Downieville Bottle Show 8/5/15

The Downieville Bottle Group is gearing up for the annual show and sale on      Saturday September 12, 2015.  Western Bottle Newsshow posterbird4The 2015 show will feature a display of western blown bottles with the infamous curved R attributed to the glass works located in San Francisco. All categories of bottles will be displayed including bitters, whiskies, medicines and soda’s. If you would like to display one of your western curved R bottles please contact me before August 15th to get on the list of displayers.

We will have the traditional wine tasting and barbeque for the show dealers Friday September 11 starting around 5pm. There are still some sales tables available but are anticipating another sold out show this year. If you want a sales table you can contact Rick or Cherry at  sooner would be better than later.

Dealers can bring in their wares to the School Gym between 2:30 and 5pm on Friday afternoon See you in Downieville

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This weekend is the big event… the Downieville Classic Bike races. Welcome bikers, we love to see you and are happy you are here.  For all you need to know about what and when events are happening go here:

The Yuba Theatre will be playing Caddyshack this Friday, July 31st at 9 pm. Before the main feature enjoy the PRE-SHOW: Trail Stewards of the Lost Sierra, a fascinating documentary highlighting the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday August 14, 2015  at 7:30 to see It’s A Date, the very first film shown at the Yuba Threatre on August 20, 1940.

Don’t forget, Downieville VFD is having a Kid’s Fire Camp August 13th & 14th for ages 10 to 14. You must register your child by Friday, July 31st .  This is a great experience for kids to learn about fire safety and the possibility of being a Cadet and Volunteer as they grow. Call Fire Dispatch at 289-3333 or talk to Mike Lozano at 289-1532 to register or more information.

So this week, as usual, a lot local stuff going on. Gabby hates raccoons, Fringe is on vacation but his encore from 2011 is still news and he will be happy to read the “Pain Control Control” article that I found in the NY Times. Carrie is hot, Dianne likes respect, our guest columnists Tom Hastings, Laura Finley, David Swanson and Robert Koehler give us brain food for thinking. The Cats, the Others, Mountain Messenger are all as entertaining as ever. Enjoy.

The gorgeous photo this week is overlooking Donner Lake right next door to Sierra County,  taken by my son Mark Fisher also Overlord of .

Cooter & Claire (good dogs) 7/29/15

Here's the thing, he says his computer thingy is broken. You know I am not allowed to talk to the Press, this is just between you and me, I don't know where Claire is, she definitely doesn't want to disobey him so refuses to talk... he just doesn't intimidate me anymore...but that's all I'm saying....

7/29/15 Here’s the thing, he says his computer thingy is broken. You know I am not allowed to talk to the Press, this is just between you and me, I don’t know where Claire is, she definitely doesn’t want to disobey him so refuses to talk… he just doesn’t intimidate me anymore…but that’s all I’m saying….

Sierra County Wins Big 7/29/15


DSCF0478-210x300I am delighted to announce that the Sierra County Exhibit won the following awards at the State Fair: Gold Ribbon (we received 93 out of 100 points), the Best of Division for a Community Built Exhibit, and the People’s Choice Award for the “Most Fun” Exhibit. This could not have been accomplished without all of the help and support of our community. The following individuals should be commended for spending many hours building the exhibit: Mike Gyorfi, Jessie Gyorfi, John Bryan, Bryan Davey, Derek Beverly, Sig Ostrom, Gary Grutkowski, Ed Dail, Sandy Blake and Blake George. I am very grateful to these awesome volunteers who spent a day or more in Sacramento staffing the exhibit, which is a very important part of Sierra County’s participation at the fair: Lee Kirby, Tom Hunt, Liz Fisher, Sandi Kendall, Kaaren Smith, Enid Williams, Shirley Shank, Dave Marshall, Carol Marshall, Earl Withycombe, Olivia McCaffrey, Sharon Grenier, Curt Johnson, Donna Johnson, Ann Hutchison, David Hutchison, Mary Jungi, Dale Teubert, Bailey Jungi, Isabelle Acuna, Dianne Bruns, Desert Revels, Joy Lovett, Luna Payton, Lillian Lutes, Trinity Kelley, Teri Pederson, Hannah Pederson, Jan Koettel, Christie Brzyscz, Bruce Palmer, Colicia Palmer, Annie Terrassas-Fassbender, Craig Fassbender, Julie Osburn, Mike Galan, Karen Galan, Mary Davey and Bryan Davey.

