Wednesday September 19, 2018


I really like Lemon Cake…

Mark your calendar for the Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail On September 29th.

Remember on October 6th – Noon till 3pm there will be a Memorial  for Betsy Cammack at the Masonic Hall in Downieville, please come and bring your memories of this lovely, fun, giving lady to share.

Friday September 21st there will be a community meeting at noon at the Community Hall in Downieville to plan for the future sustainability for the Paramedic Program in western Sierra County, please stop by to chime in, together we are better.

You know this has been a difficult day and week, the AT&T network and 9-1-1 system had problems for two days, when the internet is down people with UVerse have no phone service, the 9-1-1 system ends up sending our emergency calls to Canada instead of Nevada County for a period, some people are on vacation and no one else knows what to do… and worst of all Trump is still the President and making poor decisions that we will have to endure for years, please let it stop.. today is Yom Kippur until sunset, I’m thinking I may not have atoned enough, I tried but kept getting distracted, thanks to good friends Paul and Barbara Douville and David and Carol Marshall my pilot light is lit in my propane furnace it is cold here in the morn, thank you.

Judge Yvette Durant spoke to the Downieville Lion’s Club at Monday eve’s meeting. She speaks well for herself and our county and she is doing a good job and likes Sierra County, I am happy she is here.

The photo this week was taken by Sheriff Elect Mike Fisher of Saddleback Lookout.

Board of Supervisors 9/19/18


Lee Adams, District 1                                                                                                 530-289-3506                                                                    Peter W. Huebner, District 2
530-565-6055 –
Paul Roen, Vice-Chair, District 3
530-565-6048 –
Jim Beard, District 4
Scott A. Schlefstein, Chair, District 5
530-913-9218 –
The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on September 18, 2018 in the Loyalton Social Hall,  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:
Heather Foster – REGULAR AGENDA

Listen to the Presentations and decisions on the Sierra County podcast here


  • Call to Order – by Vice Chair Paul Roen
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by Sup. Adams
  • Roll Call – Adams, Beard, Huebner, Roen, Schlefstein ia absent
  • Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board

PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY – Dr Merrill Grant -Enrollment update seven schools total 409.  Enrollment is up from last year

COMMITTEE REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS- RCRC meets Friday in Napa says Supe Adams

DEPARTMENT MANAGERS’ REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS – oh oh Elizabeth Morgan is retiring. Tax Collector Van Maddox glitch in property tax system upgrade and unable to look back but should be fixed soon.

FOREST SERVICE UPDATE – Quentin Youngblood gave update on fuel breaks and timber projects. Fire conditions very high,  low humidity, gratitude to fire fighters and Paul Roen getting Sierraville fire out quickly.  Listen.




Professional services agreement between the County and the Sierra County Firesafe and Watershed Council to perform on behalf of the County, the scope of services outlined in County Agreement 2018‐049 developing a Tree Mortality Task Force for the County which includes entering into a contract with a professional forester and performing all required administrative duties outlined in County Agreement 2018‐049.


Discussion and direction regarding points raised during presentation by CalFire Unit Ranger George Morris III on September 4, 2018.


  1. Calfire ROP.pdf

Request for authorization to expend an additional $8,120 in excess of the threshold established by the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission Cost Accounting Policies and Procedures without going through informal bidding procedures for water truck services provided by Folchi Construction for the Loyalton Landfill Closure.


  1. Watertruck ROP.pdf

Presentation of bids and adoption of resolution for award of Public Works Contract for construction of the Sierra County Wellness Center Addition Project.


Presentation of bid and adoption of resolution rejecting bid and directing re-advertisement for the HVAC Systems Replacement at the Health & Human Services Building.


  1. HVAC.Item.pdf

Discussion and direction on recommendations from the bear impact meeting held in Downieville with the Department of Fish and Wildlife that would extend the existing bear management regulations within the County Code to other regions of the County.


  1. Black Bear.Item.pdf



Discussion/action on letter in support of the Plumas National Forest’s grant application to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for fuels work on the Lakes Basin Project. (SUPERVISOR HUEBNER)


Second reading and adoption of an ordinance adding Section 12.04.081 to Title 12 Chapter 12.04 adopting current Local Agency Management Program by reference. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)


  1. LAMP Ordinance.pdf





Presentation by Jim Turner, Board member of the Sierra County Fire Safe and Watershed Council on the Community Fire Safe Program.



Presentation by Tim Gibson, Agricultural Commissioner on weight cart and towing proposal for Sierra County and possible action by the Board.


Meeting of the County Service Area (CSA) Board of Directors.

Minutes from the County Service Area (CSA) Board of Directors meeting held on August 7, 2018.


Resolution approving Assessment Engineer’s Report, Sierra Brooks Water System Improvements Assessment District and direct scheduling of a public hearing and mailing of a notice and ballot.


Resolution establishing allocation of property tax receipts with County Service Area 4A/5A between water system operations and maintenance and non‐water system costs.


Presentation, discussion and adoption of resolution approving Sierra Brooks Water System Rate Study Report as prepared by Sauers Engineering, Inc.


Authorize letter of support from the Board of Supervisors for the Sierra Brooks Water Report funded by USDA Rural Development.


