The Shasta County Connection—July 6, 2018

By Mary Rickert,

I trust everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July.  Jim and I attended the fireworks in Redding and were surprised with the rather cool weather on the 4th of July this year along the Sacramento River.  The fireworks display was more spectacular than ever, and the entire community of Shasta County has the McConnell Foundation to thank for such an amazing event for both young and old to enjoy.

It was an honor to be a part of the groundbreaking event for the new Fall River Health Center.  Rural health care is so important for those of us who reside far from access to large health care centers and Fall River Valley is very excited to welcome this new facility to the valley.  The contractor and his team are ahead of schedule and seemingly make major progress daily constructing this new building.  We all look forward to the ribbon cutting and congratulations to Dave Jones and his team for making this a reality.

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors have called for a Special Board Meeting on July 10 at 9:00 am to receive a presentation regarding potential revenue options for operations of our County jail.  Shasta County’s County Counsel has assembled several options possible for the supervisors to consider generating revenue for jail operations through local taxes, assessments or fees.  This information will give the Board the ability to place a possible tax measure on the ballot for the November 2018 general election.  No one is excited about more taxes, but with the current funding stream the county receives from the state, it will not be adequate revenue to fund the operations of an expanded jail over the long term.  We have many options to discuss and consider before acting on a path forward.  I always like to encourage those interested in the process to please join us and share your opinions. 

The new entrance to the Holiday Market in Palo Cedro really provides a welcoming appearance to the shopping center.  Nicely done!

I certainly hope this milder weather continues.  So far, the summer has been relatively mild and I certainly hope we won’t experience the extreme heat like we did last year.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Rickert at

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.