Free Fishing July 6th

Free Fishing Day is Saturday, July 6

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites anglers to celebrate summer by fishing for free this Saturday. July 6 is the first of two Free Fishing Days in 2013, when people can try their hand at fishing without having to buy a sport fishing license.

All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for steelhead or sturgeon anywhere in the state, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity River systems.

CDFW offers two Free Fishing Days each year – usually around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend – when it’s legal to fish without a sport fishing license. This year, the Free Fishing Days were set for the Saturdays following Independence Day and Labor Day (July 6 and Sept. 7).

Free Fishing Days provide a low-cost way to give fishing a try. Some CDFW regions offer a Fishing in the City program where anglers can go fishing in major metropolitan areas. Fishing in the City and Free Fishing Day clinics are designed to educate novice anglers about fishing ethics, fish habits, effective methods for catching fish and fishing tackle. Anglers can even learn how to clean and prepare fish for eating.

Anglers should check the rules and regulations at for the waters they plan to fish. Wardens will be on duty to enforce them. For more information on Free Fishing Days, please

Home Grown Talent July 5

Sierra County Arts Council

Home Grown Talent – Open Mic!
Home Grown Talent
Home Grown Talent – Open Mic Night at the Yuba Theatre in Downieville

Friday, July 5th at 7:30 PM

Don’t miss Home Grown Talent, an open mic night at the Yuba Theatrein Downieville on Friday, July 5th, 2013 at 7:30 PM.Come one, come all and share your talent. 

Please RSVP at 530-289-9822 if you would like to perform.


Admission $5 – Children (under 12) $3 – at the door. Performers get in FREE!



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 7/3/13

The Center of Everything (a novel)
by:  Laura Moriarty
I was driving to San Luis Obispo and needed a book on tape.  So I went to our local library in Downieville, open Tuesday and Thursday (no longer open Monday because it changed to Tuesday) and got this tape.  It lasted the whole trip.
It can be a little wordy, but that was OK with me.  It is about Evelyn, who we meet when she is either 9 or 10 years old and lives with her mother, Tina.  Her grandmother Eileen comes over to visit often.  Evelyn has two friends, Travis and Dena.
The story is told by Evelyn.  She is close to her mom until she doesn’t approve of her mom’s behavior, or maybe because she becomes a teenager….  Evelyn is friends with Travis.  Actually, she has a huge crush on him.  Her mom, Tina, gets pregnant and Samuel is born with physical and mental disabilities.  We listen as Tina struggles emotionally having to go on welfare.  Dena moves to town and Travel falls in love with her, much to Evelyn’s dismay.
Evelyn is a smart girl who follows the rules (most of the rules).  I am so glad she sticks to her beliefs but is a good friend to Travis and Dena.  This is an easy going book which covers Evelyn from age 9 (or 10?) until she just is ready to graduate from high school.  It ends suddenly, but then I realized it ended at the right time and we knew how her she would live her life.  So I wasn’t really left hanging.  I kept wondering how I would like it if I had read it, and I don’t know.  But I did like listening to it.  There is so much more in this book and it would take pages to cover.  So just take a long road trip and listen to it.

The Mountain Messenger 7/3/13

7/3/13 There isn’t much to say about the Mountain Messenger and its’ Editor Don Russell that isn’t said by the photo below. It isn’t clear if it is the meeting (which hadn’t begun yet) the heat, or the presence of competition that elicited this response. One never knows with Mr. Russell. This week is the 4th of July edition which he uses to take up one whole page of his newspaper with the Declaration of Independence which isn’t really fair to those of us who have to fill up space with no shortcuts. Of course, because the Mess is out earlier this week it is possible to skim some of the content to use elsewhere. But anyhow feel sympathy for Don, he is aging and it is hot. So buy a subscription to his newspaper, or place an ad, yeh, that’s a good idea, buy an ad.

7/3/13 Not sure where he is or why he is there, Don pretends the heat is the problem.

