Wednesday July 26, 2017


So this weekend there are two great events in Sierra City, Oso Blue is performing at Sorocco’s from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wine in the Woods, a fundraiser for Sierra Co SAR and Sierra City VFD, meanwhile starting at 6 p.m. is the BBQ at Kentucky Mine Museum Ampitheater followed by the Music at the Mine show Achilles Wheel. Support the SCFVD and SCSAR have a glass of wine and then go support and enjoy to the BBQ and Show at Music At the Mine.

August is going to be a busy busy month, we start off with the Downieville Downhill    Bike Races  August 3rd to 6th and then Plumas-Sierra County Fair begins August 9th to the 13th in Quincy, as always be there or be square, this is fun local fair for us all. Downieville Brewfest  Saturday August 12th and the next up is the ECV Clampers Weekend in Downieville  August 26th to 27th.

Local news and events are here, Gabby gives a science lesson, Carol shares her photos, Columnists Ali King, Kathy Kelly, Andrew Moss, Robert Byers and Mel Gurtov weigh in on the things we need to know and think about. Watching world news is fairly dismaying and makes one wonder how we got to this place, I mean really don’t you just want to bury your head in the sand and pretend all is well. Don’t do that – things are not going well at all unless of course you are corporate status with mega millions or an individual who has made big bucks over the backs of the disadvantaged and marginalized, there is no one I know in Sierra County who fits in with the Trump crew and yet he is supported by those who need fair government for all the most, well actually we all need fair government, led by representatives who understand government’s role in society and it isn’t to make the rich richer, it is to make sure we all get a fair deal without favoritism to cronies and the wealthy. The problems we face aren’t because we care and help those who need assistance, it’s because we get in the way of those who want more for themselves at the expense of a healthy world with the ability to obtain liberty and freedom for al. The future of being great is not gained by turning on each other. So please keep paying attention and question authority and when something is happening that just isn’t right speak up please.

Darcy White’s said her gorgeous photo was taken in “Sam White’s beautiful flower garden”. Sam is Darcy’s Dad and deserves the praise for raising beautiful flowers and wonderful kids (of course Mom, Joyce, was equally responsible for the great kids).

TNF Fire Restrictions 7/26/17


Fire Restrictions on the Tahoe National Forest Effective July 25

NEVADA CITY, Calif. – Fire restrictions go into effect July 25 within the Tahoe National Forest. According to Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano, “After record precipitation this past winter, hot and dry summer weather has created conditions on the Forest that could support large fire growth. We want to ensure a fun and safe summer for everyone.”

Fire Restrictions
· No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires are allowed on Tahoe National Forest lands outside of designated areas, even with a valid California Campfire Permit.

· Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed, unless otherwise restricted, with a valid California Campfire Permit, available from Forest Service offices during business hours and at

· No welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.

· No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

· Internal combustion engines are restricted to National Forest System roads, trails, and areas, as identified on the Tahoe National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (including the Prosser Pits Developed Off-Highway Vehicle Area). Motorized cross-country travel between roads, trails, and areas is prohibited.

Complete details regarding 2017 fire restrictions, including the list of designated recreation sites, are available on the Tahoe National Forest website at

Those with a valid 2017 wood cutting permit may cut firewood in compliance with the terms of their permit.

Questions about fire restrictions, designated recreation sites, motor vehicle use and firewood cutting on the Tahoe National Forest may be directed to local Tahoe National Forest Service offices, including: Supervisor’s Office, (530) 265-4531; American River Ranger District (Foresthill), (530) 367-2224; Sierraville Ranger District, (530) 994-3401; Truckee Ranger District, (530) 587-3558; and Yuba River Ranger District (Camptonville), (530) 288-3231.

If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by dialing 911.

The Tahoe National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map is available for free at any Tahoe National Forest office and at

Information regarding private land fire restrictions, regulated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, is available at

At The KM Amphitheater 7/26/17


Rockin’ the Mine w/ Achilles Wheel
On Saturday, July 29th, Achilles Wheel will be bringing their thundering rock n roll show to the Kentucky Mine amphitheater at 7:30 PM. One of Northern California’s fastest rising bands, Achilles Wheel delivers an exciting, dance inducing concert that is rooted in many elements of Americana, World Beat rhythms and 60’s Psychedelia. The band was recently voted best Tahoe area band and they travel throughout the Pacific Northwest while expanding upon their ever increasing fan base. Anchored by a rhythm section consisting of two drummers, Achilles Wheel musicianship is “top shelf quality” and they write and perform their own material. This show is, without a doubt, the “rock show” of the summer and you will be glad you came out to experience a band who are playing at the “top of their game”
A pre-concert BBQ ($16) will be available beginning at 6:00 PM and music will be performed by Graeagle’s own, Railway and Main. Relevant information related to this show can be found on the accompanying poster or by simply calling Chris @ 530 862-1076. As always, kids 6-17 are $8 and you are welcome to bring your own food and refreshments to the show. Hope to see you on the dance floor!

