Wednesday October 30, 2013

There was a brief Sierra County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday but I was not there and cannot tell you what happened so you will have to read The Mountain Messenger this week. (Well you should read it every week) I think it had something to do with the contract for the Alleghany Park Improvements and the recent bid that was over the funds budgeted and there was also a closed session for the Board. Read the Messenger to find out what happened.

Rarely do I use a picture of the same spot as last week’s photo, in fact this is a first. But Michael Gate’s photo looking towards the Sierra Buttes from Saddleback

Last week's photo

Last week’s photo

Lookout is so spectacular I had to print it. Same spot a week later. Had a moment of clear to get this photo.

So Carrie’s Corner, Carol’s Books and Movies, Jerusha, Fringe, Gabby, Cooter, The Cats, The Others they are all here along with lots of information about what’s going on where. Our guest columnists are unusually quiet this week and they’re missed.

So have a fun and safe Halloween tomorrow, be nice to each other and next week we will have more to report.

Carol’s Books 10/30/13

Carol Says:
A Nurses Story
by Tilda Shalof    Non-Fiction
Tilda writes about her life as an ICU nurse.  The book starts with a little background of her childhood and just a little on her studies to become a nurse.  She writes about how scary it was to begin this career as there is so much to learn and the ICU unit is so busy.  (I have worked at a hospital, not as a nurse, and the ICU nurses are truly amazing.  I hold them in high esteem).
Tilda was, understandably, very nervous starting out in ICU.  She explains some of the basics (not easy stuff!) and what they do in that unit.  She tells of her concerns and fears as there is so much to know.  The ICU nurses really do run the place and it all falls on them (yes, Doctors are involved but not always there).  We hear stories about the patients – why they were admitted, what care they needed, the emergencies going on, and then we learn how this all affects the staff.   Also stories on dealing with the families of the patient – some of the families want the staff to do everything possible when there really is no hope.  The ICU nurse sees things that we never even think about; they are dealing with severe illness and death.  She talks about the humor they need to get through it all, and how emotionally draining it is for them.
We also learn about the people she works with Through her writing of conversations she has with her  friends, we learn about her friends – how they cope, the differ.  How it is sometimes a love/hate with the job, but we see their compassion and drive to do the best job possible.
Amazon Says:
A Nurses Story
by Tilda Shalof    Non-Fiction
The team of nurses that Tilda Shalof found herself working with in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a big-city hospital was known as “Laura’s Line.” They were a bit wild: smart, funny, disrespectful of authority, but also caring and incredibly committed to their jobs. Laura set the tone with her quick remarks. Frances, from Newfoundland, was famous for her improvised recipes. Justine, the union rep, wore t-shirts emblazoned with defiant slogans, like “Nurses Care But It’s Not in the Budget.” Shalof was the one who had been to university. The others accused her of being “sooo sensitive.”They depended upon one another. Working in the ICU was both emotionally grueling and physically exhausting. Many patients, quite simply, were dying, and the staff strove mightily to prolong their lives. With their skill, dedication, and the resources of modern science, they sometimes were almost too successful. Doctors and nurses alike wondered if what they did for terminally-ill patients was not, in some cases, too extreme. A number of patients were admitted when it was too late even for heroic measures. A boy struck down by a cerebral aneurysm in the middle of a little-league hockey game. A woman rescued – too late – from a burning house. It all took its toll on the staff.And yet, on good days, they thrived on what they did. Shalof describes a colleague who is managing a “crashing” patient: “I looked at her. Nicky was flushed with excitement. She was doing five different things at the same time, planning ahead for another five. She was totally focused, in her element, in control, completely at home with the chaos. There was a huge smile on her face. Nurses like to fix things. If they can.”Shalof, a veteran ICU nurse, reveals what it is really like to work behind the closed hospital curtains. The drama, the sardonic humour, the grinding workload, the cheerful camaraderie, the big issues and the small, all are brought vividly to life in this remarkable book.

Carol’s Movies 10/30/13

Carol Says:
My friend just loves, loves, loves this movie.  I just didn’t feel the same.  While it had some nice messages, it just seemed too long and syrupy for me.  But I can see where others would love it.
This is about 4 policemen and a construction worker that becomes their friend.  One of the policemen decides to make a resolution to make God their number one priority, plus their family and to be better fathers.  One of the wives suggest framing the resolution and hanging it on the wall, but first to have a ceremony presenting the resolution.
After the ceremony, two of the people have major decisions to make, and make their decision based on their resolution.
Netflix Says:
Courageous 2011PG-13  Despite showing bravery on the job, a group of law enforcement officers find themselves undone when tragedy strikes at home in this social drama. With the aid of their beliefs, however, the men find a deeper well of courage in their hearts.

