Burn Permits Suspended June 1, 2013

CAL FIRE Officials Suspend Burn Permits

TNF Initiates Fire Restrictions


Nevada City…..Effective Saturday, June 1, 2013, residential burn permits will be suspended for Nevada, Placer, and Yuba Counties and fire restrictions will go into effect in the Tahoe National Forest announced both Brad Harris, CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief and Tom Quinn, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor.  “Despite the recent, light rain, conditions in the foothills and the high country remain unseasonably dry for this time of year.  Warming temperatures, dry winds, and very dry fuel moisture levels have prompted this early fire season response,” stated Quinn.    “We have already seen fire activity that is not normally observed until late July or August.  The unusual lack of rain this past winter and spring, prompted the early burn ban and fire restrictions,” said Chief Harris.


Beginning June 1, the burn permit suspension applies to areas in Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties that fall within state responsibility area and local jurisdiction under contract with CAL FIRE.  Anyone who burns in violation of the suspension will be subject to appropriate civil or criminal action and could face cost recovery charges for the fire suppression response.  All fires or smoke reported will be considered a wildfire and a full suppression response will be dispatched to the scene.


In the Tahoe National Forest, beginning June 1, campfires are not permitted in the backcountry but only in developed campgrounds and other designated sites (in the metal rings/grills provided).  Portable stoves, including those that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted in backcountry areas with a valid campfire permit.  Propane-type Bar-B-Q’s can be used outside designated sites where camping is permitted, but charcoal Bar-B-Q’s can only be used in designated campgrounds.  Smoking is only permitted in an enclosed vehicle or developed recreation site.  Internal combustion engines, including off highway vehicles (OHV’s) can continue to be operated on roads or motorized trails and within the Prosser Pits OHV area.  The personal wood cutting program will continue to operate, as long as individuals have a valid woodcutting permit and follow the conditions on the permit. Campfire permits are free and are available at all Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices.


Please check with the appropriate agency for current restrictions when planning to visit any forest, park or open space for the remainder of the summer. For more information on these restrictions, visit the TNF website at www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe  or the Forest Service office nearest you.  Offices are located in Sierraville (530) 994-3401, Truckee (530) 587-3558, Camptonville (530) 288-3231, Foresthill (530) 367-2224, and Nevada City (530) 265-4531.


Although residential landscape debris burning will no longer be allowed, residents must be prepared as the ever-present danger of destructive wildfires is a reality for many living in California.  Defensible space around your home helps firefighters defend your property.  By simply completing these steps, homeowners can dramatically increase the chances of their home surviving a wildfire:


  • Remove all flammable vegetation 30 feet from all structures
  • In an additional 70 feet, create a reduced fuel zone by spacing trees and plants from each other.
  • Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves, and rain gutters.
  • Trim branches six feet from the ground.
  • Remove branches 10 feet from all chimneys.
  • Landscape with fire resistant plants


For more information contact your nearest CAL FIRE facility or visit www.fire.ca.gov

Wednesday May 29, 2013

Well, this week’s thought is about thinking. I think we all need to think a little more. It’s hard to do these days, there is so much information to absorb. But do we really absorb it or are we just reading the words without really thinking about what it means or whether there is any validity. Have we all become knee jerk responders agreeing with what we think we know? Have we lost the ability to stop and say to ourselves, “wait a minute that doesn’t make sense”. Is there really a “common sense”? Will my common sense be the same as yours? I’m one who thinks there really isn’t any one “common sense” and understanding how someone else can come to a different conclusion using the same information is important. It isn’t easy to accept another’s point of view but it isn’t that difficult either.  Okay, I am beginning to ramble here, I need to think about it some more.

So enjoy the photo by Sierra City Photographer Mary Davey and be sure to read all your favorite articles this week. Enjoy.

The Mountain Messenger (real paper) 5/29/13


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Apparently Don Russell, poor fool, doesn't understand what this sign means about his financial health.

5/29/13 Apparently Don Russell, poor fool, doesn’t understand what this sign means about his financial health.

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Time to Think Again 5/29/13


The following is from www.delanceyplace.com and is the daily excerpt. It made me think about the drafters of many documents including the Constitution that we tend to interpret as if the world stopped in 1776 and 1787. I think we all need to think more.

