QUILT SHOW RECAP
“Fantastic.” “Beautiful.” “Amazing talent and creativity.” These are some of the
comments written on the ballots at the Cabin Fever Quilt Guild Quilt Show at Father Burns Social Hall in Portola, held on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27. Over 250 people attended and many stated that it was very difficult to choose their favorites. Pictured are some of the winners:
Abby Enns, Junior Quilt; Pat Buckner, Small Quilt; JoAnn Elston, Wearable Art; Karen Worthington, Guild Challenge and Donna Crary,
Decorative Art. Not pictured are Robin Pyers, winner for the Medium Quilt, and double winner, Donna Meyers for the categories of Large Quilt and Hand Quilted.
There were several other winners as raffle tickets were drawn at the end of the show. Donna Clatte was the lucky person who took home the 2014 Opportunity Quilt, “Cabin in the Woods.” The Italian Basket was won by Marlene Nelson and Pat Bridge’s ticket was pulled for the Tea Basket. Juanita Holley, the Featured Quilter, will be very busy again after winning the trunk with over 50 yards of fabric inside.
In addition to the over 150 quilts that were either on display or in the voting categories, there were examples of a couple of the community service projects in which the quilt guild is currently involved. Jo Russell, Director/Teacher of the after school program, gets help from guild
members with sewing projects such as puppets, pillow cases, and of course, quilts! Also, for the past two years guild members have been making lap quilts for wounded warriors. The quilts are sent to TADSAW, or Train A Dog, Save A Warrior. Special smaller quilts are also made for the therapy dogs that are matched with a wounded military person.
Cabin Fever Quilt Guild is grateful for the people who helped to set up and take down the show. Members of the Portola High School track team were wonderful workers, as well as the entire Harvey family. In addition, Juliana Mark of J’s Feather River Rentals loaned us some helpers. Of course, several husbands were also very helpful! A big thank you goes to the local merchants who participated in advertising the event and the guild deeply appreciates the members of our community for their support.
If you didn’t get to this year’s show, we hope you’ll mark your calendar for April 18 and 19, 2015. You won’t want to miss it!
Candidates Night in Downieville
Clearly I won’t be reiterating every statement by each candidate but some things stood out for me and I feel the need to mention them.
The event was organized by Cindy Ellsmore, and the Sierra County Democrats Party, Don McKechie was the Timekeeper and Bill Copren the Moderator. A great job accomplished by all, and thank goodness there were refreshments courtesy of Downieville High School Senior Alexis Whitaker.
The forum allowed the candidates to make an opening statement, answer four written questions from the audience and then a 90 second closing statement. There was a break to enjoy the cookies and coffee.
The first two candidates to speak were Heidi Hall of Grass Valley and Dan Levine from Butte County both running for U,S, Congress.
Heidi Hall lives in the almost rural area of Grass Valley and understands the problems we face, she is focused on the big picture of corporate power and big business affecting us all negatively. Dan Levine is a rancher from Butte County and also understands the problems of rural life. There will be separate articles on Hall and Levine elsewhere in the Prospect.
Next up were the Supervisor candidates. District 2 Incumbent Peter Huebner from Sierra City and challenger Craig Fassbender who resides on the outskirts of Loyalton were both present. District 2 is one of the most gerrymandered Districts in the County, covering Sierra City, Verdi and a small area on the outskirts of Loyalton and is a challenge for anyone. During the candidates statements and answers to questions it became apparent that Supervisor Huebner is very knowledgeable about all of District 2 and spends a great deal of time representing his constituents dealing with problems both large affecting the whole county and individual constituents’ personal issues that he will champion regardless of where they reside in the county. Mr. Fassbender is an affable guy who has little experience or understanding of county government, he freely admitted this and passed on a question about Secure Rural Schools, a critical issue for Sierra County. His willingness to step forward is admirable, however in the situation the county is in today financially we need a Supervisor who is willing to make it his full time occupation and understand the significance of actions by the State and Federal government and respond immediately and appropriately. I am convinced that should be Supervisor Peter Huebner.