statefairMaryDavey-220x300A huge thank you to these other individuals who donated their expertise or materials for the exhibit: Greg Bostrom, who built the replica of the Ruby Mine and Billy Epps and Sara Berndt who brought the Ruby Mine down to Sacramento; Curt & Donna Johnson for designing and building the county sign, Darby Hayes for the Townsend Big Ear Bats sign, the Sierra County Historical Society for the loan of pictures, Mary Davey for her photos and production of the DVD, Dave Marshall for the design of the gold display, Will Clark for loaning the ore cart, Ed Dail for building the ore cart and the tracking and Paul (Mike Gyorfi’s friend) who made the ore cart move, Paul Roen and Bryan and Mary Davey for loaning building and roofing materials. To Jessie and Mike Gyorfi, Mike and Karen Galan, and Bryan and Mary Davey who were there until the wee hours of the morning breaking down the exhibit after the fair closing, a big thank you.

Thank you to Tim Beals and the Board of Supervisors for all of their support of Sierra County’s participation at the fair the past several years. And thank you – Sierra County community members – who were able to make it down to the fair and for voting for Sierra County for the People’s Choice Award. This year’s exhibit would not have happened without the vision of Kathy Breed, who designed the exhibit, and the dedication of Mike and Jessie Gyorfi, who carried the project through, with the assistance of Sandy Blake, until 6 am the morning of judging on July 9th. I have enjoyed working on this project with each and every one of you, and I am forever grateful to all of you who made this year’s exhibit at the fair a huge success.
Mary Ervin – Sierra City

All Schools Reunion Success 7/29/15

The Downieville/Alleghany 2015 All School Reunion was held in Downieville on July 11/12, 2015
Saturday started off with a walking tour led by Enid Costa Williams, with stops at the Downieville Cemetery  and swimming holes around the town. The Downieville Volunteer Fire Department, with FireFighter Don Epperson at the wheel of the antique Fire Truck, provided a mobile tour of town.
Pictures with hats, signs, etc., were taken at a photo booth, courtesy of Debbie and Brad Stocking .  Linda Marshall and Ginger Creviston opened the registration table, at 1 p.m., assisting 200+ attendees.
From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., a slide show presentation at the Yuba Theater by Greg Bostrom. David Marshall and Mary Davey provided great pictures of the area, both local and historical, along with alumni photos, Even Belle Tauer enjoyed them.
The tour of the school and gym came next, led by our own mild mannered, quiet, laid-back Jack Marshall, everyone enjoyed seeing the school buildings and changes, after so many years. In between these events, people walked around town, smiling, laughing, hugging and reminiscing.
At 6 p.m. our DVFD with Chief chef Lee Brown, FireFighter Don Epperson and numerous other helpers put on a fabulous BBQ dinner, along with help from Jesse and Sierra Folsom, Kaylon Hall and Elione Bolle. Maiden Lane was closed off and filled up with tables, chairs and covered canopy’s.
The Community Hall was used for displays, filled with many pictures and school memorabilia, arranged by Darcy White and Patty Hall. The various items included the schools Drivers Ed “Student Driver” sign from back in the day, former uniforms, jackets, school letters, sweaters, graduation hats etc. After dinner a short program was held and commentary by Don Yegge began. Ed Changus, Lynn and Steve Fillo, Mary Nourse and James Berardi each addressed the group with sentimental memories. Many certificates were presented, including: the oldest class member, presented to Anna Costa Brett – class of 1937; living furthest away, Brandon Reynolds from his home, Copenhagen, Denmark; the largest class present, 1982. The most generations present were the Costa’s. Joyce White was presented with a beautiful orchid and gift card for appreciation of her many years of reunion service.(she is retiring after this one).
On Sunday classmates had brunch at the Community Hall, time for final visits and goodbyes.
A special thank you goes out to all those who helped set up and break down the seating, decorations, shopping, and the many other tasks that made this a wonderful reunion for eveyone.
Thanks to the members of the 2015 Reunion Committee: Joyce White, Jenny and Dorr Heston, Karen and Mike Galan, Debbie and Brad Stocking, Larry Fenkell, Linda and Jack Marshall, Becky Toback, Don Yegge, and Corky Henson. Everyone did a great job putting the reunion together. Please forgive us and our senior moments, if I failed to mention your name, you are appreciated.
It was sad to end the weekend, but everyone left with a smile, a full heart and memories they had either forgotten, remembered, and shared at your expense. Visit facebook to view scads of photos! Facebook Reunion Photos
Until next time, Alumni…

DeVita’s Encore Fringe 7/29/15

fringe logoThe Feds Force the Fringe to Crouch encore from October 2011

Exclusive Fringe Report to the Free and Brave

Medical Marijuana is doing well in California, and a lot of people who would be out of work otherwise are making a living because of it. So many Americans doing something is what democracy is about, and people paying taxes are certainly what a capitalist democracy is about. But, the feds are slow to get that. The success of med can has drawn the ire of the U.S. Attorneys.