Oso Blue & Wine 7/26/17


Brandt, BJ, Pete

Oso Blue at Wine in the Woods, Sorraccos’ Garden, Sierra City, CA
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 4 – 7 PM
The Sierra County Arts Council and the Sierra City Fire Auxillary present Oso Blue performing in Sierra City at Sorraccos’ Garden from 4 PM – 7 PM.

Wine in the Woods 2017 is a fundraiser for Sierra County Search and Rescue and Sierra City Fire Department.

Tickets: in advance $30, at event $35 Available locally from Downieville Day Spa (Downieville), Sierra Country Store (Sierra City) or by calling either 530-862-1580 or 530 862-0319

This presentation is made possible by the Sierra County Arts Council, a local partner of the California Arts Council.
About the Arts Council – The Sierra County Arts Council is a member-supported 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public benefit corporation established in 1981 to promote, support and advocate the arts throughout Sierra County, California.

Caretaker Job 7/26/17



Sierra County Historical Society is seeking a year-round, live-in caretaker for the Kentucky Mine Museum and Park in Sierra City. The position entails maintenance, security, minor repairs, and occasional assistance with events. The two-bedroom apartment above the museum will be provided at a reasonable rental rate, with several hours of in-kind work per month required.

For more information, visit or contact Mary Nourse at 530-862-1123. Applications can be obtained at and need to be submitted by mail to SCHS, P.O. Box 260, Sierra City, CA 96125. They must be postmarked no later than August 11, 2017.

Free Vision screening 7/26/17

Free glaucoma and vision screenings; part of Community Involvement Day, July 31

The Foothill Lions Club, in conjunction with the Northern California Lions Sight Association, will provide free glaucoma and visual screening services for adults and children at the Nevada County Fair’s Community Involvement Day on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm at Gate 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
For the event, the Lions will utilize the Northern California Lions Sight Associations Vision Screening Unit, a fully-equipped motorhome that is designed to offer no-cost glaucoma and visual screening services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The services are available for adults and children, and special tests will be provided to children ages 6 months to 6 years old using our PlusOptix equipment. The Lions Club will be staffing the unit, and local optometrists – Dr. Kirschbaum, OD; Dr. Jerry Chan, OD; and Dr. Tiffany Chan, OD – will volunteer their services for the day. The screening event is free, as the Foothill Lions Club covers all costs.
“Eye exams are so important, “said Tom Sigler, Foothill Lions Club president. “It’s especially important to have a child’s eyes checked at an early age. Often, children go undiagnosed for years, which can cause a child to fall behind in school. With early detection, this can be avoided.”
The Lions Vision Van is provided as part of Community Involvement Day, a day to donate items to nonprofit organizations – the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence (formerly Domestic Violence Coalition), Cinderella Project, and The Karing Closet – in exchange for coupons for buy one, get one admission tickets to the Fair. Or, donate blood through BloodSource on that day and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair. The organizations will be at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donated items to receive coupons.
This year’s Fair is August 9 – 13. For information, visit

Hantavirus Danger 7/26/17

CDPH Urges Caution on How to Avoid Hantavirus following Diagnosis in Northern California Man

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reminds individuals to take precautions when entering cabins, trailers and other buildings that may be infested with rodents after the recent diagnosis of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in a Northern California man.

“Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a rare, but often fatal disease spread by rodents,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “The chances of getting the virus are greatest when entering or cleaning buildings, or other closed spaces, where wild rodents are present.”

HPS is caused by a virus that individuals contract through contact with the urine, droppings or saliva of wild rodents, primarily deer mice. Breathing small particles of mouse urine or droppings that have been stirred up into the air is the most common means of infection. The illness begins with fever, headache, and muscle aches and progresses rapidly to severe difficulty breathing and, in some cases, death.

