Wednesday April 29, 2015

Well, golly gee, word on the street is the Western Sierra Medical Center has changed its’ name back to Western Sierra Medical Clinic due to an infringement on the name of a Western Sierra Medical Center in Camino. Apparently they were not happy with the Grass Valley WSMC usurping the name and (strangely) the telephone number is very nearly the same too. The Camino WSMC number is 530 647-9762 and the Grass Valley WSMC is 530 274- 9762. I’m sure there is more to this story, I wonder if we will ever be told.

Meanwhile some “good” news is more street words suggesting the Downieville WSMC is once again going to return to a 24/7 service. There has been no official notice from anyone as the powers that be don’t communicate with us “fat country folk” in western Sierra County. It is not clear if this is for everyone or just when the tourists and bicyclists are back in town, and of course, does this mean the ambulance will be able to go to the Clinic with a patient for stabilizing or what? Right now Sierra 1A aka Frank Lang, FNP is able to respond with the Downieville ambulance when he is available. Will they reinstate the alternate Base Station agreement with Enloe Hospital? WSMC Administration have argued emergencies are best handled by EMS and that even BLS services were better than what the Clinic could provide, so why? and what has changed?

Ok, so Carrie can’t be in the sun but we still have a Corner, Dianne just needs a break from Pondering, Carol hasn’t been to the movies or read any books…. what does she do with her time… Guest Columnist Mel Gurtov submitted a column about India and the general treatment of women. Although I feel for everyone in India suffering the effect of the earthquake near Nepal and wondered about publishing a critical column, it might just be the right time, while rebuilding the infrastructure and preparing for the future… why not take this moment to think about human rights and the treatment of women and the impoverished citizens and redevelopment for everyone.

There was a Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors to hear the appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval decision on a zoning change and special use permit for the Firm Foundation Academy in Pike City. Many citizens attended and spoke eloquently both for and against the project, it will be back before the Board on June 2nd. Read the Mountain Messenger for more on that subject.

So meanwhile we do have local events, activities photos and information including the Fringe, Gabby, The Cats, The Others and a plethora of interesting news.

The photo this week is from Mary Davey in Sierra City, remember those thunderstorms we had…

Gabby’s Lolly Pop 4/29/15

Gabby V. The Earworm
By Gabby Fringette

gabby-in-social-space-150x150Of all the worms that plague the human body, the most common and usually least dangerous is the earworm.
An earworm is the song that’s stuck in your head. Of course, the best earworms, it’s only part of the song. Or it’s two different songs, so now you’ve got two songs, which eventually turn into one new song. An example being the Beatles’s Why Don’t We Do it in the Road:
“Why don’t we ka-do it in the road?
No one will be watching us, so wh-hy don’t we do in the road?”
mixed with the Nikki Minja’s much new song, Star Ships Were Meant to Fly:
“Star ships, were meant to fly!
Hands up, and touch the sky!”
When these two different earworms breed in your head, you get a catchy mutant you’ll infect your friends with. It’ll sound like this:
“Star ship were meant to do it in the road!
No one will be watching them, so why don’t they do it in the road?”
Usually you’ll get something that doesn’t rhyme, and makes very little sense playing over and over in your head.
Other times, you’ll get a song that you made up stuck in your head. Because of my fascination with chickens and the fact that they eat everything, I made up this little ditty:
“Peck it on the head
till it’s dead
is the chicken way!
It’s what they do, every day.
They don’t like their food to still
they enjoy the thrill of the kill.
It’s what they do,
and we should do it too,
too bad we can’t.
Peck it on the head
till it’s dead
is the chicken way!”
The only way to get rid of an earworm, is to send another, more catchy, earworm in. If you’re lucky, they’ll fight and one earworm will kill the other. If you aren’t, then you get star ships doing it in the road.
The worst of the earworms is an earworm that just repeats. It’s usually a very simple song, with only a few lines. Usually an old song that everyone knows. Something like:
“lolly pop lolly pop,
oh lolly lolly pop!”
I’m willing to wager that earworms can be transmitted through writing. Let’s sing it again:
“Lolly pop lolly pop,
oh lolly lolly pop!”

DeVita Springs Away 4/29/15

fringe logoSpring… away from my keyboard
The Fringe FOs.
by DeVita

As I sat at my keyboard to write my editorial this week, there was a list of topics I wanted to cover. I’m desperate that the county, both the board and the citizenry, should be able to make an informed choice on cannadollars, those dollars that cannabis is going to flood on to the legal market in 2016; forces do not favor small growers or local governments, and the time is now to understand the issue and prepare for the future which is rushing towards us.

I also hoped to interview Cindy Ellsmore from Keep it California (which I supported briefly when I thought it was “Keep it, California”), a loyalist organization which is true to the Sultan of Sacramento and is prepared to conduct a rear guard action on the folks at State of Jefferson. To keep the stew going until I can get back to it, here are websites: and, of course,

Then, there are the relentlessly creative ways California Democrats are trying to steal or otherwise render useless the right to meaningful self defense. In other news, a moron told the Pope not to believe in global climate change. There is no end of cool stuff to write about.

fringe pays hookyExcept, that the sun is out, and it’s a beautiful day. Yes, it’s too early, and yes, our world might go up in flames later in summer, but today, this day, is a perfect Spring day. The trees are coming green, and plants are pushing up, and the birds in their different calls make an unmatched symphony. The air is thick with pine and grass and a perfect cool breath brings scents of the summits down the canyons. The earth is warm and fragrant, and I can’t bring myself to waste my time or yours on transient matters of humankind when Spring is an eternal birthright, and we’re missing it.

If you’re tied to a desk or a counter or a bar, and can only crane for a look out the window, I’m sorry, my cousins, I spent my time doing that; now, I’m going out to the garden.  Good Spring!

Mountain Messenger (Chicken Scratch) 4/29/15

Don Russell is known for saying outrageous things. His world fame came when he wrote a headline on an article about some past Sheriff’s action titled “Chickenpoop Sheriff” or something like that, the past few years he has calmed down and not really done too much to cause fear for his safety. He is a white man after all. Shoot, I wrote that last sentence and wondered if it will get me in trouble. Oh well, Don wouldn’t shy away from that and I’m older than Don and given the racial climate in America today it isn’t that out of tune,. But I digress, my point is… well I’m not sure I actually had a point. Just waiting for something to happen to make news about Don. Do you know that he has been made a member of the Board of Directors of the Nevada County ACLU. That is newsworthy.

Don Russell appears to be celebrating the SF team. He enjoys the beverage in the glass but he really is supporting his favorite baseball team.

4/29/15 Don Russell appears to be celebrating the SF team. He enjoys the beverage in the glass but he really is supporting his favorite baseball team.

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Milly). For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

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