Arin Wharff, RDA 7/31/13


Arin Wharff, RDA

Arin Wharff, RDA

Downieville High School graduate Arin Wharff graduated from Carrington College in Sacramento after completing the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Program. Arin the daughter of Robert and Diane Wharff of Goodyears Bar is working for Dr. J.S. Fletcher, DDS in Grass Valley. Congratulations Arin.

From The Bench 7/31/13


David Marshall spotted this Model T Ford from Dutch Flat in the Community Hall Parking Lot.

7/31/13 David Marshall spotted this Model T Ford from Dutch Flat in the Community Hall Parking Lot.Notice the old gas can carrier on the running board.


Cherry Simi spots a 57' Harley in the Visitor Center Lot

7/31/13 Cherry Simi spots a 57′ Harley in the Visitor Center Lot

Another Great Hike 7/31/13

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Galena Falls Loop Hike

by Mark

Galena1I am always excited to find some hiking that is not as busy as other Tahoe classics. Often these trails are in the same areas as their more famous counterparts, and offer a similar, but different experience to hikers.

Mount Rose does offer some fantastic views, being one of the highest peaks in Tahoe. Access to the Mount Rose trailhead is convenient to both Reno and Tahoe, at the summit of Highway 431 between Incline Village and Reno. The bad news is that the hike to the summit ends in a steep climb to 10,780 feet. The last few miles of the hike look like a moonscape, with very limited flora and fauna. The weather can also be unforgiving, with frequent wind and thunderstorms. We have encountered snow storms every month of the year at the summit of Mount Rose.

The Galena Falls loop offers a good alternative, with nice variations in flora and quite a bit of fauna too. The weather is also a bit more tame that the summit of Rose. The trailhead is the same as the summit hike, leaving from just behind the restrooms at the 431 summit parking lot. The trail rises gently above Tahoe Meadows and offers a wide assortment of wildflowers.

After the initial climb, the trail meanders up and down over the next 2 miles to Galena Falls. There is a lot of cool decomposed granite features along the way. It’s also easy to find evidence of numerous winter avalanches in the area. Galena Falls is not huge; it’s more of a cascade that is roughly 70 feet at most. This year, the flow is a bit meager, due to the dry nature of last winter. There’s still plenty of water for a cool shower and water play.

The ability to create a loop is a recent thing. The Tahoe Rim Trail now passes by Galena Falls. Although it is possible to scramble directly to the top of the falls, you create a real danger for the many kids and families at the base of the falls. The TRT zig-zags to the top of the falls to the left. It’s the steepest section of the hike. Save your lunch for the top of the falls. there’s a natural little bench near the top. This is one of my absolute favorite lunch spots in the Sierra.

From the top of the falls, there’s a bit of a climb into Relay Meadows, and then the trail once again is a gently rolling easy hike. It looks daunting as you curve around and view Relay Peak and the southern ridge. Suddenly, you’ll go around the corner and find a very low saddle to exit the basin. At this saddle you will find the dirt road that allows  vehicle access to the telecommunications equipment at Relay Peak. Keep left to begin the descent back toward Tahoe Meadows.


Frog Pond will be on your right. It’s a delightful place to let your dig swim or let kids discover tadpoles. If you spend anytime in the meadow, you will see many different forms of butterflies and dragon flies. I have taken a couple of kids groups here this summer. They love Frog Pond and so does Rossi, our golden retriever.

Galena5Some people have written off this hike because the next section is technically a vehicle maintenance road, not a trail. That said, it’s one of the lead crowded trails in Tahoe. I have hiked this section several days without seeing another person. As you proceed south, there are some stunning views of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Meadows and Carson Valley.

About two miles down the road, you’ll find a spur trail to the left. Follow this trail for 6/10 of a mile to return to the 431 Summit Trailhead. I have heard varying reports on the length of this loop. Some say it is as short as 6 miles, I find I have normally done closer to 7.5 miles with side excursions and diversions.

