Wednesday July 20, 2016

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“Joy” will be playing at the Yuba Theatre in Downieville this weekend. The word is it’s a very enjoyable flick. BrewFest 2016 is getting close and there are so many fantastic breweries and food vendors signing up it will be wonderful fun.  Check it out http://www.downievillebrewfest.com

Once again I want to thank our local county supervisors Lee Adams, Jim Beard, Peter Heubner, Paul Roen and Scott Schlefstein who work hard, try to represent every viewpoint and reach a consensus amongst themselves working with citizen committees, county staff and yes the state government and the federal government. Although they all represent an individual District, those districts combine into one county and they all represent the whole county, not just you.  Anybody who thinks this is an easy job isn’t paying attention. It is easy to get informed and to help put yourself out there as a volunteer for a county committee or even the state and federal has positions any citizen can apply. Instead of a constant stream of negative criticism coming from your mouth or pen step up and do your bit in keeping our country great.

Watching the RNC is a sleeper… I am a fervent Democrat and am so tired of all the idiotic attacks on Hillary Clinton, the other side to the story is the criticism of Melania Trump who actually gave a great speech and made me think of Eva Perone and wondered if maybe this was the true plan for the Trump dynasty, but I digress, Melania used some of the same words said by First Lady Michelle Obama during the 2008 convention, what a compliment to our First Lady Michelle. So let it go, for crying out loud, start focusing on things that really matter – healthcare, education, infrastructure, the refugee crisis and how to help humanity world wide. Calling each other names is getting us no where just tell us what and how you plan to be the leader of the free world and why we should vote for you, let us decide who would be the best  representative of Americans. The thing is what I am hearing is through the media, newspapers, television news, online and so the media is focusing on all this crapola, for heavens sakes stop reporting all the name calling and just give us the facts… except maybe there are no facts maybe the candidate does not have enough information about what is important to the citizens of the United States and the world to give us this important information of what we need to know about and how their ways of handling life changing decisions affecting every living thing on this planet will be made, what they think, who they are and how they inform themselves. So far Senator Clinton is much more forthcoming than Mr. Trump. For a start he could release his personal and corporate tax returns. Why is he getting a pass on this?

More good news… Gabby Fringette has returned to her media home here on the Prospect and will be beguiling us with her unusual take on things. And the Fringe DeVita is going to be back writing and making us gnash our teeth with his singular take on local politics and life in general, he is recovering from an illness right now, but his brain is churning out messages to his fingers and soon they will hit the keyboard. So we have Board of Supervisors, Carrie’s Corner, Be Encouraged, Gabby, the Cats, the Others, lots of local news and guest columnists Tom Hastings, Laura Finley, Robert Koehler and Lawrence Wittner. We want you too, is you have an idea or something you want to know or tell just send us an email at editor@sierracountyprospect.org

Lovely photograph this week, once again from Sierra Valley area by Ann Platt.

Board of Supervisors 7/20/16

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COUNTY OF SIERRA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on July 19, 2016 in Loyalton, CA. This meeting will be recorded for posting on the Board of Supervisors’ website at http://www.sierracounty.ca.gov/agendacenter

The Clerk of the Board may be reached at 530-289-3295 or at the following addresses: clerk-recorder@sierracounty.ca.gov