7/3/13 Not sure where he is or why he is there, Don pretends the heat is the problem.

Send anything you need published to Jill at  Of course you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill) or the machine. Keep jobs in Sierra County read the Mess.

For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Tell Don, you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

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The Fringe & The Fix 7/3/13

The problem of fixing problems

A Fringe Ponderenationfringe logo

The American worker is producing more work for less money than ever before.  Most Americans are earning less than they were ten years ago, even as inflation has edged upward.  Poverty in America has grown as our prisons swell in population, creating a permanent poverty underclass composed of the young, the old, the sick, and those with prison records.  As the underclass grows and the middle class drops in wealth, the wealthiest Americans have been getting richer.

The simple solution to the problem of economic inequality would seem to be to increase the minimum wage.  That would ratchet other wages up, as well. Take money away from those fat cats and pay more to workers!

It’s easy to agree that people should be properly rewarded for their labor.  When we work for wages we literally sell the moments of our lives and the efforts of our bodies to the ends of someone else.  Labor should be rewarded and the way to do that is to make sure they can make a living wage.

Except that nothing works as simply as that, and certainly not the global marketplace.

The litany of problems with such a simple and obvious solution are manifold.  For starters, those who are hurt the most are those in the local community.  Millions of Americans work at jobs which are either dependent on local economies, or are labor intensive.  Raising the minimum wage will have negatives effects including:

1.  Forcing small businesses to either change business practices to reduce the number of employees or re-structure its work schedule resulting in more part time employees, or perhaps to go out of business resulting to the loss of all jobs.

2.  Reducing the number of wage jobs as businesses “contract” with workers and so save personnel costs, resulting in fewer permanent employees.

3. Encouraging businesses to relocate their labor to workers in other countries where a cheaper, well-educated labor pool and soft labor laws favor the employer.

4.  Low minimum wages tend to favor the young and old, providing jobs for people who couldn’t find jobs otherwise.  It is possible that raising the minimum wage might provide more jobs for middle class workers, but fewer jobs for the young and old, since an employer could attract a more desirable employee, younger, healthier, more recently educated.

5.  A more complex relationship is found between the mainstream economy, where the minimum wage is generated, and the gray economy, including crime.  In the U.S. prison is the clutch of the labor pool; when there are too many people out of work, prison soaks them up, and probably removes them from the mainstream labor pool.  Released prisoners, if they can find legitimate work, often work low paying jobs or temporary jobs; jobs where minimum wages are often found.  Pushing people out of marginal jobs because minimum wage increases priced them out of work or out of the market will force them to compete with released prisoners and undocumented workers for the worst jobs.  This might increasing the likelihood of further crime for the person who receives the social assignment of “professional criminal.”

Raising minimum wage will have impacts up and down the wage chain, and across national borders, but it might not, when the facts are reviewed, actually make anyone’s life better.

Achieving economic equality in the U.S. is far more complex than simply raising the poorest Americans up to a living wage.  Regardless such laws, the very wealthy will continue to become more wealthy, and, until a favorable event re-inflates the middle class economy, the middle class and poor will continue to decline in net worth.

Good luck with that!

Gabby Fringette 7/3/13


Netflix: a monopoly on entertainment

By Gabby Fringette

I used to think Netflix was good. Now it’s put every thing we ever wanted to see on short wait. Entire series from MASH to Third Rock from the Sun, are on short wait.

I have tried to balance our queue so that we get some cerebral movies for certain members in the family, and some entertaining movies, for every one else in the family.  But Netflix messes this up, giving us all intellectual, boring, unbearable films.

But why are movies so important to us?

Movies are stories.  They tell us how to live, and they entertain us (the good ones).  They also offer and escape for stuff in the real world, and our problems in the real world.

Our first theory on why Netflix is jamming out queue, is that they were trying to force us to streaming or blu-ray by sending only tedious remakes of classics and a movies of smart guys who are out of their field trying to figure out if god exists.

