The Trestle:

Redding Train Trestle built in 1939.

It’s a massive structure that over the years has become as organic as the Sacramento River it hovers above and shares the scenic landmark status with Mount Lassen and Mount Bally to the east and west.

It was a busy time with a failed assassination attempt on Hitler; Jefferson Memorial begins construction; Al Capone is freed from Alcatraz and the 1st unemployment check is approved.

The Redding Trestle was completed by the American Bridge Company in November of 1939 spanning 4,346 feet long and rises 110 feet above the river.

It soon becomes not only the main artery for rail moving through northern California but supported foot traffic for a steady supply of workers who were building Shasta Dam.

Mamma No More HEAT!

MAMMA I CAN’T TAKE ANY MORE HEAT!! At a time when both NFL players and owners are trying to squeeze more dollars out of their fans and media outlets one of the best values in sports today is semi-pro football.

I covered one of the finest football games I’ve seen in a 33 year career as a photographer prep, college or pro last night.

Two semi-pro football teams, the Redding Heat and the Solano Chiefs took the field last night to battle like no other I’ve seen before. The HEAT was down 34-33 with thirty-five seconds on the clock the slammed a 40 yard touchdown to take the win and remain undefeated for the season.

The characters were rich on both sides of the line and ran three strings deep.  Half of these guys you would not want to meet in a dark ally.  By the same token, there is not one of them you would not want watching your back in that ally.

They are a crusty bunch too be sure and at this point in the season there might be more walking injured on the sidelines than limp to the field for the kickoff.

I can’t even say these “young men” have heart. Hell, you would have to toss the ball boy on the field to use the word young, and field in the same description.

The United States Football Association had the Heat ranked 12th before their last two wins and a forfeit.  It will be interesting to see where they land after last night’s game.

They will be looking atYuba City next Saturday, May 14th on their home field with the gates opening at 6p.m. 

At a time when folks don’t know if their next pay check is going to land or if their health insurance is going to last through the next month; it’s a bit of a heart-lifter seeing folks putting it on the line doing what they love to do.  Enough to make your mommy proud!

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Redding Heat Adds Win 21-3 over Thunder:

The “Redding Heat” places another win in the books last night 21-3 over the Yuba City Thunder.  This is the second win for the new 2011  franchise under owners Jayson Burris, Missy McArthur and Head Coach, Chris Hall.

Visit THE HEAT site for stats and schedule

Enjoy a few visual highlights from last nights game.

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A River Crossing:

Sundial Bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava crosses the Sacramento River at a reported cost of $23.5 million. The bridge design is a cantilever spar cable-stayed structure that spans 700 feet.

The bridge follows Calatrava’s earlier designs in Spain and Argentina.  True to its design it is accurate as a sundial one day per year but offers fisherman a first-class backdrop while packed drift boats maneuver pockets for salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout.

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