REGULAR AGENDA

1.
9:00A.M. STANDING ORDERS
Call to Order by Chair Lee Adams
Pledge of Allegiance -Supervisor Peter Huebner
Roll Call – Supervisors Adams, Huebner, Roen, Beard & Schlefstein present
Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board – Add 12 A to regular agenda at 7 B Approved 5/0
2.
PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY – Pam Saporta of Pike talked about the Solid Waste issues concerned about equity of system. Richard Featherman talks about metal bin at transfer site and water issues in Downieville, also issues about tax money.
COMMITTEE REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS – Supervisor Roen thanked Peter Huebner for filling in at Natural Resources Committee
DEPARTMENT MANAGERS’ REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Chief Probation Officer Jeff Bosworth reported this week is proclaimed by Governor Brown as Probation Services Week. Sierra County probation department has an excellent working relationship with the Sheriffs Department. More information from Bosworth on the Board meeting recording on the website.  Sheriff Tim Standley reported the bullet resistant vests paid for by a Grant have arrived, the new vests allow equipment carry and helps prevent deputy back injury from heavy duty belts..  New deputy will have residence in duty area in Loyalton. Director Darden Bynum talked about Peer Support Staff, an emerging group working in Behavioral Health.
5.
FOREST SERVICE UPDATE
Update by District Ranger Quentin Youngblood, slow fire season for us so far, they are fully staffed and it is dry out there with a lot of winds however humidity rather high which is a saving grace. Randolph/Sattley and Calpine meetings with well attended community citizens discussions on fire prevention with decrease in fire fuels. Castle Timber Sale is in review process at Supervisors Office. Been soliciting members for Sierra County RAC. First meeting third week in August and will be soliciting projects for decision in September. We are in fire restrictions. 
6.
PUBLIC WORKS / TRANSPORTATION – TIM BEALS

6.A.
Presentation of bids and adoption of resolution awarding contract for the Jim Crow Road Bridge Rehabilitation Project. The low bid is about $576,000 over the amount estimated by Engineer.  MCM Construction Inc is the apparent low bid but the State says they will allocate the necessary funds through Cal Trans so we can start the project. If we have to wait and rebid the cost will most likely be more next year. Consensus ask contractor to extend bid for 30 days to get more assurance from state re more funds.

Documents:
Jim Crow Bridge.Item.pdf
7.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
7.A.
Discussion/action regarding recommendation from Natural Resources, Planning & Building Inspection Standing Committee regarding marijuana ordinance. (CHAIR ADAMS) Committee met on Monday and reviewed two draft ordinances written by County Counsel, Supervisor Adams spoke about the happenings at the meeting and then Russell Roser of Calpine made comments regarding the Ordinance saying he was not a medical marijuana user and feels the individual property tax payer home owner who may need to grow a 10′ x 10′ patch of medicine legal rights are taken away by the restrictive ordinance being considered. Back on next agenda on August 2.

7.B. Response to Grand Jury response will be  discussed at next meeting in August.

Documents:
Marijuana Ordinance.pdf
8.
COUNTY SERVICE AREA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meeting of the County Service Area (CSA) Board of Directors.
8.A.
Amendment to Agreement No. 2003-192 between the County of Sierra and the Alleghany County Water District for funding for library rental space. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Approved 5/0

Documents:
ACWD Library Agm.pdf
9.
TIMED ITEMS

9.A.
10:00AM BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Meeting of the Sierra County Board of Equalization

Call to order
9.A.i.
Stipulation to Assessed Valuation – Charles B. Hawley, Assessment Appeal No. 2015/16-006. Stipulation accepted Approved 5/0

Documents:
Hawley Stipulation.pdf
10.
CLOSED SESSION

10.A.
Conference with Legal Counsel-Anticipated Litigation pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9 (2)-2 cases. Information and direction to staff was given according to County Counsel Prentice

Documents:
Closed Session.pdf
11.
CONSENT AGENDA
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.
11.A.
Agreement between The Regents of the University of California, UC Davis Extension and Sierra County for skills training courses provided in fiscal year 2016-2017. (SOCIAL SERVICES)

Documents:
UC Davis Ext Training Agm.pdf
11.B.
Agreement for Indemnification and Reimbursement for Extraordinary Costs for Billy & Kathleen Epps, Applicants and Landowners for consideration of a zone variance from the front yard setback to allow the placement of a single family residence. The project site, identified as APN 002-130-028, is located on Gold Bluff Road, Downieville. (PLANNING)

Documents:
Epps_Indemnification Agreement.pdf
11.C.
Amendment to Professional Services Agreement 97-068 with Bastian Engineering to increase compensation for Fiscal Year 2016. (PUBLIC WORKS)

Documents:
Bastian Amendment.Item.pdf
11.D.
Amendment to Professional Services Agreement 2014-097 with MGE Engineering for time extension on the Plumbago Bridge Replacement Project. (PUBLIC WORKS)

