Ban the Bomb Please 12/24/14

US Attends, then Defies Conference on Nuclear Weapons Effects & Abolition

By John LaForge

John LaForge

John LaForge

VIENNA, Austria—A pair of conferences here Dec. 6-9 have tried to raise public and government awareness of nuclear weapons.

The first, a Civil Society Forum put on by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, brought together NGOs, parliamentarians, and activists of all stripes to try and boost morale and renew enthusiasm in efforts to ban the bomb.

About 700 participants spent two days delving into the ghastly health and environmental effects of nuclear war, the hair-raising frequency of H-bomb accidents and near detonations, the horrifying impacts of bomb testing—and other human radiation experiments conducted without informed consent upon our own unwitting civilians and soldiers.

This is ground that’s been plowed for decades, but it’s nevertheless staggering to the uninitiated and is never repeated too often—especially in view of the destabilization and skyrocketing death toll of what the Pope has called today’s “World War Three.”

ICAN’s infusion of youthful encouragement and high-energy mobilization is a welcome relief for the doddering anti-nuclear movement that’s seen a generation of activists lost to campaigns against corporate globalization and the perpetrators of climate collapse. Mary Olson, of Nuclear Information and Resource Service, who presented expert testimony on the misogynistic gender bias in radiation effects, said she had gotten a “surprisingly big jolt of hope from the youngness of the gathering.”

A second conference the “Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons” (HINW) brought together government representatives and hundreds of others, and was the third in a series. Austria, which has neither nuclear weapons nor nuclear reactors, sponsored the gathering.

After decades of negotiations over the strategic and numerical size of nuclear arsenals, the HINW meetings have faced the harsh ugliness and catastrophic health and environmental effects of nuclear testing and warfare.

Expert witnesses spoke directly to 180 government representatives about the ethical, legal, medical and ecological consequences of H-bomb detonations which are—in the language of diplomatic nicety—“foreseeable.” Then, scores of nation-state delegates called on nuclear-armed states to pursue abolition. Dozens of speakers noted that landmines, cluster munitions, gas, chemical and biological weapons have all been banned, but the worst of all¾thermonuclear WMD—have not.

But the emperor can’t see his own nakedness

It turns out that a gathering of elites like the HINW is like a prison population: there is a strict, arcane etiquette; a rigorous separation of classes; and a blatant violation of all the rules by privileged, rich and pampered chieftains.

The most blatant violation came at the start of the first question-&-answer session, and it was my own government—which skipped previous HINW meetings in Norway and Mexico—that put a radioactive foot in its bomb-cratered mouth. Immediately following harrowing personal testimonies from downwind bomb test victims, and a review by Ms. Olson of the science showing women and children to be far more vulnerable to radiation than men, the U.S. interrupted. Everyone noticed.

Although facilitators twice directed participants to ask questions only the U.S. delegate, Adam Scheinman, was first at the mic, and he declared flatly, “I will not ask a question but make a statement.” The bully then ignored the panel’s hour-long discussion of the brutal, gruesome, and long-term effects of nuclear weapons testing. Instead, in ringing non sequitur, Scheinman’s prepared statement declared U.S. opposition to a nuclear weapons ban and noted support for negotiations for a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Mr. Scheinman also lauded the U.S. embrace of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty¾code language for decades of winking at open US violations of the treaty’s requirements.

(Principle among U.S. NPT violations are Pres. Obama’s planned $1 trillion, 30-year budget for new nuclear weapons; “nuclear sharing” agreements that keep 180 U.S. H-bombs at US bases in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy and Turkey; and sales of Trident nuclear missiles to the British submarine fleet.)

Mr. Scheinman’s rude defiance of conference protocol was a microcosm of the country’s global militarism: oblivious, contemptuous, imperious, and defiant of law. Conducted at 1:20 in the afternoon, the scene-stealing disruption was well-timed to be the lead headline on nightly TV news. U.S. refusal to support and dismissal of the movement for a nuclear weapons ban/treaty should be the story of the conference, but corporate media can be counted on to note only Obama’s public agenda and his finger-pointing at non-nuclear Iran.

The desired result of Scheinman’s outburst is that the U.S. momentarily diverted attention from the indiscriminate, uncontrollable, widespread, persistent, radiological and genetically destabilizing, scofflaw impact of its nuclear weapons—and got television to pat it on the back merely for showing up and “listening.”

