Sierra City Fire Auxilary will have our Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 12th, from 10:00 to 3:00 at the Sierra City Community Hall.The Auxiliary will be serving lunch of Chicken Gumbo, Chile, Chicken Salad Sandwiches and pies. We have about 11 vendors. Come have fun, buy holiday and Christmas gifts.
Supremes, the Senate and the Dirty Donalds, Segretti to Trump
By Tom H. Hasting
OK, the Republicans said when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away late last winter, we are not going to do our Constitutional work reviewing any nominations President Obama might make because we think the American people should have a voice in choosing the members of the highest court in the land.
Huh? The American people elected and re-elected Barak Obama. That is called having a voice. That is called voting. That is a democracy. What the Republicans did was entirely bogus, but, as usual, the American people didn’t seem to excited about it, so the Republicans were able to get away with that blatantly unfair move.
Now, unbelievably, Ted Cruz has threatened to block any nomination on an indefinite basis, if in fact Trump is unsuccessful in his groping campaign for the presidency.
This now disqualifies all Senate Republicans. Every single one of them up for election or re-election should be defeated to clear the way for government to actually function again.
Trump says he’ll only accept the election results if he wins.
Ted Cruz says if needed, the GOP will abdicate its Constitutional role in affirming Supreme Court Justices, based on likely losing the White House.
Republicans are simply racing to the bottom and are displaying all the moral fiber of the average junior high bully, completely unable to accept any defeat without having an adolescent hissy fit. Grow up, people!
Since that seems to be the phenomenon we see, it is clear that no Republican should be voted in this year, at least in the Senate and obviously the White House. In my 66 years on this planet, I’ve never seen a US campaign season so despicable, uncivil, boorish, and infantile. Add to it all the Comey move—the FBI tampering with the election? It is the Donald Segretti School of Political Chicanery arcing forward to the Donald Trump Malevolent Machine. These people can’t win a fair fight, so they resort to their bottomless barrel of dirty tricks; we are called to teach them better.
For the good of the nation, defeat every Republican running for US Senate in 2016, so we have some chance for a bit of normalcy and progress in the US.
Tom H. Hastings is Founding Director of PeaceVoice.
by: Carrie A. Blakley
Around here, there are more firearms than there are people, and with good reason. When you have a 400 pound California Brown Bear trying to corner you in the kitchen while it’s trying to pry its way into your refrigerator, throwing a spoon at it just is not going to do the trick. Then again, unless you happen to keep a rifle in your kitchen’s catch all drawer….well, that’s where knives come in handy. At any rate, firearm safety is extremely important. Probably THE most important thing you need to pay attention to inside your home (other than your living family members – human and animal). While it’s no secret that I am an avid supporter of firearms, I can tell you right now, I am even more avid about firearm safety.
First, and foremost, any firearm should be kept in an extremely secure location within the home. The best 3 storage options for both safety and security are: a firearm lock (trigger or cable), a firearm case (preferably one that can be locked), and a firearm safe (also one that has a secure lock on it). Prior to taking your firearm into your home, it should be carefully, and completely, unloaded with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. NEVER load a sporting firearm in the home. Ever. Just don’t do it. Always make sure your firearms are stored in a secure location, that is completely out of reach, and sight, of children. Locked cabinet, firearm vault, secure case…etc. Store the ammunition in a locked location that is SEPARATE from the firearms, and out of reach/sight of children – at all times! NO exceptions!
Clean your firearms before placing them in their proper storage location, immediately after you return from a hunting trip, or a day at the firing range. Always recheck firearms carefully, and completely, to be sure they are still unloaded when you remove them from storage. YOU are responsible for making certain the firearms in your home are not casually accessible to anyone – especially curious young people!! For more information about firearm safety in the home, you can stop by the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department, and pick up a VERY informative pamphlet from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It’s free, and available right in the lobby of the office. If you have more detailed questions, concerns or comments, always talk directly to a law enforcement officer. Always remember to be safe!
