Firehouse News 2/1/17

“AT THE FIREHOUSE “ courtesy Mountain Messenger & Vickie Tenney

JANUARY 23rd Firefighter training.
January 24th EMTClass in Downieville.                                                                      January 26th EMT Class in Dvl.
January 28th EMT Graduation in Dvl.
JANUARY 23rd First responder training.
January 24th EMT Class in Dvl. Class in
January 25th First responder training.                                                                        January 26th EMT Dvl.                                                                                                      January 28th EMT EMT Graduation in Dvl.

JANUARY 24th Firefighter training.January 28th Responded for a vehicle fire.
JANUARY 23rd Mutual aidr esponse to Sierra City for an ill female, who was transported to Truckee.                                                                                                                January 24th EMT Class.
January 26th EMT Class.
January 27th Responded for a vehicle roll-over – cancelled.
January28th EMT Graduation.
LOYALTON :                                                                                                                JANUARY 23rd Firefighters training.                                                                          January 24th EMT Class in Dvl. * Responded for a carbon monoxide alarm – investigated.
January 26th EMT Class in Dvl. *Responded for an ambulance assist, for a person who was short of breath.
January 27th Responded for an injured person, ambulance assist.
January 28th EMT Graduation in Dvl.
JANUARY 23rd Responded for an illl male, who was transported -via- ALS ambulance,
to SNMH.                                                                                                                  January 24th EMTClass in Dvl.
January 26th Firefighters trained. * EMT Class in Dvl.                                                         January 28th EMT Graduationin Dvl. *Mutual aid response to Campton ville for a vehicle fire – cancelled.
SATTLEY :                                                                                                                   JANUARY 23rd First responder class in Calpine.                                                         January 24th EMT Class in Dvl.                                                                                           January 25th First responder class in Calpine.
January 26th EMT Class in Dvl.
January 28th EMTGraduation in Dvl.
JANUARY 23rd Responded for an ill female, who was transported to the hospital in
Truckee.                                                                                                                     January 24th EMT Class in Dvl.                                                                                        January 25th Wild land Basic 32 training.                                                                  January 26th EMT Class in Dvl.
January 27th Mutual aid response to Dvl. For a vehicle roll-over – cancelled.
January 28th Responded for an alarm sounding – cancelled.
* EMT Graduation in Dvl.
 January 23rd First responder training in Calpine.
January 24th EMT Class in Dvl.
January 25th First responder training in Calpine.                                                                                                     January 26th EMT Class in Dvl.                                                                                                                    January28th  EMT  Graduation in Dvl.

Andrew “Andy” H. Carpenter 1924 – 2017

Andrew Howard Carpenter

Andrew Howland Carpenter, age 92,  passed away at home, on Saturday morning, January 28th, as he wished: suddenly, and peacefully, with his wife, Doris, and his grandson, Maxwell Blakley, at his side.

Andy and Doris were happy to live in Downieville together, with many family members, and friends. He and Doris enjoyed and spent many hours being involved with the local Seniors, lunches and events. He graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in Environmental engineering, with a BS in Petroleum Engineering, in May of 1948. From 1983 until his retirement, he was employed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a petroleum engineer. He retired from the U.S. Department of Interior in June of 1988, after having retired from the Civil Engineer Corps in the U.S. Navy (Seabees), at the rank of a Lt. Commander. From 1976 – 1977 he worked for Williams Bro Engineering Co. In Tulsa, OK., and from 1953 – 1976, he was with the El Paso Natural Gas Company, in El Paso, TX., until he took his military leave between 1968 – 1970, when he served for 2 tours in Vietnam with the 32nd Naval Construction Regiment. Prior to that, from 1948 – 1953 he spent that time with Phillips Petroleum and Cities Service as an oil production engineer.

Andy was a good Christian man, who was born in Texas, a loving husband and father. He is survived by his three children, Lt.Col. John Carpenter (and his wife, Lorna), Cammy Hochtan (and her husband David), and Sally Nadler (and her husband David). He is also survived by two step-daughters, Belinda Ellsworth, and Carrie Blakley (and her husband, Gerald Blakley), and a step-daughter, Deborah Johnston(d.), and her husband, Jim. He has extensive family, including many grand children, great-grandchildren, and cousins. He is also survived by his very special nephew, Harry Tyler (wife of Nancy Tyler – d.), and their son Christopher, daughter Natalie (and her husband, Kelly, and their daughter Kay), and Christopher’s sons, Jackson Howland Tyler, and Hudson Tyler.

