Wednesday October 17, 2017


“It is up to us. No one can vote for you and your vote matters—” Tom Hastings

The Play – The Play… yes finally the days of planning…. rehearsals… and rehearsals…rehearsals have all come to fruition and this weekend, Friday & Saturday Oct 19 – Oct 20, 2018 at the Yuba Theatre half the citizens and students of western Sierra County will appear on stage for the long awaited opening night of  Murder’s in the Heir   The Yuba Theatre  at 7:00 PM. Admission: $15 adults/ $10 kids & sr.  Address: 212 Main St, Downieville, CA 95936. Info: (530) 289-9822. 

And then Sunday Oct. 21st, 12 noon see The String Alongs Forest City Admission: Free.  Address: Forest City, CA 95910, Info: 530 287 3133.

Sunday afternoon Oct 21st, 3 to 5 pm Music at the Horn in Sierra City featuring Singer/Songwriter Tyler Stafford, $15 gets you a beverage an unlimited snack bar- Info 530 862-1076

Just a reminder that Camptonville Courier submissions for the November issue are due Thursday, October 18th by 9 pm.

How many phone calls did you get from PG&E Saturday & Sunday… did you count the emails and text messages? Wow, let’s hope they put the same amount of energy into getting the power back on when the threatened outages occurs… Do PG&E communicate, do they realize in rural areas where pressure is put on residents to switch to UVerse phone service if the power is out, so is access to emergency services, no phones, sirens or other way to notify residents of any type of emergency whether it be fire or request for an ambulance. I understand the necessity to take extreme measures for fire protection and of course we would hope the first line of defense is to clear the energy line ares of  overhang trees and brush. Cutting off every citizens ability to conduct emergency response for a myriad of other potential emergencies is unreasonable. I wonder if this is PG&E’s subtle way of encouraging us to invest in solar energy for local and personal use so that we won’t be dependent on one sole energy source. Just thinking.

So here we are 635 days into the T-rump presidency, approximately 103 spent golfing plus more vacation and visits to personal property holdings like Mar-A-Lago and other golf properties he owns. Our national debt – At the end of FY 2018 the gross US federal government debt is estimated to be $21.48 trillion, according to the FY19 Federal Budget. Wow, I wish we could see the President’s taxes, I mean he said he would show them to us if he was elected….does he ever do anything he says he will…does he ever take any responsibility for anything? You know if you look up the history of federal deficits you might notice the huge differences during Democratic administrations compared to Republican, although they preach austerity and fiscal conservancy that is not the real picture. Be sure to vote- don’t lose your ballot, mail it on time or drop it off at the County Clerk’s office at the courthouse.

This week includes lots of local news and information, columnists Mel Gurtov, Wim Laven, Kary Love, Carrie’s Corner, District Attorney Cases, Cats, Dogs, Sheriff’s Public Log, Board of Supes  and life in general. Be sure to vote.

The photo this week was taken by Dave Keyes at Sardine Lake, Fall colors getting ready for the snow…snow…snow…

Mountain Messenger (Zen Mode) 10/17/18


Well, another week has passed and the good news is The Don does not need shoulder surgery…He is wearing a sling and he also off spending time with his Mom, such a good son, she has to be a great Mom to raise a boy like The Don, the good son, kind of solidifies the old saying what comes around goes around. I know Don’s Mom is ill and after a long life she will be going home someday it is a good thing he has been able to travel and spend time with her…  Meanwhile back on the second floor of the Mountain Messenger the little gnomes and elvettes work frantically to keep the Mess at it’s usual stellar performance level.. not an easy task when the Scribe of All is away from his corner. Wait.. I think it might be the other way…what goes around comes around…life is so confusing.

Send anything you need published to Jilly the least important person in the office, at or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jilly). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

District Attorney Cases 10/17/18


Sierra County District Attorney Lawrence R. Allen                                             District Attorney / Public Administer       530.289.3269  530.993.461

SIERRA COUNTY CASES Week ending October 12, 2018

William Crayton (57) Orangvale.  Driving while suspended with a prior conviction.  Three years probation, 5 days jail, fine $2214.