I hope everyone had a great Halloween! Have a fantastic, and safe, week everyone!
Sierra County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Log
- 0356 – Audible alarm sounding in Loyalton
- 1336 – Overly aggressive gentleman at Ridge Road Scales
- 1506 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton
- 1531 – Strange phone call received in Calpine
- 1711 – Agency assist for probation search in Loyalton
- 1922 – Report of possible burglary in progress in Loyalton
- 1943 – Possible sighting of subject involved in kidnapping in Pike City
- 2013 – Report of small slide on Depot Hill
- 0520 – Alarm sounding in Downieville
- 0652 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton
- 1413 – Subjects fighting possible weapons in Goodyears Bar
- 1447 – 9-1-1 Request for ambulance in Calpine
- 1535 – Arrest on out of county warrant in Downieville
- 1814 – Suspicious activity reported in residence in Downieville
- 0802 – USFS burning hand piles in several locations wester Sierra Co
- 0812 – USFS burning piles in Plum Valley
- 0902 – Report of dog bite in Calpine
- 1050 – Possible burglary in Downieville
- 1459 – Agency assist for welfare check in Sierra Brooks
- 0914 – Report of harassment in Loyalton
- 1123 – Ambulance needed in Loyalton
- 1251 – Stranded motorist in Dog Valley
- 2124 – Static called 9-1-1 from Sierra City
- 0946 – Report of computer being hacked in Loyalton
- 1151 – Phone reported lost in Loyalton
- 1225 – Hang up called 9-1-1 from Clark Station
- 1400 – Subject arrested on local warrant at Placer Co Jail
- 2333 – Ambulance requested in Loyalton
- 0332 – Continuous car horn honking in Downieville
- 0839 – USFS control burning in Sardine Valley
- 0842 – Hang up calls 9-1-1 from Green Acres
- 1008 – Injured fawn on Jackson Meadow Rd
- 1209 – Another 9-1-1 hang up from Green Acres
- 1502 – Report of overdue party from Gold Lake Rd area
- 1613 – Multiple vehicle accident at Sagehen Summit
- 1752 – Vehicle blocking Hwy 89 near Truckee
- 1945 – Solo cow in the roadway near Loyalton
- 1957 – Static calls 9-1-1 from Green Acres
- 2052 – Cow in the roadway with a car that might have hit it near Loyalton
AT 0200 ON NOVEMBER 6TH DON’T FORGET
(YOU CAN SET THEM BACK BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP ON NOVEMBER 5TH IF YOU MUST)
Well I got nothing, but I am sure the Mess has lots to say this week… Milly won’t let Jill share anything with me and Irma has quit because Ralph got mad about the amount of time she was spending with Randy. Anyhow life is good at the Mountain Messenger, lots of people feel that Jill definitely has become an elitist after assuming the role of being the ruler of all things in ink. She use to be friendly and outgoing and fun to take a break with, but now she is all just work work work… and it is tiresome to say the least, not for her of course she loves it, but those of us who don’t have to work are getting bored because boring people get bored. That’s all I got.
Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at email@example.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..
Well, I just returned from a road trip with my son Mark to visit my grandson, Mark’s nephew, Aidan in Boulder, Colorado. A fun trip visiting several important landmarks, the gravesite of Thornburg the Dog and Giant Head of Lincoln in Wyoming. In Boulder we also made a homage trip to Casita Bonita, which anyone who is a SouthPark fan will recognize, I’m not but Mark and Aidan were on a mission to go there… it was fun… don’t miss it if you have a chance. Of course the real highlight was seeing my grandson Aidan, now in his 4th year at University of Colorado.