Indeed, after its usurpation of center-stage here—and after having temporarily recast the subject of the conference—the U.S. may now get back to its real agenda, the massively expensive “upgrade” of machinery for producing 80 new H-bombs a year by 2020.

John LaForge works for Nukewatch, a nuclear watchdog group in Wisconsin, edits its Quarterly newsletter, and is syndicated through PeaceVoice.

We Miss Taz 12/24/14

Taz Morales of Sierra City passed over the Rainbow Bridge and she is missed by the Morales family and friends in Sierra City. Taz was well known for her energetic willingness to chase after any ball, stick or toy for endless time until her playmate tired of tossing it for her. Taz was a wonderful companion and loved by her family, she will be missed.



ACA Is Good for Us 12/24/14

Affordable Care Act is Good for Rural Californians
By Glenda Humiston

Living in a rural community shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag for healthcare. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already making a difference in the lives of millions of rural Americans, including families right here in California. Prior to the ACA, many rural families had a hard time finding affordable insurance coverage, paying an average of nearly half of their costs out of their own pockets.

Today, thanks to the ACA, families in California can choose from a variety of affordable insurance plans and many will qualify for financial assistance to help them pay for coverage. To sign up, visit or call 1-800-318-2596 if you need help.

Sign up between December 16 and January 15 for coverage that starts on February 1. And for those who enroll between January 16 and February 15, coverage will begin on March 1. But don’t wait too long to sign up for health insurance coverage—the last day to sign up during this open enrollment period is February 15.

Even if you already have coverage through the Marketplace, it pays to go back and review your plan. You may be able to find a plan that saves you money, offers more services, or includes more doctors. In fact, 8 in 10 current Marketplace enrollees can get coverage for $100 or less in 2015 after tax credits.

In addition to providing affordable health insurance options for rural families, the ACA also does things to address the underlying challenges to staying healthy in rural America. Insurance companies are now forbidden from denying you coverage if you have a pre-existing condition and they are required to cover preventive care. That’s good news for rural Americans who, on average, suffer from higher rates of chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure than those living in urban areas.

It also expands support for the National Health Service Corps, which offers scholarships and loan repayment to doctors and nurses in return for practicing in rural communities. More than 3,500 Corps members now serve in rural areas, and an average of 86 percent of them will remain in their communities even after completing their service. These investments help keep a steady stream of young, motivated doctors and nurses in rural America. That’s a good thing because while one in five Americans lives in a rural community, just ten percent of doctors practice there.
The ACA also invests significantly in expanding services at community health centers, where 7.5 million rural Americans get access to primary and preventive care. That comes on top of the more than $3 billion USDA has invested since 2009 to strengthen health infrastructure in rural areas, build rural hospitals and health clinics, and expanded access to health care in remote areas through telemedicine. A few weeks ago, we announced an additional $10 million in grants to improve access to health care in rural America, including $486,132 to help California Telehealth Network extend telemedicine services linking rural patients in eight California counties to specialty health care services not otherwise available in these rural areas.

The Affordable Care Act gives hardworking rural families in California the financial security and peace of mind they deserve. It makes rural communities stronger and rural families healthier. Remember you can sign up at or call 1-800-318-2596 for more information

Glenda Humiston is the California State Director for USDA Rural Development. She oversees the agency’s 40+ programs and invested nearly $1 billion in California’s rural communities during fiscal year 2014. (Headshot available by request.)

Carol’s Movies 12/24/14

Carol Says:


70297087In short: good movie, great acting. This chef’s food is reviewed and gets a bad review. He gets angry, loses his job and his chef’s career goes in a new chef direction. There is a side story about his distant relationship with his young son and how that grows. And, I learned I need to be a better dancer!

Now here is more on this movie – you will want to watch it with popcorn and a coke and just sit back. On a rainy day or a long night ahead of you, because it is too long. But that is almost OK because it is great acting. I don’t know who the main characters are, and then someone would be on that looks familiar, and then some famous person would suddenly appear!

So, good movie, great acting, surprise performances, too long. Again, even tho it is too long, it is worth watching. By the way, at the beginning there is quite the “language”, but once they get that out of their system they kind of stop on that.

Netflix Says:

Chef 2014 R

Cast:Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr.

When chef Carl Casper’s plans for opening a restaurant in Los Angeles fail to pan out, he returns home to Miami and debuts a food truck instead. While trying to regain his zest for cookery, Carl also tries to mend his fractured family ties.

Dianne Ponders Family 12/24/14

images-1Some 2,000 years ago, a man about 30 led a young girl, pregnant with a boy, on a donkey to the town of Bethlehem, where he had to answer to the annual census.

