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Cheers, jeers for the week of Dec. 29, 2013 to Jan. 4, 2014

By From page A8 | January 04, 2014

Cheers to Monique McKee, a 1983 Fairfield High School graduate who was named a Shasta County Superior Court judge. McKee graduated from the University of California, Irvine and Southwestern University School of Law before beginning her legal career in the city of Orange. She’s been a lawyer in Redding since 1996 and is married to the superintendent of Shasta County High School District.

Jeers to those responsible for the theft of about $2,000 worth of prizes for Armijo High School’s Sober Grad Night from a storage shed on campus.

Electronics and prizes, as well as a cotton candy machine, microwave and toaster oven, were stolen sometime last weekend.

Sober Grad Night goes a long way to prevent tragedy on what can be an otherwise dangerous night. We hope that a theft such as this doesn’t happen again and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Cheers to Zacharie Harvey, the 15-year-old son of the leaders of the Salvation Army Kroc Center, for participating in the 2014 Tournament of Roses parade.

Harvey played a trombone with the Salvation Army Tournament of Roses band – witnessed by millions, including about a dozen people at the Kroc Center. Well done.

Jeers to the crash that injured Solano County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Mroz. Mroz was pursuing a stolen car on New Year’s Day when he was involved in a crash at the intersection of Highway 12 and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Two suspects were arrested and Mroz is recovering in the hospital. We wish him the best of luck in his recovery.

Cheers to the Travis airmen who helped rescue four service members after a Dec. 21 incident in Sudan.

They were preparing to fly several people home for Christmas when they got the call and quickly changed course to get the injured service members to a hospital in Kenya – reconfiguring the aircraft, reworking flight plans and getting necessary clearances. They are another example of what makes Travis great.

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