Discussion and direction to staff on amendments to the County Code regarding the Sierra Brooks Water System and incorporating requirements of USDA and other operational requirements of the upgraded water system.



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.

Agreement for Indemnification and Reimbursement for Extraordinary Costs for Gary Quaintance, Applicant and Landowner. Consideration of a Conditional Use Permit to allow the temporary use of two travel trailers during construction of a family residence. The project site, identified as APN 023-150-027, is located at 930 Sunrise Creek Road, Verdi. (PLANNING)


Authorize payment of invoice 187973 to Intermountain Disposal for tipping fees for waste that has been diverted to Delleker Transfer Station. (PUBLIC WORKS)


  1. IMD Item.pdf

Resolution approving extension of Lease Agreement 2000‐128 with Caltrans covering a number of Caltrans parcels in Downieville which constitutes the Gold Rush Park area and across the river on Old Highway 49. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Approval of Development Group, Inc. (DGI) proposal for annual renewal of firewall in the amount of $7,819.40. (AUDITOR)


  1. DGI Firewall.pdf

Resolution authorizing the Auditor to make changes to the 2018/19 Final Budget for Parks and approve a purchase order. (AUDITOR)


Approval of Board of Supervisor Travel Reimbursement for Lee Adams, August 2018. (AUDITOR)


Approval of Board of Supervisors Travel Reimbursement for Lee Adams, September 2018. (AUDITOR)


Approval of Board of Supervisor Travel Reimbursement for Peter Huebner, June 2018. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)


Resolution declaring the week of October 14-20, 2018, “Freedom from Workplace Bullying Week” in Sierra County. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)


Minutes from the regular meeting held on August 21, 2018. (CLERK-RECORDER)




Notice of Intent to Harvest Timber submitted by Blue Canyon Investments Company LLC located approximately +/-4 miles east of La Porte, CA in Sierra County.


Mountain Messenger (staff flip) 9/9/18


Gosh I thought Milly was back at the Mess this week when I got this message, “p.s. Janie is a bigger bitch than Milly ever was!” but then I realized it was from Jilly and what I immediately realized was Jane Smith must have been promoted to CEO and Jill is now just the “gopher”.  Meanwhile I have noticed The Don Russell is getting nicer and seems more relaxed and then I heard the words – “travel, Irene, RV and mother” in relation to The Don and had this vision of The Don traveling on the backroads across the USA and enthralling us with his updates on other County Supervisor’s meeting and we would actually find out whether our illustrive five – Adams, Beard, Heubner, Roen and Schlefstein are normal or really as odd as the rest of us in Sierra County. Anyhow, the best way to find out what The Don has to say is get a subscription, put an ad in the Mess (he treats the advertisers real nice) and write complimentary Letters to the Editor although I think Don prefers the angry rant letters. Scoop – No matter what you hear, I heard that The Don really likes Jim Roos, they are besties,  I heard it directly from one of them.

It is apparent that The Don is attempting to dominate The Jim by having the larger manspread ….

Send anything you need published to Jilly the least 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 Jilly). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Flu Vaccine Events 9/19/18


Simply drive up, fill out a brief form, and get a free flu shot.  It’s that easy!

Pike City Fire Hall Monday October 1st – 11am till Noon

Alleghany FireHouse Monday October 1st  – 1pm – 2pm

Sierraville- USFS District Office  Friday )October 12th- 11am – Noon

Calpine Community Hall Friday October 12th – 1pm – 2pm

Downieville Drive through Tuesday October 9th   – 11am till 1pm                                        Maiden Lane Behind the Community Hall

Loyalton -Wednesday October 10th – 4pm till 6pm                                                 Holy Rosary Catholic Church on 4th Street into the LHS parking lot

Sierra City Library Tuesday October 16th -10:30am – Noon

Verdi Von Schmitt Park 11am – Noon

Flyer, Vaccine Information Statement (VIS), and Consent Forms are attached.

Flu Shot Drive-Thru 2018     Consent for Flu Clinics

On The Shelf by Paul 9/19/18


Issue 2018 – 13
Book Share
The next gathering to share books that we’ve been reading happens at the Downieville Library on Thursday, September 27, at 5:15 PM. This new time for the gathering came about at the behest of several library patrons who don’t get off work until 5:00 PM. But, whether you work outside or inside the home, or whether you don’t work at all, you are invited to come and share about books you’ve been reading — or come and just listen to what others have to share. We hope to see you there!

Even though the weather is growing cooler, the library is warm again! The library heater quit and died soon after the first of the year, and to say that the place was somewhat chilly through the winter and cool spring months would be a vast understatement. (Here’s a commendation to those brave patrons who kept coming during our “library winter”.) Now, on behalf of the Native Daughters, Mike Galan (Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!) has installed a new heater, and the library is warm again. So, if you stayed away out of fear of frostbite, be assured that it is safe to return. As always, our hours are Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and Thursday, noon to 4:00 PM.

