Kelly Frost

News Reporter (Stringer - Redding Bureau)

Kelly is a graduate of Chabot Junior College in Hayward, California. After nearly 25 years in commercial radio, Kelly arrived in Redding and joined North State Public Radio first as a volunteer. He began covering Redding City Council meetings and other local events and was eventually hired as KFPR's Redding news reporter.

Kelly continues to volunteer for KIXE-TV in Redding. He's active in his church and is an avid Star Trek fan.  Kelly’s son, Kelly Jr., also works in radio and is carrying on the legacy!

Redding’s new city manager has given the City Council a list of his priorities for the next 6 to 12 months.

One of the things that was brought to the attention of the City Council was that Barry Tippin had no goals to measure his performance in his employment contract. 

So Tippin, the former assistant city manager and director of the Redding Electric Utility, came up with a list of 42 items he'd like to complete within the next year.

To help with that plan, he asked a 15-member citizens panel to help.

Redding’s signature playground has reopened after an almost yearlong transformation. 

After 23 years of service, the Kids Kingdom at the Enterprise Community Park was in dire need of repair. Redding’s Community Service Director Kim Niemer says it was literally falling apart.

"We had done or best to keep it going, but it was splintering and decaying and we were going to lose it, one way or the other,” she said.

Redding has a new interim police chief, and he’s a familiar face. 

Peter Hansen spent 28 years with the Redding Police Department, three as chief, before he retired in 2011. Since Chief Robert Paoletti was fired by City Manager Barry Tippin in June, Captain Eric Wallace had been filling the position on a temporary basis.  

Hansen’s interim position was approved by the Redding City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting. 

Two-thirds of the Redding Fire Department was helping out on the Laverne Fire in Happy Valley Tuesday. 

Six of the city’s nine engines were deployed to the Happy Valley incident. Chief Gerry Gray says that with resources running thin, more and more agencies are relying on each other to provide mutual aid. We wanted to know what would have happened if a major incident broke out in the city of Redding at the same time.

Gray says Redding sent resources specifically to protect the city as the fire burned to the north.

Redding Councilman Adam McElvain kept one of his campaign promises and floated the idea of bringing a fiber internet utility to Redding.  NSPR's Kelly Frost has more.

McElvain wants to create a public internet utility that would bring speeds of up to 10 gigabites to the downtown core of Redding, where he says Google already has a high speed fiber conduit running along the railroad tracks. He explains that this is something that only the public sector, like the Redding Electric Utility can do.

After months of talks and delayed offers, the Redding City Council has finally agreed upon a buyer for the former police station downtown. The building, which also housed a car dealership prior to its life as a cop shop, was sold Tuesday night to Equity Streams, which has plans to develop some sort of commercial venture, possibly including mixed retail and residential. 

Big changes are in the works for downtown Redding. A community meeting was held last Thursday to discuss the downtown specific plan which will completely revamp the downtown area.

The existing plan has not been updated since 2001. Paul Helman, planning manager for the City of Redding, says the plan will regulate development, land use, parks, bicycle and pedestrian use and parking, but it won't be specific to each parcel.

Work on the storm damaged section of Keswick Dam Road in Redding should be complete in about two to four weeks. The emergency repair work may also be eligible for 100 percent reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Because of the emergency nature of the repairs the normal bidding process was waived and work began immediately after a council vote two weeks ago. Public Works Director Brian Crane says recent storms have completely closed Keswick Dam Road near Sulphur Creek.

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As far as marijuana regulations go in the city of Redding, it's status quo — at least for the next 45 days.

Despite the passage of Proposition 64, which legalizes marijuana for recreational use in California, the Redding City Council voted to keep things as they are for now. The moratorium on any sale or outdoor cultivation will stay in effect for 45 days, while the council puts together the rules that will govern the use of marijuana going forward. 

It’s been two weeks since 34-year-old mother Sherri Papini disappeared without a trace near Redding. Now the FBI is getting involved.

Papini was last seen Nov. 2 taking a jog near her home off of Old Oregon Trail in Mountain Gate. Her husband discovered her cell phone and some other items near Sunrise Drive after she failed to return home and left her children in daycare. 

In an interview with NSPR, Keith Papini says he is still holding on to hope that she'll turn up, and that she is still out there somewhere.