We’re gearing up for a trip to Mount Hood next weekend – we’ll have another report on skiing soon. Flying over the Sierra crest yesterday revealed a very brown scene in the Sierra this summer….

Sierra County District Attorney Cases WE July 26, 2013

Larry Allen, Sierra County District Attorney

Cases weekending July 26, 2013

Justin Lobardo-Barton (21) North San Juan. Sentencing on violation of probation for failure to keep contact with Probation. His underlying conviction was animal cruelty and hit and run for running over a dog that was working a cattle drive. Sixteen months State Prison. Restitution Order for $16,206.29 was entered.

Trinidad Ledesma III (25) Grass Valley. Violation of probation for failure to follow orders of Probation. Seventy-two days jail, probation reinstated. His underlying conviction was felony vandalism to jail property.

Dakota Dubois (25) Grass Valley. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, failure to appear. Sixty days jail.

Andrea Freeman (30) Grass Valley. Violation of probation for committing a new offense – hit and run. Her underlying conviction was for driving under the influence with two prior convictions. One year jail, probation terminated unsuccessfully.

Fulgencio Sarratea (19) Reno. Driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more. Three years probation, 2 days jail, fine $2460, alcohol school, and a one year license suspension because he is under 21 years of age.

Frank Lister (43) Loyalton. Sentencing on burglary conviction. Three years probation, 30 days jail, fine $1259, 40 hours of community service, and must successfully complete Sierra County Drug Court Program.

John Church (42) Loyalton. No valid driver’s license. Six months probation, fine $635.

Meg & Mik at the Fair August 16

Meg & Mik will open the Plumas Sierra County Fair August 16

Meg & Mik will open the Plumas Sierra County Fair August 16

Quincy–These two young ladies will be performing on Friday, August 16 at the Plumas Sierra County Fair. They will be taking the Wold Amusement Stage under the tent at 6 p.m. before the popular surf band; Tiki Lounge Lizards.
This female duo’s, Meg and Mik, sweet acoustic stylings of pop, country and alternative are getting them noticed. Raised in Plumas County, these Portola High School teens have been performing separately from a very young age. For the past several months they have come together as Meg & Mik. Their eclectic taste in music is influenced by Colbie Caillat, Maroon 5, Dixie Chicks and Christina Perry. One of their favorite musical quotes is, “Music exists to speak the words we can’t express.”-unknown
Meg Maddalena is a sophomore and honors student. She is a dedicated athlete, playing three sports. Meg enjoys volleyball, basketball and golf. She is planning on studying business after high school and is considering Sacramento State or Sonoma State University. She sings lead, harmony and plays rhythm.
Mikayla Quesenberry is a freshman and honor student at Portola High School as well.  She has been playing the guitar for five years. She also plays ukulele and sings back-up. Mikayla plays soccer and basketball and hopes to attend Stanford University to earn a medical degree.
Meg & Mik believe that, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”- Plato
You can follow Meg & Mik on Facebook at


SCARF Needs Your Help 7/31/13

The Sierra County Animal Relief Fund is currently seeking members to join our Board of Directors, and is also seeking general members.  Position openings are President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  We are also looking for volunteers to help in the following areas:
Community Outreach – helping at events and talking at schools and local organizations
Grants – researching and submitting
Event Coordinator – finding and developing events for fundraising/outreach programs, booths, bakers for events, set-up, staffing, break-down, etc.
Storage – we need storage for both our organization supplies and/or controlled storage for pet food distribution.  Having a storage place for food is our biggest need, and will cut down on pet food costs by allowing us to take food donations from the public.
Travel – distributing food, transport of animals to vet appointments, and transport of injured animals (we have been used by emergency services when an animal has been involved in an accident, and contacted by the public regarding hurt or distressed animals)
Volunteer Coordinator
Food Donations – purchase pet food on a case-by-case basis
Recycle Program – people to accept recyclables and take them down to a paying recycle center
We are always looking for people to become members, and help come up with ideas to allow ARF to grow and help even more animals and their families. Call or email to 289-2720 or or visit the website at for more information.

