Wednesday June 12, 2019


GOOD NEWS – Effective immediately- Wells Fargo Bank in Downieville has changed its’ noon closing to 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. due to customer concerns about the previous entire noon hour closure.

BAD NEWS: Effective July 8th Wells Fargo Bank in Downieville are changing their hours open to 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It’s not clear if this means the employees will have no lunch break and may be losing working hours resulting in less income… you know corporate thinking is just unfathomable. We like Cici and Suzanne, and we really really miss Mindy. Maybe Downieville should just secede from Sierra County and establish our own bank and reopen the gas station. I guess that’s extreme but it’s really difficult for residents when businesses who don’t have owners and management living and working in the county make decisions with no concern of negative impacts on the community.

Mary Poppins Returns At the Yuba Theatre June 14, 2019 Mary Poppins Returns is sponsored by The Riverside Inn, Downieville  Show time is Friday – June 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.  Suggested donation $7.00

Yikes Graduation this weekend, DHS and LHS.. congratulations to all the 2019 Graduates and best wishes for your future and of course life has so much to offer working, making your mark and most importantly along with Live, Love and Laugh.. always be Kind. you are a member of humankind…be both. Have a great life, it is what you make it.

Register to vote, don’t give away your ability to help government make the right decisions. I encourage you to get involved in the political process. There is nothing special or extraordinary about those people in Congress, they are you and me, people who just stepped up and volunteered to do the job. Start right away, get involved locally, learn what needs to be done, volunteer in a campaign, find out what the political parties stand for, think about what might make our planet a better place for us humans. Stay open to ideas, understand working together is important, compromise is a good thing,  stubbornness is not.  “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”   — Robert Kennedy

Lots of local news and events to read, Carrie’s Corner, Sheriff’s Log, FireHouse Needs, DVL Street Scenes,,CC’s Postscripts, columnists Lawrence Wittner, Rivera Sun and Wim Laven,

The photo this week was taken by Josh Jackson the river in his backyard..

LHS 2019 Grads 6/12/19


Grand Jury Wants You 6/12/19


Wanted: Sierra County Grand Jurors

Must be a U.S. Citizens, 18 years of age or over, not holding a public elected office, who have lived in Sierra County at least one year. Best candidates sincerely care about the county.

All 58 counties in California are required to have a Grand Jury. They are mandated to respond to citizen complaints and initiate inquiries and investigations into any public agencies, special districts, or other organizations that receive Sierra County’s tax monies.

If interested, please contact  the court at 289-2930 to apply

DVL Street Scenes 6/12/19


Bill Secrest 1930 -2019


From John Boessenecker – California History

Bill Secrest
1930 – 2019

My great friend Bill Secrest passed away on May 8, 2019, at the grand age of 89.  Bill was the leading authority on crime and law enforcement in frontier California.  He wrote a dozen books and more than a hundred magazine articles on the subject.  He was also an expert on the history of Native Americans in Northern California, and his book “When the Great Spirit Died” is a classic account of the Northern California Indian Wars of the 1850s.  Bill’s biography of Isaiah W. Lees, the genius San Francisco police detective from 1853-1900, remains one of the best books ever written about an American lawman.  Bill was a very kind and gentle man, which was hard to reconcile with the fact that he served as a rifleman in the U.S. Marine Corps and saw extensive combat during the first year of the Korean War.  All of us who love the history of the Old West will be forever indebted to him.

Bill Secrest is the author of the Juanita book sold at the Downieville Museum thanks to Stuart Lauters for finding this news of Mr, Secrest’s passing.

Mountain Messenger (she’s back…) 6/12/19


A little known secret at the Mess office is Milly is back… I guess it might be well known at the Mess but it seems Jill has been shirking her responsibilities and Milly had to step in again. It’s strange because Jill taught Milly the job and it looks like Milly is just taking over. I’ve heard that Milly will answer the phone and pretend she is Jill so make sure when you call the office you know it’s Miss Jill and not Milly unless  you want to talk to Milly.