Since HPS was first identified in 1993, there have been 73 hantavirus infections in California and 659 cases nationally. About 30 percent of HPS cases identified in California have been fatal.

The most recent case occurred in a patient who was exposed to the virus in Mono County. Most HPS cases have been exposed in the Sierra Nevada or Southern California mountain areas. Prompt diagnosis and medical treatment increase an individual’s chances of recovery.

To prevent HPS, CDPH recommends the following precautions:

  •  Avoid contact with all wild rodents, their droppings, and nesting materials
  • .  Before entering an enclosed area that may be infested with rodents, allow it to air out for at least 30 minutes.
  •  Do not dry sweep or vacuum areas that rodents have potentially contaminated. 
  • Surfaces that rodents may have contaminated with urine or droppings should be made wet with a 10% bleach solution or a commercial disinfectant following label directions before mopping up.
  •  Promptly dispose of all cleaning materials when done, and thoroughly wash hands and clothes.
  •  Examine the outside of all buildings and seal any holes or other areas that would let rodents get inside.
  •  Store all food items securely in rodent-proof containers
  • . In addition to hantavirus, individuals in recreational areas should take precautions to reduce exposure to plague, which is carried by other wild rodents, such as squirrels and chipmunks, and their fleas. Steps the public can take include:
  • • Never feed squirrels, chipmunks or other rodents and never touch sick or dead rodents.
  • • Avoid walking, hiking or camping near rodent burrows.
  • • Wear long pants tucked into socks or boots to reduce exposure to fleas.
  • • Spray insect repellent containing DEET on socks and pant cuffs to reduce exposure to fleas.
  • • Keep wild rodents out of homes, trailers, and outbuildings and away from pets.
  • For additional information about preventing HPS, please visit CDPH’s webpage and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website. For information on plague, visit this CDPH webpage.

Mountain Messenger (Competence Reigns) 7/26/17

Golly Gee Gosh, I met some people outside the Mountain Messenger office last Friday, they were dressed in suits and ties and as they approached me, I said, “okay you guys are either attorneys or church people”, in Downieville we can determine what strangers are by their attire. I was fairly certain they were Attorneys looking for Don Russell for some nefarious issue he was involved in… boy was I wrong… they actually were those people that go door to door Jehovah’s Witness (I think they said) offering us hope for the future after our death. The very most surprising thing of all was…. they had already met Don, at his home, and he had invited them into his humble abode. Absolutely amazing…. who would have thought Don would be a church people… but of course I had to do some research and I found that Don was raised a Baptist, another shock, and that he liked 7th Day Adventist and Mormons and Jehovah’s Witness, he finds them “honest and honorable” and enjoys their company. Of course there were no children involved in the conversation. On another issue Don  said he heard the Democrat’s had a new slogan, “Democrats for a better deal.” and he had made a new slogan for Republicans, “Republicans, Incompetence Better than Anarchy.” I personally prefer Democrats for a Fair Deal, nothing has been fair for us average folks since January 20, 2017.

7/26/17 Apparently Don Russell often takes time to pray in public but no one knew what he was doing…


Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most 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 Jill, Milly’s secretary). 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


Bears and Bears Oh My 7/26/17

Bear at Cox Bar

Sierra County Sheriff’s Office says:  As you can see by the public logs we’re having some bear issues on both sides of the county this year. We’re getting a lot of calls on who people should call, what they can do to keep bears out, etc. I had the link below put up on our webpage last week but perhaps you could share some of the more useful information from the link in your papers/websites? A Pike resident just called saying a bear has been breaking into her garage, apparently drawn in by the oils she uses for making handmade soap so it’s not just food/trash they’re drawn to. Thanks so much, Sgt. Michelle Anderson


It’s not uncommon to see bears in and around communities located near bear habitat. A bear sighting alone is not a cause for concern.

If a bear causes damage to your home or property, contact your Department of Fish and Wildlife Regional Office.

CDFW will provide strategies to make your property less attractive to bears, explain the depredation permit process and may conduct a site inspection.

Remember prevention is always the first step. It’s up to all of us to help keep bears alive and wild for generations to come.


Contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife regional office nearest you:

Northern Region (530) 225-2300
North Central Region (916) 358-2900 Bay Delta Region (707) 944-5500 Central Region (559) 243-4005
South Coast Region (858) 467-4201 Inland Desert Region (909) 484-0167 Sacramento Headquarters (916) 322-8911

If you encounter a bear in your home:

Do not approach the bear.
Remove yourself from danger.
When safe, call 911.
Do not block any exits that the bear may use to escape.