Documents:
Amend.MGE.Plumbago.pdf
11.E.
Amendment to Professional Services Agreement 2014-096 with MGE Engineering for time extension on the Packer Lake Road Bridge Replacement Project. (PUBLIC WORKS)

Documents:
MGE Amendment.Packer.Item.pdf
11.F.
Amendment to Professional Services Agreement 2014-095 with MGE Engineering for time extension on the Salmon Lake Road Bridge Replacement Project. (PUBLIC WORKS)

Documents:
MGE Amendment.Salmon.Item.pdf
11.G.
Amendment to the Alleghany County Water District Conflict of Interest Code. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)

Documents:
Alleghany Water District Conflict of Interest Code.pdf
11.H.
Resolution approving contract for HAVA Section 301 Voting Systems Program Grant Funds. (ELECTIONS)

Documents:
HAVA 301 Contract.pdf
11.I.
Minutes from the regular meeting held on February 16, 2016. (CLERK-RECORDER)

Documents:
02162016 minutes.pdf
11.J.
Minutes from the regular meeting held on July 5, 2016. (CLERK-RECORDER)

Documents:
07052016 minutes.pdf
12.
CORRESPONDENCE LOG
12.A. –Moved to Regular agenda item 7.B.
Sierra County Grand Jury Final Report 2015/2016.

Sierra County Grand Jury 2015-16
12.B.
Letter from Diane Schermerhorn resigning from the Cemetery District #5.

Documents:
Cemetery 5 resignation letter.pdf
ADJOURN

Capitol Exhibit Complete 7/20/16

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IMG_0429The California State Capitol Committee plus helpers installing the new Sierra County Exhibit in the State Capitol.  The Committee members are: Sharon Dobija, Greg Bostrom, Darby Hayes, David Marshall, Carol Marshall and the helpers installing  the Exhibit: Patty Hall, Kaylon Hall, Eliane Campbell.

After meeting and coordinating for the past year, the Sierra County Exhibit was placed in the State Capitol on July 18, 2016. Photographs included in the Great Exhibit are from all parts of Sierra County – a few from the East, a few from the West, and a few from the Yuba Pass.

L-R; David Marshall, Carol Marshall, Kaylon Hall, Sharon Dobjija (in front of Kaylon); Greg Bostrom, Eliane Campbell, Patty Hall. Not photographed is Darby Hayes.

L-R; David Marshall, Carol Marshall, Kaylon Hall, Sharon Dobjija,  Greg Bostrom, Eliane Campbell, Patty Hall. (Not in photo Darby Hayes).

Virginia “Jane” Carrier 1933 – 2016

Virginia “Jane” Carrier passed away on July 9th, 2016.

Jane was born on Feb. 2nd, 1933 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to William and Adele Adams. She graduated from University of Miami.

Shortly after marrying her husband Ed Carrier the two took off towards the west coast on a whim with very little to their name. They ended up settling in San Francisco. She got her first teaching job in San Juan Batista where most of her students spoke Spanish which she knew none at the time.

Ed and Jane spent many years in Sierra County with a home in Downieville and a Real Estate office in Sierra City where they enjoyed working, volunteering and living with many friends.

After they started a family she dedicated her time to the care of her children and the home. Later on she decided to go back to school and finish getting her masters at Cal State Harvard.

After retirement Jane and Ed spent a lot of time traveling and enjoying the world. They could be found in France and Hawaii for months on end.

She is survived by her children Nicole and Andre and her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ed Carrier.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Nevada County Hospice of the Foothill.

Mars – You Sicko! 7/20/16

Robert Koehler

Robert Koehler

The God of War  by Robert C. Koehler

There’s Mars, the god of war, perched in a parking garage in Dallas, annihilating the enemy with utter impunity. Mars, you sicko! Just listen to President Obama:

“By definition, if you shoot people who pose no threat to you — strangers — you have a troubled mind. What triggers that, what feeds it, what sets it off, I’ll leave that to psychologists and people who study these kinds of incidents.”

Pardon me while I scream. Let’s all loose a primal scream as we absorb the daily news and the secret news. What’s happening to the United States of America – what’s happening to Planet Earth – is beyond words, yet the words march on. The same New York Times story that delivered the president’s words condemning Micah Johnson’s killing of five police officers last week also reported the killer’s military service and apparently life-consuming military mindset.

