Rachel is All-Star Player 3/22/17


The 22nd Annual Phil Bryant Northern Section All Star Basketball games will be played on Sunday March 26, 2017 at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, CA. The girls game is at 4:00 p.m. and the boys game is at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free. There will be a lunch catered by Italian Cottage at noon, which is $15 at the door, or $10 prepaid.

Loyalton High Senior and Dominican University of CA commit Rachel Peterman has been selected to play in this years All-Star game. She will be playing on the South team and will be coached by Bob Paddock, Durham High School. Rachel ended her 4 year varsity career at LHS with 1800 career points. She currently is the all time leading scorer for the Lady Grizzlies.

The high school All-Star games were created by Phil Bryant, a former Westwood High School Coach. His goal was to invite the best senior girls and boys in the entire Northern
section together for a great ending memory to their high school basketball careers. The games feature nominated senior standouts playing in a showcase event with players split up in a North vs South format. Thirteen deserving nominees are selected for each of the four teams (South Boys, South Girls, North Boys, North Girls) out of 73 teams in the Northern Section.

Derek Clark Speaks 3/15/17

Derek is an inspiring speaker, author and has recently become a viral video sensation for his “Rapping Dad” videos which have had over 150 million views. He’s also been featured on CNN Headline News, The Steve Harvey TV Show and many other TV shows around the world. Here on APRIL 7, 2017 TIME: 12:30 PM—3:00 PM WHERE: LOYALTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 111 BECKWITH STREET Loyalton, CA 96118 I Will Never Give Up Derek Clark “The Rapping Dad” APRIL 7TH FLIER Community Workshop Presentation

He is the author of seven books including “Disable the Label”, “Never Limit Your Life” and the “I Will Never Give Up” book series. Find out more about Derek Clark at http://www.IWillNeverGiveUp.com

Loyalton VFD Fire Log 1/11/17

Loyalton Fire Department Incident Log: Sun. 01 January thru Sat. 07 January, 2017

Date Time Area Nature Details
Tue 03 Jan 7:00A City of Loyalton Medical Person fell unable to get up, assist ambulance
Thu 05 Jan 1:40P County West of Loyalton Medical Person low oxygen intake, assist ambulance
Thu 05 Jan 3:30P City of Loyalton Medical Possible cardiac event, assist ambulance
Thu 05 Jan 7:30P City of Loyalton Fire Power transformer on fire

Loyalton VFD Fire Calls 12/28/16

Loyalton Fire Department Incident Log: Sun. 18 Dec thru Sat. 24 Dec 2016 

Date Time Area Nature Details
Sun. 18 Dec. 12:50P City of Loyalton Medical Unresponsive person, assist ambulance
Sun. 18 Dec. 4:45P Community of Sierra Brooks Medical Person w/laceration of arm, assist ambulance
Mon. 19 Dec. 4:15P County, West of Loyalton Medical Party w/respiratory distress, assist ambulance
Mon. 19 Dec. 6:00P City of Loyalton Training Live fire double car fire incident at night with ice

LVFD double car fire training last Monday Dec. 19th where Chief Shawn Heywood conducted a live fire two car incident at night and in freezing conditions. It was excellent and attended by nearly the entire department.

Loyalton VFD Incident Log 12/21/16

Loyalton Fire Department Incident Log: Sun. 12/11 thru Sat. 12/17/2016 

Date Time Area Nature Details
Sun. 11 Dec. 8:15A Community of Sierra Brooks Medical Chest pain & short of breath, assist ambulance
Mon. 12 Dec. 9:30A County, West of Loyalton Medical Party w/o feeling in legs, assist ambulance
Mon. 12 Dec. 2:49P County, West of Loyalton Medical Party w/swollen face & hands, assist ambulance
Mon. 12 Dec. 6:30P City of Loyalton, Station #1 Training Auto collision response, parking & scene control
Tue. 13 Dec. 9:30P City of Loyalton Medical Unresponsive party at home, assist ambulance
Fri. 16 Dec. Noon Butte Fire Academy, Chico, CA Dept. Event Attend graduation of Firefighter Martin Rowson
Sat. 17 Dec. 5:22A City of Loyalton Medical Party with chest pain at home, assist ambulance

Firefighter Martin Rowson 12/21/16

12/21/16 Firefighter Rowson, in the center, with Assistant Fire Chief Robert DeMartini and Fire Lieutenant Colby Russell on his left and Firefighter Kieth Jordan and Division Fire Chief John Evans on his right side.

The Loyalton Fire Department is very proud to announce the graduation of Martin Rowson from the Butte Fire Academy in Chico, CA, last Friday December 16th at noon. Attached is a photograph of Firefighter Rowson, in the center, with Assistant Fire Chief Robert DeMartini and Fire Lieutenant Colby Russell on his left and Firefighter Kieth Jordan and Division Fire Chief John Evans on his right side. Martin’s family also was in attendance with his father Tom, mother Kathy, brother Michael and sister Jackie. Public service runs in the Rowson family who live locally. Tom retired as a police sergeant after serving 30 years with the City of Inglewood Police Department, brother Michael has served in the United States Air Force for the past 3 years and is currently stationed at Beale Air Force Base where his assignment is in the security forces. Sister Jackie also has been a Loyalton firefighter and still lives locally with her husband and young child.

