Mountain Messenger (HELP) 1/3/18

The good news is we made it to 2018 and the Mountain Messenger still reigns in western Sierra County.  Scott Schlefstein is this year’s Chair of the Sierra County Board of Supervisors and all is good in the world of Don Russell… except for the two issues that keep him awake at night, the County General Plan and then of course marijuana and why it isn’t for sale in Sierra County. Well, thanks to the wisdom of the Board of Supervisors the voters get to decide this in June, well at least we get to vote on the total ban of commercial sales of cannabis in the Ordinance the Supes are proposing… but read about it tomorrow in the Mess… Don’s take is usually very interesting on most topics, but he may not understand what a General Plan is really about and there is never a moment when it is “finished” it’s a living document that changes over time. But I digress, the holidays are over it is the slooowww time of the year, we need some snow for snowmobilers to come visit… the best way to ensure the Messenger is alive and well all year is to order your subscription now, and if you don’t really have a reason for an ad to place, just put one in for fun…. BUT remember the Mountain Messenger is the only newspaper in all of western Sierra County, it is the only place we get to read ads and specials and coupons, nobody delivers newspapers up here except the Mess… help us know what to buy…please…

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

 

 

Mountain Happy Messenger 12/27/17

It’s the last issue of 2017 for the Mountain Messenger on Thursday, I can hardly wait, you see the “Mess” as we locals fondly call it, is one of the most exciting thing that happens every week in Sierra County. The fact that there is a real paper newspaper to held in our hands to read every single week of the year is absolutely amazing. In 1991 Huell Howser filmed a show for California Gold and he was astounded that just two women were responsible for the gathering news, selling ads, production, printing and distribution, well here we are 36 years later and there are now still just two people, Jill and Don doing it all. Oh sure there are the hanger ons, I mean hard workers Milly, Penelope, Jillian, Carl, Scott, Brutus, Angela, Carrie, Belle and all those wonderful people who buy ads in the paper and subscriptions to allow some of them to buy gas and groceries. So I am really looking forward to 2018 and all the new news.

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

Merry Mountain Messenger 12/20/17

Merry Christmas everyone, I certainly hope you have wonderful holidays with family and friends and all that good stuff… I was kind of agonizing about how to see the family in two different locations, which involves driving for me, which I don’t mind but it just seems a little overwhelming now because of various family illnesses etc, however a very close friend of mine, you may have heard of her, it is Jilly, not Milly or Jill but the new girl Jilly, I don’t know what it is about Don Russell hiring all women, except for Scott, Carl and Brutus, and then all the women have to have names with two “L’s”, but that’s not what this is about, suppose a good friend suggests I should spend time with my family “because you don’t have that much time left on earth”, so is that a threat, I mean why would she say that, I mean does she really think I’m that old, I mean, I don’t know what to do… anyhow it won’t affect our friendship of course, we are really good friends… I think… Well the point of all this is to wish you a very Merry Christmas enjoy the rest of year right up to New Years Eve, and then 2018 here we are…. and most of all spend time with your family and loved ones while you can. — Call Jilly with your New Years Day Happy New Year Ad… Irene have you taken care of the Will?

Don Russelll and his really good friend Liz Fisher break bread together in anticipation of Christmas

Contact Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Mountain Messenger (Don’s Demise) 12/13/17

Time is getting short be sure to get your Christmas Card ad into the Messenger before the deadline… I’m not sure when the deadline is but Christmas is on Monday the 25th so to be in the issue before Xmas it would be good to get your ad order in by the 18th or 19th to be in the Chrismas issue on the 27st  or else it might make the New Years issue on the 27th because New Years Day is on a Monday January 1, 2018 as the first issue in 2018 is on 1/4/18. If I haven’t been clear you might want to check with Milly at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com Meanwhile Don and Irene are back from San Francisco and more in love than ever, in spite of Irene’s leaving Don to another woman in her Will.

Prior to the uncontrollable sobbing on the death of Juanita

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Mountain Messenger (time is critical) 12/6/17

We have a special note from Milly this week about when you need to get your requests in to put a greeting to your loved family, neighbors, friends and enemies right here: ” “Christmas card ads orders are being taken for the Mountain Messenger, like right now. Well, not right now, but as soon as you mail, call, email, fax or hand deliver your Christmas greeting to us. We have a variety of ad sizes that we can tailor to meet any budget. Even a budget like my own. Because Don Russell barely pays me to do all the work I do. But I’ll work hard for you, if you’d like me help you design a holiday greeting ‘card’ which is actually an advertisement, but in the form of a Christmas, or whatever you celebrate, greeting. It’s not really an ad, because you aren’t selling anything. Unless you are selling something. Then its both.
But I have to go now cuz Don wants me to work and I’m going to get yelled at soon. Thank you for supporting me (I’m homeless, by the way…and single) and the MM” .That is really weird, I don’t think that is Milly, it sounds more like Jill (who now wants to be known by Jilly… she thinks sounding more like Milly by being JIlly will result in a higher pay rate… you never know… so please call jIll Jilly and Milly Millicent.