New on the Shelf
The library has received several fiction books that are new to its shelves. (The first place to look for them is on the New Books shelf, directly ahead as you enter the library.) Here are the titles:
Deadline, by Randy Alcorn
Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard (young adult)
The Guilty, by David Baldacci (thriller)ˆ
How to Find an Elephant, by Kate Banks (children)
Northfield, by Johnny D. Boggs (western)
Mountain Made & Nine Lives, by Max Brand (western)
Classic Tales from Modern Spain, by William E. Colford (ed.) (short stories)
One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, by Demi (juvenile)
Foucault’s Pendulum, The Name of the Rose, Numero Zero, by Umberto Eco
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, by Elizabeth George (mystery)
A Bullet for Billy the Kid, by Will Henry (western)
In a Lonely Place, by Dorothy B. Hughes (mystery)
The Anatomist’s Wife, A Grave Matter, Mortal Arts, This Side of Murder, by Anna Lee Huber (mystery)
Original Sin, by P.D. James (mystery)
The Soul Catcher, by Alex Kava (thriller)
Time After Time, by Molly Keane
Sweet and Sour: Tales from China Retold, by Carol Kendall & Yao-wen Li (short stories)
Between Sundays & Sunset, by Karen Kingsbury
Hideaway, by Dean Koontz (thriller)
The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis (young adult: boxed set of 7 books)
The Bourne Ultimatum, by Robert Ludlum (thriller)
The Bertie Project, by Alexander McCall Smith
Point Deception, by Marcia Muller (mystery)
Borkmann’s Point, Hour of the Wolf, The Inspector and Silence, Mind’s Eye, Munster’s Case, The Return, by Hakan Nesser (mystery)
The Devil Wins, by Robert B. Parker (mystery)
4th of July, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (mystery)
The Woman in Cabin 10,by Ruth Ware (mystery)

Where We Are
In case you’ve never visited the Downieville Library before, you might not know where we’re located. We are downstairs in the Native Daughter’s Hall, at 318 Commercial Street, in Downieville. The stairs are located on the right side of the building. Come on down!

Cory’s Historical Corner 9/19/18


Cory Peterman 

I just recently returned from a trip to Italy (I also lived and studied in Rome for four months last year) and my trip inspired me to write about the Italian presence in California and Sierra County in particular during the Gold Rush. Many people of different nationalities came to California during the Gold Rush, including immigrants from the British Isles, all over Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Islands to name a few. However, the Italian immigrants have quite an interesting story.

Did you know that the California Gold Fields helped fund Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi? Some Italians came to the California gold fields to strike it rich, but others came because they wanted to unite their homeland. In the 19th century, Italy was made up of several regions ruled by foreign interests, including the French, Austrians and Spanish. Rome and other regions were ruled by the pope.

In 1859, many Italians traveled south to Los Angeles, but a man named Andrea Sgarallino and several others returned to Italy carrying an unknown amount of gold to finance the revolution. Documents have showed that there were hundreds of donors to Garibaldi’s revolution. Benefactors included traders, financiers, politicians, vintners, farmers and Domingo Ghirardelli, who came to California in 1849 to strike it rich. However, he soon learned that he could make a better living than the miners by selling sweets to them, and later established his factory manufacturing chocolate and liqueurs in San Francisco. Garibaldi, Sgarallino and about 1,000 others later sailed to Sicily under the secret support of Victor Emmanuel II. Garibaldi and his army won after capturing Sicily and Naples in 1860, uniting the country; Emmanuel II was crowned king of Italy in 1861.

Gold Rush immigrants were dependent on local market gardeners and ranchers for food, and many Italians, attracted by mining, turned to market gardening and farming to meet the demands of the local population for fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products, grain and wine. By the 1860s, many Italians in the Mother Lode were operating these agricultural enterprises. By 1880, around 1200 commercial market gardens were being operated in California by an estimated 10,000 people from the region around Genoa, Italy, who dominated the industry.

Italians were heavily involved in logging and harvested timber off their ranches which delivered to the mines by horse team.

The Italian immigrants brought their skill in working with stone from Liguria, a rugged and mountainous land with an estimated 25,000 miles of terraced hillsides, and from the rest of Northern Italy.

Crews of Italians skilled in rock work helped build the mountain roads carved out of the canyon walls the Sierra Nevada. The old stone terraces on todays Gold Country ranches and along its roadsides are a reminder of this cultural tradition. Another good example is Tyler-Foote Road. Many stone buildings in Sierra County were built by Italians as well.

For the past 150 years, many Italian families have made their living off of cattle ranching in the Mother Lode foothills at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The early Italian immigrants became one of the main groups in the ranching industry of the Sierra foothills which are dotted with Italian family ranches to the present day. Sierra Valley was settled by Swiss-Italian ranchers, and many of their decedents continue this tradition today.

My great-great-grandfather Giuseppe Maria Mottini (1851-1919) first arrived to the Gold Fields in 1869, working for awhile around North San Juan and Camptonville. He traveled back to Italy in 1879 to get married, and came back and settled outside of Downieville at China Flat. He was engaged in mining, farming, logging, and the many other occupations that are described above. On my first visit to Italy, I visited his hometown (Domodossola) and it was amazing to see how similar that part of Italy was to Sierra County! No wonder so many Italians stayed in Sierra County!