The Butte Fire Academy is an intense 20 week long academy with a statewide certification by the California State Fire Marshall. Martin received his firefighter one and his emergency medical technician certifications. The academy class began with 52 fire cadets and graduated only 37 due to attrition.

Martin was the youngest fire cadet, beginning the academy at the age of 17 years, an exception to be granted entry with he being younger than 18 years. He gave the invocation prayer at the beginning of the ceremony.

Martin began his firefighter community service as a volunteer fire cadet with the City of Loyalton when he was just 14 years-old. He graduated from Loyalton High School last June 2016 and then entered the fire academy two months later. Martin is now a Firefighter One volunteer with Loyalton Fire with his specialty being in pre-hospital emergency medical care, although he says he really enjoys putting out fires too.

Martin will remain on the Loyalton Fire Department as a volunteer when he is home mainly on weekends and school breaks from his continuing education. His plans are now to attend the Butte Community College where he will spend the next year completing his pre-requisette education courses prior to completing the Butte Paramedic Program, which is approximately one year in length. Martin is well known locally and has been ever faithful in responding to local emergencies for years. He is easily recognizable by his deep red hair and big and bright quick smile. We are very lucky to have him on our department and we are proud to see him doing so well at a young age, well on his way to a life of public service.

Loyalton VFD Call Log 12/14/16

Log of Service Calls-Period: Sun. 11/27/16 through Sat. 12/10/16 (8 Total)

Date Time Area Nature Details
Sun. 27 Nov. AM County, West of Loyalton Medical Party feeling weak, assist to ambulance
Mon. 28 Nov. PM City of Loyalton Fire Dumpster fire started by wood stove ashes
Tue. 29 Nov. AM Community of Sierra Brooks Public Assist Assist for party who fell at home
Thu. 01 Dec. AM County, West of Loyalton Public Assist Assist for party who fell at home
Fri. 02 Dec. PM Community of Sierra Brooks Medical Injured party at home, assist to ambulance
Sat. 03 Dec. PM County, West of Loyalton Medical Possible broken bone, assist to ambulance
Sat. 03 Dec. PM City of Loyalton Public Event Lighting of City Christmas Tree & Engine Rides
Thu. 08 Dec. PM Community of Sierra Brooks Medical Reported medical event, cancelled en route

Loyalton Declared Defaulted 11/16/16

Courtesy of Sacramento Bee


CalPERS on Wednesday declared that the Sierra County town of Loyalton has defaulted on its debt to the giant pension fund, a move that means retiree pension benefits could get scaled back.

The CalPERS board said Loyalton has failed to make the nearly $1.7 million “termination liability” it owes to the pension fund – the result of a City Council decision in March 2013 to pull out of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

The default means the CalPERS board can move to reduce retirees’ benefits in Loyalton by about 60 percent, according to a statement from the pension fund. That would mark the first time in state history that retirees’ benefits have been slashed because of a municipality’s inability to pay its CalPERS debt.

Although it has only a handful of retirees from city government, Loyalton’s problems are being closely watched in the pension industry. It is one of three government agencies that have lagged in their payments to CalPERS, along with the California Fair Financing Authority and the Niland Sanitary District in Imperial County.

“This is a decision we take very seriously and one we very much regret had to be made,” said CalPERS board president Rob Feckner in a prepared statement. “As a board, we have a fiduciary responsibility to keep the CalPERS fund on secure footing, and as part of this duty we must ensure that employers adhere to the contracts they agreed to. When they don’t, the law requires us to act.

“The people who suffer for this are Loyalton’s public servants who had every right to expect that the city would pay its bill and fulfill the benefit promises it made to them,” Feckner added.

The CalPERS debt amounts to about $2,100 for each of Loyalton’s 750 residents. City officials have said Loyalton doesn’t have enough money to pay the debt.

“Hell no, no way,” can the town afford the debt, Mayor Mark Marin said shortly after the CalPERS announcement.

“The CalPERS recipients are getting screwed and are talking to lawyers about it,” the mayor added. “They’re all friends of mine…They’re not going to go for this.”

CalPERS said it first billed the town for the termination liability in June 2014, a year after the council’s vote. The pension fund said it had “multiple discussions” with Loyalton officials about the debt, and sent a “final collections letter” last December. When no payment was made, CalPERS said it followed up with a “final demand letter” in August, giving Loyalton 30 days to pay up.

The other two agencies that owe CalPERS money are “working out solutions,” the pension fund said. CalPERS said the California Fair Financing Authority recently made a significant payment on its debt and is on schedule to be current by next June. The Niland district is working with CalPERS to figure out its termination liability.

A couple of municipal bankruptcies, in Stockton and San Bernardino, raised the possibility of a major city defaulting on its CalPERS obligations. San Bernardino skipped its CalPERS payments for several months. But both cities ended up resolving their CalPERS debts.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/site-services/newsletters/state-worker/article105264891.html

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