Wednesday July 19, 2017


Supervisor Paul Roen reports –  I apologize for the delayed response, but I wanted to confirm correct information prior to forwarding it to the community. Thanks to the efforts of county staff, the opportunity for Green Waste dumping at the Sattley Transfer Station will begin again on Wednesday July 19th. As you know, it is unfortunate there was a late season fire within the facility requiring the temporary closure. County staff is currently removing all ash and intend to reopen the facility. We are concurrently negotiating with the co-gen facility for an opportunity to distribute green waste to that facility which hopefully will help mitigate these late season events.

Just a little reminder the first yoga class is on Thursday July 20th from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Calpine Improvement Association Gym. Please bring your yoga mat. Sarah will have some extra yoga mats if you do not have one. She is excited to be teaching in the Calpine Community. If you have any questions feel free to email her at

The next Sierra County Health Coordinating Committee (SCHCC) Meeting will be held at the Masonic Hall in Downieville at 10am Tuesday July 25. As usual it will be a potluck affair. Let me know what you plan to bring, if nothing, come anyway there is always plenty.

From CalTrans via Sierra Co Sheriff’s Office – Hwy 49 Sierra County @ post mile 45.09 (Vista Point slipout) will have 30 to 45 min. delays between the hours of 20:00 to 08:00 beginning Fri. 7/21/2017 to Fri. 7/28/2017 for bridge construction.

Don’t forget the movie Arrival is at the Yuba Theatre Friday July 21st at 7:30 p.m., one I’ve been wanting to see and here it is in Downieville.

So look at the local news, events, read Gabby to speak properly, and Carrie lays it out for the bicyclists.  Listen to the Board of Supervisor recorded meeting, it’s not a long meeting, but interesting, kinda like listening to a radio show with all your favorite characters. When you listen to the recording or attend the meetings you actually get to know stuff not just what Don Russell or my interpretation of what happened, it is really eye opening. Lawrence Wittner and Robert Gould, Laura Finley, Robert Koehler each submitted individual items for us to think about.  Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon and Samantha Ferguson joined forces for their article.

I keep hearing all the negativity about “Obamacare” and how awful it is, the biggest problem with this statement is there is no such thing as “Obamacare”, that name came to use by corporate conservatives who wanted to denigrate and make the Affordable Care Act a thing to disparage, not because of whether it helped or didn’t millions of Americans but because having a black American as President was difficult for them to accept. The Affordable Care Act has done so much for so many and yet I still hear them complaining about “Obamacare”.  The Affordable Care Act became a reality during the Obama administration and is clearly one of the best things that has happened to people who need healthcare and previously had been unable to obtain coverage due to restrictions in place developed by the  corporate insurance business. So let’s get real here and stop the knee jerk angry reaction to a really good idea, that can be improved and start thinking for ourselves, not the self serving folks who don’t want to give up their huge profits and political donations. The Affordable Care Act is and always has been a good thing for Americans, don’t throw out the best thing that’s happened for healthcare since we became America.

The gorgeous photo this week was taken by Darcy White who said she was “in the woods while kayaking at Salmon Lake” when taking this picture.

Arrival at the Yuba 7/19/17


“Arrival” comes to the Yuba Theatre in Downieville
Friday, July 21st at 7:30 PM
Director: Denis Villeneuve Writers – Screenplay: Eric Heisserer Story: (based on) by Ted Chiang Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

This program is part the Sierra County Arts Council’s “Movie Nights” series with funding from the Bill Graham Foundation. The Sierra County Arts Council is a local partner of the California Arts Council.

$5.00 Suggested Donation.
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.

District Gov at Lion’s Club 7/19/17


District 4-C5 Governor Nick McNicholas is presented a Downieville Museum T-shirt by Lion Mike Galan

The Downieville Lions hosted the District 4-C5 Governor, Nick McNicholas at the July 17th meeting. Lion Nick, a retired educator from the Esparto Lions Club, was accompanied by Tim Luckinbill, District Chairman from the Colfax Lions Club, and Mike Hill, Sierra Zone Chairman from the Nevada City Lions Club. During the meeting at La Cocina de Oro, District Governor, Nick, initiated Robin Bolle into the Club and installed the 2017-18 Club officers. Following a delicious meal, Lion Nick spoke about the many facets of Lionism, encouraged the Downieville Club to carry on with its programs, and continue to build club membership.
Lions International, with clubs in 200 countries, is celebrating it’s Centennial year as of June 7th! Anyone interested in joining the Downieville Lions Club may contact Membership Co-Chairs, Liz Fisher and Mary Ervin or any club member.


Best Day at Fair 7/19/17


Best State Fair Volunteer Day Ever!