He will be missed dearly by friends and family.

Mountain Messenger (Alternative News) 1/25/17

Well, Don Russell and I have come to an agreement. Fortunately for us, Kellyanne Conway gave us the clue we needed …. “alternative facts”… so that is it, we agreed when we disagree it is because of the alternative reality we live in meaning alternative facts are okay, after all reality is in the eyes of the beholder.  I  woke up this morning and as I lay in bed trying to convince Paten (Patty’s Cat who lives with Spike, Jasper, Henry and Blossom) to move so I could get up, I thought about possibly that is what happened and there is an alternate universe we have suddenly shifted into. Anyhow to deep to think about without coffee so I got up.

Meanwhile it is 2017 and if we ignore the world outside of Sierra County we have a lot to look forward too, the SnowSoul Ball in February, the great Yuba Pass Chili Cookoff the first weekend in March, there will most likely be snow on the Pass, always makes the hot chili even more delectable. I believe the Judges this year come from the West side of the Pass, good news for Don Russell and ???  Scott McDermid is home, he’s okay, everyone can breathe again. Brutus enjoyed his vacation with Dan and Donna but is happy to see the main source of food has returned.

1/25/17 This not Don Russell, we believe it is Bookkeeper Penelope Snow who works almost as hard as Milly.

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 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 and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

Wednesday January 25, 2017

NEWSFLASH! According to Sierra County District Attorney Larry Allen – the reason there is not a new Distrct Attorney Cases report since December 2016 is “Court was cancelled a bunch of times due to road conditions and weather”.

Here we are almost to the end of January 2017. For some reason I keep writing 2018 which is different from past years, normally it would be writing 2016. I guess I am just trying to push the potential long national nightmare to be over a little faster.

Saturday, January 28th is going to be a banner day for the county when 14 new EMT’s from all over the county graduate in Downieville at the Downieville School Gym. Everyone is invited to this happy event, refreshments will be served.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Snowball is right around the corner! This year’s ball will be held Saturday, February 25th from 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Community Hall in Downieville  and then for the Crab Feed at the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton benefitting the Loyalton High School Athletic Programs on March 25. Pre sale tickets only, none sold at the door. Contact Bre Whitley 993-6059 or Stacy Hood at Loyalton School 993-4454. They sell out fast… Don’t wait.

This week there is more news than usual, including opportunities for various projects to request funding. Carrie’s Corner, Carol’s Movies, Be Encouraged by Angela, Others and Cats plus our columnists Tom Hastings, Mel Gurtov, Winslow Myers and Patrick Hiller give new information regarding world events and what’s going on that will affect our county and some suggestions of how to make sure our voices are heard. Now is not the time to look for warm sand.

The gorgeous photo this week by Debbie “Blue” Ellison of Sierra City demonstrates what the latest storms have left us and know the storms weren’t yet over when she took it, just a little break.

SC RAC Requests Project Proposals 1/25/17

Sierra County Resource Advisory Committee Requests Project Proposals

NEVADA CITY, Calif. – The Sierra County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is requesting proposals for natural resource improvement projects in Sierra County that benefit National Forest System lands. With the two-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, approximately $190,000 is expected to be available this year for RAC-recommended projects.

Project proposals 1) may be submitted by community-based organizations, tribes, individuals, or government agencies that are eligible for funding consideration with the Forest Service; 2) must demonstrate a benefit to National Forest System lands or resources; and 3) should have broad-based support with objectives that may include, but are not limited to:
• Road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration
• Soil productivity improvement
• Improvements in forest ecosystem health
• Watershed restoration and maintenance
• Restoration, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat
• Control of noxious and exotic weeds
• Re-establishment of native species

Proposals must be submitted electronically by February 24, 2017, to be considered for funding. Project submission forms and information on how to apply are available online at or by contacting Michael Woodbridge, RAC coordinator, at (530) 478-6205 or

The RAC is a committee of volunteers that advises the Tahoe National Forest about the use of funds allocated through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self –Determination Act Title II program. The committee was formed to encourage cooperation between the Forest Service and local communities on projects that provide mutual benefits to forest resources and communities. It consists of 15 county residents who represent a broad cross-section of the community.