Next were the District 5 contenders, Incumbent Scott Schlefstein from Sierra Brooks and challenger Don Yegge also from Sierra Brooks. Once again it was clear the incumbent had the edge as he understood the questions and how the county is affected by decisions made by the Board and exactly how much or really, often, how little ability the Board has to make things happen within the constraints of state and federal legislation, and he advocated for a proactive Board who keeps the county’s voice heard in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Supervisor Schlefstein elaborated on government’s role with business saying, “the county’s role is to not to develop business but to not be obstructionist and support and provide a process and atmosphere for business to develop themselves.”
Mr. Yegge is well known in the county and has worked very hard over the years making life better for county residents both young and old. He is a very nice man, and I personally consider him a friend. Yegge said, “I’m all about jobs”, and his main focus is on bringing “forest jobs” back into the county, talking about the need to not only create jobs but to have a healthy forest getting rid of the “duff” and thinning trees to enhance our fire safety. He is now working on trying to revive the Loyalton SPI lumber mill into an energy creating infrastructure for the county and has been attending meetings and speaking up for Sierra County as an individual and we should all appreciate his efforts. Maybe this time something will happen. Unfortunately the truth of the matter for forestry and mining is the Supervisors have little control, it is the State and Feds once again. But Yegge appears to be willing to continue fighting and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. So in the race for District 5, it isn’t as clear. I think Supervisor Schlefstein has demonstrated his ability to work with other Board members as a group benefitting the whole county while ably representing his District, I hate to have someone who’s doing a decent job get fired. If Mr. Yegge became the Supervisor, there would be a learning curve and he would have to recognize the realities of county government limitations but he probably would do an okay job. In this case I’m tending to lean towards the Incumbent Supervisor Schlefstein. Fortunately, I live in District 1 and won’t have to make that hard decision on my ballot.
The Sheriff Candidates.
The same format for the Sheriff was followed and there were definite differences in the three candidates.
Sheriff John Evans spoke clearly and effectively regarding his many years with Sierra County and his achievements as our top law guy. The crime rate is low ( by the way, have you noticed the copper pipe thefts have stopped since the SO arrested the perps), the budget is a handicap and his deputies and office staff are doing a great job in spite of low staffing. All of the county departments are suffering and everyone has had to tighten their belt and do the best job under the auspices of a budget that keeps dwindling. He talked about the County Jail and that the county Supervisors were discussing the issues of the financing of keeping the jail in the county. Sheriff Evans mentioned how presently the jail keeps 7 to 8 employed, the jail has a contract with the Western Sierra Medical Clinic which helps keep them viable, all food for the jail is bought from local grocery stores and if the jail was closed, actually the travel time of deputies transporting inmates to and from the county would decrease public safety patrols and activities, clearly he sees the Jail remaining in Sierra County a positive. Sheriff Evans is doing a decent job and the county is a safe place to live for the residents and visitors .
Challenger Sgt. Tim Stanley spoke about the low morale in the Sheriff’s Office and also how important it was for the Jail to remain in County. He mentioned how both he and Sheriff Evans remember how difficult it was transporting inmates to the Nevada County facility during the Sierra County Jail renovation in the early 90’s. One thing he kept repeating was as the Sheriff he would treat everyone equally no matter what their last name was. Which made me wonder what last name he was talking about and how do we get that last name for ourselves? I asked a few people but no one seemed to know what Sgt. Stanley was talking about, so hopefully he will let us know who is getting favorable or unfavorable treatment. On the issue of morale, having worked for the Sheriff’s Office from 1986 to 1998 under Sheriff Ken Alexander and then Sheriff Lee Adams, I’ve seen that there is always a division in loyalty. Half the staff dislikes whoever the Sheriff happens to be and half likes them. It seems to be a universal thing in law enforcement. It might be the type of personality drawn into the job, however when you think you can do a better job then step up and run for the position and that’s exactly what Standley has done.