In today’s selection — the paradox between Thomas Jefferson’s authorship of the Declaration of Independence and his ownership of slaves.  When he drafted the Declaration of Independence Jefferson wrote that the slave trade was an “execrable commerce …this assemblage of horrors,” a “cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberties.” Yet when he had the opportunity in 1817 due to a bequest from Revolutionary War hero Thaddeus Kosciuszko, he did not free his slaves.  Jefferson owned more than 600 slaves in his lifetime and at any given time approximately 100 slaves lived on Monticello.  In 1792, Jefferson calculated that he was making a 4 percent profit per year on the birth of black children.  Jefferson’s nail boys alone produced 5,000 to 10,000 nails a day, for a gross income of $2000 in 1796, $35,000 in 2013.”With five simple words in the Declaration of Independence — ‘all men are created equal’ — Thomas Jefferson undid Aristotle’s ancient formula, which had governed human affairs until 1776: ‘From the hour of their birth, some men are marked out for subjection, others for rule.’ In his original draft of the Declaration, in soaring, damning, fiery prose, Jefferson denounced the slave trade as an ‘execrable commerce …this assemblage of horrors,’ a ‘cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberties.’ …

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson byRembrandt Peale, 1800
 Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800 
Isaac Jefferson, ca. 1847, an enslaved blacksmith who worked on Jefferson's plantation.
Isaac Jefferson, ca. 1847
an enslaved blacksmith who 

worked on Jefferson’s 




“But in the 1790s, … ‘the most remarkable thing about Jefferson’s stand on slavery is his immense silence.’ And later, [historian David Brion] Davis finds, Jefferson’s emancipation efforts ‘virtually ceased.’ …

“In 1817, Jefferson’s old friend, the Revolutionary War hero Thaddeus Kosciuszko, died in Switzerland. The Polish nobleman, who had arrived from Europe in 1776 to aid the Americans, left a substantial fortune to Jefferson. Kosciuszko bequeathed funds to free Jefferson’s slaves and purchase land and farming equipment for them to begin a life on their own. In the spring of 1819, Jefferson pondered what to do with the legacy. Kosciuszko had made him executor of the will, so Jefferson had a legal duty, as well as a personal obligation to his deceased friend, to carry out the terms of the document.

“The terms came as no surprise to Jefferson. He had helped Kosciuszko draft the will, which states, ‘I hereby authorize my friend, Thomas Jefferson, to employ the whole [bequest] in purchasing Negroes from his own or any others and giving them liberty in my name.’ Kosciuszko’s estate was nearly $20,000, the equivalent today of roughly $280,000. But Jefferson refused the gift, even though it would have reduced the debt hanging over Monticello, while also relieving him, in part at least, of what he himself had described in 1814 as the ‘moral reproach’ of slavery.

“If Jefferson had accepted the legacy, as much as half of it would have gone not to Jefferson but, in effect, to his slaves — to the purchase price for land, livestock, equipment and transportation to establish them in a place such as Illinois or Ohio. Moreover, the slaves most suited for immediate emancipation — smiths, coopers, carpenters, the most skilled farmers — were the very ones whom Jefferson most valued. He also shrank from any public identification with the cause of emancipation.

“Before his refusal of Kosciuszko’s legacy, as Jefferson mulled over whether to accept the bequest, he had written to one of his plantation managers: ‘A child raised every 2. years is of more profit then the crop of the best laboring man. in this, as in all other cases, providence has made our duties and our interests coincide perfectly…. [W]ith respect therefore to our women & their children I must pray you to inculcate upon the overseers that it is not their labor, but their increase which is the first consideration with us.

“In the 1790s, as Jefferson was mortgaging his slaves to build Monticello, George Washington was trying to scrape together financing for an emancipation at Mount Vernon, which he finally ordered in his will. He proved that emancipation was not only possible, but practical, and he overturned all the Jeffersonian rationalizations. Jefferson insisted that a multiracial society with free black people was impossible, but Washington did not think so. Never did Washington suggest that blacks were inferior or that they should be exiled.

“It is curious that we accept Jefferson as the moral standard of the founders’ era, not Washington. Perhaps it is because the Father of his Country left a somewhat troubling legacy: His emancipation of his slaves stands as not a tribute but a rebuke to his era, and to the prevaricators and profiteers of the future, and declares that if you claim to have principles, you must live by them.

