Brian Schmaing and April Waldo Engaged 10/2/13

Brian Schmaing and April Waldo announce their engagement.

Brian Schmaing and April Waldo announce their engagement                           Photo by Annie Siqueido

Brian Schmaing and April Waldo are happy to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.  Brian is the son of Patrick and Susan Schmaing of Billings, Montana.  April is the daughter of Venita Waldo of Lawrence, Michigan and Robert Waldo of Paw Paw, Michigan.  Brian attended Montana State University, majoring in Sociology.  Brian is employed as a RFI/FCO Coordinator with Cust-O-Fab Specialty Services, along with working as extra-help staff for Sierra County Sheriff’s Office.  April is a 2000 graduate of Ashland University, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  April is employed as the Acting/Assistant Director with Sierra County Health and Human Services agency.  A July 2014 wedding is being planned.  Their engagement pictures were taken by Annie Siqueido.

Sheriff’s Log 9/23 to 9/29/13

10/2/13

SO BadgeSierra County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Log

9/23/13

  • Purse found near Sierraville and brought to the SCSO Loyalton substation
  • Vehicle left in remote area near Packer Lake with door open
  • Cattle in the road on Hwy 89 near Bickford Ranch
  • Neighbor filming neighbor in Loyalton
  • Alarm activated in Loyalton
  • CHP reports vehicle accident up Cal-Ida Rd

9/24/13

  • Report of break in to a Loyalton business
  • Citizen assist requested from Yuba City
  • Suspicious activity on callers bank account
  • Shots fired in canyon near Sierra City
  • VIN verification needed in Loyalton

9/25/13

  • Neighbor causing harassment in Loyalton
  • Out of compliance parolee in Loyalton area
  • Welfare check on child in Loyalton
  • Vehicle rolled into vehicle in Downieville
  • Innkeeper was defrauded in Sierra City
  • Medical emergency in Calpine
  • Yuba County people with badges and knife in Sierra City

9/26/13

  • Theft reported in Sierraville
  • Large herd of cattle causing damage on Yuba Pass
  • Business in Loyalton needs Deputy to stop by.
  • Threatening phone calls received in Downieville
  • Plumas SO requests mutual aid for fire in Vinton

9/27/13

  • Medical emergency in Indian Valley
  • Gas can with gas found in garbage bag in Downieville
  • Abandoned trailer with wood left in Loyalton
  • Loitering investigated on Downieville School ground
  • Someone urinating on Main St in Sierra City
  • Vandalism to a vehicle in Downieville

9/28/13

  • A theft reported in Camptonville
  • Citizen assist and welfare check in Loyalton
  • Dog found in Loyalton
  • Plumas SO reports a death in Sierra Co  on Pacific Trail
  • Welfare check needed on someone on Wild Plum in Sierra City
  • Man accidentally shot himself in leg in Sierra City
  • Illegal fire at Sierra Brooks Campground

9/29/13

  • Ten black cattle near SO sub-station in Loyalton
  • Juvenile problem in Loyalton
  • Deceased male reported in Loyalton
  • Medical emergency in Loyalton
  • Propane odor coming from a Loyalton residence

 

Carol’s Movies 10/2/13

Carol Says:
The Wild Parrots on Telegraph Hill
A documentary
Telegraph Hill is in the San Francisco and this is about the wild parrots that hang out there.  I saw this years ago – yep, another week without me seeing an up to date movie (but I might see a new one this week!!) so  am recalling movies of the past.  That I liked.
This is a poignant story about Mark Bittner who adopted a flock of wild parrots.  We watch the day to day life and get to know a bit about him and about some of the parrots.  Now I know that does not sound exciting, but it really does capture your attention.  It is a good movie so just rent it and enjoy this real life story.
Netflix says:
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill 2005G83 minutesThis poignant documentary chronicles the true story of a modern-day St. Francis of Assisi, a homeless San Francisco street musician by the name of Mark Bittner who adopts a flock of wild parrots as he searches for meaning in his life. With a surprise ending that left festival audiences cheering, director Judy Irving’s film celebrates urban wildness — human and avian — and links parrot antics to human behavior.