Challenger Derek Beverly gave me the most food for thought. Derek lived here as a boy and graduated from Downieville High School. He worked for the Sheriff’s Office in the mid 70’s and since has worked with Placer County, the FBI and Department of Motor Vehicles. He didn’t mention all of the feats he has claimed in other venues but did talk about his vision for law enforcement in Sierra County. It quickly became apparent that Mr. Beverly doesn’t distinguish between big city policing and the rural area. He has no worries about losing the Jail and mentioned the possibility of a regional facility in the valley. He does worry about staffing levels as he feels public safety should be the main priority of the County. On the subject of sharing limited monies with other agencies, Derek replied “public safety is THE priority and as sheriff he would have to have SERIOUS chats with other dept heads.” He feels every other department should bear the layoffs as the Sheriff’s Office is the most important. He suggested 24 hour patrol coverage for the county and more presence in the schools. He felt a School Resource Officer should be assigned to the schools, walking through the halls, and “gathering information”. What? Did I hear that right? That is a little scary, he does have an FBI background, did he hear of the uproar over the NSA activities. I support law enforcement, the government and peace on earth, but a police state and deeming them the most important of county activities makes me nervous. What about the county roads, our ambulances, the Clinics, the parks, the general quality of a Mayberry type life where doors are unlocked and we all help each other. So despite Derek being a “local” guy who only returns to his Placer County home to “mow the lawn”, I’m thinking he wouldn’t be good for Sierra County.
Sheriff John Evans is doing a great job. He understands the county and his constituents he is the right guy for us now and I am glad I can vote for him.
So, that’s it for the second candidates night, of course you might have been there and had a completely different take on it, so we welcome your cards and letters. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Yep, the last day of April and it is very warm with a wildfire raging in southern California, not a good thing ever but this early may be a harbinger of this summer.
This week has an editorial article on the Candidates Forum last Friday, an interesting event that made me realize you actually can learn things about the candidates at the Forums. In the forum article I mentioned there would be separate articles for U.S. Congress contenders Heidi Hall and Dan Levine, however Dan did not respond to our message for more info, if we reach him it might be in the next issue. Don’t miss Devita’s The Fringe as he is talking cheerfulness and flattery.
There is Gabby, Carol’s Books and Movies, Carrie’s Corner, The Cats, Cooter, The Others, the Bell Peal and just one guest columnist Robert Dodge, a plethora of local news and information and some great photos.
Driving across the county this week I noticed there were many kamikaze squirrels on the highway, fortunately I thwarted their efforts without endangering me or anyone else, but be careful out there cause it is Spring and animals are on the move.
This week’s photo is again by Caree Mehrmann-Loving in Alleghany and I just couldn’t resist her Squirrel apparently helping her with the weeding.
Assistant Director, Health and Human Services http://www.sierracounty.ca.gov/Jobs.aspx?JobID=32
Health and Human Services consists of Social Services, Public Health, Behavioral Health and Drug/Alcohol. The Assistant Director position includes the following duties:
Assumes full responsibility in the Director’s absence
Assists in assessing administrative and program needs
Implements operating policies and establishes procedures
Supervises, trains, coordinates and evaluates
Develops, implements and monitors agency annual plans, cost reports,
fiscal claims, and budgets
Represents agency at appropriate state and federal conferences and meetings
$5,200 – $6,321 starting salary depending on experience
April 24, 2014 1:00 PM
Open Until Filled
Assistant Director: Mental Health, Public Health, Drug and Alcohol, Social Services
New post on http://unofficialalpine.com
Alpine Sierra Subdivision NOP Filed: Comments Due By May 9
The Final Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Alpine Sierra Subdivision has been filed with Placer County. We reported on the proposed subdivision back in November. The Alpine Sierra project is the first significant development proposal in the Alpine Meadows area since the 1980’s. The Alpine Sierra proposal seems to offer a good balance of growth within the valley, while still protecting the natural beauty that residents and visitors expect in the community.
The latest iteration of the project does offer a possibility of a significant change to the plan since our last report. The plan calls for a group of 14 town homes located near the Stanford Chalet property, and a separate cluster of 33 single family homesites in between the older Alpine Meadows condos and the Bear Creek Estates. Access to both of these sections would be through a new road built from Alpine Meadows Road.
