LNF Safety Advisory 4/26/17

Lassen National Forest Issues Safety Advisory

SUSANVILLE, Calif. – The Lassen National Forest is issuing a Safety Advisory to all National Forest users. A succession of strong storms across the state from January through April caused extensive damage to National Forest System roads, trails and infrastructure. All national forests in California have experienced some level of storm damage.

Forest visitors are asked to be cautious and careful when out driving in the national forest, as they will likely encounter a wide range of driving conditions well into spring. Many forest roads, especially those in higher elevations, are inaccessible due to ice and snow. Downed trees blocking access and soft saturated roads in lower elevation areas create conditions where vehicles can easily become stuck. In response to the storm damage, Lassen National Forest employees are in the process of conducting initial damage assessments. Access issues resulting from road damage and snow conditions limit their ability to quickly complete the assessment.

“As the snow melts and conditions improve in the months ahead, we anticipate finding additional storm damage both on trails and roads.” Said Lassen National Forest Engineer Heather Blevins, who is coordinating the forest damage assessment efforts. “We want to take every precaution to ensure public safety.”

The impacts from the storm damage will also affect forest programs, services, and public access. Impacts will include loss of access to tree mortality mitigation projects, timber sales, communication sites, private property, and recreation areas.

The Forest Service recommends that forest visitors call the nearest Ranger Station to obtain the most current forest road and recreation area access conditions. Contact your local Forest Service Office to report damaged roads and trails. As a reminder, Zone V on the Eagle Lake Ranger District remains closed for all woodcutting.

Eagle Lake Ranger District –(530) 257-4188
Almanor Ranger District- (530) 258-2141
Hat Creek Ranger District (530) 336-5521

Repairing road damage is extremely costly and strains our diminishing budgets. Visitors out exploring the National Forest are asked to exercise good judgement while driving the forest roads. In some instances, drivers could be liable and cited by law enforcement if they create resource damage.

Hat Creek Needs Volunteers 4/26/17

Hat Creek Ranger District is Looking for Volunteers

FALL RIVER MILLS, Calif., April 18, 2017-If you enjoy working with the public and care about our country’s natural resources, the Forest Service needs your time and talents. In this age of shrinking budgets and workforce, it is increasingly challenging to provide the service and time needed for the care of the national forests. As a volunteer, you can make a difference and contribute to this effort.

The Hat Creek Ranger District is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to serve as campground hosts, lead interpretive tours, and to help out at their visitor centers in Fall River Mills and Old Station, California. It is a great opportunity to meet new people, share your skills, learn something new, and take time to enjoy the beautiful Lassen National Forest.
By volunteering you will become part of an army of more than 2.8 million volunteers who, since 1972, have provided more than 123 million hours of service that is valued at about $1.4 billion. As a volunteer you have the opportunity to:

· Give back to your community
· Improve Forests and Grasslands
· Learn about natural and cultural conservation
· Meet new people and form friendships.
Located in northern California’s Burney Basin, the Hat Creek Ranger District recreation area consists of seven campgrounds, seven day use areas, six trailheads, and a visitor center. Hat Creek has a unique geological history and offers many recreation opportunities such as fishing, hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting, caving, hang gliding, horseback riding, and off highway vehicles use.

Hat Creek boasts 129 miles of hiking/equestrian trail, including in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, plus fishing access and numerous point of interest trails. Thousand Lakes is a 16,000 acre wilderness that sits in the bowl of a volcanic crater. Its small size and scenic beauty make it very popular for families and day hikers. Among its charms are seven pristine lakes that are wonderful for both fishing and swimming.
If you are interested in becoming a Forest Service Volunteer and would like to know more about this program, please contact Tami Taylor, Recreation Officer at (530) 336-3350 or by email at: tataylor@fs.fed.us .

LNF OHV Use Public Input 4/26/17

Lassen National Forest Seeks Public Input for OHV Use Susanville, Calif., April 21, 2017 – The Lassen National Forest is reviewing their Motorized Travel Management decision of 2010 to expand and accommodate more opportunities for off highway vehicle (OHV) use and recreation. During the initial phase, the Forest Service will review approximately 600 miles of existing system roads to determine which additional routes could be opened for OHV use. This may be accomplished by either lowering operational classification of a road or by allowing OHV use on a low-risk road while not changing the roads classification. The low-risk assessment would be documented in an engineering safety analysis.

