Tour de Manure 2017 6/28/17

Sierra Valley Metric Century

Birds flutter in wetlands, hawks circle overhead, hot springs spew steam above century-old ranches along California’s quirkiest ride through the headwaters of the Feather River. 60, 42 & 30 mile routes. Ranch-style BBQ at the finish!

Tour de Manure 2017Photos by Laura Read

Calpine Yoga 6/21/17

All Residents: Yoga Class Opportunity Coming to Calpine !!
Yoga Alliance from the Avahana School of Yoga is coming to Calpine. Sarah is requesting information for residents interested in attending this class.

Description: Encouragement of a deeper mind-body connection through sustained postures with attention to basic alignment, mediation, breath work and yogic philosophy. Classes will be designed around building to peak poses, specific body part therapeutics, gentle flow and mediation with the goal to stretch and strengthen the mind-body connection. Variations will be given to encourage students to practice at their own level.
Investment: $10/class

If you are interested in taking this class there are 2 options she is considering. Depending on the most interest is the class she will set up.
First option is Wed Evenings from 6-7:30pm.
Second option is Thurs Morning from 9 – 10:30 am.

Class will be held in the Calpine Community Building Gym.

Please email Sarah Johnstone @ and let her know what class best fits you and again depending on demand is the class that she will give.

Amazing & Thanks 6/21/17

Thank you to the Calpine​ & Sierra Valley​ Community for supporting the Calpine Volunteer Fire Department ​at​ our BBQ Fundraiser on June 20th at the Sierra Valley Lodge. It was an amazing and successful event! We appreciated seeing so many people donate their time, ​hard work and energy towards the fire department while at the same time coming together as a community.
Angela Haick, Fire Chief

Continued Support Thanks 6/14/17

Thank You!
The all volunteer members of the Loyalton Fire Department, and the City of Loyalton, would like to express our sincere gratitude to our local citizens for all of your continued support. We thank you for your participation at, and for the donations made, during two recent local events. Our annual department Spaghetti Feed Dinner last month at the Sierra Brooks Lodge and at our Free Blood Pressure & Engine/Equipment Display Booth at the “Recycled Relics Car Show and Shine” last Saturday downtown. It is our genuine pleasure to serve you; your support is greatly appreciated.

Money and Energy-Saving 6/14/17

Energy Working Group Promotes Money and Energy-Saving Strategies

Sierra County, CA. – Are leaky windows making your house wet, moldy, or drafty? Are high energy costs depleting your vacation funds? Or perhaps you experienced a multitude of power outages during the month of “Janu-buried” and have simply lost all faith in the grid?
Whatever your case may be, the Sierra County Energy Working Group (the Working Group), convened by Sierra Business Council (SBC) and composed of engaged community members, local government staff, and local business representatives, is working on solutions to help average folks use energy more effectively and save money while doing so. Whether it’s vetting solutions for renewable energy in canyon spaces or open places, replacing streetlights with *functioning* and highly cost-effective LED lights, or simply getting the word out about all the home energy programs available to residents and non-residents alike, the Working Group has got you covered.
The Working Group meets every other month to vet solutions that will improve the lives of people who work, live and play in Sierra County through on the ground volunteer work and outreach. The group was formed as part of SBC’s commitment to helping the County implement its recently adopted Energy Action Plan which has the potential to save the County and its residents money and energy—while also promoting energy independence and reliability through local renewable energy. If you’d like to get involved, email Nikki Caravelli from Sierra Business Council at
One of the Working Group’s current projects is broadcasting local energy programs that are now publicly available on the Sierra County website. All of the programs available to Sierra County residents and non-residents were compiled by SBC in order to connect people with the many savings and assistance opportunities available. Available programs include job training resources, home weatherization, low income assistance, solar financing, and many more.
Most of these programs are underutilized and few people are receiving the energy and cost savings offered. “I’d really like to help get the word out about our programs. Not enough people are taking advantage of these opportunities in our service area,” says Corby Erwin, a Working Group member and Member Services Director at PSREC.
The Sierra County Energy Working Group encourages all to check out these resources to see if they are a good fit for you, your home, your business, or any other entity. They also offer the following “Top 10 Quick and Easy Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency” to get you started on the journey towards better, more affordable energy. Tips on day-to-day energy savings and all of the compiled local resources are now available on the front page of the Sierra County website, or at the following shortcut link: Go on, find out how much you can save on your energy bill today!