The man, named Joseph, was betrothed to the young girl, Mary. He asked for the betrothal after she told him she was impregnated by the Holy Spirit. Even in those days, skepticism ruled, and no doubt Mary was subjected to cruelty and ridicule. After all, she was unwed and pregnant. Everyone knew Joseph was being bilked into marrying the young girl even though society considered her virginity over and her soon-to-be born baby illegitimate.

Yet, the Bible tells us Joseph was warned in a dream by angels that he would marry and become the earthly father of the son of God. And Mary, too, was told of her role in the formation of the Holy Family.

Today, we celebrate the birth of whom most people considered a bastard child and a teenager of questionable morals for that day and age.

Yet, to believers, the baby became Jesus the Christ, the Anointed One, the bringer of hope for forgiveness from sin. His humble beginnings did not augur well for his life to come. When King Herod heard of the birth of the so-called miracle child, he ordered all children under the age of two slaughtered… the slaughter of the Innocents.

Jesus was saved from that horrible event when his parents fled with him to Egypt where they remained for an unknown period of time.

The next we hear of Jesus is his encounter with the priests in the Temple in Jerusalem when he was but 12 years old. His wisdom and scholarship astounded the priests, but Mary and Joseph panicked, for Jesus had been missing three days.

Jesus’ three -year ministry, from age 30 to about 33, is spelled out in the four Gospels of the Bible, as are his death and resurrection.

Throughout, Mary and Joseph are quiet figures in the background. They were his family. Mary wept at the foot of the cross where Jesus was hung. Jesus said he entrusted John to be a son to his mother, Mary. The family tradition gave Jesus and Mary strength to endure all they had to.

Dianne Severance

Dianne Severance

Today, family has not changed. Most of us find love and encouragement even in the time of death and grieving from our families. In the Christmas or other holidays, we celebrate with our families and grieve over new and past losses. We find strength in our families and we know that with them, we can carry on.

Carrie’s Safe Xmas Corner 12/24/14

By: Carrie A. Blakley

Well, Christmas is upon us once again, and may the annual festivities begin! Hopefully, everyone will be having a wonderful time with friends, and family. May all of your days be merry, and bright….and may you never gain even 1 pound from enjoying all of the candies, goodies and feast foods! For those of you who may be traveling on Christmas day, please be careful and enjoy the trip. Don’t let anyone get you down this holiday season, and regardless of your circumstances in life, be happy that you’re alive to enjoy this day!

UnknownRemember to keep kids, and pets, safe this holiday, especially in the kitchen. Use your usual good sense when it comes to leaving sharp objects (like carving knives, for example), hot liquids (like hot chocolate, coffee, tea or cocoa) and hot grease/gravy out of harm’s way of the little ones. If you have small children, or are having them over as guests, keep some interesting play activities in a different location of the house, where they won’t be in danger of getting burnt, or cut.

When the festivities are done, always remember to keep your garbage/trash tied up and put away where it won’t be considered a mealtime invitation by the local wildlife. Most of all, have an amazing holiday season, and may all of your days be merry and bright!

Merry Greetings from Doug 12/24/14

Sierra County
Merry Christmas!
With a grateful heart, I want to extend to you and your families warm wishes during this holiday season. As Calvin Coolidge once said “To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.” This joyous season is an opportune time to express our gratitude for the love we share with our friends and family and the countless blessings that have been bestowed upon us. May this spirit of joy and happiness unite us all, not only this season but into the coming year.
As Americans, we are blessed to live in a great county, home to so many brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to defending our freedoms. During this season, amidst all the hustle and bustle, I hope we can make time to share our thoughts and prayers with our service members overseas who are not home with their loved ones. These individuals exemplify the true meaning of Christmas, the willingness to help others at their own expense. For that, may God bless them and look over them and their families.
As this year comes to an end, I am very humbled for the opportunity you have given me to serve you in the North State. We have another busy year ahead of us, and I am thankful for the opportunity you have given me to represent your voice here in Congress. To learn about how I can serve you and to follow me throughout the week, please visit my website. and stay in touch with me on my Facebook page as well!
From the LaMalfa family and our 1st District team, Merry Christmas!

TNF Seasonal Road/Trail Closures 12/24/14

Tahoe NF Announces Seasonal Road and Trail Closures

Nevada City, Calif. – December 31 is the last day many roads and trails on the Tahoe National Forest will be open for the season. Wet and snowy weather necessitates closure of some routes to prevent resource damage.