Area 4 Agency on Aging News 7/31/13

The Area 4 Agency on Aging (A4AA) serving Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties has launched a Facebook page to help share information on events and resources for older adults in these seven counties.
The Facebook page can be found at .
A4AA is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) with non-profit status that provides a system of services for persons 60 years of age and over. As an area funding agency, we award contractual grants for nutrition, supportive services, caregiver programs, health promotion, health insurance counseling, ombudsman services and other programs designed to meet specific needs of older persons within their community.
All of the A4AA’s programs are provided free of charge, but donations are accepted.
For additional information visit our Facebook page or the Agency website at

JAWS at the Yuba Theatre Friday 8/2/13


Sierra County Arts Council

Movie Night!
“Jaws” comes to the Yuba Theatre in Downieville

Friday, August 2nd at 8:00 PM

Director: Steven Spielburg.

Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss.


There has never been a movie or a phenomenon like JAWS, the terrifying motion picture from the horrific best seller and one of the most popular films of all time. Directed by Steven Spielberg and acclaimed by critics worldwide, JAWS continues to shock moviegoers with its riveting tale of three men who become allied in a life-and-death hunt to destroy a killer embodying nearly three tons of instant white death.


A great kick-off to the Downieville Downhill Classic Bike Race Weekend, this program is co-sponsored with Santa Cruz Bicyclesand is part the Sierra County Arts Council’s “Movie Nights” series with funding from the Bill Graham Foundation. The Sierra County Arts Council is a local partner of the California Arts Council.


$5.00 Suggested Donation.

About the Arts CouncilThe Sierra County Arts Council is a member-supported 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public benefit corporation established in 1981 to promote, support and advocate the arts throughout Sierra County, California.Join Our Mailing List

Carol’s Books 7/31/13

Carol Says:
I can Dance:  My Life With A Disability
by Laurie Hoirup     Non-fiction
I was at the State Fair, making my way to the Sierra County booth where David and I were volunteering, when I made my way to the “Authors Booth” section.  It’s really not a booth, but an area where you can meet the authors and see their books.  I was drawn to a table where a lady sat behind the table and her friend was sitting next to her.  No!  Not a friend, but the author!  She was sitting in a wheelchair and I was just drawn to her.
Laurie was born with a form of Muscular Dystrophy (spinal muscular atrophy SMA, to be exact).  In this book, she opens her heart to us and explains in intimate detail her life.  She is just so optimistic!   We learn about her schooling from K-12, about friends, interacted in the sports programs, and was just involved with everything.  Even though she was in a wheelchair, her friends included her on all of their adventures.  They took her everywhere and even helped with her personal needs of showers and washing of hair, and bathroom needs.  I had to wonder, if my best friend (and Laurie had many) would I have done the same for my friend as they did her?  I think I would have.  And she made me remember my life as a child through the various school grades, as she remembered them to us.  Laurie gives us lots to think about in her book, and a few times I had to put it down and just sit and think about what she wrote.  Another reoccurring theme was a constant need to find a caregiver.  Laurie could not get out of her chair alone, nor cook, get to the bathroom, shower, wash her hair, and at a later point feed herself (the list goes on) and so caregivers came and went for various reasons in their own life.  So there was a constant need to have a caregiver and to find a new one.  She just worked it all out!
We go through her teen years and really, up to her current age.  Laurie attended college, earned her Masters Degree, married, has 2 wonderful children, had one fabulous job and then was offered the job of Chief Deputy Director for the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (that is the short version of her life).  When I purchased the book, she gave me the caveat that there is explicit sexual information in the book.  She wants to educate people on all aspects of life for a person, in her situation, what life is like.   And really, she has had a wonderful life in spite of the MD and all of the complications because she had a wonderful mother, Bill (her father), and her husband JR Hoirup.    There is not enough room here to talk about these 3 wonderful people and how they have helped form and enrich her life – you just have to read it!  With the love and encouragement from each of these people, Laurie see’s the bright side of life and does not dwell on the problems encountered.  Now, here is her web-site if you want more information:
 Amazon says:

