Camptonville Courier’s 20th 3/15/17

Please send in your submissions of news, prose, poetry and art by Monday, March 20th, 9pm for the April edition. With this April issue, we celebrate the Courier’s 20th Year! In addition to the regular articles, we’ll include reprints of articles that highlight Camptonville’s past 20 years – not an easy job to select because so much has happened in our active little community.

Save the date! Saturday, April 1st. Everyone’s invited to a 20th Anniversary Brunch with The Courier from 9-11 am at The Community Center. The Courier will be hosting Coffee @ The Center with a yummy brunch at 9 am. At 10 we’ll celebrate with a toast and a walk through memory lane to recognize the tremendous volunteerism and advertising support that keeps our paper vibrant.
If you can help bring food for the brunch, please let me know. Otherwise, we’d just love to see our community show up to help celebrate.                                                            Shirley DicKard, Editor The Camptonville Courier

Evening Under Moonshine 2/22/17

An Evening Under the Moonshine, 3/4/17

Terry Riley, 81, listed in the London Sunday Times as “one of the 1,000 makers of the 20th Century,” has an influence that stretches from rock ‘n’ roll to Indian ragas to classical music and beyond. Known internationally as the father of modern minimalist music, he started the “Sri Moonshine Music Series” last spring to fund initial renovation and ongoing costs of turning an old building into a vibrant community center in his home town of Camptonville.

In 2015, the Camptonville California Chapter of the Masons generously donated their Lodge building to Camptonville, whose residents took on this fixer-upper project with the indomitable spirit of “The Little Town That Could.”  Since then, volunteers have put many hours into making needed repairs and putting in place new events and programs to serve the community.

A special benefit concert on March 4th featuring Terry Riley and his son, virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley, will open the Camptonville Community Center’s 2nd annual Sri Moonshine Music Series. Billed as “An Evening Under the Moonshine,” this gala event starts at 6pm with scrumptious appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, and local wine and beer, plus a commemorative Sri Moonshine wine glass, all included in the ticket price of $45! Tickets for the other six concerts in the Sri Moonshine Music Series cost $25 each, with refreshments and concessions available for purchase.

Tickets are available online at and in person at Burgee Dave’s at the Mayo in Camptonville. There is a $5 discount for Camptonville Community Center members, as well as a six-concert series discount. Call Christina Ledson at 288-3655 for more information.

School Supplies Help 12/14/16

Our continuing efforts to raise school supplies for local schools perseveres. Any money or supplies donated specifically for Operation Pencil all goes to local schools. This year we are concentrating on Grizzly Hill School and Camptonville School. We donate in January
because that’s normally when the teachers’ supply closet starts running low and they end up dipping into their own pockets for the whole class. Not fair! Please help. Please call (530) 415-9705 for more info. Love, Peace,Happyness&Music, Yvonne/Pinkie

Anyone know Danny Lynn Miller? 10/26/16

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 –

Let’s Help Cathy 9/21/16

Camptonville–The Camptonville Community Partnership would like to request raffle donations for the upcoming fundraising dinner, being held for Cathy LeBlanc, on Saturday, October 1 from 4:30 – 9 p.m.
Cathy is known in Camptonville and the surrounding area for her work as Executive Director of Camptonville Community Partnership, a non-profit focused on rural people working together. Some of you may also know Cathy as Burgee Dave’s at the Mayo’s Open Mic hostess.
Cathy has, and continues to do so much for her community, and the community is now trying to return the favor. Recently diagnosed with breast cancer, she is undergoing treatment that has recently been extended beyond the period of time she had anticipated.You can help Cathy focus on healing, instead of on how she’ll be making ends meet.
A baked potato bar, chili, and salad will be served, followed by a dessert auction. Tickets are $10. Donations for the raffle drawing, as well as goodies for the dessert auction are appreciated, and contributions are tax-deductable.
For more information, please visit the Fundraiser for Cathy event page on Facebook, or send your donation to PO Box 218, Camptonville, Ca. 95922, or call Rita at 288-3421. You can also visit or call 288-9355 to learn more about Camptonville Community Partnership.
The Community Center is located at 15333 Cleveland Avenue, across from the Mayo.

CVFD Annual Picnic 8/31/16


The Fire Department and the Auxiliary are all geared up and ready to host the 24th annual Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department Picnic. The event will be held at the Lost Nugget Market Field on Saturday, September 10th, from 2 pm to 10 pm (Dinner served between 2 pm & 7 pm).

We will be serving our same awesome menu of Tri-tip, Chicken or Burger, Baked Potato, Salad and Bread all for a $10 donation. There will be entertainment and activities throughout the day and when the sun goes down, put on your glow necklaces and your dancing shoes and get ready to rock the night with the “Sons of Boogie”, the same great band as last year!