There are off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails that have already been closed due to wet weather conditions on the American River Ranger District. Motorized use on saturated routes causes surfaces to become rutted, leading to erosion and sedimentation issues.

This past spring, the Tahoe National Forest issued a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) that provides a complete list of authorized roads and trails for motorized use. For those routes with seasonal closures, the MVUM lists opening and closing dates, as well as any other restrictions.

“This is the first year implementing the MVUM, so we want to ensure forest users are informed about seasonal closures on our world class OHV and other motorized routes on the Tahoe National Forest,” said Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn. “In past years, many of our trails, while not officially closed, were de facto closed as a result of snow and winter weather.”

A complete list of roads and trails and closure dates or restrictions can be found on the Tahoe National Forest 2013 Motor Vehicle Use Maps. The maps are free and available at any Tahoe National Forest office, as well as online at Digital versions of the maps can also be downloaded to mobile devices through the Avenza PDF Map app.

For more Tahoe National Forest information, go to

Sheriff’s Public Log 12/22/14

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Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log


  • Vehicle off the road and into a tree on Yuba Pass
  • 9-1-1 phone call from Sierra  Brooks
  • Report of threats happening in Pike City
  • Control burns reported in Lombardi Canyon
  • Ambulance needed in Downieville
  • Vehicle off the road, driver okay in Alleghany
  • Deputy assistance requested in Loyalton
  • Possible civil matter in Loyalton


  • USFS prescribed burns over several days near Sagehen Summit
  • Truck suspiciously idling for three hours in Sierra Brooks
  • Small slide on Hwy 49 near Cox’s Bar
  • Possible mental health issue in Sierra Brooks
  • 9-1-1 dropped call from Loyalton


  • 9-1-1 hangup from above Sierra City
  • Controlled burn in Lombardi Canyon
  • Report of hypodermic needle in pile of clothing Downieville
  • Ambulance needed from Loyalton Clinic
  • USFS reports controlled burn near Kyburz Flat


  • Ambulance needed for leg injury in Indian Valley
  • Vehicle accident with no injuries near Sierra City
  • Burning trash and foul smelling vehicle in Camptonville
  • Red backpack found in Loyalton
  • Truancy check requested form Loyalton
  • Ambulance needed for head injury in Loyalton
  • Possible marijuana for sale in Loyalton
  • Suspicious circumstances in Downieville


  • Truancy reported from Loyalton
  • Threatening phone call received in Downieville
  • Restraining order violation in Downieville
  • Vehicle broken into near Verdi
  • Juvenile throwing rocks at house in Loyalton
  • Juvenile pushed elderly female in Loyalton
  • Constantly barking dogs reported in Sierraville


  • Assistance needed with vehicle in Sierra City
  • Threats reported in Loyalton
  • Assistance needed with found injured dog in Loyalton
  • Juveniles lingering near church at night in Loyalton
  • Citation issued near Verdi


  • Washoe Co SO reports restraining order violation in Verdi
  • Ambulance needed in Loyalton
  • Vehicle horn sounding continuously in Downieville
  • Hazmat substance dumped in Loyalton dumpster
  • Felony arrest and Resisting arrest in Portola
  • Illegally burnt material in Verdi
  • Welfare check needed in Loyalton
  • Shots fired in Pike City area

No sign of Santa as yet………

Wednesday December 17, 2014

Due to the current snow level, Gold Lake Road is closed until further notice. so sayeth Miriam.

Gad, what an odd week. The Grass Valley Western Sierra Medical Center held it’s Grand Opening on Monday, December 15th, (thank you Carol for catching my mistake)  meanwhile the Downieville clinic site was closed as  there was no medical provider, only one lone person to answer the phone. Except the phones and computers were not working at the Clinic so there was no communication. Unfortunately there were people who needed help and there was a vehicle accident with an injury but no one to help at the Clinic. The Board of Supervisors received a notice of cancellation for the Sierra County Jail contract from WSMC, I don’t know what that means… but it isn’t good news.                          Here’s the letter Jail Contract Letter

Keeping up with corporate activity affecting rural communities and lifestyles check out the latest on the Squaw Valley versus Olympic Village issue. More signs the little guys needs to stick together.