What the hey is going on…I thought I got rid of Milly and she’s back…whyyyy…

Penelope has been back handling accounts but I think she might not be the “official” bookkeeper, she’s just better at collecting past due accounts.  Anyhow apparently The Don is fine with everything, he had no comment. BTW don’t mention to Miss Jill about Milly being in charge…it’s better if she doesn’t know…

Send anything you need published to Miss Jill, ROTP at or call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to The Don. 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 The Don Russell at and tell him you subscribed because the begged you to….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

LHS Senior Banquet 6/12/19



The Class of 2019 was awarded close to $33,000 in local and state scholarships Friday, June 7 at the Senior Awards Banquet, held at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church social hall. Loyalton High School is so very grateful to everyone who has supported our students over the years and far into their very bright futures!

The scholarships from local and regional organizations were as follows:

• Kenneth Alexander Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, Alannah Colberg
• American Legion, $250, Vincent DelBarba
• John C. Bechen III Memorial Scholarships, $3,000, Matthew Graves, Devin Wright, Dillon Tuggle
• Booster Club Scholarships, $1,000, Anton Lysen
• Calpine Elks Vocational/Larry Holt Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, Micah Edwards
• Calpine Improvement Association Scholarship, $2,000, Dillon Tuggle
• E Clampus Vitus/James J. Sinnott-Norm Nielsen Scholarship, $1,849, Alannah Colberg
• Edna Gottardi Memorial Scholarship, $500, Matt Stilson
• Graeagle Lions Club Scholarship, $500, Anton Lysen
• Liberty Utilities Scholarship, $1,000, Anton Lysen
• Loyalton Sports Club, $1,000, Anton Lysen
• Joan Morgan Memorial Scholarship, $500, Alannah Colberg
• Clayton Floyed Neer 4-H Memorial, $250, Anton Lysen
• Plumas Association of Realtors, Leonard H.A. Franz Scholarship, $1,000, Devin Wright
• Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen, $1,000, Anton Lysen
• Roping Club/Steve Maddalena Memorial Scholarship, $1,200, Matthew Graves, $1,000, Anton Lysen
• Rotary Club of Loyalton Excellence Award: $1,000, Devin Wright
• William Rouse Memorial, $1000 each, Dillon Tuggle and Anton Lysen
• Joe Runge Memorial Scholarship, $100, Vincent DelBarba
• Sierra County Employees Association, $250, Alannah Colberg
• Sierra-Plumas Teachers Association, $500 each, Alannah Colberg and Devin Wright
• Sierra Valley Grange, $665 each, Matthew Graves, Alannah Colberg, Anton Lysen and Devin Wright
• Sierra Valley Gun Club, $500, Anton Lysen
• Dick Wiggins Memorial Scholarship (Loyalton Rotary), $1,000, Anton Lysen
• Emily Wilbanks Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, Alannah Colberg
• Veterans of Foreign Wars, $500, Devin Wright

Scholarships on the state level awarded:
• California-Hawaii Elks Association, $400 to Matthew Graves
College Scholarships for academic/athletic merit awarded:
• University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Scholars, $2,500 to Devin Wright

Valedictorian for Class of 2019: Matthew Graves
Salutatorians for Class of 2019: Dillon Tuggle and Devin Wright

The seniors have announced their post-graduation plans: Rhiannon Brooks, Truckee Meadows Community College; Alannah Colberg, University of Nevada, Reno; Vincent Del Barba, Feather River Community College; Micah Edwards, Truckee Meadows Community College; Matthew Graves, Oregon State University, Honors Program; Sean Huberty, Entering Workforce; Kody Jackowiak; Entering Workforce; Anton Lysen, Central Oregon Community College; Bernardo Martinez, Entering Workforce; Joseph Richard, Lassen Community College; Luis Rivas, Entering Workforce; Travis Schwier, Entering Workforce; Bret Sheridan; Truckee Meadows Community College; Matthew Stilson, Truckee Meadows Community College; Dillon Tuggle, University of Nevada, Reno; Luke Wohnoutka, Entering Workforce; Devin Wright, University of Nevada, Reno.

Salutatorians: Dillon Tuggle and Devin Wright and Valedictorian: Matthew Graves.

Attending Seniors (from left, standing: Matt Stilson, Alannah Colberg, Devin Wright, Joseph Richard, Kody Jackowiak, Vincent DelBarba, Micah Edwards, Sean Huberty, Bret Sheridan, Matthew Graves. Front Row: Anton Lysen, Dillon Tuggle) Missing from photo are: Rhiannon Brooks, Bernardo Martinez, Luis Rivas, Travis Schwier, Luke Wohnoutka.