Cast:
Mark Bittner

Outside the Box Event October 5 & 6

Think Outside the Cardboard Box 2013

Who?Think Outside the Box Flyer 2013

Anyone who has a heart for the homeless: individuals, youth groups, families, teams, service organizations and businesses

What?

Participants set a goal to raise $100 in pledges and contributions and sleep overnight in a cardboard box “home”. The event raises awareness of the many homeless in our own community, and raises money to support Hospitality House Shelter for the Homeless.

There will be music, videos and food for participants.

When?

October 5, 2013 3:00 P.M. through October 6, 2013 9:00 A.M.

Where?

Nevada County Fairgrounds, McCourtney Road, Grass Valley CA 95945.

Why?

On any given night in Nevada County there are hundreds of homeless individuals who have no place to call home. This is a community problem and your participation will help Hospitality House help our homeless.

How Does the Event Work?

Prospective residents set a goal to raise $100 in pledges and contributions, and have a fun and meaningful experience by staying overnight. Each resident brings his or her own box “home” that can be decorated to compete for a prize.

Arrive for set-up on Saturday, October 5th between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your own dwelling: cardboard box or pop-up tent, a sleeping bag, tarp, pillow, flashlight, and refillable water bottle. We will provide dinner and breakfast for participants, consisting of modest, homeless-shelter style meals. (Please feel free to bring snacks to share). Event concludes at 9:00 am on Sunday, October 6th.

Prizes will be awarded for the most creative “box” dwelling and the most donations collected.

Registration and pledge forms are available on our web site @ hospitalityhouseshelter.org , or at our office 230 So Church St Grass Valley, Ca. 95945.

Walk-in registrations will also be accepted on site at “Think Outside the Cardboard Box” October 5th 2013 Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Being mindful of the provisions available to the homeless, limit yourself to your decorated box or dwelling, a sleeping bag or pad, tarp, pillow, warm clothes and a refillable water bottle. You may bring a cell phone, medications and essential toiletries, but do not bring alcoholic beverages, drugs, weapons of any kind, beverages in glass bottles or other electronic items. NO smoking or open flames of any kind.

If you have a special need, please contact us at 530-271-7144.

What Are They Good For? 10/2/13

What on earth are nuclear weapons for?

By Winslow Myers

Winslow Myers

Winslow Myers

Eric Schlosser’s hair-raising new book about actual and potential accidents with nuclear weapons, “Command and Control,” sharpens the dialogue, such as it is, between the anti-nuclear peace movement and nuclear strategists who maintain that these weapons still enhance the security of nations.

We can imagine a hypothetical moment somewhere in time. No one can say when exactly, but for my money it is definitely far in the past. Before that moment—perhaps it was the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, or perhaps one of the terrifying incidents Schlosser describes, when computer glitches caused the Soviets or the Americans to misperceive that nuclear missiles had been launched—realists could argue that the deterrent effect of the balance of terror was preventing world war. After that moment, the more nuclear weapons, the more risk and insecurity for the planet as a whole and therefore for all nations whether they have the weapons or not.

One of the important points that Schlosser makes, one which former Secretary of Defense William Perry has also emphasized, is that our present moment is not less dangerous because the Cold War has passed and treaties have reduced the overall numbers of warheads, but much more dangerous—because military service in the nuclear weapons sector is considered a career dead-end, and the very lack of post-cold-war tension increases potential carelessness. At least General Curtis Lemay, whom John Kennedy had to restrain from launching World War III by attacking Cuba in 1962, pushed the Strategic Air Command to adhere to strict protocols for the safer handling of the weapons. Still, even that additional rigor was insufficient to prevent some of the near-disasters that Schlosser chronicles in such vivid detail.

The ultimate absurdity of the whole system of security-by-nukes is the potential of nuclear winter, which posits that it would only take the detonation of a small percentage of the total warheads on the planet to loft enough soot into the atmosphere to shut down world agriculture for a decade—in effect a death-sentence for all peoples and nations. Wherever the hypothetical line is before which nuclear weapons enhanced international security, the possibility of nuclear winter demonstrates irrefutably that we are on the other side of that line.