So this week we have all the usual, except Carol she is too busy wrapping Christmas presents to read or go to the movies. So, Carrie’s Corner, DeVita’s Merry Fringe, Gabby goes poetical, Board of Supervisors, Dianne Ponders, District Atty Cases, The Cats, The Others, and Kathy Kelly and Lawrence Wittner write columns and of course there are reports on Christmas parties and local news. The St Charles is having a Christmas Party (with dress code Naughty or Nice)  with white elephant exchange on Saturday at 6 pm. Come have some cheer and fun.

The photo this week is by Bryan Davey at Packer Saddle and good news for Snowmobilers and Cross Country Skiers. Get what you need at Tom’s Snowmobile Shop in Sierra City

Board of Supervisors 12/16/14


Lee Adams, District 1
530-289-3506 –
Peter W. Huebner, District 2
530-862-1004 –
Paul Roen, Chair, District 3
209-479-2770 –
Jim Beard, Vice-Chair, District 4
Scott A. Schlefstein, District 5
530-993-4900 –

The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on December 16, 2014 in the Loyalton Social Hall, in the Loyalton City Park, Loyalton, CA. NOTICE

Heather Foster Clerk of the Board of Supervisors


Call to Order by Chair Paul Roen
Pledge of Allegiance led by Supervisor Scott Schlefstein
Roll Call Supervisors Adams, Huebner, Roen, Beard, Schlefstein present
Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board were all approved


The Adhoc Jail Committee will convene again after evaluation of situation by Consultant Fred Campbell and the AMA medical service regarding Jail medical issues.

County School Superintendent Merrill Grant gave an update on school enrollment saying Downieville Schools was holding on with 50 students enrolled.

Supervisor Peter Huebner thanked Director Tim Beals for the work on the Wixson Springs water system that services the Kentucky Mine Museum.

CHP Sgt. Tony Prisco. from Quincy gave an update on status of offices closing and new ones opening.

Adams reported on conversing with Congressman LaMalfa on SRS funding.



District Ranger Quentin Youngblood said fuelwood season is closed. All the Christmas tree permits have been sold. There is not enough snow at Little Truckee Summit for opening yet although the snowmobilers have been going out.


Agreement with the court to pay for a portion of the salary and benefits for the proposed position of Probation Specialist/Collaborative Court Coordinator III was approved by 5/0
Documents: Probation and Sierra County Superior Court Contract.pdf
Resolution amending Community Corrections Partnership Budget (Realignment: AB109 & SB678). approved 5/0

Documents: CCP Amn Budget.pdf
Resolution authorizing consolidation of department specialist and drug court coordinator into one position of Probation Specialist/Collaborative Court Coordinator – saving county approximately $40,000 from AB109. approved 5/0
Documents: Probation Specialist -Collaborative Court Coordinator.pdf

Authorization to recruit and fill a Social Worker Supervisor I/II position.approved 5/0

Documents: Social Worker I-II.pdf
Authorization to recruit and fill an Equipment Shop Position in the Sierra County Road Department. Approved 5/0 although Supervisor Adams mentioned if SRS doesn’t come through they would have to face the $400,000 shortfall.

Documents: Equip Mech Position.pdf
Discussion and direction on letter of intent from Cortel, Inc., Contractor for Verizon Wireless regarding establishing a lease for 30’x30′ groundspace at the Sierraville School for the purpose of installing and maintaining a telecommunications facility. Board will write letter to Sierra Plumas School District asking permission as the property belongs to them, however the Board will pay the $7,200 annual cost to provide wireless service to Sierraville area.

Documents: Verizon Item..pdf
Resolution rejecting bid and authorizing staff to proceed with the Kentucky Mine Water System improvement project by utilizing a combination of county personnel, a negotiated contract with the low‐bidder, and county furnished materials or supplies and the Director of Public Works is authorized to negotiate and execute a public works contract on behalf of the County for portions of the project. Approved 5/0

Documents: KMH20 Project.Item.pdf
Discussion/direction on future vacancy within the County Farm Advisor Office (UC Extension) in Plumas and Sierra Counties. Holly George commented on the office staying in Quincy.

