates, which officials said could pose health problems for residents.
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Today is Saturday, July 29, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that construction of the De La Mar smelter at Bully Hill would be completed Jan. 1, 1901.

In 1950, a fire at Ransom Butane Co. in Redding destroyed an automobile and sent manager H.O. McDaniel to the hospital with first-degree burns.

In 1975, Glen W. Shook of Cottonwood and Kirkwood Bly of Santa Rosa were named low bidders for improvements to Shasta Dam Public Utilities District's $7 million sewer system.

!n 1990, the Simpson Paper Co. was trying a mix of new ideas and technologies to reduce the amount of cancer-causing dioxin in mill waste products.
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Today is Sunday, July 30, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Professor A.C. Dornberger was chosen as the principal of Redding's public schools for the ensuring term.

In 1950, the staff at Trinity General Hospital and Trinity County supervisors approved the applications of Dr. George Michelson and Dr. Granville Ashcraft to work at the hospital in Weaverville.

In 1975, properties in Enterprise were among those areas to be reappraised.

In 1990, there were fewer people out of work in June than the previous month, driving the unemployment rate down in the north state. From May to June the  unemployment rate fell in Shasta, Siskyou, Tehama and Trinity counties.
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Today is Monday. July 31, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a movement was being started to serve a pardon for Frank A. Lewis, well-known throughout the area for being convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of Will Farrell, his brother-in-law. The homicide took place near Whitmore in July 1895.

In 1950, Ramon De La Cruze, 23, of Orland was involved in a three-car pile-up at Shasta Speedway and died of his injuries shortly after being rushed to Memorial Hospital in Redding.

In 1975, Weaverville log truck driver Glenn Wayne Scofield jumped to his death from his out-of-control truck near Millville after the rig's brakes failed.

In 1990, the Sacramento River was becoming a battle front where owners of personal watercraft were pitted against people who wanted the crafts banned from the water.
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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, it was announced that much of the track of the local division of the Southern Pacific Railroad between Red Bluff and Dunsmuir would be repaired and replaced due to the recent accidents in the region.

In 1950, Redding was considered as the location for a cereal manufacturing plant, provided an adequate building could be provided. The company was Van Brode Milling Co. of Clinton, Mass.

In 1975, the U.S. Forest Service reserved five miles of  Lake Shasta's shoreline for bald eagles and ospreys.

In 1990, it was moving day for the Central Valley branch of the Shasta County Municipal Court. Its new home was to be on Placer Street in Redding across from the Shasta County Courthouse.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, William Silverthorn landed a sturgeon that weighed more than 8 pounds on the Pit River near his ferry.

In 1950, members of the Redding Elementary School Board discussed a proposed plan to purchase 12 acres of land in the Bonnyview Subdivision as the site for a new elementary school with owners of the property at a meeting at the superintendent's office.

In 1975, Tom Hayden, former antiwar protester and current state senator, told Redding Democrats he wanted to unseat Sen. John Tunney in the 1976 California primary election because Tunney was a follower rather than someone willing to take an aggressive lead.

In 1990, Redding officials were inundated with letters from residents supporting placing the new city hall in the mall in downtown Redding.
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Villa Thompson resigned as manager of the local Sunset Telephone office. Her successor had not yet been named.

In 1950, a pre-dawn fire did an estimated $100,000 damage and destroyed the Covington Mill near Trinity Center.

In 1975, Andrew Jesse McMath, 49, of Old Highway 44, east of Redding, died when the truck he was driving ran off Highway 44 and overturned approximately 70 miles east of Redding.

In 1990, Shasta County officials said they would ask the courts and the Legislature to restore at least some of the $783 million in state budget cuts that hit county programs.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 4, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, both of the north bound passenger trains that ran through Redding were delayed due to accidents. The eccentric rod of the east side overland's engine snapped  near Vina and the west side train was nearly six hours late after being forced to take a major detour.

In 1950, "capitalists" willing to erect buildings to lease to industrial companies were being sought out by the Redding Chamber of Commerce industrial committee.

In 1975, fire caused an estimated $100,000 damage to the L & B Lumber Co. mill on Iron Mountain Road near Keswick. The entire east side of the mill, including a green chain and the cut-off area, was destroyed.

In 1990, Windows 3.0, hailed by much of the personal computer industry as a revolutionary milestone and turning point, was demonstrated and discussed at a meeting of the IBM/PC Users Group of Redding.
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Today is Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the Alabama Minstrels musical group gave a performance to a large crowd in a tent located on the railroad reservation site in Redding.

In 1950, Redding City Council members promised a reduction in electricity rates and although no action had been taken, a committee had been recently assigned to work out a definite proposal.

In 1975, Ann Starrs, 18, of Redding came in first place in the 50-mile Whiskeytown Endurance Horse Ride. She was among 34 riders to race in the event.

In 1990, there were 1,260 streets on the maps of Redding, and 41 proposed subdivisions would mean dozens more streets for officers and firefighters to keep straight.
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Today is Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, ex-Sen. Warner Miller of New York secured another bond on the Uncle Sam Mine in the Backbone District. The senator planned to buy the mine if development was successful.

In 1950, the Redding Elementary School board announced that the Little Pine Street School was unsafe and would no longer be used for classes

In 1975, Shasta County Superintendent of Schools Jack Schreder was devising a plan to make the schools office fiscally independent of Shasta County. He wanted to make the change so the office would run more smoothly and the office's effectiveness would be direct responsibility of the county Board of Education.

In 1990, most north state cities, counties and special districts said they would continue to post agendas as usual and allow time for citizen input at public meetings, despite being relieved of those obligations by the state.
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Today is Monday, Aug. 7, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the block of frame buildings on the east side of  Market Street in Redding, between Yuba and Butte streets, narrowly escaped being destroyed by fire. The flames were discovered early enough that the fire was extinguished before it caused much damage.

In 1950 Clair Engle requested that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation study the possibility of supplying domestic water to the Buckeye District and other unserved areas between Redding and Shasta Dam.

In 1975, an application for a use permit to remodel the theater at 2845 E. Center St. in Anderson was approved by the city Planning Commission. The application was submitted by the First Assembly of God Church of Anderson.

In 1990, a visit to Springfield, Ore. inspired Redding Mayor Nancy Buffum and other officials to envision a government center instead of retail shops at the Mall in downtown Redding.
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Today is Tuesday, Aug 8, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, after trying for several months to get Redding Water Co. to install more fire hydrants in the city, the board of city trustees rejected the water company's regular monthly bill for $63.

In 1950, the year's first traffic fatality in Trinity County occurred when 25-year-old truck driver Leon Ytcaina from Douglas City was crushed between his truck and a road bank.

In 1975, a 36 percent increase in major crimes was recorded in Shasta County in the first half of 1975 as compared with the same period of 1974.

In 1990, Redding drug agents who discovered a cocaine courier network during a north state investigation in June followed the supply line until it ended with the arrest of eight people believed to  have smuggled hundreds of pounds of cocaine into the country.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, there was now nothing in the way of the Ely-Woods boxing match being successfully pulled off in Red Bluff. That match had been in danger of getting canceled because it was not under the auspices of a club.

In 1950, Redding City Clerk Bernard Gilmore submitted his resignation following a lengthy absence from his office due to sickness.

In 1975, new building permits issued in July reflected a continued heavy pace in construction within Redding's city limits. Figures were only slightly below 1974 levels which had set an all-time high.

In 1990, Donald Ellison, 23, of Redding was set to go to the "Big Spin" in Sacramento after buying a lottery ticket with three aces in the Joker's Wild scratcher game.
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, new members of the Redding Board of Health were sworn in for duty and officers were elected.

In 1950, water samples from Shasta County were discovered to be "grossly contaminated" and had piled up for nearly two years at the county hospital with no action taken.

In 1975, a Redding developer's plan to turn the Lorenz Hotel in Redding into government -subsidized apartments for seniors reached the city Planning Commission, but the Commission would not make a decision for two more weeks.

In 1990, Redding City Council members delayed for 30 days a decision on a controversial rezoning in the Quartz Hill Road area after residents said it would harm their rural lifestyle.
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Today is Friday, Aug.11, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the old channel of the Sacramento River at the "Big Bend" east of Oliver's Field in Shasta County was being explored for dredging ground.

In 1950, civic and professional groups, stressing the need for a polio isolation ward at the county hospital, offered to help supervisors get an allocation of state and federal funds to help build such a ward.

No 1975: In 1990, directors of the Clear Creek Community Services District surprised water customers by dropping plans to put a new water rationing proposal into effect. District Manager Dick Urban said the district no longer had an emergency.
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Today is Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Fred Hendley, a Shasta County farmer and orchard owner, was raising a crop of peaches that were of extremely high quality. The peaches were getting recognition everywhere they were shipped.

In 1950, four wildfires in the Redding area were under control. The largest fire was near Ono, where 300 acres burned before state firefighters got it under control.

In 1975, three men were killed in water-related accidents over the weekend, one at Saeltzer Dam on Clear Creek, one in a boating mishap on Lake Shasta and another on Little Roaring Creek in Big Bend.
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Today is Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the Northern California Driving Club was circulating a petition to secure funds for the race to be held in conjunction with the upcoming district fair.

In 1950, while Reynolds Metals Co.'s proposal for an aluminum plant near Shasta Dam awaited only an OK from National Resources Board Chairman Stuart Symington, there was a possibility that a magnesium plant would be built there instead.

In 1975, the body of Red Bluff woman Mary Self, who had been missing for about eight hours in the Blanchard Flat area of Trinity County, was discovered by a Douglas City resident.

In 1990, Sen. Alan Cranston praised the Shasta Primary Care Clinic in Redding as a model health facility and said it should be copied around the state.

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Today is Monday, Aug. 14, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the articles were signed for the fight between Sylvester Day of Redding and Joe Reay. The agreement called for a 20-round match between the two in Redding on Sept. 1.

In 1950, the Retail Clerks Union signed contracts with liquor and grocery stores in Redding that included wage scales and vacations.

In 1975, the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare threatened to cut off Trinity General Hospital's Medicare privileges in a move the hospital administrator called unnecessary pressure.

In 1990, the 21st annual Palms to Pines Women,s  Air Race ended in Bend, Ore., with a north state team capturing second place. The team of pilot Donna Taylor and Jane LaMar, both of Redding, finished the two-day race with an average speed of 168 mph.
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Today is Tuesday, August 15, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a group of railroad men thought subterranean disturbances were moving the earth's surface and had caused several runaway train accidents in the past month in the Mount Shasta area. They thought the disturbances could be linked with an impending eruption of Mount Shasta.

In 1950, Shasta and Trinity Counties were to supply 40 men for pre-induction physical examinations under an order issued by state Selective Services headquarters. The 40 men were part of 10,071 called on a statewide basis.

In 1975, a simmering dispute over use of Redding's Senior Citizens Hall was heard by the city's Senior Citizens Advisory Committee.

In 1990, Burney couple Curtis and Donna Sveum won $400,000 in the California Lottery by getting five of the six winning numbers right.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, there was a large attendance at Bridge Bay in Keswick. The event celebrated the recently completed bridge across the Sacramento River near the mouth of Spring Creek.

In 1950, a new proposal for annexation to the citty was given to the Redding City Council by residents of Grand View Heights. Frank Gonseor of Court Street headed a delegation of ten residents of the area.

In 1975, Dunsmuir City Manager Carl Mattingly and state Central Valley Water Quality officers claimed the flow of sewage - 300,000 gallons daily - into the upper Sacramento River no longer posed a serious health threat.

In 1990, a city study showed that a majority of the garbage Redding residents threw away could be recycled. The study indicated that 63 pounds of every 100 pounds of garbage that normally wound up in the dump could be reprocessed.
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the management at Bully Hill said the rumor about the smelter being moved from Popejoy Placers to Copper City was false.