DVFD Appreciation 9/19/18


The Downieville VFD held their Annual Firefighter, Rescue & EMS Appreciation Dinner catered by Jadaa’s at the Community Hall. Chief Mike Lozano was unable to attend due to a recent surgery and Captain Robert Hall and EMS Supervisor Jacie Epperson led the event. After a great dinner from Jadaa’s, each member of the department told their best and worst experience of the year. A-EMT Leslie Baker told his best experience was taking the Advanced EMT Class with MICN Frank Lang, and then brought laughter by saying his worst experience was taking the AEMT Class with Frank because it was very difficult with many hours of work, studying and hours spent at Enloe Hospital for field work and being on the ambulance and he was very grateful to have gotten through successfully thanks to Frank’s instructions. There were many experiences told and understood by all the Fire and EMS members of the DVFD. Paramedic Marty Creel talked about his first year with the department and mentioned coming from a large population area to Sierra County where you will run into people you helped on scene or transported in the ambulance on the street was amazing and the first ever someone had walked up to him and thanked him for his care on the ambulance a few days later. Dispatch Supervisor Joyce White was mentioned several times as being invaluable to the all the medical and fire responses and praise for all the system and Dispatchers.

Carrie’s Sweep Corner 9/19/18


OK everyone, it’s chimney sweeping time! Seriously, better to get it done sooner, than later. That being said, there are a few things you can do before the chimney sweep gets to your house. First, and foremost, clean out your fireplace/wood stove. Thoroughly. Leave no ash behind! This means not only hand sweeping all the nooks and crannies out of the area, but also giving it a good vacuum so you don’t leave any tiny particles about the place. Side note: When you’re done vacuuming, dump the vacuum cleaner contents into a bag (or receptacle – whichever you use), OUTSIDE. Even if you don’t save ash, make sure that the ash is covered, and will not get wet. Wet ash produces lye, so be sure to keep it contained in a trash bag, or tightly covered bin.

Next up, if you have a wood stove with a glass front on it, time to clean that. Do not use regular window cleaner on this. Use plain hot water, and a soft cloth. Check the glass for any cracks and chips. Check the seal around the glass for any wear and possible leaks. If you find any please consider getting that repaired, or replaced all together, before lighting any fires in the wood stove. Next, you’ll want to clear off any cob webs that have collected in, on, around, next to, under and over the fire place, or wood stove. I’m sure they are no longer occupied, so there will likely be no spider evictions that take place. Yes, I know we’re coming up on Halloween next month, but really, this area of the house is not a good spot to keep these kinds of decorations – or any decorations for that matter. Fire hazards are nothing to mess with, so keep all fire areas absolutely clear of debris!
Finally, if you haven’t already brought in any type of fire wood, or kindling, make sure that the area you keep these items in are away from the heat that will be emitted from your fire place, or wood stove. Just be safe, and be smart. We’ve seen enough fires around the state to last us quite some time. The last thing any of us needs is to have a house fire in the middle of Winter. Have a great week, and enjoy the Sun!

Middle Class Demise 9/19/18

From The Grass Valley Union

Richardt Stormsgaard: Why lifelong Republicans should vote for Democrat Audrey Denney

Back when the Republican Party was generally a force for good, Republican President Eisenhower in his farewell address expressed his fears of corporate malfeasance infecting our government, including total disregard for the environment that we all live in and depend on.

He referred to the military-industrial complex, but could not know that an even more insidious variety of corporate greed just a couple decades later would take control of the Republican Party.

We recently received a mailer from the LaMalfa campaign justifying the Trump “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Republican politicians like Ryan, McConnell and Rubio openly admit the next step is dismantling/privatizing Medicare and Social Security. If/when implemented, this will bring devastating poverty to tens of thousands more in rural areas such as of California’s 1st congressional district.

Ten percent of the tax cuts benefit ordinary Americans in the very short term, but they will see the Social Security and Medicare dismantled that they absolutely depend on in the future. Ninety percent go to the very wealthiest of Americans.

… lower income earners in this country now make about a quarter less than they did in 1980 when you factor in inflation.

The theory of trickle-down economics as a result of huge tax cuts for the wealthy was first advanced during the Reagan Era, repeated two decades later by the Bush Administration, and now again by the Trump Administration. They have caused the stunning collapse of what a half century ago was, by far, the most affluent middle class anywhere in the world, the USA.

The 2018 World Income Report states that in 1980 in both the U.S. and Western Europe the wealthiest 1 percent earned about 10 percent of all income, and the poorest 50 percent, approximately 20 percent of all income. At the time the tax rates were similar between the two continents.

With total global wealth having grown greatly today the wealthiest 1 percent of Europeans now have 12 percent of all income while the share of the poorest 50 percent has risen to 22 percent. Everybody has benefited, and as a result in Western Europe real wages have risen three to four times since 1980. In the U.S. the story is dramatically different. The wealthiest 1 percent now have doubled their total share of income to 20 percent while the bottom 50 percent have seen their part tumble to 10 percent, half of what it was in 1980. As a result, lower income earners in this country now make about a quarter less than they did in 1980 when you factor in inflation.

