Siskiyou community corner: Vaccination, rapid testing site extends hours

Staff reports
Siskiyou County Public Health will extend Thursday hours at its COVID-19 vaccination and rapid testing clinic in Yreka.

People who want to schedule a COVID shot or booster can do so any Thursday evening through Jan. 20. 

Siskiyou County Public Health will extend Thursday hours to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its COVID-19 vaccination and rapid testing clinic at 1275 South Main St, Unit A, in Yreka.

Hours other days are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays, excluding holidays. 

Vaccine brands available are Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. Boosters are also available. Pediatric Pfizer shots are available for children ages 5 to 11.

All testing and shots are free.

Those coming for a second Pfizer or Moderna vaccination or a booster are asked to bring their CDC card — although it's not required.

— Jessica Skropanic

Siskiyou County libraries are reopening with caution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Warming centers open throughout Siskiyou County

Wednesday Dec. 29, 2021

People who lost power or are otherwise in need of a place to warm up this winter can go to any of five Siskiyou County locations.

On Wednesday, Siskiyou County Public Health announced the following places will serve as the county's official warming centers:

  • Dunsmuir Library at 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. in Dunsmuir is open from 2 p.m.. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, excluding holidays. 
  • Dunsmuir Resource Center at 5844 Dunsmuir Ave. in Dunsmuir has variable hours. Call 530-235-4400. 
  • Montague Library at 230 S. 13th St. in Montague is open from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 530-459-3030.
  • Mount Shasta Library at 515 East Alma St. in Mount Shasta is open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, excluding holidays. Call 530-926-2031
  • Yreka Library at 719 4th St. in Yreka: Hours are noon to 3 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. Call 530-841-4175

— Jessica Skropanic

Siskiyou Brew Works Snowman Contest winners: McCloud residents Joyce and Bob Buys (right) stand with their children and grandchildren behind their winning snowman. The family donated their pizza prize, and bought more pizzas for McCloud Elementary School students.

Brewery announces snowman building contest winners

Saturday Dec. 25, 2021

Siskiyou Brew Works in McCloud announced this year's winners of its annual Snowman Contest. 

Contestants —who braved the snowstorm to compete for the grand prize, a family size pizza — entered six snow sculptures this year, according to Siskiyou Brew Works manager Quentin Zahara.

The Buys family on California Street created this year's winning snowman.

"With all our grandkids coming up, we thought it would be a fun thing to do together," Bob Buys said.

"It (the contest) was a way for kids to get outside and involved during the COVID (pandemic)," said Zahara, who started the contest in 2020. "We had so much fun with families being creative last year, we decided to make this an annual event." 

The Buys family donated the prize to, and bought additional pizzas for, students at McCloud Elementary School.

— Shareen Strauss, Special to the Mount Shasta Herald

City of Weed spreads holiday cheer to families

Saturday Dec. 25, 2021

The City of Weed hosted several fundraisers and gave out presents to families last week to help them celebrate the holidays.

Members of the Weed Fire Department showed up at 11 homes on Dec. 21 to help the Weed Recreation and Parks Department deliver presents. 

Gifts were part of the Family Giving Tree program which provides presents and school supplies to children whose families are having economic difficulties.

Also last week, the Weed Community Center hosted a holiday raffle for 21 gift baskets to raise funds to resurface its pool deck. It raised $1,000 in 7 hours. The grand prize was a 55" television, won by Richard Rivera. 

"We would like to thank everyone (who) came out to support the Weed Community Center pool," community center spokeswoman Christy Horning Forry said,

The center is closed through Jan. 3 for the resurfacing.

— Shareen Strauss, Special to the Mount Shasta Herald

Dunsmuir students get holiday shopping help

Saturday Dec. 25, 2021

The Christmas Santa Shop helped 65 Dunsmuir Elementary School students buy gifts for their families this year.

The school's student council ran the shop, selling donated items for pennies.

"The kids get to choose what presents go under the Christmas tree for each of their family members," event spokeswoman Joanne Steele said. "Last year, we had so much stuff (donated), we invited Castella School to come and shop also." 

— Shareen Strauss, Special to the Mount Shasta Herald

Elks deliver food baskets

Saturday Dec. 25, 2021

Volunteers and members of the Mount Shasta Elks Lodge brought holiday meals to 168 people — including 68 families — in economic need on Dec. 22.