If you encounter a bear in your yard:

Slowly back away. DO NOT approach the bear. Allow the bear plenty of room to pass or withdraw.

Once you are a safe distance away, encourage the bear to leave by banging pots and pans or making other loud noises.

Once conditioned to human sources of food, bears will seek them out, creating conflicts with humans. Attracting bears to urban areas can also increase risk of vehicle collisions, harming both humans and bears. The bear’s behavior will not stop voluntarily, and unless the nuisance behavior can be corrected, bears may be killed to ensure public safety. In order to avoid these deaths, food sources must be removed.

People have a responsibility to the wildlife whose habitat they are sharing.

Never Feed a Bear!

For more information visit,

Bears are attracted to anything that is edible or smelly. Use the checklist below to help bear-proof your home:

Garbage problems can be solved with the purchase and correct use of a bear-proof garbage container. Save money by sharing one with a neighbor! For bear-proof containers and where to buy them visit

Wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day. Don’t leave trash, groceries or animal feed in your car.

Keep garbage cans clean and deodorize them with bleach or ammonia.

Harvest fruit off trees as soon as it is ripe, and promptly collect fruit that falls.

Avoid using bird feeders. They are a powerful attractant.

Don’t leave any scented products outside, even non- food items such as suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap or candles.

Keep barbecue grills clean. Keep pet food and pets inside.

Securely block access to potential hibernation sites such as crawl spaces under decks and buildings.

Keep doors and windows closed and locked. Scents can lure bears inside.

Consider installing motion-detector alarms, electric fencing or motion-activated sprinklers.

Remove all food from homes and cabins that will be unoccupied for an extended period of time.

NSJ PicNic Report 7/26/17

by Pastor Pinkie Varner
What a wonderful time we had at our Community PicNic on July 16th! The sermon at church was “Individual Interpretation” and was very well received as was the sermon song “Must Seem Silly” sung to the tune of “Mustang Sally”. Unknown to all of us, it seems that it was Pork Day. We had ribs, riblets, pulled pork, ham and bacon, and deviled eggs (not to mention all the other side dishes). Fabulous music was provided by Brad Evans, Barbara Graham, and I followed them up with my new best friend of the day – Francisco, on guitar.
What are we doing next month? We have volunteers picking up garbage on the highway, taking in pets to be spayed and neutered, handing out groceries almost every day, giving school supplies out, serving soup every Sunday, while getting things together to send our soldier every month! Would you like to volunteer? Give us a call 415-9705 – we have something for you to do. North San Juan Community Church – The WORLD is our community!

Plumas-Sierra County Fair 7/26/17

Plumas-Sierra County Fair begins August 9th to the 13th in Quincy, as always be there or be square, this is fun local fair for us all.


Bailey Dikes and his Miniature Horse KC competing in last year’s fair driving show. Photo by Susan Holmes

Beautiful horses, gleaming carriages and colorfully dressed drivers will once again grace the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds as the fair’s annual driving show gets underway on Sunday, August 6. The first horse will trot into the main arena at 9 am as the Single Horse competition begins with the Cones Class. A challenging test of the driver’s skill and the horse’s obedience, this class is a timed race through ten pairs of traffic cones set only inches wider than the carriage’s wheelbase. Balanced atop each cone is a bright green tennis ball which will promptly tumble off if a wheel bumps the cone, incurring a penalty. Following the Cones Class is Pleasure Driving, where stately Friesians, golden Haflingers and merry Miniature horses will circle the ring together to be judged on manners, gaits and appearance. Next is Reinsmanship, where drivers guide their horses with rein, whip and voice cues through a series of obstacles which replicate what might be encountered on a drive in the country. Gambler’s Choice is a fast-paced timed event in which each obstacle completed is worth points. Drivers strategize which obstacles to tackle in the time allowed.
Following the Single Horse Show, after a 30-minute break, is the Pairs Driving Show. Drivers will guide matched pairs of horses through the Gambler’s Choice obstacles, then slow to a sedate pace in Farm Team to Wagon. Antique plows, harrows and potato diggers will be hitched to the versatile teams in the Farm Implement class, and lastly each team will drag a long pole through a tight obstacle course in the timed Log Skidding class.
Entries close August 1, so sign up now and join drivers from Plumas and Sierra Counties, across Northern California and even Nevada. Spectators are welcome, so bring the kids and the camera and come to the first event of the Plumas-Sierra County Fair 2017.