Why? Because, for some reason, all of the people visiting the fair wanted to talk with us! We were there for 5 hours, and talked for about 4 1/2 hours. Either they had been to Sierra County, wanted to come to Sierra County, or never coming but wanted to talk about wonderful places they had been. And, people LOVED our booth. This is what I learned:

1. Many people commented they loved seeing live people and not fake people.
2. Supply door opens inward – not outward. No matter how I tried…..
3. Left is still left, right is still right (in case you get left mixed up with right….)
4. So many compliments on our booth. It was amazing.
5. Man: Do you know where Nevada County is?
Me: Yes!
Man: (looking at me expentently, waiting….) I meant the exhibit.
Me: No………..but the information booth is right over there……
Man: thank you (and walks away)
Man: returns, Smiling, hands me a list and map of exhibits . We are both quite pleased and a big thank you to him. I left the map for other volunteers
6. IS IT REAL???? AND THE BEST: sitting in the chair, I was eye level with the children. While the bear was a big draw, the bigger draw was the fire. They were fascinated with how it was made, after learning it was not real. It was a real conversation piece with the kids. (yes, I received permission from the parents to take a photo for our news outlets).

David and I think the makers of the booth which gave us a wonderful day at the fair. And to Mary Ervin – would this even happen without her? Sign us up for next year!!

District Attorney Cases 7/19/17


Sierra County District Attorney
Lawrence R. Allen
District Attorney / Public Administrator
530.289.3269 530.993.4617


James Merritt (63) Loyalton. Disturbing the peace. Fine $450.

Jacquelyn Shea (61) Truckee. Driving while her license was suspended. Eighteen months probation, fine $1434, and 28 days in jail.

Thomas Stafford (29) Loyalton. Stafford plead to felony resisting arrest and admitted prior residential burglary conviction (a strike). He was given 6 years in prison. Stafford, after a day of “shooting” meth, held off two officers with a knife who were called to the trailer park by residents who were worried about Stafford’s out of control behavior.

Christine Kruck (59) Truckee. Sentencing on a felony driving under the influence conviction. This was a felony as the result of three prior convictions within 10 years. She received 16 months in prison, ordered to rehab, and fined $423.

Jennifer Hood (54) Grass Valley. After a contested preliminary hearing, she was ordered to stand trial on felony embezzlement of public funds. According to the evidence presented at the preliminary hearing, Hood, while in employed as Loyalton city clerk, used her city credit card to obtain cash advances at casinos so she could gamble.

Eric Armstrong (25) Loyalton. Armstrong was convicted of being a prohibited person in possession of a handgun. He was “prohibited” from possession firearms as the result of misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence. Sentencing will be on August 11 where he is expected to be placed on probation and given a six month sentence in jail.

John Cunningham (27) Reno. Possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle. Fine $650.

Hunter Henson (28) Loyalton. Driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or above. Three years probation, 2 days jail, fine $1855.

Jorge Soto-Ortiz (30) Truckee. Driving while his license was suspended for a previous conviction of driving under the influence. Four years probation, 10 days jail, and fine of $2214.

Patrick Hall (36) transit. Possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Sentencing is July 28, where it is expected he will be placed on probation and serve six months in jail.

ARF Meeting 7/19/17


I like SCARF people, they help my friends when they are hungry or need shots or need fixing… I wonder what kind of fixing they need… I haven’t been fixed… I must be perfect already…


The Sierra County Animal Relief Fund will be holding an open meeting this Wednesday (today) July 26th at 6:30pm at the Indian Valley Outpost.

If you are looking to get involved or just curious about what is going on please come and join us! High school students are encouraged to come. Community service looks great on those college applications! We are looking for people on both sides of the county to come.

Please call Rachel with any questions, or to let us know that you will be coming, 289-2720. We look forward to seeing you!

He Really Really Likes Us 7/19/17


California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia

Courtesy KPBS

There have been some minor casualties in California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia’s tour across the state’s 58 counties.

“I’ll put 1,000 miles a week on my car, easily,” Gioia said. “I’ve gone through two sets of tires.”

Gioia is making a point to hold events beyond the traditional poetry enclaves of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley. So far, he has visited 41 counties, including a visit to San Diego last year. He is returning Monday for a reading at the San Diego Central Library at 6 p.m. Gioia’s events feature performances from other local writers, including winners of the national Poetry Out Loud student competition. He plans to visit Imperial County this fall.

Gioia’s favorite event so far was in Sierra County’s Downieville, where officials closed the schools and had all 51 students from elementary through high school attend the event and read an original poem of their own.

“It was the best Q & A period I ever had,” Gioia said. “They asked, ‘What’s your birthday?’ and I said Christmas Eve. That caused all kinds of discussion.”

Gioia, a former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, joined KPBS Midday Edition on Monday with more about his trip across the state and the perennial arts funding battle in Washington, D.C.