Among the tactics being used by California’s four U.S. Attorneys to intimidate and chill the thriving medical marijuana commerce in California is a threat from Laura E. Duffy, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, who has “expansively” interpreted a law making it illegal to advertise illegal drugs (and F* the 1st Amendment). Duffy is interpreting the law to mean that the press is violating the law when it allows an advertiser to advertise an illegal drug. The penalties are four years in the jug. Medical Marijuana is legal in California, but not the United States, which creates a weird fourth dimension in the law, which the U.S. Attorneys are blind to.

Is the Sierra County Prospect at all frightened by this hard stance taken by the U.S. Attorney? Hell yes! The feds function like a massive Cyclops, generally confused by the many little ants at its feet, but terrible and unrelenting should you have the misfortune to come to their attention. The feds could shake and shatter and leave your poor Fringe Editor with jelly for bones, and the Prospect just a digital stain on the information highway. We are in the Eastern District, link is HERE, which is very busy busting “marijuana manufacturers.” Let’s hope they don’t start going after cow manufacturers next.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy Doesn’t the thought of having her invade your nightmares cause something to run down your leg?

The Prospect isn’t currently advertising for medical marijuana dispensaries; we do advertise Hanya Barth, a physician who, under medically indicated instances, does recommend cannabis to some patients, but so far the feds haven’t menaced anyone for advertising doctors.

Even so, what if a dispensary wanted to advertise in the Prospect, should we refuse, or should we take the ad? Emiliano Zapata, champion of the poor people of Mexico, is credited with saying “it’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees” but your Fringe Editor is willing to live in a crouch, not exactly on my feet like in a really free country, but standing enough to be in denial of the police state we do live in.

But, what does being a crouching editor mean? The law is not clear, it isn’t even clear that the press can be charged for running such an ad. Further, there is no clear delineation of what constitutes advertising an illegal drug.

For example, take this potential ad from Harborside, which has been busted by the feds for not paying enough income tax on the drug the feds claim is illegal to sell.


The ad, which was taken without their request from their website, and which was not submitted for advertisement, and for which we received no compensation, but which we use simply as an example,

Acer Palmatum, Japanese Maple

Acer Palmatum, Japanese Maple

doesn’t really advertise the use of med can at all, it simply shows a shadowy Japanese Maple leaf. Would we be in violation of using speech not protected by the 1st Amendment? Brrrrrrr, we don’t want to find out!

There is a rumor that some Sierra County Residents get their med can from the Sacramento or Grass Valley Area. Here is a website from a dispensary which our readers might potentially use.


Likewise blah blah they didn’t ask us to use them etc. This ad would say nothing at all about medical cannabis, and indeed these folks look like they’re about to do something completely legitimate and legal, like give someone an ass whoppin’ dose of morphine IV or maybe carefully shove something up someone’s somewhere.

Finally, there’s this one, from the Florin Wellness Centerfwc_dispensary who never requested we advertise them, which of course we aren’t we’re using their publically available website in a news story. Their graphic is more graphic, clearly showing the Japanese Maple leaf drug dealers apparently use to symbolize their illegal trade. We would likely be afraid to run an ad for Florin Wellness Center, not because we are afraid of wellness, but because we are afraid of the feds.

We hope the Free and Brave will understand if we don’t want our lives destroyed for our own good. If you see your Fringe Editor crouching around the county, you’ll know he’s being as free as he dare be.

emiliano_zapata_banknoteBy the way, Zapata, at 40, was ambushed by Federales posing as supporters, and his body turned in for a reward. (Shhhhh, long live the revolution!)

Emiliano Zapata on a Ten Peso Mexican bill

Notice: The Sierra County Prospect encourages its readers to manage their health in the way determined best by themselves and their healthcare provider, and to do so at a crouch if necessary.