Additional information about the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self–Determination Act Title II program is available at For more information about the Sierra County RAC program, contact Michael Woodbridge at (530) 478-6205 or

Carol’s Movies 1/25/17

Carol Marshall

A Man Called Ove (Swedish: En man som heter Ove) is a Swedish comedy-drama film which was released to cinemas in Sweden 25 December 2015.[2] The film was written and directed by Hannes Holm, and is based on author Fredrik Backman’s 2012 book of the same name. In the leading role as Ove is Rolf Lassgård.

Carol Says -A Man Called Ove

Summary: Good foreign movie and worth reading the subtitles. And I like the way things happened in the movie. His character stayed true through the movie.

Ove’s story unfolds thoughout the movie, here and there. So for me to tell you anything might give something away. It is about Ove, dealing with his wife’s death and new neighbors. It is a serious movie with subtle humor and some warmth.

Worth watching!

Eye in the Sky is a 2015 British thriller film starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi.[3] The film, directed by Gavin Hood based on a screenplay by Guy Hibbert, features drone warfare. Filming began in South Africa in September 2014

Carol Says -Eye in the Sky

We found this movie very disappointing. It was just a “no brainer” as to what the right decision should be . We sat through almost 2 hours watching it , wondering how they could even drag it out so long, so we fast forwarded to the end.

I am sure you all know what the movie is about . The really bad guys are found and targeted and the order is made to destroy them . When the order is made the question comes whether to follow-through on the order and kill an innocent little girl that is near them , or let them go and then the bad people would then kill hundreds of people. So you got either save one person or let hundreds die . Not a movie I would recommend .

Grizzlies Resistance 1/25/17

Patrick Hiller

Guns Against Grizzlies at Schools or Peace Education as Resistance?

by Patrick T. Hiller

The inauguration of a new President is looming and incoming administration officials like billionaire Betsy DeVos—Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education–are stumbling through confirmation hearings with a mixture of deceit and ignorance. Just pause for a moment to consider that the person who can determine school gun laws cited protection from grizzly bears as the reason it should be up to locales to determine whether guns should be allowed in schools. If it weren’t so heartbreaking for the many people who have lost their loved ones in school gun violence and for those who fear they might fall within the almost weekly average of school shootings, the grizzly bear protective argument would be awkward to some, comical to others.

As an educator, I offer quite a different take, one that challenges the mere presence of the incoming administration and contributes to mainstreaming resistance and to citizens participating in our democracy. Peace education, an increasingly growing subset of education, can play a central role in training people to participate more effectively in society. Be advised, readers who are perfectly happy with the incoming administration might consider the following thoughts subversive, though I’d ask instead for constructive dialog.

Many previously apolitical U.S. Americans are now shocked, dismayed and protesting. If one thing is certain with the uncertainty of the new administration, nothing being imposed is normal and must not be normalized. Let us not forget that promises made during the campaign were harmful to the planet, Muslims, Blacks, immigrants, women, the LGBT community, the poor, etc. Civic participation and resistance are good antidotes for those who disagree with such ideologies.

Internationally recognized educators Cabezudo and Haavelsrud outlined requirements as to how peace education acts to transform democracies. The time has come to implement those steps where peace education becomes a form of resistance. I offer eight requirements in the context of resisting rising authoritarianism—unfortunately not solely a US phenomenon, but increasing elsewhere as well, from the Philippines to Russia to Turkey, as examples.

First, we need to examine power and authority. Latent power of civil society is enormous. We should not cede it to elites.

Second, we need to recognize that our causes and movements are interrelated. It’s fine to have different priorities, causes and passions, but when it matters we also need to come together to become stronger than the sum of all parts. There are times for immigrant rights groups, democracy advocates, civil rights organizations, gender rights groups, faith communities, environmental groups, peace advocates and many others to come together. Now more than ever.

Third, we need to develop a collective vision of nonviolent change of a system people from all parts of the political spectrum are fed up with. We need to merge the aspirational with the doable to revitalize our democracy. If we include more opinions, the political consciousness of all will grow.

Fourth, nonviolence must the one and only form of struggle. Not everyone is clear about the actual effectiveness of nonviolence based on numbers and diversity, nonviolent discipline and creativity to name a few factors. If done strategically, with discipline, with the whole playbook of established and new nonviolent methods, and communicated effectively to newcomers, nonviolence will indeed be a force more powerful.

Fifth, we need to develop inclusive communication forms. We have seen that calling people “homophobes,” “deplorables,” and “racists” did not have the expected effect. Peace education provides some of the most powerful approaches of creating inclusivity, of humanizing “the other”, and getting rid of presumptions, biases and stereotypes.