Book Description

Publication Date: March 14, 2012
I Can Dance tells of a child diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy who achieved education (bachelor’s and master’s degree), friendships, family, and professional employment as teacher and administrator. Throughout, the author speaks with frank intimacy about her life with a disability, the good, the bad, and the sometimes strange and surprising. I Can Dance will open eyes and hearts to the potential of people with even severe physical disabilities and show a unique and vibrant individual growing and thriving amidst challenges and opportunities in the lively background of the 1960s and 1970s and beyond, from childhood to grandparenthood. This is a life lived fully and told with enthusiasm. Foreword by Catherine Campisi, former Director, California Department of Rehabilitation, and disability advocate.

The Shack is Open 7/31/13

Downieville– In early June, Robin Bolle decided to open up a store that would benefit the community.
Thus became The Shack. Located at 206 Main Street in Downieville, The Shack features consignment items, clothing mining relics, gem specimans and a little of this and that.
Robin, the single mother of two, opened her shop within one week of deciding on the idea. She gathered up donations in the spur of the moment, pulled from her own collections and with help from others opened her doors to the public.
For now, Robin’s shop also has some great name-brand items; Volcom, Quicksilver and O’neil, just to name a few, in time for back-to-school shopping.
The Shack is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 to 6. If  you are looking for something specific  call at 289-3203, there are special seasonal plans for Halloween and Christmas.
“So far it has been a blast! I couldn’t have done it without the help of Karlee Bolle and my kids Eliane and Arroyo” said Robin.
Robin not only keeps the Shack up and running, with lots of new items whenever possible, she is also a full-time mom, and works another part-time job and is very active in the community,. Her most recent community event being the Walk-a-Thon. which she organized to raise money for the Alleghany park.
The Shack and Robin will continue to help out the community and school whenever possible.

Carol’s Movies 7/31/13

Carol Says:
Ghost Town
Well, here is the thing:  I have not seen a new movie in the past few weeks.  So, I am going to go back in time and talk a little about a movie we saw a few years ago:  Ghost Town.  One of the reasons I know we liked this movie is because we saw it a few times.  Ricky Gervais plays a serious (well, somewhat serious) roll of a dentist.  He meets Tia Leone and falls in love with her – only after meeting her deceased husband, Greg Kinnear (no relations ship to Kenny Kinnear, that I know of).  I thought it was a delightful movie.
As I recall, they lived in the same building as each other, and then Greg dies.  And Ricky is to give a message to Tia.  Or, maybe not.  I just cannot remember it all.  Except I know it was delightful and that you should watch this movie.  It only got a few stars, but, what do they know.

Netflix Says:

Ghost Town

2008PG-13102 minutesBritish funnyman Ricky Gervais (“The Office,” “Extras”) stars in his first feature film lead as Bertram Pincus, a hapless gent who’s pronounced dead, only to be brought back to life with an unexpected gift: a newfound ability to see ghosts. When Bertram crosses paths with the recently departed Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), he gets pulled into Frank’s desperate bid to break up his widowed wife’s (Téa Leoni) pending marriage to another man.