“Our goal is to have a transportation system that is manageable, environmentally sound, and economically viable. We are interested to hear your views as we update our previous decision,” remarked Forest Supervisor Dave Hays.

The forest will host two public meetings to seek preliminary input from the public regarding OHV use on National Forest System roads. Public input will aid in modifying the existing Motorized Vehicle Management which spans three ranger districts and includes five counties. The public is invited to attend one of the scheduled meetings which will be held on May 22, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lassen National Forest Headquarters at 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, Calif., and May 23, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Family Center at 1110 W. East Avenue, Chico, Calif.

Following preliminary public input opportunities, and the completion of the engineering safety analysis, the project will undergo an environmental assessment and a final decision regarding OHV use and viability on the Lassen National Forest. The final decision will be aligned with the current Lassen National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. Once this decision is finalized, the Lassen National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map will be updated reflecting any modifications and additional routes that would be opened for OHV use.

The Lassen National Forest lies at the crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources.

 For more information about the OHV project, contact Charles Gondeiro, Project Manager at 406-370-6929 or cgondeiro@fs.fed.us .

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. ###

Mental CPR 4/26/17

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

In this 8 hour course you will learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing: MHFA Class June 2017

Ø Panic attacks

Ø Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

Ø Non suicidal self-injury

Ø Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)

Ø Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use

Ø Reaction to a traumatic event

LeTina Vanetti Sierra County Public Health Emergency Preparedness CoordinatorOffice 530-993-6737  lvanetti@sierracounty.ca.gov

Community Survey 4/26/17


Some of you did remember to grab a Behavioral Health Community Survey at today’s SCHCC meeting. For those who didn’t see the attached. Please fill them out and return them to me at my office 350 Third Street in Loyalton (behind the Post Office) or Laurie Marsh lmarsh@sierracounty.ca.gov PO Box 265 Loyalton CA 96118 .

Community Survey – Behavioral Health

REMEMBER to include any relevant trainings, ideas, suggestions around what we discussed today i.e.
Trauma Trainings
Critical Incident Debriefing Trainings
Shared facilitators across jurisdictions
Crisis Emergency Response Teams
Mental Health First Aid

LeTina Vanetti Sierra County Public Health
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
P. O. Box 7  Loyalton, CA 96118
Office 530-993-6737  lvanetti@sierracounty.ca.gov

Closures on TNF Roads 4/26/17

Tahoe National Forest Updated Road Closures

NEVADA CITY, Calif. – Today, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano announced changes to existing road closures on the Forest. Bowman Road (Forest Road 18) is now closed from Highway 20 north to Meadow Lake Road. Mosquito Ridge Road (Forest Road 96) is now closed from Interbay Road (Forest Road 96-17) east to the end of Mosquito Ridge Road at Ahart Campground. In addition, Buckeye Road (Forest Road 32-12) is now closed within 100 yards of Greenhorn Creek.

These updated road closures modify the previous Mosquito Ridge Road closure. While the previous closure included the section of Mosquito Ridge Road between Gorman Ranch Road (Placer County Road 3002) and Interbay Road, that closure has been lifted. However, travelers are encouraged to use caution, as there are sections of the road where one-lane traffic is in place to avoid road hazards and the vehicle weight limit is 20,000 pounds.

The new closure of Bowman Road expands the previous closure. This change was necessary after Forest engineers discovered extensive road damage on other sections of Bowman Road.

Snow, ice and debris are inhibiting access to some Tahoe National Forest Roads and additional road damage is still being revealed.

The additional closure of Buckeye Road at Greenhorn Creek is due to erosion of the creek crossing as a result of substantial winter rains.

“Similar to other national forests and counties in California, the Tahoe National Forest has seen extensive damage to roads and other infrastructure from this year’s winter storms,” said Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano. “Unsafe conditions, damaged roads, as well as snow and debris have resulted in the need to close some roads to public use. These closures are for public safety and we hope to have them back open as soon as they are repaired and deemed safe for travel.”