Meanwhile, while I was in Boulder I got a text message on my phone about an Amber Alert in California for a mother who had taken her 7 month baby from the grandmother who had legal custody of them. It was on the news for our 5 day trip, on the 6th day as I drove up the street to my house there were a plethora of law enforcement and emergency vehicles all over the street in front which of course made me think something bad happened i in my home. It was the missing baby and mother, there had been a high speed chase up Hwy 49 into Downieville and CHP found the abandoned vehicle on a dead end road up the hill and had initiated a search for the missing mother and baby which had been going on for several hours, via helicopter, tracking dogs, ground search and several agencies, including Grass Valley CGP, Placer County Search Teams, Sierra County Sheriff, Sierra City VFD, Sierra County SAR, Solano County Sheriff and Downieville Volunteer Fire Department and Downieville Ambulance. Downieville Community Hall across the street from my house was the staging area. At around 3 p.m. Downieville resident Nicole Kaiser spotted the woman in front of the grocery store, evidently the woman had made it into downtown Downieville (a whole two block area) and had been wandering around a couple of hours, talked to several people but no one realized this was who everyone was searching for, in fact she had talked to a local who told her, “this is a bad time to be visiting with all the confusion from law enforcement searching for the mother and baby.” Thankfully, Nicole Kaiser watched the woman and realized it was the mother and she had the 7 month old baby concealed in a kind of duffel baby. Nicole waved down a CHP vehicle and pointed her out to the officer who at first was skeptical but Nicole told him it was her, raising her voice and yelling “that’s her, that’s her”, the woman began to run and Nicole ran after her attempting to get other law enforcement and searchers in the area’s attention, the whole town turned and ran towards Nicole and the mother was stopped, the baby was rescued and taken to the medical station, fortunately the baby was in good shape and appeared to be healthy, eventually the baby and mother were taken to Sierra Nevada Hospital in Grass Vally to be checked out and the mother booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City. Everyone in Downieville breathed a sigh of relief for the happy ending of a safe baby and hopes the mother will get the help she needs to become the mother Henry deserves. Nicole is the true hero in this story her realizing the situation and taking the action necessary to ensure the safety of the baby is heroic. Thank you Nicole!
We have Dianne’s Pondering, Carols Movie, Cats, Others, Sheriff Log and great articles by Tom Hastings, Mel Gurtov, Winslow Myers and Robert Koehler be sure to read and be filled with interesting knowledge.
The photo this week is of the Sierra Valley taken by Michelle Anderson, she gives credit to Don Yegge for editing work. What strikes me about his photo with the sun shining through the dark clouds it is the epitome of the relief and joy of law enforcement, searchers, EMS and all the volunteers in the rescue of Baby Henry in Downieville yesterday and finding him in good shape and okay.
The Noble Grand Humbug Phil Smith has sounded the Hewgag for the Candle Light Doins, November 12, 2016. Held at the Downieville Community Hall – starting at 4:30pm
This is a gentleman’s initiation for those 50+ who want to join ECV. Exceptions to the age will be evaluated on a case by case basis. A history lesson, Big/Little Slippery and a luscious dinner are Included in the admission rub. Prospective members $55 – Red Shirts $40 at the door
Thank you, Brian Gardei
Downie Chapter 1849
Sir, My name is Ralph Miller and my late uncle was an ECV Clamper from Camptonville CA,. I think it was Clamper Post 1849. His name was Danny Lynn Miller (“Danny Lynn”) and he died in 2002 in his 50s. I was wondering if anyone knew him or could send me any pictures of him. I am trying to find out more about him and the family. I am told that there is a shrine dedicated to him in the Brass Rail Market and Tavern in North San Juan, but I have been unable to get a copy of his picture on the shrine. I do know that he died at that bar. Do you know anybody who knew him or has pictures of him? I greatly appreciate your time sir.
Ralph Miller – email@example.com
Court Clerk III – Monthly Salary Range $3502 to $4257 plus Benefit Package Sierra Superior Court is seeking experienced candidates to perform legal clerical work, legal processing, courtroom & judicial assistance activities as described in the Job Classification, Employment page link sierracourt.org. EOE. Completed applications must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Application forms are available online. Position open until filled.
Christmas Tree Permit Sales Begin November 1 on Lassen National Forest
SUSANVILLE, Calif., October 26, 2016 – Lassen National Forest Christmas tree permits will be on sale from November 1 through December 23, 2016.