William Mosley (40) Sacramento.  Driving while suspended.  Eighteen months probation, 2 days jail, fine $1434.

Brian Forslund (42) Quincy.  Reckless driving, alcohol related. Three years probation, two days jail, fine $1519.

Steven Sellers (28) Loyalton.  Reckless driving, alcohol related.  Three years probation, two days jail, fine $1519.

Jill Molaris (51) Downieville.  Possession of a concealed weapon in a vehicle. Six months probation, three days jail, fine $360.

Fred Freeking Jr. (69) Coyoteville. Driving while suspended.  Eighteen months probation, fine $1469.

Paul Smeltzer (68) North San Juan.  Reckless driving, drug related.  Thirty months probation, one day jail, fine $1519.

Darrell Davis (31) Loyalton.  Petty theft.  Eight months probation, fine $685, and pay restitution of $460.

Richard Price (29) Loyalton.  Sentencing after plea to communicating with a minor for sexual purposes.  Four years probation, 36 days jail, fine $735, register as sex offender, and attend and successfully complete drug court.

Glenn Knapp (55) Alleghany.  After a contested preliminary hearing, Knapp was ordered to stand trial on felony charges of battery on con-habitant.  In a separate matter, Knapp was found in violation of probation for misdemeanor charges for battery on co-habitant for not completing mandatory court-ordered counselling. He received six months in jail, and his probation was terminated unsuccessfully.   

Carrie’s Dino Corner 10/17/18


Here we are, mid-way through October, gearing up for Halloween, and trying to get ourselves prepared for the cold months that are ahead of us. So, I figured that perhaps we could benefit from 10 ‘feel good’ things we can do during what’s left of October. #1: Instead of paring the peel off of an apple, or pear, put that knife away and bite right into the fruit. Apple skin (as well as Pear skin) is an excellent source of insoluble fiber, which not only makes you feel fuller faster, but also have been linked to decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. #2: Find science in superstition. According to the journal, Psychological Science, volunteers who brought good-luck tokens with them set higher goals. #3: Snooze consistently. On time, every time. It takes about 3 weeks to form the habit, but it’s worth it!
#4: Mimic a T-Rex. OK, not literally. Well, sort of. The idea is to use “T-Rex arms” when lifting heavier things, and children. It allows better leverage, and your shoulders stand down, and back, so your back isn’t strained. #5: Buy another bag of Kona coffee. Worth it. Every drop! #6: Try different types of cheeses. Just for the fun of it. Have a cheese party, and add apple and pear wines with it. #7: Simply ask. When people ask themselves “Will I?”, rather than saying “I will”, before doing a task, they seem to perform better at that task. 
#8: Upgrade your moisturizer. Yes, I said that. Really, we’re coming into the colder months, and unless you’ve got liquid skin, you’re going to need a better moisturizer until the weather warms up again. #9: Snag a snack from the pumpkin. Pumpkin seeds are packed with zinc and fatty acids that benefit the heart. Rinse them off well, and then lightly toast them, and sprinkle with some sea salt. #10: Turn off the technology. Seriously. That means your cell phone, the laptop, the desktop, the television, tablet, kindle, iPod…all of it. Turn it OFF. Allow your mind you rest. Go for a walk. Get from fresh air. Allow your entire self to just unplug from technology for a bit. At least an hour each day. You’ll thank yourself for doing that. OK, so go do the 10 things. Enjoy life. Be happy, and have a great week!

Back from the Ledge 10/17/18


Our American character and you the voter – by Tom H. Hastings

Tom Hastings

When we speak of people from a particular identity group—ethnicity, nationality, regional group, state, town, or one of many others—we often essentialize, that is, generalize. Sometimes that’s fair, sometimes not. Of course, it’s always inaccurate unless it’s stated as a tendency, not an absolute, and unless it’s offered as a viewpoint, not proven fact.

What are we to think about our character, as Americans? How do we square the following observables?