If some superior intelligence equipped with an interstellar version of the Diagnostical and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders looked closely at the accepted order of things on our planet, they would have serious misgivings about our mental health. As such a visit from aliens seems unlikely to happen, we come to the question of authority here on earth. Ever since Oppenheimer and other scientists gave us nuclear weapons, other deep thinkers like Herman Kahn in his book “Thinking about the Unthinkable” and Henry Kissinger have tried to make rational the permanently irrational subject of mass death. In retirement, Kissinger has thrown up his hands and works now for total abolition. He does this because he knows from experience that nuclear weapons put us in the realm of Rumsfeld’s unknown knowns—no matter what experts may assert, we do know that no one knows how a nuclear war might begin. We have a somewhat clearer idea of how it would end, and “victory” is not one of the words that we associate with such an end.

No one defined more exactly the reasons why we have been so slow to acknowledge our own madness than Dag Hammarskjold:

“It is one of the surprising experiences of one in the position of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to find in talks with leaders of many nations, both political leaders and leaders in spiritual life, that the view expressed, the hopes nourished, and the trust reflected, in the direction of reconciliation, go far beyond what is usually heard in public. What is it that makes it so difficult to bring this basic attitude more effectively to bear upon the determination of policies? The reasons are well known to us all. It might not be understood by the constituency, or it might be abused by competing groups, or it might be misinterpreted as a sign of weakness by the other part. And so the game goes on—toward an unforeseeable conclusion.”

On Thursday, September 26, 2013, the UN hosted the first ever High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament. Russia and the United States boycotted the meeting.

The urgent and primary task is educational, and that is where you and I can do our small but necessary part, with letters to our newspapers and our legislators. The task is to seed into worldwide discourse the complete dysfunctionality of “realist” nuclear rhetoric—an act of love on behalf of our beautiful and deeply threatened planet. If we succeed in changing the paradigm, a moment in time will come, again a hypothetical, indefinable moment, when the majority of the world’s people and leaders, Obama and Putin and Netanyahu and Hasan Rouhani, the new head of Iran, the thinkers and the generals of the nine nuclear powers, the corporations who make money off these weapons, all will come to realize the futility of the course we are on. And together we will begin to change. God help us, may no fatal accident or misinterpretation happen before that moment arrives.

Winslow Myers is syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the author of “Living Beyond War: A Citizen’s Guide,” and serves on the Advisory Board of the War Preventive Initiative.

 

Winter Doth Cometh 10/2/13

New post on UnofficialAlpine.com

Winter Is Definitely On People’s Minds More and More Each Day

by Mark

There’s signs all over Tahoe that winter is on people’s minds. This week’s weather system brought snow all of the way to lake level and downtown Truckee. Temperatures dropped to 22° in my neighborhood last night, killing off all hopes of further tomato production this fall. Snow has even stuck around on some north facing slopes this week, making many of us dream of skiing and riding.

Not everyone was dreaming. At least one skier took action and made the first turns of the season. Technically, according to NOAA, “last season” does not end until September 30th. You be the judge – either way, it’s where I would have been if not in Hoedown mode last Sunday. Here’s the picture posted at Facebook, which one comment suggests was at Barker Pass.

Photo courtesy of State Of The Backcountry via Facebook

Photo courtesy of State Of The Backcountry via Facebook

Boreal also fired up a full range of snowmaking hardware on the Castle Peak run last night. Although several areas have test fired snow makers during recent cold snaps, Boreal claimed the title as “first official snowmaking of the season in Lake Tahoe.” With a weather warm up over the next couple of days likely to melt this snow, it seems as if this may be little more than a publicity stunt. Boreal is currently projecting an opening date of October 26th, just under one month away. We also applaud Boreal’s passion for early openings. They will certainly open sooner if possible, even if they must temporarily close again.

 

Photo courtesy of Boreal Mountain Resort via Facebook

Photo courtesy of Boreal Mountain Resort via Facebook

The situation is not quite as bright for Alpine Meadows skiers and riders.LiveWeatherBlogs.com has released a list of projected opening dates for California resorts. Whether these dates are based in reality or what resorts did last year is unknown. According to the list, we will be forced to spend our early season days at Squaw Valley. Squaw Valley’s projected opening date is November 21st, while Alpine Meadows shows as opening on December 7th. Apparently the days of early openings are gone at Alpine Meadows forever, at least as long as we are the “backside of Squaw Valley”. Interpret that as you will.