Those with a valid permit from the U.S. Forest Service are authorized to use these roads, as are any Federal, State or local officers or members of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty.

For more Tahoe National Forest information, go to www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe.

ICS 300 Training 4/19/17

Just a reminder of the upcoming ICS 300 training in May. I am following up with this due to Lori having left to work for State OES. Please fax or email me your registration from the attached flyer. For those that have already sent them in, thank you.

ICS300 Flyer 2017

Tina Venable, RN, PHN Director of Nursing Plumas County Public Health Agency
530-283-6346 direct line  530-283-6110 fax

Focus on Shooter Training 4/19/17

Free training opportunity – 2 EMS/BRN CEs




MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017 / 1000 – 1230

Flyers and registration forms are attached. Email or fax completed forms to me at pgarrison@norcalems.org  TRAIN THE TRAINER ACTIVE SHOOTER REGISTRATION FORM


Health Coordinating Mtg 4/19/17

The next quarterly Sierra County Health Coordinating Committee (SCHCC) meeting will be Tuesday April 25th in Downieville at 10am. If possible bring a potluck item to share. The Masonic Hall has a full kitchen.

Our speaker will be the Medical Director of NorCal EMS, Dr. Eric Rudnick. He will be conducting a one hour Tabletop Exercise Ebola Transport Drill as part of the meeting (1-CE available EMS/BRN).

Exercise Objectives will include:

• Review of the regional transportation plan.

• Discussion of the protocol for Treatment, Transportation, Destination Determination, and Notifications for confirmed or suspected EVD patients.

• Discussion of the protocols for waste management.

Everybody is welcome at these meetings. Agenda and January meeting minutes are attached. Let me know if you have any questions.

LeTina Vanetti – Sierra County Public Health -Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Office 530-993-6737  or email: lvanetti@sierracounty.ca.gov

Aircraft Missing in Sierra County 4/19/16

Missing Aircraft Search in Sierra County, CA Shortly after midnight on April 18, 2017 the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the State of California Office of Emergency Services of an overdue aircraft. The aircraft, a Socata TB-20 Trinidad, tail #N28070 departed from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport in Truckee, CA with two persons on board at approximately 4:00 pm on Monday. Family members reported the aircraft overdue that evening when the aircraft did not arrive at its destination of Petaluma Municipal Airport.

The four-seat low wing aircraft has a dark blue colored upper, gold trim, and white lower. Although it is equipped with an emergency locator transmitter, no satellite hits have come in from the beacon. The beacon is also capable of transmitting a localized low-power signal, however no signal has been heard.

The Civil Air Patrol and U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center conducted radar analysis and cellular phone forensics overnight which narrowed the search to an area located near Yuba Pass Road between Webber Lake and Jackson Meadows in Eastern Sierra County. Search response was delayed until daylight Tuesday morning due to inclement weather and the general remoteness of the search area.

The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue team as well as members of the U.S. Forest Service based out of Sierraville, CA deployed members on snowmobiles but were unable to reach the search area due to the condition of the snow pack. The Civil Air Patrol responded with rescue volunteers from Palo Alto and Sacramento. Multiple Civil Air Patrol aircrafts and the California Highway Patrol helicopter H-20 performed aerial searches over the search area when weather permitted and until sundown but were unable to locate the aircraft.

On Wednesday April 19, 2017 at approximately 6:00 a.m. search efforts resumed involving the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue team, multiple Civil Air Patrol aircrafts, California Highway Patrol helicopters H-20 and A-23, and the addition of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Nordic Team. Passengers of the aircraft were reported to be pilot Brenda Richard and her husband Mark Richard.

Home & Garden Show 4/12/17


GRASS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, April 11, 2017 — It wouldn’t be spring without the The Union’s 32nd Annual Spring Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show, April 22nd and 23rd at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley! Talk to the home improvement pros and take advantage of special show pricing, let the kids—and adults—paint a flower pot or build a birdhouse, and so much more! Check out the special Nevada County Bonsai Club exhibit in the Sugar Pine Lodge. Over 175 amazing vendors will be on hand presenting everything from the latest in window coverings, landscaping materials, flooring, decking, and solar panels to home furnishings, art, spas, gutters and cleaning products and services– and so much more!