U.S. media pundits have tried to justify widespread American deterioration of living standards for Americans with globalization and digitalization, but Western Europe is facing the same challenges as the U.S., and they have had a thriving middle class for the last four decades.

The fault for U.S. middle class economic demise lies squarely with trickle-down economics and the ensuing Republican tax cuts in favor of the very wealthy paid for by the rest of society. Forty percent of Americans cannot afford basic necessities. Our infra-structure is collapsing. Our institutions are under attack.

We lived in Denmark in the 1990s, and paid a bit more than 50 percent of our income in taxes. Many young people that I knew and worked with in Denmark bought homes in their 20s after just a few years working. Day care is subsidized and very affordable. Higher education and technical training even provides you with an income to live on while you are preparing yourself for a better future. Retirees, even those that never worked outside the home or on the farm, get a minimum social security that is more than double the total cost of affordable housing or nursing care.

The wealthy in Denmark are doing very well despite very high tax rates for wealthier individuals. Business Insider rates Denmark the third best country to do business in while the U.S. is rated the eighth best country.

Doug LaMalfa has tirelessly worked on behalf of the very wealthy to the detriment of his constituents. His Democratic opponent Audrey Denney will work for all, the poor, the middle class, and yes the rich as well, just like moderate Republican politicians used to do in the past.

Better economic and educational opportunities for all lead to better lives, less drug abuse, less alcoholism, less crime, less hopelessness that have spread into rural areas all over this country during the last decades since the Republican Party was taken over by right-wing corporate extremists.

Richardt Stormsgaard lives in Nevada City.

Sheriff’s Public Log 9/19/18

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


0845 – Dog bite reported near Sardine Lake – RPT SCSO

1201 – Explosion turns into exploded tire in Loyalton – CNC SCSO

1335 – Warrant arrest on multiple PC and CVC charges in SVL – ARR SCSO

1339 – Threats made on telephone in Loyalton – CNC SCSO

1407 – Unruly juveniles at Loyalton school – ACT SCSO

1536 – Welfare check needed in Sierra Brooks – CNC SCSO

1634 – Ambulance requested near Loyalton – TRA LOAM

1753 – Subject arrested on NV Co warrant at Donner Lake – ARR SCSO

1948 – Vehicle with 2 flat tires driving on Mt.House Rd – TRA CHP

1951 – Domestic issues might need civil standby in Calpine – CNC SCSO


1313 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Downieville – TRA DVAM

1827 – Intoxicated male hitting poles in Downieville – UTL SCSO

2055 – Assistance needed for fall victim in DVL – TRA DVFD


0835 – Burglar alarme in Downieville – UNF SCSO

1029 – Dead body reported in Sierraville – ACT SCSO

1232 – Gravel across lanes of Hwy 49 MPM 36.4 – TRA CALT

1352 – VIN verification needed in Loyalton – CNC SCSO

1741 – Cite for fishing without license at Ladies Cyn – ACT SCSO

2134 – Large campfire in campground Indian Valley – CNC SCSO

2356 – Traffic offense cite near DVL – CIT SCSO


0608 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Pike City  – TRA DVAM

0951 – Bear problem in Sierra Brooks – CNC SCSO

1238 – Report of parking problem in Loyalton – CNC SCSO

2045 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Sierra City – TRA DVAM


0407 – Report of an alarm in Loyalton – CNC SCSO

0949 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Pike City – TRA SCSO

1144 – Investigation in Loyalton – RPT SCSO

1757 – Report of an assault in Verdi – RPT SCSO

1843 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in LOY  – TRA LOAM

2106 – Agency assist inCampground near Sierraville – SCSO

2204 – Cigarette thrown  out of vehicle near Shangria La – CNC SCSO


0012 – Cow on Hwy 49 near Loyalton – TRA CHP

0618 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM

1138 – 9-1-1 Hang-up from Haskell Creek – CNC SCSO

1241 – 9-1-1 dead bear in Sierra City – CNC SCSO

2219 – Shotgun sounds near Loyalton – UTL SCSO

Changing Times 9/19/18

Robert Koehler


Sexual assault is such a nuisance, not only, but especially, for Republicans.

Here’s the Wall Street Journal editorial board, attempting, with gentlemanly politeness, to dispense with Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh as quickly as possible:

“Yet there is no way to confirm her story after 36 years, and to let it stop Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would ratify what has all the earmarks of a calculated political ambush.

“This is not to say Christine Blasey Ford isn’t sincere in what she remembers.” But . . .

“The vagaries of memory are well known, all the more so when they emerge in the cauldron of a therapy session to rescue a marriage. Experts know that human beings can come to believe firmly over the years that something happened when it never did or is based on partial truth. Mistaken identity is also possible.”

We respect your sincerity, Ma’am, but please get out of our way. We can’t let unreliable lady memories complicate matters. We’re pushing a serious political agenda here. And besides, if this alleged rape attempt by two drunk teenage boys was such a big deal, why did you keep it to yourself for 30+ years?

This is politically motivated obtuseness, which I don’t believe for a moment. That is to say, I think any journalist has enough awareness of the human condition to grasp the complex trauma that rape or attempted rape could inflict on a child, and that internalizing a traumatic incident rather than blabbing about it is hardly unusual.