Author: Henry Weincek

Title:  The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson

Publisher: Smithsonian magazine

Date: October 2012

Jesse Eugene Dunnam 1984 – 2013

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Jesse Eugene Dunnam

Born on a beautiful Monday

While the rain fell lightly

October 1, 1984

He peacefully left us on

May 26, 2013

Jesse was greatly loved

And will forever be missed

Remember me when I am gone, the wind, the sand and the sea

Like a seashell found and tucked away on your shelf

Remember me when I’m gone…

A celebration of the Life and Times of Jesse will be held at the home of Dean and Shelly Fischer on June 1 starting at noon with graveside services around 2 p.m.

Gabby Fringette 5/29/13

Ms. Sasquatch

By Gabby Fringette

First I would like to start this gabby by saying Hi! to all my friends, and: brace yourselves.

Saquatch. Another name is Big foot.  Big foot is a large hairy ape-like creature with large feet.

Three years ago, I never would have imagined that a third name for Sasquatch would be ‘Gabby’.

I knew I had an Italian grandma, and I always wondered why she wore a fur coat under her jacket.  It turns out that she never owned a mahogany fur coat, there just wasn’t wax when those pictures were taken.

When I walked down the street and people began film me and started trying to give me fruit, and saying ‘here Sasquatch, good monkey’, I knew it was time to do something about my hair.

I decided to start with my feet, they must be the root of the big foot delusion, and I figured once I got rid of the hair on my toes, I’d be back to a size eight woman’s shoe.

First I tried a razor. Didn’t work; couldn’t reach the roots of my leg hair.

Then I tried waxing; I couldn’t afford actual wax; so first I melted candles. That didn’t work, it couldn’t get a good grip.    Then I tried glue. I skipped the non-toxic yuppie school glue, and went to super glue.

It worked, but the tubes are so small, and the cashier at the hardware store got suspicious when I bought them out.

So I used what glue I had and made fire breaks in my leg hair, and set controlled burns with a Bic.  Then the wind changed and it spread, I panicked and ran out and set the yard on fire, then the neighbor called animal control on what she thought was a flaming grizzly cub.

Well, the fire department put me out just in time: the fire had singed all the hair off my feet.

This caused another problem: it showed my toenails.  Once the brave firemen saw my long, oddly shaped, greenish, and slightly curved toenails, they suddenly had another fire to put out that was so urgent they forgot to roll the hose up before they drove off.

Well, I knew I had to ‘clip’ my toenails, I hadn’t even known they were like this until the hair was gone.

I tried to clip them with toenail clippers, but the first pair I found broke. Then I found a sturdier pair of bolt cutters. I couldn’t cut them myself, so I had my brother help me.

It took him some struggling, but he finally snapped the toenail.  It went flying off and knocked my monitor over. Then we moved all the breakable things and finished the job.

Next, he went over to the neighbor to borrow her sheep shears.

I couldn’t go since the video of Sasquatch wearing my favorite jeans and top went viral.

After shearing me, we sold the hair and made a nice profit, and half of it went to by my brother new gloves, since he lost one trying to get to the roots of my back hair.

Jerusha 5/29/13

Volume V #257
May 29, 2013
I have a friend named Pat that told me about your online dating service.  I was thrilled by the news because all my life I have suffered from chronic flatulence which makes it difficult to find someone that I can date and not have a problem with my situation.  I am curious about whether you would ever date anyone that has chronic flatulence?
Thank you, Vicki M., Los Gatos
Dear Vicki:
Do you notice how I address you with the salutation “Dear” rather than just the abrupt way you began your letter, you need to get manners young lady. I, of course, should not be surprised as you even bring up an issue gentle young woman with never discuss in public. I think I mean “genteel”, I’m not sure but anyhow what really matters is bringing this up at all. Once again this is NOT an online dating service, I have not even gotten one date for myself out of this column, not that I am trying and I am single and available, which doesn’t matter, but just so the facts are straight. Meanwhile flatulence is often a genetic issue, so I am sure if anyone in your family like a sister, or an aunt, experiences  flatulence then you do too. Oh… but wait this isn’t about you, it’s about “Pat” right?
Sincerely, Jerusha
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