An Early Shasta Christmas

A few years ago, I was reading a transcription of the diary of Royal Tyler Sprague (an Old Shasta pioneer and Freemason), and I thought his entries on Christmas 1850 in Shasta were worth noting: Dec 24, 1850: “This evening nearly every citizen of our…

Elsewhere: New Article at Shasta Living Streets

I just posted a blog entry about the Parkview Avenue rightsizing project in Redding, California on the Shasta Living Streets website. Rightsizing is an increasing popular practice of reconfiguring streets with excess capacity to better serve their community. Some rightsized roadways have experienced a 29…

From the Vault: Yesterday’s News From Whiskeytown

This brief interview appeared in the Synthesis in February of 1998 under a different title. This was one of my first interviews, as you might guess by some of the questions. I was/am a huge Whiskeytown fan and on top of being terribly nervous, I…

More Positive Development in Downtown Redding

The City of Redding Planning Commission has approved a proposal to build another mixed-use building in downtown Redding. The old Greyhound bus station at the intersection of Pine and Butte streets in downtown Redding has sat empty since Greyhound relocated to the new transit facility…

No Sign

No Sign, a photo by Michael Kuker on Flickr. A signpost for the old Salt Creek Bridge, located on an old alignment of Highway 99 normally underwater. There’s nothing like old concrete.

Meriam Library

Meriam Library, a photo by Michael Kuker on Flickr. The lovely brutalist Meriam Library at CSU, Chico. Although brutalism can be pretty bleak in urban environments, I think it can be stunning in greener environments like the Chico State campus.

Lassen Peak

Untitled, a photo by Michael Kuker on Flickr. A fresh angle on Lassen Peak.

Preview from the Vault: Old Crow Medicine Show

This brief article/interview appeared in the August 16, 2007 Chico News & Review. Old School Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor takes on modern times It’s been quite a journey for the members of Old Crow Medicine Show. The band coalesced in 1998 during a…

Review from the Vault: George Jones, The Essential

The Essential George Jones George Jones Legacy / Sony There’s no better way to drown your sorrows than with country music on jukebox, and when a discerning fella needs to drink a gal off his mind, he naturally reaches for George Jones. With songs like…