Kelly Frost

News Reporter (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!

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.

On a night when the Redding Peace Officers Association agreed to pick up an additional 1.5 percent of their retirement contributions, the City Council voted to dole out an additional $1,500 for two of the city’s department heads.

The McConnell Foundation dropped a bombshell at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Redding City Council. With the Council poised to vote on a non-binding letter of intent with a private equity firm to purchase the old police station downtown, McConnell came in with a last-minute competing offer.

The offer, which literally came at the 11th hour, was for $25,000 more than the existing offer by Equity Streams, which plans to build office space and a restaurant on the California Street site.

The Redding City Council talked groundwater last night – particularly how to move ahead with sustainable management of the region’s aquifer.

In 2014 Governor Jerry Brown mandated that the State Water Resources Control Board require agencies that sit over groundwater basins come up with a plan to ensure the sustainability of each aquifer.

The four candidates vying for two Redding City Council Seats recently hashed out their policies on public safety, even though the forum they were attending was billed as a chance for them to talk about trails, parks and recreation.

The forum was sponsored by several different groups with an interest in outdoor issues. But rather than open space and recreation, discussion quickly veered into the hot-button topic of public safety, or a lack thereof in the city’s open spaces. 

The project to rebuild the aging Kids Kingdom playground at the Enterprise Park in Redding is nearly funded – only $44,000 is needed to meet the $310,000 goal.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting a presentation was given about the fundraising effort.

Half of the $310,000 will be paid for with a state grant to make the playground accessible to handicapped children. 

Dignity Health, the parent company of Mercy Medical Center in Redding, is set to begin construction on a $50 million wellness campus adjacent to the Sacramento River. It will not only offer outpatient services like oncology and senior care, but it will also employ up to 180 people and bring an estimated payroll of $14 million annually to the area.

The project has been controversial from the start due to its location near what is known as the Henderson Open Space — property that's been set aside for public use.

Updated 9:00 a.m.

Cal Fire says the Mountain Fire, which broke out Tuesday afternoon near Keswick in Shasta County, is now 80 percent contained.