In 1950, a ram jet engine, more powerful than the ones used to power German V-1 rockets, was displayed at a water carnival at Redding's Kutras Park.

In 1975, it was reported that the Shasta County tax rate for 1975-76 would be 11 cents more than the year before to pay for a $37.05 million budget recently approved by county supervisors.

In 1990, despite strong opposition from some area residents, the Shasta Union High School District's site selection committee remained convinced that Palo Cedro was the best place to build a proposed eastside high school.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 18, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the Redding Fire Department chief's salary was rearranged again. The city board of trustees acted improperly in raising the chief's salary from $10 to $20 per month during his term of office because a salary change could only be made at the beginning of a term.

In 1950, public works and planning officials from Shasta, Trinity and Siskiyou counties met with a state Assembly  interim committee on conservation, public works and planning in an all-day session in Redding.

In 1975, a Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce news release said an aggressive interest in community affairs boosted membership in the chamber from 500 members in early 1974 to 800 members.
In 1990, it was reported that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. could receive a bill for up to $10 million  - the ammount of money spent on fighting the stubborn Campbell Complex fires in southern Tehama County - because a tree may have swayed too close to the utility's  power lines and started the fire.
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Today is Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Redding Mayor J.T. Rohm was in possession of a rich mine in the Centerville District, west of town. A large gold ledge was struck in the mine, named Rabbit No. 2, with ore assaying $1,250 per ton.

In 1950, Frankie King, 16-year-old daughtor of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus King of Redding, was sposored by the Redding 20-30 Club as Queen of the McCloud Logger Fiesta.

In 1975, Mother Superior Kathleen Dunn of the Sisters of Mercy presided over a brief ceremony dedicating the $6.5 million expansion project at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

In 1990, the Redding City Council was considering a plan to hike water rates by 26 percent over a three-year period. The increase would add $15.90 to the annual bill of the average water user beginning Sept. 1.
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Today is Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a railroad line was being built in the Copper City region from the mines to the smelter.

In 1950, a comprehensive study of water development possibilities in the Trinity-Humboldt area  was urged as a major planning objective of the immediate future by James Carr, Sacramento Valley district manager of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

In 1975, Public Works Director Richard Curry said a state proposal to put a tax of as much as $1.30 per gallon on gasoline to discourage its use would destroy the economy of Shasta County.

In 1990, Brian Christopher, 17, of the Redding Swim Club won all five individual events he entered and set a new league freestyle record at the North Valley Aquatic League Swim Championship meet.
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Today is Monday, Aug. 21, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the residents of the Carville area of northern Trinity County would soon have closer communications with the Southern Pacific Railroad's main line. Slatonis was to be the area's point of communication with the outside world.

In 1950, the Cascade Tuberculosis Sanatorium was financially approved and the lowest construction bid accepted. The move came when representatives from Lasson, Siskiyou,  Trinity and Shasta Counties met and unanimously voted to go ahead with plans for the $849,000 sanatorium.

In 1975, a group of Hayfork residents told the Trinity County Board of Supervisors they did not like the place the county chose to stockpile gravel. The county had recently begun moving gravel for road repair to county property near the Hayfork airport. Nearby residents complained the heavy truck and tractor traffic was too noisy.

In 1990, a recycling firm with outlets in the north state shut down 200 collection centers statewide, including many in Redding. A spokesman for 20-20 Recycle Centers said the outlets were shut down because they were not profitable.
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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Frances Carr, secretary of the Democratic County Central Committee, returned to Redding from Copper City after organizing substantial Bryan and Stevenson clubs there.

In 1950, horses and planes joined forces in the great task of reseeding 4,600 acres of freshly burned land in the Bear Creek ridge area of Shasta County. The ridge was part of a 10,000-acre controlled burn carried on by range owners and forest and agriculture officials.

In 1975, Redding's Jean Douglas was named March of Dimes coordinator for the north state.

In 1990, Redding city officials were mulling the possibility of building a "first class" municipal golf course.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a man named Kioano was thrown from the northbound freight by a breakman for trying to steal a ride. The wheels of a train ran over his foot severing it.

In 1950, over the protest vote of Councilman Carl A. Williams, the Redding City Council voted to install parking meters on Shasta Street between Market and Pine Streets.

In 1975, a study of the feasibility and best method of operating a public transit system in the Redding-Enterprise area was to be completed by February.

In 1990, a survey in Money Magazine ranked Redding No. 89 out of 300 in a study of the best places to live. The year before, the city was ranked No. 177 out of 300.
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000. On this date.

In 1900, G.E. Bailey returned to Redding from a monthlong stay in San Francisco, where he was overseeing the construction of additional machinery for  Adele Co.'s new mill in Lewiston.

In 1950, The Shasta County Medical Society was planning to take the lead in establishing a full-time county health department.

In 1975, the results were in from a three-day survey taken during the fourth of July weekend by staff members of the state Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. The survey found Shasta Lake was polluted by human waste in some areas although the ammount of contamination appeared to be small.

In 1990, Two Redding advisory commissions agreed that motorized skis and high-powered boats should be banned from most of the Sacramento River within city limits.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 25, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, mining man J.H. Tibbits thought there was a great future for the French Gulch Mining District. Tibbits had just returned from a business tour of the district.

In 1950, survey work to provide for a milelong runway capable of handling planes of the DC-3 class (twin-engine commercial airliners) was going ahead at the Sky Ranch Airport in Fall River Mills.

In 1975, a National Park Service advisory panel recommended the temporary reopening of Manzanita Lake campground on a walk-in basis untill a master plan was completed for all of Lassen Volcanic National Park.

In 1990, Shasta County would have its first appointed medical examiner if the Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of Auburn forensic pathologist Dr. Joseph Tripoli to replace Dr. Lyndon Fitch.
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Today is Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Capt. H.G. Lambson, the man in charge of north state fisheries, said the take of salmon eggs at the fishery that year was excessively small.

In 1950, it was reported that a full-time deputy would patrol Shasta County during deer season watching for trespassers. If his work was satisfactory, he would be kept during pheasant and fishing seasons.

In 1975, patients in Shasta General Hospital in Redding would have to pay $10 per day more for a room and $25 per day for more acute care.

In 1990, Anderson-Cottonwood Disposal Service Inc. and Burney Disposal Co. ask to raise their garbage collection rates for unincorporated areas. Rates for many county residents would go up 20 percent if their request was granted.
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Today is Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, after an unexplained explosion in the well on William Hobbs' farm in the Sanders Flat area, the water in the well began "churning and boiling and was unfit for use."

In 1950, city Assessor Charles Barry released results of a reassessment in Redding that showed an increase in valuation of more than $4 million.

In 1975, Redding merchant Dick Burton and his father, Marvin, offered to purchase the old Dickers Store and adjacent land for the purpose of adding 10 to 12 new stores in the Mall in downtown Redding.

In 1990, ranchers in the Fall River Valley proposed a "right to farm" rule to protect residents and ranchers from  from perceived conflicts that could arise from agricultural activities.
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Today is Monday, Aug. 28, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, walnut-sized hail fell in Redding, along with heavy rain. It was the first precipitation in the region sence June.

In 1950, Clyde Bisnett of Redding won the watermelon-eating contest at the Trinity County Fair in Hayfork. He attributed his success to having a bigger mouth than the other contestants.

In 1975, it was reported that there would be 12 new teachers on the Shasta College day staff that fall. There was a total of 159 staff members, the largest staff in the college's history.

In 1990, the city of Redding was trying out a new method of getting its construction projects off the drawing board faster and cheaper. It involved a partnership with the private sector, which could generally build facilities at 75 percent or less of what it would cost for government agencies.
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Today is Monday. Aug. 29, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, renowned pugilist Mike Egan was employed at a machine shop in Keswick.

In 1950, activity in the Redding city pound almost doubled over the previous two months.

(No 1975. )

In 1990, a home electronic monitoring program for prisoners was added to Shasta County's 1990-91 budget.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a good strike of ore was reported in the Arps of copper claims just north of Copper City in Shasta County.

In 1950, total relief payments in Shasta County for June were $120,326, compared with $100,883 for June of 1949.

In 1975, poorly treated Dunsmuir city sewage stopped flowing into the upper Sacramento River. A Central Valley Water Quality Control Board order took effect, requiring the abatement of the sewage discharge.

In 1990, it was announced that Central Valley wouldn't get help from Shasta County to open a library branch there.
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Today is Friday, Sept. 1, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Redding celebrated the 28th annivesary of the railroad coming to the city. The first train carrying mail and other items pulled into Redding on the evening of Sept. 1, 1872.

In 1950, the month of August was the hottest August sence 1933. The average temperature was 83.5 degrees.

In 1975, members of the Redding City Council were considering changes in the city's housing administrative policy. They were considreing a controversial request to build 84 dwelling units at Lake Boulevard and Santa Rosa Way and a request to have more women on city committees.

In 1990, Tehama County District Attorney Ed King officially left his position and was sworn in as a justice court judge for the county.
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Today is Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Marshal Fisher and Sheriff Behrens stopped the Day vs. Reay boxing match in Redding at the beginning of the 16th round because it was "excessively brutal."

In 1950, Shasta County placed first in the lumber and forestry industries section at the State Fair in Sacramento. It was the first time the county won the honor with lumber as the central theme of its exhibit.

In 1975, day classes began at the college of the Siskiyous with a 24 percent increase in enrollment from the previous year.

In 1990, Dan Keely, owner of Keely's Reptile Ranch in Redding, was looking for a mother-to-be tortoise that escaped from the ranch's yard. He believed the tortoise  tunneled out of the yard to lay her eggs.
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Today is Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that the management of the McCloud River Railroad was going to extend its line from McCloud to Bartlee and was looking to hire 1,000 workers for the project.

In 1950, "Education for Creative Living in our time" was the theme of the Shasta County Teachers' Fall Institute opening at Chico State University. More than 300 teachers from the county attended the five-day session.

In 1975, Shasta County supervisors unenthusiastically agreed to pay a housing development coordinator between $979 and $1,190 per month as part of a federal  housing program.

In 1990, lack of state funding stalled north state driver training programs in public schools, meaning more students would have to pay for private instruction or wait until they turned 18 to get a drivers license.
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Today is Monday, Sept. 4, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, an unusually heavy rain caused extensive damage to Shasta County's fruit crop.

In 1950, Oliver Carter, state senator representing Shasta and Trinity counties, was appointed as a federal judge for Northern California.

In 1975, the Shasta County public works director urged supervisors to fight against a state bill that would allow trucks to haul more weight on county, state and federal roads.

In 1990, Simpson College began its second year in Redding with an ambitious plan for growth fueled by donations  and profits from development of adjacent property.
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, there was a possibility that a sidewalk would be built along courthouse square on Court Street between Butte and Yuba streets in Redding. James Salle, owner of part of the land, offered to build a sidewalk on his property if the other property owners on the street would build the rest.

In 1950, 20 bulldozers and at least 200 men were fighting a 16,000-acre fire in the Rainbow Lake/Ono area. All mills in Redding and Anderson were closing down so more men would be available to help fight the fire.

In 1975, a Dunsmuir committee was seeking a railroad over-crossing to connect the city's eastern side with the emergency services located on the west side of town.

In 1990, the bodies of two male climbers who slid  500 feet to their deaths on Mt. Shasta were retrieved. Authorities believed the two men were the first climbing victims of the mountain that year.
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the trout streams of Shasta County were being rapidly restocked by the U.S. Fish Commission with young fish from the government station at Sisson.

In 1950, The Shasta County Board of Supervisors approved standardized, 14-day vacation for all nonelected county employees.