Pain Control Control 7/29/15

What I Learned at the Weed Dispensary

28Casarett-blog427THE first time you meet Robin, it’s easy to be misled by her fragile appearance. She’s in her 40s and painfully thin, and she grips her aluminum walker with hands that have been twisted by rheumatoid arthritis. But she’s both tough and resourceful, and she doesn’t give up easily.
I met Robin and many others like her at a California medical marijuana clinic where I was doing research for a book. She was one of almost a dozen patients seeking recommendation letters that would let them buy marijuana at designated dispensaries.
I asked how marijuana helped her.
“I can’t live without it,” she told me.
She said it helped her sleep, and it relieved the constant pain in her joints. But Robin was most eager to talk about how medical marijuana put her in charge. She can decide whether to use it, when to use it and how much she needs. She doesn’t have to rely on a doctor.
“I’m in control,” she said.
That simple declaration might be a rallying cry for proponents of medical marijuana, which is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia. By some estimates, at least one million people in the United States are registered medical marijuana users. There are likely to be many more who obtain it without registering, and still more who obtain marijuana illegally.
In the past year I’ve talked to dozens of these patients in states where medical marijuana is legal, as well as in Colorado, Washington and Oregon, which allow recreational use. Many people with serious illnesses turn to medical marijuana because they’re not getting the careful, comprehensive treatment they need for symptoms like pain or nausea or anxiety. That was certainly true for Robin, whose physicians didn’t seem to have the time or the skills to help her.
As a palliative care physician, every day I see firsthand the suffering my patients have experienced, and the lengths to which they’ve gone to manage their symptoms and control their lives. They stockpile medications in case their pain increases. And some buy illegal drugs on the street because their physicians won’t prescribe opioids. So is it any wonder that people like Robin with serious illnesses want to take matters into their own hands?
Yet it seems that many of my physician colleagues haven’t considered the possibility that patients are turning to medical marijuana because the health care system has failed them. In general, their reaction to medical marijuana has been one of detached amusement, tinged with avuncular concern. And when they recognize the challenges that patients like Robin face, they point out that they don’t have enough time in a typical 15-minute visit to deliver the kind of personalized care that Robin needed.

Fortunately, Robin’s story offers solutions. I’ve identified at least three lessons the medical marijuana industry holds for our health care system. And none of them require doctors to spend any more time with patients.

First, we should give patients a chance to learn from one another. In marijuana clinics and dispensaries, I’ve seen as much advice and support offered by patients as I have by physicians. That’s the beauty and attraction of websites like PatientsLikeMe, which has created communities of patients who support one another. Who better to offer advice about how to get your prescriptions filled on the weekends, or how to swallow those large pills, than someone who has already figured it out?

Second, if physicians can’t spend more time with patients — and, in general, they can’t — we should give patients more time with other office staff members. Robin didn’t spend any more time with a doctor in that clinic than my patients spend with me. But she spent much more time with the marijuana clinic employees, none of whom had any formal medical training. They gave detailed answers to her questions about various marijuana strains, the unpredictable absorption of cannabinoids in edibles and even how to clean and maintain her vaporizer. That advice took time, but none of it required an extra minute with a physician.

Third, we should give patients more ability to manage their treatment. What Robin wanted was a chance to treat her symptoms in her own way, using strategies that worked for her. She wanted to try, and maybe fail, and try again. She wanted to be in charge.
Giving patients more control doesn’t mean handing over a blank prescription pad. Patients can gain more control — safely — if they understand a drug’s effects and duration, and if they have some leeway in when and how to use it. For instance, when I prescribe as-needed pain medication, I’ll give my patients permission to figure out for themselves how much to take and when.
These suggestions aren’t difficult, or expensive. Nor are they only for patients like Robin, or for physicians like me who care for seriously ill patients near the end of life. They’re changes that any clinic could start making today. The medical marijuana industry has learned these lessons well, and our more mainstream health care system needs to catch up.

David Casarett is the director of hospice and palliative care at Penn Medicine and the author of “Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana.” A version of this op-ed appears in print on July 28, 2015, on page A23 of the New York edition with the headline: The Weed Dispensary’s Lessons for Doctors.

Gabby’s Raccoonette 7/29/15

Death in a Furry Mask: Stop Feeding the Bambi Rat
By Gabby Fringette


This isn't Don, it is a picture of his friend, Ralphy Raccoon, Ralph is not allowed in the St Charles or Coyoteville, so many don't realize that Don has a friend.