Johnson, the story reported, “had returned in disgrace from his stint abroad in the Army Reserve, but then continued a training regimen of his own devising, conducting military-style exercises in his backyard and reportedly joining a gym that offered martial arts and weapons classes.”

He had also spent the last two years “building his arsenal . . . stockpiling guns and gathering the elements to build explosives,” according to CBS News.

And as Joshua Holland wrote recently in The Nation: “Micah Johnson was what Wayne LaPierre might call a ‘good guy with a gun’—a combat veteran with no criminal record . . .

“And last Thursday, donning body armor, Johnson grabbed at least one ‘military-style weapon’ and gunned down 12 people in the streets. Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that his investigators are ‘convinced that this suspect had other plans and thought that what he was doing was righteous and believed that he was going to target law enforcement — make us pay for what he sees as law enforcement’s efforts to punish people of color.’”

That is to say; he fit the true believer’s definition of a Second Amendment stalwart: an armed patriot rising up to fight government tyranny.

There’s Mars, the god of war, perched in a parking garage in Dallas . . .

The insanity begins at the top. The U.S. government is engaged in endless war. Our defense budget, in all its waste, hovers at the edge of a trillion dollars a year, surpassing all discretionary domestic spending, yet never, never, never discussed publicly by politicians, including presidential candidates.

War accomplishes nothing except to ensure the conditions for further war and to maintain dominance of humanity’s collective mindset. War’s handmaiden is public relations: Our enemy is evil and killing him (or dying in the process of trying to kill him) is the essence of glory. Everyone longs for glory. All you have to do to get it is kill someone evil. This is the theme of our mass entertainment and our video games. It’s the bait that lures the adolescent soul into surrendering his life to the military, which Micah Johnson apparently did.

“But Mr. Johnson did not succeed,” the Times reported. “While overseas” – in Afghanistan – “a female soldier in Mr. Johnson’s unit accused him of sexual harassment. When the Army considered kicking him out, he waived his right to a hearing in exchange for a lesser charge.”

The Times story dropped the subject there, leaving the implication that Johnson was merely a bad participant in an otherwise good institution. But glory and sexual assault are permanently linked. As Nan Levinson wrote recently at WagingNonviolence: “By the Pentagon’s own estimate, some 20,300 sexual assaults involving the U.S. military took place in the last fiscal year. About one quarter, or 6,083, of those were reported . . .”

The point I’m making here is that the national ritual after every mass killing is to isolate the murderer and focus on his weirdness and inability to be normal: his “troubled mind,” as Obama put it. But in fact, mass killers embrace our essential national values. Johnson’s mind was no more troubled than the collective mind called national defense, which identifies and dehumanizes our enemy of the moment, then proceeds to take that enemy out as efficiently as possible.

And the process is completely impersonal. In war we kill “strangers” who have not done us personal harm; they merely represent – by their uniform or simply by their presence in enemy territory – the large wrong we are attempting to eliminate.

In the shadow of the Department of Defense lurks the Second Amendment, which ensures that war doesn’t vanish simply because we’re safely within the borders of the greatest country there is. Bad people are everywhere, and the need for defense never ends. This, too, is part of the context in which Johnson and all the other celebrity mass murderers have acted. Add to this our increasingly militarized police departments and the de facto war being waged on people of color and what we have is an almost endless justification for violent behavior.

The only way out is to think beyond war: to mourn, to grieve for so many lives cut short, and to refuse to dehumanize anyone.

Dehumanizing others is so easy when you’re armed.

Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor.

Not For Me 7/20/16

Laura Finley

Laura Finley

Refusing the “New Normal”  by Laura Finley

It has been a rough few weeks, to say the least. Philando Castile, killed by police during a traffic stop, July 6, 2014. Dylan Noble, also killed by police during a traffic stop, July 14, 2016. Both unarmed. Five Dallas police officers are killed, and nine others wounded in alleged “payback” for police violence, July 7, 2016. Some 40 people, including women and children, executed by the Islamic State in Um al-Housh, Syria, July 5, 2016. Two dozen local soldiers killed by al-Qaeda suicide bombers in Aden, Yemen, July 6, 2016. Noncombatants killed by US bombs against ISIS and unknown US drone civilian victims in up to seven nations. Seven killed and 11 injured in Rashidiya, Iraq suicide attack, July 13, 2016. At least 84 people killed in terrorist attack in Nice, France, July 14, 2016. Sadly, but surely, there are more. So much heartbreak. So many questions.