Permits cost $10 and may be used to cut one tree on Lassen National Forest between November 1 and December 25. Each household may purchase up to two permits. Along with the permit, buyers will also receive a map showing cutting areas, requirements, and helpful tips.
Although tree cutting is permitted through December 25, officials recommend cutting early in the season before higher elevations become snowbound. Trees can stay fresh for several weeks when properly cared for.
Permits may be purchased at all Lassen National Forest visitor centers and work stations and via mail. Order forms are available at www.fs.usda.gov/lassen (see “Passes & Permits” section). Mailed requests should be directed to the nearest Forest Service office listed below and must be received on or before December 9. To expedite requests, submitters should write “Christmas Tree Permit” on the envelope.
Permits may be purchased at the following locations at the following http://www.fs.usda.gov/lassen
Commander In Chief – by Robert C. Koehler
Maybe it’s the phrase — “Commander in Chief” — that best captures the transcendent absurdity and unaddressed horrors of the 2016 election season and the business as usual that will follow.
I don’t want to elect anyone commander in chief: not the xenophobic misogynist and egomaniac, not the Henry Kissinger acolyte and Libya hawk. The big hole in this democracy is not the candidates; it’s the bedrock, founding belief that the rest of the world is our potential enemy, that war with someone is always inevitable and only a strong military will keep us safe.
In a million ways, we’ve outgrown this concept, or been pushed beyond it by awareness of global human connectedness and the shared planetary risk of eco-collapse. So whenever I hear someone in the media bring “commander in chief” into the discussion — always superficially and without question — what I hear is boys playing war. Yes, we wage war in a real way as well, but when the public is invited to participate in the process by selecting its next commander in chief, this is pretend war at its most surreal: all glory and greatness and hammering ISIS in Mosul.
“What about our safety here?” Brian Williams asked Gen. Barry McCaffrey on MSNBC the other night, as they were discussing the awfulness of terrorism and the need to bomb the bad guys out of existence. I cringed. How long can they keep selling this?
Our safety is far, far more imperiled by the fact that we have a military at all than by any enemy that military is allegedly fighting, but is, in fact, creating as it churns out endless collateral damage, a.k.a., dead and injured civilians.
The essential truth about war is this: The enemies are always on the same side. Regardless who “wins,” what matters is that war itself continues. Just ask the military-industrialists.
The only commander in chief I want to vote for is the one who will turn that title over to the historians and cry out that war is an obsolete and monstrous game, revered and coddled for five millennia now as the most sacred of activities that a (male) human can engage in. We need a commander in chief capable of leading us beyond the age of empire and the horrific games of conquest that are killing this planet.
“What about our safety here?”
When Brian Williams threw this question out to the American public, I thought, among much else, about the devastation and contamination the U.S. military has wrought on our deserts and coastal waters over the last seven decades by testing weapons — both nuclear and conventional — and playing, good God, war games; and then, sooner or later, by disposing of its obsolete toxins, usually with zero concern for the environmental safety of the surrounding area, whether it be in Iraq or Louisiana. Because the military is what it is, neither EPA regulations nor sanity itself usually applies.
For instance, as Dahr Jamail wrote recently at Truthout: “For decades, the U.S. Navy, by its own admission, has been conducting war game exercises in U.S. waters using bombs, missiles, sonobuoys (sonar buoys), high explosives, bullets and other materials that contain toxic chemicals — including lead and mercury — that are harmful to both humans and wildlife.”
Why do we need to worry about ISIS when, as Jamail reports, “the batteries from dead sonobuoys will leach lithium into the water for 55 years”?
And then there’s depleted uranium, the extraordinarily toxic heavy metal the U.S. military loves; DU missiles and shells rip through steel like it was butter. They also spread radioactive contamination across Planet Earth. And they help poison the waters off the Washington-Oregon coast, where the Navy plays its games, just like they poisoned the waters surrounding Vieques, a tropical paradise island off the coast of Puerto Rico, which, as I wrote several years ago, “was commandeered by the U.S. military as a throwaway site for weapons testing” for 62 years. The Navy finally left but left behind contaminated soil and water and many thousands of live shells that had failed to detonate, along with a legacy of serious health problems for the island’s 10,000 residents.