County Gets Silver Ribbon 7/19/17



7/19/17 A tall, slender, hairless county supervisor does his shift at the 2017 Sierra County State Fair Exhibit

The awards ceremony for the California State Fair was held on Friday, July 14, 2017, and I am pleased to announce that Sierra County won a silver ribbon! This was a team effort, and our building team worked so hard and is so deserving of this special recognition. I would like to acknowledge the following wonderful community members for their amazing talents as we worked together to create an outstanding exhibit this year: Greg Bostrom, our designer; Docia Bostrom; Mark Panelli; Mike Galan; Bryan Davey; Mark Helms; Sharon Dobija; Patty Hall; and Tony Tucker from Loyalton, a very skilled and talented individual; we were so pleased to have him working with us this year.

Sierra County is so fortunate to have many volunteers who worked on this exhibit, as well as a group of fantastic volunteers who will be down at the fair staffing the exhibit the next few weeks. Thank you, Community Members of Sierra County, for all of your support for this special project. I hope you will get a chance to get down to the fair and see our exhibit, as well as all of the other fun things to do at the fair. If you go, REMEMBER TO STOP BY THE INFORMATION BOOTH AND GET A BALLOT TO VOTE FOR SIERRA COUNTY FOR THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD. To the staffing volunteers, don’t forget to ask the fairgoers to vote for us!

Mary Ervin
Counties Exhibit Coordinator for Sierra County

Carrie’s Bike Corner 7/19/12 


by: Carrie A. Blakley

Every year I write a similar column, and again this year, I’m writing it again. This time, I’m just going to spit it right out, and not beat around the bush. If you’re going to ride your bicycle on the highway, please understand that 4 wheeled vehicles have just as much of a right to be on that road as your 2 wheeled, human-powered vehicles. By the way, because your bicycles are considered vehicles, that also means that all the road laws apply to you. That means drivers of 4-wheeled vehicles, expect you to obey those road laws, just like they’re expected to. In other words, those stop signs also apply to you. In-town speed limits, also apply to you. Parking laws, also apply to you. For those of you who drive motorized 2-wheeled vehicles, the out-of-town speed limits also apply to you, as do all other traffic laws. Like, double yellow lines, for example.

Just about every single time I travel from town, to my home, there is someone operating a 2-wheeled vehicle that seems to think that the posted speed limit signs don’t apply to them. Almost without fail, I get passed by someone riding a motorcycle, and it’s always the “crotch-rocket” variety. People can complain about the noise a larger Harley Davidson motorcycle makes, but the one thing that I have never heard anyone complain about is someone on a Harley passing them on a double yellow line, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and acting like a general swine on the road. As a matter of fact, most of the people that ride those larger bikes, will be some of the first people to pull over, and help you, if they see you need help, or if there’s an accident, and help needs to be obtained. So, complain all you want about the noise, I have found nothing but good folks operating Harley Davidson motorcycles. Y’all with the Yakuza-level crotch rockets, on the other hand, many people take issue with, simply because of the way they’re driven.

So, motorized, or not, please, do yourselves, and everyone else on the road, a huge favor. Stop riding like you own the road, and 4-wheeled motorists owe you the courtesy of special space on the road. Yes, we keep our eyes out for you. Yes, we go around you. Yes, we will back off from going around you when there are blind curves, and we can’t see what might be coming towards us, that would put you, and us, in a tremendous amount of danger. NO, we will not break the laws, just so you have your special little space on the road. It doesn’t work that way. It’s called sharing the road, not giving it up. Oh, and the sharing part, also applies to you 2-wheeled, human-powered bicyclists. That being said, have a good, and safe, week everyone!

Editors Note: and when you are loading the shuttle or packing up your bikes, it is not nice to leave unfinished drinks, cups, bottles on the sidewalk or on the bench or atop a railing, there are trash cans all over town for your trash.

Mountain Messenger Survey 7/19/17

The Mountain Messenger has a new survey out on Survey Monkey, you must take this survey and standup for Penelope Snow who wasn’t even mentioned or acknowledged. I have been working relentlessly attempting to get the link so you can access it from here… it will happen I am determined to make this happen… so will be right back with results… well dang I don’t know how to make a link to the survey, we have to work on this… we’ll fix it so just stay tuned…

7/19/17 I wonder why the Don doesn’t like kids… I like like me…maybe kids don’t like the Don…maybe that’s why Don doesn’t like them…I wonder if he would like me…he likes Brutus…I am just as cute as Brutus…I think I think more though…that could be a problem…

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 in as below 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…..

Caretaker Job 7/19/17


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.

Pondering by Raisin 7/19/17

7/19/17 yes, I’m thinking… I think a lot… I wonder where Drew is everyday and what did he do with Abby? She hasn’t been home for days and why do Gramma Ann and Grampa Mark have wet eyes when they say goodbye… I mean my life is complicated enough without having to worry about the two legs… and where are my treats? and I am not a cat…

kings & princes 7/19/12

How Much is a Boss Worth? – by Lawrence S. Wittner

Lawrence Wittner

An awful lot of Americans are skeptical about the value of their nation’s corporate executives.

