Wednesday February 27, 2013

Well this week there is a lot of news even without a Board of Supervisors meeting. Be sure to read this weeks Mountain Messenger too, as there is always an interesting take on local events.

The picture is by Mary Davey of Sierra City, this is one of the best views I have seen of one of my favorite views the Sierra County Bear looking up at the Sierra Buttes Lookout. So amazing, always amazing to me when some say they don’t see the bear. Do you?

The Fringe is here along with Gabby and Carol’s movie and book review. Carrie’s Corner and Java, Cooter and Jerusha. Our guest columnists have a lot to say be sure to read them. Have fun reading and see you next week

From The Bench 5/8/13

5/8/13

Unofficial Bench Photographer reminds us of what was happening a couple of months ago..

5/8/13 Unofficial Bench Photographer Lodhi reminds us of what was happening a couple of months ago..

 

5/1/13 Today Cherry Simi, Feather Ortiz and Jean Clark are busy during the town clean-up day working at the Bell Tower.

Cherry Simi, Feather Ortiz and Jean Clark working at the Bell Tower

5/1/13 Cherry Simi, Feather Ortiz and Jean Clark working at the Bell Tower

Feather, Cherry and Jean are responsible for Bell Tower being spiffy once again.

5/1/13 Feather, Cherry and Jean are responsible for Bell Tower being spiffy once again.

Sandy Marshall pitches in on her lunch hour from the District Attorney's Office.

5/1/13  Sandy Marshall pitches in on her lunch hour from the District Attorney’s Office.

 

Feather's Flowers is open again.. start sprucing up your yard, hanging plants and flowers...

5/1/13 Feather’s Flowers is open again.. start sprucing up your yard, hanging plants and flowers…

 

 

 

4/24/13 Last week Audie and Ed Wharton celebrated their 10th Anniversary at Coyoteville Cafe. Helping to celebrate was daughter Kayla, grandson Wyatt and Daddy Mike  visiting from Utah..

Mike, Audie, Kayla and baby

Mike, Audie, Kayla and Wyatt

Is this a happy grandma or what??

Is this a happy grandma or what??

Meanwhile in Sierra City.......

Meanwhile in Sierra City…….

 

 

4/17/13 County Supervisor Lee Adams recently visited Alleghany and the Plumbago Mine site with Mike Miller.

Plumbago Stamp Mill near Alleghany

Plumbago Stamp Mill near Alleghany

Stamps at the Plumbago Mine

Stamps at the Plumbago Mine

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4/3/13 This is so bad. When you are talking to someone and need to keep track of names, places, events, reasons why and all that information that makes readers interested in reading be sure to keep accurate notes that you don’t lose… I lost two sets of notes this week about some great stuff happening and all I have our the pictures cause I lost my notes. Well I gave these people the website information, so if this is you… please email me and give me the real skinny again… thank you.

This is the motorcycle guy that is part of a rally driving around the country taking pictures of fire stations. The one who gets the most gets the beer. So Downieville VFD is on the list and he took the picture and posted it but I lost my notes so can't tell you where.. DARN

4/3/13 This is the motorcycle guy that is part of a rally driving around the country taking pictures of fire stations. The one who gets the most gets the beer. So Downieville VFD is on the list and he took the picture and posted it but I lost my notes so can’t tell you where.. DARN

and then here is the group led by Sean Raft who will be shooting some of the scenes for their upcoming film in Downieville , thank you Lodhi and Cory Peterman for showing them around town.

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3/27/13

Story of brief flurry of law enforcement activity at a Stop sign in Downieville…

Sgt Tim Standley directs traffic at Stop sign in Downieville as CHP Officer Zack Zostic supervises.

1.  Sgt Tim Standley directs traffic at Stop sign in Downieville as CHP Officer Zack Zostic supervises.

Sgt Tim looks at next vehicle in disbelief of the violation...

#2. Sgt Tim looks at next vehicle in disbelief of the violation… as CHP Zack watches..

Sgt Standley gives explicit directions to driver to keep moving while CHP Zack stops smiling

#3  Sgt Standley gives explicit directions to driver to keep moving while CHP Zack stops smiling..

Zack & Tim contemplate whether handcuffs or the taser would be appropriate and driver quickly drives away.

#4 Zack & Tim contemplate whether handcuffs or the taser would be appropriate and driver quickly drives away.

3/13/13

The first Bench Birthday 2013. Carol Marshall serves Tom Schumann his 76th birthday Brownie.

The first Bench Birthday 2013. Carol Marshall serves Tom Schumann his 76th birthday Brownie.

Barbara Seley, Lodhi, and Tom, John Funk's knee

Barbara Seley, Lodhi, and Tom, John Funk’s knee

Liz, Barbara, David, Carol, Tom and John

Liz, Barbara, David, Carol, Tom and John and Gary’s elbow

Liz, Barbara, David, Carol, Tom, John, Gary, Lou and the other Tom on the Bench

It’s officially Bench season, Liz, Barbara, David, Carol, Tom, John, Gary, Lou and the other Tom on the Bench

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3/6/13

Contractor Jon Klinglehoffer works on the Gallows restoration. It will be ready for the tourists... if you know what I mean...