“They are indeed the largest polluters on Earth,” environmental toxicologist Mozhgan Savabieasfahani told Truthout, speaking of the U.S. military, “as they produce more toxic chemicals than the top three U.S. chemical manufacturers combined. Historically, large global ecosystems and significant human food sources have been contaminated by the U.S. military.”
What does it mean to vote for the next commander in chief of the largest polluter on the planet?
I confess that I do not know — at least not in the context of this absurd and superficially debated election, with virtually every serious question or issue pushed to the margins. How do we transcend nationalism and the game of war — the reality of endless war — and engage in securing the safety of the whole planet? How do we acknowledge that this planet is not just “a jumble of insensate stuff, a random melee of subatomic particles” for us to exploit, as Charles Eisenstein writes, but a living entity of which we are, crucially, a part? How do we learn to love this planet and one another?
Any potential “commander in chief” who asks lesser questions than these is engaging in a childish game with real guns.
Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor.
Left Unsaid at the Third Debate – by Mel Gurtov
Donald Trump waited one day before delivering the punch line to his sad joke, “I will keep you in suspense” about respecting the election results. “Unless I win,” he said to great applause from his supporters. One would expect no less from an exceptionally arrogant man who cannot accept defeat. (His son, Trump Jr., is a chip off the old block. He is quoted as saying that the White House would be a “step down” for his father—a classic “sour grapes” line.)
By taking this unprecedented position, Trump ensured headlines, and probably sent a few more Republican candidates down the tubes. He clearly doesn’t care, since only his “voice” counts, not the party’s. He will become another in a long list of dictators-in-waiting.
But I was also struck by what the candidates didn’t say in the third debate. Here are 10 items I (and, I imagine, many of you) would have liked to have heard discussed:
1. Climate change –Once again, barely a word about the world’s number-one long-term security issue.
2. Nuclear weapons – a discussion of next steps toward genuine arms control, meaning a minimum force (if not nuclear abolition), a halt to further refinement of nuclear weapons, and a new agreement with Russia on substantial weapons reductions.
3. Mosul– Rather than debate how Mosul is being attacked, talk about the aftermath. There won’t be a Mosul, or a Raqqa, once ISIS is driven out. As large-scale fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria has already shown, there is nothing left standing when it is over. The unspoken problem then becomes providing for refugees and the sick, wounded, and elderly survivors who cannot leave.
4. Syria –Deeper US involvement, such as by announcing a no-fly zone that Hillary Clinton favors, won’t save lives in Aleppo or anywhere else, but will almost certainly expand the US role, produce more civilian casualties, and bring it closer to a confrontation with Russia.
5. Russia –A new Cold War is in nobody’s best interest. The contrast between Trump’s know-nothingism and Clinton’s cold warriorism leaves out the possibility of a creative diplomatic approach to Russia. (Consider that the US is now charging Russia with violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by Reagan and Gorbachev, by moving ahead on a ground-based cruise missile program. This comes on the heels of Russia’s withdrawal from a plutonium accord. Thus, the direction of US-Russia relations remains decidedly negative, hostile, and thus dangerous.)
6. China–US policy is a mix of multilevel engagement and muted conflict. While the US maintains its “pivot” to Asia, China is continuing its buildup in the disputed South China Sea islands and is courting the Philippines, whose new president Rodrigo Duterte is talking while in Beijing of “separation” from the US. Should US policy toward China change in response? Should Washington call Duterte’s bluff?
7. Energy – Candidates always talk about our needing more energy. But the future points to reliance on renewable sources, which are getting cheaper and are clearly more dependable than fossil fuels and nuclear power.