As a 2016 nationwide survey reveals, 74 percent of Americans believe that top corporate executives are overpaid. This public dismay with CEO compensation exists despite the fact that Americans drastically underestimate what top corporate executives are paid every year. In fact, the survey found that CEO compensation at Fortune 500 companies was approximately 10 times what the typical American thought it was.

What are these CEOs actually paid? According to a study for the Associated Press by the executive data firm Equilar, in 2016 the typical CEO at the S&P 500 companies received $11.5 million in salary, stock, and other compensation.

Of course, this was the median CEO income. Some were paid a great deal more. Thomas Rutledge (Charter Communications Inc.) received $98 million during 2016; Leslie Moonves (CBS Corp.) $68.6 million; Robert Iger (Walt Disney Co.) $41 million; and David Zaslav (Discovery Communications Inc.) $37.2 million. A few CEOs didn’t make the list because, as fantastically wealthy business owners (like Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, collectively worth $146 billion), they didn’t bother taking a salary from their companies.

CEO income during 2016 reflected substantial increases over the preceding year, with the typical CEO getting an 8.5 percent raise. Some, especially the best-paid, received far more. Rutledge received a raise of 499 percent, while Moonves’s pay rose by 22 percent.

American workers haven’t been doing nearly as well. According to the AFL-CIO (which estimated average corporate CEO pay in 2016 at $13.1 million), the average production or other nonsupervisory worker earned only $37,632 that year. Thus, in 2016, there was a CEO-to-worker pay ratio of 347-to-1.

This gap between CEO and worker pay has been widening substantially over the years. In the 1950s, the S&P 500 CEO-to-worker pay ratio was 20-to-1. Even as late as 1980, it was 42-to-1. But the rise of the political Right, the adoption of pro-corporate public policies, and the decline of union strength have led to a situation in which the average CEO of America’s largest corporations has an annual income 347 times that of the average worker. In the last five years alone, corporate CEOs received percentage pay increases nearly double that of the U.S. workforce.

This enormous and rapidly growing economic inequality between bosses and workers can certainly be challenged on the basis of social justice. Why, after all, should roughly 20 million Americans, working at full-time jobs (and, sometimes, two or three jobs), receive such pitiful incomes that they are forced to rely on food stamps and other forms of public assistance while their CEOs grow ever wealthier and enjoy an opulent lifestyle once limited to kings and princes?

In addition, are these extravagantly-paid corporate CEOs producing commensurate value for their companies? According to a detailed 2016 study by MSCI, an investment and corporate research firm, businesses that provided their CEOs with higher incomes delivered smaller financial returns to investors than did companies with lower compensation for their top executives. Favorably impressed by the study, a Forbes columnist concluded that “maybe it is time to rethink and restructure CEO compensation.” Indeed, some corporate boards have begun doing just that.

Although most Americans do not serve on the boards of major corporations, they do support sharp reductions in CEO compensation and other means of fostering greater economic equality. Indeed, a recent survey has found that a typical American favors limiting CEO pay to no more than six times the pay of the average worker. Furthermore, polls have found that most Americans support increasing taxes on the rich and substantially raising the pathetic federal minimum wage, long stuck at $7.25 per hour.

Against this backdrop, it’s striking that the Republicans controlling Congress and the White House champion huge tax cuts for the wealthy and oppose any increase in the minimum wage. But, in this case, as in so much of American politics, he who pays the piper calls the tune.

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?


Call To Sign – 7/19/17

Veterans Call on U.S. to Sign Nuclear Ban Treaty

by Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon and Samantha Ferguson

On July 7th, 2017, the United Nations (UN), in a historic decision, approved a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Months of negotiations involving over 130 countries began in March of this year, culminating in a final draft endorsed by 122 countries. The treaty marks a significant milestone to help free the world of nuclear weapons.

The treaty emphasizes “the catastrophic humanitarian consequences that would result from any use of nuclear weapons.” It forbids participating states “to develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.” Additionally, it explains that the complete elimination of nuclear weapons from international arsenals “remains the only way to guarantee that nuclear weapons are never used again under any circumstances.” Atomic Timeline-VFP

In keeping with a history of being unwilling to relinquish its massive nuclear arsenal, the U.S refused to enter treaty negotiations and used its status as the sole remaining international superpower to organize a boycott that influenced approximately 40 countries.

U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki R. Haley defended the absence of the U.S. from the negotiations, stating, “There is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons, but we have to be realistic. Is there anyone who thinks that North Korea would ban nuclear weapons?” Veterans For Peace (VFP), a nonprofit working since 1985 to abolish war and nurture peace and the only veterans non-governmental organization (NGO) represented at the UN, released a statement in response, strongly criticizing the U.S.’s refusal to participate, noting that the discussions were a “series of missed opportunities by the United States to use its position as the world’s undisputed military power to change the course of history … and end the danger and peril that nuclear weapons pose to the world.”