There are great raffle items this year; including a $500 cash grand prize and several items from our local and neighboring businesses! Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Lost Nugget Market, Burgee Dave’s, or at the Picnic. A silent auction featuring a beautifully locally handcrafted quilt will also be held on the day of the picnic.
The Auxiliary is looking for a few volunteers to help serve dinner. If you are interested, please call Wendy Tinnel at (530) 277-6737
Come show your community spirit and support for our awesome Fire Department Volunteers!

Students Visit TNF 5/4/16

Local Fourth-Grade Students Visit Tahoe National Forest

Camptonville, Calif. – The Tahoe National Forest has been filled with excitement this spring. As snow melted, wildflowers bloomed, and families planned summer camping trips, there was something new afoot in the woods—41 students from Camptonville Elementary School, Downieville School, and Grizzly Hill School from North Columbia came to discover what their National Forest has to offer.

As part of the national Every Kid in a Park Program designed to connect young people to their public lands, local third through sixth grade students rotated through four discovery sessions hosted by Forest Service employees. In these sessions, they participated in interactive activities to discover how the geology, topography, flora and fauna of the Forest were interconnected and related to state-standard curricula in science, history, and even mathematics.

No matter your age, the Tahoe National Forest provides countless opportunities to connect to your public lands. This summer, resolve to be like the intrepid fourth-grade students from Nevada, Yuba, and Sierra Counties. Whether by car, bicycle, or kayak, come discover the value of your National Forest!

For more information on the Tahoe National Forest, visit

Oregon House Clinic 3/9/16

Sierra Family Medical Clinic expands to Oregon House
by Emily Lavin/ |

Dr. Peter Van Houten, Sierra Family Medical Clinic's founder and medical director, left, and Steve Weber, the clinic's chief executive officer, inside the Sierra Family Medical Clinic's new facility in Oregon House.

Dr. Peter Van Houten, Sierra Family Medical Clinic’s founder and medical director, left, and Steve Weber, the clinic’s chief executive officer, inside the Sierra Family Medical Clinic’s new facility in Oregon House.

Sierra Family Medical Clinic is now providing comprehensive local medical services to the rural community of Oregon House.

The clinic, which has operated on Tyler Foote Road on the San Juan Ridge for more than 30 years, opened a second clinic at 8676 Marysville Road in Oregon House, an unincorporated community in Yuba County, on Dec. 1. This Saturday, the clinic will host an open house at the facility from 10 a.m. to noon.

Though the Oregon House facility has only been operational for about three months, its services are already in demand.

“There’s been a lot of word of mouth,” said Dr. Peter Van Houten, the clinic’s founder and medical director. “I was actually surprised at how quickly the schedule’s been filling.”

For the community in Oregon House, the clinic’s opening has been a long time coming. Sierra Family Medical Clinic has long been a prominent fixture on the Ridge, offering integrated health care — medical care, behavioral health and dental services — all in one location. That clinic logs about 20,000 patient visits a year, and provides services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

The clinic’s board of directors began considering expanding to Oregon House in 2012, after the physician who previously occupied the Marysville Road building closed the practice and a group from the community approached Sierra Family Medical Clinic about opening a facility.

The board was in favor of the idea, and committed to the expansion, said Steve Weber, the clinic’s chief executive officer, who was serving as board treasurer at the time.

“People over here really deserve to have local medical care, and they didn’t have it,” Weber said of the board’s thinking.

But Sierra Family Medical Clinic experienced a financial setback over the next couple of years, Weber said. In order to comply with a government requirement, the clinic was required to switch over to an electronic health record system. In addition to the cost of the hardware and software to implement the change, the clinic couldn’t see as many patients throughout the day as the system was implemented and staff was trained to navigate it, decreasing the revenue the clinic was able to collect from patient services.

“We didn’t have the money to go ahead and get this thing going,” Weber said.

That changed last fall when Sierra Family Medical Clinic was recognized as a federally qualified health center by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, a distinction that awarded the clinic a nearly $1.2 million grant, reimbursement for services provided under Medicaid and opportunities to secure additional funding in the future.

The clinic included its proposed expansion to Oregon House in its application to the department of health and human services.

Once the clinic received FQHC status, it had about 90 days to open the Oregon House satellite facility. The Oregon House clinic is currently open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and offers primary and behavioral health care. Weber said the facility hopes to offer dental care starting in the next month or so, when a trailer containing a fully outfitted dental suite is transported from the San Juan Ridge clinic, and  the Oregon House clinic hires a dentist and dental assistant.

The clinic will likely be open to patients for 30 hours a week sometime this year, Weber said, and then it will potentially expand hours beyond that next year.

Van Houten said the goal for the clinic is to eventually have 2,500 patients on the clinic’s patient list at any one time, though that will likely take a couple of years to achieve.

The clinic has hired an outreach and enrollment coordinator, who will help people navigate the process of signing up for Medi-Cal or affordable care, and help them understand the care options available to them.

Both Van Houten and Weber said the clinic’s staff is excited to serve Oregon House, noting the community has waited patiently for several years for the clinic’s doors to open.

“It feels really good,” Weber said. “It feels like we honored our commitment in return for the local people here honoring a commitment to us.”

To contact Union Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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