Pundits and social media alike have discussed that global violence may be “the new normal.” In these troubled times, some turn to their faith, as evidenced by the hashtag #prayfornice or the like. I do not write to judge that response, but it is not for me. It’s easy to see how these events and the belief that violence is ubiquitous lead to hopelessness and despair. While I understand it, my heart heavy as well, that too is not for me.

Both these responses, I believe, do not challenge this so-called new normal. They leave me, and perhaps others, feeling powerless. And that is something I refuse to feel. I know that I personally cannot end gun violence, terrorism or any of these major problems. But I will not pretend that I there is nothing I can do, that even my simple daily actions have no impact on the world. I by no means want to be sanctimonious or to bury my head in the sand about the seriousness of these issues. But, reflecting on what I can do, I offer the following list:

· I can believe in the humanity of all people and treat each person I encounter with respect and dignity.

· I can reach out to people I don’t know, making them feel comfortable and included.

· I can do good by my family, my neighbors, my colleagues and others, offering a helping hand, encouraging word, or even just a smile.

· I can share what I have with others through donating my time, skills, food, money, or other things.

· I can speak up when I hear people speak with hatred or prejudice.

· I can make my voice be heard politically by educating myself about candidates and about their voting records so that, perhaps, elections at all levels are won by people who are determined to reduce the violence.

· I can continue teaching my daughter about both the problems and the beauties of the world today, and can help her see that she can use her imagination, her intelligence, and her motivation to be part of the solution.

· I can ensure that I do not act or react with violent words or behaviors, even in the face of conflict.

Although it might be easier to numb the heartbreak, to be resolved to the horrid normalcy of violence, I won’t do it. I hope that others feel that they, too, still have the power to make a much-needed change toward a safer and more peaceful world.

Laura Finley, Ph.D., teaches in the Barry University Department of Sociology & Criminology and is syndicated by PeaceVoice.

Enormous Violent Capacity 7/20/16

Lawrence Wittner

Lawrence Wittner

The Superpowers Are Violent Powers by Lawrence S. Wittner

If asked to identify the world’s superpowers today, most people would name the United States, Russia, and China. Although many citizens of these countries maintain that this status is based on the superiority of their national way of life, the reality is that it rests upon their nations’ enormous capacity for violence.

Certainly none has a peaceful past. The United States, Russia, and China have a long history of expansion at the expense of neighboring countries and territories, often through military conquest. Those nations on their borders today, including some that have wrenched themselves free from their imperial control, continue to fear and distrust them. Just ask Latin Americans, East Europeans, or Asians what they think of their powerful neighbors.

Nor has there been any significant reduction of their military might in recent years. Despite their professions of peaceful intentions, all three nations maintain vast armed forces and a clear willingness to use them when it suits their rulers. According to the International Institute of Strategic Studies, in 2014 the United States had 2.3 million active duty military, reserve military, and paramilitary personnel, Russia had 3.4 million, and China 3.5 million. These figures do not include many other people they kept fully armed, such as China’s 3 million-strong People’s Liberation Army militia. In 2015, the combined military expenditures of the three superpowers constituted more than half the world total, with 36 percent ($596 billion) spent by the United States, 13 percent ($215 billion) by China, and 4 percent ($64 billion) by Russia.

Lest anyone think that Russia’s low military expenditures―at least compared to those of the United States and China―indicate a collapse of its capacity for mass violence, it should be kept in mind that Russia continues to possess more nuclear weapons than any other nation. With an estimated 7,290 nuclear weapons in its arsenals, Russia is a formidable military power, indeed. The United States, a close runner-up, has some 7,000, giving these two superpowers possession of roughly 93 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons―more than enough to annihilate life on earth. China, by contrast, lags far behind as a nuclear power, with a mere 260. Even so, these Chinese weapons, if carefully directed, could kill about 52 million people and cause nuclear winter climate catastrophe, killing millions more.

