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…..

Plant & Flea Market 4/29/15

Saturday, May 9, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM 
Camptonville Community Plant Sale and Flea Market                                       at the Rebel Ridge Field 

This year’s sale will have many varieties of plants, especially tomatoes and peppers from local farms and gardeners. Rebel Ridge Organics, Ledson’s Family Farm, Honey Circle Farm, Sunrise Farm and local gardeners will be offering varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower starts. Many of these plants will be “open pollinated” or heirloom plants while others will be hybrid plants. This year there will be tomato plants from seed saved for decades by local gardener Leland Pauly. Be ready to discover that new variety you’d like to try this year. .Flowers, annuals and perennials will be available also. The Flea Market booths will sell tools, household items, toys and who knows what possible treasures may be found at reasonable prices. Craft people will be showing and selling their homemade creations including beadwork, soaps, lotions and purses.

Lunch will be available at Camptonville’s own lunch trailer, Fatty’s Fine Foods. The Camptonville School will offer drinks, baked goods,and hot dogs. Many thanks to Donna Jaynes for allowing us to use the Rebel Ridge Field.

If you need to rent a booth space call Carolyn Mumm, 288-3557. Money raised from the booth rentals benefits the new Camptonville Community Center.

Coming from Marysville, you take Highway 20 to the Marysville Road. You continue on the Marysville Road, past Dobbins after crossing the Bulliards Bar Dam, it’s about 4 miles to Jaynes Road on the left you’ll see a field full of colorful booths,tents and people. From Grass Valley take Hwy 49 to Marysville Road and turn left.

Hetch Hetchy Challenge 4/29/15

San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite faces new legal challenge

BY MARK GROSSI The Fresno Bee April 21, 2015

San Francisco is unreasonably monopolizing spectacular Hetch Hetchy Valley by using it as a 117-billion-gallon reservoir, says a new lawsuit in a decades-old fight to restore the Yosemite National Park landmark. The lawsuit asks a court to require a plan for improving the city’s water system so no water is lost in restoring the valley. It also asks for modification or removal of O’Shaughnessy Dam in Yosemite to let the Tuolumne River flow again.

The complaint was filed Tuesday in Tuolumne County Superior Court on the 177th birthday of conservationist John Muir, who lost the bitter fight a century ago over San Francisco’s reservoir in California’s premier national park. The plaintiff is Restore Hetch Hetchy, a nonprofit advocate for restoring the valley.

Spreck Rosekrans, executive director of Restore Hetch Hetchy, said the organization wants to be sure San Francisco has enough time to make improvements and guarantee that not one drop of water supply is lost. He also said he is confident about making a convincing case that the reservoir is illegal under state law.

“This is an exciting day for Yosemite,” he said. “Hetch Hetchy has been lost to the American people for 100 years — it is time to take it back.”

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Be Encouraged ! 4/29/15

By Angela M. Collier

10664Trying to find a church that is the best fit for you and your family is not always easy. Hence the phrase “church shopping”. Which leads me to this question: Why is it we have so many church denominations in the first place? Splits, divisions and eventually denominations many times are founded over many of the “gray” areas not spelled out verbatim in the Bible. One church allows alcohol, another forbids it AND dancing (that sucks). Some allow women preachers, some don’t. Zealous individuals on one bandwagon after another, clinging to some form of legalism, and voila we have a variety of churches with different rules and bylaws. I could be wrong, but I don’t think this is what Jesus had in mind right before He ascended into heaven, but here we are. Eventually some folks came along with a refusal to be bound by nonsense and the Interdenominational church was ushered in.

I will be frank (well I will be Angela and I will be candid), after finding the right 4-person or 4,000-person church that seems to be a good fit, Heaven forbid one should ever have to experience the “blow” factor. What is the blow factor? It is when you think you have settled into the right church home and someone whispers in your ear, “the board is misusing funds and we are about to go through a transition in leadership”, or how about, “the preacher molested someone,” etc. etc. etc. That really blows! No doubt, it is a real spiritual turnoff – especially to a newer Christian, or someone who does not know anything about Jesus! These are the realities of a fallen world and a fallen people. Church leaders lacking integrity, and self-control cause enormous damage, and more splits and divisions occur. So believe me when I say it is not easy to find a church home for MANY reasons.

Other factors that impede on corporate worship may include: logistics, economics and health. Many people WANT to go to church, but cannot get there because of transportation or a disability. Sometimes it is just a matter of lacking funds to fill the ole gas tank to drive an hour to where you want to go (I understand that completely, and so does God).