In 1975, Bella Vista Public Utilities District directors voted unanimously to abandon the 7-week-old Northgate Drive Special Assessment District.

In 1990, the Redding Museum & Art Center changed its name to better reflect its function. Its new name - Redding Museum of Art and History. - was agreed upon  by Redding's City Council.
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000. No this date:

In 1900, the contract for building French Gulch School for $2,750 was awarded to Frank Scammon by trustees of the district.

In 1950, the use of phosphorus fertilizer on Perry Opdyke's land near Hat Creek in Shasta County increased his hay yield by 50 percent.

In 1975, more than $2.46 million in building permits issued by the city of Redding in August pushed 1975 totals ahead of the same period for the previous year, which was the city's all-time record year for building permits.

In 1990, a group of scuba divers was cleaning up underwater litter at Whiskeytown Lake. It was the first large-scale, organized cleanup of its kind at the lake.
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Today is Friday, Sept. 8, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors decided to put $4,000 insurance on the new county hospital that was then only partially built.

In 1950, more than 600 square dancers were expected to arrive in Redding to help the Wonderland Twirlers square dance club of Redding celebrate its first anniversary.

In 1975, an annexation study conducted by the city of Anderson shows more than half the land in the city was undeveloped and many people outside and near the city boundaries didn't want any part of the city.

In 1990, Shasta County officials were working to change the county's nepotism policy to prevent abuses. The Board of Supervisors was considering recommending a  more strict policy.
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Today is Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Iron Mountain Investment Co., the development branch of Mountain Copper Co., gave up its bond on the Stowell group of copper mines in the Flat Creek District of Shasta County after seven months of development.

In 1950, state offices and banks were closed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of California's statehood.

In 1975, Shasta County supervisors dropped a controversial proposal to place a commercial strip along Interstate 5 near Churn Creek Bottom and reduce the minimum lot size for the area on 150 acres from five to two acres.

In 1990, Trinity County and Redding officials were planning to challenge preliminary 1990 U.S. Census figures. They claimed the tally was too low.
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Today is Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Harry L. Shannon was getting his Shingletown electrical power enterprise under way. His company was granted the right to erect poles and string wires for the transmission of power throughout the county.

In 1950, Dow Chemical Co. officials in San Francisco said they were not planning to build a metallic magnesium plant in the Redding area.

In 1975, Shasta County ambulance operators served the county 90 days' notice that they no longer wanted to participate in a central dispatch system.

In 1990, two fire bombs were thrown at windows of Redding's Nova High School library, one of them breaking a window and starting a fire inside that caused minor damage.
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Today is Monday, Sept. 11, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the General Land Office in Washington, D.C., ruled that miners in Shasta County would have to prove their claims within 60 days or loose their mining rights.

In 1950.  the number of railroad cars allotted to Redding and vicinity was drastically cut and was beginning to threaten employment in the lumber industry.

In 1975, a proposed limit to the number of commercial houseboats that could be added to Lake Shasta during the next 30 years would have allowed major increases at only two resorts under U.S. Forest Service permits.

In 1990, United Way of Shasta County kicked off its annual fund-raising campaign by receiving $8,900 of its $494,000 goal on the first day.
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, people were flocking to Redding as it was getting ready to host a big circus that was scheduled to roll into town that week.

In 1950, the city of Redding received permission from Harry Benton for the rights of way in the Benton Tract. The extension of city utilities into the tract had been held up until the city could receive the rights of way.

In 1975, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation wanted to increase the wholesale price for hydro-electric power from the Central Valley Project by an estimated 66 percent by 1977.

In 1990, an urgency ordinance creating a Shasta County Library Commission was approved by the Board of Supervisors. The urgency designation was added so commissioners could be appointed and have time before the November election to impose a sales tax increase.
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the output of the Shingletown lumber mills for the season was estimated to be 8 million board feet.

!n 1950, deer hunting season was set to open in all counties in the north state except Siskiyou, where it wouldn't open until Oct. 1 to lessen fire danger.

In 1975, the state agreed to pay Siskiyou County $5,000 to help it classify wild, scenic and recreational rivers in the county.

In 1990, Trinity County educator Larry Plew was selected as one of 12 statewide recipients of the 1990 California Educators Award. Each winner received 25,000.
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, after renewing the railroad bed of the Southern Pacific line from Salt Creek to Rock Creek in Shasta County, a crew of track repairers was moved from Middle Creek to Castle Crags. From there they were to work south to get well down the line before winter snows set in the upper Sacramento River canyon.

In 1950, engineers for the Johns-Manville  Corp. were doing diamond drill tests for asbestos in the Highland Lake area in northern Shasta County.

In 1975, an auditor's review found Redding needed to tighten certain fiscal controls and make cash projections to allow effective investment earnings.

In 1990, four Shasta Union High School District trustees  unanimously agreed to move ahead with plans to purchase property for the construction of a high school in Palo Cedro.
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Today is Friday, Sept. 15, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a case of diphtheria was reported at the Castle Crags Box Factory near Dunsmuir. Residents of the town were terrified that the disease would spread.

In 1950, L. Travis Anderson, in charge of the U.S. Bureau of Mines plant at Shasta Dam, announced that substantial asbestos deposits had been found throughout a wide area of the north state, including Trinity and Northwestern Shasta Counties.

In 1975, the Shasta Union High School Board of Trustees was deciding whether to hire two psychologists to screen and test students for a federally funded program at Nova High School in Redding.

In 1990, Chilean-born singer, guitarist and songwriter  Rafael Manriquez, 43, of Berkeley was in Shasta County preforming for students at four area schools.
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Today is Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Redding's school children would not suffer from cold in the coming winter with the board of trustees advertising to buy 60 tiers of 2-foot wood to be used for heating the school.

In 1950, Shasta Union High School students Albert Doelker and Ed Maunder were awarded prizes for their livestock at the state fair in Sacramento.

In 1975, Medford Ore., planing and urban design firm Patterson Langford and Stewart was continuing with a second phase of Redding's community development. The City Council approved an $18,000 contract for the firm to help city planners develop five neighborhood plans in the next year.

In 1990, armed with a $303,000 federal grant, Ashland-based Oregon Public Broadcasting station KSOR officials announced they planned to open a radio station in Burney. The manager of the Southern Oregon State College station said the Burney station would be known as KNCA and be at 88.9 on the FM dial.
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Today is Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a Redding man named George W. Bush was elected chairman of the Republican County Convention being conducted in Redding's Armory Hall.

In 1950, McColl's Inc. began construction of a $150,000 plant at the corner of Angelo Street and Parkview Avenue in Redding. All new milk-processing equipment using modern pasteurization methods was to be
installed in the plant.

In 1975, Redding City Attorney Earl Murphy said plans for phase one of construction of Buenaventura Boulevard, which would eventually loop the western end of the city from Eureka Way to South Market Street, were
"pretty well firmed up."

In 1990, Redding officials were waiting until Shasta County got new players on the Board of Supervisors before dealing with the thorny issue of how property taxes would be divided during annexations.

Today is Monday, Sept. 18, 2000. On this date.

In 1900, an untimely storm hit the north state and caused heavy losses to crops in the fruit-growing regions of Shasta County.

In 1950, trustees of Redding's Methodist Church were asking for informal bids on having the church building, which had recently been condemned by the city, torn down. The building was then on Sacramento Street.

In 1975, figures compiled by the Shasta County Sheriff's office found that galloping increases in major crimes in the county recorded in the first six months of the year had stopped in August.

In 1990, approximately one ton of trash was removed from the bottom of Whiskeytown Lake over the weekend when teams of divers played underwater litter collectors.
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, an outbreak of scarlet fever was reported in northern Shasta County. The sickness had reportedly been  brought to the Fall River area from the town of Adin in Modoc County.

In 1950, Ray Sylvester of Redding developed a paint that wouldn't burn, wash or rub off. It was made with asbestos taken in Shasta County. He planned to go into business with P.M. Stimmell, a painting contractor, and set up a plant in Redding to manufacture the paint.

In 1975, Shasta County was preparing to buy approximately $400,000 worth of computer equipment for its various departments.

In 1990, it was reported that united express would drop its Redding-to-Sacramento flights Oct. 31, leaving Redding without nonstop commercial flights to the state capital.
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, two changes were made in post office affairs in Shasta County. One was the establishment of a post office in Furnaceville (near Ingot) with tri-weekly service to Redding and the other was the abolishment of the post office at Hart.

In 1950, Henry Keeter of Redding was named state president of the Loyal Order of the Moose at a final meeting of the Moose convention in Los Angeles.

In 1975, two new ambulances were in service in Trinity and Tehama counties as a result of cooperative efforts of the  Northern California Emergency Care Council with Trinity County, the Red Bluff Ambulance Service and state Office of Traffic Safety.

In 1990, Al Mesa, a diabetic 43-year-old Red Bluff man, was rescued after getting lost on a hunting expedition in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness in western Tehama County.
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the Josephine mine in the Shasta District looked like a bonanza with an 18-inch ledge of ore being taken from it with the rock going as high as $143 per ton.

In 1950, a second call for induction by the Selective Service was issued for 10 men from Shasta and Trinity Counties. The total number of draftees from the area was 21.

In 1975, Lakehead residents were participating in a poll to find out what should be done to their community water system and whether they wanted the county to form a service area.
In 1990, for the third time since school began, Shasta Union High School District administrators were adding classes at Enterprise High School in Redding to reduce crowding.
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Today is Friday, Sept. 22, 2000. On this date: In 1900, the Democratic County Convention was getting under way in Redding with large audiences expected to attend.

In 1950, there was a full schedule of events planned in Redding for National Kids Day, a nationwide event sponsored by the Kiwans.

In 1975 a proposal to build 84 apartment units at Lake Boulevard and Santa Rosa Way in Redding was being considered by the Redding Planning Commission.

In 1990, north state officials were pleased to learn the California Transportation Commission would fund preliminary work on a Buckhorn Summit widening project.
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Today is Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a collision between a fright train and two hand cars near Clear Creek resulted in injuries to 12 men in section foreman  J. McNeill's crew, which was riding south on the two hand cars.

In 1950, the Shasta County Bar Association was on record in favor of appointing a second Superior Court Judge for the county.

In 1975, on a 3-1 vote, Anderson City Council members  decided to advertise for applicants to fill the job of city manager rather than promote from within the city's ranks.

In 1990, it was reported that Pfizer Inc., a New York - based chemical company, would be building a plant on Simpson Paper Products property in Anderson.
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Today is Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, arrangements were complete for the gathering of the Grand Encampment of Odd Fellows, scheduled to be conducted that week in Redding.

In 1950, an all-time Shasta County record was broken in the year's voter registration for the Nov. 7 general election with 18,733 registered voters in the county.

In 1975, C. Meek Lumber Co. won approval from the Board of Administrative Review, an arm of the Planning Commission, to build an 8,000-square-foot addition to its office at 3048 S. Market St.

In 1990, after more than 20 years of defending criminal suspects, Pete Knoll became Siskiyou County's new district attorney.
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Today is Monday, Sept. 25, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, attendance at the first day of the Northern California Driving Club races, in conjunction with the District Fair, was much larger than anticipated.

In 1950, wage increases for lumber workers in the were being discussed between employers and agents with the AFL Lumber Workers' Union.

In 1975, Redding resident Sally Hardy, who claimed she bit into an insect while eating canned spinach, was awarded $1,500 in damages against Del Monte Corp. The judgment was awarded by Shasta County Superior Court Judge Frank S. Peterson.

In 1990, spurred by recent fire disasters statewide and increasing development, the state Board of Forestry was  considering tougher fire safety guidelines for new homes popping out of forests and hillsides across the state.
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a wax figure of a woman was displayed in the window of Mrs. F. A. Hertier's store, the Millener, on Yuba Street in Redding as part of the store's official fall and winter opening.

