The Shasta County Connection—11-7-18

By Mary Rickert,

I certainly wish the rain would arrive.  This weather is good for hay sales but not so good for moving cattle to winter pasture where the grass hasn’t started to grow.  Agriculture is always challenging and so very dependent on the weather.

It is a good thing to have the elections behind us.  I know we were all growing weary of the political advertisements that have bombarded the airwaves and television.  Here’s to hoping we can move forward and work together to make positive changes that will benefit everyone.

We had another good board meeting on October 6th.  Congratulations to Cynthia Weaselbear as Shasta County’s Employee of the Month for November 2018.  Cynthia works for the Children’s Division of Shasta County Health and Human Services as an analyst.  It was a touching moment when she shared how she has always really enjoyed working for the County and found it very rewarding to serve Shasta County residents.

Perhaps one of the most important agenda items the board approved was an agreement with Shasta Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, to provide outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services.  These much needed services will hopefully be beneficial to those who are afflicted with addiction issues.  I often focus on this topic because I do believe it is of importance to residents of Shasta County and the entire nation.  The statistics indicate roughly 70,000 US citizens died of drug overdoses last year.  The number also indicates that we are starting to see a decline in overdose deaths, but I do believe with the new drugs that are being used to save people from overdosing, that might be one of the reasons for the decline.  We still have a serious problem in this country with opioid use that continues to claim lives.  There is local access for treatment and if anyone has any questions, please do contact me for information.

The board also approved a couple of other agreements that cover support services for children and adolescents and an agreement with the Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council.  This agreement will provide parent learning and supportive services.  Our children are our greatest resource and with such a high rate of substance abuse in Shasta County, we need to continue to focus on programs to break the generational cycle of substance use.

Lori Scott, the Shasta County Tax Collector, is in the process of having her department locate abandoned properties and offer for sale tax-defaulted properties. Ms. Scott and her department are doing what they can to locate abandoned houses that are often causing neighbors some concern.  We are most appreciative of her department’s efforts to try and clean up Shasta County.

If you any of you have a question, please contact me at mrickert@co.shasta.ca.us.

Mary Rickert

District 3, Shasta County Supervisor

Background:

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.