and don’t miss this great concert on August 11th in the Grandstand  brought to us by the Susanville Auto Center  2017 Tribute Concert

Lou & Rosey the Stallion 7/26/17

I was awakened at 3am this morning with the sound of thunder (not Celtic) and lighting flashes. It seemed pretty close so I got up to make sure the house was not falling. A short time later it began to rain. It rained so hard I thought the roof was going to fall in on me. It rained hard for about ten minutes and stopped. When I got up at 6:15 am it was cloudy and is typically the case, the air smelled so fresh and clear. I wouldn’t mind if it did this everyday. For some reason, it clears the mind and puts one in such a positive feeling. Nice way to start the day.

I began my walk up “E” Street and on to “C” Street. I noticed a brood of horses I have never seen before standing near the Fourth Ward School House. I walked up to them and asked one of them where they were from. The stallion stepped forward and introduced himself as Rosey. I introduced myself and asked, with respect, Rosey? He explained to me his family comes from the Johnny Cash family and his father was named Sue and was born about the same time as the hit country song, “A Boy Named Sue” came out. So, his parents decided to name him Rosey so his father wouldn’t be the only one with the humiliating name.

He introduced me to his family, his lady, Delta and thieir four kids, Newt, Nolan, Nellie and Newly. His brother, Hazel and his lady, Isabell and their four kids, Vinton, Carmichael, Rory and Emily. They all shook their heads in a “hello” gesture. Everyone, meet the Olek family.

I asked again where they were from. Rosey told me they live near Fort Churchill near the Carson River. I told them that I was having a house built near there. I told them they would have to come by and visit. He told me they would. I asked them not to eat the flowers though. He laughed. I asked him why they were in Old Virginny. He told me they have some friends that live in the area and they told the Olek’s that they were going to send their kid, Little Flo to school here. I told him I know that family! He told me they all have been friends for a long time. So, he said, they have decided to send their kids to school with Little Flo. I explained to him that school doesn’t start for a month or so. He assured me he knew that but just wanted to make sure the kids become familiar with the area and the other ponies. I bid a farewell to the Olek’s and continue my walk.

I walked around town today as I have to leave town for a couple of days, so the walk has to be shorter. I’ am heading to Redding to see my brother who fell off his horse and sustained a broken wrist, stitches and other cuts and bruises. (Sounds better than being run over I suppose) Anyway, checking in on brother and my nephew and his family. On my way home, I will stop over in Downieville for lunch and then back to Old Virginny.

Great meeting the Olek’s! Another nice family in town.


Incapable & Compromised 7/26/17

Jared Kushner and National Security  – by Mel Gurtov

Mel Gurtov

Jared Kushner’s latest revision of his financial picture reveals a very wealthy man, and couple, who continue to profit enormously from the Trump presidency. But beyond the numbers lies the fact that Kushner, like his father-in-law, seems incapable of telling the truth about either the full extent of his financial empire or the extent of his contacts with foreigners—Russians especially—whose interests are intertwined with his own.

Here’s the current picture for Kushner and Ivanka Trump:

1. He holds managerial and/or leadership positions in 266 real estate and related organizations, most of them in New York City and some in New Jersey.

2. He lists income of over $6 million from two assets—his real estate and media companies.

3. His wife, Ivanka Trump, lists 17 sources of income; and together, they list an additional 221 income sources, mostly real estate but also interest earned on bonds and other financial instruments, with values ranging from $1,000 to $25 million. Kushner failed to list more than 70 of those income sources previously.

4. Their list of financial liabilities is headed by credit lines from Valley National Bank (New Jersey) and Deutsche Bank, each in the range of $5-25 million.

5. The couple continues to earn tens of millions of dollars from their real estate and other businesses, including those they supposedly divested or resigned from. According to the Washington Post’s review of Kushner’s latest filing, he “resigned from 266 corporate positions, and [Ivanka] Trump stepped down from 292 positions… But they still control assets worth at least $139 million, along with another $66 million, at minimum, of assets that are tied to Trump’s stakes in her fashion brand, the Trump hotel in Washington and other real estate projects, according to the filings. And they both continue to draw large sums from outside interests: The couple has jointly made at least $19 million in income from business ventures and listed more than $80 million in real estate and other revenues since the start of 2016 . . .”