The Reno office of the NWS also joined the winter party this week, releasing a very extensive briefing of the winter forecast for the 2013-14 season. In case you have not noticed, these guys have gotten pretty serious over the last  year about producing much more than your average weather forecast for the Reno-Tahoe area. Perhaps they have taken note of popular local weather bloggers, like Bryan Allegretto at OpenSnow.com. The video is very informative, explaining in great depth why we really can’t say for sure what will happen this year. In a nutshell, virtually all of the models are calling for an ENSO-neutral year, which means neither La Niña or El Niño conditions will be in place. Historically this has lead to greater than average precipitation, but warmer temperatures overall, at least relative to stormier El Niño years. Here’s the full report:

Starting Tuesday, I’ll be strapping my skis onto the ski rack and packing the boots in the car, just in case I run into that early October snowfall and a new month of skiing.

Positive Cooperation 10/2/13

The Syrian Miracle

by Peter G. Cohen

Peter G. Cohen

Peter G. Cohen

Considering the recent poor relations between Russia and the U.S., their cooperation on Syria seems miraculous and is worthy of the support and encouragement of our people. The fact that both parties have need of a nonviolent solution to the issue of chemical weapons in Syria does not lessen the positive nature of their cooperation. In fact, the Syrian solution may demonstrate the benefits of cooperation for both nations.

For the moment, cries of our war hawks, eager to get us involved in military action to reduce the power of Syria, in order to please Israel and others, have been bypassed. If the proposed action to remove the chemical weapons from Syria and follow international law is successful, it could be a beginning of a new era of cooperation with the U.N. This is long overdue. The United States nurtured the founding of the U.N. in response to the terrible slaughter of World War II. Its peaceful principles remain the hope of mankind.

By embracing the neocon theory of our right to rule the world, the U.S. has neglected the UN and its principles. After all, great empires must not be hampered by the petty rules of treaties and international law. At least, so we were told by Dick Cheney and others. He said, “…9/11 changed everything…” Meaning that the UN could be ignored and military solutions were given the green light to roll over every problem. Until now, the Obama administration has often followed the same path.

Is this the dawn of a new day? It could be, but only if the American people support the rule of law at home and abroad. The huge military-security establishment has been given so much money and employs so many people that it creates its own political momentum. It feeds on fear, war and money. The challenge is how to convert the excessive part of that complex from fighting wars and imaginary attacks to fighting the very real threat of our decaying infrastructure, education and public safety, as well as the attack of violent climate change. We must demand that Congress support this hopeful action and start that conversion.

Two and a third centuries ago, the rule of law was the foundation of our nation.  Over all, it has served us well. It is still the dream of most people, everywhere. Either we work to strengthen it as more effective than slaughtering our fellow human beings, or we contribute to an ever more violent and lawless world. As David Friedman once wrote, “The direct use of physical force is so poor a solution to the problem of limited resources that it is commonly employed only by small children and great nations.” Support the miracle.

Peter G. Cohen is a veteran of W.W.II, a long time environmental activist and the author of www.nukefreeworld.com and other internet writings for PeaceVoice.

 

District Attorney Cases WE September 27, 2013

Sierra County District Attorney Larry Allen 

CASES WEEKENDING SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

David Farris (41) Transient. After a contested preliminary hearing, Farris was ordered to stand trial on felony charges of residential burglary, two counts of second degree (non residential) burglary of the San Francisco Field Station, Felony vandalism (extensive damage to field station in the removal of copper pipe), armed with a firearm during the Field Station burglaries, felon in possession of a firearm. He remains in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail.

John Cortez (41) Dixon. Excess speed on a truck with three or more axles, and failure to appear. Fine $713.

Robert Wharff (25) Sacramento. Violation of probation for failure to keep in contact with probation. 60 days jail, probation extended, and reinstated.

Nicolas Zimmerman (26) Loyalton. Violation of probation for failure to pay fine, and failure to appear. Converted to 20 days jail.

Alicia Flores (41) San Jose. False information to a peace officer. One year probation, two days jail, fine $362.