I also think every journalist is aware that these matters aren’t simply individual issues – separate, discrete, unrelated incidents – but that a culture of sexual abuse and male domination has always been the American norm, creating conditions in which a female would know that she has one sensible option: Keep the incident to herself or risk further humiliation. Excuse me, Wall Street Journal editorial board, but have you read any of the accounts about the prevalence of rape in the U.S. military, and of the consequences the victim often faces if she reports an assault to her commanding officer?

And the elite boys’ high school Kavanaugh attended in the 1980s may well have had a military-esque atmosphere, at least regarding male sexuality and what it means to “come of age” in the American social context of winning and losing. Boys are left to figure out their sexuality all by themselves. And girls are the enticing “other” it is their job to conquer.

Thus: “Kavanaugh physically pushed me into a bedroom as I was headed for a bathroom up a short stairwell from the living room. They locked the door and played loud music precluding any successful attempt to yell for help. Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with (his companion, Mark Judge), who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. With Kavanaugh’s hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me.”

This is the accusation the Republicans are stuck with, against their right-wing, anti-Roe.-vs.-Wade Supreme Court nominee. Dismiss it though they might – the whole thing is an attempt by the Dems to create “an election-eve #MeToo conflagration,” the Journal editorial put it – Ford’s accusation has credibility.

Indeed, it has so much credibility that more than 200 women (including actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who graduated from Ford’s alma mater, Holton-Arms, an all-female college prep school in Bethesda, Md., have signed a letter in support of her claims:

“We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story,” the letter reads, as reported on Huffington Post. “It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.”

The accusation is “all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton. Many of us are survivors ourselves.”

And there it is, coming forward at a time when national awareness is shifting, when male sexual domination is suddenly, you might say, naked in public. People see it for what it is. The Kavanaugh supporters, in order to make the whole thing go away, are attempting to reduce the allegation to a “he said, she said” situation, free of credibility and context and, for all anyone knows, politically motivated. But it resonates, for too many people, as part of a larger truth that simply cannot be ignored any longer and should, at the very least, be investigated outside of a political context.

If Kavanaugh is implicated, his best defense is that he was just a kid – immature, reckless, coming of age. I’m all for forgiveness, for allowing people to learn from their mistakes and to atone for the harm they have caused. This requires facing what they have done.

It also requires facing the irony that only some Americans get a chance to move past their mistakes. As Josh Rovner writes at The Atlantic:

“Yet the repercussions many young people — particularly low-income youth of color — might face for the kind of conduct described by Ford are far more severe than a failed nomination. Our current laws and practices ensure that adolescent mistakes have lifelong consequences.”

This is the prison-industrial complex in operation, spawned in the ’80s and ’90s by militarized police forces, zero tolerance and various domestic “wars” that allow wholesale arrest and imprisonment (as adults) of young people of color.

“Kids who grow up like Kavanaugh,” Rovner writes, “— white kids whose parents can afford prep school tuition and, presumably, the services of a good lawyer — rarely experience prolonged contact with the criminal-justice system. Society gives them the benefit of the doubt and takes seriously their protestations of innocence. But most kids don’t grow up like Kavanaugh.”

So what a nuisance that this accusation has wrapped its claws around his Supreme Court nomination and the agenda he would bring to the national order.

The times they are a-changing. Or so I hope.

Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor. His book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is available. Contact him at or visit his website at

FireHouse News 9/19/18

AT THE FIREHOUSEcompiled by Vicky Trnney

ALLEGHANY: September 10th Firefighter training was on the new pumps. September 13th Responded for an ill female,  who was transported to the LZ & air lifted to the Hospital in Chico.  September 14th Mutual aid response to Pike City  for an unresponsive male  – cancelled.
CALPINE: September 13th Medical training for Firefighters.  September 13th Responded for a motorcycle accident,  on Hwy. 89, an injured male was air lifted to the Hospital.
DOWNIEVILLE: September 10th EMT Continuing education.  September 11th Responded for an ill female, who was air lifted to SNMH.  * Responded for a public assist,  a female who fell, needed assistance.  September 12th Responded for an ill female who was transported to SNMH.  September 13th Mutual aid response to Sierra City for an ill male  – cancelled.  September 16th Mutual aid response to Sierra City for a motorcycle accident, an injured male was air lifted to the Hospital. * Responded for an injured female.
LOYALTON: September 10th Firefighter training was on fire supression. * Responded for an ambulance assist,  the victim of a wasp sting, had an allergic reaction.
PIKE CITY: September 13th Wildland Fire training.  * Responded for an ill female, who was air lifted to the Hospital in Chico.  September 14th Responded for an unresponsive male.
SATTLEY: September 13th Medical training for the Firefighter ‘s. September 16th Responded for a motorcycle accident, on Hwy.89, an injured male was air lifted to the Hospital.
SIERRA CITY: September 13th Responded for an ill male, who chose to self-transport to the Hospital.  September 16th Responded for a motorcycle accident, an injured male was air lifted to the Hospital.
SIERRAVILLE: September 13th Medical training for Firefighters.  September 16th Responded for a motorcycle accident,  on Hwy.89, an injured male was air lifted to the Hospital.