  • Donald Trump occupies the White House, busily alienating allies and befriending dictators, pulling out of any international agreements that keep the peace or protect the planet, and appoints top officialswho operate with stunning head-in-the-sand obduracy in those arenas.
  • Like Hitler’s Sturmabteilung, the Proud Boys support Trumpand routinely engage in violence at his rallies and in the streets of our cities, targeting immigrants, gays, and Muslims.
  • Republicans rule the Senate, the House, and the Supremes.
  • Republicans use endless dirty tricks and chicanery to gain and remain in power. I mean, is it fathomable that Brian Kemp, the Republican Secretary of Statein Georgia is the official responsible for overseeing the elections and he’s at the top of the ticket, running for governor, and sitting on 53,000 voter registrations, overwhelmingly from African Americans, and his opponent is also African American, Stacey Abrams? This is buck-naked overt racial voter suppression.
  • And in Texas, same game, Republicans have tried and often seriously succeeded in suppressing African American voters, always by lowdown tactics such as switching address requirements at the last minute and effectively stealing the franchise from thousands of black college students, as they just triedon the students at black university Prairie View A&M.
  • Merrick Garland. I mean, cripes. Could Republican Mitch McConnell be more unethical? Dubious.

With the exception of the last minute victory for democracy in Waller County, when the glare of publicity forced officials to allow the Prairie View A&M students to vote, we Americans have allowed all these travesties and many more to stand, all the while wondering if public protest is OK or not, and debating how demure we need to be in the face of the ruination of the first modern democracy, our American experiment.

We can take the first steps back from the ledge very soon, on November 6, election day, if we might like to regain our balance, our democracy, our power as citizens. From local races to ballot initiatives to statewide offices to our federal elected officials, we will either continue our trend away from a strong democracy—one which protects the rights of the minorities with as much vigor as it bows to the decisions of the majority—or we will begin to roll back the poor policy decisions of the past two years (more if we consider the anti-democratic measures of the Republican Senate in the past several years).

It is up to us. No one can vote for you and your vote matters—we have seen many elections decided by just a few votes and several decided by a single vote. You are important.

Dr. Tom H. Hastings is PeaceVoice Director and on occasion an expert witness for the defense in court. 

ALS Planning Meeting 10/17/18


The future of Advanced Medical Services in Western Sierra County is in the hands of the public.  At a listening session held last month in Downieville, it was made clear that the ALS program, which at this time includes emergency medical technicians as well as a paid paramedic, should be designed and supported by community members. To that end an initial planning meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8 at noon at the Masonic Hall in Downieville. This meeting will be moderated by Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc. and sponsored by the Downieville Fire Protection District and the Sierra City Volunteer Fire Department.

Jamal Khashoggi 10/17/18

The Washington Post

Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression

Jamal Khashoggi (Illustration by Alex Fine for The Washington Post)

By Jamal Khashoggi
October 17 at 7:52 PM

A note from Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor
I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post. This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world. A freedom he apparently gave his life for. I will be forever grateful he chose The Post as his final journalistic home one year ago and gave us the chance to work together.

I was recently online looking at the 2018 “Freedom in the World” report published by Freedom House and came to a grave realization. There is only one country in the Arab world that has been classified as “free.” That nation is Tunisia. Jordan, Morocco and Kuwait come second, with a classification of “partly free.” The rest of the countries in the Arab world are classified as “not free.”

As a result, Arabs living in these countries are either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative. Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change.
The Arab world was ripe with hope during the spring of 2011. Journalists, academics and the general population were brimming with expectations of a bright and free Arab society within their respective countries. They expected to be emancipated from the hegemony of their governments and the consistent interventions and censorship of information. These expectations were quickly shattered; these societies either fell back to the old status quo or faced even harsher conditions than before.
My dear friend, the prominent Saudi writer Saleh al-Shehi, wrote one of the most famous columns ever published in the Saudi press. He unfortunately is now serving an unwarranted five-year prison sentence for supposed comments contrary to the Saudi establishment. The Egyptian government’s seizure of the entire print run of a newspaper, al-Masry al Youm, did not enrage or provoke a reaction from colleagues. These actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international community. Instead, these actions may trigger condemnation quickly followed by silence.

