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Yreka man gets 28 years in prison for molesting 2 children

A Yreka man was sentenced to 28 years in prison Tuesday for molesting two children under the age of 14. In addition to the prison time, Robert Jackson Lobnow, 45, was also ordered to pay $500,000 to his two victims to help compensate them for their "pain, suffering, emotional distress, injury to their reputation and humiliation," according to a Siskiyou County District Attorney's Office news release.
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PCT Days 8-16: Mental Victory and Physical Defeat

I took a zero in Etna to reassess how I felt about the trail. I felt confident that I could physically complete it, but I wasn’t sure if I was as mentally prepared as I’d thought I was. The biggest problem for me, it had seemed, was snow, so I decided that I would give the trail another try, but would make sure that I was far away from any snow banks. I found an amazing trail angel who shuttled me ahead about 40 miles to skip any more snow, and set out.
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Yreka makes homeless encampments illegal in many public areas

The Yreka City Council passed an ordinance to prohibit camping in areas that would heighten fire risk, and is offering other “options” for the city’s unhoused population. Homeless camps will no longer be allowed in public parks, watersheds, sidewalks and other forms of “critical infrastructure” in an...
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Yreka explores relief programs for businesses affected by Main Street construction

The multi-year roadway construction project through the downtown Yreka has prompted the city and the Siskiyou County Small Business Development Center to partner on an initiative to offer relief for businesses along Main Street. Yreka will apply for a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant to serve as the basis for...

An Underground Visit to Lava Beds National Monument

This past weekend, Kiva and I visited Lava Beds National Monument for an overnight trip. I’ve been a few times before. However, on my last visit I was unable to do any real caving after I twisted my ankle so I was eager to return. The heat in Redding...
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Cal Fire arrests 2 men on suspicion of arson in Siskiyou County

Two men were arrested on suspicion of arson in separate Siskiyou County incidents this month, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Cal Fire law enforcement officers, with help from the Yreka Police Department, arrested a man in Yreka on June 9 and booked him into Siskiyou County Jail for investigation of arson and a warrant.
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Fire destroys Yreka ‘Old West Village’ before its display during Gold Rush Days festival

A fire in the early hours of Monday all but destroyed the Old West Village, a historic display depicting frontier life in downtown Yreka. “Three years of hard work, and blood, sweat and tears; and it was 99%, done ready to open for Gold Rush Days for people to see what buildings were like in 1850s now destroyed by arson,” said Gary Nelson, the owner Old West Village. Nelson, active in the city’s preservation community, also owns the Franco-American Hotel on Miner Street.

Ranchers and Entrepreneurs Mary and Brian Heffernan Teach Other Producers How to Go From ‘Ranch to Retail’ With New Workshop

Lack of available butcheries across the country to process meats inspires California cattle ranchers to teach others how to do it themselves. California cattle ranchers and entrepreneurs Mary and Brian Heffernan, owners of Five Marys Farms, Five Marys Burgerhouse and Five Marys Custom Meat Co., know the challenge of growing and harvesting meats for direct-to-consumer sales.
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Gold Rush Days returns to downtown Yreka: What to know about the festival in 2022

A multi-day festival to call attention to Yreka’s gold rush and frontier past will also double as a prime event to showcase downtown businesses. “Gold Rush Days celebrates Yreka's unique foundation as a bustling cosmopolitan gold rush-era city,” said Kory Hayden, one of the key organizers for the event. “For a period of time Yreka was a sister city to San Francisco and a significant transportation and communication hub, with the Franco-American Hotel, Third Street, and Yreka stagecoach routes drawing impressive visits by dignitaries.”

Gold Rush Days Returning to Historic Downtown Yreka this Week!

The town of Yreka, sitting in the beautiful Siskiyou County, is one of the best towns in California at preserving its history. That history will be on full display this week during the Yreka Gold Rush Days. Yreka, California was a Gold Rush boomtown in the 1850’s, conveniently sitting along...

Wildfire and detours on the Pacific Crest Trail

Just when it seemed unimaginable that the 2018 fire season could get worse in Northern California, the Delta Fire joined the Hirz Fire in early September south of Castle Crags and Dunsmuir, closing 55 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. The Delta Fire had grown rapidly, expanding to more than 40,000 acres less than four days after it started. These fires both moved quickly, gobbling up large swaths of trees and buildings. And then, as the fire season stretched into mid-autumn, the devastating 153,000-acre Camp Fire incinerated the community of Paradise in the second week of November. This fire season was one for the record books, but it was topped just two years later when 4% of California’s total acreage burned (4.4 million acres) in a single year.
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Yreka to explore marijuana dispensary legalization as public opinion evolves

City leaders in Yreka will move forward with gathering data and hearing from the community around the issue of cannabis dispensaries. Following public comments at a recent City Council meeting where Elizabeth Tabor, who operates marijuana dispensaries in Weed and Mount Shasta, implored officials to consider a move that would open the door to the legal operation of dispensaries in the city.