The NOP offers an alternative proposal, which would provide access to the 33 home sites off of John Scott Trail. This option does have the advantage of reducing the costs to the developers of creating the long access road, as well as the expense of keep it clear in the winter. To homeowners along Chalet Road, there would be a larger area of open space created that would contain neither homes or roads. The option of access through the John Scott Trail is not popular with many homeowners within the Bear Creek Association. Increased traffic through the neighborhoods is a large concern for residents, especially during the construction phase of the new homes. The BCA is expected to vote on the proposed access in May.
Similar to the Squaw Valley Project, the filing of the NOP provides the opportunity for interested parties to submit comments to Placer County. The complete Final Notice Of Preparation is variable for viewing at the Placer County website. Comments on the NOP are due no later than 5:00 pm on May 9th. Comments may be submitted to:
Community Development Resource Agency
3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190
Auburn, CA 95603
Attn: Maywan Krach, Community Development Technician
Fax: (530) 745-3080
Malaise du Monde
A depressing report from The Fringe
I consider my readers to be among the most intelligent and insightful people in the nation, people whose time is valuable, and who deserve only the very best analysis and entertainment. I hate to disappoint my readers by producing editorials that are real downers and whenever I do, I begin by flattering them. My wonderful readers.
Why is the Fringe offering flattery? Because this editorial will bring people down.
But wait, not everything is gloomy! Think of happy things, babies are born into loving families, puppies are cute!
The global population has exceeded 7 billion people, about twice what the planet can support; every new child is an inch closer to the tipping point. In the US, one in 5 families, or 20%, of households have no one working, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: the truth is likely much worse. How will the new baby be fed? Over 3.5 million dogs are put down in animal shelters each year. In some municipalities, such as Detroit, packs of hungry dogs threaten humans frequently, and cities are tapped to the point there is little they can do except literally shoot dogs down in the street.
Hey, it’s a big world! Things must be going well somewhere!
There is, on average, a riot or demonstration every two to three days somewhere in the world. Currently, the Ukraine is producing lots of citizen activity as political forces battle through citizen groups, but Taiwan, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Turkey and even Albuquerque, New Mexico where citizens are protesting out of control cops, are also seeing violence. Greece, France, and Egypt have also seen riots and demonstrations which feature violence. Across the globe, economies are starting to tumble, there are more and more unemployed, and many young unemployed people migrate globally, increasing the likelihood of epidemic and civil unrest: conflict is contagious. Even if you don’t subscribe to the growing fear of economic collapse on a global scale, it’s clear things aren’t going well.
Wait, it’s not that dark! There are people all over the globe trying to make a difference!
From the Ukraine to the United States activists are being imprisoned and killed. Around the world womens’ rights and gay and lesbian rights activists are targeted with violence and imprisonment. Being an activist has never been more dangerous in the U.S., not even during the war in Vietnam. In some places, environmental activists are being killed and imprisoned for fighting for the rights of indigenous people. In the last decade over 900 environmental activists have been killed, while in the US activists calling for more honesty and transparency in government, and more citizen control of the internet, are jailed. You can be held for five years in a federal case without being charged. That’s right, read it again, five years without being charged. People who want to have a bake sale for the local school are pretty safe, but people who really want to bring change to the system are targets.
Wait! Science and technology! Things are moving forward, the future is here!
Probably no area is as depressing as science and technology. In the last few days we have an improved method of in vitro fertilization giving childless couples a greater likelihood of offspring. See “7 billion people”, above. The new technology will also allow the parents to select for certain traits, such as sex, meaning even fertile couples might use the technology. In the near future we might see far more boys born than girls. Science also brings us a new google product, magic eyes which let the visually impaired use their own eyes as cameras. The downside? The new eyes will also be useful for sighted people, have “bionic” capabilities of distance and infrared, and will broadcast everything you see to the net. As more and more people use these new “eyes” more and more of daily life will be aggregated; data aggregation is a significant threat to individual behavior. Already “science” is bringing us “reality mining” where computers crunch the data from all our virutal behavior, giving government and corporations more power to know us, and to coax, cajole and coerce our choices. Coupled with the riots and demonstrations and the neutralization of activists, this new means of spying will be a powerful tool for someone. Science is also struggling with “peak food”, the fact that arable land is disappearing, and the problem of “monoculture”, where synthetic lines of corn, wheat, soy, and rice are increasingly dependent on pesticides and fertilizers to grow at all. Not surprisingly, science can only do more of what it did to get us in this precarious situation. In medicine, the Center for Disease Control has released a study showing that one in 13 American kids is on some kind of psych med. Science, or rather its working stepchild, technology is not going to save us, it’s just going to keep doing what it did to bring us to this crisis.