As a result, Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate. There was a time when journalists believed the Internet would liberate information from the censorship and control associated with print media. But these governments, whose very existence relies on the control of information, have aggressively blocked the Internet. They have also arrested local reporters and pressured advertisers to harm the revenue of specific publications.
[Read Khashoggi’s last column for The Post before his disappearance in Arabic]
There are a few oases that continue to embody the spirit of the Arab Spring. Qatar’s government continues to support international news coverage, in contrast to its neighbors’ efforts to uphold the control of information to support the “old Arab order.” Even in Tunisia and Kuwait, where the press is considered at least “partly free,” the media focuses on domestic issues but not issues faced by the greater Arab world. They are hesitant to provide a platform for journalists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. Even Lebanon, the Arab world’s crown jewel when it comes to press freedom, has fallen victim to the polarization and influence of pro-Iran Hezbollah.

The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power. During the Cold War, Radio Free Europe, which grew over the years into a critical institution, played an important role in fostering and sustaining the hope of freedom. Arabs need something similar. In 1967, the New York Times and The Post took joint ownership of the International Herald Tribune newspaper, which went on to become a platform for voices from around the world.
My publication, The Post, has taken the initiative to translate many of my pieces and publish them in Arabic. For that, I am grateful. Arabs need to read in their own language so they can understand and discuss the various aspects and complications of democracy in the United States and the West. If an Egyptian reads an article exposing the actual cost of a construction project in Washington, then he or she would be able to better understand the implications of similar projects in his or her community.
The Arab world needs a modern version of the old transnational media so citizens can be informed about global events. More important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices. We suffer from poverty, mismanagement and poor education. Through the creation of an independent international forum, isolated from the influence of nationalist governments spreading hate through propaganda, ordinary people in the Arab world would be able to address the structural problems their societies face.

Jamal Khashoggi  is a Saudi journalist and author, and a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist, 

RAC Nominations 10/17/18

BLM reopens nominations for Northern California District Resource Advisory Council

REDDING, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management in California has announced that it is reopening the public call for nominations for five open positions on the citizen-based Northern California District Resource Advisory Council. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

“Our resource advisory council is an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management,” said Alan Bittner, Northern California District manager for the BLM. “RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, and RAC members provide a valuable service to the BLM by delving into issues and proposing solutions for land and resource uses.”

Individuals may nominate themselves or others; however, they must be residents of California or Nevada. The BLM will select nominees based on training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographic area.  Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making.

Nominations must include a completed RAC application, letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.  Anyone interested can download a RAC application at

Nominations should be sent to Bureau of Land Management, 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130, attention RAC nominations. Nominations and support materials can sent by email to Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District public affairs officer, at

The Northern California District RAC has the following openings:

•  Two openings in membership category one that includes public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the commercial timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.

•  Two openings in category two, comprised of representatives from nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

•  One opening in category three, comprised of representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized, representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

The Northern California District RAC has 15 members who each serve three-year terms. Its area of interest stretches from far northwest Nevada to the Pacific coast and from the Oregon border south into Mendocino County.

Teachers Get Taught 10/17/18

Paramedic Marty Creel taught a class of school teachers and staff the skill of life saving aka CPR and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). Photo’s by Darcy

Democrats Meeting 10/17/18

October Sierra County Democrats Meeting

THURSDAY, October 25th, hosted by Sylvia Lopez

5:30 P.M.  AT 218 Forty Niner Drive, Sierra City, 96125
Phone: 530-862-1475
Pot Luck: Beans, corn bread,  salad,  fruit
Agenda: Minutes
                Treasurer report
                 Reports on recent election activity
                  Post cards for Audrey
                  Announcements : Election night activity
                  NOVEMBER meeting?
                  Sandra Diedrich, secretary, co-chair

Fuel Hazards Reduction 10/17/18

Fire Safe Council Partners with Nevada County Public Works  to Reduce Fuel Hazards Along County Roads 

GRASS VALLEY, CA.  October 17, 2018.  In order to increase the effectiveness of vegetation management alongside County roads, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC), in collaboration with the Nevada County Department of Public Works (Public Works), has applied for and been awarded a $200,000 grant from the California Fire Safe Council to augment roadside maintenance funds and provide educational opportunities for the community.