Sixth, we need to develop constructive relationships between actors. Let us come together to strengthen efforts, but also recognizing that alliances can be temporary and that there are times of simple solidarity with the other. Everyone’s cause matters, and we should not compete for the most important cause.

Seventh, we need to build institutional capacity. Initial outcries may fade. This is the time to stick to it and find ways to build sustainable alternatives.

Eight, we need to grow civic participation. Peace education makes participating in democracy the norm and not the exception. With broad civic participation under a theme of resistance the incoming destructive agenda can be challenged. Many excellent proposals, including a “First 100 Days Resistance Agenda” by economist and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, are circulating. Civic participation means contacting elected officials, running for local offices, adjusting consumer behavior (e.g. boycott anything related to the Trump brand), making cities sanctuary cities, writing letters to newspaper editors, using social media, contributing to organizations caring about your causes, and making resistance visible (bumper stickers) just to mention a few such modes.

All these are a form of resistance, and there is place for everyone who wishes to join.

Patrick. T. Hiller, Ph.D., syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Conflict Transformation scholar, is the Vice-President of the International Peace Research Association Foundation and served on the Executive Committee of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (2012-2016).

Cease Speculation & Rise Up 1/25/17

Tom Hastings

January 20, 2017, a day that will live in ignominy  –         by Tom H. Hastings

Donald J. Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th President of the US. If you are a xenophobic isolationist nationalist, this is such great news. If you want climate chaos to worsen—more rising seas, more massive forest fires, more hideous hurricanes, more drought—this is the perfect storm for you.

On the other hand, if you hope for more progress toward getting along with the rest of humankind, if you want stricter laws and rules to protect our fresh water, if you strive in your life to slow the onslaught of climate chaos, well, sorry. Your nightmare has arrived.

It is hard to imagine a more seriously hypocritical “leader” than Donald Trump:

· While Trump rightly accused Hillary Clinton of having too much cozy contact with Wall Street financiers, he is not only a predatory capitalist himself, but has now handpicked several more to join his cabinet.

· Even though Trump claims he is upending the Washington elite in order to bring manufacturing and sawmill and mining and oil drilling and coal-burning jobs back to America’s heartland in order to make America great again, he says nary a word about job loss through automation (including many of the Carrier jobs he pretends to have saved), nothing about losing jobs to foreign manufacturers who produce far more efficient vehicles than Detroit ever did, nothing about ruining the last bit of ancient forests of America, and nothing about increased disease and pollution from the dirty jobs he promises to bring back.

· Trump claims he is going to create “great schools” and yet he proposed billionaire Betsy DeVos as his Secretary of Education, a woman with effectively zero experience in public education (her hearing was nothing short of embarrassing) except to oppose it and instead has been an activist for using taxpayer monies for private Christian schools.

· In his address, Trump claims that, “We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own.” Huh? Apparently, I’ve missed hearing about all those foreign invading troops, all the missiles that have struck American towns, and all the foreign terrorists that have attacked us since 9.11.01. I would suspect the Republicans—who have been in control of the Senate and House—not to mention the Pentagon, are happy to know that finally all those attacks will stop.

· While Trump claims to care about the American people, he will likely sign the law eliminating Obamacare long before signing a better health care law into existence, thus throwing approximately 30 million Americans to the ravages of no health care.

There is so much more, but we can soon cease speculating and rise up to respond to his initiatives. I am wearing a t shirt today I haven’t worn in eight years. It has one word on it: Impeach.

Tom H. Hastings is Founding Director of PeaceVoice.

Funding Available for Seniors 1/25/17

Attached please find a Notice of Intent update with anticipated funding available for specific service categories to anyone interested in responding with a Letter of Intent. Please note that there are strict guidelines and deadlines to this process.

The is sending this Notice of Intent to current providers, as well as attempting to reach out to other individuals/businesses, with the hope of sparking an interest to those who wish to vie for our funding to provide services to older adults, age 60 and older, within one’s community.