John Amodei (56) Loyalton. Reckless driving, alcohol related. Eighteen months probation, 2 days jail, fine $1473.

James Topping (45) Oroville. Failure to pay fine for driving on a suspended license, and failure to appear. Twenty-two days jail in lieu of fines.

Jennifer Daneri (32) Sacramento. Violation of probation by tampering with electronic monitoring device. Probation reinstated.

Justin Duncan (38) Fernley NV. Petty theft (bottle of Jagermister from Leonards). One year probation, one day jail, fine $561.

Ryan Long (53) Sacramento. No fishing license, but got it later. Fine $186.

Oktoberfest in Sierra City October 12

Sierra City will be celebrating its 14th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday Oct. 12th, 2013

004Activities to be conducted along Main St. in the heart of town. An Oomph band will be playing in the park from Noon till 4:00. Vendors will be lining the street and the Lions will be cooking up their famous Braut’s and squeezing their delicious Apple cider.  A magic show by Bill the Magician will be put on in the Community hall at 2:00.

This has been a fun event for kids of all ages. Come up and enjoy the day. Listen to the music, enjoy some good food and start working on your Christmas list. For more info, contact Jan 530 862-9009

Ye old cidar pressers Ross and Mike

Ye old cidar pressers Ross and Mike

Buck Stew in No San Juan October 19

Buck Stew Fundraiser October 19

The Buck is back in the stew at the North San Juan Center’s annual fall fundraiser, Saturday, October 19, from 5-8 p.m.  Master chef, Geli  Duarte  , found the perfect recipe and  source for fresh farm raised venison, and is looking forward to amazing our taste buds.  Besides the Buck Stew, the famous Country Salad Bar returns.  Foodiies love the abundant local produce,  salads and toppings,  homemade pickles and relishes,  The Moonshine Baker is  again donating his famous incredible bread..  Wine and beer, and soft drinks are available.   And there’s more!   Grandma’s bake sale is too tempting to resist, so enjoy.!  The Buck Stew is $12.00; $5 for children.  Pay at the door.  Admiission and parking free.

You too could get lucky and win one of the great raffle prizes that have been generously donated.  Raffle tickets will be on sale before hand and at the dinner, so be sure to pick up a few.  Strolling musicians, to be announced, add to our dining pleasure.  The North San Juan Center is on Route 49 in North San Juan.  277-0169 for more info.

The Gold Country Senior Mountaineers need your help to make this event all it can be.  Volunteer today.  We have just the right spot for you. To be appreciated call 277-0169.

Buck Stew

Carol’s Books 10/2/13

Carol Says:
Reality & Consciousness -The Metabrain and the Quantum
Thomas G. Schumann
Don’t let the name scare you!  This book is written where you do not need a degree in physics, or anything, to understand what the author is talking about.  He covers subjects that we all talk about philosophically, wonder about, and explains them to where we can understand what he is writing about.  Tom takes a question and then explains the situation, gives every day examples that we can relate to, and then uses diagrams (don’t run at the word diagrams!  they are simple and understandable and explain more clearly what he is talking about) to explain the answer further.
Tom talks about:  what is reality, reality and consciousness, and states that these are a never ending discussion with no proven conclusion.  On my KindleFire it is easy to look up words that I do not use daily, like” physics” and “neuro-physiology” and “quantum”.  And then I have a better understanding.  There are scientific discussions in this book along with philosophical thoughts, along with discussion of interesting studies on medical experiments.  For instance, when we look at the same thing together (maybe a blade of grass) do we really see the same thing?
Again, in explaining theories, Tom used every day examples that we can relate to and that helped me to understand what he was explaining in this book.  He goes into kinetic energy, gravitation and acceleration, black holes and so much more.    This is a book full of discussion on the stream of consciousness and quantum physics – things that are on our mind but we who are not in the scientific field don’t know them in those words.
Amazon Says:

Reality and Consciousness Paperback

by Thomas G. Schumann (Author)
Reality and Consciousness is a new book exploring the implications of the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Theory for understandings of consciousness and the mind. Imagine our model for observable reality is that of many partially correlated streams of consciousness produced by various loosely connected sections of a meta-brain. Schumann introduces this difficult subject with a review of relativity and follows up with a survey of quantum mechanics experiments including discussions on spin and the collapse of the wave function. Is it possible two brains connected together could share a single mind? The book includes over 90 color illustrations and is a terrific companion to any study of physics, consciousness, or the nature of reality.