Ricky GervaisTéa LeoniGreg KinnearKristen WiigAlan RuckBilly CampbellDanai Jekesai GuriraAasif MandviUzimannDennis Albanese,Megan Byrne
David Koepp

Carrie’s Corner 7/31/13

Carrie’s Corner
By: Carrie A. Blakley
While I am one of those technology-loving people, I am also equally cautious when a new health product shows up on the market, especially if that health product seems ‘too good to be true’. Technology has brought us so many wonderful things into our lives, and the rate of technological advancement is astounding these days. However, no matter the amount of technology we see, there are a few things that we just can’t seem to get a grasp on yet. For example, the ‘common cold’. Every single doctor, and nurse, on the face of this planet will tell you, there is no ‘cure’ for the common cold. People who are not in the medical industry will scratch their heads and think: “We have the ability to put more computer power into a cell phone, than it took us to get to the moon….but we can’t handle the common cold?” Yes. That is true. Then again, to rationalize that thought, we only had to send one rocket to the moon, not 99 of them.
Summer colds can be most bothersome, mostly because it’s difficult to wrap our minds around how we got the cold. It’s hot. It’s humid. There’s little, to no, breeze in the air, and what breeze is in the air is akin to sticking your head into an oven that’s been heated to 450 degrees. How do we get the cold, if we’re not cold? That’s where the biggest misconception comes in. I read an article one time from the CDC (Center for Disease Control), where one doctor blatantly stated: “You could run naked in the sub-zero areas of Alaska, and not catch a cold”. He was referring to the fact that you do not have to feel cold, in order to catch a cold. Then, there are people that will say “Summer colds are the worst”. Which, can be true for many people.
Many people are fighting the heat in the Summer. They are also more active in the Summer, and therefore, their bodies are working twice as hard to keep healthy. When a cold virus strikes, that is basically putting your body’s immune system into warp drive, and more often than not, it can’t handle it. So, you have a cold virus in you, that’s having its own little party, and it will do so until it is darn well ready to leave your system. Nevermind the cold cures. They don’t cure the cold, they simply stifle the symptoms. If you can, try and prevent getting a cold. Cover your mouth when you cough, or sneeze. Make sure that your nasal passages are as clear as possible from any phlegm, and keep your body as ‘on track’ as possible by eating properly, and drinking plenty of fluids (avoid alcohol and caffeine) to keep your body hydrated. Let’s face it, you should be the one having the party….not a cold virus.

Health Advisory from NSAQMD 7/31/13

Smoke Advisory for Nevada, Plumas and Sierra Counties

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District is issuing an air quality health advisory to notify the public of the potential for poor air quality conditions in Plumas, Sierra and Nevada Counties due to smoke from multiple fires in Oregon and the Aspen Fire near Fresno. The Oregon fires are especially heavy smoke producers, and in a somewhat unusual pattern the smoke has been traveling offshore, then south over the ocean and back inland in the San Francisco Bay Area. Additionally, smoke from the Aspen Fire has been drifting north along the foothills at a different elevation. This pattern is likely to continue through Tuesday and possibly beyond. Smoke concentrations are expected to intermittently be in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range throughout the region, and are expected to vary during the course of each day depending on wind speed, wind direction and other smoke dispersion factors. Smoke may settle in low-lying areas overnight and is likely to be spread across the northern Sierras throughout the daytime hours.

If you smell smoke, or see smoke around you, consider restricting your outside activities. Until the potential for poor air quality subsides, individuals should consider taking the following actions:
– Healthy people should delay strenuous exercise, particularly when they can smell smoke.
– Children and elderly people should consider avoiding outdoor activities, particularly prolonged outdoor exertion.
– People with respiratory illnesses should remain indoors when smoke can be seen or smelled outside. Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan.
– Contact your doctor if you have symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath, or severe fatigue. This is important for not only people with chronic lung or heart disease, but also for individuals who have not been previously diagnosed with such illnesses. Smoke can unmask or produce symptoms of such diseases.
– Keep airways moist by drinking lots of water. Breathing through a warm, wet washcloth can also help relieve dryness.

In general, when smoke concentrations are elevated it is advisable to stay indoors with windows and doors closed and set air-conditioners on re-circulate. Do not run swamp coolers or whole house fans.

Disposable particulate respirators found at hardware stores can be effective at reducing exposure to smoke particles as long as they seal closely to the wearer’s face. Look for respirators that have two straps and have the words NIOSH and either P100 or N95  printed on the filter material. Warning: particulate respirators will not provide complete protection in very smoky conditions and may even interfere with proper breathing. It should also be noted that there is some controversy surrounding the use of particulate respirators because of the many variables that may hinder their proper use.