Milly at the Mess, pictured by Chrismas 2017 Barbie Doll -she says she’s single….

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Mountain Messenger (Cheer & Joy) 11/29/17

We’re on the short downhill to Happy Chanukah, Dec 12-19, then Merry Christmas December 25th and Kwanzaa Dec. 26 to 1/1/2018 which is Happy New Years Day. You possibly may be wondering why I am mentioning all upcoming holidays and not just Christmas, well Christmas is very important, particularly to Don at Mt. Mess,, the Christmas edition of the Mountain Messenger is a particularly exquisite one filled with tidings of Joy and Good Cheer. I really like to do all my Christmas cards at once by placing an ad in the Mountain Messenger as then you don’t risk forgetting to send a neighbor a Christmas card when they are the ones who will be digging you out of a snowdrift. So it is a good idea to get your order in early, sometimes he runs out of room and then he can’t get my ad in, at least that is what he tells me, well to clarify the issue, Jill or Milly tells me that he is really sorry and wishes he had room to put my ad in, but he definitely wouldn’t leave YOUR ad out because you probably have a subscription too… you know you could put in a Chanukah or Kwanzaa ad in early and that might take the stress off of the Christmas edition. But one thing for sure is you do not want a missed opportunity to be part of history. You would be surprised how many grandchildren and great great grandchildren and children who come to the Mountain Messenger to look up old issues where their ancestors are mentioned/featured or just have a Merry Christmas ad 50 years ago, it is fun to meet them and someday it could your descendants, smiling at your name in the Mountain Messenger. Buy an ad, get a subscription, give a subscription with your Merry Christmas in it. Wow this is a long story about Christmas… oh well. looking forward to the holidays..

GIVE A GIFT OF JOYOUS NEWS

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

 

 

Mountain Messenger (happy tofu day) 11/22/17

Ok, it is the day before Thanksgiving and since Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday and the Mountain Messenger is always on the newsstand on Thursday, there is a conflict and Don Russell appealed to the rulers of all holidays to change Thanksgiving to Friday and lost, so the Mountain Messenger is being distributed to all today, and not tomorrow which means the Mountain Messenger, …. you know it is difficult to continuously write the Mountain Messenger, so I am just going to go with Mt. Mess. What was I saying… oh the Mt Mess will be out before the Prospect. Don told me he hopes that you have or had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you get a subscription to Mt Mess. He also wants your cards and letters to continue to flow into his mailbox, all checks accepted. Pretty soon it will be the Merry Christmas issue, this is the ultimate in editions, along with the 4th of July one… anyhow Merry Xmas issue is special because this is where everyone gets ads wishing other family, friends and foes a very Merry Christmas. But fiirst Happy Thanksgiving and eat vegetables and tofu.

Jim Beard and Scott Schlefstein attempt to school Don on the proper way to cook a Tofu.

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Mountain Messenger (Don Thanks) 11/15/17

Next week is Thanksgiving and Don has a lot to be thankful for… his Mom, Irene, Milly, Jill, Carl, Scott, Brutus, Jim, Penelope and me. The other day I was walking Freddy Gingg in the evening as I approached the post office, I heard shouting from across the street right in front of the St Charles church. The words I heard were odd based on the location, something like, “well, they’re our elected representatives, take it up with them”,  I wondered who Don was fighting with now… and lo’ it was Star Mess Reporter Carl Butz, that’s right, the Boss was arguing with the lowly employee… I think the employee may have been winning… Carl may not be an employee, he probably is just getting a free lunch now and then, unless he is the one buying… but I digress. I was talking about Don being thankful, yep he has a lot to be thankful for, his subscribers, whom he loves, in fact the first new subcriber person who calls Milly and tells her, “I am subscribing because Don loves me” will receive a free one year subscription to the Mountain Messenger courtesy of the Prospect. So make that call now 530 289-3262 or email yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com … yeh –  that really is Milly’s email…

Don, Carl, Scott giving thanks at the St Charles

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Mountain Messenger (we love Xmas) 11/8/17

There is nothing to say about the Mountain Messenger except it is the time of the year to start thinking about your Christmas or other Happy Holiday ad you want to put in the paper. The Mountain Messenger Christmas edition is almost as good as the April 1st edition cause you get to read heart felt messages to each other in the community even those who call Fish & Wildlife on their neighbors like to to put Merry Christmas ads in the Mountain Messenger. Remember you will be part of history in the making as Mt Mess will always be the oldest continuously published newspaper in the golden west as long as we support it with our subscriptions and ads.