But, we found the real reason.  Netflix has been doing this for years, since it started.  It puts short waits on most of the movies in a person’s queue, because she or he is getting the maximum she or he can out of the subscription. It costs money for posting and handling the movies, and they have a limited number of physical DVDs. Netflix makes the most money off someone who paid for a subscription but gets only a few movies a month. We are not those people.  We found out that this is called throttling. There was a big lawsuit a while back over throttling. Netflix changed their contract. Now you can’t sue them for throttling.

netflix evil!!

Don’t even bother looking for other movie rentals.  Brick-and-mortar movie rentals have been blowing away like leaves on a windy day in fall, ever since Neflix opened.  Even Blockbuster is almost out of business. Do you get how serious this is?

We have three choices:

1. Leave Netflix and go to floundering Blockbuster, which is not very economical.

2.Leave Netflix and learn how to live without movies.

3.Watch the boring French ‘comedies’ they send.

4.Or delete all the movies you don’t really want to watch. Easier said than done if you have 250 movies on your queue.

Let’s face it- Netflix has a monopoly on entertainment, and they are abusing their power!

Flash Flood Warning Sierra Valley

New Event for Sierra County
Flash Flood Warning valid from Jul 2 3:22 PM to 6:15 PM PDT
Sent to E-Mail at Jul 2 3:22 PM PDT
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Radar Time: Jul 2 2013 3:40 PM PDT
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Mike Says Goodbye to Vets 7/3/13

I am leaving the office and moving out of the county as my adventure continues. I am going to try and convey some important information to the veteran community. Stand strong together and support each other. You are a part of the fabric of the community. With these following few tips, the process will remain intact and there won’t be any problems we haven’t faced together.

The 283-6275 number at the office will be answered and someone is going to try and assist you as they undergo training. Call with questions or referrals.

If you did not keep your own records, the file I maintained for you is in the office and you can retrieve them or leave them. They are SECURE and absolutely in no danger.

Many questions can be answered, and assistance provided telephonically, if you contact the VA Call Center at 1-800-827-1000. Yes, I know, frequently you won’t be able to get through or, like me, have to wait on hold for 20 minutes. Keep trying. They can walk you through the steps for simple cases. They can also update you on the status of your claims, concerns about payments, anomalies, and so forth. They really are there to help you. Before you say it, I know, “We’re the Government. We’re here to help you.” The call center tries. Another way to track cases is via the computer by using Create an account and track your info.

Ok, frustrated? Worried at this point? Want some help? Read all of this section first…

North of the Wye – Taylorsville, Greenville, Crescent Mills, Canyon Dam and parts near or in between: Contact the Shasta County Office (530) 255-5616 or Modoc (530) 233-6209.

Chester, Westwood, Lake Almanor, etc.: – Contact the Shasta County Office (530) 225-5616

Meadow Valley, Bucks Lake, Twain, parts west of the Wye:– Contact the Butte County Office (530) 891-2759…depending on weather, Bucks Lake west may want to go to Reno.

Quincy, points south of the Wye, Portola, Sierra County and everything in between and around:– Contact the State of Nevada Office (775) 321-4880.

If you are going to medical appointments in Reno, Chico, Redding, or Sacramento, there are service organizations right there or nearby that will assist you with health care or benefits. AmVets, American Legion, VFW, DAV are big ones. Call any of the numbers above, too, and they can give you a phone number for these organizations closest to you. You may also contact the Oakland CalVet Office at (510)286-0627. Everyone really does want to help.

There are some Veterans Resource Books left in the office. They have a lot of this information and more. Stop by and get one. They have phone numbers, benefit info, and contacts.

What’s most important as I’ve said in some articles is this: Keep your appointments or your claim is done and your health at risk! Be patient. Call the 800-827-1000 number and check on your case or concerns every once in awhile or create an account on

Maintain your records. Don’t delay in filing paperwork or responding to VA inquiries – EVER! Call one of my colleagues.  Talk to fellow vets, too. Learn from them. I learned as much from them, my colleagues, and you as I hope you have from me.