As might be expected of countries that view themselves as the light of the world, each is dissatisfied with the nuclear status quo and is busy ramping up its nuclear arsenal at enormous cost. In the United States, a program is underway to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years to build new nuclear weapons factories, new nuclear warheads, and upgraded delivery systems for the warheads via land-based missiles, submarines, and planes. Meanwhile, both Russia and China are building their own new generations of nuclear weapons. According to a recent New York Times report, Russia is developing “big missiles topped by miniaturized warheads,” while “the Russian Navy is developing an undersea drone meant to loft a cloud of radioactive contamination from an underwater explosion that would make target cities uninhabitable.” For its part, the Chinese military is flight testing a “hypersonic glide vehicle” that is fired into space “on a traditional long-range missile but then maneuvers through the atmosphere, twisting and careening at more than a mile a second,” thus rendering missile defenses “all but useless.” Americans can take heart, though, for the Obama administration “is flight-testing its own hypersonic weapon.”

Nuclear weapons, of course, have not been used except as threat since 1945. But there is nothing to prevent their employment in the future, particularly as the superpowers continue to use their military power recklessly. China, though not currently at war, is alarming its neighbors by building islands in disputed offshore waters and establishing military facilities on them. Russia is absorbing the Ukrainian territory it recently seized by military force and heavily bombing portions of Syria. And the United States is continuing its lengthy wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, while launching covert military operations in numerous other countries from its 662 military bases around the globe.

Not surprisingly, these are also violent societies at home. Although most nations of the world have abolished capital punishment, both the United States and China still put large numbers of people to death. Indeed, China is the world’s most active executioner.

This state-organized violence is often accompanied by citizen violence. In 2015, the use of firearms in the United States resulted in the deaths of 13,286 people and the wounding of another 26,819. These figures include 372 mass shootings, but not the many suicides (21,175 in 2011, says CDC data). In 2012―the latest year with comparative statistics―the number of gun murders per capita in the United States was nearly 30 times that in Britain.

Murder rates are also high in the three superpowers―though considerably lower in China than in the United States and Russia. When ranked by the lowest murder rates among the nations of the world, China was #28, the United States #96, and Russia #128.

Overall, then, the three superpowers are unusually violent powers. An extensive study by the Institute for Economics & Peace, released recently, ranked 163 independent nations and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Examining 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators linked to domestic or international conflict, the degree of militarization, and the level of safety and security in society, the study concluded that, when it came to peacefulness, the United States ranked #103, China #120, and Russia #151.

Is this really the best that these large, economically productive, educationally advanced, and technologically sophisticated nations can do? If so, the world is in big trouble.

Dr. Lawrence Wittner, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany. His latest book is a satirical novel about university corporatization and rebellion, What’s Going On at UAardvark?

Dianne Ponders Parks 7/20/16

Dianne Severance

Dianne Severance

In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday this summer, we’re celebrating the young Americans who will keep our parks safe for the next 199 years.
What better way to commemorate this important anniversary, than by hitting the trails and checking out America’s most treasured spaces!

The above paragraphs are taken from the government’s Web site on national parks.

But if Donald Trump wins the presidency, the optimism and the joy of having wildlife areas and other national treasures will be over. Trump wants to dump national parks. He would privatize many of them, opening them up for forest clearing and development.

As it is, our wildlife have nowhere to go in many parts of our country because of urban and suburban sprawl. In many areas of our country, bears, cougars, deer and other wild animals have been seen meandering through city streets and suburban back yards. Deforestation of our national parks would endanger not just the animals but also human beings who try to approach them.

There are 58 national parks in the United States, many of them unsung natural oases full of majestic beauty. And while the marquee parks—Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite—are well worth visiting, there are drawbacks, namely high admission prices and enormous crowds.

Which state has the most national parks? California has the most (nine), followed by Alaska (eight), Utah (five), and Colorado (four). The largest national park is Wrangell–St. Elias in Alaska: at over 8 million acres (32,000 km), it is larger than each of the nine smallest states. And of course there is the land around the Grand Canyon, which Trump may use to build to build the Great Wall of Mexico.