Documents: Farm Advisor.Item.pdf
Resolution authorizing use of Title III funding in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 to reimburse Sierra County Fire Protection District 1 for improvements to the Calpine Reservoir, a fire water supply for the community of Calpine and adjacent national forest lands, in response to the current proclamation of local emergency due to extreme fire danger (Resolution 2014-066). Approved 5/0

Documents: Title 3 Reservoir.Item.pdf
Resolution approving Revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Regarding the Tahoe Sierra IRWM Plan (Integrated Regional Water Management Plan). Approved 5/0

Documents: IRWM Item.pdf
Request for a meeting of the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works, Roads, and Solid Waste Standing Committee to address staffing levels in the Road Department and Plant Maintenance, as well as transit services for the county and the solid waste program. Approved 5/0

Documents: Staffing Levels.Item.pdf
Discussion/action regarding budget for Sierra County display at the California State Capitol. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS) Budget of $2,500 approved 5/0

Documents: Capitol Display.pdf
9.B. was Pulled
Second reading and adoption of an ordinance adding subsection (e) to Section 3.08.050 of the Sierra County Code pertaining to longevity pay for elected officials. (CHAIR ROEN) No Action

Documents: Ord 3.08.050(e).pdf
Discussion/direction regarding appointments to commissions, boards and associations; standing committees; chairman appointed committees and boards; term appointments made by full board; and ad-hoc committees for the 2015 Calendar Year. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)  Pretty much they are all staying the same except Supervisor Beard as Chair in 2015 will be on the Government Committee everyone else stays in place. 

Documents: Appointments to Board Committees.pdf
Appointments to the Pliocene Ridge Community Service District. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Wayne Babros of Alleghany and Daniel Guyer of Pike City were reappointed.

Documents: Appointments Pliocene Community Dist.pdf
Discussion/direction regarding consideration of approval of the Sierra County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). (CHAIR ROEN) Bill Copren  made a presentation to the Board and the plan was approved by a 3/1/1 vote with Jim Beard voting No and Scott Schlefstein Abstaining
Documents: Community Wildfire Protection Plans.pdf
Presentation of proposal by Barry Callenberger on behalf of the Sierra County Fire Safe and Watershed Council regarding approval of Title III funding for a website. (CHAIR ROEN) Motion of intent to pay $700 for website was approved.

Documents: Fire Safe Council.pdf

Request from the Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District to discuss and take possible action regarding the state’s Grazing Regulatory Action Project (GRAP). (CHAIR ROEN) Dave Goecoichea, Holly George, Bill Nunes, Dave Roberti, Carol Dobbas and Mike Fillippini discussed the issues regarding “cows and water” . A letter will be written I believe.
Documents: Grazing Regulatory Action Project.pdf

11.A. Became an open session much to the surprise of Don Russell.
Closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) to discuss claim filed against the County by the City of Loyalton. The Claim was denied by a 4/1 with Supervisor Beard abstaining.

Documents: Closed Session – Claim against County.pdf
CONSENT AGENDA – everything was consented.
Items placed on the Consent Agenda are of a routine and non-controversial nature and are approved by a blanket roll call vote. At the time the Consent Agenda is considered, items may be deleted from the Consent Agenda by any Board member or Department Manager and added to the Regular Agenda directed by the Chairman.
Agreement for Professional Services between Mary Lowe, MFT and the County of Sierra, Behavioral Health Department for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)

Documents: LOWE FINAL.pdf
Approval of vote for Richard Forster, Amador County for County Medical Services Program (CMSP) Governing Board, Supervisor Representative for Group 1 Counties for a new term, beginning 1-1-15 and ends 12-31-17. (CHAIR ROEN)

Documents: CMSP Ballot.pdf
Resolution authorizing inter‐agency vehicle transfer from the Pliocene Ridge Community Services District to the Sierra County Road Department. (PUBLIC WORKS)

Documents: Vehicle Transfer Item.pdf
Sierra County Child Care Local Planning Council’s (LPC) Certification Statement regarding composition of LPC membership. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)

Documents: LPC Certification Statement.pdf
List of appointive terms expiring during the 2015 Calendar Year. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)

Documents: 2015 Expiring Terms List.pdf
Minutes from the special meeting held on October 14, 2014. (CLERK-RECORDER)

Documents: 10142014 minutes.pdf
Minutes from the regular meeting held on November 4, 2014. (CLERK-RECORDER)

Documents: 11042014 minutes.pdf
Letter from Ingrid Larson regarding the medical crisis in Western Sierra County due to the lose of services at the Western Sierra Medical Clinic starting January 1, 2015.

Documents: Medical Crisis in Western Sierra County.pdf
Press release regarding Representative Doug LaMalfa voting in favor of legislation aimed at providing immediate, emergency relief from California’s historic water crisis.