When feasible, pets should be brought indoors when outdoor air quality is poor.

Studies have linked fine particulate matter (smoke) with significant health problems, including work and school absences, respiratory related hospital admissions, aggravated asthma, acute respiratory symptoms (including severe chest pain, gasping, and aggravated coughing), chronic bronchitis, decreased lung function, and premature death.

A good internet site for current local fire information is

Sheriff’s Public Log 7/22/13 to 7/28/13


SO BadgeSierra County Sheriff’s Office Public Logs


  • A report of loud music at 3 a.m. in Loyalton
  • Keys left in the Downieville PO are now at the Sheriff’s Office
  • Court commitment person booked in Downieville
  • Missing yellow Lab in Sattley


  • Court commitment in Downieville
  • and another court commitment in Downieville
  • Several bags of trash dumped on Spring St in Sierra City
  • Truckee caller reports losing wallet in Downieville Grocery
  • Possible fire reported in Loyalton
  • Welfare check request on EPHC patient
  • Court Commitment in Downieville
  • Request to notify camper to return home for medical emergency
  • Eggs being thrown at cars in Loyalton
  • Obscene phone call in Loyalton


  • Burglar alarm going off in Sierra City
  • 90 yr old male with stomach pain in Loyalton
  • Theft reported in Loyalton
  • Family fight in Sierra City
  • Report of driver in wrong lane several times between Sierra City and DVL
  • A bear was reported to have been in Loyalton on the 20th of July
  • Cell phone found near the Falls in Downieville now at Sheriff’s Office
  • Juvenile female fell off a horse in Sierraville needs ambulance
  • Civil dispute file in Sierra City
  • Harassing phone calls from Loyalton
  • Loud person playing music in the Sierra City street
  • Clark Station static calls 9-1-1


  • Alarm sounding in Sierra City
  • Smoke reported in canyon near Loyalton
  • House burglarized in Loyalton while resident was camping
  • Civil dispute filed in Camptonville
  • And again, same place
  • Juvenile caller needs assistance in Downieville
  • Marijuana grow noticed by Deputy in Sierra City
  • Reading glasses found in Downieville at the river now at the SO
  • Overdue mountain biker reported in Downieville
  • Yelling and fighting in the Loyalton street
  • Possible suicidal subject reported


  • Female in Sierraville needs ride as boyfriend’s vehicle not compatible
  • Several vehicles in Sierra City parking in unauthorized areas
  • Men in van taking pictures and walking in yard in Loyalton
  • Welfare check needed on overdue truck driver in Sierraville
  • Flames seen west of Bordertown


  • Single vehicle accident on Gold Lake Rd near Sierra City
  • Bug station reports failed inspection near Jackson Meadows
  • Caller reports girlfriend left residence in his vehicle while intoxicated
  • A rowdy patron reported in bar in Downieville
  • Four skateboarding youth making noise in Downieville
  • CHP reports damage to county property in Loyalton


  •  Loyalton dog injures neighbor’s pet rabbit, civil standby needed for discussion
  • Courthouse fire alarm is a false alarm
  • 9-1-1 static call in Loyalton
  • Vehicle driving in erratic manner near Goodyears Bar



Brag About Ice Cream 7/24/13

Downieville–Naomi Parlor #36 is planning their annual Ice Cream Social for Saturday, August 24th, from Noon until 2 p.m and we need Ice Cream Makers. Think of it, an opportunity to enter your favorite homemade ice cream in the fierce competition for the Blue Ribbon and bragging rights for a WHOLE YEAR about how you took first place.
Don’t delay, reserve your spot today and help us keep this tradition going.  For details on how to participate with your favorite homemade ice cream please contact Earlene Folsom at 530-289-3530 or Sarah Folsom at 415-868-2327
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