Mary Rickert

The Shasta County Connection 2-22-18

By Mary Rickert

Winter finally arrived.  All at once!  At least we are getting some of the moisture we have so desperately needed.

The Redding Veterans Resource Center recently broke ground for a new patio at their Veteran’s Home on Park Marina Drive in Redding.  The Dahl family presented a check for $15,000 to make these improvements to the home and also unveiled a large portrait of their late son Nick Dahl, a veteran.  Supporting our veterans is what Shasta County residents do well and we are indebted to Mike Dahl and Pam Dahl for all of their commitment to veterans in memory of their son.

I was recently a guest on the Henry Cuenca show, Radio KKRN in Round Mountain.  It was delightful to spend an hour with Henry and be a guest on his show. His show is fairly new to the radio station, but can be heard on Tuesday mornings at 8:00 am.  Thank you, Henry, for giving me the opportunity to share with the listeners my life story and your kind words of encouragement as I continue on this journey as a County Supervisor.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Thanks to the Shasta College Ag Leadership Club and the University of Cooperative Extension Shasta County office, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., spoke at two events in February.  Dr. Grandin is a world-renowned animal behaviorist and professor at Colorado State University.  What makes Temple so unique is that she has been diagnosed since childhood with autism.  She is very high functioning and has used her gift to “think like a cow” to conduct extensive research on livestock behaviors.  She is responsible for designing animal handling facilities and slaughterhouses nationwide.   The first event was held at the Cascade Theater in Redding and her talk dealt mostly with autism.  In Red Bluff she spoke to those of us in the livestock industry about animal behavior and cattle handling facilities.  Jim and I have known Temple for about 15 years and I admire her amazing gift and dedication to educating people about autism and low-stress cattle handling.  If you have not watched the Golden Globe Award-winning movie, Temple Grandin, about her amazing life story, please do.  I highly recommend it.

It’s been busy on the supervisor front with attending the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency meeting, Redding Chamber of Commerce’s Legends and Leaders event and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Staff Recognition Ceremony.  I was pleased to see several new recruits added to the staff, proud of those who had been promoted and sorry to see a few officers retire.

The Shasta County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen hosted the 52nd Annual Beef Princess and 26th Annual Beef Ambassador Contest in Palo Cedro on February 24th.  Door prizes and raffles were awarded throughout the evening and it kept things lively. A steak dinner was served by Vic Woolery was great as usual.  Supporting our local cattle industry and these youth activities is a part of our heritage in Shasta County.

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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.