3/6/13 Contractor Jon Klingelhofer works on the Gallows restoration. It will be ready for the tourists… if you know what I mean… Photo by MA

 

2/27/13

Carol & David Marshall, Alicia Hannah Ford and Matt Wilson at Tanner Pangman's 8th birthday clue hunt through Downieville..

Carol & David Marshall, Alicia Schofield, Hannah Ford and Matt Wilson at Tanner Pangman’s 8th birthday clue hunt through Downieville..

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This week the Fringe said, “Nothing for me, just don’t put anything!  Too busy, not inspired, don’t feel like bitching, not interested in the news, maybe next week who knows gotta run taking the kids to dance class”. However, when he and the kids arrived at the dance class they realized they forgot there wasn’t one today… but he still didn’t write anything. Bad Fringe.

Meanwhile be sure to check out our regulars and many other interesting articles this week, just go to the menu below the gorgeous picture overlooking the courthouse bridge in Downieville taken during the Tuesday’s snowstorm by Lee Adams and click on the link, when through reading the article scroll back to the menu and click on the next.

Sheriff John Evans wrote a letter to Senator Feinstein  and I just want to say in a brief response there were no automatic assault weapons when the Constitution was drafted. There were not States National Guard, as we now have, which serves as our present day militia. Automobiles didn’t require licensed drivers and insurance…. oh that’s right… there were no automobiles then…. maybe we should rethink
ourselves into the 21st century.  All I want is no multi shot automatic assault weapons in the hands of the citizenry, license and insurance if you carry a gun, there is no need, for cops and the military that’s a different story.   I feel  pressure from conspiracy theorists and corporate NRA pressure, the sale of weapons and ammunition is no small thing, a reason to continue wars and encourage fear and gun buying is a large part of the hysteria being generated in the gun controversy. We need to step back and rethink rule by fear, it doesn’t work for a truly free society.

Bears, we live in bear country, in 27 days it will be Spring and Momma bears and their cubs start appearing, lets be ready to help them survive by keeping them wild. Living with Bears in CA , we have great local resources. Cracker Eshleman at cracker.e@att.net  is very helpful and check out Bear League let’s try to keep the tragic bear stories at bay this year.

There is an amazing young outdoor wilderness writer, Drew Fisher, and you can read his interesting articles here Wilderness 1st Responder and Adventure Leadership, I’m not prejudiced just because he has the same last name and might be my grandson.

So that’s all folks for this week, see you next Wednesday.

Wednesday February 13, 2013

The day before Valentine’s Day. Tomorrow there will be a plethora of flowers, candies, and other sweet gifts to ones beloveds, whether they be loved partners, children or pets. No chocolates for dogs! I’m allergic to flowers, I have received them over the years and loved them for a moment before passing them on to someone who can appreciate them without the runny eyes, nose and sneezing fits. My Vitamin C has to be without rosehips or my tongue tingles and my face gets red, but enough about me. Well one year I received flowers from my son and daughter-in-law, I came home to find tattered broken flowers in a vase on my table, as I wondered why they had given me such sad looking flowers… this is why….  so I discovered another reason why flowers don’t work for me…

Jasper likes flowers

Jasper likes flowers

What I am trying to say is- have a Happy Valentine’s Day. Your  favorite columns are all here. Be sure to check out the Fringe Safe Guns, and of course Carol’s MoviesCarol’s Books , Carrie’s CornerCooter, Gabby,  Java, and Jerusha . Our guest columnists have a lot to add this week. See Winslow Myers , John LaForge and Laura Finley .

This week’s cover photo is by Lynn Zanetta, a storm coming into Downieville. Lynn is a talented photographer and much of her work can be seen and purchased at the Downieville Day Spa.

Wednesday February 6, 2013

2/6/13 Tomorrow we are suppose to get some snow, maybe even down to 2,500′ elevation, so I thought this photo of deer in Don Yegge’s back yard last summer would give us a look forward. The forecast says only cold and icy till next week and then another warm, well to the 40’s which is shirt sleeve weather in Sierra County.

I’m recommending a site for your reading ideas. I get an “eclectic excerpt” every day and they are always food for thought and you might even want to order a book you find there. Today’s made me cringe but you have to face the realities of the not so niceties of war at some point. Anyhow shouldn’t be editorializing here… but check out delanceyplace.com .

Make sure to see our regulars… Carol at the Movies ,  Cooter , Carol’s Books , GabbyJava , Jerusha , Mt Mess , Sheriff’s Log , and of course the Board of Supervisors

So have another good week, watch out for the snow, get ready for the Cabin Fever Spaghetti Feed on February 16th and find a great mask for the Masquerade Snowball on the 23rd.

