Siskiyou community corner: People from low, middle income homes can get free 2021 tax help

Staff reports
From Jan. 31 to April 8, JEDI and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will offer free 2021 tax preparation for people from low and middle income households

From Jan. 31 to April 8, JEDI and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance in Mount Shasta and Yreka will offer free 2021 tax preparation for people from low and middle income households with basic tax returns.

In Mount Shasta, people who qualify can visit JEDI from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays at 205 Chestnut St. Intake packets located at the back door of the JEDI office; no appointment is necessary. Services are outdoor and by phone. Volunteers review completed packets, scan documents and return packets to taxpayers; then call them to review their returns and set up a pick-up time. For more information, email, go to or call 530-926-6670, option 5.

In Yreka, indoor services are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays at the Senior Center, 810 N Oregon St. Two appointments are required per person: One to complete an intake packet, the second to pick up a return. Masks and social distancing are required. For more information or to schedule appointments email or call 530-926-6670, option 4 and leave your name and contact information.

— Jessica Skropanic

Forest Service issues 2022 firewood cutting permits

Tuesday Jan. 11, 2022

The Klamath National Forest is issuing 2022 permits to people 18 years old and older to cut their own firewood in the forest.

2022 permits are valid through Dec. 31, the Forest Service said.

Woodcutters must be named on the permit and are required to have it and firewood maps in their possession while cutting. They must also observe motor vehicle regulations in the park.

Wood collected must be transported to — and used at — the address listed on the permit. It can't be sold.

A total of up to 12 cords of firewood for personal use is permitted per calendar year. Cost is $2 per cord with a minimum $20 transaction fee. 

All payments must be made by credit/debit card, check or money order. To buy a permit call:

  • 530-863-3092 in Yreka from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays and Fridays
  • 530-598-9310 in Happy Camp from 11 am. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 530-398-4391 in Macdoel from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • 530-643-1838 in Fort Jones from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays 

To learn cutting restrictions call 530-841-4588.

— Jessica Skropanic

Rescue reaches out for pet foster homes, volunteers

Tuesday Jan. 11, 2022

SNIP of Siskiyou County is looking for people willing to foster puppies and cats.

Pet rescue organization SNIP of Siskiyou County is looking for people willing to foster puppies and cats until they can find good forever homes.

They also need volunteers to help socialize and play with the dogs at their Yreka facility.

Fosters must apply and go through a phone interview and home check.

For more information call SNIP at 541-531-1086.

— Jessica Skropanic

Mobile clinic to visit Fort Jones

Tuesday Jan. 11, 2022

Siskiyou County Public health will host a mobile vaccination and testing clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday Jan. 24 at the Fort Jones Town Hall, 11960 East St.

The clinic will offer rapid COVID-19 testing, vaccines and boosters; routine children's vaccines and flu vaccines for $9. 

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted while time allows.

For more information or to make an appointment call 530-841-2134 or email

— Jessica Skropanic

Thursday evening last for Yreka clinic's rapid tests, vaccinations

Tuesday Jan. 11, 2022

Thursday is the last opportunity for people to schedule a rapid COVID test, shot or booster in the evening at Public Health's clinic, 1275 South Main St., Unit A, in Yreka. Siskiyou County Public Health is extending the clinic's hours to 7 p.m.

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

After Jan. 20 this week the clinic will close at 2 p.m. on Thursdays.

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.

Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, go to or call 530-841-2134.

To register your COVID test go to 

For a list of COVID-19 testing sites in Siskiyou County go to

— Jessica Skropanic

Have a laugh at JCA's comedy night

Tuesday Jan. 11, 2022

The Jefferson Center for the Arts hosts "Comedy Night at the JCA" at 8 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 22. 

The evening's headliner is D. Tyler. Other North State stand-up comics performing are Dustin Wood and Nick Meier.

Tickets are $17.55 in advance with online purchase fee; $20 on event night at the box office. To buy tickets online go to 

This event is open to people ages 21 and older. Language and topics may be inappropriate for some people.

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

— Jessica Skropanic

Three North State stand-up comics take the stage on Saturday at the Jefferson Center for the Arts in Mount Shasta.

Shasta Ascension returns for eighth year

Tuesday Jan. 11, 2022

Winter sports fans can watch or compete in the eighth annual Shasta Ascension backcountry ski and splitboard race from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday Jan. 22 at Mt. Shasta Ski Park, 4500 Ski Park Highway in McCloud.

This traditional ski mountaineering race is a timed event that follows an established trail through challenging winter alpine terrain. Competitors pass through a series of checkpoints while they climb and descend under their own power using backcountry skiing equipment and techniques.

— Jessica Skropanic

The eighth annual Shasta Ascension backcountry ski and splitboard race is Saturday Jan. 22 at Mt. Shasta Ski Park.

