ARF at Holiday on Main 12/3/14

The Sierra County Animal Relief Fund (ARF) is holding its “Christmas Extravaganza” Unknownduring Downieville’s “Holiday on Main” on Saturday, December 6. The Extravaganza will consist of a Pet Parade, raffle, and silent auction — as well as an information booth about the organization.

The Pet Parade will be held in front of Sierra Hardware (or in the firehouse, in case of wet weather). Registration begins at noon, with the parade happening as soon as all animals are registered. Awards will be presented for “Best Dressed”, so animals are encouraged to come in costume. All animals should be properly contained, and it is strongly recommended that they have, at least, their first set of vaccinations.

Raffle prizes and silent auction items will be on display at the ARF booth in the Community Hall (the booth will open at 10:00 AM). Raffle tickets are $1 for one, $5 for six, or $25 for a person’s height in tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the ARF booth on December 6, or in front of the Downieville Post Office on Tuesday, December 2, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM. The raffle drawing will take place at 3:00 PM, at the ARF booth. You don’t need to be present to win, but are encouraged to be there. Bidding on the silent auction takes place throughout the day at the ARF booth, with the auction closing at 3:00 PM. To date, raffle prizes include gift certificates at SPD, Herringtons, Esquire IMAX Theatre, South Pine Cafe, Volz Bros, Plaza Tires, Culture Shock, and a couple bottles of wine. And, silent auction items to date include El Dorado Casino & Resort, Mondavi Center jazz concert, dog bed and toy, home beer brew kit, and rum basket.

More items for both the raffle and silent auction are being sought. Local residents and/or businesses might put together a themed auction basket — or could donate to ARF toward such a basket. (All donations to ARF are tax deductible, as it is a registered non-profit organization.) Also, if anyone would be interested in volunteering time for the Christmas Extravaganza — for the Pet Parade or at the booth — their help would be appreciated.

All proceeds from the Christmas Extravaganza benefit the work of the Animal Relief Fund. Currently, ARF is focusing on spaying and neutering animals, in order to help maintain a sustainable pet population, and as a way to cut down on the amount of requests for food that come to the organization. ARF’s goal is to help provide the basics of life to the animal members of Sierra County families by providing healthcare and emergency food when needed.

To donate prizes for the raffle or auction, or money toward such prizes, or to make a donation to ARF, please contact ARF CEO, Rachel Guffin, at 289-2720.

Wednesday November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving-Pictures1Most importantly have a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are surrounded by family and friends and if you are not don’t forget the Miss Jody Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Downieville Community Hall where friends and family gather as a community family. The event, which is free to all,  is also a fundraiser for the Western Sierra Food Bank and accepts donations. Be there or be square.

The Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc. has become official and is accepting donations. The goal is to make sure western Sierra County is able to continue having Urgent and Emergency care by supporting the Downieville EMS, system and preparing for the lessened service from WSMC. Donations can be sent to Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc. (SFMR,Inc) at P.O. Box 393, Downieville, CA 95936

NEWSFLASH -The Mountain Messenger had a front page article about the donation to SFMR and mistakenly said the SFMR filed the complaint with the California Attorney General over Western Sierra Medical Clinic’s breach of merger agreement. Downieville Clinic -Patient Advocacy Committee (DC-PAC) filed the complaint. DC-PAC is a community organized group that filed the complaint. Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc. is a separate entity developed at the request of DC-PAC, however it did not file the complaint.

Evidently WSMC has cancelled the contract with Enloe Hospital that allowed the Clinic to be a base station to stabilize patients prior to the long haul down the hill in an ambulance or on the helicopter. There have been many instances over the years where this has resulted in saving lives and without the ambulance being able to stop at the Clinic or talk to the medical provider for direction this life saving feature is gone. The cancellation does not affect Enloe Helicopter service just the interaction with the Clinic. Such a valuable tool and resource… one cannot fathom what the WSMC Board and Administration are thinking to decimate a system that has been constructed and so effective for so many years. The Downieville Clinic – Patient Advocacy Committee (DC-PAC) will be having it’s next meeting at 4 pm on December 8th at the Downieville Community Hall.

Milly at the Mountain Messenger asked me to let everyone (except Don Russell) that she is holding a special on the Christmas issue holiday ads. Call her right away… the Christmas Greetings issue will be on December 16th.  So give her a call or email at 530 289-3262 and order your advertisement now. The first 10 ads get a really special discount.

We have all the local news Carol’s Movies, The Fringe, Gabby, Cats, Others, guest columnists Kathy Kelly and Winslow Myers and local events. Be sure to mark your calendars for December 6th Holiday on Main in Downieville and then on December 13th the Sierra City Children’s Christmas Party and Potluck. Santa Claus will be attending both,

This week’s beautiful photo is the Happy Thanksgiving greeting that Mary Davey of Sierra City sent to everyone on her Facebook page…. thank you Mary and Happy Thanksgiving to you, your hubby Sierra City Fire Chief Bryan and your talented son Hunter.