Mountain Messenger 10/30/13


Don Russell, Editor of the Mountain Messenger has recently become overly concerned about mundane things that should not bother him at all, or at least he shouldn’t give it a second thought.  Sitting in the prestigious seat of being the state’s oldest weekly newspaper Editor brings him into the limelight a lot. Many people come to Downieville to meet Don who has always had an open door policy to all tourists, unless it is Wednesday or if Milly is not in a good mood. If Milly is not there, most likely there will be a short woman named Jill who rarely is in a good mood. So if in response to your question, “are you Milly?”  a short black haired woman looks up and snarls it is best to just leave and hope Milly will be there when you return. At any rate this isn’t about Milly or Jill, it is about Don. Just be kind to him, consider his age and position and be happy if he acknowledges your presence, don’t hold any expectations. Just acceptance of the way things are.

Editor Don Russell thinks he hears something in Milly's office or he is wondering why the light on the Printer is blinking. It is never quite clear what Don is thinking or why he stares off into space. He rarely has anything on his mind other than thinking about buying flowers for Irene or maybe what kind of candy to give to Trick or Treaters anyhow it is an interesting pose, a little different.

10/30/13 Editor Don Russell thinks he hears something in Milly’s office or he is wondering why the light on the Printer is blinking. It is never quite clear what Don is thinking or why he stares off into space. He rarely has anything on his mind other than thinking about buying flowers for Irene or maybe what kind of candy to give to Trick or Treaters, anyhow it is an interesting pose, a little different.

Send anything you need published to Milly at  Of course you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Minion Milly) 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…..

Be Safe on Early Snow 10/30/13

New post on

Alpine Meadows Starts Pre-Season Slope Closures

by Mark

image003Alpine Meadows posted signs today closing the slopes to hiking skiing and riding. It’s always a contentious point, with some people insisting that Alpine Meadows cannot control access to public lands. While it is true that much of Alpine’s property is Forest Service land, there are portions of it that are private. Although I could publish a map that might fuel that argument, it’s more important to educate the public on the reason for the closure.

• Skiing and riding in the early season is inherently hazardous. There are numerous obstacles under the fresh snow that may cause great injury or death. Normally these obstacles get covered by a solid firm snowpack or ice before a resort opens for the season. Last year, an Alpine Meadows employee lost her life in an early November skiing accident. There were many people that thought 3 feet of new snow was adequate coverage that day. Unfortunately it was not. There can be issues even after the resort opens. I broke my shoulder by hitting a submerged log near the top of Summit a few years ago. Missing the first months of the season was painful, but i was certainly lucky. It could have been so much worse.


• Alpine Meadows has started snowmaking operations for the season, and yes, we want them to have full access to the mountain. During this time, hoses may be placed quite haphazardly across slopes to infill slopes as quickly as possible. These hoses may get buried by the newly made snow or natural snowfall. It would take a bit of force, but it’s not impossible to think that a ski or board edge could cut a hose, which is under very high pressure. It could be disastrous for you or anyone nearby. There is also a lot of snowmobile and snowcat traffic on the hill, who is not wanting to fight uphill or downhill traffic on skis and snowboards. Remember, we want the snowmaking crew to be able to do their job! There are no patrollers available to manage the safety issues. At this time of year, patrollers are normally training, or this year, working as trail crew members.

For those that just want to get out and ride, their is plenty of backcountry terrain outside of resorts, and those areas also received snow. As my post early in the week indicated, finding areas that have softer base materials is a wise idea. The area around Alpine Meadows is largely metamorphic rock with sharp edges and unpredictable shapes. Conversely, the summit area near Mount Rose is mostly rounded aged granite and decomposed granite (i.e. sand). It is much more forgiving on skis and bodies! There are similar areas around Donner Summit that are more forgiving.

Be safe out there!

Plumas-Sierra Food System 10/30/13

Hello Everyone,

We had a lively meeting last month and are ready for another one. Please come if you can and be part of planning next years activities to improve the food system in Plumas and Sierra Counties!  Everyone is welcome!

Here is the Strategic Plan online . if you want to review it.

Meeting Agenda 

November 4, 2013    2:30 to 4:30 PM         Public Health Conference Room, Quincy

2:30 to 2:45   Housekeeping & Updates

  • Brief re-cap of last meeting
  • Chairman position vacancy

2:45 to 3:15   Updates from each Working Group 

  • Policy & Regulation
  • FEED (Farmer Education & Economic Development)
  • Team Zero (home scale food production)
  • Youth Education

3:15 to 3:30       CFC Strategic Plan Distribution  

                            (the plan is online here

(Education of policy makers, partners and public)

  • Identify desired outcomes/next steps
  • Review and discuss BOS presentation
  • Newspaper & press release on Plan

(maybe use executive summary)

3:30 to 4:25   CFC Action Plan

  • Discuss and prioritize activities for 2014
  • Identify steps for priority activities
  • Identify timelines, partners, resources and roles

and next steps.

4:25 to 4:30  Next meeting date/ time

  • TBD, 2:30 – 4:30pm

The mission of the Plumas-Sierra Community Food Council is to increase community resiliency by fostering vibrant local agriculture and increasing access to healthy food for everyone in the Plumas-Sierra region. The Council works to improve community food security through advocacy, policy, and grassroots programs that shape the region’s food system and the health of its residents. 

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