Nicholas Kristof makes the case for removing Jared Kushner from his White House job because he’s a security risk. Innocent until proven guilty, for sure; but the circumstantial evidence of a cozy, potentially compromising relationship with the Russians—notably, the secret meeting with Russians in the company of Donald, Jr., the plan to set up a backchannel communications link in the Russian embassy, and the failure to disclose several other meetings with officially connected Russians—is very strong.

In a word, Jared Kushner reeks of corrupt, unpatriotic behavior that may lead to indictments. He will probably be the first person pardoned by President Trump. But in the meantime, Kushner should be removed from office and his security clearance denied—as a matter of national security.

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

Carol’s Photo Gallery 7/26/17

Carol was in the shower and looked out the window and saw the bear first thing this morning. Then they went to Webber Lake. Near Sierraville way. And a squirrel and still snow on the ground. Waterfalls There is a tree here that has fallen down and it looks very artistic.

FireHouse News 7/26/17


ALLEGHANY: July 17th Firefighter training. July 19th Pliocene Ridge Community Service District meeting, in Pike City. July 21st Responded for an ill male, who was transported to rendezvous with ALS ambulance & taken to SNMH.
CALPINE: July 19th Responded for an ill female. July 20th Wildland fire training. July 23rd Community assist, for a leaky fuel line at the Campground. * Responded for a motorcycle -VS- truck accident, with an injured male air lifted to the hospital in Reno.
CAMPTONVILLE: July 17th Responded for an ill male. July 18th Firefighter training. July 20th Responded for a vehicle accident. * Responded for a structure fire at Burgee
Dave’s, the fire was contained to the rear of the building. July 21st Mutual aid response to North San Juan, with the water tender for a vegetation fire, the”Grizzly Fire”, that was extinguished. July 23rd Responded for an ill male.
DOWNIEVILLE: July 19th Board of Commissioners meeting. July 20th Firefighter training. * Responded for an ill male, who was transported to SNMH. July 23rd Responded for an injured male, who chose to “self-transport” to the hospital.
LOYALTON: all’s quiet….. no activity reported….
PIKE CITY: July 19th PRCSD meeting. July 20th Firefighter training. * Mutual aid response to Camptonville, for a structure fire at Burgee Dave’s, the fire was contained to the rear of the building. July 21st Mutual aid response to Alleghany, for an ill male, who was transported to rendezvous with ALS ambulance & taken to SNMH.
SATTLEY: July 19th Responded for an ill female. July 20th Wildland fire training. July 23rd
Community assist for a leaky fuel line at the campground. * Responded for a motorcycle -VS- truck accident, with an injured male air lifted to the hospital in Reno.
SIERRA CITY: July 19th Responded for a smoke check.
SIERRAVILLE: July 19th Responded for an ill female. July 20th Wildland fire training. July 23rd Community assist for a leaky fuel line, at the Campground. * Responded for a motorcycle -VS- truck accident, with an injured male air lifted tor the hospital in Reno.

Friendly, Courteous, Kind 7/26/17

Jamboree travesty – by Robert J. Byers

Robert Byers

I don’t blame the Boy Scouts for President Donald Trump’s bizarre speech at the National Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday.

The U.S. president is, after all, the honorary president of the Scouts. If he wants to speak at the National Jamboree, it would be hard to say no.

I don’t blame the boys in the audience who took the bait and booed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama or who chanted “USA! USA!” in response to Trump’s childish cues. They’re impressionable kids.

I’m long past laying blame at the feet of the electorate. It gets us nowhere.

And, honestly, it’s hard to even blame Trump. He’s just being himself — inappropriate, unhinged, narcissistic.

But, as an Eagle Scout, I’m still disappointed at what is yet another stain on the Boy Scouts program.

After finally pulling itself from the mire of discrimination against gay Scouts and leaders, Scouting is on a path to right the ship and lure another new generation to its ranks. West Virginia’s Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, home of the National Jamboree, is proof of that.

Throughout the past week, this paper has had numerous stories and photos showing Scouts having fun and working in our communities. We’ve also explored the economic impact that 40,000 Scouts, troop leaders and others can bring to an area.

And, unfortunately, we’ve also shown how quickly all of that can be tarnished for the benefit of one man’s ego.