It has been my privilege to serve under your command. Vets, there are many of us out there that need to come in from the cold. Don’t leave anyone behind.

One person in the right place does make a difference. Will that be you today?

That’s it. Time to “charlie mike” – continue mission – and “di di mau.”

Semper Fidelis et Sic Semper Tyrannis

Mike McLeod, Division Director,           Plumas County Veterans Services        Interim Veterans Service Officer Lassen County

Downieville Realty 7/3/13

Downieville Realty, Hopefully.Will be open for  business, in 2014,
at 319 Main Street, right above the world famous Downieville Steak House, known as the Grubstake Saloon owned and run by the Potter Family ,Wendy, Don & Mary K. and, as always, with the help of the locals Dream Teams !!!!!!

Note, to the locals who knew and liked Francis Baker , I know they are big shoes to step in, but as a friend of hers and  doing business with her in the past, she would say Go Girl Go!!  I am going to try best to do good by her…

Downieville Realty
Mary K. Potter

No Domestic Discipline 7/3/13

Spanking=Abuse, Not Love

By Laura Finley

Laura Finley

Laura Finley

A newly released study conducted by the World Health Organization verified that approximately one-third of the world’s women will be victims of domestic violence during their lifetime, and 40 percent of homicides in which the victim is a female are the result of domestic violence. In 2006, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called domestic violence the most shameful and pervasive human rights violation occurring across the globe.

 It should be clear, then, that this is a serious issues affecting millions of women (and some men) worldwide. Why is it, then, that I am still reading garbage like that being promoted by the followers of Christian Domestic Discipline (CCD)? These religious zealots are spreading the notion that spanking a wife is appropriate if it disciplines her to be submissive, women’s supposed god-given role.

The “Beginner’s Packet” describes the intent of domestic discipline: to provide the “Head of Household,” the male, the “necessary measures to achieve a healthy relationship dynamic; the necessary measure to create a healthy home environmental and the necessary measures to protect all members of the family from dangerous or detrimental outcomes by punishing the contributing, and thus unwanted, behaviors for the greater good of the family.”  The Packet even goes so far as to describe which implements one should use so as to ensure the right amount of “sting.”

It is sickening that anyone, and according to reports in the Daily Beast and Huffington Post, an increasing number of people, really believes that beating their partner is a way to ensure a healthy relationship.  It is this type of controlling behavior that is the very root of abusive relationships. Further, what this teaches young people about gender roles and the expectations for men and women is only likely to exacerbate the issue, which Dr. Margaret Chan, head of the WHO referred to as “a global health problem of epidemic proportions.”

To each his or her own religion, to be sure. But it is hard to imagine that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, would have supported demeaning and abusing your partner.

Laura Finley, Ph.D., teaches in the Barry University Department of Sociology & Criminology and is syndicated by PeaceVoice.

Carol’s Movie 7/3/13

Netflix Says:

Promised Land

2012R106 minutesTaking advantage of hard economic times, two salespeople for a natural gas company come to a small town to buy drilling rights from the residents. To their surprise, a local schoolteacher mobilizes a campaign aimed at blocking the company’s plans.

Matt DamonFrances McDormandJohn KrasinskiRosemarie DeWittScoot McNairy,Titus WelliverTerry KinneyHal Holbrook
Gus Van Sant
Carol says:
Promised Land
This movie was not in the theatre for very long, and I understand why.  But first let me say, we liked it.  Now as to why I think it was not in the theatre long:  s l o w
We found the movie to be interesting and entertaining.  Matt Damon and Frances McDormand  work for a gas company and go to a small town to buy drilling rights from the land owners.  There is a local schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook, good as always) who know the damage that fracking can do and urges the town to reject the offer from the gas company.
At this point, John Krasinski shows up – he owns Athena Environmental something.  Anyway, he is an environmentalist.  He urges the town to reject the offer from the gas company and explains the damage of fracking.
There is subtle humor, beautiful scenery.  Very good acting, interesting story line (because it does make you think of the problems of fracking and what we really do know about it).
And that is what I think.  Oh, did I mention there is a twist at the end?