Documents: Immediate Drought Relief.pdf

DC-PAC Minutes of 12/8/14

Downieville Clinic Patients’ Advocacy Committee
Minutes from Meeting: December 8, 2014 Downieville Community Hall 4:00pm
Present: Ingrid Larson, Kathy Breed, Bryan Davey, Jacie Epperson, Cherry Simi, Lee Brown, Liz Fisher
1. Call to Order
Chairperson Ingrid Larson called the meeting to order at 4:15pm
2. Approval of Agenda:
Liz asked to add item regarding separation of DC-PAC and SFMR, Inc. Ingrid said Liz could add it to discussion in Item #6. Bryan Davey motioned to accept agenda, Jacie Epperson second, motion passed.

3. Approval of Minutes:
Bryan asked about the “closed session” minutes and that we had agreed to amend it to “work session”. Liz pointed out that the attachment of minutes received at this meeting was the old version and the final version had been changed to reflect the “work session” title. With that clarification, Bryan motioned to approve Nov. 10 minutes, and Liz Fisher seconded. Motion passed.

4. WSMC update:
a) Current Status
The Enloe contract termination letter was received. We are unsure if it takes effect immediately or on January 1. Jacie will check into this to find out the effective date. Lee Brown said to his knowledge, there is a 60 day termination clause from either party. The letter was dated November 1, so this would make it terminate on January 1. There was a question about the ambulance and how service will be affected. Jacie said the ambulance and EMTs will not be able to deliver a patient to the clinic, but if the clinic calls the ambulance, they will only be able to transport to LZ or hospital. EMTs will still work under Enloe as the EMS base station.

b) After January 1st Schedule per ad in Mountain Messenger:
Ingrid asked if everyone was aware of the new Jan. 1 schedule. No one knows what the after hours/weekend telephone number 268-4545 is, but it is assumed that it’s just an answering service.
c) Grass Valley Grand Opening: December 15
No one is interested in attending. The article in the Camptonville Courier was discussed, especially the statement by McFarland about the paramedic program which is very misleading. Lee Brown said he emailed McFarland to state, once again, that a paramedic cannot work in the jail. Even though a paramedic is limited, one would still be beneficial in many ways. Frank Lang suggested that Lee Brown communicate directly to find out if they will still fund a paramedic. Kathy Breed said she had talked to Jon Peek, who is on the WSMC Board, and he asked why we didn’t want a paramedic. With a question like this, It appears the WSMC Board members are getting incorrect information from their CEO.

Bryan said that the Fire Districts need to further discuss a paramedic program to see if it is feasible. Jacie asked what he means by a “paramedic program” and Bryan said a paramedic working with the Fire Departments. Frank Lang said one of the required pieces of this, is to have a Medical Director to coordinate. The county is not willing to deal with this for several reasons. Liz Fisher asked about the cost of malpractice insurance and that perhaps SFMR would be able to pay for it. Frank said the cost has not been discussed, the whole issue has stopped at County Counsel.

Liz Fisher asked BOS Adams and Huebner, in the audience, about January 1 and what happens if the jail contract requirements can’t be fulfilled. Lee Adams said they have asked Fred Campbell, the jail consultant to define the standards of service. Is the Board of Supervisors working on other alternatives? Lee said there are two other counties, Inyo and Mono that have similar problems and that Sierra County is talking with them to see how they are handling the situations.

d.) CPR/First Aid Class – Feb. 7 Downieville
Jacie said there were questions regarding EMT training. She stated there is a class at Sierra College, but there has not been enough interest to conduct a class locally. It is a commitment of attending all the meetings and at least 10 people would have to sign up. So if a local person is interested, they will have to check into schedule at Sierra College. Bryan Davey stated there will be a First Responder, Title 22 class in Sierra City. It is mainly for firefighters, but he would be open to people outside of the fire department participating.

There is a First Aid/CPR class scheduled in Downieville for Feb. 7. It is an 8 hour course. A class of 16-20 people is most desirable, and if there are more interested people a second class would be scheduled. The course contains good, general basic first aid training and all are encouraged to attend.

5. Attorney General Complaint
a.) Filed November 19, 2014
The entire complaint has been filed. Ingrid tried to contact on Friday, Dec. 5, to get a status update, however, they do not take phone calls.

Kathy Breed suggested contacting the press and media on Thursday or Friday this week before the grand opening on the 15th to announce the AG complaint to the public. Cindy Ellsmore, in audience, thinks we should publish the Attorney General complaint even if the AG doesn’t take the case. She suggested just the actual complaint, not all the documentation, should be publicized. Liz Fisher says this is a good idea. Ingrid spoke of duty of directors and Jacie said this includes a duty to the community. Ingrid is hesitant to publish the actual complaint, but said she will prepare a press release regarding our action. Liz Fisher motioned for Ingrid to write a press release and allow the rest of the committee to review and edit. Kathy Breed seconded, motion carried.

b) Waiting for email-response
Ingrid emailed and should receive a reply within 2 business days.

6. Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc.
a) Status
SFMR is now incorporated and we have had one meeting so far. We are waiting for confirmation of 501(c)(3) tax exempt status through the IRS.

b) Request for donations for upfront costs
As soon as we get our IRS tax exempt status, we can start requesting donations. Ingrid has been working on a donation request letter.
Liz stated that at some point, Cherry, Ingrid and Liz should separate from DC-PAC, since they are now directors on SFMR. Ingrid suggested that we wait until we know what is going to happen with our AG complaint. If they pursue investigation, we should remain on DC-PAC.

7. Downieville Fire Department report:
Most fire department discussion was addressed in agenda item #4, WSMC update. Lee Brown added that there are several paramedics interested in working here. Ingrid mentioned that an ambulance membership could also be an option to raise money. She reported on a successful program in Rogue River, where a relative lives and is a member of that type of program. She had a handout for a program called FireMed that explains how it all worked.

8. Sierra County Tax Initative Request:
A draft letter to the appropriate county officials has been prepared, requesting the procedure to place a tax initiative on the ballot. Cindy Ellsmore, retired Sierra County Treasurer-Tax Collector, is very familiar with this process, and has some additional suggestions. Liz Fisher motioned to include Cindy’s proposals, and re-write. Jacie Epperson seconded. Motion carried.

9. Public Forum:
It was announced that Neil Cline, from Enloe was in the audience. We thanked him for being here and stated we all appreciate what Enloe has done for this community and EMS over the years. Mr. Cline suggested that we draft a conflict policy for DC-PAC members. Ingrid stated that we had done that for SFMR, but it is a good idea for DC-PAC to have one, as well.

Bette Jo Lang suggested contacting the new sheriff-elect to include the sheriff department’s personnel regarding the CPR class.

Cindy Ellsmore asked if the flyer for emergency care contact numbers has been prepared. Bryan Davey said there is one already available from LaTina Vanetti, and we can see about getting additional copies.

10. Adjourn
There was no further business discussion and meeting was adjourned at 5:50pm.

Respectfully submitted:

Cherry Simi, Secretary

Gabby Merry Fringette 12/17/14

gabby-in-social-space-150x150Have a Happy Gabby Christmas
By Gabby Fringette

To the tune of, ‘Have a holly jolly Christmas’ (I’m a little tone deaf, so it may be off in some places.)

Have a Happy Gabby Xmas,
The best time of the year,
your children sit on
fat men’s laps,
who have presents in big sacks,
it’s the best time of the year!
Have a Happy Gabby Xmas
It’s the best time of the year

All the stores are open,
but buy it all here,
our range is extensive,
but the spirit is expensive,
So give away some money,
on something for your honey,
though is cheaper the rest of the year.

It’s getting really cold out,
soon we’ll get a whiteout,
though there’s been no snow,
usually we’re up to our eyebrows.
It’s just global warming, you know!

Heat the turkey if the microwave,
get your annoying cousins here,
some say Xmas really sucks,
other say it’s the best time of the year!
So have a Happy Gabby Xmas
Cause it’s the best time of the year!
Have a happy Gabby Xmas,
It’s the best time of the year!

Cody Fischer on America’s Team 12/17/14

Cody Fischer

 12/17/14  Cody Fischer

Cody Fischer of Downieville has been having a great last semester of College. He finishes his Second Bachelor’s degree this Friday in Leicester, England! He is an exchange student from University of Advanced Technologies in Tempe, AZ. Where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Video Game Design and now completes his 2nd Degree, in Video Game Programming.

While attending De Montfort University,Leicester England, he has had the opportunity to play on the American Football Team. He has had the time of his life! Cody’s experience with football was thanks to Coach Weaver at Loyalton High School. We were thankful to our host family Dori and John Wilson who hosted Cody as a DHS student playing Football at Loyalton High School. We are so proud of Cody’s adventures in his college years, we want every student here to know that they can do anything they set there heart and mind to!

Thank you to our wonderful community for supporting Cody’s dreams and every student in there life adventures. A special thank you to Cynthia Schofield for sparking and supporting interest and excitement around education and the exploration of the world.

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