Ralph Raccoon, enjoys lunch on someone’s porch

There are many people with the obscene misgiving that the common Raccoon is cute. Even worse, people intentionally feed Raccoons.
This is an informational Gabby intended to bring people to their sense: stop encouraging raccoons. They are not your pets, they are not children, they are vermin.

First, a little background on this masked marauder.
The Raccoon (Procyon Iotor, Greek for ‘before dog’), also spelled Racoon, and known as coon for short, is the largest of the Procyonid family. They range from a body length of 16-26 inches, weighing 8 to 20 pounds. There are 22 sub-species of this creature, all of them on the North and South American continents, except for four found on small islands in the Caribbean. However, 1,500 were imported to Japan after a hit amine series, Rascal the Raccoon. In 1945, 25 Raccoons escaped from a fur farm in Easter Germany. In 2012, is was confirmed that Germany had over a million Raccoons.

Here’s a little list of infectious reasons NOT to feed Raccoons:
Many Raccoons carry Rabies. In 2006, almost 40% of rabies cases in animals were in Raccoons.
There’s more than just Rabies: they carry tetanus, also known as lockjaw. They also carry leptospirosis (which can lead to bleeding of the lungs and meningitis), listeriosis (also a cause of meningitis, as well as brain abscesses), plague, salmonella, hepatitis, E.coli, and tularemia, all transmitted by their poop, but also by bite, or blood.
As well as bacterial infections, many also have roundworms. The eggs of the roundworms is contained in the feces of coons, and the eggs can be inhaled with poop dust if you don’t wear proper breathing protection while cleaning up the coon crap after it ate that food you left out for it.
Can anyone say dormant parasite? However, all of these can be prevented with common sense. DON’T FEED THE MASKED THIEF. Let Common Sense prevent the Common Coon.

They eat almost everything. Frogs (including the Yellow Legged Frog everyone was trying to save) birds and bird eggs (including songbirds, of course). They are better climbers than cats, and they’ll also eat cats (that’s why Fluffy never came home.) Oh, yes, and chickens.
They also eat plants, and are very omnivorous. They’re actually much smarter than foxes and dogs. However, this higher intelligence leads them to kill just for the fun of it. Smarter dogs do it, humans do it, and Coons do it.
They’re smart enough to get into a chicken coop, and kill all the chickens in one night, and just leave them there.
They commonly remove the head of the chicken, as well as the wings, most feathers, and many of the organs. In humans this term is ‘psychopath’.
I have also seen a cat as a suspected coon victim. It is very similar, with large patches of fur missing, as well as massive injury to the neck, and almost complete evisceration of the tail.
If you have a cat, or chickens, or if your neighbor has cats or chickens, do them a favor; DO NOT FEET THE VERMIN.

I simply do not understand why people feed Raccoons. Even people I know, even people who are actually good. I think part of the problem is the media: Disney, and other mainly urban institutions paint Coons as cute, leading to the total Bambi-fication of Raccoons. This animal is not a pet. It is a wild animal. DO NOT FEED THE BAMBI RAT.

Now, suppose you have been feeding them, but now you stop. They won’t simply stop coming, they’ll persist, rummage through your trash and make a huge mess, eat your cat, so what do you do? Poison is illegal.
If you catch one in a coon trap, you have only one real option. You have to kill it, as relocation is illegal, and the coon would die a much slower and more painful death after you relocate it. While I despise these foul vermin, I am not heartless.
A quick way is best.
Drowning is excessively cruel, and illegal. Next best is shooting it. But don’t shoot it in the head, as the brain and spine is where Rabies resides. If you get brain or spinal fluid in your eyes or mouth, you will get Rabies, if the coon carried it.
Shooting it in the chest, the lungs and heart, is better. Keep in mind, it may be illegal to shoot within a town’s limits. Check your zoning laws. There may also be specific hunting seasons. You want to do this legally.
You could set a lethal grip trap, like the fur trappers, but this is difficult, and dangerous. A pet or a person could easily wander into it. Lethal grip traps are not recommended.
The best, by far, is the euthanasia chamber. Professionals and vets have access to them, though it’s expensive. When you kill a coon, you are not allowed to take the fur. You’re only allowed to kill it if it’s being nuisance.

Many people aren’t going to like this, and they aren’t going to change. I’m just hoping a few of you are intelligent enough to know to stop feeding the coons. They are vermin.
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