BrewFest in July 6/12/19


Photo by Amy Behlke


In its’ 5th year, Downieville Improvement Group is hosting the popular Downieville Mountain Brewfest, Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 2-6 PM, in beautiful historic downtown Downieville on Highway 49 where the Downie and the North Yuba Rivers meet.  The place to be on a hot July day!

Come to taste some of the finest craft beer from Northern California and beyond. Featuring 25 brewing companies that will be pouring some of their tastiest brews. Enjoy the sounds of neighboring Nevada County cover band; Crossing 49.  Blues, rock, or country, there’s something for everyone! And there will be lots of delicious food choices available to purchase.  

Go to: for more information and a complete list of participating brewing companies.  Also visit the Facebook event page: Downieville Mountain Brewfest 2019 for all the latest updates. Tickets are $30 and available through: or in Downieville at several local business locations; Downieville Day Spa, Yuba Gallery, Sierra Hardware and Vintage Gal Antiques.  Tickets at the door will cost $40.  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.  Check the shuttle schedule on the website. Please no dogs in the Brewfest area.  Don’t miss out on this fun day in Downieville!

Thank you All 6/12/19

The East Sierra Valley Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank all the car clubs and vehicle enthusiast that honored us by coming to Sierra County and our community, without them there would be no show. These beautiful vehicles came from all over Northern Nevada, California and one from Texas. This year’s show was over the top!  The winners are: Best Classic Steve, Beechler Reno NV, 1963 Chevy Nova, Best Custom, Bud Clark, Cool CA, 1954 Mercury, Best Sports Car, Dave Kelton, Reno NV, 1969 Jaguar,  Best Hot Rod, Dave Bottemiller, Reno NV, 1932 Ford Roadster, Best Rat Rod, John Gould, Loyalton CA, 1942 Ford, Best Pickup, Richard Maneville, Incline Village NV, 1957 GMC, Best 4X4, Richard Mansville, Incline Village NV, 1957 GMC, Best Big Rig, Jim Dobbas, Sattley CA, 1953 Kenworth, Best Paint, Sib Fedore, Meridian CA, 1931 Ford Model A, Ms. Lady Hot Rod, Ms. Juanita Klingersmith, Sparks NV, 1939 Studebaker Pickup, Furthest Traveled, Mike Sprock, Bellville TX 1931 Ford Model A Coupe and the vehicle who won Best Of Show: Milt & Nora Harris in their 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet.

We would like to thank once again publically those businesses and individuals who help sponsor this years Recycled Relics Car Show, they are as follows:  Leonards Market, A Bit of Beach, Ms. Karen Rickman, Ms. Bonnie Jessee Dickson Realty, Dickson Realty Portola, CNC Wood Carving, Bobby Wheeler, Gilded Drifter, Chelsea Johnson, Mountain Feather Massage, Lola Garza,  HV Trailer Parts Mr. Alan Schumacher, Ms. Claire Schumacher Lama Products, Flash Lights and other assorted electrical products, Golden West, Roen Family, Red Moose, Sierra City, Sierra Valley Home Center, Ms. Kim Folchi, Wiley Automotive, Mr. Tom Wiley, Sierra City Store, Mr. Larry Breed, Whites Sierra Station, White Family, Sierra Valley Feed & Ranch Supply, Roen Family, Sierra Booster, Ms. Jan Buck, Hair Faire, Ms. Becky Hubbs, Sierra County Arts Council BJ & Team, Sierra Hot Springs, NACOB, TIP PRINTING & Graphics Mr. Joel Gressel, Larkspur Café  Josh & Jill Macoutz, The Drifters Table John & Jean, Dryden Plumbing, Forest & Sharon Dryden, Rhonda’s Lil Frosty MsRhonda Siquedio, KT Hay & Cattle, Dennis Marsh Family, Mt. MessengerMr. Don Russell and Judge Yvette Durant.

Our final thank you goes and gratitude goes out to the crafters and vendors who came, we very much appreciated their participation and sincerely hope they will return next year.

Thank you one and all,  Michael H. Welbourn  East Sierra Valley Chamber of Commerce/Recycled Relics Team 

CC’s Postscript 6/12/19

The Postscript by Carrie Classon  “New Rhubarb”

Carrie Classon

Spring came late and so, appropriately, did the annual deep cleaning of the refrigerator. 

