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


SO BadgeSierra County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Log


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.

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


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.


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


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


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 @ , 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

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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 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 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 and other internet writings for PeaceVoice.


District Attorney Cases WE September 27, 2013

Sierra County District Attorney Larry Allen 


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
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