The usual stuff is up so check out

Board of Supervisors 2/6/13

2/5/13  Downieville — The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in Downieville for a quick, and somewhat tame session with no hurled words of anger or derision. In fact at one point frogs were claimed to be loved.

However, Supervisor Lee Adams reported on the Finance Committee meeting suggesting there may be a $450,000 deficit in the this years budget according to Auditor/Treasurer/Tax Collector Van Maddox.  Adams at one point during the meeting expressed concern about being able to keep the street lights on, “who knows how bad it will get”.

Supervisor Roen wanted the Board to be prepared for the possibility of the Yellow-legged Frog being responsible for the listing of portions of the Tahoe National Forest and other properties in Sierra County as critical habitat for the endangered species.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

According to The Center for Biological Diversity, “mountain yellow-legged frog was once the most abundant amphibian in the Sierra Nevada and Transverse Ranges of Southern California. Only a few decades ago, it was difficult to walk around many of California’s alpine lakes without tripping over these diminutive “mountain gnomes.” Today the hardy survivors of freezing, high-elevation winters are vulnerable to a host of modern threats, which have driven the frogs extinct in more than 93 percent of their old mountain homes”. see more here Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged frog

Supervisor Paul Roen declares his love for frogs, especially the Yellow Legged Frog

Supervisor Paul Roen declares his love for frogs, especially the Yellow Legged Frog

In other business the Board of Supes authorized the Auditor/Treasurer/Tax Collector, Van Maddox to make adjustments to the 2012/13 County budget wages and benefits in the District Attorney’s Office and Maintenance Department.

Janice Maddox of Health and Human Services was successful in her quest to fill the Chief Accounting Technician position through internal promotions and recruitment. Maddox suggested having the employee working out of above the job classification was like having an “ant carry a pork chop”, which caused Chair Scott Schlefstein to be momentarily confused trying to get the picture in his head.  The department has 29 employees Supervisor Adams wondered how many employees were really needed for a county with 3200 residents. Maddox pointed out the needs are there evidenced by a $50,000 food stamp outlay, which included families who are working but there paycheck just isn’t enough. Supervisor Beard suggested mandates from the state required the county to enact programs.

Once again the Fiscal Year 2009 Homeland Security Grant program had the Board rescinding a 2012 Resolution and authorizing expenditures.

An update on Secure Rural Schools Funding was lengthy. Director of Planning and Public Works Tim Beals told the Board the secure schools funding payments are going to be late and it is the bread and butter of road fund. Currently Sierra County only receives  50% of what was alloted under the Clinton administration. Beals suggested Congress has loss its’ perspective as the Road Fund is no different to our needs than Dept of Defense to the country.. The Secure Rural Schools funding was designed to  make up for the USFS and other agencies aquisition of lands.  He believes Congress has loss perspective on why programs have been put into place.

An unknown bearded man came into the Board room sat for a while and then left.

An unknown bearded man came into the Board room sat for a while and then left.

Discussion continued about splinter groups attempting to force the USFS to allow more mining and timber production as a means of reclaiming funds. Board members felt this type of pressure would not work and it would be better to have a unified front making the case to Congress for the importance of the Secure Rural Schools funding to continue. Supervisor Lee Adams, RCRC rep for Sierra County said the SRS is the number one priority for them and they are concerned about groups looking for a way out. The Board agreed attacking the USFS with a bad attitude wouldn’t work and help nothing.

The Board decided to send a letter to Tom Tidwell, Chief of USFS requesting a portion of the fire settlement funds be directed to the County of Sierra as discussed at the Quincy Library Group (QLG). Beals brought up the issue of the QLG is now in peril as it has not been reauthorized and that has to be addressed. Without the reauthorization even the Sierraville Ranger District will be endangered.Supervisor Beard suggested the Board prepare a Resolution in support of QLG to be brought back to the next meeting in Loyalton.

The issue of funding an increase to wages of In Home Supportive Services was revisited and after a discussion the Board approved $10,000 in the IHSS budget to increase those employees by $1 per hour. The money comes from the State but the Board approves the budget. An unwieldy arrangement as pointed out by the  Supervisors would be like the Board telling CHP or CalTrans how to spend its money.

The threat of Medi-Cal funding cuts and the potential closure of the EPHCD Skilled Nursing Facility in Loyalton was taken seriously by the Board who immediately drafted a Resolution with the help of H&HS Director Janice Maddox. Resolution Hospital

Medi-Cal has demanded repayment of millions of dollars from small rural health providers, clinics and hospitals retroactive to August of 2011. This action has jeopardized many rural areas and is a real threat to Eastern Plumas Health Care and its satellite long term skilled nursing facility in Loyalton.

Meanwhile Brandy Ramirez of Sierra City was appointed to the Sierra County Children and Families Commission (First Five.

Bruce Coons of Alleghany was appointed to the Pliocene Ridge Community Services District.

Richard Devore of Sierra Brooks was appointed to the Area 4 Agency on Aging Advisory Council.