8. Relations with Israel–Will the US continue to give Israel what it wants, with occasional mild (and meaningless) criticism, or will it finally base policy on principles on social justice, self-determination, and protection of human rights?
9. Income inequality – It’s fine to talk about creating jobs, but growing income inequality in America means still more for the one percent, less for the middle and lower income classes, and thus poor-paying jobs.
10. Military spending—Where will money for increased federal spending on social needs come from? We can talk about higher taxes on the wealthy or cuts in Social Security, but axing military spending remains the taboo subject.
Presidential debates should be learning opportunities. There was a time when they actually were. These last three debates were shouting matches—undignified, personality-based, extremely limited in information or thoughtfulness. America’s “noble experiment” suffered greatly from the exercise.
Mel Gurtov, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University and blogs at In the Human Interest.
Open letter to Secretary Clinton and Senator Kaine
by Winslow Myers
I am unreservedly delighted that Secretary Clinton picked Senator Kaine and assume that all is on track for both of you to assume high office in January.
However I did take note of Secretary Clinton’s reference in the third debate to the four minutes a leader would be allowed before having to decide how to respond to information that a nuclear attack was under way. The context of course was the unassailable fact of Mr. Trump’s lack of fitness were he to find himself in the same position.
But the question that haunts me and many others is what it might mean for even the most disciplined and experienced leader to have to undergo the stress and consequence of those four minutes.
It seems to me that the system of deterrence that has evolved among the nine existing nuclear powers, the system we all rely upon for our security, is becoming ever more unworkable. Granting that the system may have helped to prevent a third world war over the past half century, what is its future? Even taking into account our own extraordinarily expensive efforts to refine our weapons systems to both increase their flexibility and render them more immune to failure, the inherent nature of a “balance of terror” can only increase paranoia among all parties. In the missile crisis of 1962 we dodged a bullet. Add in the increasing complexity of the electronics attached to the weapons and the possible infection of such electronics from without. Add further the political third rail—because it suggests weakness—of telling constituents, of whatever nation, the truth about the actual insecurity of such systems of deterrence. Disaster down the road is inevitable unless there is a fundamental change of direction.
Mr. Putin may be a bad hombre, but he is subject to the same irrefutable logic, as are the heads of India or Pakistan or China, Israel, or even North Korea, or anyone else with command responsibility for these hideously destructive weapons.
We are at a fateful moment similar to when Lincoln took the risk of abolishing slavery. I’m aware of just how much political capital would have to be risked in taking leadership and educating not just our own nation but the world to the need for Gorbachev-type new thinking, and for sponsoring an ongoing international conference leading to a gradual, reciprocal, total abolition of nuclear weapons, along with increased regulation and sequestration of nuclear materials. It pleases me that old hands such as Dr. Kissinger, William Perry, Sam Nunn and George Shultz are already actively advocating for this goal. One key to success is surely education, building worldwide agreement around such issues as the dangers of human or computer misinterpretation of electronic information, the insanity of launch-on-warning, and the potential for nuclear winter as a result of the detonation of a relatively small number of warheads. It could take a generation, but mere commitment to the process would ease tensions on a small planet waiting breathlessly for someone to take the lead on this issue.
And after all I am only suggesting that we fulfill our solemn obligations as signatories of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty of 1968.
Real international security will come, I hope and believe,
•from small, even merely symbolic, confidence-building measures
•from heart-to-heart relationships among leaders who share hopes for their grandchildren
•from proven nonviolent processes for the resolution of conflict
•from consistent adherence to a growing body of international law
•from collaboration on issues of common concern to all members of our global village
•from an escalating repurposing of precious resources away from wars without clear outcome toward meeting humanitarian needs in the urgent context of climate instability.
All this can be done without compromising the security of the United States, especially given our overwhelming superiority in conventional military strength, and in fact such initiatives and changes in thought and action will increase that security.
Respectfully and with all good wishes for the years ahead,
Winslow Myers, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the author of “Living Beyond War: A Citizen’s Guide.” He also serves on the Advisory Board of the War Preventive Initiative.