Lakes Basin Suicide 7/3/13

Sierra County Sheriff’s Office Identifies Suicide Victim

On Friday 28 June 2013 at about 1534 hours Sierra County deputy sheriffs responded to a report of a foul smell and possible dead body in a camping tent above Sierra City. The location was at Snag Lake Campground of the Tahoe National Forest which is adjacent to Gold Lake Road in the central/northern area of Sierra County. Deputy sheriffs found the remains of a male whom had been dead for several weeks. He was not visually identifiable. An associated vehicle and other items returned to a 62 year-old Grass Valley area veteran. An autopsy was conducted and in coordination with the investigation the cause of death was confirmed as a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. The decedent was identified today with the assistance of the California Department of Justice, the Latent Fingerprints Section in Sacramento. The man is positively identified as Carl C. RAHN. His family members have been notified.

Sheriff’s Public Log 6/24 to 6/30/2013


SO BadgeSierra County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Log


  • Large boulder on Hwy 49 near Calpine is traffic hazard
  • Welfare check on subject asleep in car  motor running and wipers on.
  • Juvenile problem in Calpine
  • Possible intoxicated driver reported in Sierraville


  • Missing person vehicle located near Little Truckee Summit area
  • Suspicious vehicle near area of previous burglaries
  • Possible Elder Abuse reported in Loyalton
  • Welfare check requested in Goodyears Bar


  • Two cows got wise to us and are running down the road near Loyalton
  • Vehicle rear ended by subject
  • Threatening text message sent in Loyalton
  •  Large beehive with swarming bees at church in Loyalton
  • Report of harassment against county employees in Loyalton
  • Civil dispute in Loyalton
  • Possible trespassing in Sierraville


  • Medical emergency near Packer Lake
  • Arrest for probation violation in Grass Valley
  • Silt fence cut at construction site near Sierraville
  • Family disturbance in Loyalton
  • Medical emergency in Downieville
  • Medical emergency in Loyalton
  • Two dogs on Hwy 89 near Calpine
  • Vehicle reported swerving over yellow lines near Downieville


  • Report of gun being pointed at someone near Downieville
  • Employee being harassed in Loyalton
  • Building alarm in Downieville accidentally set off
  • Someone was pushed against a wall
  • Suspicious vehicle and unpleasant smell at Snag Lake
  • Medical emergency in Loyalton
  • Dog being teased and harassed at front door in Loyalton
  • Restraining order issued in Downieville


  • Parking disagreement in Downieville
  • Woman attacks man with screwdriver in Loyalton
  • Man reports being bitten by dogs in Pike


  • Wallet recovered at Stampede Reservoir
  • Trespassing on ATV on private property in Verdi
  • Large boulder on Hwy 49 near Sierra City
  • Vehicle stuck in mud near Stampede Reservoir for two days
  • Restraining order violated in Verdi
  • 9-1-1 hangup from Loyalton

Three Young Local Heroes 7/3/13


Mason Pangman, Margo Lang, Sierra Folsom

Local Heroes Mason Pangman, Margo Lang, Sierra Folsom

The following report was written by the young heroes themselves:

Hero report

Assistant Chief Mike Lozano commended the actions of the three young girls, Margo Lang, Mason Pangman and Sierra Folsom in acting quickly to get help by telling Margo’s grandfather, Frank Lang what had happened  the emergency response system was enacted.

“if the girls had not said anything she could have been there a long time as she was in an area where she might not have been seen”, said Lozano. Downieville VFD and Ambulance responded and transported the victim to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.

Lozano added this is a perfect example of how our community represented by these young heroes does the right thing when something goes wrong.

According to grandmother Bette Jo Lang, when the incident was over the girls immediately went in to play a game of Medical Monopoly.


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