In 1950 James K. Carr, district manager of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, announced that the report on the proposed Trinity River Project would be completed by the middle of 1951.

In 1975, federal Judge Oliver Carter, a former Redding resident, was presiding over a court hearing for Patricia  Hearst.

In 1990, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report issued in Washington, D.C., listed the Simpson Paper Co. mills near Anderson and Eureka, as well as two Louisiana Pacific Corp. pulp mills on the Samoa peninsula west of Eureka, among those that were polluting waterways, threatening the health of people, animals and fish.
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, figures showed there that there were far more registered Democrats in Shasta County than Republicans.

In 1950, it was announced that the overcrowded conditions at Anderson High School would be eliminated with the construction of a new school building.

In 1975, the Redding Redevelopment Agency held a public hearing on a proposal by Dick and Marvin Burton to add 12 stores to the Mall in downtown Redding.

In 1990, a new ordinance the Redding Planning Commission wanted the City Council to adopt would have required advertising signs to be smaller and less obtrusive.
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the Mammoth and Stowell groups of copper mining claims in Shasta County were bonded to parties from the east coast.

In 1950, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Harry Harmon Beeson of Redding, who was wounded in Korea on Aug. 17, was among 120 servicemen honored at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland during the first Purple Heart award ceremonies conducted in the U.S. since the beginning of the Korean War.

In 1975, an evaluation system for teachers and administrators adopted by trustees of the Enterprise Elementary School District was discussed at a board meeting. Teachers in the district said the board adopted the system prematurely, without conferring with the teachers.

In 1990, the U.S. Forest Service was considering ending drag boat races on Lake Red Bluff.
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Today is Friday, Sept, 29, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, agents for the German government were buying horses in the Butte Creek, Little Shasta, Big Shasta and Klamath Lake areas of Northern California and Southern Oregon for shipment to China.

In 1950, an erosion control project being carried out in the Keswick Dam watershed was the main subject of discussion at a meeting of representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service of Redding.

In 1975, after visiting sewer plants built by ForWest Corp., Shasta County Supervisor Dan Glover made recommendations about a plant the firm was planning to build for a subdivision near Gas Point Road in Cottonwood.

No 1990 today.
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Today is Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the new packing house for Porter Brothers Co. was completed in Anderson under contract by Cal Bainbridge. Processing machinery for the treatment of prunes was being installed in the new building.

In 1950, it was reported that Shasta County women would help fly the United Nations flag on United Nations Day, Oct. 24. Some groups of rural women in the county had already started making the flags as their contribution toward the spirit of world peace.

!n 1975, the 1974-1975 Trinity County Grand Jury wanted Medical Enterprises Inc. to continue management of the county hospital in Weaverville and recommended that the county assessor closely scrutinize large lumber sales to protect the county's tax share.

In 1990, Holiday Quality Foods North State Grocers Inc., parent company of Holiday Market stores, announced the purchase of 10 Shasta View Market grocery stores and immediately closed two of the stores.
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Today is Sunday, Oct.1, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the board of city trustees entered into a contract with the city's electric light company to furnish eight 2000 candle-power arc lamps, under a schedule permitting the use of the lights on all dark nights for the sum of $80 per month.

In 1950, the report of a traffic survey at Market and South streets in Redding was referred to the state Highway Department for action. The department was to decide whether a traffic light was needed at the intersection.

In 1975, six well-known speakers and state officials were to set to discuss land use planning with more than 300 of California's county planning commissioners gathering in Redding for the annual conference of the California County Planning Commissioners Association.

In 1990, a decision issued by the U.S. Forest Service made it so the northern spotted owl would receive full protection of the Endangered Species Act - at least in the short run - in north state national forests.
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Today is Monday, Oct. 2, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, two train wrecks occurred in the Sacramento River Canyon near Mott. Traffic was delayed for several hours, but no people were killed.

In 1950, the goal for Shasta County's first Community Chest campaign was set at $39,500.

In 1975, the U.S. Forest Service's plan to manage Trinity Lake was called un-American, discriminatory, ridiculous and "a barrel of rattlesnakes" by a vociferous crowd of houseboat owners at a public hearing. The plan called for a 10-year phase-out of large private houseboats moored at the lake and the limitation of commercially rented houseboats to 110.

In 1990, although fire conditions remained dangerously high, seasonal fire fighters throughout Northern California were being sent home early because of the budget cuts for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, 24 area Republicans met in Redding to organize a William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt Club.

In 1950, Southwest Airways started installing a radio beam homing facility at the Redding Municipal Airport and expected to have it working within 60 days.

In 1975, promoters of a 96-bed residential care center for senior citizens on 23 acres off Park Marina Drive in Redding submitted plans to the city.

In 1990, state law was signed requiring Shasta and Tehama county motorists to have their emissions systems tested every two years beginning January 2.
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Republican candidate for Congress Frank L. Combs of Napa was given a "fine reception" when he came to Redding for a public meeting at Armory Hall.

In 1950, James Roosevelt, Democratic candidate for governor, made a visit to Redding and spoke at the Golden Eagle Hotel and the Redding sawmills.

In 1975, it was reported that the city of Redding might build its own dam to hold back rising costs of generating power. A $15,000 feasibility study by CH2M Hill engineers was expected to be authorized at the next meeting of the City Council.

In 1990, the Mt. Shasta Mall United Artists theater announced it would be closing Oct. 18 to make way for new retail outlets in the mall.
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Today is Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, members of the Redding First Presbyterian Church were making vigorous efforts to have extensive and much needed repairs made to their church, Redding's oldest.

In 1950, work began on Weaverville's new state Division of Forestry station, which was to be completed by July 1951. The station, planned to be used for fire suppression work, was to have a crew of nine men.

In 1975, the presentation of an annexation study conducted over the summer by Anderson planning department was given to the city planning commissioners at Anderson City Hall.

In 1990, a plan to set up a methadone treatment program was thwarted when Shasta County Chief Executive Officer Michael Johnson said he would not allow the county to apply for federal funding.
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Today is Friday, Oct. 6, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, 140,000 pounds of machinery for a dredger to be operated near Weaverville by C.D. Galvin was stacked at the train depot in Redding awaiting shipment to Trinity County. A force of carpenters were at work building a boat for the dredger that was expected to be operational by thanksgiving.

In 1950, the Shasta County clerk's office was busier than usual as county employees filed in to take a loyalty oath. The Board of Supervisors set a deadline of Oct. 27 for the employees to sign the oath or not get paid.

In 1975, Shasta Union High School trustees were meeting in an executive session to talk about a possible salary increase for employees.

In 1990, after responding to some 225 separate comments, a final report by the U.S. Forest Service once again supported the proposed location for a second ski area on Mt. Shasta's southern slopes.
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Today is Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a sudden and unexpected rise in the Sacramento River swept away a boom stretched across the stream at Keswick Station by Buck & Wengler and about 1,700 cords of 2-foot wood and 50,000 feet of mining timber with it. The loss amounted to about $9,000.

In 1950, a contract to eliminate dangerous curves on Highway 299 at Hatchet Creek was awarded by C.H. Purcell, state director of public works. Purcell announced he had accepted a bid of $333,843 from Eaton & Smith in San Francisco.

In 1975, Shasta County received $1,535, Trinity County $948 and Siskiyou County $3,303 as their shares of federal grazing fees collected by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

In 1990, the First Baptist Church of Cottonwood's 100-year-old bell was stolen from the church, but was recovered the next day.
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Today is Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors opened bids for the building of a stringer bridge across Squaw Creek on the road to Bully Hill.

In 1950, fire chiefs from all over Shasta County met at the main fire station on Shasta Street in Redding. The chiefs were organizing for action in case of a disaster in accordance with the state disaster council program.

In 1975, the city of Redding received word that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had approved the organization of a city housing authority.

In 1990, Redding couple Vernon and Isaac Lowe were honored for their work promoting racial harmony. They were given the first achievement award by the Shasta County Citizens Against Racism at a special banquet.
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Today is Monday, Oct. 9, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Peter O'Brien and Lorrigan Dooney, workers on the railroad being built from Pit River to Bully Hill, were seriously injured by a premature explosion at the construction site.

In 1950, the Girl Scouts of America had grown from one troop in Shasta County in 1946 to 14, with three more troops in the process of forming.

In 1975, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management appointed Siskiyou County Supervisor Mike Belcastro to the bureau's Redding District Multiple Use Advisory Board.

In 1990, North State Security officers Dave Belongie and Daniel Carter were injured when dry ice bombs exploded as they bent over them at Enterprise High School.
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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Henry Frickenger was appointed health officer of the city of Redding.

In 1950, building in Redding increased greatly during September for the third month in a row. During the month, building permits were issued totaling $213,050, which was 36 percent higher than permits for August and 303 percent higher than the last September.

In 1975, Grant's Department Store in Redding was among 201 stores W.T. Grant Co. would close by the end of the year, according to Andy Anderson, assistant manager of the store.

In 1990, more than 350 people attended a weekend fund-raiser that brought in money to bring 41 Soviet performers -- the Moscow-based group Arlekin -- to the north state in addition to the 11 already here.
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, an advertisement by Buck and Wengler in the Redding Morning Searchlight called for wood choppers "to work on good timber on level ground for between $1.20 and $1.25 per cord." The timber stood "in the bend of the Pit River."

In 1950, it was reported that the X-ray mobile truck would be in Redding for the next week giving free X-rays. The unit was sponsored by the Shasta County Tuberculosis Association.

In 1975, work brought Redding native Norman Rentle to Sacramento for a four-day visit commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Navy.

In 1990, members of the Shasta County Chapter of the  American Society of Civil Engineers were building a bridge over Sulphur Creek, soon to be part of the Sacramento River Trail in Redding.
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Today is Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Leon Leighton, an orchard owner in the Stillwater area, was in Redding after delivering 13 tons of dried fruit from his and his brother's farms. The fruit was purchased by Mr. Anderson, a representative of Warren & Co. of Chicago.

In 1950, Redding merchants were planning "Dollar Day" bargains, trotting out buys that would make a dollar worth more in merchandise.  The semiannual event was sponsored by the retail merchant  division of the Chamber of Commerce.

In 1975, Shasta College trustees approved spending $44,315 for science equipment, a car-painting booth and a tractor lawn mower. Among the science equipment to be purchased were an atomic absorption spectrophotometer and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.

In 1990, Live Oak School, which served youngsters with emotional or behavioral problems, was given the go-ahead to move from its site on Canyon Creek Road to a 42-acre parcel  in northwest Redding south of Oasis Road and west of the Southern Pacific Transportation Co. railroad.
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Today is Friday, Oct. 13, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, two men attempted to rob Adam's Barber Shop on Tehama Street. One man was captured by police. The other escaped.

In 1950, a 20-year-old Cottonwood man and his 17-year-old counterpart confessed to stripping automobiles in a Cottonwood used car lot.

In 1975, Cub Scout Pack No. 75 and fathers harvested 3,000 donated pumpkins they would sell to raise money for the scouting program in Anderson and southern Shasta County.

In 1990, construction on a 340-mile power line connecting the Pacific North West with parts of California got its symbolic start. Redding was to pay $18 million as its share of the $285 million cost.
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Today is Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Redding was preparing for the Odd Fellows Grand Encampment, with 350 people expected to attend.

In 1950, Shasta College called for suggestions for a name for its sports teams. Students were asking that suggestions to be original.

In 1975, Nova High School was to begin broadcasting its radio program from its new quarters, complete with wall-to-wall carpeting and a purple-striped ceiling.

In 1990, the state Department of Education reported that  schoolchildren were out of shape. Redding school districts came to the defense of their physical education programs.
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Today is Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Ellsworth Bailey's foot was run over by a train hand-car. He had to be carried home, but it was believed no bones were broken.