Lodge members start working on this year's Christmas Food Basket Giveaway program in October.

The Mount Shasta Elks Lodge distributed holiday meals to 168 people on Dec. 22, 2021.

Money raised for the baskets came in part from Great Northern Services, the Mount Shasta Community Resource Center, Grocery Outlet, Rays, Walmart and money raised throughout the year in fundraisers.

Any food left over after the distribution was donated to a local food bank.

"I love doing this. It's so rewarding to give back to the community. I don't live here anymore but — I do this because I feel it is so important," said Mackenzie Armstrong, in charge of the program for 10 years.

"This Lodge has banked over a million dollars into this community," Elks president Skip Tuttle said.

— Shareen Strauss, Special to the Mount Shasta Herald

McCloud community hosts month of holiday events

Saturday Dec. 25, 2021

The McCloud Chamber of Commerce, McCloud Resource Network Team, churches,  businesses and community members worked together to make the holiday season festive and fun for residents and those visiting their small town. 

McCloud Christmas carolers canceled some caroling events due to winter storms. Members are from the Catholic, Presbyterian and Baptist churches, McCloud Chamber of Commerce and the McCloud Resource Network Team.

Throughout December, McCloud hosted holiday-themed events including tours, live shows, kids activities, special holiday breakfasts and dinners at the McCloud River Inn and McCloud Hotel, horse carriage rides and carolers. 

Santa and the Grinch made special appearances.

This year, the award for best holiday-decorated house went to Steve and Kelly Claro on Minnesota Avenue.

— Shareen Strauss, Special to the Mount Shasta Herald

The award for best holiday-decorated house in McCloud went to Steve and Kelly Claro on Minnesota Avenue.

Bryan remains Dunsmuir mayor

Saturday Dec. 25, 2021

Here's the latest City of Dunsmuir business:

  • The city announced Matthew Bryan will continue as mayor in 2022.
  • Bruce Deutsch will serve as vice mayor.
  • Also in 2022, the city will receive a $177,000 Active Transportation Grant, for which it must add $22,000. 
  • The City Disaster Planning Council developed a firesafe sub-committee and applied to the McConnell Foundation for a fuel reduction grant of $10 million. 
  • Dunsmuir will buy Children's Park for $80,000.
  • Union Pacific approved the Mossbrea Trail construction
  • City councilmember Lucchesi is trying to add a second green waste day.

— Shareen Strauss, Special to the Mount Shasta Herald

Senior center hosts New Year's bingo party

Wednesday Dec. 22, 2021

Valley Oaks Senior Center hosts a bingo party on Friday Dec. 31 at the center, located at 7300 Quartz Valley Road in Greenview.

This alcohol-free event starts at 5:30 p.m. Games begin at 6:30 p.m. Activities include door prizes, drawings and a finger food potluck.

The event will be cancelled if winter storms make roads hazardous.

For more information, or to confirm the event will go forward, call 530-467-5637.

— Jessica Skropanic

YMCA presents pickleball play party

Wednesday Dec. 22, 2021

Registration is open for the Siskiyou Family YMCA's Pickle Ball Scramble, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the YMCA, 350 N. Foothill Drive in Yreka.

Games take place on three courts — eight to ten players per court. Players choose between three skill levels.

Space is limited. Registration is required. 

For more information call 530-842-9622 or email scott@siskiyou-ymca.org.

— Jessica Skropanic

County throws New Year's Eve bash with fireworks

Wednesday Dec. 22, 2021

Siskiyou County's Shining New Year celebration and fireworks starts at 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 31 at Rain Rock Casino, 777 Casino Way in Yreka.

The fireworks display is a combination of the North Siskiyou Chamber of Commerce's annual program and the Mount Shasta chamber's postponed Fourth of July fireworks program.

After the show, the casino will host drawings for up to $2022, live rock music by JINX, and a traditional balloon drop and New Year's Eve toast at midnight. For more information call 530-777-7246.

Mount Shasta event planners postponed fireworks last summer because dry brush and hot temperatures created extremely high fire risk.

— Jessica Skropanic

Fort Jones City Council seeks applications to fill vacancy

Friday, Dec. 17, 2021

The Fort Jones City Council is seeking applications to fill an unscheduled vacancy on the Council. The person selected to fill the vacant seat will serve as a City Councilmember until Dec. 31, 2022. The next General Municipal Election will be held on Nov. 1.