Hey, think Louden Wainwright III:
“I turned the tap, there was cold, there was hot I put on my coat to go to the shop I stepped outside and I didn’t get shot Oh, it’s a pretty good day so far..”
That is true, many things do work, our national infrastructure is still functional, not like many other places where electricity only happens at certain times of the day. On the other hand, much of our infrastructure is largely residual from dramatic infrastructure growth after WWI and WWII. In truth, our infrastructure is decaying; the American Society of Civil Engineers warns that the US is running an infrastructure deficit, and they suggest we need to budget $2.2 trillion immediately, mostly for bridges and roads which are deteriorating badly, and for mass transit and fresh and waste water systems. Water in particular presents a problem, and in California, particularly in some urban areas, the tap is not going to be guaranteed. The poignancy of Wainwrights lyrics is the gratitude that these things are OK, and the realization that they might not always be. There are still Roman aqueducts, viaducts and buildings remaining; that doesn’t mean the Roman Empire is in great shape.
Wait! Butterflies and flowers! Enjoy the beauty of the world.
Except that butterflies are in decline world wide, and the venerable Monarch might even stop its amazing annual migration. A species of butterfly disappears about every three years. Loss of habitat and increases in pesticides (used on those monocrops and in your yard) join climate change as reasons butterflies are having such a hard time. Likewise, bee hives are in terrible danger, and reasons include a mite, a fungus, a virus, but mostly those pesky pesticides that high yield monocrops need. Here’s the shocker about the butterflies and flowers: plants have flowers because pollinators are an integral part of reproduction for many plants. The loss of butterflies and bees means the loss of wildflowers, and also, loss of our food crops. Butterflies and flowers are lovely, but they are a reminder that something is very wrong with our planet and the way we live.
Let’s all jump off a cliff!
On the one hand, that is the kindest thing we could do for our species and the planet, but let’s not be hasty.
There still are a lot of good things in the world, and in many ways, my readers and I continue to enjoy a level of opulence unseen in human history. We all have our private joys and sources of well being.
But it doesn’t pay to ignore the realities of the 21st. Century, and it isn’t wise to distract ourselves too often with “feel good” diversions.
I owe my readers the unvarnished truth once in awhile, even if it has to travel with flattery.
Good luck, and cheer up!
Keep track of riots and demonstrations HERE
Citations available on request for the various woes.
Despite Mother Nature’s weather “surprise” last Friday morning, the weekend events took place without much interference from her. First, there was the Candidate’s Night, which seemed to be very well attended from my viewpoint. Then there was the Native Daughter’s Mad Hatter Tea, and according to my sources, was a big success. Apparently, several of the attendees got into the spirit of the event and donned beautiful hats for the occasion. I understand that the food was delicious, as usual, and that there were a lot of great raffle prizes. The funds raised at this annual event are used to help maintain the beautiful and historical Native Daughter’s Hall which, like me, relies not only on financial support, but also a lot of T.L.C. and effort.
Somehow, between these two events, Rudy Lawrence Jackson made his entrance into the world. Check out his birth announcement elsewhere in our publication.
Next, was a lovely wedding that took place later on Saturday afternoon. My sources tell me that Travis Foster and Christine Kalasardo tied the knot before a standing room only congregation of friends and family at the Methodist Church. I did hear music coming from the direction of the Community Hall later that evening, so I’m assuming that the reception took place up there. I believe that the newlyweds will make their home in Oroville; however, I am sure that they will visit these parts often. My congratulations and best wishes to Travis and Christine for a long and happy life together.
