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It’s a common refrain: California has some of the ‘highest-in-the-nation’ costs, from gas and water to electricity and taxes.  

Some of these assertions are supported by the facts, while others are as exaggerated as Yosemite’s granite domes are striking.

More details have emerged about the chronology of Tuesday’s shooting rampage in at Rancho Tehama Reserve, with officials describing an unhinged gunman executing his wife and neighbor before unleashing terror on the neighborhood elementary school.

Kevin Janson Neal, already under a court order to surrender firearms and out on bail and awaiting trial after allegedly stabbing a neighbor who complained she lived in fear, opened fire at seven different sites, shooting at neighbors, passersby, and into homes.

Tehama County authorities lavished praise on quick-thinking teachers and other school employees after Tuesday’s deadly shooting rampage.

Phil Johnston is the assistant sheriff of Tehama County.

“I really and truly believe we would have had a horrific bloodbath in that school if that school hadn’t taken the action when they did,” he said.

As rapid gunfire echoed through the hills of Rancho Tehama Reserve, a school secretary rushed out to shoo children inside. A custodian swooped in, yelling "get into the classrooms," at kids in the play yard.

Death Toll Rises In Rancho Tehama Mass Shooting

Nov 15, 2017

New details are emerging in the deadly mass shooting that happened in the small community of Rancho Tehama Tuesday morning. The shooter was shot and killed by police after driving through the area and sending a barrage of bullets into cars, homes and the local elementary school.

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The rural Northern California community of Rancho Tehama lies about 135 miles north of Sacramento. It’s nestled in ranchland off the I-5, not far from Red Bluff.

About 1,500 people live here, in a town with a volunteer fire department, a small airstrip and one coffee shop. The community is still in shock, after a local man went on a shooting rampage Tuesday morning for reasons unknown. Five people were killed, including the shooter. And 10 were injured, including 2 children. Law enforcement and residents are still trying to piece together how something so awful could happen in their town.

Shooting In Tehama County Leaves At Least 5 Dead

Nov 14, 2017

Updated 2:54 p.m.

A man killed four people and injured 10 in a shooting rampage this morning in the small community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, southwest of Red Bluff.

Police fatally shot the shooter, bringing the total number of deaths to five. 

Of those being treated at hospitals, two are children who are expected to survive. One child was shot at Rancho Tehama Elementary School; the other while in a car with his mother, who is in critical condition. 

No children are among the dead.

The Redding City Council voted Tuesday to extend a moratorium on all recreational marijuana businesses within the city until next December. But as City Attorney Barry DeWalt explains, that’s only to give him time to draft an ordinance that will likely come back for approval in the spring, trying to alleviate fears that all marijuana in the city will be banned

“What this ordinance does is extend your existing moratorium which solely relates to adult-use marijuana not medical marijuana,” he said.

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Tough restrictions on marijuana will remain on the books in Chico following a close vote by the City Council Tuesday night.

The move more or less preserves existing restrictions while complying with a statewide proposition that legalized recreational marijuana for adults. That law gives local jurisdictions a free hand to pen their own rules.

The 4-3 vote came despite the pleas of a woman using it to manage chronic colitis pain. Charles Pierce, who described himself as a consultant helping growers navigate cannabis rules, cast doubt on the outcome.

The public is invited to weigh in on plans to reduce the number and severity of accidents along State Route 70 north of Marysville.

The nearly $102 million proposal would widen shoulders, straightening curves, move utility poles and add a continuous center left-turn-lane from just north of Marysville to the county line.

Caltrans spokesman Gilbert Mohtes-Chan said that long range plans call for the roadway to have two lanes in each direction.


From above, it looks miraculous. A massive canyon filled in, and near tragedy transformed into triumph, and officials, including Grant Davis, director of the California Department of Water Resources, are justly proud.

“This project is a stunning feat. I’ve been told by engineers and dam experts from across the country just how impressed they are by the amount of work completed in such an accelerated timeline,” Davis said Wednesday as he delivered on his predecessor Bill Croyle’s vow — to have a working gated spillway at Oroville Dam by Nov. 1.

While the progress certainly breaks the recent trend of snail-paced construction projects in California, officials may be exaggerating the accomplishments and downplaying remaining dangers.