If this Notice of Intent is of no interest to you – please disregard. On the other hand, if you are interested in providing services to older adults and wish to send a Letter of Intent please see the email address at the end of this email. Also, if you have a lobby/public board or community center where notices can be posted, it would be appreciated if this notice could be placed where others, (who may have an interest to become a potential provider), would be able to see it. It would also be appreciated if this notice could be posted on your website.  2017-21 RFP NOI Final 2

If you have any questions regarding this Notice of Intent, please go to website

Thank you so very much.Cindy
Cindy Reigert
Office Specialist II
1401 El Camino Avenue, 4th Floor
Sacramento, CA • 95815
P: 916.710.8394 • F: 916.486.9454

Funding Relief for Schools 1/25/17

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Funding Relief for School Closures Due to Flooding, Winter Storms

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today directed the California Department of Education to work with all schools and school districts forced to close as a result of flooding and other winter storm related issues so that they may qualify for relief from the loss of Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding.
“Creating and maintaining a safe environment for students and school staff is a top priority of the California Department of Education. Any schools forced to close as a result of the extreme winter weather we’ve seen this month may be able to recoup these important ADA funds,” Torlakson said. “I’ve directed my staff to help affected school administrators through the process of applying for waivers due to school closures. Schools in California should not suffer financially or in any other way for putting the safety of our students first in any kind of emergency.”
Approval of school closures may be requested by submitting three copies of Form J-13A (DOC). For more guidance on ADA relief, see the CDE’s Management Advisory 90-01 on ADA Credit During Periods of Emergency.

The California Department of Education is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s Web site or by mobile device. You may also follow Superintendent Torlakson on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Mini March in Sierra City 1/25/17

A mini Woman’s March was held Jan 21st in Sierra City to show solidarity with the thousands of women marching around the world. Organized by JoAnne Dailey, the following participated: Elise McIver, Sheryl LaBrie, Andrea Berry, Owen McIver, Ellie McIver, Joanne Dailey holding grandbaby June Berry and Mary Jungi.

1/21/17 Elise McIver, Sheryl LaBrie, Andrea Berry, Owen McIver, Ellie McIver, Joanne Dailey holding grandbaby June Berry.

Clamors Are Mistaken 1/25/17

Trump’s America—and Ours   – by Mel Gurtov

Mel Gurtov

Abraham Lincoln once said: “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.” Donald J. Trump’s Inaugural Address offered us exactly the opposite vision, one of a selfish, insulated America responsible only to itself, committed only to fixing the supposed “carnage” here but unconcerned about global poverty, Earth’s deteriorating environment and ecosystem, and human rights here and everywhere. He made all the usual, and unfulfillable, promises about jobs, terrorism, and corruption—and avoided all the problems he has always avoided, such as health care for all, equal opportunity for all, his own record of irresponsible behavior, and “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind.”

President Trump doesn’t understand the difference between patriotism and nationalism. Charles de Gaulle did: “Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” Trump’s “American First” doctrine was falsely presented as the former when it clearly is the latter. Putting America first may sound like a noble patriotic idea, but in reality it reflects a careless, ultimately dangerous world view. Walling America off from Mexico, keeping out Muslims fleeing war and oppression, denigrating China, and undermining our European allies have nothing to do with love of country. These promised policies exemplify narrow nationalism of the sort that will reduce respect for the United States and undermine national security.

“There are seasons in every country,” Alexander Hamilton said, “when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.” This is such a time, and Donald Trump is such a man.


Mel Gurtov, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University and blogs at In the Human Interest.

Firehouse News 1/25/17

“AT THE FIREHOUSE” courtesy of Mountain Messenger and Vickie Tenney

January 16th  Firefighter training.                                                                               January 19th responded for an I’ll female, transported to SNMH.                                                       *EMT Class, in Dvl.                                                                                                    January 21st responded for an I’ll female, transported to the Pike City firehouse to
rendezvous w/ALS ambulance & then transported to SNMH.
January 16 & 18th First responder training. January 19th EMT Class, in Dvl.
January 18th Firefighters attended medical training in NSJ.
January 18th Board of Commissioners meeting.
January 19th EMT Class.
LOYALTON:                                                                                                              January 16th Firefighters reviewed therecent storms effects in Loyalton. :                                                                                                                 PIKE CITY
January 19th Firefightertraining. *EMT Class in Dvl.
January 21st Mutual aid response to Alleghany, for an I’ll female, turnedvcinto staging @ Pike Firehouse to assist w/ALS ambulance rendezvous.
January 16 & 18 First responder training Calpine.                                                              January 19th EMT Class in Dvl.
SIERRA CITY:                                                                                                          January 19th EMT Class in Dvl.
January 16 & 18th First responder training in Calpine.                                                                  January 19th EMT Class in Dvl.

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