Trump has many controversial positions (I won’t dignify them by labeling them as parts of his platform), but destroying or infringing on our national parks would cause chaos. Animals would migrate to populated areas or stay in areas that would be developed by greedy real estate moguls, endangering themselves or the people who settle or work in those places.

As I write this, Trump is on the verge of receiving the Republican nomination for president in a record vote. He has made 141 statements that have aroused anger and fear. Many of those statements make me question his sanity, but I chose to focus — for now — on the national parks. They give us a connection to th e land that would be severed if Trump has his way. We need to know that there is always a place for us to go to restore our bodies and our spirits. We can’t let Trump or his denizens get away with destroying the people’s lands.

Gazebo Under Way 7/20/16

John Klinglehoffer and helper Mike Galan discuss their work on the footings for the Gold Rush Park gazebo. Funds to build the gazebo were generated from the first Downieville Mtn. Brew Fest held last July. August 13th is the date of this year's event with proceeds going toward another community project.

7/20/16 John Klinglehoffer and helper Mike Galan discuss their work on the footings for the Gold Rush Park Gazebo. Funds to build the gazebo were generated by Downieville Improvement Group (DIG) at the 2015 BrewFest. August 13th is the date of 2016 BrewFest with proceeds going toward another community project.

funds generated by the Downieville Improvement Group at last years

Be Encouraged by Angela Collier 7/20/16

 (Originally published Mountain Messenger April 1. 2015)

images-2The spider bite which was kindly bestowed to me a few weeks ago is slowly disappearing. Good thing too because I have taken a lot of flak for the ill placement of this wound! (Yes Jack I am talking about you!) I was a tad worried by the location being on my neck as back in Florida I witnessed the damage caused by a brown recluse to a coworker’s hand. Her hand was left in a horrific state…days, weeks and even months later. I do believe skin graphs were involved at some point (Yikes!). So far the only damage with this spider bite has been to my pride.

This whole situation reminded me of the Apostle Paul being shipwrecked on the island of Malta. Not long after making it to shore, he was bit by a viper while gathering some wood for the campfire. As the snake’s fangs dug into his hand, the locals witnessing the ordeal expected him to drop dead at any moment. In their minds the viper was Karma for some crime Paul had committed in the past. However, Paul did not drop dead. Matter of fact he did not suffer ANY sickness whatsoever. God used the viper to show His glory, blessing and favor upon Paul. God gave Paul some “street credit”. Because he survived, Paul had everyone’s attention on the island. The gospel message was shared. Folks soon flocked to Paul and received healing from various ailments. I am sure the islanders were hoping the Romans would take their sweet time repairing the ship because God’s favor on Paul was changing lives for the better! It is such a great thing to have the favor of God for surely those around you will also benefit!

Like Paul we can all have His favor. Read the Bible. Learn the will of God. You will be blown away by all kinds of favor in your life. I never promote the ever popular “one sided” prosperity teaching which is circling the country these days. I advocate the basic spiritual principal that following Christ will indeed bring more blessings than you can imagine. As He said, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, what He has prepared for those who love Him.” God is good! Always!

Mountain Messenger ( a real life) 7/20/16

Do you know how hard it is to write something new and interesting about Don Russell, Editor of the Mountain Messenger each week? It is darn hard, almost impossible, there is very little to work with as Don spends most of his time at the office, at church (St. Charles) at home or Coyoteville or in his ratty blue vehicle driving to and from Quincy or to and from Nevada City or to Coyoteville. (In the winter it is his ratty red 4×4 SUV). I imagine that means he is often working on the vehicles in his driveway. Oh wait, I forgot he does attend meetings in the county. Sometimes he actually reports what happened and other times it is just what he wanted to happen or possibly was doing the crossword and so missed what happened and just makes it up. Well, that is Don’s life more or less in a nutshell so if you have any information about him, please email it to editor@sierracountyprospect.org

Here Don captures a woman for a photo, the smile is due to fear and a hope she will be released unharmed...

7/20/16 Here Don captures a woman for a photo, the smile is due to fear and a hope she will be released unharmed…

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