A lot of stuff gets tucked into the refrigerator over the course of the winter. Obsolete condiments band together and take refuge deep in the corners. A thuggish-looking jar of jam wearing a cap of mold sidles up to an empty bottle of horseradish sauce and they both evade detection by skulking behind an oversized bag of sun-dried tomatoes. A stray stalk of celery becomes separated from the pack and is left alone to mummify. Unnoticed spills of unidentified liquids petrify into sticky footprints. 

The whole refrigerator had begun to resemble some archeological site with mysterious remnants of a past life that we could now only guess at. 

In our house this is a double challenge because my husband, Peter, removed the dishwasher from our small kitchen and replaced it with a second, smaller refrigerator. The little refrigerator is a lifesaver but it is not self-defrosting—something we have come to take for granted. Over the winter, the mini freezer of the auxiliary fridge had almost entirely filled with ice and we discovered it just before it triggered the next ice age. 

So, on a sunny day, Peter and I tackled our respective duties. He was responsible for removing the glacier in the tiny fridge while I worked to identify the historical artifacts in the freezer of the main fridge. 

I know I need a better system. Finding a frosted-up package labeled: “Mostly Grated Cheese,” is not reassuring. Similarly, “Not Refried Beans,” proves most unhelpful a few months down the line. 

Then there was the last of the summer fruit to deal with. The pile of frozen peaches, while diminished, was still substantial. I kept finding rhubarb, hidden away in corners. It was furry with frost and did not look good. New rhubarb is coming up in the garden and there I was, dealing with last year’s rhubarb. I found pickles leftover from old picnics and cheese from parties long past. 

“Are we going to eat this?” I asked Peter repeatedly. He is usually a pretty good judge.


Meanwhile, Peter had a fan trained on the glacier until it melted enough to be removed. “We probably shouldn’t wait so long next time,” Peter observed. As the glacier receded, he made discoveries. “More butter!” he announced. 

Finally, the refrigerator was clean: the less vexing mysteries had been solved, the unknowable mysteries thrown away, and there was room for new things in a new season. 

I feel a bit like my fridge this time of year. 

I had this idea that my life was full. But when I really looked at what was taking up space, I found a bunch of frost-covered habits: social media sites, magazine subscriptions, and other timewasters that hadn’t provided anything beneficial in a very long time. Like that frozen rhubarb, they were taking up space—space that could be used for something fresh and a whole lot tastier. 

It turns out I have more time than I thought. 

And so, with some of that time I freed up, I took my first singing lesson—something I’d wanted to do for years. At first, I was nervous. Singing by myself seemed… well, a little crazy. But I loved it. My voice teacher recorded the piano accompaniment and I sang my heart out. 

It’s a myth, I realized, that I don’t have enough time. And—as nice as it might have been at the time—I don’t want to be hanging onto last year’s rhubarb. I’m ready for new rhubarb. 

Till next time,  Carrie

Carrie Classon’s memoir, “Blue Yarn: A Memoir About Loss, Letting Go, & What Happens Next,” was just released. Learn more at 

Carrie’s Breakfast Corner 6/12/19

Moral Fiber- A Cereal for these Trouble Times

Everyone has been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, few people have a really good idea as to why it’s the most important, and even fewer still have any idea as to what, exactly, constitutes a ‘good breakfast’. There are many medical benefits of eating breakfast. In fact, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, skipping breakfast, has been linked to obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease. It is also recommended that you skip the high sugar cereals, and meals that are packed with fat. Whole grains, lean protein, calcium and fiber are the 4 main components of a good breakfast. Great! So…how does one create a ‘good breakfast’?

    The whole grains can come from muffins, bagels, toast and cereals (ex: Oatmeal). However, they can also come from brown rice, barley, quinoa, and whole-wheat pasta. So there are a lot of choices when it comes to getting your whole grains in the morning.  You can get your lean protein from lentils, beans, fish, shellfish, 90% (or leaner) ground beef (but very little – no more than 1/4 cup total), nuts, seeds, tofu, eggs, pork loin and low far or non-fat dairy products. Calcium is an easy one, but you may be surprised to learn that milk is not the only source of calcium. You can also get Calcium from seeds, cheeses, yogurt, sardines, canned salmon, beans, lentils, almonds, whey, kale, collard greens, spinach, rhubarb, amaranth, and figs.
      Fiber is also a fairly easy one. Again, sources of fiber vary greatly, and leave you with quite a lot to choose from. Pears, strawberries, avocados, apples, raspberries, bananas, carrots, beets, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and 70% dark chocolate (yes, you read that properly) are great sources of fiber. Now that you know this, you can go out there and build yourself a thoroughly ‘non-traditional breakfast’ – and know that you’re going to be getting the right nutrition, and a really unique and fantastic breakfast experience. Oh, and coffee. Do not forget the coffee! Have a great week everyone!