Small Business Saturday 11/29/14

The businesses that are promoting Small Business Saturday, November 29 are: Downieville Mountain Café, Sierra Hardware, Downieville Day Spa, Vintage Gal Antiques, The Grubstake Saloon, 49 Wines, La Cocina de Oro, The Shack and The Mountain Messenger. Small Business Saturday is nationwide and was started by American Express to support your local small businesses during the holiday season. 4f56dd268c1458f538f206d7634c9b82[1]

Thank You 11/26/14

Words cannot even begin to express our family’s sincere gratitude and appreciation for all that was done to remember and celebrate the life of Doris Pratti. Your personal memories brought both laughter and tears and a gentle reminder of who Doris was. We are so grateful to so many, but we must personally thank The Downieville Lion’s Club for helping put together a wonderful gathering of Doris’ dear friends and neighbors. Your kindness and thoughtfulness will forever be in our hearts.
The Warren Family, Helen, Chuck, Nick, Andrea, Kevin, Adam, & Chloe

Tahoe Sports Hub 11/26/14

Tahoe Sports Hub at Unofficial Alpine

Tahoe Sports Hub Adds New Staff, New Products & New Services
by Mark
The peak of the holiday shopping season is upon us, and the Tahoe Sports Hub has made some exciting additions to their staff, products and services. New team members Kenny Good and Corey Champagne are a great addition to the awesome staff at the Hub, allowing for the additions of a snowboard line-up and custom boot fitting options this season.

IMG_0828-150x150Champagne is the new head boot-fitter and is developing a new running shoe department which will debut in the spring of 2015. With extensive bootfitting experience in various local ski shops, he has drastically improved the boot fitting service at Tahoe Sports Hub. A foot expert and on his way to becoming one of few licensed pedorthist’s in Northern California, Champagne will be taking his pedorthist board certification exam in the spring of 2015. In addition to his pedorthist training he has over ten years experience custom fitting ski boots and holds certifications from the Robert M. Palmer MD institute of biomechanics, Superfeet University, and Masterfit. When Champagne is not fitting custom ski boots or building custom orthotics for running shoes he is playing in the mountains. He is an accomplished outdoorsman and has kayaked the Grand Canyon and finished multiple Tough Mudders. He also has multiple ski mountaineering summits under his belt including; Mt. Rainier, Mt Shasta, Mt. Hood, Mt St. Helens, and plenty of impressive ascents in the Cascade Range, Eastern Sierra and Chamonix France.

562814_10100758495655523_93952689_n-300x225Good has a long history in the ski industry. He has repped snowboard lines, managed shops, overseen retail websites, and even dabbled in product development. Good spearheaded the new Tahoe Sports Hub snowboard department. The department features boards, bindings, and boots from some of Snowboarding’s most respected brands as well as a huge selection of splitboards. Good is an expert on all forms of backcountry travel and snow safety equipment and has improved the snow safety and backcountry department dramatically. Good is passionate about advances in snow safety technology and wants to make sure that Tahoe Sports Hub customers have the knowledge to make educated equipment choices.

“We are so lucky to have Kenny and Corey on the team this year; they both bring so much to the shop and make us well rounded. We believe in investing in the right people and both Kenny and Corey are great additions” – Rob Cavallo, Tahoe Sports Hub owner

County Planner Job 11/26/14

Sierra County is accepting application for Planner I, II, or III depending on qualifications.
A resume may be attached, but the County application must be completed. Applications with an original signature must be received by Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5 p.m. Postmarked applications cannot be accepted for consideration.

Mail completed applications to:
Sierra County Planning Department
P.O. Box 530
101 Courthouse Square
Downieville, CA 95936

County Full Time Position In Downieville
Planner I $2,648.50 – $2,919.98/Month DOQ Planner II $3,124.36 – $3,444.62/Month DOQ Planner III $3,395.80 – $3,743.88/Month DOQ
November 24, 2014
December 31, 2014 5:00 PM

Questions? Call (530) 289-3251 or email Email


SFMR, Inc Receives Donation 11/26/14

Paul Douville, Don Potter, Ingrid Larsen, Cherry Simi, Frank Lang

Paul Douville, Don Potter, Ingrid Larsen, Cherry Simi, Frank Lang

Don Potter of the Grubstake in Downieville presents a check for $650 to the newly formed Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc (SFMR) for support of continued Urgent and the EMS in western Sierra County. The String A Longs band and vocalist performed at the fundraising event held in November at the Grubstake, MaryK and Don Potter donated all proceeds of the event to SFMR.

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