Personally, I don’t need a church with American Idol talented worship singers on stage, million dollar sound & light equipment, or even a coffee and donut table (but coffee is such a plus). A church that feels like home to me will be one where I can wear jeans and flip flops and see my kids thrive in a children’s program, or be welcome to sit in the adult service listening to the sermon. A friend joked about how I missed church this past Easter Sunday. Legalism would have had me attend an Easter service for the sake of it being Easter – for the sake of appearances. Relationships show grace and understanding in why I did not attend. Relationship acknowledges the fact that my communion with the Lord is not compartmentalized to Sunday, but rather moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour and day-by-day whether it is Easter, Christmas or April Fool’s Day for that matter.

There are many reasons why folks don’t go to church. On the off chance it is because of poor misrepresentation by church leaders – please keep looking for a new church home. Be assured that God has set apart leaders that are after His heart, leaders that although they are human and fail at times, they overall live with the integrity needed for that position. Pray, and He will direct your path. And if you can’t go, for whatever reason (many folks have to work Sunday), be at peace about it. Just don’t let some experience with a few bad apples or misguided agendas keep you from finding a good church home. God is good! Always!

Family Forest Field Tours 4/29/15

21Family Forest Stewardship Field Tours
June 3, 2015 – Shasta County Tour (Shingletown)
June 10, 2015 – Central Sierra Tour (UC Blodgett Research Station)

Quick Links
Field Tour Registration

Shingletown Tour Information

Blodgett Forest Tour Info

UC Forest Research

Family forest owners in California have a wide variety of reasons for owning their land. The forest management plan is the starting place for a landowner and a registered professional forester to develop a strategic approach to accomplishing goals for ownership. These two field tours will highlight the importance of developing a management plan for family forest owners. The tours will show forestry practices in the field and provide an opportunity to learn about the various programs available to encourage forest management. This is an excellent chance to see management activities in the field, and to interact with professional foresters and other resource managers.
General Schedule:
8:30 – 9:00 – Registration, coffee
9:00 – 10:30 – Indoor session
10:30 – 12:00 – Field Tour
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch (bring own brown bag lunch; drinks provided)
1:00 – 3:00 – Field Tour continues
3:00 – 4:00 – Wrap-up, next steps, travel back to starting location
4:00 – Adjourn

List of Topics to Be Covered:
Developing a forest management plan
Working with a registered professional forester (RPF)
Regulatory aspects of a forest management plan
Fuels reduction
Insects and disease
Cost-share programs available

Meeting Locations:
Shasta County (Shingletown) Tour – June 3, 2015 – Meet at: Camp McCumber, 35440 Deer Flat Road, Shingletown, CA 96088 (Map of location HERE)

Central Sierra (UC Blodgett Forest) Tour – June 10, 2015 – Meet at: Blodgett Forest Research Station, University of California Center for Forestry, 4501 Blodgett Forest Road, Georgetown, CA 95634 (Directions HERE)
Registration Information:
Online registration at:

Registration fee:
$30 (for 1 to 4 family members)
Registration includes handouts, light refreshments and drinks
Participants responsible of their own brown bag lunch
Deadline: June 1 for Shasta County, June 8 for Central Sierra
For More Information:
Contact: Richard B. Standiford, UC Forest Management Specialist (

Sawtooth Trail Day 4/29/15

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Join The Sawtooh Trail Day on May 2nd
by Mark
Screen-Shot-2015-04-28-at-9.46.52-AMOur friends at the Tahoe Sports Hub and Tahoe Mountain Guides are sponsoring a Trail Day on the Sawtooth Trail. This volunteer workday, on May 2nd, begins at 8:30 and lasts through 3:30 pm, with lunches and refreshments provided by sponsors. The approximately 9 mile trail is very popular with mountain bikers in the Truckee-North Tahoe area. For this reason, it’s important to invest time in maintaining the trail, especially in a year where we have seen far more winter rain than normal years (instead of snow.)

There is no training or tools required to participate, it will be provided on site by Truckee Trails. Lunch will be provided by Diego’s, and after work refreshments provided by Tahoe Mountain Guides.

Participants are asked to register for the day at the Truckee Trails site. In a year where many of us have stopped skiing early, or some of us never stopped riding mountain bikes, we hope to see an awesome turnout for the event. Kudos to the Tahoe Sports Hub, Tahoe Mountain Guides, Cyclepaths, Tahoe National Forest and Vail Resorts for their support of the Sawtooth Trail day.


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