Wednesday May 25, 2016


BREAKING NEWS – I forgot to mention this …. The Mountain Messenger will be publishing the 2016 High School Graduation edition next week – please make sure we have your senior picture (Loyalton & DHS), and any information you would like included. Senior projects, bio, after high school plans…  kids entering 1st grade – if you are having a special celebration, let us know so we can include them. Kids entering junior high, same thing. Any business wishing to place their grad ad, please call 289-3262 or email Jill at . Parents wishing to publish a message to their “outta here” kid… Please get ahold of me asap!

As I sit here typing away we are experiencing more rain, thunder and lightning in Downieville, isn’t it great. It rained a lot yesterday too. We also spent most of the day in Downieville without power due to a vehicle striking a power pole near Alleghany, thankfully no one was hurt. We were lucky this winter in spite of lots of winter weather we did have any long outages. We know all this rain means lots of new growth that will eventually dry out and become fire fuel so time to remind ourselves, our families, our visitors not to mess around with fire during this fire season, well anytime really. The only good fire is in your stove during the winter snows… or maybe if you are having a campfire in a campground, but some years event he campgrounds have been on fire restriction … just be safe so we can leave out the sorry part.

Congratulations to Cyle and Angel Fischer who were married on Saturday May 21st and the next day Gramma Patty celebrated her birthday with a family Brunch catered by Jade Catering aka (Mike & Kayla Burns and Mike’s Bestie James) the food was scrumptious and if you’re planning an event give them a call at 289-3389.

Grand Opening Trail Report: Sure there’s snow, so get your adventure on. Shuttles will be dropping at the switchback before the climb to Packer Saddle. It’s a short, punchy, snow-drifty climb to the top. Not to worry. Your reward is single track bliss, ear-to-ear smiles, BBQ, beer, and free socks at the bottom. Freshies…53 289-3010.

Make your way to Sierra City this Memorial Day weekend on Saturday from 9 – 3 p.m. for the annual All Over Town Sale… never know for sure how many people participate but know you will find a great deal and for sure something that you absolutely positively have to have. And make sure to check out for information on many fun events coming up.

Friday, June 3rd and Saturday June 4th at 7:00 p.m. the Downieville Schools musical production of “Hot Rod -Cruising Back to the 1950’s at the Yuba Theater, get your tickets from a drama student or at the door.

It’s a quiet week, the end of the season, everything starts opening up on Memorial Day Weekend, Feather’s La Cocina del Oro will be open Thursday through Sunday, the Downieville Museum will be open every day 11 to 4 pm, Duane and Biatta’s the Second Hand Store is gaining a reputation along with Cherry’s Vintage Antiques for having unique quality finds at good prices. So come to Downieville have fun and check us out. We like visitors. Coyoteville, and Hwy 49 Eatery and Two Rivers Cafe are ready to feed the hungry with yummy food.

This week we have Carrie’s Corner, local news, On The Shelf, guest columnists Robert Koehler and Mel Gurtov write about issues that will affect us all in the coming years good to stay informed. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend and remember those you love and those who have sacrificed for us all.

The lovely photo was taken from the Steel Bridge in the Sierra Valley looking towards Loyalton by Don Yegge.

On The Shelf 5/25/16


on-the-shelfIssue 2016 – 6
Book Reviews
Here are the rest of the books that were shared and reviewed at the library on April 21:
The Dog Lived (and So Will I), by Teresa J. Rhyne: the author, a cancer survivor, tells the story of her adopted beagle who contracted cancer, how they fought the cancer and won, and then how the two of them dealt with the discovery of her own cancer. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
On the Move, by Oliver Sacks: in his autobiography, the author, an internationally renowned neurologist, discusses his life from its beginning in England, through his time in California and New York, with stops in many other places along the way. Throughout, his fascination with the human mind and its mental processes is recounted alongside his forays into drugs, weight lifting, and motorcycles. The book was published within months of the author’s death in 2015. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood, by Oliver Sacks: this memoir of the author’s childhood in WWII England is named for Sacks’ uncle, who manufactured light bulbs with filaments of tungsten wire, and who first initiated the author into the mysteries of metal. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, by Fail Tsukiyama: the novel follows the life of one family in Tokyo, beginning in 1939 and continuing for almost thirty years. It is a story of how events beyond their control impact upon ordinary and decent men and women. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Winds of War, by Herman Wouk: a work of historical fiction, the book features a mixture of real and fictional characters in telling he story of a United States family, beginning six months prior to Germany’s invasion of Poland and ending shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
War and Remembrance, by Herman Wouk: the sequel to Winds of War, the book continues the story of the Henry families involvement in WWII, both in the European and Pacific theaters, concluding with the bombing on Hiroshima. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)

A reminder: the next gathering of the Book Share & Review Group will be on Thursday, June 16, 2:00 PM.