This event is dog friendly! Bring your behaved dog on a leash, and if you’re one of the first 50 each day, you’ll receive a “doggie wag bag” courtesy of Incredible Pets.

The food this year is some of the best we’ve ever had. Joining us for the first time are Cousin’s Maine Lobster Truck and Kaliko’s Hawaiian Kitchen. Another six options including Vietnamese, Mexican, Barbecue, seafood and good old American food round out the choices.

Enjoy great live music from noon to 3pm on the Pine Tree Stage with “Sons of Boogie” on Saturday and “Razzvio” on Sunday. Hourly demonstrations inside the Northern Mines Building on topics such as The Aromatic Garden with world renowned author Kathi Keville, The Modern Farmhouse Design and Decorating tips with Emmy-award winning Lisa Quinn, and 10 Ways to Get Kids Stoked About Gardening, by Susan Gouveia, founder of The Society of Garden Goddesses.
Other topics include Landscaping Tips and Tricks, Bokashi Composting, Homegrown Tomatoes and Easy DIY Home Improvement tips.

New this year are extra prizes to win and a “Better Gnomes and Gardens” contest. Attendees will want to be sure to visit each building this year, because we have special prizes in each building that you must enter to win in their respective buildings. Enter to win an Electric Fat Tire Bike, retail value $1,700, in the Simply Country booth in the Northern Mines Building. In Ponderosa Hall you can enter to win a 4-pack of Sierra Vintner’s Wine Trail Season Tickets (2 sets available at $320 value per set) as well as a day’s worth of tractor service from Ben’s ZapHaul & Tractor, a $600 value. Enter to win a long list of prizes at The Union booth just inside the Main Street Center building.

While you are enjoying the show, if you come across a special Gnome we have placed around the show grounds, you can win a $50 gift card from A to Z Supply in Grass Valley if you snap a photo of the Gnome and upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag “#unionhomeshow.” There will be a drawing from all eligible entries.

Show hours are 10 to 5 on Saturday, April 22nd and 10 to 4 on Sunday, April 23rd. For more information visit www.theunion.com/homeshow.

PSCF Sweetheart Scholarship 4/12/17

The PSCF Foundation is proud to announce the 2017 edition of the Sweetheart of the Mountains Scholarship Competition. Three more young ladies have stepped forward to join the many Plumas and Sierra County girls who have competed for the title since the mid-1940’s. This competition is open to young women, aged 16 to 20 who are residents of Plumas or Sierra Counties. The competition is an opportunity for contestants to enhance and showcase their own abilities and poise at a stage performance on Thursday, June 15 at the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds. It is a scholarship competition based on positive attributes that reflect well on where we live.
Candidates compete in three areas; Talent, Poise and Fundraising. Each will perform their talent during the evening, as well as display their poise by how they carry themselves and answer a random question on stage. Fundraising is already underway. Proceeds benefit the PSCF Foundation, a non-profit that exists to promote and improve the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds. 50% of money raised goes to the Foundation, while the other 50% is for each contestant’s future education. The girl named 2017 Sweetheart of the Mountains receives a $1000 scholarship from the Foundation, and the Runner-Up receives $500. A panel of judges gives scores during the performance in talent and poise. Points for fundraising are based on the placement of how much each girl raises. Fundraising represents the smallest percentage of the total score used to crown a winner.
Funds raised by this competition, and other efforts by the Foundation, have paid for hand dryers throughout the fairgrounds, entry fee scholarships, outdoor movies, improvements to the floriculture program and much more.
The contestants are required to represent the Fair during the competition, while the winner and runner-up appear in parades and other community events during their reign. Each contestant also is required to make a presentation before the performance to a civic organization in their community.
Once again, three wonderful, bright young ladies are competing;

From Sierra Valley, Madeline Williams attends Loyalton High School and lives with her family in Chilcoot. She is a member of the Loyalton FFA and plans on pursuing a career as an Agricultural Science Teacher. As a pianist, she has competed in Rotary Music Competitions, is a student athlete and is a cheerleader. She participates in numerous community projects, from playing piano at the Long Term Care Facility, to donating blood. Madeline enjoys public speaking, politics, science and working with animals. She likes the Plumas Sierra County Fair because it brings multiple communities together as if they were one, for fun times and good memories.