In 1950, John Hightower of French Gulch was killed in a hunting accident. A hunter mistook Hightower's black dog for a bear and tried to shoot it, hitting Hightower instead.

In 1975, a band of women was suspected of stealing $6,000 from north state stores. The women were described as gypsies, wearing loose clothing, dangling jewelry and speaking a strange language.

In 1990. Joe Wong announced he would open a new Burger King in Mount Shasta. This would be the 13th restaurant he had opened.
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Today is Monday, Oct. 16, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Arthur Fickert of Red Bluff injured his hand after picking up a lighted firecracker. Fickert lost the third finger on his right hand.

In 1950, 120 employees of the city of Redding took an oath that they were not communists. City manager Phil Storm required them to take the oath before they could get paid.

In 1975, 31 railway clerks in Redding, Red Bluff and Dunsmuir walked off the job, joining a strike against Southern Pacific Railroad.

In 1990, the Redding Municipal Airport's restaurant, Pegasus, reopened after being shut down because of contractual differences between the city and its operators. The Restaurant had been open since 1987.
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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, two men charged with assault escaped from jail in Redding. The lock was broken from the outside.

In 1950, the Citizens Utilities Co. of California met with the Inter-County Chamber of Commerce to discuss a monthly  phone rate increase from $5.25 to $8.25.

In 1975, Rhonda Stevenson, 17, a senior at Central Valley High School, was crowned homecoming queen during ceremonies at Thompson Field. Central Valley lost the football game to Anderson High School, 32-16.

In 1990, David Gilstrap, a teacher at Juniper School, saved the life of a 5-year-old student who was choking on a piece of meat.
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Redding saw record seasonal rainfall of 8.65 inches, a big increase from the previous season's 0.85 inches.

In 1950, Bob Allenbaugh was found alive in the Pit River area after being missing for three days.

In 1975, Robert Dietz of Red Bluff was honored as Lumberman of the year by the Shasta Cascade Hoo Hoo Club 133.

In 1990, the town west of Weed was listed on the first "endangered communities list" released by the National Association of Counties.
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Today is Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, while trying to cross a rain-swollen Rock Creek, H.D. Campbell and G.A. Bridge drowned when their buggy was swept off the road by the creek water.

In 1950, Mrs Edward Shattuck held a meeting urging women to support the right to vote by displaying flags in their yards.

In 1975, miners in Hayfork pledged to support a group of miners charged with federal trespassing charges for living rent-free on national forest land in Denny.

In 1990, Shasta College administrators ordered four football players to be benched following charges of disturbing the peace.
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Today is Friday, Oct. 20, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, there was an outbreak of scarlet fever in the Kulp household in Keswick.

In 1950, a Redding firm, C.M. Ellin and John C. Gist received a contract to install three hydraulic turbines, a power plant and switchboard equipment on the Arizona side of the Hoover Dam.

In 1975, Judge James Kleenes requests of the Siskiyou County Probation Department that three people charged with growing marijuana be placed in the county's anti-drug education program instead of being prosecuted.

In 1990, a cleanup crew found a partial human skeleton on the bank of the Sacramento River in Redding.
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Today is Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Charles Fletcher attempted suicide by drinking a bottle of laudanum, but was saved by doctor T.L. Price.
         ( "Laudanum: Opium in alcohol" )

In 1950, Robert McConnel was prohibited from carrying a hunting license or firearms by a jury's decision. McConnel had mistaken the dog of John Hightower for a bear and accidently killed Hightower while trying to shoot what he thought was a bear.

In 1975, the Redding Redevelopment Agency had authorized advertisement for demolition bids to clear the way for 12 new shops at the Mall downtown.

In 1990, authorities were trying to identify the skeleton found 300 yards south of South Bonnyview Road bridge in Redding. Detectives said there was enough of the skeleton to eventually identify the body.
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Today is Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Levi Anderson sold to Grant Schroter three Quartz claims in the Shasta Mining District for $1,000.

In 1950, Judge Richard B. Eaton fined Chester Valentine $35 for driving off after backing into a porch.

In 1975, Shasta College agreed to provide to near-retirement employees of Kimberly Clark Corp. a workshop to cover the emotional, financial, and social aspects of retiring.

In 1990, Redding launched a pilot curbside recycling program by dropping off bins in the driveways of residents.
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Today is Monday, Oct. 23, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Annie Richert was found guilty  of maliciously killing the hogs of  neighbor George Boyle.

In 1950, the planning commission held a public hearing to zone the Benton tract and Diestlehorst property, and rezone the property near the school from first class to second class.

In 1975, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wade awoke to find their house, trees, shrubs and yard completely blanketed in miles of computer paper margins.

In 1990, trustees of the over-crowded Redding School District call for a $28 million bond for renovating and expanding upon the district's schools.
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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, 350 men at the Iron Mountain Mine went on strike. Included in the miners' demands was an eight-hour work day, compared with their current 10-hour day.

In 1950, plans for the new Mercy Hospital in Redding were completed. Bids were to be sought in December.

In 1975, three Douglas City residents were arrested for the burglary of a Redding home. They were suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods in a string of burglaries.

In 1990, a Redding woman suffered an apparent heart attack and swerved onto the railroad tracks, where her car, carrying her and five children, stalled. Off-duty firefighter Gary Eiler was nearby and gave her CPR, saving her life. None of the children were injured.
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Ed Brackett saved Robinson home from going up in flames by putting out a fire on its roof.

In 1950, Shasta College planned to add two new classes to its night schedule -- history of the far east and philosophy -- provided enough students signed up.

In 1975, a "pot party" was thrown  overnight in the Anderson city manager's office. Left behind were notes, pie tins, soda cans and a pipe.

In 1990, the Shasta County Planning Commission approved a plan for a New York-based firm, Pfizer Inc. to build and operate a chemical plant at the Simpson Paper Co. mill near Anderson.
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Today is Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the nation's 12th census found Redding with a population of 2,940, making it the second-largest city north of Sacramento.

In 1950, dairymen from Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Butte and Colusa counties met in ElCamino to discuss a change in the California Marketing Act of 1937 that would give grade B milk producers an equal vote on price agreement.

In 1975, three men in a vehicle stopped in front of the house of James Eagan and family and shot 25 rounds at them while they were branding a calf. No one was injured.

In 1990, $16,274 was contributed to Operation Desert Relief by 361 north state donors. Included in the donations were 100 pounds of items, including playing cards, books and shampoo.
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Today is Friday, Oct. 27, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Carl Nagel successfully grows and harvests hops and introduces a potential new market for Shasta County.

In 1950, the Bureau of Reclamation said the chance bombing of Shasta Dam wouldn't cause a catastrophic flood, but rather would only blow off the top portion of the dam.

In 1975, Shasta County Board of Supervisors will open bids today for a computer to handle the work of the auditor's office, the county assessor, the tax collector, and the welfare and the clerk's departments. The computer's approximate cost is $400,000.

In 1990, Megan Lynch, 15, of Redding takes first place in the championship division at the ninth annual Western Open Fiddle Championships at the Redding Convention Center.
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Today is Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000. On this date:

No 1900 history today.

In 1950, the federal Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Forest service meet to discuss the urgently needed Keswick Dam erosion project in order to save soil and vegetation.

In 1975, the California Health and Welfare Agencies begin taking applications for "restroom sanitation inspectors," but Dr. Michael Polka, Trinity County health officer, says the state should train someone to do many kinds of health inspections as opposed to just peering into toilets.

In 1990, in Corning, children discover a decomposed body in a ditch while playing in the area. The coroner says the body looks as though it had been there for a few months.
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Today is Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Shasta County Superintendent Miss Poore held an entertaining reception for teachers at the Odd Fellows Hall.

In 1950, a three-span bridge at Big Bar in Trinity County was washed away by near-record rainfall.

In 1975, "Alice Doesn't Day" was celebrated by members of the feminist National Organization for Women.

In 1990, more than a ton of snacks, books, games and other items were packaged by north state veterans to be sent to U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.
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Today is Monday, Oct. 30, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Walter J. Logan bribed a hobo with $1 to get his stolen coat back from another hobo.

In 1950, Don E. Bigelow of Central Valley was named business agent for the Carpenters Union Local 1599.

In 1975, Caltrans began making job cuts in its Redding office because of a lack of state funding.

In 1990, a fire of unknown cause destroyed the Pit River tribal building in Burney.
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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, D.M. Delmas spoke at Armory Hall in Redding. Delmas, known as "The silver-tongued Orator of the West," discussed the threats posed to the country by the imperialistic policies of President William McKinley's administration.

In 1950, an estimated 1,500 children participated in a Halloween costume parade and fiesta. The parade went from Pine Street School to Tiger Field in Redding, where entertainment was provided by the Municipal Band and stage and movie acts.

In 1975, Enterprise Elementary School District Trustee David W. Packard resigned because he had recently moved from Enterprise to Redding.

In 1990, the first fall storm of the season heightened hopes that rains would continue and keep California's drought from stretching into a fifth year.
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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the directors of Shasta Consolidated Oil Co. held a meeting in Redding in which articles of incorporation for the company were adopted.

In 1950, it was reported that Redding had its second wettest October in history with a  rainfall totaling 7.01 inches. The wettest October was that of 1889, when 15.13 inches of rain fell in Redding.

In 1975, Shasta County supervisors were discussing the feasibility of hiring a full-time fire warden for the county.

In 1990, Shasta County's new drug policy, which subjected county employees to possible drug testing, was being characterized as an unnecessary element in the workplace by employees who feared that drug-testing procedures would be used as a form of harassment against them.
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, two fires in the French Gulch area destroyed several buildings and irreplaceable books and records.

In 1950, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported that electrical service was back to normal in the north state after severe storms whisked some communities back to the days of gas lights and oil lamps.

In 1975, the Redding City Council was considering drilling a test well near the Redding Convention Center in hopes of finding a source for a regional water supply and reducing the turgidity of domestic water drawn from the Sacramento River.

In 1990, an architect representing a nationally prominent firm said he believed it would be a mistake to remodel the Mall in downtown Redding into a city hall. He said that it would cost as much to remodel The Mall as it would to build a city hall from scratch and that the product would probably be inferior to a new facility.
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Today is Friday, Nov. 3, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that extensive improvements would soon be made by the Pacific States Telephone Co. to its lines in Shasta County.  A loop was to be run from Redding to the towns of Keswick and Shasta.

In 1950, Donald R. Alexander was appointed acting construction engineer for Shasta Dam by James K Carr,  district manager for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's  Sacramento Valley District.

In 1975, a petition demanding immediate distribution of Shasta County's $1.5 million portion of federal forest reserve funds to school districts was denied by the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento.

In 1990, the state Department of Fish and Game asked the city of Redding to take special steps to protect urban streams until the department could complete an extensive mapping project aimed at tighter restrictions on development.
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Today is Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a lengthy strike by workers at Iron Mountain Mine was ending with neither side giving in or making any aggressive movement.

In 1950, members of the Redding City Council said at an informal breakfast meeting they would approve a plan for airplane hangers to be built at Benton Field in the city.

In 1975, Shasta County supervisors and Redding City Council members agreed to a $50,000 waste-study contract with a Long Beach engineering firm. The study sought to project how much solid waste there would be in the area in the future, what would be done with it, and where it would be put.

In 1990, Redding's Bill Schmitt staged an unprecedented comeback to win his fourth NASCAR Winston West Series championship.
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Today is Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, five cars of a south bound freight train piled up in a wreck within 100 yards of Keswick station. Three men were crushed and killed in the wreck.

In 1950, it was reported that the community chest campaign had collected more than $25,000 in its drive for $39,500.