This is an advanced course. Randonee, telemark and split boards are welcome. 

Event hosts are Friends of the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center and the Mt. Shasta Ski Park.

Go to for more information.

How to get digital copies of COVID-19 vaccine records

Monday Jan. 3, 2022

Californians who want an up-to-date record of their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shot can request one online from the California Department of Public Health branch.

People can choose if they want their records to come by email or phone text. Recipients can then forward digital records to their employer, school, doctor or other recipient.

Californians who want digital copies of their COVID-19 vaccination records can request them online from the California Department of Public Health.

Records are only available to the person to who received the shots or their legal representative.

To request a digital COVID-19 vaccine record, go to

For more information, go to

— Jessica Skropanic

Exhibit highlights 2 Siskiyou County artists' work

Saturday Jan. 1, 2022

Liberty Arts Gallery launches an exhibition of work by two Siskiyou County artists: Sculpture Joaquin DeLaLuz and painter Charlie Mills.

On Jan. 14, Liberty Arts Gallery launches an exhibition of work by two Siskiyou County artists: Sculpture Joaquin DeLaLuz and painter Charlie Mills.

“SPIRIT” opens with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the gallery, 108 W. Miner St. in Yreka.

DeLaLuz’ life-size sculptural forms are inspired by the forest. Most pieces originate from the large tree trunks recovered through his profession as a timber faller, then embellished with hammered metals, wire and enameled accents.

On Jan. 14, Liberty Arts Gallery launches an exhibition of work by two Siskiyou County artists: sculptor Joaquin DeLaLuz and painter Charlie Mills.

Mills large-scale paintings mirror his background in commercial illustration, metal sculpting and portraiture.

Admission to the reception and gallery show are free.

The show hangs until Feb. 23.

For more information call (530) 842-0222.

— Jessica Skropanic

JCA presents "Mary Poppins"

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021

"Practically perfect in every way," Jefferson Center for the Arts and Mount Shasta Children's Theatre perform the play "Mary Poppins."

This play is based on the classic Disney movie, Broadway show and P. L. Travers's book series, all under the same name.

Jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces audiences to 1910 England and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the family how to value each other.

Showtimes are on Jan. 7-9: at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $25 at the box office,$20 for advanced purchase. Children ages 10 and younger get in free with a paying adult.

For more information or to purchase tickets online go to or go to the theater at 1124 Pine Grove Drive, Mount Shasta. 

— Jessica Skropanic

Sundown Poachers to play at ski park

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021

Siskiyou County band the Sundown Poachers perform a concert from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 8 at Mt. Shasta Ski Park, 4500 Ski Park Highway in McCloud.

This folk rock and blues group includes front men Johnny Callahan and Tristan Behm, both on on guitar, bass and lead vocals; Kyle Uwekoolani on lead guitar; and John Bowman on drums.

Siskiyou folk-rock and blues band the Sundown Poachers performs this weekend at Mt. Shasta Ski Park.

Sundown Poachers played Northern California venues since the band formed in 2008. 

For more information about the band go to For event information call the ski park at (530) 926-8610.

— Jessica Skropanic

Two artists win at SAA exhibit

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021

The Siskiyou Artists Association announced winners of the 63rd annual art show and competition in December, held at the Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir.

Two artists’ work won the visitor’s favorite: “River Solitude” by Nate Carter and “Rabbit Brush” by Kathleen Langford.

Their work was selected from more than 40 pieces entered.

For more information about the Siskiyou Artists Association go to

— Jessica Skropanic

Mount Shasta night club to host weekly karaoke

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021

Starting this week, the Gold Room Saloon in Mount Shasta hosts karaoke from 9 p.m. until midnight on Thursdays.

Emcee is Raechel Grilli of Weed. 

The night club is located at 903 S. Mount Shasta Blvd. in Mount Shasta.

For more information call (530) 918-8939.

— Jessica Skropanic

Mount Shasta studio hosts art classes 

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021

Snow Creek Studios at 416 N. Mount Shasta Blvd. offers drawing, painting and other visual art media instruction from Alek Balos and Chris Messer.

Classes are designed for adults and mature children.

To see a full list of courses or to get more information go to or call 530-926-3000.

— Jessica Skropanic

Tickets on sale for OSF season

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021

Tickets are now available for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2022 season in Ashland, Oregon.

This year's productions are "The Tempest" and "King John" by the Bard himself, and other popular plays and musicals including "Once on This Island," "Unseen," "How I Learned What I Learned" and others. 

Future events planned include workshops and the 2022 Quills Fest — a two-day immersive digital festival in November.

Tickets start at $35 for some productions. 

For more information or to purchase tickets go to, email or call (800) 219-8161. 

— Jessica Skropanic