The contestant from Quincy is Claire Coelho. She is a senior at Quincy High School and will be attending Chico State in the fall. She plans on obtaining a degree in Agricultural Science. Clair is active in 4H and has attended many leadership camps and conferences. She was the 2016 Quincy High School Homecoming Queen. Her community service has been varied and busy; volunteering for food drives and community suppers, as well as volunteering for Safe Trick-or-treat. She enjoys hunting, hiking, horseback riding and camping. The traditions of the Fair are very special to her.

Hanna Wearin is a student at Portola Jr. Sr. High School. She plans on beginning her college education at FRC and then transferring to a four year college. She has discovered she has an entrepreneurial spirit and plans to own her own business one day. Hanna has completed a Rotary Leadership Program and has been on the honor roll through her entire school career. As a freshman, she was awarded an All Tourney Cheerleading Award. She enjoys cooking, crocheting and horseback riding, along with volunteering as an assistant softball coach, helping at the Little League concession stand and working at the PSREC annual picnic. She has great memories of her grandma taking her to the Fair when she was younger.

These beautiful girls will be out in the community over the next few months raising money and spreading the news about the 2017 Plumas Sierra County Fair and its theme; “Art to Ag”. The Sweetheart of the Mountains Competition is held in conjunction with the annual Rhythm and Grace Dance Studio showcase. The performance will be held in Serpilio Hall at the Fairgrounds and will start at 6pm. For tickets, contact Wendy Yates at Rhythm and Grace Dance Studio, 258-6792.

Coach Bob Shaffer 4/5/17

Former Truckee football coach Bob Shaffer killed in head-on crash

from Sierra Sun

Former Truckee football coach Bob Shaffer, seen here during the 2012 state title game, was inducted into the NIAA Hall of Fame in March 2014.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Shaffer’s family with medical as well as funeral costs. To learn more or to donate, visit gofundme.com/coachshaffer.

A Bob Shaffer Memorial Fund has also been established at Bank of the West, and donations can be made in-person there.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Bob Shaffer, the legendary head coach of the Truckee High School football team from 1995 to 2013, died Saturday night in a head-on vehicle crash outside of Sierraville, officials confirmed Sunday.

According to a news release from the California Highway Patrol’s Quincy division, Shaffer, 64, of Loyalton, was driving a 2006 Toyota Corolla northbound on Highway 89 at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Sierra County, south of Cold Creek Campground.

Meanwhile, David Slaughter, 54, of Sacramento, was driving a 1989 Ford F250 southbound when he “allowed his vehicle to cross into the northbound lane, into the path of the Shaffer vehicle,” according to CHP.

“Due to the resulting head-on collision, Mr. Shaffer suffered fatal injuries,” officers said in the Sunday morning news release.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to CHP, Shaffer’s wife, Lisa, 61, and son Patrick, 22, were also in the Toyota and suffered “minor to moderate injuries.”

Mrs. Shaffer was transported by ground ambulance to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, and Patrick was transported by private vehicle to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.

Slaughter reportedly suffered moderate injuries and was transported via life-flight helicopter to Renown.

According to the CHP report, Slaughter has been arrested, but further details were not immediately available.

“At this point, everything is still under investigation,” according to a statement from CHP-Truckee Public Information Officer Pete Mann Sunday morning. “Quincy CHP will release more information as it becomes available.”

In 18 years as head coach of Truckee football, Shaffer led the Wolverines to a 170-32 record, en route to nine state championships and 14 league titles. His teams never missed the playoffs and qualified for 12 state final games.

Shaffer — who retired prior to the 2013 season and was inducted into the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2014 — led Truckee to four straight state championships and 41 consecutive victories from 2009 to 2012.

His win total of 170 ranks third all time in NIAA history.

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