DIG says Thanks! 7/10/13

Thank you for supporting the Fireless Fireworks!

The Downieville Improvement Group (aka “DIG”) thanks each and every one of you who contributed money toward our famous “Downieville Fireless Fireworks!  You have made this tradition a big success (and a big “bang”).  Let’s do it again next year.

(and thank you Dan & Ingrid for starting this great tradition)

Tim Beals is 40 (Yrs on the Job) 7/3/13

7/3/13

Chair of the Sierra County Board of Supervisors Scott Schlefstein welcomed well wishers to the celebration barbque  for Tim Beal's 40th year as a Sierra County employee.

Chair of the Sierra County Board of Supervisors Scott Schlefstein welcomed well wishers to the celebration barbque for Tim Beal’s 40th year as a Sierra County employee.

Supervisor Scott Schlefstein welcomed the crowd and introduced others who had gathered to honor Tim Beals, Director of Public Works, Planning and Roads for his 40 years of dedication and commitment to the County of Sierra.

Sierra County Supervisor for District 1 gave an entertaining account of Tim Beal's years of employment.

Sierra County Supervisor for District 1 Lee Adams gave an entertaining account of Tim Beal’s years of employment.

Supervisor Adams began his speech saying, “The year was 1973.  Tim was hired, Nixon was President and signed the Endangered Species Act, I was a junior in high school, and County Clerk Heather Foster was three years old.”

He continued acknowledging that Sierra County turned 162 years and that means Tim has been employed with the county for 25% of that history. Pointing out that any major project in the past 40 years has Tim’s fingerprints on it,  he added, “as we look around at the scenery surrounding you, thank Tim for keeping Sierra County the way it is.”

Supervisor Adams then read the County Resolution but stopped in the middle to ponder the fact that July 5th, Tim’s first day at work was the same date, July 5th when Juanita was hanged by a lynch mob in Downieville.

Supervisor Peter Heubner presents Tim with a Commendation from U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein

Supervisor Peter Huebner presents Tim with a Commendation from U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein

Retired County Supervisor Dave Goicoechea presents a Commendation from Assembly Representative Brian Dahle

Retired County Supervisor Dave Goicoechea presents a Commendation from Assembly Representative Brian Dahle

Planning Commissioner Anne Eldred presented Tim with a framed "last remaining bumper sticker" which read. "Don't let Disney slip Sierra County a Mickey" a reminder of the failed attempt to foist Disney World on eastern Sierra County land.

Planning Commissioner Anne Eldred presented Tim with a framed “last remaining bumper sticker” which read. “Don’t let Disney slip Sierra County a Mickey” a reminder of the failed attempt to foist Disney World on eastern Sierra County land.

Chair Schlefstein also read a letter of  Commendation from Jim Branham of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and Tim Holabird presented a Commendation from Congressman Doug LaMalfa.

Director Tim Beals fights back tears as he thanks everyone and mentions this is not a retirement party.

Director Tim Beals fights back tears as he thanks everyone and mentions this is not a retirement party.

Auditor/Treasurer/Tax Collector/Risk Manager/Personnel/Scrooge Van Maddox appears to be praying the speeches will be over soon, the food will be served and he can get back to saving money as soon as possible.

Auditor/Treasurer/Tax Collector/Risk Manager/Personnel/Scrooge Director Van Maddox appears to be praying the speeches will be over soon, the food will be served and he can get back to saving money as soon as possible.

Peter Heubner, Tim Beals and Scott Schlefstein

Three Amigos Peter Huebner, Tim Beals and Scott Schlefstein

Son of Tim, Mike (Mikey) Beals with Lee Adams just prior to Adams dumping a bottle of water on the Press.

Son of Tim, Mike (Mikey) Beals, now a Fish & Wildlife honcho with Lee Adams just prior to Adams dumping a bottle of water on the Press.

Jeff Carmichael and County Supervisor Paul Roen are the Chefs for the event

Jeff Carmichael and County Supervisor Paul Roen are the Chefs for the event.