In 1975, 15 square miles were added to the Shasta Mosquito Abatement District when residents in southern Shasta County voted 146 to 112 to approve an annexation measure.

In 1990, plastic recycling bins lined the curbs in front of 45 percent of the 2,500 house-holds in Redding's new curb-side recycling program. City workers had picked up a total of 24,120 pounds of recyclable material during the first five days of the program.
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Today is Monday, Nov. 6, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the annual five-day conference of the California and Oregon Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was called to order in Redding.

In 1950, the first contract on record calling for the purchase of Central Valley Project power by a California irrigation district was signed by directors of the West Side Irrigation District, headquartered in Tracy.

In 1975, the Shasta County Public Works Department said a project to widen and extend Victor Avenue in Enterprise would not have a significant effect on the environment.

In 1990, a barrier to the sale of fire-damaged timber along with South Fork of the Trinity River -- a federally protected "wild and scenic river" -- was removed by a federal appeals court ruling. The sale had been blocked by a federal judge's ruling that forbade logging the damaged timber because the U.S. Forest Service had not prepared a land management plan for the area.
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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, W.H. McNames completed arrangements for a two-day horse racing contest starting on Thanksgiving in Redding.

In 1950, John F. Reginato was elected chairman of the Shasta County chapter of the American Red Cross to replace K.W. VanGundy.

In 1975, employees of Enterprise Elementary School District were granted an additional 1 percent raise, bringing their total 1975-76 pay raise to 6 percent.

In 1990, voters in the north state followed a statewide trend by turning thumbs down on a host of environmental and forestry initiatives on a complex general election ballot.
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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, it was announced that J.A. Hubbard of Anderson had been elected as the district's next state assemblyman.

In 1950, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors agreed to build a new bridge and approach to Anderson High School and to declare the road from Old Cow Creek to Whitmore first to receive funds under the federal aid to secondary roads program.

In 1975, it was reported that the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District might eventually provide domestic water and other community services to taxpayers in the district.

In 1990, a program designed to help new small businesses, known as a business incubator, was being considered for Central Valley. Officials said the program would anchor an industrial park in the city.
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, 1 million salmon eggs from Baird Station fish hatchery were being shipped to New Zealand to stock streams there.

In 1950, Supervisor Roswell Leavitt of the Trinity National Forest announced to Weaverville that 17 forest roads would be closed Nov. 15 to protect them from water travel.

In 1975, the California Highway Patrol announced that there were 129 automobile accidents investigated by the Redding-area CHP during the month of October with one fatality and 58 people injured.

In 1990, the state Board of Education unanimously decided residents in the Central Valley High School attendance area should vote on whether to unify four elementary school districts with the high school.
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Today is Friday, Nov. 10, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that Iron Mountain Mine was on fire. The fire had originated and been confined to one tunnel of the mine, and the 100 men who had been working in the tunnel were laid off.

In 1950, at least 15 men from the Redding area were going to be surprised by visits from Marine Corps recruiters today, the 175th birthday of the Corps.  All marines had been ask to recommend another man for enlistment in recognition of the day and recruiters were making visits to those men.

In 1975, winter blustered into Northern California with a storm that dumped 7 inches of snow on Mount Shasta and cold rain in the Sacramento Valley.

In 1990, Shasta County officials were considering setting up a team of experts to investigate child deaths in the county to find out why the county's child death rate was higher than the state's.
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Today is Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the Redding board of trustees ordered Marshall Fisher to collect all road poll taxes due to the city to continue recent street improvements.

In 1950, private pilots were planning to operate out of the Redding Sky Ranch as members of the Shasta County sheriff's aerial squadron.

In 1975, it was reported that three classrooms, a bathroom and kitchen would be used at Magnolia School in Redding by the state preschool program, then housed at Bethel Church in Enterprise.

In 1990, a sampling of economic indicators showed the recession creeping into the nation's economy hadn't yet reached Redding.
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Today is Sunday, Nov. 12, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, mining activity was picking up in the French Gulch district with two mines in the process of repairing their stamp mills and another striking a 3-foot vein of ore that assayed $300 per ton.

In 1950, a federal court in Sacramento was set to decide the feud between Burney rancher Charles Beeler and Raymond Berry of Scott Lumber Co. The lumber firm filed suit charging that Beeler cut a phone line serving the lumber company's Long Valley Ranch.

In 1975, the Bureau of Land Management made a proposal to establish a 17,000-acre primitive area in northeastern Shasta and southeastern Siskiyou counties.  The proposal had been made in a recently released plan for the bureau's 134,000-acre cinder cone planning unit.

In 1990, Shasta County Sheriff-elect Jim Pope announced that Siskiyou County Sheriff's Capt. Larry Schaller would be his undersheriff when he succeeded Phil Eoff in January.
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Today is Monday, Nov. 13, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the public school at Buckeye had a new bell. S.S. Stickley, who contributed the money for the bell, made a speech and presented it to the school.

In 1950, a sharp, 4-minute earthquake in Lassen Volcanic National Park, presumably caused by Volcanic activity, was reported by the University of California seismograph station at Berkeley.

In 1975, four people riding in a single-engine airplane escaped with minor injuries when the plane overshot the runway at Benton Airpark and crashed onto Placer Street.

In 1990, a redevelopment project in the Central Valley area came up short financially in its first year of operation. In addition to a source of state money drying up, county officials discovered that the Shasta Dam Area Re development Project would raise only about one-forth of money that it had anticipated.
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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, real estate agent J.J. Chambers advertised a 2-story home in Redding for $1,050.

In 1950, a small and specialized planing mill was to be built in the Shasta Dam area. The mill would focus on a special type of molding.

In 1975, three out of every four people in the Enterprise  and Redding area who answered a survey believed there was a need for a public transportation system. Two-thirds of those who responded also said they would be willing to support a system, to some extent, through taxes.

In 1900, a body found on Mt. Shasta was identified as  that of Paul Scarborough, a 55-year-old Novato man who had disappeared Nov.4, while attempting to scale the mountain.
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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, affairs looked very promising for Shasta Consolidated Oil Co. with many people expressing a desire to buy stock in the corporation. One hundred thousand shares were to be put on the market soon.

In 1950, Pacheco School District's modern new school building, the results of several years of planning and struggle for funds, went on public display at an open house and program arranged by the Pacheco Parent Teachers Association.

In 1975, a report from Redding's assistant city manager and finance director found the city was over budget for the first four months of the fiscal year and would have to do some belt-tightening in the months to come.

In 1990, Shasta County school officials were predicting a serious decline in lottery income as economic conditions were worsening and player apathy was increasing.
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that Shasta County would at last have its own power plant with Keswick Electric Power Co. ordering machinery for that plant's installation.

In 1950, Vollmers, 30 miles north of Redding, led the state with 7.24 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period.

In 1975, an argument over some milk missing from a refrigerator ended when a Happy Valley man allegedly shot and killed his roommate, Shasta County sheriff's deputies said. Delman Alonzo Clark, 41, of Happy Valley was shot by a rifle allegedly fired by Alvin William Webb, 34.

In 1990, officials marked the completion of the first of four overpasses and the fourth of eight projects in the $104 million upgrading of Interstate 5 north of Redding.
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Today is Friday, Nov. 17, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, ore was being taken out of the Shafter Mine in French Gulch that "glittered with gold" and was worth about $1 per pound.

In 1950, pickets were marching at the Redding exchange of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co., but service was only slightly interrupted as company executives kept lines operating. Redding was the only place to be picketed in Shasta or Trinity Counties.

In 1975, the Miners and Prospectors Association of Shasta County offered monetary and moral support in a recently passed resolution to Denny-area miners facing eviction by the U.S. Forest Service.

In 1990, two more crowded Shasta County elementary school districts -- Shasta and Grant -- were looking seriously at jumping on the "bond-wagon" to pay for refurbishing and expanding school facilities.
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Today is Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Redding blacksmith John George fell through the roof of his California Street shop while repairing it. He severely dislocated and broke his right shoulder in the fall.

In 1950, 50 delegates, mostly from four Northern  California counties, met in Eureka to form a combined water resources council for the area. They had warned that unless they got together on a program for use of their water they would find it diverted to Oregon or elsewhere.

In 1975, Shasta County ambulance operators said they would like to join a seven-county dispatch system, but  made no commitments on how much they would be willing to pay toward the operation of the system.

In 1990, Red Bluff police had their hands full for awhile guarding 31 of the state's worst prisoners. A state Department of Corrections bus, transporting maximum-security inmates from Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, broke down in the parking lot of Belle Mill Shopping Center in Red Bluff.
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Today is Sunday, Nov.19, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a special election was called for the purpose of bonding the Redding School District for $10,000 to build a  new school building in the city.

In 1950, members of the Trinity River Research Committee  from Shasta and Trinity counties awaited appointment of similar groups from Humbolt and Del Norte counties to join them in the study of a proposed plan to divert water from the Trinity River to Keswick Dam though two long tunnels through the mountains.

In 1975, Shasta Union High School Superintendent Richard Hake said the school's seniors were performing  scholastically at or above the nation's average while discussing the 1974-75 state test results reported to the school board.

In 1990, J.D. Leitaker, superintendent of Anderson Union High School District for eight years, announced he would be retiring on June 30 of 1991.
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Today is Monday, Nov. 20, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, William Moran, a locomotive engineer on the Sisson and McCloud River Railroad, was instantly killed beneath his engine in McCloud. Moran had crawled beneath the engine to do some repair work when without warning it began moving and killed him.

In 1950, a group of residents from Leland Avenue were told that the city would not install a bridge across Calaboose Creek at Leland Avenue. Councilman Carl A. Williams, chairman of the street committee, said the bridge wasn't needed.

In 1975, an open house and dedication ceremony for Anderson High School's new $1.3 million cafeteria and multimedia complex was conducted at the school campus.

In 1990, valuable lumber and the original home of a building-supply chain were destroyed by a fire that roared through Meek's Building Center on South Market Street in Redding. Firefighters spent much of the night battling the blaze.
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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, Judge C.C. Bush of Redding introduced a resolution endorsing the California Miners Association's efforts to save big trees throughout the state at the association's yearly conference in San Francisco.

In 1950, the Inter-Counties Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, which had grown rapidly in recent months from a Shasta County organization to one embracing parts of four counties, decided to temporarily close its membership to 'digest" the surge of new members that had joined.

In 1975, Publisher Forest Products of Burney convinced Shasta County air pollution officials that its new boiler could be made to work. The county hearing board gave the company a second extension on a shutdown ultimatum it had imposed in September when the firm had fallen behind its compliance schedule.

In 1990, a plan to give raises based on performance to top Shasta County managers was approved by the Board of Supervisors.
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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, William E. Smythe, vice president of the California Water and Forest Association, was on his way to Redding to speak about an irrigation movement happening throughout the state.

In 1950, the $300,000 construction of Central Valley School was under way. In addition to the new school buildings under construction, a huge playground had been laid out and other buildings were being built to the north and east of the site.

In 1975, a group of Bella Vista Water District residents launched a petition drive aimed at reorganizing the area as a community services district.

In 1990, a deal to bring Redding Municipal Airport a flight  training school for international pilots and a new fixed-base operator hit a paperwork snag when city officials demanded a sublease. Airport officials said the sublease would jeopardize their deal with the new fixed-base operator.
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that the Igo region was experiencing more business activity than had been seen in  years.

In 1950, the Fall River Valley coordinating council was set to meet in Fall River Mills to consider reports from member organizations on establishing an emergency fund and other issues.

In 1975, some 300 people watched, chatted and took pictures as the 24-car Bicentennial Freedom Train stopped for fuel and water in Red Bluff on its way south from Klamath Falls, Ore. The train was striped in red, white and blue.

