The Shasta County Connection

By Mary Rickert

The new year has begun and there are many issues to discuss in 2018.  Pleased to see the recent storms and hopefully the trend will continue.  We need rain and snow to replenish our watersheds and keep any more drought conditions at bay.

Recently, I attended a meeting hosted by the Intermountain Action Growth and Education (IMAGE) group in Burney.  Kathy Kakiuchi from Shasta County Public Health made a presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  I have covered this relatively new research in this column previously and was very pleased to see a formal presentation made for the public.  Teri Fields-Hosler, Director of Shasta County Public Health also spoke, and we were fortunate to have Kathy and Teri share their knowledge on this subject.  ACEs helps us determine why some individuals have more problems in life with functioning and life choices.  If a person has had many adverse experiences as a child, it will impact their behavior in a negative way later in life.  If we can, as a community, identify these behaviors early in life, perhaps we can enrich the lives of young people to help guide them in a positive direction.  If your group would like a presentation, please contact Kathy, Teri or me and we will get an event set up.

The League of Women Voters held an event at the McConnell Foundation to focus on Opioids in Shasta County. They had a stellar panel comprised of Donnell Ewert, Director of Shasta County Health and Human Services, Greg Greenberg, M.D., Daniel Moore from Aegis Treatment Centers, and the newly appointed Redding Police Department Chief Roger Moore.

For those that follow this column, may be aware, that the opioid crisis is an important topic to me.  I initiated bringing the well-known author, Sam Quinones, to Redding to speak on how the opioid/heroin crisis has evolved in this country.  This event was a great follow up to Mr. Quinones’ talk and it was fascinating to hear what those who are on the front lines working on this problem had to share.  When asked how many of those in homeless camps have some sort of addiction problems, the Chief of Police’s answer was “lots.”  The problems are interconnected, and we need to take a holistic approach to trying to solve them.

It was good news to see that the Governor has recommended in his budget proposal that Shasta County will construct its new courthouse in 2018-19.  I am hopeful that this project will be completed in the next two years.  The county could use the additional space provided with the construction of a new courthouse.  This will give the county more flexibility and more options with the additional space.

I was asked to be a guest on the radio on KNCR with hosts, Trish Clark and Sharon Clarke.  We talked about the opioid situation in Shasta County and the new project proposed of adding more windmills to the Hatchet Mountain area.  I am sure many of you are aware that this project is being considered and I am sure I will be covering this topic in future columns.

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In 2016, Mary Rickert was elected to serve as Shasta County District 3 Supervisor. A 42-year resident of Shasta County, Mary has lived near McArthur since 1988.  Attending California Polytechnic State University as a Dairy Science major,  Mary also holds degrees in Business & Human Resources Management and Psychology from Simpson University.  Along with her husband Jim, the couple are owners of Western Agricultural Services— a farm management, appraisal and real estate brokerage firm.  They are also the majority owners of Prather Ranch— a nationally recognized, vertically integrated beef cattle operation. Mary and her husband Jim have three grown children and five grandchildren.