To implement this grant, FSCNC and Public Works will be working together over the next few months to reduce fuel hazards on the following five County roads:  

  • Tyler Foote Road – between Sages Road and Cruzon Grade Road
  • North Bloomfield-Graniteville Road – from Highway 49 to the South Yuba River
  • McCourtney Road – from the fairgrounds to Lime Kiln Road
  • Lime Kiln Road – from McCourtney Road to Highway 49
  • La Barr Meadows Road – from the Grass Valley city limit to Dog Bar Road

Work will begin on North Bloomfield-Graniteville Road, between Highway 49 and the Edwards Crossing bridge at the South Yuba River. North Bloomfield-Graniteville Road will be subject to traffic control for roadside vegetation management work from November 5th – November 30th, 2018 (not including Thanksgiving and the day after).  The traffic control system may result in delays of up to 10 minutes intermittently between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday (weather permitting).

Please observe all traffic control signs as well as any instructions from onsite personnel.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience as we work to reduce fire danger in our community.

For further details, please contact the Nevada County Department of Public Works at (530) 265-1411.

Board of Supervisors 10/17/18

Ok, this whole meeting is only 1 hour and 22 minutes, the first 54 minutes are taken up by Public Comments, County Departments and USFS report by Sierraville District Ranger Quentin Youngblood. Needless to say, it is always interesting to listen to  Quentin because he gives lots of info about what we need to know on his side of the forest. Public Comments mainly focused on problems with loose dogs attaching livestock and family pets ninth Sierra Valley from Calpine to Loyalton. Obviously we need to rethink our decision to not expend any funding on Animal Control for all of Sierra County. I encourage you to listen to our local radio and podcast station, there’s all kinds of things you can be doing while listening…sewing, cooking, cleaning guns, cutting toenails.. it is interesting just tune in to As the Board Turns here


The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session  at 9:00 a.m. on October 16, 2018 in the Loyalton Social Hall, Loyalton City Park. This meeting was recorded for posting on the Board of Supervisors’ website at

The Clerk of the Board may be reached at 530-289-3295 or at the following email: Heather Foster




  • Call to Order by Chair Schlefstein
  • Pledge of Allegiance by Supervisor Roen
  • Roll Call Supervisors Adams, Beard, Huebner, Roen, Schlefstein
  • Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board done 5/0

PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY – Many comments, listen.






FOREST SERVICE UPDATE by SVL District Ranger Quentin Youngblood




Discussion and further direction regarding resolution of intent to vacate an portion of Oregon Creek Road (#295). Direction given to bring Resolution for approval at next meeting 



Resolution approving the use of Title III funds in the amount of $2,280.75 to pay the Fish and Wildlife CEQA filing fees on the Upper North Yuba Forest Health and Resilience project, and directing the Auditor to make the necessary changes to the FY 2018/2019 final budget. Approved 5/0


Resolution approving grant agreement with Sierra Nevada Conservancy for the Upper North Yuba Forest Health and Resilience Project. Approved 5/0 in spite of Adams being uncomfortable (listen).




Discussion/direction regarding the Auditor’s notice to the Local Area Formation Commission of the property tax revenue estimated for the annexation of a portion of the Sierra Valley Hospital District by the Eastern Plumas Hospital District and the concurrent dissolution of the Sierra Valley Hospital District that is subject to a negotiated exchange. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Really just information for 8C


Discussion/direction regarding the Auditor’s notice to the Local Area Formation Commission of the property tax revenue estimated for the Sierra County Fire Protection District No. 1 annexation that is subject to a negotiated exchange. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Really more information for 8C


Discussion/adoption of resolution forming an AB 8 Property Tax Negotiation Committee to include the Assessor, Auditor, Director of Planning and two members of the Board of Supervisors to commence negotiations pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code Section 99 (b)(1)(4) to determine the amount of property tax revenues to be exchanged between and among the local agencies and direction to set date for AB 8 Committee meeting. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Supervisors Roen & Huebner primary and Adams alternate.