In 1990, several hundred wayward Sacramento River trout, steelhead and salmon, trapped for four weeks at the base of Keswick Dam because of repair work to a fish ladder, would have to wait another week until the repairs were finished, and they could be released.
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Today is Friday, Nov. 24, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, he Literary Society of the Shasta County High School debated whether football produced more evil than beneficial results. It was decided football was more beneficial than evil by a 3-2 vote.

In 1950, a 35-year-old woman was charged abandoning her four children. The woman claimed she had been kidnapped, but officers said none of her leads or stories checked out.

In 1975, rangers reported the ski parks in Mount Lassen, Mount Shasta and Manzanita Lake would not open on Thanksgiving as usual. The Mt. Shasta Park manager said there was only 3 feet of snow on the ledge and it was melting quickly.

In 1990, gas prices were finally falling after they shot up when Iraq invaded Kuwait. The average gas price in Redding fell from $1.50 to $1.35 and was expected to drop even further.
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Today is Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a head-on collision between a northbound passenger train and a light engine occurred just north of Dunsmuir. Train fireman Greene was caught in the wreckage and had his foot badly crushed, but none of the passengers was hurt.

In 1950, city of Red Bluff employee Ernie Warden was crushed and killed after being struck by a pickup. Warden had been filling holes in the pavement when the driver plowed into him.

In 1975, the state Department of Housing and Community Development conducted a symposium in Red Bluff to promote better understanding of new legislation relating to employee housing facilities.

In 1990, it was reported that dogs that ate fish found along north state streams and rivers were at risk of catching a serious and sometimes fatal disease called salmon poisoning. The disease was caused by a microorganism infecting almost all salmon, trout and some other species and could make dogs violently ill.
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Today is Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, it was a banner day in Shasta County Superior  court for the filling of new lawsuits. Nineteen suits were filed with fees totaling $114.

In 1950, Oliver J. Carter of San Francisco, formerly a prominent Redding attorney, was nominated in Washington, D.C., by president Harry Truman to be U.S. district judge for Northern California.

In 1975, figures released from the Employment Data Research Center in San Francisco found the unemployment rate in Shasta County's labor market had been 12.6 percent during October.

In 1990, a fast-moving storm moved through the north state, briefly raising hopes for significate rainfall amounts.  Hopes were deflated as the front quickly moved out of the area.
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Today is Monday, Nov. 27,2000. On this date:

In 1900, the Squaw Creek bridge on the line of the new road to Bully Hill was formally accepted by Shasta County Supervisor Cahow in his official capacity as road commissioner.

In 1950, spurred by clearing skies and a $500 reward, aerial searchers were intensifying efforts to find Dr. Cecil Smith, who had disappeared the day before on a flight from Redding to San Mateo.

In 1975, suggestions made by Shasta-Cascade Wonderland Association for inclusion in a proposed Lake Shasta management plan included that Lake Shasta marina operators should be treated equally, that there should be no boat permit system and that no new speed limits be on the lake.

In 1990, California's continuing drought caused federal water managers to reduce the levels at Whiskeytown Lake even lower than during the 1977 drought, forcing National Park Service officials to issue a warning to boaters.
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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, total output for the recently finished logging season at Terry Mills in Round mountain was reported to be approximately 12 million board feet.

In 1950, Georgy Sandor, a Budapest-born pianist, opened  the Community Concert Association's season at Shasta High School with a performance that thrilled the packed concert hall.

In 1975, the Trinity County Board of Supervisors was considering a proposal to extend a zoning restriction on federal lands around Weaverville. The proposal called for extended interim rural residential zoning on several hundred acres of land in the East Weaver Creek drainage.

In 1990, Fred Meyer, a major retail chain, purchased 25 acres of land near the intersection of Dana Drive and Friendly Way in Redding. The company planned to clear the property and to begin site preparation and grading in the near future.
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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the Gambrinus Beer Hall in Redding, better known as Jaegel's Saloon, was burglarized in the early morning . The burglars stole $58 from the cash register.

In 1950, it was reported that Redding merchants had the largest stock of toys since before World War II. For the first time in years, some of the stores had an abundance of metal toys, as well as from Japan and Germany.

In 1975, two bus loads of Nova High School students were traveling to Sacramento to visit the American Freedom Train. The students were planning to view the train, which was packed with displays, artifacts and exhibits of American memorabilia.

In 1990, a new, informal interagency erosion-control committee met in Redding to work on ways to allow development to proceed during the rainy season while protecting urban streams.
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, the books of Shasta Oil Co. in Redding were officially opened with eight purchasers of stock in the sum of $250 each.

In 1950, at least 21 children in the Enterprise School District were absent from school for the second day as part of a protest measure by their parents. The group of parents claimed they had unsuccessfully sought bus transportation for their children from the county superintendent of schools and the clerk of the school district.

In 1975, the crash of a light plane into fog-shrouded, 6,000-foot Black Butte near Mount Shasta killed four Ventura residents and seriously injured three others.

In 1990, a plan to create an arboretum in Redding was taking root. The Redding Arboretum Committee had been formed again to find a place where trees and other plants could be placed on display for the public.
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Today is Friday, Dec. 1, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, a front page story in Redding's Morning Searchlight newspaper reported that J.S. Eaton, the "genial" owner of the cigar store on California Street, had lost the lower set of his false teeth.

!n 1950, the second extensive aerial search in a week from the Redding area was being organized from Benton Field to search for two San Jose men who disappeared on a flight from Alturas to San Jose.

In 1975, officials at College of the Siskiyous in Weed were studying a proposal that would allow high school seniors to enroll in freshman courses at the college.

In 1990, security officers began patrolling the campuses of Nova, Enterprise, Shasta and Pioneer high schools in Redding as  part of a $30,000 pilot program funded with state tobacco use prevention grants and a federal drug-free school grant.
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Today is Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, approximately 30 county hospital inmates were moved to the new hospital facility in Redding. It was located in a grove of oak trees 200 yards from the Sacramento River.

In 1950, two Shasta County men were listed with the U.S. district attorney as draft delinquents, bringing the total from the county to four.

In 1975, a public hearing was conducted on the question of whether the Shasta Union High School District should allow smoking areas on its four campuses. Under a new state law, local school boards could decide whether to provide areas where students could smoke.

In 1990, Shasta County Sheriff Phil Eoff abruptly resigned, sending a one-line letter of resignation to county supervisors and leaving Sheriff-elect Jim Pope in charge of the department a month early.
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Today is Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000. On this date:

In 1900, William Welsh, who had long successfully conducted a blacksmith and wagon-making business on Shasta Street in Redding, sold his business to H.M. Perham, a Redding pioneer, for $1,000.

In 1950, snow fell in Northern California over the weekend, blanketing Redding and other cities and taking a heavy toll on telephone and power services.

In 1975, a student survey taken at Shasta Union High School District's four schools showed that 21.5 percent of the  students smoked cigarettes.
 
In 1990, the city councils of Redding and Anderson and the Shasta County Board of Supervisors were considering the creation of an agency to oversee the consolidation of emergency 911 dispatching in the area. The three agencies were considering drafting a joint powers agreement creating the Shasta Area Communications Agency, which became  SHASCOM.
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Today is Monday, Dec. 4, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, a rich strike was reported at a Quartz claim in the Shasta Mining District near Shasta and Middletown roads. Two thousand dollars worth of gold had been secured from the mine in one day.

In 1950, Claud Caldwell was appointed to the Redding recreation council by a unanimous vote of the City Council.

In 1975, government geologists, whose report of an avalanche hazard at Chaos Crags resulted in the closure of Manzanita Lake campground in Lassen Volcanic National Park, were now studying Mt. Shasta to determine  if it was also a volcanic hazard.

In 1990, tons of donated Christmas items from the north state were packed and on their way to U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf region through Operation Desert Relief.
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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, some grammar school-aged Redding residents organized a football team and offered a public challenge to any team of its average age and weight in the county.

In 1950, the new Farmers' Market, located on Market street near Miracle Mile Hill in Redding, was set for its offical opening.

In 1975, Erich Van Daniken, a 38-year-old Swiss native, spoke in Redding on his theory that the earth was visited in ancient times by astronauts from outer space.

In 1990, a proposal was before the Redding City Council for Carter House Natural Science Museum to start charging admission fees.
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that during the month of November, the collections of the state and county tax gatherer in Redding amounted to $85,286.89.

In 1950, Robert Strum displayed a look of hopelessness and James McKay showed defiance by lighting a cigarette after the two were convicted at the Shasta County Courthouse of the first-degree murder of sheriff's deputies Earl Sholes and Dan Heryford.

In 1975, Redding and other agencies in Shasta County had taken so long to reach an agreement on how to run a regional sewage treatment plant that they were likely to lose some $11.3 million in state and federal grants to build the plant.

In 1990, the Anderson City Council selected March 5, 1991, as the date for a special election to let voters decide if council members should receive a $75 monthly pay raise and whether a controversal housing development should proceed.
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, a 67-year-old woman passed through Redding on a journey from San Francisco to Portland, Ore. She said she had walked the entire way from San Francisco and planned to finish her journey by foot.

In 1950, the City of Redding recieved an estimate from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. of $75,185 for electrical distribution in the Benton Tract.

In 1975, for the first time in 10 years, Shasta County United Crusade volunteers surpassed their campain goal. A total of $167,878 was pledged in the drive, 101.7 percent of the $165,000 goal.

In 1990, it was announced that voters  in the Bass, Buckeye, Canyon and Shasta Lake elementry school districts would vote June 4, 1991, on whether to unify with Central Valley High School.
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Today is Friday, Dec. 8, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, nothing definite had developed in the Shasta County Grand Jury's investigation of a case at Kennett in which a dead baby was found in the Sacramento River at the mouth of Backbone Creek. No arrests or indictments had been made.

In 1950, because "all the usual ways have failed," Kenneth Morgan, 23, of Project City appealed to the Record Searchlight to find him a wife. The paper ran a front page story in which Morgan said he needed a wife immediately because his parents were moving to Los Angeles and he needed someone to take care of him.

In 1975, it was announced that campground facilities and the road to Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park would be reopened the next tourist season unless people came forward with strong objections.

In 1990, a decision to build a 5-mile hiking trail south of McCloud drew opposition and an appeal from nearby property owners. The U.S. Forest Service halted work on the trail until the appeal could be reviewed.

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Today is Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, the Tehama County Board of Supervisors was talking about the possibility of building a new courthouse to accommodate the growing requirements of the county.

In 1950, Redding City Manager Phil Storm announced that the final agreement was prepared for building hangers at Benton Airport.

In 1975, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers agreed to change the patterns of releases from Shasta Dam so that the maximum outflow of 80,000 cubic feet per second would be necessary less often. It was hoped the change would ease flooding caused by heavy winter releases.

In 1990, the housing market in Redding was shifting to favor buyers. Buyers were finding plenty of homes for sale, according to local real estate agents.
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Today is Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, owners of the rich Red Cross quicksilver mine on Clover Creek, 30 miles northeast of Redding, announced their intention to organize a stock company to operate the property on a larger scale.

In 1950, a fistfight between the Siskiyou County district attorney and a managing editor in the offices of the Siskiyou Daily News was the top story of the day in Yreka.

In 1975, dense fog hanging over the Sacramento Valley from Redding to Bakersfield created hazardous driving conditions with near-zero visibility.

In 1990, contrary to claims that there had been a cover-up, Redding officials said it was no secret that future rate increases would help pay for a new city hall, police building and corporation yard.
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Today is Monday, Dec. 11, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, the opening night of a week long engagement in Redding with the Elleford Company of players brought in an audience that crowded the Redding playhouse. The play, "An American Girl," was well received.

In 1950, more than 300 grange members crowded into the nearly completed $30,000 Redding Grange Hall for dedication ceremonies. As part of the ceremony, the master of the California State Grange presented the keys of the hall to Claudia Syvertsen, master of the Redding Grange.