China Adjustment 9/19/18

Mel Gurtov

On Dealing with China  – by Mel Gurtov

A Self-Confident China

Ever since China’s economic reforms began in 1978, the goal of US foreign policy has been to “manage” China’s rise so that it might become a worthy member of the community of nations dominated by the US and its allies. Republic and Democratic administrations alike have sent Beijing essentially the same message: The US supports a “peaceful, stable, and prosperous” China that will play by the rules internationally while reforming internally so as to become less autocratic if not democratic.
For a time, especially in the early decades of reform under Deng Xiaoping, China did seem to conform to Western expectations. It made no attempt to challenge US predominance in the Pacific (or anywhere else), its military modernization was of modest proportions, and its singular focus was on rapid economic development. Granted, the crackdown at Tiananmen in 1989 showed that political liberalization was not in the cards for China for some time. But overall, China’s behavior gave US and other leaders cause for optimism, particularly as the economic reforms opened China up to international trade and then investment, and as China began joining various regional and international organizations.
What foreign leaders failed to perceive was that China’s rise was not going to embrace liberalizing political changes—that actually China would instead seek to become a major economic player while sustaining the party-state system and preventing the equivalent of an Arab Spring. China’s growing wealth, founded on a distinctive “market socialism,” would also present a new model of development for Third World countries to follow, alternative to the Washington Consensus and its insistence on “structural adjustment.” The notion that prevailed in the US, for example in 2005, that China could be a “responsible stakeholder” in international affairs, meaning it would support US policy priorities, simply did not wash in Beijing. The stronger China became, the stronger the drive for influence, power, and an equal seat at the table: a “new type of great-power relationship,” as Xi Jinping would later tell Barack Obama.

Trump and China

That is China’s world that Donald Trump stumbled into. He was far from ready to “manage” China’s emergence. Far from it, he had no idea about China, his only experience having been as landlord of a Chinese bank with an office in Trump Tower. Inexperience and an emerging “America First” mentality led Trump to cast China as a villain as far back as 2011, when he told CNN that China was an “enemy” and needed to be punished for its unfair trade practices. He also held China responsible for a climate change “hoax,” lost US jobs, and currency manipulation. Shift to the present and we can see that Trump’s approach to China hasn’t changed: China remains the villain, preventing North Korea’s denuclearization, stealing US intellectual property, building up its military, and still refusing to level the playing field on trade. His national security and intelligence community may be focused on Russia, but Trump is riveted on China, notwithstanding his supposed friendship with Xi Jinping.
Thus we have the National Security Council, in its 2017 strategy paper, casting both China and Russia as the leading threats to the US. What that assessment is doing is giving Beijing and Moscow incentives to tighten their relationship. Militarily, Russian sales of sophisticated arms are increasing, as are large-scale joint exercises. Economically, their trade has greatly expanded. Clearly, they are sending Trump a message even though Sino-Russian cooperation is well short of an alliance.
Meanwhile, the US-China trade war seems to be providing China with another gift: new diplomatic successes. China’s relationship with Japan has suddenly warmed; Prime Minister Abe Shinzo will be visiting Beijing in October, after he and Xi issued a joint statement in defense of the World Trade Organization and globalization, both of which Trump detests. Economic ties with Germany and South Korea have also improved in the wake of US-China differences. The “China threat” narrative is also harming US businesses and consumers, undermining any prospect of a nuclear deal with North Korea, ceding Asia-Pacific commercial opportunities to China, and preventing cooperation on climate change.
The difficult task of promoting improved human rights conditions in China is now even more difficult. On the rare occasion when Washington raises its voice to defend human rights, it is more easily ignored by Beijing. An example is the US threat of sanctions in response to the incarceration and “reeducation” of as many as one million Uyghurs in Xinjiang Province. The threat is hardly likely to register with Beijing while a trade war is going on. And it puts the onus on the Europeans to prioritize human rights over another hefty trade package with China. So far they don’t seem anxious to sacrifice profits for Muslims.

Coming to Grips with China

China’s role in world politics is changing dramatically. It no longer seeks to “hide its profile and bide its time,” as Deng Xiaoping had advised. To the contrary, many Chinese foreign policy specialists speak of a post-American world, one that is not merely multipolar but in which China is the US’s equal. Some Chinese specialists maintain that China will soon eclipse the US in the Asia-Pacific balance of power. In this new Asia order, China has the ability to defend its territorial claims in nearby waters, and possibly even deter the US from protecting Taiwan. China can step in when US relations with longtime allies fray (e.g., South Korea and Turkey), challenge US policy on high-profile issues (e.g., Iran and North Korea), be the lead voice on globalization, have the financial resources to buy economic dominance and strategic access in developing countries, and be a global leader in energy conservation.
America’s China problem is therefore no longer about “managing China’s rise.” It is about finding ways to more deeply engage China on common problems, such as climate change and energy, while also establishing rules of the road to avoid military confrontations in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. Neither of these paths excludes standing up for human rights (by either side, it should be added), negotiating better trade and investment terms, and confronting aggressive behavior in or beyond East Asia. What they do exclude is treatment of the other as an enemy. Inevitably, China is going to be a global military power to match its widening economic reach, which now extends to Latin America. The US will have to adjust to that new reality and invest more in common security than in containment and trade wars. And that adjustment, as two former US officials and Asia analysts have recently written, starts with “a new degree of humility about the United States’ ability to change China” (Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner, “The China Reckoning,” Foreign Affairs, March-April 2018.)