Speaking to the children as if they were voters, Trump said his election was “an unbelievable tribute to you and all of the other millions and millions of people that came out and voted for ‘Make America Great Again.’ ”

He recounted the Electoral College breakdown, trying for the umpteenth time to relive the victory he claimed on that night in November. He revisited the Merry Christmas non-issue. He made false claims about the press. He made threats about the health care vote.

He basically defied most of the 12 points in the Scout Law — you know, the one that includes terms like trustworthy, loyal, friendly, courteous, kind.

But, then again, Trump has made his presidency about defying storied American institutions. The free press comes to mind.

The backlash against the Boy Scouts over Trump’s speech led the organization to put out a statement on Tuesday:

“The Boy Scouts of America is wholly nonpartisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate, or philosophy. The invitation for the sitting U.S. president to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies.”

Of course, that’s not really a response, just a reiteration of the Scouts’ stance on these matters.

The response has been largely panned as not being strong enough.

I can’t say I’m surprised the Scouts wouldn’t say more. It would be a tricky move to come out and disavow some of Trump’s remarks, embarrassing their honorary president and making an enemy of the nation’s top loose cannon.

But, just for the sake of argument, what if the statement included a few more sentences:

“Furthermore, the Boy Scouts of America is first and foremost about kids, about building strong kids with a strong resolve. It is about honesty. It is about succeeding — with humility. It is about service and instilling the drive to help others. It is about encouraging our peers to rise to the challenge and offering a hand when needed. It is about civility.”

That’s the Scouting that I remember.

One man playing the fool can’t change that.

Robert J. Byers, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the executive editor of the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, West Virginia.


Calpine Yoga 7/26/17

Hello Yogi’s and Yogini’s of Calpine,

I wanted to thank everyone who came out last Thursday, I had such a wonderful time teaching and meeting so many new faces. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to facilitate in your community and I hope our class continues to grow. On that note, after speaking with several students I have decided to split the Thursday class into two classes. The new schedule will be as follows:

Every Thursday:

8:00 – 9:15am Morning Flow: This class is more athletic in nature, combining hard work with deep relaxation to build strength, flexibility, concentration and balance. This style of class is characterized by stringing postures together so that you seamlessly match one breath to one movement. Meditation and foundational alignment will be included in the building of all sequences.

9:30 – 10:45am Gentle Therapeutic Yoga: A calming, stress-relieving yoga class to stretch and strengthen the body gradually. This class is for students of all levels and will benefit beginners as well as more advanced practitioners, while also suiting the needs of those with movement limitations. Focus will be geared towards somatic movements (small, slow and gentle movements used to re-educate the brain), specific body part therapeutics, breath work and foundational alignment.

Both classes will be offer each week on Thursday morning. They will be held in the CIA Building, located upstairs in the Fitness Room.

Please bring  -a mat  -a block -a blanket or towel -yoga strap or long belt *if you have none of these things don’t worry I will have some things for loan.

ALL CLASSES ARE DONATION BASED!! Please forward this message to ANYONE who might be interested. Also feel free to email me directly if you have any questions.

Namaste, Sarah Johnstone

Gabby Electric Fringette 7/26/17

The Body Electric – by Gabby Fringette

Gabby Fringette

No, I’m not doing a review of the famous Whitman poem, the human body really does produce electricity. Actually, all animals do. A tiny electrical current runs out body, it carries signals from point A to B, so to speak. That’s why being electrocuted is so dangerous, it basically fries our circuits.

Now, how our body produces this electricity, that’s interesting. It’s a process called the sodium-potassium gate. When you cells are ‘resting’, and doing nothing, there’s more potassium inside the cells than sodium. Sodium ions are positive so the area outside the cell is positively charged. Potassium is negatively charged so the area inside the cell is negatively charged, and if you know just a little bit about how atoms work, atoms want to be balanced, so the sodium wants to be where the negative charge is, and the potassium where the positive charge is. When the cell sends a message , it ‘opens the gate’ and the ions change places. This rapid switch in negative and positive makes and electrical impulse.

The less technical version? The cells make the electricity. This is how your whole body operates, it’s how your brain operates, and if you over-think how incredible it is that this exists, you’ll give yourself an existential crisis. And you will be using these impulses the entire time!

All animals do this, electric eels do it far more in order to stun prey. But how much do humans make? Could we really be used as batteries?
Nope! We produce between 10 and 100 millivolts. Millivolts are one thousandth of a volt. We are incapable of making more. Even so, pretty cool!

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