TNF Film 6/12/19

Tahoe National Forest Releases Short Fire and Forest Health Film

Nevada City, Calif. –The Tahoe National Forest has released Fire and Forest Health: Your Tahoe National Forest on YouTube. The link to this short, eleven minute film is here: Fire and Forest Health was an official selection at the 2019 Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA.

Fire and Forest Health showcases wildland firefighters, biologists, foresters, and fuels specialists as they work together to stop catastrophic wildfires and increase forest health. This film was shot on location within the Tahoe National Forest and features Tahoe National Forest employees.

“At its heart, this is an educational film. Within a few short minutes audiences can learn how wildland firefighters prepare for the upcoming fire season and also how the US Forest Service is working to prevent catastrophic wildfires through the planning and implementation of forest health projects,” said Eli Ilano, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor. “We hope this film will be shared far and wide by educators, community groups, social media users, and anyone interested in wildfire prevention, forest health, and modern National Forest land management.”

Fire and Forest Health was produced in association with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association. This film was written and directed by Tahoe National Forest Public Affairs Officer Joe Flannery. Origami Rocket, from Squaw Valley, CA. provided motion graphics, cinematography, and editing. Gigantic Film Co., from Bend, OR provided cinematography and editing.

Additional information about this film can be obtained from Joe Flannery, Public Affairs Officer for the Tahoe National Forest, at or 530-478-6205.

For more information about the Tahoe National Forest, go to Join the conversation by following us on Twitter at and Facebook at

Real Life Heroes 6/12/19

Where is a “tank man” for 2019?   by Wim Laven

Wim Laven

On June 4th, 30 years on, I ruminated to myself about the “tank man” from Tiananmen Square. I often reflect on the sacrifices that are made in pursuit of peace and justice. I have wondered if I could stay committed to the Poor People’s Movement, like Martin Luther King Jr. did, in the face of death threats. King’s words were prophetic, “I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land,” before he was killed the next day. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was also undeterred by threats from extremists; ultimately he was assassinated, but he never backed down from his stance for nonviolence and justice. We have many examples of those we know by name who refuse to step aside. “Tank man,” however, remains a mystery.

His courage was likely fueled by grief and anger. It was, after all, the day after a massacre that shocked the world—live ammunition was used on the protestors. The anonymous figure is a symbol for freedom and peace everywhere, courage in the face of injustice and brutal violence. I wonder where is a tank man for 2019?

It is probably a mistake to look for the hero; none of these heroes wanted the recognition, it detracts from the purpose. But heroes are out there.

Malala Yousafzai, was 17 years old when she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, for her part in the “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” In 2019 she is not resting on her laurels, she amplifies the voices of refugee girls with her work in “We Are Displaced.” She has refused to quit, and though the Taliban told her not to return to Pakistan, she persists.

Greta Thunberg, age 16, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize because of her environmental activism. The Norwegian lawmakers who nominated her said, “We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict.” Her movement—Friday for Future—is reflected in more than 100 countries now. Her tenacity in speaking truth to power, “We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people,” is a source of hope and inspiration.

Part of the challenge is the scope of our global problems. Too many people are conveniently ignoring the messages of these heroes and so many more because they feel overwhelmed and/or numb. Either Global Warming is fake or hopeless we say from the sidelines. Nothing we can do about about displaced persons, human rights violations, or misogyny because… there are too many excuses to count them.

In China some democratic reforms were won and I think we focus on heroes like tank man because he provides us with a vicarious victory. We can imagine being courageous enough to sacrifice ourselves for noble causes, “I would have …” has started many stories in my lifetime. Imagination about what people would do in times of disaster; Donald Trump, after the shooting in Parkland, said: “I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon.” It’s like my friends who would have stopped the terrorists on 9-11 if they’d been on the plane… But when we lose ourselves in the fantasy of making the difference, I think we tend to overlook the movements, and, ultimately, the sacrifice. Many seem to feel as though they personally are a Marvel comic superhero, and unconsciously discount the real life stars of humankind. Please, let’s not.