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

USFS Jobs for You 9/19/18

Forest Service Hiring for 2019 Seasonal and Summer Positions 

SUSANVILLE, Calif. — Get paid to make a difference! Now is your chance to work in a field that allows you to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the National Forest and help sustain the nations’ forests for future generations.

Between September 17 to October 12, 2018, the Lassen National Forest will be just one of the Forest Service locations in California that will be accepting job applications. Positions are available in multiple fields, including fire, recreation, natural resources, timber, engineering, visitor services, and archaeology.

“Caring for the land and serving the people,” is more than just the agency motto. Working for the Forest Service is a rewarding adventure that allows you to give back to your community, improve your National Forests, and learn about natural and cultural conservation.

Those interested must apply between September 17- October 12, 2018, at www.USAJOBS.GOV to be considered.

Individuals interested in finding more information about a specific position should contact their local Forest Service Offices where the position is hosted.

Almanor Ranger District Office          (530) 258-2141

Eagle Lake Ranger District Office     (530) 257-4188

Hat Creek Ranger District Office       (530) 336-5521

For additional employment information visit:

Lassen National Forest webpage:

For fire specific position information visit: .

Congress Can Act 9/19/18

Kevin Martin

U.S. support for the bombing of Yemen to continue, for now – by Kevin Martin

On September 12, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially certifiedSaudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates “…are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments.”  This is required to allow U.S. planes to continue refueling jets for the Saudi/UAE coalition, without which it could not keep dropping bombs on targets in Yemen. Secretary of Defense James Mattis concurred with Pompeo, though congressional legislation required only Pompeo’s say-so.

Anyone who follows international news could be excused for accidentally spitting out their morning coffee at Pompeo’s statement. Among many attacks on civilian targets in Yemen, last month’s bombingof a school bus in a market district, which killed 51 people including 40 children, was among the most horrific, so much so that even Saudi Arabia admitted it was “unjustified.” Of course, the Saudi regime should not be allowed to merely get away with investigating itself (indeed, Human Rights Watch released a 90 page report    which is highly critical of the Saudi-UAE coalition’s investigations into its attacks, particularly on civilians).

That bombing, which shocked the conscience of the global community, was only the latest massacre of civilians in Yemen. In 2016, Saudi attacks on a market and funeral hall killed 252 people. In response, the Obama Administration halted the sale of precision guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, citing human rights concerns, but then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson overturned the ban in March, 2017.

The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen is considered the world’s worst at this moment, with well over 10,000 people having been killed (an estimated 20 percent are children) and 15 million of the total Yemeni population of 23 million considered “food insecure,” according to the United Nations. Add in the planet’s worst outbreak of cholera in some time, affecting over a million people, and one gets a picture of the dire situation since the civil war began in 2015.

The United States is the number one weapons dealer in the world, and Saudi Arabia is our biggest customer, having purchased more than $100 billion in armaments since 2010. The bombs in all three attacks cited above were built by Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest weapons manufacturerand the largest U.S. government contractor of any kind, with net sales of more than $13 billion in just the second quarter of this year. It’s not hyperbole to state Lockheed makes a killing, in more ways than one.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate attempted to intervene to stop U.S. in-air refueling of Saudi jets and other logistical, intelligence and targeting support. The bipartisan measure, led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) failed on a procedural vote, 55 to 44. Similar proposals also fell short in the House of Representatives, but peace- and human rights-minded House leaders, led by Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Jim McGovern (D-MA) and others will soon try againto stop U.S. support for the slaughter, thinking the school bus bombing may have shocked some hearts and may change some minds.

Concerned individuals should contact their House member and demand they support this common sense effort to cease U.S. participation in this tragedy, without which the Saudi-led coalition could not continue and would likely be forced to negotiate more seriously with the Houthi-backed government. Unfortunately, this conflict is depicted as part of a regional Sunni-Shia supremacy struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which supports the Houthis, but the people of Yemen need the nightmare to end, regardless of geostrategic politics.

Another, more long-term action people of conscience can undertake is to ensure one’s investments or other financial instruments do not benefit Lockheed Martin and other weapons contractors profiting from endless wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. Code Pink, Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee and dozens of organizations support the Divest from the War Machinecampaign, where one can find out more about how to divest individual or organizational holdings from the arms merchants. Another good resource, focused on divestment from nuclear weapons manufacturers, which in general are also the largest weapons makers overall, is Don’t Bank on the Bomb.

Divestment is an important long term strategy, and a strong moral statement. However, Congress can act now, and must.

Kevin Martin, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is President of Peace ActionEducation Fund, the country’s largest grassroots peace and disarmament organization with more than 200,000 supporters nationwide. 

Tanner & Freya Guffin 9/19/18

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