Interested applicants may obtain information and forms at the office of the City Clerk, located at 11960 East Street, Fort Jones, CA, 96032.  To be considered applications should be returned to the Office of the City Clerk no later than 5 p.m., on Jan. 21, 2021.

Applicants need to meet the following requirements: 

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  •  A resident of the incorporated area of the town. 
  • A registered voter.
  •  Submit an application to the City Clerk’s office.
  • Certify that he/she meets the eligibility requirements and is willing to serve in the office for the remainder of the term.

For applications and further information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (530) 468-2281.

— Bill Choy 

Volunteers needed for bird counts

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021

Annual Christmas Bird Counts in Siskiyou County happen on Saturday Dec. 18, 2021 in Mount Shasta, and on Jan. 2, 2022 in Scott Valley.

The Klamath National Forest is asking for volunteers to help with this year's holiday bird counts.

The annual Christmas Bird Counts in Siskiyou County happen on Saturday in Mount Shasta, Jan. 2, 2022 in Scott Valley.

Every year, volunteers gather to count birds and list species seen in a 15-mile radius circle, within a 24-hour period. Information is added to a database managed by the National Audubon Society.

Volunteers must RSVP with a coordinator to be part of an official count. For more information call Sam Cuenca at 530-340-3393.

— Jessica Skropanic

COVID-19 hardship help: Siskiyou's family resource centers receive grant

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021

First 5 Siskiyou received a grant to help fund seven family resource centers while they support families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The centers will receive nearly $89,000 to help families facing  COVID-19 hardships like social isolation, child development concerns, referrals needed for services and obtaining essential supplies like diapers and food.

“Every day we see families who are stressed, isolated and confused (about) where to turn for support,” Happy Camp Community Center spokeswoman Abigail Yeager said. “(Family resource centers) are a safe — place to assist families.”

The following centers will benefit from the grant:

  • Family and Community Resource Center of Weed
  • Dunsmuir Community Resource Center
  • Mount Shasta Community Resource Center
  • Happy Camp Community Center
  • Yreka Community Resource Center
  • Hub Communities Family Resource Center at Montague
  • Scott Valley Family Resource Center

The 2021-‘22 state budget earmarked $11 million to family resource centers to support families in need. 

For more information about Siskiyou County family resource centers go to https://bit.ly/3GKXSF9.

— Jessica Skropanic

Santa hands out pancakes in Dunsmuir

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021

The Rotary Club of Dunsmuir held their Pancakes with Santa on Dec. 11. 

Santa and his elves handed out pancakes and gifts to families as they drove by the Dunsmuir Community Center.

This annual event was cancelled in December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dunsmuir Rotary hosted its Pancakes with Santa event on Dec. 11, 2021.
Dunsmuir Rotary hosted its Pancakes with Santa event on Dec. 11, 2021.

— Jessica Skropanic

SPAC reboots Christmas musical

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

The Siskiyou Preforming Arts Center will show a movie of its 2009 production “Christmas Carol, the Musical" on Dec. 18 and 19 at the Avery Theater in Etna.

This musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic book includes 44 cast members and an original score by by playwriter and director J.J. Lewis-Nichols.

Showtimes are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the theater, 430 Main St. in Etna. 

Ned Nichols as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Siskiyou Performing Arts Center's 2009 production of “Christmas Carol, the Musical" --- shown on film on Dec. 18 and 19, 2021 at the Avery Theater in Etna.

Tickets are $10; available only at the box office one hour before showtimes. Attendance is limited to 150 tickets to accommodate social distancing. Masks are required.

Actors include Ned Nichols as Ebenezer Scrooge, Jenna Fernandes as Tiny Tim, David Eisenberg as Marley, Monique Dixon and John McNally and Angela Martinez as the ghosts, Robin O’Brien and Bart Ackerman as Bob Cratchit and his wife, and Destiny McNally and Tom O’Brien as Fred and his wife.

For more information call 530-468-5329.

— Jessica Skropanic

COVID-19 vaccination, rapid testing site opens

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

On Monday, Siskiyou County Public Health will open a COVID-19 vaccination and rapid testing clinic at 1275 South Main St, Unit A, in Yreka.