Appointment of a board representative and alternate to the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Board of Directors for 2019. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Supervisors




Closed session pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9(a) – conference with legal counsel regarding the following litigation: Sierra County v. Michael Miller, Sierra County Superior Court Case No. 7637. no action


Conference with labor negotiators pursuant to Government Code section 54957.6 – Vickie Clark, Negotiator – IHSS labor unit. Direction


Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 – public employment – Chief Technology Officer. Direction



Items placed on the Consent Agenda are of a routine and non-controversial nature and are approved by a blanket roll call vote. At the time the Consent Agenda is considered, items may be deleted from the Consent Agenda by any Board member or Department Manager and added to the Regular Agenda directed by the Chairman.

Approval of Board of Supervisors Travel Reimbursement for Peter Huebner, July 2018. (AUDITOR)


Amendment to Agreement No. 2015-099 to extend the Operative Provision 2 (Term) for a period of six months for environmental consulting services on Sierra Hot Springs Resort project. (PLANNING)


Authorize payment of invoice 189681 to Intermountain Disposal for tipping fees for waste that has been diverted to Delleker Transfer Station. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Authorization to pay invoice to Coan Equipment of Nevada in the amount for Cat 623G Scraper Rental related to the Loyalton Landfill Closure. (PUBLIC WORKS)


  1. Coan.Item.pdf

Authorize payment of invoice 1048 to Bertagnolli Paving for asphalt and paving work completed on Salmon Lake Road. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Professional services agreement between Aegis Treatment Centers, LLC and Sierra County to provide a Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP) to Sierra County Residents. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


  1. Aegis Board.pdf

Local Enforcement Agency Grant Agreement EA29-18-0041, for the time period of July 1, 2018 through October 29, 2019, in the amount of $15,553.00. (PUBLIC HEALTH)


  1. LEA Board.pdf

Minutes from the regular meeting held on September 4, 2018. (CLERK-RECORDER)


Minutes from the regular meeting held on September 18, 2018. (CLERK-RECORDER)


Wild Horse Adoptions 10/17/18

Oct. 16 wild horse gather update

ALTURAS, Calif.— With 50 horses gathered yesterday and 53 today from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory, 295 total horses have been gathered so far.

Call 530-233-8738 to reserve a date to observe operations at the gather site. Please be patient as the forest is receiving many phone calls and emails. Those who would like to view the horses at the sorting facility can do so from 5-5:30 p.m. daily.

All involved have been impressed with the quality of horses gathered, though many are showing signs for malnutrition. It is remarkable how quickly most horses settle. The legendary Devil’s Garden good disposition is evident.

Please see for more information on the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory. Adoption application forms can be found there also. These horses will have an opportunity to thrive when people are willing to give them a good home free of harsh winters and scarce feed.

Check out the volunteer-run Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Facebook page at and the new Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals page at for pictures of horses and links to adoption and sale applications.

Four Act Reality 10/17/18

The Khashoggi Affair: A Murder Mystery in Four Acts – by Mel Gurtov

Mel Gurtov

Act 1 (Washington, DC): Upon learning of the disappearance and possible murder of the Saudi journalist and critic, Jamal Khashoggi, Pres. Trump expresses concern and vows to get to the bottom of the case. Turks say they have indisputable evidence Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Trump sayshe won’t use arms sales as leverage—it would hurt Raytheon et al.—and besides, Khashoggi isn’t a US citizen.

Act 2 (Washington and Riyadh): Trump reports that in a phone conversation with Mohammed bin Salman, the “reformist” crown prince, Salman vigorously denies having anything to do with Khashoggi’s disappearance. Trump says “rogue killers” may have been responsible, implies Salman’s denials are believable. Meantime, many invitees to “Davos in the Desert”drop out, but US officials participate.

Act 3 (Riyadh): Trump dispatches Mike Pompeo to “investigate” the case. He is warmly received by Salman, who touts the alliance and says the two countries will face the future together. “Absolutely,” Pompeo chimes in. They go into private session, where Pompeo apologizes for the “headache”this “incident” must be causing the king. The king smiles, says he appreciates Trump’s “helpful” comments, tells Pompeo he’s coming around to the “rogue killers” idea.