Humanity has been at the brink of a nuclear exchange on multiple occasions since the end of World War II, including times when the decision to launch was seconds from happening. An urgent question, then, is why these close calls, as well as the brutal and unnecessary annihilation of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that preceded them, failed to convince all governments that nuclear weapons represent an existential threat to humanity, thus nuclear disarmament must be a top priority?

Atomic Timeline-VFP

The Doomsday Clock, maintained since 1947 by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, is a symbol of the risk of a human-caused global catastrophe, specifically of the rate of climate change and the potential for a nuclear exchange. It is reset periodically depending on global conditions. Presently, the Clock is at 2 minutes and 30 seconds, the closest to midnight it has been since 1953, the start of the arms race between the U.S. and former Soviet Union.

Certainly, the possibility of nuclear war was heightened with the unpredictable brinksmanship of President Donald Trump, who, in reference to nuclear weapons, once asked, “If we have them, why can’t we use them?” This is the sort of irrational thinking to which Albert Einstein, whose theory of relativity gave rise to the atomic bomb, may have been referring when, in 1946, a year after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he warned the world of the tragedy nuclear technology would bring: “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”

Previous global action to prevent the use of nuclear weapons has included the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (PTBT) of 1963, which curtailed nuclear testing but did not eliminate it. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) of 1996 would have prohibited “any nuclear weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosion.” However, despite signing the treaty, the U.S. and other nations, such as India, North Korea and Pakistan, never ratified it. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) of 1968, which was signed by nearly all nations, including the U.S., mandated that all participants pursue nuclear disarmament “in good faith.” Despite the relative effectiveness of the NPT and the end the Cold War of reducing a sizeable portion of the global stockpile, an estimated fifteen thousand nuclear warheads are still held by nine nations. Two of these nations — the U.S. and Russia — possess over ninety percent of the total.

The world now has the first-ever treaty to ban all nuclear weapons, and the U.S. remains steadfast in their contempt of the possibility of peace. In a statement released by the U.S., UK, and France, the three nations asserted that they “do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it” alleging that “this initiative clearly disregards the realities of the international security environment.”

The most significant threat to human survival and the biodiversity of our shared planet, apart from climate change, is a world in which nuclear weapons continue to exist. Yet, instead of negotiating in good faith to reduce and eventually eliminate its nuclear arsenal, the U.S. continues to develop new, more accurate, and more lethal nuclear weapons, while deploying “missile defenses” that make a nuclear first strike more possible and more likely.

The ongoing U.S. wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East, particularly in Syria, along with the confrontational U.S. military posture toward Russia, China and North Korea, are creating conditions that could all too easily trigger a catastrophic nuclear war. Veterans For Peace remains committed to transforming U.S. nuclear, military and foreign policy from global dominance to global cooperation. This work includes convincing the U.S to recommit itself to the UN Charter which forbids military intervention and requires respect for the sovereignty of all nations.

One of the founding principles of Veterans For Peace is a call to end to the arms race leading to the ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons. VFP’s Nuclear Abolition Campaign is a feature of this effort. Several notable manifestations of this campaign include a statement released last year calling for nuclear disarmament in our lifetime. Earlier this year, VFP endorsed the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, introduced by Sen. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Lieu (D-Calif.). Support for the historic Golden Rule antinuclear sailboat, a national project of VFP, continues with the boat’s current voyage down the West Coast, which is dedicated to supporting the UN Treaty. VFP also participated in the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb, held last month in New York City and worldwide.

The next hurdle, getting all remaining nations to sign and ratify the treaty. The treaty will be open for signature to all States on September 20th, 2017 at the UN General Assembly. It will go into effect within 90 days of ratification by 50 countries.

These are dangerous times indeed, but such dangers can focus the collective mind and create new possibilities for real change, if activists and organizers are prepared to seize the moment.

Let this be the generation that will finally ban nuclear weapons. It’s not just about peace and justice; it’s about the survival of all life on earth.

Brian Trautman and Gerry Condon serve on the Board of Directors of Veterans For Peace (VFP) and Samantha Ferguson is Program and Event Coordinator with VFP’s National Office. To learn more about VFP, visit

Sheriff’s Public Log 7/19/17

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log


  • 0116 – An assist was given to Reno PD with stolen vehicle across county line near Verdi – RPT SCSO
  • 1011 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance near Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1302 – Reno PD reports multiple calls about fire near county line on I80 TRA CHP
  • 1315 – Caller reports being victim of identify theft in Sierra Brooks – RPT SCSO
  • 1353 – Neighbor borrows phone without asking in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1421 – Subjects mining on private property near Willoubys swimming hole – CNC SCSO
  • 1445 – Report of missing young male at Stampede Reservoir – ACT SCSO
  • 1916 – Multiple erratic drivers and illegal passing on Hwy 49-89 near Sierraville due to I80 being shut down by wildfire – TRA CHP