Mary Johnsen Leaves Town 10/2/13

Mountain Messenger- October 2nd, 2013
By Mary P. Johnsen
IT’S TIME
DOWNIEVILLE- It’s time for me, Mary Johnsen, to say thank you for sixteen wonderful years spent in an amazing place!
With John’s death in July, after our 57 years of marriage, this old bird decided that she is simply too old to remain up on this mountainside by herself and she isn’t getting any younger. The realization hit that in another very few years, the job of moving me would fall to our sons and I felt that a dirty trick to pull on nice guys so I have spent weeks throwing stuff out, taking more to hospice, rummage sales and of course the dump. You get the drift and if you don’t believe me, ask Sally.
            In case you need a sense of perspective for the comments that follow, I have lived in many places starting off in Connecticut. Then there was Maine, Rhode Island, Kentucky, Germany, North Carolina, Kansas, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, Washington and Oregon before arriving here in California. Twenty years of that were Army posts and during those twenty years four sons were born to John and Mary Johnsen and a few tennis balls were struck.
            The tennis program, Downieville Tennis and Education Incorporated, is being turned over to the able hands of Paul Douville, president; Tom Potter, Vice president; Kristi Folsom, Secretary; Bryan Davey, treasurer; and Tim Beals remains on the board as a member. These friends are players or have their children spending time on the court so they are vested in keeping the program going, making me happy. Paul is even learning how to string racquets. After all, one court in a small town can have a lifelong grip on a person with my life as an example. I thank them!
            I also take joy that my exposure to the youth of the community through both the tennis and the GATE programs allowed me for the first time in my life to see the youngsters grow and develop and make profound decisions for their futures. That an M.D. and a Ph.D in astrophysics, now at Stanford, came out of Downieville School for example is mind boggling. That quite a few of those high school varsity tennis team players who were rumbling around in the back of the van as I drove them to and from their matches are now couples I find somewhat amusing and heartwarming. Luckily as I got deafer and deafer I was easily able to tune out what they considered music and if I didn’t look in the rear view mirror too often I remained pure of thought. There are little tennis players in the pipe line now. Thank you, you wonderful kids for my terrific experience in all those hours I got to spend with you.
            And then there were John’s days and evenings playing his drums with the Yuba Dogs or whatever they called themselves. I preferred the title of the Dumpster Bears but was over ruled. Those evenings when up to 50 people crammed themselves into the “bakery” were fantastic for young and old. I recall those times fondly!
            I was lucky to serve the Golden Rays as their treasurer for a while until I decided I wasn’t old enough yet, and to do a brief stint for the Western Sierra Residential Center. I especially enjoyed another brief stint on the Sierra County Mental Health Advisory Committee where my master’s degree in psychology counseling offered some contribution but the demands of John’s illness made me stick closer to home so I started to back off here and there, probably much to the relief of some. Two tours of Grand Jury duty taught me a lot! So I give thanks for those experiences too!
            Of course many locals learned to hide or clam up when I appeared believing that I had something to do with the Downieville Highlights column in the Mountain Messenger and they just happened to be right for thirteen years or so. I must admit that I was honored to have my name on the mast head with a man I consider a better wordsmith than Mark Twain. Russell, dear Russell, I’ll miss you! Thanks for putting up with me!
            That this town is a cohesive community is no figment of one’s imagination. The turnout at the Grubstake on the 22nd is an example of the many many occasions where there was and is a good cause with a remarkable community response. I hope that the upcoming Veteran’s Day ceremony on November 11th at the bell tower will have an especially good turn out because this year the bell will toll for John who wore the uniform of our country for 26 years and who loved this town. It will toll for others too, others who also deserve our sincere thanks. There will be a team from the California State Honor Guard here, bugler, rifles and all on that day- special!
            So in the sixteen years here I experienced the essence of an amazing community in an amazing setting. I watched those messages on the post office door, both the comings and the goings. The town center was seriously upgraded and some dirt roads paved. Most of the businesses changed hands, some more than once, and seasonal aspects of mountain life were evident but kept plugging along, fish and bears included. This summer people could even eat in a restaurant on Mondays. People were lifted from canyons, roads, bike trails and rivers some with helicopter rides as our DVFD and WSMC folks did us proud.
            All in all, there were many changes and yet the essence remained the same- an unbelievably wonderful place to live, and love. I have had the opportunity to love you, both people and setting, and as I have gotten older I found the barriers to hug you have dropped so I happily hug my way around town. It has been a special ride and I thank you!
            Now I’ll be moving next week to a duplex near Travis AFB; one that has eleven tennis courts, a swim pool, fitness center and golf course all within 500 yards of my front door and a half mile from our son Erik. Hopefully Russell will allow me to assist a mite with the Mess by computer so that I may keep a toe in the information river here. The relationships will stay as will the fond memories, and I thank you all for that while the rivers will keep flowing as they should. I must say of all those places I’ve been and lived in my 77 years, this is the best and I thank you.
            With love, Mary (jlmpjohnsen@west-point.org)