When I teach about social justice most of my students know who some of the heroes are. It is rare to find an American University student who does not know who Rosa Parks is, but in 10 years of classes I’ve never had a student who knew that when the Montgomery Bus Boycotts ended on Dec. 20th1956 that they had gone on for 381 days. I bring it up because the sacrifice is crucial and persistence is fully as important as courage. What can you imagine giving up for a year? What would you do to create real durable change?

It is time that people, myself included, really appreciated what young people like these strong women are doing. They’re going to clean up the mess they’ve inherited or die trying—the least we can do is get out of the way and I hope we work to bring in much better leadership who will listen to these real life heroes and back them up.

Wim Laven, Ph.D., syndicated by PeaceVoice, teaches courses in political science and conflict resolution. 

Bridge Restoration 6/12/19

Mobilization by Spectra Contractors of Pomona, California, have begun installing fencing, office trailers and equipment in preparation for a major renovation of the historic covered bridge at South Yuba River State Park-Bridgeport in Penn Valley, California.  Built in 1862, the bridge has undergone other renovations and repairs with this being a major undertaking.  Once the project is completed, expected in the fall of 2020, it will be eighteen inches higher with new shingles, sidings, floor planking, interior trusses and steel tension rods.
Progress photos will develop on a daily basis with eventual aerial drone coverage and You Tube stories at
The South parking lot is closed during the project, however the North parking remains available for public use. The Visitor Center, Barn and Gas Station will remain open as well as weekend gold panning and beach access.
For more information, please call 530-432-2546 or visit our website at

Eagle Lake Woodcutting 6/12/19

Eagle Lake Ranger District to Open Zone V for Woodcutting

SUSANVILLE, Calif.,  June 12, 2019 – The Lassen National Forest announced they will be opening of Zone V on the Eagle Lake Ranger District June 14, 2019.The price of personal wood permits remains $10.00 per cord, with a minimum purchase of two cords per permit. Multiple permits are available for up to a 10-cord limit. Personal use tags purchased on the Lassen National Forest are also valid on the Plumas National Forest and vice versa.

Fuelwood cutting permits may be purchased at the Eagle Lake Ranger District Office, located at 477-050 Eagle Lake Road near the intersection of Highway 36 and County Road A-1, three miles west of Susanville. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Woodcutters should call the 24-hour number, (530) 257-4188, to find out if any current restrictions apply.

The Forest reminds drivers that road conditions remain saturated and soft in many areas creating conditions where vehicles can easily become stuck. Drivers who venture onto the National Forest are asked to exercise sound judgment and be cautious when navigating on forest roads. Neglecting to do so in certain instances could put drivers at risk for being liable and cited by law enforcement for user-created resource damage.

“Warmer weather is helping to dry out roads but road conditions are still soft” said Eagle Lake Small Sales Officer Rickie Crowther. “, Many areas that may have been accessible in the recent past will not be due to saturated soils. Woodcutters and visitors should also be cautious of road damage from this winter’s abundant moisture.  We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the Lassen National Forest.”

Fuelwood cutters are reminded to stay on roads and trails, as traveling cross-country with motor vehicles to scout for wood is prohibited. Woodcutters are allowed to leave a Forest road to gather firewood with a valid wood permit, only if this activity does not harm natural resources.

Woodcutting is not allowed in timber sale areas or other commercial operations marked with “No Woodcutting” signs. Trees marked with paint outside of posted areas may not be cut or removed, including those on the ground, except for downed lodgepole pine.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

Lassen National Forest lies at the Crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources.