  • 0540 – Arrest made for 23153 (a) & (b)  in county I-80 – ARR CHP
  • 0648 – Four cattle on Hwy 89 north of Sattley – TRA CHP
  • 0949 – Diverted traffic from I-80 contains speeders and stop sign runners in Sierraville – TRA CHP
  • 1423 – Illegal parking at courthouse blocks traffic to roadway – CNC SCSO
  • 1443 – Aircraft reports smoke near Stampede Reservoir – TRA USFS
  • 1845 – Suspicious vehicle reported in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 2241 – Dogs barking in Camptonville – CNC SCSO
  • 2331 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Downieville – TRA DVAM


  • 0201 – Subject arrested in Sacramento on Sierra County Warrant – ARR CHP
  • 0744 – Report of aggressive dog chasing people in Sierra Brooks – CNC SCSO
  • 1032 – Consistent bear problem reported in Pike City – TRA F&W
  • 1529 – Construction equipment missing from mineral rights claim near Sierra City -RPT SCSO
  • 1614 – White Great Pyrenees found on Hwy 89 so of Little Truckee Summit – ACT SCSO


  • 0720 – Suspicious vehicle with no plate off Henness Pass Rd – TRA CHP
  • 0727 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance  in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 0918 – Report of stolen property in Sierraville –  CNC SCSO
  • 1216 – Sharp sticks being placed on bike trails near 3rd Divide – TRA USFS
  • 1240 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1245 – Threats being made near courthouse in Downieville – RPT SCSO
  • 1314 – Suspicious person sitting in vehicle in Sierraville – CNC SCSO
  • 1319 – Propane smell at Loyalton business – TRA LVFD
  • 1340 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1538 – Lost wallet was then located in Sierra City – CNC SCSO
  • 1605 – Harassment reported in Sierra City – UNF SCSO
  • 1628 – Ambulance requested in Downieville – TRA DVAM
  • 1844 – Juvenile playing on railroad tracks near Stateline – CNC SCSO
  • 1911 – Arrest for VC 23152(a) on US 395 near Reno – ARR CHP
  • 2004 – Stolen paperback books reported in Loyalton- RPT SCSO
  • 2057 – Dog fight reported in Downieville – CNC SCSO
  • 2142 – Alarm sounding in Sattley residence, Deputy responds residence is secure UNF SCSO


  • 1418 – Fire Alarm sounds in Loyalton business – TRA LVFD
  • 1628 – Welfare check needed on brother in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1744 – Single vehicle accident reported in Sierraville – TRA CHP
  • 2021 – Injured baby bird assistance needed in Downieville –  CNC SCSO
  • 2228 – Suspicious vehicle just ran out of gas in Sierraville – CNC SCSO


  • 0906 – Shots being fired near Sierra Brooks – CNC SCSO
  • 1030 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Downieville – TRA DVAM
  • 1055 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1201 – Camera found on the Pacific Crest Trail – CNC SCSO
  • 1549 – Parking problem at Sand Pond – CIT SCSO
  • 1703 – Disturbing the peace by chanting in Downieville – CNC SCSO
  • 1752 – Possible attempted burglary in Verdi – ACT SCSO
  • 2009 – Residential burglary of food and 1/2 a beer in Sierra City – RPT SCSO


  • 0439 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Goodyears Bar – TRA DVAM
  • 1500 – Lost cell phone reported in Downieville – CNC – SCSO
  • 1835 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Sierraville – TRA LOAM

VETRAX July 7/19/17

Three VAs in One
The Veterans Administration is a branch in the federal government, and like most federal organizations it can be quite confusing. Most people do not understand the structure of the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is made up of three divisions that are responsible for specific activities — VA Health Care, Veterans Benefits Administration and Burial and Cemeteries. Each division is independent and can often be like a stove pipe, where communication does not necessarily exist with the other two.
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) handles all health care for veterans. It is responsible for the medical centers, outpatient clinics, community based outpatient clinics, and the vet centers. They provide care, medications, and prosthetic devices as needed. They are responsible for setting the veteran’s health care priority and eligibility based on information provided by the benefits section. To enroll to receive treatment, the veteran can visit a VA hospital, community-based outpatient clinic or county veterans service office.
The Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) is responsible for the payment of all VA gratuitous benefits. It handles claims for disability, compensation, pension, and education, including vocational rehabilitation, burials, home loans, life insurance and just about any other monetary benefit that comes from the VA.
The National Cemetery Association (NCA) operates the National Cemetery system. It is responsible for the establishment and construction of new cemeteries and the care and maintenance of existing cemeteries. It provides flags for burials of veterans and issues Presidential Memorial Certificates.
The Plumas County Veterans Service Office can complete the DMV Veteran Status Verification Form for the new California Veteran Designation on your driver’s license. To find out if you are eligible for any of these benefits, visit or call our office at 283-6271/6275 Mon-Fri from 0800-1600. We can and will assist you in completing all required application forms. You can get information on the Web from the Plumas County Veterans Service Office webpage by accessing the Plumas County Website under Veterans Services.