Sheriff John "Honda" Evans finally appeared publicly after his motorcycle accident. John denied rumors his next sport was skydiving.

Sheriff John “Honda” Evans finally appeared publicly after his motorcycle accident. John denied rumors his next sport will be skydiving.

Family, friends and co-workers honor Tim Beal's for his 40 years of service to the citizens of Sierra County

Family, friends and co-workers honor Tim Beal’s for his 40 years of service to the citizens of Sierra County

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Alleghany Trek 7/3/13

7/3/13

photoThe Alleghany to Downieville Trek-a-Thon was an enormous success. Eleven walkers and just as many awesome support volunteers. Meeting at the park in the morning on one of the hottest days this year the group set out on the steep Hell’s 1/2 Acre where they encountered a bear.

As the Hikers took on the hot paved Henness Pass Road they were greeted with a mobile cool misting shower and iced, cold watermelon. The ridge over Galloway was a nice stroll that got extremely hot as the descent began. After a group picture overlooking the mountains, they headed down into the trees and dined on a salami and cheese lunch with homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Continuing down into Downieville the hikers could hear the noon whistle and bgan to identify buildings. A toast and group picture was held at the Gallows and then everyone was treated to ice cream cones from Smoothieville.

photoBy the end of the walk over $800 had been raised for the Alleghany Town Park, this is before all the pledges have been collected. They hope to reach the $1,000 mark. Donations can be sent to Alleghany County Water District, P.O. Box 860, Alleghany, CA 95910

 

 

Indian Valley Outpost News 7/2/13

7/2/13

Indian Valley–Ken Kinneer is no stranger to the Indian Valley Outpost, or hard work. In 1987, when Ken was only 9 years old, his family purchased the Outpost and Ken’s mother, Sheri Blackwell, put him to work. He started out washing dishes and prepping food. Soon Ken realized his heart was into cooking.

Indian Valley Outpost

Indian Valley Outpost

Ken graduated from Downieville High School in 1995 and decided to discover the world. He spent one year at Greystone Academy in Napa, where he further developed his culinary skills. While in school he was employed as a butcher at Raley’s. Next he traveled the Bering Sea on a fish processing ship. Processing fish wasn’t enough; he cooked for the crew, often working 16 hours a day.

His next move was to Tahoe where he worked as a cook for Heavenly Valley and two  other restaurants.

In 2001, Ken returned home to a job at the Outpost, in addition to a construction job sieF0AEA323E6F7CA10Fand a part time position at Friar Tucks Restaurant in Grass Valley.

In 2004 he married Melissa Floyd and in 2008 they added their son Logan to the family. Both Ken and Melissa worked at the Outpost at this time, and are thrilled that they get to bring Logan up in a familiar environment.

The grand re-opening of the Indian Valley Outpost was held this year, on Memorial Day. Ken and Melissa have hired new staff, including culinary chef Ken Koster and Marie Ellsworth, has returned to her usual summer job at the Outpost.sieB212F0B1AE73319DF

“We provide good service, great food, always fresh at affordable prices, in a fun, family atmosphere,”  said Ken,  he continued, “We really appreciate local support and couldn’t survive without it. We love re-acquainting with old friends and making new ones.” Ken was very clear that, “I couldn’t do this without the help and support  of my lovely wife, Melissa.”

The Indian Valley Outpost, located in 12 miles south of Downieville on Highway 49, is open Friday through Sunday from 8-8, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The store is open daily. If everything goes as planned, the Kinneers hope to open for breakfast and lunch on Monday’s. They will be open for 4th of July.

Ken is excited to share his special menus with you, your family and friends. On Friday nights, you can get real, fresh, homemade pizza. Other specials will include seafood, fresh shellfish, tempura baskets of prawns and mushrooms, Wellingtons, sole amandine, just to name a few. Of course the regular menu offers tasty comfort food.

The phone number to the Outpost is 530-289-3037. Make sure you call Saturday for menu and reservations, as they have been selling out!

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