In 1975, a Southern California company was drilling an exploratory well for natural gas on land near Rhonda Road in Cottonwood owned by Jack Bennett.

In 1990, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association said many low-income people had gone without health care in the wake of the 1987 closure of Shasta General Hospital in Redding.
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, the season at Baird Fishery on the McCloud River closed with an unusually small catch. About 1 million young fish were being cared for and fed there, officials said.

In 1950, Central Valley residents overwhelmingly accepted a $26,000 bond issue to complete their fire hall and buy additional equipment.

In 1975, another large motel and restaurant complex was proposed for Hilltop Drive, the area already established as Redding's "motel row."

In 1990, Redding's attempt to locate a gun range hit another snag when city officials and property owner Joe Finazzo were unable to agree on a purchase price for a 123-acre parcel of land three miles north of Keswick along Iron Mountain Road.
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, Mount Shasta Oil and Development Co. began activity boring for oil on its lands in Shasta County.

In 1950, the state Chamber of Commerce recommended that Shasta County spend $5.6 million on county roads in the next 10 years. It also recommended that Trinity County spend $8.5 million on county roads.

In 1975, Trinity County Supervisors Audrey Bush and Roger Adrian were appointed to help the U.S. Forest Service prepare the final version of the management plan for Trinity Lake.

In 1990, north state retailers, who had been privately preparing for the worst, said that despite concerns about the economy and increased competition, holiday sales figures were at least holding even with those of Christmas 1989.
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Today is Friday, Dec. 15, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that a smelter would soon be built in the Callahan District of Siskiyou County. The district was said to be one of the most promising in the county.

In 1950, Clarence R. Forbes, a husky 6-foot-tall Fall River Mills man, did several hundred dollars worth of damage to his jail cell in Burney and landed himself in the county jail in Redding after finally being subdued by several officers.

In 1975, Redding Mayor Charles Denny said he wouldn't seek another term on the City Council.

In 1990, the proposed Mt. Shasta  Ski Area resort got the green light  from U.S. Forest Service officials, who said the plan provided a balance between recreation and the environment.
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Today is Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, Ralph L. Brown, longtime reporter and night editor of the Morning Searchlight, resigned. He was replaced by Henry Hawson, "a newspaperman of wide experience."

In 1950, water was being released through Shasta and Keswick dams at a rate of 40,000 cubic feet per second, the highest releases ever. Bureau of Reclamation officials said the high release posed no threats of serious flooding in the Redding area.

In 1975, Lorraine Rawlings, 27, of Happy Valley was treated and released at Mercy Medical Center in Redding after being mauled by a bear on White Rock Road in Platina.

In 1990, the greater Redding Chamber of Commerce named Adtel Phone Center its business of the year because of the company's growth over the past year and contributions made by owners Don and Sharon Rehn of Redding.
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Today is Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, a Red Bluff newspaper reported that the price sheep was going up. Five dollars a head was the price paid for 1,000 sheep purchased from the Wilcox brothers in Red Bluff --- the highest price on record.

In 1950, Bureau of Reclamation  District Manager James Carr of Chico announced that releases  of water from Shasta and Keswick dams could feasibly be twice the present release of 40,000 cubic feet per second under certain weather conditions.

In 1975, Shasta County supervisors approved a set of salaries that would raise pay for judges in three courts if the county adopted a court consolidation plan for 1977.

In 1990, the city of Redding's building permits hit a low during November, but officials said they believed it was too soon to say if the north state was entering a recession.
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Today is Monday, Dec. 18, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, rumors were circulating that Southern Pacific Railroad Co. was preparing to move its division headquarters from Red Bluff to Anderson.

In 1950, Hayfork residents, by a vote of 126 -16, approved a $24,000 bond issue with which to build a new school. The state was expected to add $108,000 to the amount.

In 1975, Shasta County applied for state funds to build bicycle paths in the county, but transportation officials were doubtful that they would win any grants.

In 1990, a $750,000 grant was being arranged to help merge emergency 911 dispatch systems in Shasta County. The grant, to be used for building a new structure to house the system, was contingent on the city of Redding donating a 1-acre parcel of property west of the National Guard Armory on South Street.
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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, the Shannon Electric Power Co. was making rapid progress toward transmitting electricity from the Shingletown area to Cottonwood, Anderson, Redding and Keswick.

In 1950, Andy Gillespie of Cottonwood was re-elected president of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.

In 1975, a Southern California company drilled 2,600 feet without finding any natural gas on a site near Cottonwood. The company planned to drill another 600 feet before giving up.

In 1990, work was under way on a $1.4 million addition that would almost double the size of Trinity County's jail.
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, H.E. Parkhurst, a representative from the Board of Fire Underwriters of the Pacific, was in Redding for the purpose of "checking up the town," an annual occurrence for insurance patrons and companies.

In 1950, Shasta County native Albert Edward Smith, founder of the Cardinal Food Stores chain, left an estate valued at $1,506,523 when he died June 20. The size of the estate was disclosed with the filing in Superior Court of an inventory and appraisement.

In 1975, cattleman Charles Krusp of Reddings Creek in Trinity County told the Trinity County Board of Supervisors that cattle ranchers were being endangered by range closures. The supervisors were debating whether to close more land in the county.

In 1990, the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were temporarily closed when icy conditions caused two big rigs to jackknife and crash one mile south of the O'Brien exit.
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, the rich timberland in the Sheep Rock and Grass Valley regions of Siskiyou County was soon to be opened up by means of a logging road. County Supervisor Abner Weed was the main proponent of the road.

In 1950, Shasta Cascade Wonderland got a boost in the nationwide Pathfinder magazine in an article that encouraged people to visit the area for its natural beauty.

In 1975, Trinity County supervisors applied for $280,000 in federal funds to improve Hayfork's water distribution system and acquire land for a sewage treatment plant site.

In 1990, it was reported that a Japanese brewing company had looked at sites in Shasta County for building an automated brewing facility. An investors newsletter identified the company as Asahi Brewery Ltd. of Tokyo.
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Today is Friday, Dec. 22, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, Dr. O. J. Lawry of Redding was granted a U.S. patent for his ingenious bicycle invention. The invention consisted of springs in the forks of the bicycle that would compress when the wheel passed over an obstacle, thus minimizing jarring.

In 1950, the hydroelectric generators at Shasta and Keswick dams had been operating at a record-breaking average of 6 percent better than their rated production capacity. Generators at the two dams had produced 81,243,000 kilowatt hours of electricity during the week ending Dec. 16.

In 1975, Shasta County Superior Court Judge Richard B. Eaton announced that he would not seek re-election to the bench when his term ended in 1976.

In 1990, fire destroyed the historic McCloud River Railroad Co. offices in McCloud on main Street as more than 200 spectators watched 30 fire fighters battle flames and bitter cold.
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Today is Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, a landslide at Castle Crags caused by recent storms delayed traffic for several days on the Southern Pacific Railroad.

In 1950, Robert Howland of Shasta County reported a Civil Air Patrol squadron would be activated in the area after Jan. 1. Howland had already signed up the required 50 members.

In 1975, Iris Constance Nelson, Record searchlight correspondent for the Yreka area, died at Siskiyou General Hospital in Yreka after a short illness. She was 56 years old.

In 1990, arctic air blowing down from the Yukon Territory sent a chill into the north state, making record-breaking cold temperatures seem even colder.
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Today is Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, by a decisive vote of 95-33, the tax payers of the Redding School District refused to a bond proposition of $10,000 to build a new schoolhouse in place of the building that was then serving as the Pine Street primary school.

In 1950, action was postponed by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors on a petition to change the boundaries of the Clear Creek School District to include portions of it in the Redding Elementary School District.

In 1975, a committee seeking to recall Siskiyou County Sheriff A.B. Cotter was collecting petitions from residents of the county.

In 1990, Lou Gerard Jr., Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce executive vice president for nearly eight years, announced he would retire Feb. 1, to pursue other interests.
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Today is Monday, Dec. 25, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, train traffic was delayed by a derailment of a southbound freight at Gregory Switch near the Sacramento River Bridge. Three cars were demolished, but no one was hurt.

In 1950, the bodies of Don Broadhurst  and Joe Malvini, both of San Jose, were finally found and returned home. The two men, who died when their airplane crashed in eastern Shasta County, had disappeared Nov. 29, on a flight from Alturas to San Jose.

In 1975, at the second annual trapper's fur sale in Fall River Mills, 4,229 pelts offered by area trappers brought a total of $35,000 from buyers from around the west.

In 1990, low returns of adult steelhead in previous years at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery in southern Shasta County were blamed for the decrease in steelhead at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam that year. Only 432 steelhead came the diversion dam from July 1988 through June 1989.
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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000,  On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that work on the free bridge south of Redding was progressing. The bridge was closed to traffic while the heavy side cords were renewed.

In 1950, Cal-Ore Lumber Co. started construction of a new manufacturing plant near Clear Creek. The $250,000 project was expected to be completed by April 1.

In 1975, an agreement authorized by the Trinity County Board of Supervisors made it possible for patients to come from western parts of the county to be treated at Trinity General Hospital in Weaverville.

In 1990, officials reported a huge reduction in timber sales for Shasta-Trinity National Forests for the fiscal year. The reduction in sales was attributed to efforts to protect the threatened northern spotted owl.
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that a strike had been made in the Afterthought mine in Shasta County. Workers struck a 16-foot wide crosscut of solid, high-grade ore at a depth of 100 feet.

In 1950, food store managers reported that bread and bakery products had followed the general price trend upward. A small loaf of bread cost 17 cents, a large loaf was 24 cents.

In 1975, a Redding woman who fought against an eight-story high rise project and a Redding Realtor were approved as the two new members of the Shasta County Planning Commission. They were Sara Frost and Tom McGregor.

In 1990, recreational mushroom pickers were banned from picking on state park lands in the north state.
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, six new cases of smallpox were reported in Grass Valley, the disease has passed down from Grants Pass and Ashland, Ore., to Red Bluff, Marysville and Grass Valley. No cases of the disease had been reported in Redding.

In 1950, a civilian defense and disaster relief council for Shasta County was started with the appointment of divisional chairmen at a meeting called by Al Barr, county defense coordinator.

In 1975, a forth person was arrested in a Shasta County Sheriff's Department investigation into an alleged north state gambling ring involving sports events.

In 1990, officials announced that debates and actions of the state Legislature would be brought into homes across the state the next year through the cable television channel Cal-SPAN.
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Today is Friday, Dec. 29, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, it was reported that the foundry and machine shops at Mountain Copper Co. in Keswick were the largest and most complete of any  north of Sacramento.

In 1950, building permits issued in Redding doubled  from 1949, nearly reaching $3 million.

In 1975, two men died when their light airplane crashed in a pasture five miles south of Etna in Siskiyou County.

In 1990, Shasta County officials were considering charging Redding and Anderson police departments new fees for booking prisoners into the county jail in Redding.
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Today is Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000.  On this date:

In 1900, mining man Earl Blowers reported that a large body of rich ore had been discovered in the De La Mar Bully Hill mines.

In 1950, Shasta County's "10 most useful citizens of 1950" were selected by the editorial department of the Record Searchlight. They were: Dr. James Charles, Fern DeSoto, Jess Graves, Eleanor Hill, William Peard, Ruth Presleigh, Edith Ranney, Wanda Rector, Wilber Simmons, and the Rev. Marie Soubirou.

In 1975, 461 king salmon and 21 steelhead passed through the fish-counting facilities at the Red Bluff diversion over the weekend.

In 1990, it was reported that James W. Gibson would serve as the next chairman of the Shasta District Fair  board of directors.


 
 
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