People can schedule Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccinations and boosters at the clinic. Pediatric Pfizer shots are available for children ages 5 to 11. 

All testing and shots are free.

People coming for a second Pfizer or Moderna vaccination are asked to bring their CDC card.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are recommended.

Once the new clinic opens, Public Health will stop rapid COVID-19 testing at the agency's facility at 810 South Main St., Public Health spokeswoman Angie Cook said.

— Jessica Skropanic

McCloud Hotel hosts one-man holiday show, dinner

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

Actor Bennet Gale performs a one-man production of "Scrooge: An Evening with Charles Dickens" at 5 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 18 in the Cascade Room at the McCloud Hotel, 408 Main St. in McCloud.

A "Dickens dinner" follows the show. 

Tickets are $75. Reservations are required in advance .

For more information or to purchase tickets call the hotel desk at 530-964-2822.

— Jessica Skropanic

Santa Claus arrives early in Mount Shasta

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021

Santa Claus will make a special tour of Mount Shasta on Dec. 18.

His sleigh departs from City Hall at 314 N. Mount Shasta Blvd. at 5:30 p.m. to make rounds at:

Santa Claus tours Mount Shasta starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 18.
  1. Ray's Food Place parking lot at 160 Morgan Way
  2. Dr. Shearer’s office on W. Ivy
  3. The corner of E. Ivy and Rockfellow Drive
  4. 814 Carmen Ave.
  5. 809 Caroline Ave.
  6. 705 Ski Bowl Drive
  7. 209 Kennedy Drive
  8. 738 Pine Ridge Ave.
  9. 413 Mill St.
  10. 610 Meadow Drive
  11. ]316 Sheldon Ave.
  12. 207 Merritt Ave.
  13. South A/Old Manor
  14. South A and Smith Street
  15. The corner of Washington Drive and Ackley

Anyone who can't make it — or is too dazzled in his presence to remember what they want for Christmas — can email Santa Claus at mtshastasanta@gmail.com.

— Jessica Skropanic

Dunsmuir teens help clean up community

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021

On Tuesday, 22 Dunsmuir High School students from two clubs collected 17 bags of trash in their community.

The cleanup was part of a community service project, required by state law to graduate from high school.

Students covered a 1-mile radius of the school's campus, picking up trash and collecting recyclables.

"They were out there for about an hour and a half, then they played basketball because it was sunny," the school's National Honor Society club advisor and teacher Becky Mock said.

Dunsmuir High School students collected 17 bags of trash in their community on Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021.

Students were part of the NHS and Dunsmuir Tigers' Community Outreach.

An anonymous donor offered to match 25 cents per can or bottle picked up by students, Mock said. The clubs also received a $25 donation as seed money.

To donate to help fund clubs or for more information call 530-235-4835.

— Jessica Skropanic

Artists needed to design 2022 fair poster

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2021

The 10th District Agricultural Association is calling for artists to submit work for the 2022 Siskiyou Golden Fair's advertising. 

The Paint the Fair contest is for anyone who creates a two-dimensional painting or other work depicting next year's fair theme: "Red, white and blue in '22." 

The chosen piece will grace posters, fliers, brochures and other material advertising the fair. The winning artist receives $500 for their original artwork.

The lights at the 2021 Siskiyou Golden Fair.

Those interested must register by Dec. 15 by email at info@sisqfair.com or mail at, Siskiyou Golden Fair, 1712 Fairlane Road, Yreka, CA 96097.

Work must be completed and delivered to the fair office by March 1.

Fair dates are Aug. 10-14, 2022.

For more information call 842-2767 or email info@sisqfair.com.

— Jessica Skropanic

Food boxes to be distributed in Yreka on Dec. 9

Wednesday Dec. 2, 2021

The Yreka Community Resource Center will distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodities food boxes on Thursday, Dec. 9. 

The event is scheduled 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the resource center at 201 S. Broadway St., in Yreka. 

The boxes include pasta, rice, beans and fresh, canned and frozen foods. Proof of income is not a requirement, the resource center said.  

The resource center said that if a person can’t attend, they can have someone else pick up food. The person receiving food must bring a signed Alternate pick-up form from The Emergency Food Assistance Program, certifying family size, income and address. A new form is needed when the recipient has someone else pick up the food.