Sheriff’s Public Log 6/12/19

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log

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


1121 – Ambulance requested in Sierraville – TRA LOAM
1832 – Drunk in public disappears in Downieville – UTL SCSO


0734 – Control burn at Sattley Transfer Station – CNC SCSO
0955 – Possible pipe bomb located near Verdi – RPT SCSO
1923 – Traffic violation in Sierraville – RPT SCSO
2000 – Verbal confrontation in Loyalton – CNC SCSO


0916 – Agency assist missing person Dog Valley/Stampede – CNC SCSO
1057 – Assist for fallen male in Loyalton – TRA LVFD
1616 – Trespassing in Downieville – CNC SCSO
1940 – Elder abuse unfounded in Loyalton – UNF SCSO
1940 – Investigation – RPT SCSO


1259 – Suspicious circumstances in Loyalton – RPT SCSO
1522 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
1620 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Downieville – TRA DVAM
1825 – Control burn isn’t at Loyalton Transfer site – TRA LVFD


0802 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
1541 – Controlled substance citation in Loyalton – CIT SCSO
1554 – Traffic hazard in Loyalton – CIT SCSO
1623 – Theft of motor vehicle in Downieville – TRA SCSO
1717 – Out of county arrest I80 in Truckee – ARR SCSO
1953 – 9-1-1 hangup from Sierra City – UTL SCSO


0741 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
0820 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
0900 – Traffic hazard on Hwy 49 by Union Flat – TRA CALT
1044 – Medical assist out Smithneck past Sierra Brooks – TRA ?
1120 – Request for ambulance somewhere near Sierraville – TRA LOAM
1330 – Drunk drivers reported in Alleghany – TRA CHP
1523 – Request for ambulance Indian Valley Campground – TRA DVAM
1618 – Fishing pole theft near Stampede Reservoir – RPT SCSO
1730 – Disturbing the peace in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
2143 – Weapon being brandished in Loyalton – RPT SCSO
2144 – Possible attempted car break-in in Loyalton – CNC SCSO


0025 – Large underage party somewhere near Truckee – RPT SCSO
0026 – 9-1-1 from Bordertown area female needs assistance – ACT SCSO
0237 – Traffic offense on south HWY 89 near County line – CIT SCSO
1030 – Assistance needed at Loganville – TRA SCVFD
1046 – Civil standby request in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
1423 – Unknown line hanging from pole Gold Lake Rd – CNC SCSO
1646 – 9-1-1 hangup from cellphone Loyalton – CNC SCSO
2232 – Semi-truck stopped for multi 21460(a) near Downieville – CIT SCSO

State Fair Volunteers 6/12/19

The California State Fair opens at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Friday, July 12th through Sunday, July 28th.  I am looking for volunteers to staff the exhibit during the fair.  The fair hours are Monday-Thursday 11am to 10pm and Friday-Sunday 10am to 10pm.  Each volunteer will get a free admission to the fair, as well as a parking pass.  I encourage you to get several people together and go for the whole day and take turns staffing.  That will give everyone an opportunity to see the other activities and events at the fair.  You can also do a half day early or late shift, if that fits better into your schedule.   I am in the process of signing up volunteers so that I can turn in the paperwork, so please let me know as soon as possible if you can help.   My phone number in Sierra City is 862-1173 and my email address is  

I want to thank you for your support and dedication in bringing out the best of Sierra County!

Mary Ervin, Counties Exhibit Coordinator For Sierra County

FireHouse News 6/12/19

“AT THE FIREHOUSE: compiled by Vicky Tenney

ALLEGHANY: June 3rd Firefighters put new wheels & tires on the ambulance.
CALPINE: June 3rd Responded for an ill child, in Sierraville, who was transported to the hospital. June 6th Business meeting.
DOWNIEVILLE: June 3rd Officer’s meeting. June 5th Downieville Fire Association meeting. June 6th Firefighter training. *Responded for an ill male, who was transported to SNMH. June 7th “Fill-the-Boot” fundraiser for the Burn Center. June 8th Responded for an ill make, who was air lifted to the Sutter Roseville Hospital.
LOYALTON:  6/5 medical, 6/6 dump fire, responded twice, large out of control fire in metal pile, 6/8 car show, public event, 6/8 bike rider injured up Smithneck Rd, 6/11 two medicals, 6/12 medical.
PIKE CITY: June 3rd Basic Wildland 32 refresher & rope training. June 7th “Fill-the-Boot” fundraiser for the Burn Center. June 8th Cemetery clean-up.
SATTLEY: June 3rd Responded for an ill child in Sierraville, who was transported to the hospital. June 6th Business meeting.
SIERRA CITY: June 9th Responded for a public assist, a man who fell needed help to get up.
SIERRAVILLE: June 3rd Responded for an ill child in Sierraville, who was transported to the hospital. June 6rh Business meeting.

GV Union Search 6/12/19

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