Act 4 (Riyadh and Washington): Pompeo reports that the Saudis are cooperating in an investigation and are “adamant” that the royal court was not involved. Salman speaks to the Saudi people, sounds contrite, vows to pursue justice. (Meantime, nearly all the hit men have been sent out of the country; one has been executed.) Trump professes relief, Jared Kushner urges a refocus on “the Middle East peace plan.” Trump sends Salman warm regards, looks forward to overcoming this tragic affair. Congressional critics find little support for sanctions on Saudi Arabia. The US-Saudi alliance is saved, Salman’s rule is saved, and Trump tells Kushner to “lie low for a while” with his friendship with the king. Next day, Trump lashes outat the Washington Post for convicting the king before any proof has been found. END

Mel Gurtov, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University.

Sheriff’s Public Log 10/17/18

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log

ACT-Active ARR-Arrest Completed CIT-Citation Issued CNC-Cancelled or No Report Required  INA-Inactive   RPT-Report Taken   TRA-Transferred to Other Agency   UNF-Unfounded UTL-Unable to Locate or Gone on Arrival – and here is Ca Code Source


0810 – Audible alarm in Loyalton is Code 4 – UNF SCSO
0919 – 9-1-1 request for an ambulance – TRA LOAM
1150 – Bear corners dog inLoyalton – TRA F&W
1356 – Vehicle accident on Bear Valley Rd – TRA SCSO


0901 – USFS performing controlled burn Little Truckee Summit – TRA USFS
0911 – Harassment and stalking near Vinton – RPT SCSO
1603 – Property check requested – CNC SCSO
2209 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM


0309 – Bear damaging a fence in Sierra Brooks – CNC SCSO
1120 – Dog found near Sattley, retrieved by owner – CNC SCSO
1135 – Loose dogs in forest shouldn’t be loose near Calpine – ACT SCSO
1823 – Traffic offense citation on Hwy 49 Goodyears Bar – CIT SCSO


1545 – CPS assist with home visit – TRA SCSO
1700 – Civil Standby in Loyalton – RPT SCSO
1845 – Citation for fishing without a license near Downieville – CIT SCSO


0341 – Neighbor issues in Loyalton – CNC – SCSO
0711 – Cattle loose on Smihneck Rd – TRA SCSO
0925 – Stolen snowmobile damaged and winched up tree near Sierraville – RPT SCSO
0936 – USFS controlled burn near Little Truckee Summit – TRA USFS
1513 – Disabled logging truck blocking Hwy 89/49 – UTL CHP
1739 – Juvenile keeps stealing bike in Downieville – RPT SCSO
1828 – Injured deer on side of road Hwy 49 – UTL SCSO
1933 – Suspicious light flashing near Loyalton – UTL SCSO
2027 – Ambulance requested in Downieville – TRA DVAM
2138 – Arrest on SC Warrant 243(e)(1), 853.7, and 1320(a)(b) PC near Chilcoot – ARR SCSO


1200 – Dog left in vehicle, deputy checked, cool and window open Sierra City – UNF SCSO
1241 – Illegal camper near Calpine Lookout notified – CNC SCSO
1434 – Speeding vehicle altercation in Calpine – CNC SCSO
1608 – Citation for two pit bulls attack cat in Loyalton – CIT SCSO
1832 – Arrest for 23152 (f) after car vs CALT sign near Newmans Point – ARR CHP
2115 – Illegal campers and campfire near Convict Flat – UTI SCSO
2315 – Smoke report near Little Truckee Summit is USFS control burn – UNF SCSO


0704 – Request for ambulance in Downieville – TRA DVAM
0835 – U-Haul truck on road suspicious in Pike City – UTL SCSO

Incompetent Intent 10/17/18

Intentional or Incompetence—Voter Suppression Where We Live  – by Wim Laven

Wim Laven

On October 15th, 2018 early voting in Georgia started. I arrived at my polling place at 1:56 p.m. and completed voting at 4:19 p.m. It is reportedthat county officials were not prepared for the turnout. That’s what I observed and experienced. There were not enough barriers to queue the long line, we broiled and steamed in the humid outdoor heat while waiting, and there weren’t enough parking spots either. I counted more than a dozen cars parked illegally while looking for a spot before, I confess, I went to a nearby McDonalds.