For more information, call the Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative Yreka at 530-842-1313. 

— Bill Choy 

Pest management hosts free year-end webinar 

Wednesday Dec. 2, 2021

Siskiyou County Pest Management and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources will host a year-end pest management webinar from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday on Zoom. 

The webinar is open to anyone interested, but is designed to inform growers, pest control advisers and researchers.

Topics covered include:

  • Pest management in a changing environment
  • Weed control in a variety of crops
  • Practices that contribute to IPM
  • Weed control and fire mitigation
  • Management of field rodents
  • Most common pesticide violations
  • Safe pesticide use
  • Pesticide modes of action
  • Spray calibration

To register go to https://bit.ly/3rxw9mX. Cost is free.

For more information or to ask questions email UC-ANR at anrprogramsupport@ucanr.edu or call 530-750-1361.

— Jessica Skropanic

Yreka Rotary serves Thanksgiving meal to seniors

Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021

Yreka Rotary, with assistance from the Yreka High School Culinary Program, Yreka Interact students, and Sarah Kerr of Madrone Hospice, served 124 seniors Thanksgiving meals on Nov.  25.

Rotarians and Interact students served the meals at the Yreka Community Center and also did home deliveries.

A Thanksgiving meal was served to seniors on Nov. 25, 2021.

Rotarian Rob Shelton oversaw the event.

Students in the Yreka Culinary classes cooked the side dishes. Kerr spent her day supporting Rotarians who volunteered to cook in the kitchen.  

— Bill Choy

Fort Jones hosts Christmas Craft Fair

Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021

People who visit Fort Jones on Dec. 11 Saturday can shop for homemade crafts at the town's annual Christmas Craft Fair. 

Vendor will sell handmade items including pottery, woodcrafts, jewelry, metal crafts and artwork. The Denny Bar Company and Etna Brewery will sell food and beverages. 

Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Towers, 11219 North Highway 3, across from the Chevron station.

Admission is free. 

For more information call the Marble Rim Gallery at 530-468-5442 or email Marblers2@gmail.com.

— Jessica Skropanic

YMCA kicks off fun run — with pilling

Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021

Registration is open for the Siskiyou Family YMCA's fifth annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Run/Walk in Yreka.

Participants take their marks at 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 or attend in their gaudiest holiday woolies. 

Runners can sign up for the 5-mile race or 2-mile walk/run. 

Cost to register for either is $10.

To register go to https://bit.ly/3Fo7THG. For more information email noelle@siskiyou-ymca.org or call the YMCA at 530-842-9622.

— Jessica Skropanic

Jefferson Center performs Dickens' classic Christmas play

Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021

Jefferson Center for the Arts brings Charles Dickens holiday classic "A Christmas Carol" to the stage from Dec.17 to 24. 

On the night of Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three Christmas spirits who teach him to treat his fellow man with kindness, generosity and compassion.

Tickets cost $15 to $20 in advance, $20 to $25 at the door. to buy in advance go to https://bit.ly/3Ctp9tl or jeffersoncenterforthearts.com.

For more information call 530-918-8383 go to jeffersoncenterforthearts.com or visit the center at 1124 Pine Grove Drive in Mount Shasta.

— Jessica Skropanic

Fort Jones Christmas Parade set for Saturday

Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021

The Fort Jones Lions Club is hosting the 53rd Annual Fort Jones Christmas Parade.

The parade will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. 

This year's theme is "All Aboard the Toyland Express." There will be $500 awarded for the best entry.

This year's grand marshals are Roy and Linda Hammer, who are longtime residents of Scott Valley.

The grand prize for the button raffle is a steer donated by the Hullquist Ranch. The ranch will raffle it off in quarters so people will have four chances to win a quarter of beef. The Fort Jones Lions Club is paying for the cutting and wrapping of the meat. 

Parade buttons are being sold at stores in Fort Jones and Etna. The buttons are like raffle tickets with numbers on them. 

— Bill Choy

Christmas Caroling event at Little Shasta Church on Dec. 11

Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021

The historic Little Shasta Church in Little Shasta in the Montague area will present the Pat Martin Memorial Christmas Caroling event.

It is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.

Refreshments and fellowship will follow.

The church was built in 1878.

— Bill Choy