What’s New on the Shelf
New books are always showing up on the shelves of the Downieville Library. Here are some of the newest additions to the fiction sections:
The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Make Me, by Lee Child (mystery)
The Saffron Kitchen, by Yasmin Crowther
Grandmother Spider, Stone Butterfly, & Three Sisters, by James D. Doss (mystery)
The Bloody Tower & A Mourning Wedding, by Carola Dunn (mystery)
Sins and Needles, by Monica Ferris (mystery)
Cold Company, Deadfall, Death Takes Passage & The Serpents Trail, by Sue Henry (mystery)
Without Mercy, by Jack Higgins
Turning Tables, by Heather & Rose MacDowell
The Missing File, by D.A. Mishani (mystery)
Montana Sky, by Nora Roberts

Plumas County Library stations
Mary Wright, librarian in Sierra City, reminds us that the library in that town is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Other Sierra County stations of the Plumas County Library are located in Alleghany and Loyalton.

And, of course, the Downieville Library is open on Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and on Thursday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM.

Mountain Messenger (chairs reign) 5/25/16

I wish Editor Don Russell would do something newsworthy, the only thing that popped in my head during writing that sentence was him possibly running down Main St stark naked. A lot of people would like to see that, I think. It won’t happen because he has a bad knee so couldn’t run fast enough from the long arm of the law. He has been seen around town with his constant companion Brutus who has been staying with him while Scott is wandering the earth somewhere. It is amazing how quickly Brutus took to Don, follows him around just as if there was no difference between Don and Scott…. Brutus may be on to something there. Well Milly is back from her vacation and once again is trying to drive Jill crazy with her demand for respect and quality stories. BREAKING NEWS I forgot to mention this …. The Mountain Messenger will be publishing the 2016 High School Graduation edition next week – please make sure we have your senior picture (Loyalton & DHS), and any information you would like included. Senior projects, bio, after high school plans… kids entering 1st grade – if you are having a special celebration, let us know so we can include them. Kids entering junior high, same thing. Any business wishing to place their grad ad, please call 289-3262 or email Jill at . Parents wishing to publish a message to their “outta here” kid… Please get ahold of me asap! Recently the town was in awe of 180 matching white chairs on the Folsom lawn for a wedding. They were all in good shape, not dirty or bent or missing a hinge. Walking down Main St one could hear the words, “have you seen the white chairs”, Karen Hamilton was particularly awestruck and made people go through Feathers to the patio to look across the river at the chairs. Well, that’s all for now.

This is not a photo of Don Russell nor is it a photo of the white chairs at the wedding, but it is a white chair.

5/25/16 This is not a photo of Don Russell nor is it a photo of the white chairs at the wedding, but it is a white chair.

mess subcrip (1)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 Milly). 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…..

Joe Burgard 1934 – 2016

Joe Burgard JUNE 18, 1934 – APRIL 30, 2016

Joe Burgard JUNE 18, 1934 – APRIL 30, 2016

Joe Burgard JUNE 18, 1934 – APRIL 30, 2016 Joseph Anthony Burgard, Jr. of Sierra City passed away surrounded by his family on April 30, in Grass Valley. Born on June 18, 1934, in Los Angeles, to Joseph Sr. and Anne Burgard, he was the fourth of six children. Joe earned his Eagle Scout Rank in 1952 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1958. Later, he worked at Aerojet General in Sacramento as a rocket engineer, and held management positions for several manufacturing firms. In 1974, he purchased Valmont Corporation (aka Aaburco Inc.) a light manufacturing business in Grass Valley. It produced tabletop restaurant equipment including the CHEFMASTER Food Cutter and the PIEMASTER Turnover Machine. It also provided local metal polishing and electroplating. Joe was an early adopter of computers and local area networking in the 1980s, e-commerce in the 1990s, and coowner of Mrs. Doublebee’s Pasties in Grass Valley. He sold his business in 2004, retiring to Sierra City where he enjoyed hiking, kayaking, taking photos, and working in his shop. He cherished Frances, his wife of 58 years, and their four children: Elizabeth (John) Fulgaro; Daniel (Karen); Gwendolyn (Stanley) Devereux; and Jeffrey (Jacqueline.) “Papa Joe” enjoyed sharing movies and the mountains with 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings: Doris (Marvin) Hayes, John (Donna) and Robert (Barbara). He was preceded in death by: Lucille (Howard) Mosbacher and Rosemarie (Anthony) Buffum. A family memorial service will be held in June. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, POB 302, Downieville, 95936 for the preservation of St. Thomas Church in Sierra City.