Health Care Deadline 10/2/13

 

Dear Local Chambers:Please make sure that you inform your business community about the October 1 deadline to provide a notice of health care coverage options to all their employees.Learn More »

Although the federal government has delayed the employer mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or “ACA”), October 1, 2013 is still the deadline for employers to provide a notice of health care coverage options to their employees.

The notice informs the employee of the new health insurance marketplace (in California, that’s Covered California), a description of services, how to contact the marketplace (also called an “exchange”) and additional required information.

Employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must distribute the required notice to all employees, regardless of plan enrollment status (if applicable) or whether the employees are full or part time:

Marlene Carney
Director, External Affairs/Local Chamber Services, So. California

(866) 712-2487 (909) 593-0449 FAX: (909) 593-0498
P.O. Box 8230, La Verne, CA 91750
Corporate Headquarters: P.O. Box 1736, Sacramento, CA 95812 Phone: (916) 444-6670

Visit calchamber.com for the latest California business legislative news plus products and services to help you do business.

American Fire Forces Closure 10/2/13

Tahoe National Forest Issues New American Fire Area Closure

Nevada City, CA – Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn has signed a new emergency closure order for portions of National Forest System lands within and adjacent to the American Fire area on the Tahoe National Forest. Effective beginning September 26, 2013 until May 1, 2014, the order is less restrictive than the previous one and is in place for human safety and resource protection.

The order opens Foresthill Divide Road, Deadwood Ridge Road, and Forest Service Road 43 (Flat Ravine) to through traffic and also opens Robinson Flat campground.

The Western States Trail (WST) between Michigan Bluff and Deadwood Cemetery is open, and OHV Loop 6 (Forest Service Trail 11E44) is open west of Deadwood Ridge Road. However, the WST and Loop 6 within the fire area east of Deadwood Ridge Road remain closed.

The entire fire area, including all interior trails and roads, is closed except the portion of Foresthill Divide Road that passes through the fire area.

Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun into the fire closure area is also prohibited.

The Forest Service can issue a permit to private landowners or other adults with a reasonable need to access the closed area. Those seeking authorization must possess personal protective equipment appropriate for the dangers present in the area where access is requested and must understand and claim all liability for entering the area. Lastly, the forest supervisor or district ranger must determine that health and safety risks are reasonable considering the circumstances of the request.

Permit arrangements can be made in advance by contacting the American River Ranger District office at (530) 367-2224 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.  It is anticipated that permits will actually be authorized between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. unless the district ranger specifically agrees to other arrangements.

The area is being patrolled, and people entering the closed area without a permit will be cited.

“We recognize the inconvenience to hunters and other seasonal recreationists,” said American River Acting District Ranger Victor Lyon. “We appreciate everyone’s support in respecting the closure that will keep people safe and help the area recover from the fire.”

A map and detailed description of the closed area and restricted activities can be obtained at Tahoe National Forest offices as well as online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tahoe/alerts-notices.

For more Tahoe National Forest information, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/tahoe/home. Follow us on Twitter attwitter.com/Tahoe_NF.

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