Let’s see if I understand this, she’s not a Catholic but believes she is St Francis of Downieville

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Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Mountain Messenger History 11/1/17

Mountain Messenger is really a great paper, a really great paper, one one should read. The double one means one (the Mess) one(you) in case it is confusing. I read it every week, plus I put an ad in for the crossword puzzle, if you don’t like to read you at least could do the crossword puzzle, most people can do it more or less easily. Some struggle, I mean it isn’t easy but it isn’t necessarily too hard. The most important thing is it is the oldest weekly newspaper in the world, excuse me, I meant to say California, and also I guess I have to say continuously published newspaper. A lot of people have worked for the Messenger over the many years so you might actually know someone who has worked for the Mountain Messenger. Well, I guess that’s enough information about the Mess. Don’t miss an issue because you never know when Don Russell will write something that is scandalous or salacious and full of truthiness, and it is part of history, you can tell your grand chilldren about the time the Russell wrote something about chickens..

I’m telling you there is something wrong with that woman, or one of the women, not sure which one, Jill or Milly… or that other one…what’s her name….

 

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Mountain Messenger (hats & bikes) 10/25/17

Oh .. here it is…

I think I saw Don Russell in town, a small gold car went by and as I looked in the rear window I see a white cowboy hat…. word on the street is Don came back from Detroit with a new hat, his old hat was kinda grayish black, but it might have been a different color when it was new. You know how hats collect memories over the years, I’m working on getting a photo of the new hat so stay tuned.

10/25/17 Don Russell (fairly possible) found in the desert working on his motorbike (note his walker)

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

Mountain Messenger (no hair dye here) 10/18/17

So here we are again, another week another newspaper, the oldest weekly newspaper in California, the Mountain Messenger, we believe it is the primary source of intelligence information used by POTUS Trump. We have no real evidence to support this belief but in truth it would explain a lot of things that the Trumper says, except the fake news thing, there is never anything fake in the Mess (locals fondly refer to the Mess as the Mess). Don is with his Mom again, I think this is going to be her regular visit, cause Don and his beloved Irene always go there on vacation in October. So his Mom’s health is good and this is a normal yearly trip where Milly does all of the work, knowing she will get full credit and Jill will just be the gopher girl. It would be nice to surprise Don and buy a lot of subscriptions and ads and make sure Jill gets credit because she really is a nice girl even though Milly is prettier and friendlier.

10/18/17 This is a rare photo of Don Russell before he started using Grecian Formula

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Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Mountain Messenger (Chaos Quelled) 10/11/17

In spite of the rumors that chaos is reigning at the Mountain Messenger, although knowing Don, Milly, Peneople and Jill it would be easy to think, it totally is fake news. The only chaos brewing in our world now originates from another domain with an oval office and has nothing to do with real life in Downieville. Anyhow now that that is settled here is the real news. Well I don’t really have a lot, after tomorrow, Thursday, and the Mountain Messenger arrives in my postal box I will have the news. Of course it depends on the postal truck being able to get through the fires with our mail. Monday we had a holiday, Indigenous Peoples Day, Tuesday the truck got turned around by CHP with road closures due to the myriad of fires in northern California, so I can hardly breathe waiting to see what my mail brings me today…. although the breath thing might because of how much smoke is in the air… way too much…. so take it easy on your physical activity. So buy that subscription while your can and get all the news that fits…

10/11/17 Don pretends to look for money to pay bar tab while Maggie watches closely for any slight of hand…

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Mountain Messenger (he’s home) 10/4/17

Yep it is true Don Russell is back in town and at his desk. I’m not sure what happened to him in Detroit, we hear his Mommy is doing well, very good news… but for some reason the Don is acting like every day is Wednesday and we are not allowed to address him. I mean normally he is always happy to sit back put his feet on the desk and let Jill, Milly or Penelope do all the work, I don’t even know if he has expressed any appreciation to Jill, Milly or Penelope for managing to produce some scintillating news in his absence. But he is back and we are all happy for that, I think. Meanwhile the world keeps turning, thank goodness. So we will get a taste of Don’s take on life in Sierra County this week, goody goody, can’t wait till tomorrow.

10/4/17 Don looks to his newly appointed body guard Carl Butz for help with the paparazi…(A freelance photographer who doggedly pursues celebrities to take candid pictures for sale tomagazines and newspapers.)

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Mountain Messenger (good news rules) 9/27/17

The Mountain Messenger is the most read newspaper in Sierra County according to a poll conducted by the Western Alliance of Truthiness in 2016/17. Many advertisers were pleased with this news as they rely on newspaper advertising for their business profitability.  The past few weeks have been especially productive with news and events throughout the county and there just might be a slight breath before the Fall stuff begins… not very long though, there is the FEAST, and then OktoberFest and then Liz’s birthday, Miss Jody’s the December 7th San Francisco Opera- Girls of the Golden West starring Juanita or at least she has a couple of acts, lots of Downievillians are attending, so order your ticket and be there and have the opportunity to ask Don Russell for his autograph.

9/27/17 This is not Don Russell, it is a verified photo of Jill taken by Karen Galen. It is apparent Jill and Milly are different creatures.

 

 

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

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