And then, there was the opening day of fishing season! I did see some early risers pass by me on Saturday morning donning the appropriate fishing gear and I overheard one fellow mention that the river was “pretty high” and “darn cold”.
That should change rapidly with the warmer weather upon us once again.
Speaking of fishing, I’d like to wish my old friend, one-time neighbor, and local fishing expert, a “Happy Birthday” today. Looks like a lot of other local folks will be celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this coming week too – congratulations to all of you.
May is off to a busy start with our neighbors up in Sierra City holding their annual Mother’s Day Luncheon, at their Community Hall at noon this Saturday – another tasty event for you to enjoy!
I understand that local resident and very talented musician, Cory Peterman, will perform a concert for the public at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Church. I hope that the folks over there will open the doors wide, so that I, too, can enjoy his music!
Then there is the annual Cancer Walk or Run (if you are so inclined) taking place on May 10th – the day before Mother’s Day. Say, it looks like Feather is gearing up to open this week just in time for you to buy mom a plant or some flowers for her garden. I’m really looking forward to the opening of The Grubsteak next weekend – love those wonderful aromas drifting my way in the evenings.! Speaking of the aromas, I’ve been enjoying the ones emanating from the newly-opened Downieville Mountain Cafe.
Until next time, I leave you with a “springtime” quote from William Shakespeare, “As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer.”
Heidi Hall attended the Candidates Forum in Downieville to answer questions along
with all the local office candidates. Ms. Hall lives in Grass Valley and is very familiar with Sierra County. She is a strong advocate for local issues, understanding both environmental concerns and the special issues affecting rural counties depending on forestry, mining and tourism.
Heidi was born and raised in Northern California to teachers who valued hard work, education and equality of opportunity. She has spent two decades in public service, protecting and managing our natural resources and working to promote sustainable solutions to modern challenges. She has fought her whole life for common sense government that encourages innovation, responsibly protects our resources, and empowers communities.
Heidi spent her career making government more efficient to encourage innovative green businesses and entrepreneurs, and to ensure a level playing field for all companies. She knows that we can restore economic vitality to our rural communities by shifting resources to the real job-creators and making big corporations pay their fair share. She’ll make sure that our communities, with vast forest and water resources that benefit the whole state, will always have a seat at the table, and will share in the prosperity that our natural resources provide.
Heidi firmly believes that a strong middle class is key to America’s future. That’s why she will always work to make the dream of middle class life into a reality for working families, by protecting the right to retire, making college more affordable, and ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. As the working mother of two boys, she knows first-hand the hardships that working families can face, and will always speak up for us when we’re threatened.
The daughter of one veteran and the mother of another, Heidi understands that the promises we make to our service members are sacred. She will work tirelessly to ensure that our veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned, including disability payments and help transitioning to civilian life.
In order to ensure that our farms and towns can continue to grow, we have to protect our water rights and the quality of our water supply. As a program manager with the California Department of Water Resources and a former EPA regional manager, Heidi knows what risks we have to address to ensure our water supply can meet our needs now and in the future. She will fight in Congress to make certain that our local interests are represented in all negotiations over federal policy and regulation affecting our water supply.
With the many challenges facing our wilderness—from bark beetles and blights to overgrowth and drought—it is critical for the federal government to put a greater priority on restoring and maintaining forest ecosystems. Yet because of Washington bureaucracy, only a small percentage of U.S. Forest Service funds actually go to maintaining our forests. We have been getting short-changed for too long, and that has a real impact on rural communities like ours.
In Congress, Heidi will push for U.S. Forest Service funding to return to actual forest maintenance, which will prevent wildfires, restore damaged ecosystems, and preserve Northern California’s natural wonders. She will seek ways to improve private sector involvement in forest maintenance and vegetation control, and will promote cooperation with state governments to ensure that funds are being spent where they’re most n
From protecting our resources to protecting our rights, Heidi Hall is ready to fight for us in Washington.