Sierra Business Council (SBC) fosters thriving communities in the Sierra Nevada via on-the-ground local projects that promote, develop, and amplify the region’s social, natural and economic capital. More information on SBC’s impact can be found at

Nominate Your Fav 6/14/17

Summer travel is upon us, which means planning your next trip to (or through) the Sierra Nevada! Sierra Nevada Geotourism is here to help you out via our MapGuide and Trip Planning features – check them out at

Did you know that you can also help your favorite Sierra business attract visitors to the region via the Geotourism website? Our historic towns, small businesses, and off-the-beaten-path destinations can use the occasional hand in making sure tourism revenue makes it to them, and there’s an easy way for you to help them out!

Sierra businesses and destinations that invoke the character of the region can and should be featured on the Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide. We have nearly 2,000 destinations nominated by local residents and fans of the region, but we know there are so many more amazing places, events, and businesses waiting to be nominated.

You can help drive business to your favorite local spot, or even your own business, simply by making a nomination. Nominations are vetted for local character and only take about 20 minutes to complete.

Click here to nominate your favorite Sierra business today!

Loyalton High School 2017 Grads 6/7/17

Congratulations to these wonderful Loyalton High School Graduates, enjoy your future, be kind to others, look for the helpers and believe in your fellow humanity. When in doubt listen to Mr. Rogers.

Loyalton 2017 Scholarships 6/7/17


The Class of 2017 were awarded $291,379 in scholarships Friday, June 2 at the Senior Banquet, held at the Catholic Church social hall. Loyalton High School is so very grateful to everyone who has supported our students over the years and far into their very bright futures!

The scholarships from local and regional organizations totaled $37,699, and were as follows:

• Kenneth Alexander Memorial Scholarship, $500, Rachel Peterman
• John C. Bechen III Memorial Scholarships, $3,000 each, Rachel Peterman & Tristan Studer
• Booster Club Scholarships, $700, Bailie Coonrod; $600, Sequoia Church Bergstrom; $200, Rachel Peterman
• California High School Rodeo Association D3, $500, Quentin Anseth
• Calpine Elks Vocational/Larry Holt Memorial Scholarship, $500, Hannah McGuire
• Calpine Improvement Association, $2,000, Tristan Studer
• Clayton Floyed Neer 4-H Memorial, $200 each, Bailie Coonrod and Sage Sayers
• Dick Hempstand Scholarship, $250, Quentin Anseth
• Dick Wiggins Memorial Scholarship (Loyalton Rotary), $1,000 Tristan Studer
• E Clampus Vitus/James J. Sinnott-Norm Nielsen Scholarship, $1,849, Rachel Peterman
• Graeagle Lions Club Scholarship, $500, Kylie McGee
• Great Basin Federal Credit Union, $1,000, Sequoia Church Bergstrom
• Liberty Utilities Scholarship, $500, Sequoia Church Bergstrom
• Loyalton Sports Club, $800 each, Sequoia Church Bergstrom, Bailie Coonrod, Grace Meschery-McCormack, Kylie McGee, Rachel Peterman
• Joan Morgan Memorial Scholarship, $500, Kylie McGee
• Plumas Association of Realtors, $500, Bailie Coonrod
• Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen, $1,000 each, Quentin Anseth and Bailie Coonrod
• Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications, $1,000, Bailie Coonrod
• Rotary Club of Loyalton: $500, Sequoia Church Bergstrom, $500, Grace Meschery-McCormack, $1000, Sage Sayers
• William Rouse Memorial, $1000 each, Grace Meschery-McCormack and Kylie McGee
• Joe Runge Memorial Scholarship, $100, Kylie McGee, Grace Meschery-McCormack, Rachel Peterman
• Sierra County Employees Association, $250, Sequoia Church Bergstrom
• Sierra-Plumas Teachers Association, $500, Grace Meschery-McCormack and Rachel Peterman
• Sierra Valley 4-H Club, $500, Bailie Coonrod
• Sierra Valley Gun Club, $500, Louise Lysen
• Treasure Mountain 4-H, $400, Sequoia Bergstrom, $200, Bailie Coonrod, $250, Louise Lysen
• Emily Wilbanks Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, Rachel Peterman
• Jim York Memorial, $500, Quentin Anseth

Scholarships on the state level were also awarded:
• California-Hawaii Elks District, $800, Rachel Peterman
• The Rustic Livestock and Range Management Scholarship, $2,500 renewable, Quentin Anseth

Scholarships on the college-level were also awarded:
• College of Southern Idaho, Rodeo Scholarship, $34,080 over four years to Quentin Anseth.
• Cornish School of the Arts. Seattle, WA $44,000 over four years to Nicholas Mann
• Dominican University of California. San Rafael, CA. Trustee Scholarship, $96,000 over four years & Athletic Scholarhip, $80,000 over four years to Rachel Peterman.