I’m in pretty good health, but I left dehydrated. I watched two people treated for symptoms of heat exhaustion. The first older gentleman collapsed while standing up. He was scary pale, and rescue workers were called to assist him. I cheered for him when they let him into the building to vote, it took about 20 minutes of supervised recovery, and I was worried he’d need to be hospitalized.

First responders also assisted a woman suffering from the heat. Her blood pressure of 74/48 brought several of my line neighbors to tears. We talked about how crazy it was that only people over 75 were being let into the air conditioning early, that the conditions were just not suitable for so many different medical conditions. Umbrellas were brought out to protect people from the sun. There was no water available until another line neighbor retrieved a case of water bottles from her car. They were consumed in a matter of minutes, and I saw the look of disappointment on the faces of people who missed out.

I reflected on the reports of waiting 6-8 hours in Florida in 2000. We imagined taking turns to fetch food, I fantasized ordering pizza to a polling line. It was broadly understood that if all the people who’d wanted to vote for Al Gore had been able to vote for him, that he’d have won the election. Along with many other irregularities, this means George W. Bush won the office of the President because of voter suppression. Election thieves must feel emboldened.

Once we were finally inside we were reminded of Georgia voting laws prohibiting the use of cell phones. We also saw the law requiring that people over 75 or with disabilities be advanced ahead of the line. One of my neighbors who identified her disability to a polling staffer asked, “How come it says that people with disabilities shouldn’t have to wait in line, but I was told I had to wait in line?” The worker’s response was that the person who told her that probably hadn’t had the training. I personally observed at least three individuals identify that they had disabilities told they could only receive accommodation if they were over 75 years old.

You might stop at questioning the degree to which the right to vote is protected when you hear stories about long wait times and medical hardships incurred in exercising the right to vote. But in Georgia, in 2018, Brian Kemp is the Republican candidate for Governor, and he also has official oversight over Georgia’s elections in his role of Secretary of State. He did not acknowledge any conflict of interest, but I find it hard to see it as anything but corrupt opportunism. Cobb county, where we were, voted for Hillary Clinton.Any reduction in voter turnout at my polling place would be good for his chances. If it is intentional, then it is criminal, he is directly responsible for protecting equal voting access, and he hasn’t. If it is accidental, then is demonstrative proof of his rote incompetence.

In 2018 we see many clear efforts to suppress voting demographics. In North Dakota P.O. boxes do not work as addresses for the purposes of voting. This is an effort to hand a Senate seat to a Republican candidate, because the population whose votes will be taken away—Native Americans living on reservations—favors the Democrat candidate. In Georgia we’d already watched Brian Kemp freeze 53,000 vote registrations, which were predominantly African American voters—who favor the Democrat candidate, and his political machine tried to slash black voter participation in a rural countybut was foiled this summer. In Florida the website for online registrations was down (and not repaired) for the last two days of signing up. Online registration favors those who have poor mobility, like disabilities or those who don’t own cars, which end up being predominately Democrats. Black students in Texaswere cut out and eventually only some allowed to vote because their struggle became a national story.

These are numbers games, this is dirty business, and it is figuratively and literally heart attack serious. Votes are regularly being decided by small margins; small manipulations have huge consequences. The vote is the most sacred feature of a democracy, but more and more it seems that winning by any means is everything. People are standing in long lines to get their voices heard, and I watched the scene turn into a potential matter of life and death for the most vulnerable—democracy is not only for the most physically fit. We must hold those responsible for these maleficent tactics accountable, and it is all clearly intentional. I waited in line for two hours today, I waited because someone didn’t want it to be easy for me to vote, and I told them “No!

Now it’s your turn.

Wim Laven, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is an instructor of Political Science and International Relations at Kennesaw State University, and on the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association. 

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