The VA Van departs at 0700 Tues and Thursdays from the County Annex upper parking lot. Ensure you call Kyle Short County Veteran Service Representative at 283-6271 three days prior to your appointment at the VAMC Reno to schedule a reservation on the VA Van. The Van can transport up to five veterans first come first served.

Board of Supervisors 7/19/17


The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session  at 9:00 a.m. on July 18, 2017 in Loyalton, CA. 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 address:
Heather Foster AGENDA


  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board



Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Memorandum of Understanding between Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium (NORTEC) and America’s Job Center of California Partner’s.


Agreement between the California Department of Public Health and Sierra County for the Emergency Preparedness programs including Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP), Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), and Pandemic Influenza (Pan Flu).




Discussion/direction to staff regarding proposals for an internal equity study.




Discussion/action regarding response to the 2016/2017 report of the Sierra County Grand Jury. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS)


Update/discussion regarding the Loyalton Mobile Estates mobilehome park. (SUPERVISOR BEARD)

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.

Resolution authorizing appointment of retired annuitant to extra help position. (AUDITOR)


Governing Body Resolution naming authorizing agents for Sierra County Homeland Security Grant for a period of three years. (OES)


Amendment to Agreement 2017‐077 with Incorporated Senior Citizens to correct a clerical error in the funding amount. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Authorization to advertise and fill a vacancy in the Department of Public Works and Transportation ‐ Administrative Secretary I‐III. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Amendment to professional services Agreement 2016-104, and Amendment 2017-018, between Community Recovery Resources and County of Sierra for residential and transitional living services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Professional services agreement between CSTL Inc. DBA Clean & Sober Living, for sober living environment services for residents of Sierra County. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Resolution approving Naloxone Distribution Grant Agreement between the California Department of Public Health and Sierra County and authorizing the Clinical Director of Behavioral Health to sign the agreement and all invoices to secure funds. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Professional services agreement between Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center and Sierra County for crisis line services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Professional services agreement between Clean & Sober Detox and Sierra County for substance use detoxification services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Professional services agreement between Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. and Sierra County for adult residential care services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Resolution approving the agreement between the County of Plumas and the County of Sierra for Ryan White Part B Services. (PUBLIC HEALTH)


Request to recruit and fill a vacant Eligibility Worker I-III position with an Integrated Case Worker I-II position. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Professional services agreement between UC Davis and Sierra County for 10 units of training. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Memorandum of Understanding between the California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Health Care Services as the Compact Administrator and Compact Co-Administrator and the County of Sierra for access of the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA) database. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Modification of Agreement No. 2010-086 with Northern California EMS, Inc. for Emergency Management Services (EMS) Services within Sierra County, extending services for fiscal year 2017/2018. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)


Minutes from the regular meeting held on July 5, 2017. (CLERK-RECORDER)




Letter from Karen Baylor, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services regarding the appointment of Ms. Kathryn Hill, Clinical Director of Behavioral Health for Sierra County.


Doubling Down Badly 7/19/17

TrumPutin moving forward, democracy declines – by Tom H. Hastings

Tom Hastings

As a child of the Cold War (born during the Korean War, learned to talk during the McCarthy Era, turned 12 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, feared the Soviets and loved Barry Goldwater as a 13-year old) it is stunning to me, even as a peace and justice person critical of my own government since Civil Rights and Vietnam, that Donald Trump is a) president and b) a traitor to the US and c) loved by his nationalist base.

Seriously. While the Putin-ordered Russian interference with the US election is far more complex than most media describe, it is real and Trump was “elected” due to Russian meddling at several levels.

And now, having met face-to-face with the foreign adversary who put him into the highest office in the land, Trump is once again doubling down on treason, saying he wants to ‘move forward.’

Great line for a crook. Caught robbing the bank? ‘I just want to move forward.’ Exposed as a perpetrator of illegal financial crimes taking millions from retirees? ‘Can we just move forward?’ Confronted as he stands holding a smoking pistol over the bleeding-out body of the Goddess of Democracy? ‘Let’s just move forward.’

No. Unless by ‘move forward’ you mean move to impeach.

@HardyMerriman: GOP wants to make US a one party state. Gerrymandering, voter suppression, no action on hacking the vote. It’s a slow motion coup.

There was much about Winston Churchill I loathed—he was an avowed racist and self-described terrorist—but his gift for the turn of phrase was significant, and never more profound than when he said, “democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

TrumPutin ‘democracy’ is what we are sliding into. Writing this column in Russia might be the last thing I ever did, as the slaughter of Russian journalists by Putin shows. Fake news, fake elections, fake democracy—that is what Putin has produced in Russia and he now brings it to the US.