The seniors have announced their post-graduation plans: Quentin Anseth, College of Southern Idaho; Edgar Baeza, Grand Canyon University; Sequoia Church Bergstrom, Humbolt State; Bailie Coonrod, University of Nevada, Reno; Erika Edwards, Butte College; Nathan Hughes, United States Army; Louise Lyson, University of Montana Western; Nicholas Mann, Cornish College of the Arts; Valeria Martinez, Ventura Community College; Kylie McGee, Butte College; Hannah McGuire, CSU Channel Islands; Grace Meschery-McCormack, Rotary Youth Exchange to France and Occidental College (2018); James Morrison, Butte College; Matthew Nolasco, Enter Workforce & Butte College; Rachel Peterman, Domincan University of California, Olivia Quinn, CSU Chico; Cristian Rivas, American River College; Ashley Ryan, Dallas, Dallas to study photography/graphic design; Sage Sayers, CSU Chico; Tristan Studer, CA Polytechnic State, San Luis Obispo; Gavin Whitley, Enter Workforce & Feather River College; Nicholas Wolf, University of North Dakota.

Beautiful Sierra Valley 5/24/17

Spring has sprung in the beautiful Sierra Valley. The camas lillies are coming alive with a sea of purple, and the lilacs are blooming. Which might inspire you to plant some veggies or flowers of your own in the coming weeks. Don’t miss the Sierraville Fire Department’s annual Memorial Day weekend plant sale held in honor of Mazie Carnell. Mark your calendar and plan to come on down. Details are below.

BLM Bus Shuttles 5/24/17

Bus Shuttles Offered for Bizz Johnson National Recreational Trail

SUSANVILLE, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) encourages the public to take advantage of the Lassen Rural Bus service for the Bizz Johnson National Recreational Trail. The service offers bike shuttles for large groups, which helps eliminate the need to arrange vehicle shuttles.

Trail users can take advantage of the West County Commuter Route operated by Lassen Rural Bus from Mondays through Saturdays. Bike rack-equipped buses leave from stops in Susanville and can drop cyclists, hikers and runners off at Devil’s Corral, Fredonyer Summit and Westwood. Return biking or hiking trips to Susanville are about 7, 18 and 30 miles on the Bizz Johnson Trail.

On Saturdays only, the bus also picks up passengers at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road, and makes stops at the same Bizz Johnson Trail access points. Riders should arrive early to allow time for bike loading on a shuttle trailer. Monday through Friday, the bus picks up riders at the Main Street and Gay Street intersection and on Riverside Drive near Walmart, both in Susanville. A small bus fare is charged and exact change is requested.

Groups of more than six can arrange special bike shuttle service for mountain bike outings from June through October. Riders can use Lassen Rural Bus and the BLM will provide a trailer to shuttle bicycles. Groups must reserve the bike shuttle by telephoning the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, (530) 257-0456.

Bus service also provides a great option for one-way trips on the new South Side Trail, a seven-mile single track trail that offers great hiking and running opportunities and a more challenging mountain bike route adjacent to the gentle Bizz Johnson Trail, between the Hobo Camp and Devil’s Corral trailheads.

Fare and schedule information can be found on the Lassen Rural Bus’s website at, or by calling (530) 252-7433. For information on the trail or reservations, contact the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office at: (530) 257-0456.

BLM Northern California District 6640 Lockheed Drive Redding, CA 96002

BLM Trail Volunteers 5/24/17

Volunteers Needed for Trail Improvement Project

SUSANVILLE, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking volunteers to repair winter trail damage and build a new trail, in a National Trails Day project, Saturday, June 3, at the new Bald Mountain trail network east of Susanville.

Volunteers will clear rocks from trails and repair gullies caused by winter storm runoff. They will also improve surfaces and drainage on existing trails, and work on a new trail overlooking the Honey Lake Valley. Work will require hiking, digging and moving rocks.

Anyone interested should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the fire station near the junction of Lassen County Road A-3 and Sunnyside Road near Standish. Volunteers should dress for working in the field, with long-sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy footwear, sunscreen and gloves. They should bring lunch and plenty of water. The BLM will provide tools.

The project concludes at 4:30 p.m., but the BLM welcomes volunteers who can spend only part of the day. Those who arrive late can follow signs to the trailhead and hike to meet the work parties.

Horseback riders, hikers, trail runners and mountain bike riders use single-track routes in the Bald Mountain Trail network. Trail building began last year, with three volunteer workdays and work by Antelope
Conservation Camp crews.

“This year we are counting on volunteers to help us build two new trail loops to the summit of Bald Mountain,” said Stan Bales, an outdoor recreation planner with the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office. “These loops will provide trail users with dramatic 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside.”

For more information, telephone Bales at (530) 252-5311.