story and photos: Wyatt Olson
80 YEARS OF GERLINGER STEEL
Anyone who has driven through downtown Redding has likely noticed the large red sign emblazoned with, “Gerlinger Steel and Supply,” but few realize that inside those retro brick buildings operates one of the oldest companies in Redding. Gerlinger Steel opened 80 years ago and has been involved with some of the most groundbreaking and important construction projects in Northern California, such as Shasta Dam, Keswick Dam, Interstate 5 and more.
The gym and training facility was opened in February by visionary owner Ed White and his partner, Larry Fuqua. White’s office in the loft area overlooks the spacious 21,000 square feet of carefully renovated and creatively designed workout space. He credits Aztec Construction owner and his wife, Kelly and Alexis Asbe, “for making my dream come true.” It was a whirlwind adventure from the time he left his old location and opened the doors of the new facility on Athens Avenue.
TEHAMA COUNTY'S PACIFIC SUN GOURMET
Tucked away on a rural Tehama County road is a golden treasure – richly flavored Pacific Sun extra virgin olive oil pressed from locally grown, hand-harvested fruit from trees that have been in the area for decades.
MEY CHAO-LEE, CULTURAL COMPETENCY COORDINATOR
Meycho (Mey) Chao-Lee takes nothing for granted. Not the car that she drives to work, nor the carpet that she walks across in her living room, nor the ability to speak her mind without fear of death at the hands of Communists.
photo courtesy of Don Smith/San Jose Sharks
an Jose Sharks
Ray Tufts discovered the book “The First Aider” by the Cramer Sports Medicine Co., and used it as a guide to help athletes recover from sprains, bumps and bruises.
story: Ronda Olson-Ball
BUCKET LIST DREAM COME TRUE
I grew up listening to San Francisco Giants games on transistor radios, car radios and televisions. I remember being bored out of my mind with talk at the dinner table between my father and four brothers about the Giants. Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, and Juan Marichal were like extended members of our family. I could never figure out why they cared so much about players’ stats or how they could remember what I thought was such useless information. Baseball was huge in our house. Having four brothers, a sister and parents who were very involved with Little League, I went to hundreds of games. I didn’t care much about watching my brothers play, but knew I’d get to play on the monkey bars with several of my classmates and would get my fill of Big Hunk candy bars and Cracker Jacks.
story: Kallie Markle
COTTONWOOD COMMUNITY LIBRARY’S CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR
There aren’t many ways to blend Christmas, libraries and the penchant for peeking into your neighbor’s house, but the people of Cottonwood manage to pull it off with panache. Every December, the Cottonwood Community Library presents its Christmas Home Tour. The self-guided tour, now its 10th year, features five Cottonwood residences and their unique holiday decorations.
photos: Paul Heath
photos: Paul Heath
BASSHOLE BAR AND GRILL
Cheryl and David Dulon had a dream. Then residing in the San Francisco Bay area, the idea that they would one day own a business was always at the forefront of their minds. They saw an ad, made a move and now, 13 years later, the Basshole Bar and Grill is more of a destination than it’s ever been.
photos: Brent Van Auken
rent Van Auken
James Russell and Jason Schroeder Build Beautiful Guitars
Anyone can view the guitars made by Jason Schroeder or James Russell and see that they’re gorgeous. But the assessment gets really interesting when expert players and serious guitar aficionados get their hands on them.
Photo: Monica VanDeWalker
to: Monica VanDeWalker
MICHAEL'S RESTAURANT IN MT. SHASTA
Nick Kobseff knew how to promote his restaurant. He purchased an ailing racehorse and fed it ravioli from his Rancho Nicasio restaurant in Marin County. Not only did the horse flourish, it attracted the local press, and the previous owner asked for his horse back. Nick consented and was pleased when the horse won a few races. His young son Michael watched his efforts and gained a love for the restaurant business, making this his future career.