Photo Contest TNF 5/25/16

Tahoe National Forest Announces Summer Photo Contest

NEVADA CITY, Calif. – Heading to the Tahoe National Forest this summer? Don’t forget your camera! The Tahoe National Forest is hosting a photo contest during the summer months, starting May 28 and ending September 30.

Photography can inspire, illuminate and teach people about their public lands. This is an exciting opportunity for visitors to document the scenery, plants, animals and recreational opportunities available on the Tahoe National Forest.

Photos must be taken on the Tahoe National Forest and can include such subjects as: wilderness, wildlife and plants, recreation, rivers and lakes, lookouts, and landscapes, among others. Anyone can enter the contest except for current Tahoe National Forest employees. See the Tahoe National Forest homepage for contest rules and information on how to submit a photo.

“The Tahoe National Forest has so much beauty, from the smallest flower to the grandest landscape,” said Michael Woodbridge, Tahoe National Forest Public Affairs Officer. “Whether you’re a professional photographer or you just bought your first camera, show us how you capture the splendor of this forest.”

First, second and third place winners will be announced by the Forest in October. Winners will be recognized on the Forest website, social media pages, and other publications.

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Hwy 49 So. Yuba Crossing 5/25/16

Nevada City, CA – The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) invites community members to kick-off the river season with its annual “Opening Day at the River” celebration. Memorial Day weekend is typically when people start flocking to the river in droves. River lovers will be greeted by SYRCL’s enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer River Ambassadors who encourage visitors to keep the river clean.

This event on Saturday, May 28th, from 10am-2pm at the Highway 49 crossing will include kid-friendly activities, responsible recreation information, and an appearance from Flo—SYRCL’s beloved fish mascot.

“The River Ambassador program is about welcoming visitors to the river and reminding them to do their part to keep the river clean and safe by packing out what they pack in for starters,” said Caleb Dardick, SYRCL’s Executive Director.

With State Parks experiencing severe budget cuts in recent years, and with an estimated 700,000+ people visiting the South Yuba River State Park annually, the River Ambassador program was developed to prevent the river from being “loved to death.” River Ambassadors team up to educate the public about the impacts of trash, dog waste, broken glass, and wildfire on the South Yuba River from Memorial Day through Labor Day at the four main crossings: Edwards, Purdon, Highway 49, and Bridgeport.

In the past four seasons, the River Ambassador team has had face-to-face contact with over 18,000 visitors to the South Yuba River State Park, collected 21,647 pieces of trash, and removed 3,485 piles of dog waste. The River Ambassador program concludes with SYRCL’s Yuba River Cleanup on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Since 1998, the Yuba River Cleanup has picked up 194,080 pounds of trash and recycling from the river. The River Ambassador program was created as an extension to the Cleanup—with the goal of promoting yearlong stewardship so less litter would be left behind in the first place.

For more information, please contact Courtney Hudson, Stewardship Coordinator at or
530-265-5961, ext. 212. About River Ambassadors:

Hewgag for Spring Doins 5/25/16

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Downie Chapter 1849 has sounded the hewgag for our Spring Doins in historic Forest City. This event will be held June 17-19, 2016 (Father’s Day weekend).
By decree from our Noble Grand Humbug – all Clampers and prospective Clampers are urged to attend and experience history in one of the true mining towns left, see the Dance Hall Museum and witness the Chapter’s Stamp Mill in action.
Along with the history you get Friday nite dinner, Saturday breakfast and a steak dinner and  Clamp Chef surprise on Sunday morning. The cost is $55 for Clampers and $65 for men who want to join the Clampers.
Credo Quia Absurdum
Brian Gardei GNRS
Downie Chapter 1849


We Want You !

We Want You !

Apply now for a limited number of grand juror openings. Questions answered over the phone. Convenient interview times arranged at multiple county locations.
Service on the grand jury is easier than ever before
Meetings can be arranged via county-wide internet video conferencing. Rapid, secure email accounts are provided to facilitate communications among the group.  New applicants will be selected by random drawing  in July at the Downieville courthouse Call (530)289-3698 now for best selection of interview meeting times.

Truman L. Huddleston 5/25/16

We will be having a Memorial for Truman L. Huddleston, on June 11, 2016, at the gazebo at the skate park, and after a potluck at the Loyalton Social Hall. Please feel free to bring a side dish or dessert. I hope to see you there. If you have any questions, please contact me, his sister, Katie at 530-277-1134.