In the McCarthy Era the hysteria whipped up by the Wisconsin Senator was fake news and it harmed our democracy then. Now, however, the Russian agent is the tool in the White House. Trump and the Republicans are the greatest threat to our democracy we have faced since World War II, rot from the inside instead of bombs from elsewhere. Trump is just low-hanging fruit to Putin and Trump’s voters were badly, sadly duped.

Without an impeachment, without a serious overhaul of enforced voting rights and a return to safeguarded paper ballots, we will continue to watch the erosion and destruction of this 241-year experiment in freedom. Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing is stable right now. Civil society will engage or it will lose what liberty is left.

Dr. Tom H. Hastings is PeaceVoice Director.


PNF Fire Restrictions 7/19/17

PNF fire restrictions effective July 20

QUINCY, CA July 18, 2017 – Fire restrictions are effective July 20 within the Plumas National Forest (public land) according to Daniel Lovato, Forest Supervisor.

Fire Restrictions

You may not build, maintain, attend, or use a fire, campfire or stove fire except in the Designated Recreation Sites in Attachment A of the PNF Forest Order #11-17-05 even with a valid California Campfire Permit.
a. Note: campfires must be built within agency installed & approved fire pits.

However, lanterns and portable stoves (includes propane campfire units) using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed as long as the forest visitor has a valid California Campfire Permit available from ( ) or from Forest Service offices during normal business hours (M-F; 8-4:30).

No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, Designated Recreation Site (Attachment A), or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
Some people may be exempt from these restrictions if they have been specifically allowed by the Forest Service via a permit or approved plan of operations or if they are a member of any Federal, State, local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty.

Persons with a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service for a recreation residence on the PNF are exempt from #1 & 2 above while they are at their recreation residence.

Information about private land fire restrictions (regulated by the CA Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)) may be found at: .


Woodcutting is currently allowed within the Plumas National Forest (public land) if the daily fire indices permit. To determine if woodcutting is permitted on a given day, call (800) 847-7766

prior to cutting wood. A recorded message will notify woodcutters if the next day is hoot-owl

(no cutting after 1 pm), open all day (no restrictions), or no woodcutting allowed that day.

Note: call before 4:30 pm on the day you plan to cut as the message is updated for

the following day at about that time.

Questions about fire restrictions, designated recreation sites and firewood cutting on the Plumas National Forest (public land) may be directed to local Plumas National Forest Service offices including:

· Supervisor’s Office – (530) 283-2050

· Beckwourth Ranger District (Portola/Milford area) – (530) 836-2575

· Feather River Ranger District (Oroville /Challenge area) – (530) 534-6500

· Mt. Hough Ranger District (Quincy/Greenville area) – (530) 283-0555

Other recreation information may be found at: .

Key Points:

1. Plumas National Forest (public land) fire restrictions will be effective July 20, 2017. Campfires allowed in designated recreation sites only (see Attachment A).

2. Woodcutting may be allowed depending on the daily fire danger; call (800) 847-7766 before 4:30 pm daily.

3. Information about private land fire restrictions may be found at: .



You are invited to the Downieville Mountain Brewfest, Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 2-6 PM, in beautiful historic downtown Downieville on Highway 49 where the Downie and the North Yuba Rivers meet. No better place to be on a hot, August day!
This is the third year that Downieville Improvement Group is hosting the Brewfest and we are excited to present several new brewing companies! Come to taste some of the best craft beer from Northern California and beyond. Featuring 25 brewing companies that will be pouring some of their finest brews. Enjoy the Chicago-style blues music of Bob Mora & The Third Degree Blues Band from Rough & Ready, California. Savor the delicious food choices that will be available to purchase from local establishments and well-known food trucks in the Gold Country. Amazing offerings of beer, food and music!

Go to: for more information and a complete list of participating brewing companies. Also visit the Facebook event page: Downieville Mountain Brewfest 2017 for all the latest updates. Tickets are $30 in advance and available through: or in Downieville at several business locations. Tickets at the door will cost $50. You must have a photo ID to taste, and there is no charge for non-tasters or designated drivers. Shuttle service will be available from the nearby campgrounds for $5 each direction. Please no dogs at the Brewfest.
Tickets are selling quickly-don’t miss out! See you in Downieville!

Downieville Summer Tennis 7/19/17

Every now and then you get just a perfect photo of the Summer Tennis Group and here it is…. Paul Douville with his Tennis Pros – Photo taken by Darcy White.

 7/19/17  Back Row – Paul Douville and Niles Bosworth
Middle Row – Johnny Luccessi, DJ Ashby, and Colton White
Front Row –     Katie Stringer, Caleb Luccessi, Kyren Rust, Jackson Stringer, JesseLyn Fisher

Warren J. Creswell 7/19/17

Warren J. Creswell
June 13, 1932 – July 13, 2017

Warren J. Creswell passed away in Reno on July 13, 2017. He moved to Sierra City in 1994.
There will be a memorial service at Hooper & Weaver in Nevada City at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 5.
Donations can be made to your favorite cancer thrift shop in Warren’s memory.7/19/17

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