Plumas Business Summit 3/22/17

Plumas Business Summit -Monday, April 24 08:30 AM – 04:00 PM
Grizzly Creek Ranch Campus 5900 Grizzly Road Portola, CA 96122

Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce and the Far Northern California Center for International Trade Development (CITD) host at Feather River College, invite local business nge, TedEx speaker and champion of sustainable, green, people-to-people economies. Additional speakers to be announced.

This is the only event of its type, where local businesses and would-be entrepreneurs can come together and network with other entrepreneurs on a county-wide scale.

The one day event runs from 8:30 am to 3.30 pm and is hosted by Grizzly Creek Ranch and Sierra Nevada Journeys. Located at 5900 Grizzly Road, Portola, CA 96122. Our thanks to Sierra Nevada Journeys for their continued support of this event.

Tickets purchased before April 1,2017 are $65.00 per person, including breakfast and lunch. After April 1, cost increases to $85.00.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, please contact Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce at (530) 836-6811, or email at

Art to Ag at the Fair 3/1/17

Two areas that are especially strong in Plumas and Sierra Counties are agriculture and the Arts. The 2017 Plumas Sierra County Fair, August 9 – 13, 2017,  is bringing those diverse interests together with the theme; “Art to Ag”. The creative aspect of the Arts will be on full display, not only to celebrate the artistic community, but to feature the agricultural community as well.

“This is, by far, the most stimulating theme we’ve had in my time at the Fair” said Fair Manager John Steffanic. “There are so many possibilities to show the public what kind of talent we have in our community.” The goal is to use that artistic talent to bring focus as to how vibrant our agricultural industry is.

The fair has cooperated with Plumas Arts, the Feather River College Art Department and individual artists to turn the West Lawn into an artists village throughout the fair. A major attraction that is being curated by the Feather River College Art Program Coordinator, Rafael Blanco, is a mural competition. Several artists will have three days during the fair to create an 8’x8′ mural focused on agriculture. They will camp by their work, and will compete with each other for over $1000 in prize money. Visitors can watch as these muralists create.

Another project in the works is a collaborative mural created by groups throughout both counties. Individual panels will be distributed to groups with instructions on what’s to be painted, using their own interpretation. At the fair in August, all the panels will be brought together and constructed in the art village to show the entire mural. There will also be daily art projects for youngsters, all the results will be displayed.

For the more ambitious amateurs, or maybe even an artistic ringer, easels will be available with all the necessary supplies for fairgoers to try their hand at making “art”, using a variety of mediums. Teachers will be standing by to offer advice and instruction. Again, the accumulated gallery will be judged on the last day of the fair.

A popular trend around the country is evenings spent drinking wine while painting. The PSCF Foundation is planning on replacing their annual wine tasting in the Mineral Building with this new activity. Attendees will have the chance to taste a variety of wines, snack on hors d’ ouerves and create a masterpiece! Tickets will go on sale in the Spring.

“We are just starting to scratch the surface with this theme.” commented Steffanic. He continues to search for other visual art options, performing arts offerings and other fun ways to bring art into the life of the fair.

Volunteers are being sought for artist support and installations. Anyone with an interest in getting involved with “Art to Ag” is urged to contact the fair office at 283-6272. The 2017 Plumas Sierra County Fair takes place August 9 – 13, 2017 in Quincy, California.

PSCFC Meeting Schedule 1/18/17

The next Plumas-Sierra Community Food Council meeting. The meeting will be Monday, January 23 from 3-5pm in the large conference room of the Public Health offices (270 County Hospital Road, Suite 206, Quincy). ***Please note that this is a change to the normally scheduled third Monday; rescheduled due to MLK Day.***

Below are the minutes from the December meeting and the draft of the FEAST follow up progress document. And as a reminder, PSCFC meetings are normally the third Monday of the month. We hope to see you there!

PSCFC_Agenda_01_23_17 & 2016-12-19_Minutes_PSCFC &  PSCFC FEAST follow up progress

The mission of the Plumas-Sierra Community Food Council is to increase community resiliency by fostering vibrant local agriculture and increasing access to healthy food for everyone in the Plumas-Sierra region. The Council works to improve community food security through advocacy, policy, and grassroots programs that shape the region’s food system and the health of its residents.

Golf for the Schools 9/14/16


The Sierra Schools Foundation is again sponsoring its annual Swinging for the Schools Golf Tournament Oct. 1 at Plumas Pines Golf Course. Registration is at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m.
PGA professional Robert Garrigus and his wife Ami have donated thousands of dollars of Taylor Made golf equipment prizes for the tournament each of the last several years, making the event an exciting one for participants. They have also been generous donors to The Sierra Schools Foundation as a whole. Ami is a 1997 graduate of Loyalton High School.
The tournament is also sponsored by West Orthodontics of Truckee, with additional significant support from Plumas Pines Golf Course, head professional Brandon Bowling and Shari and Paul Roen of Roen Ranch.
Registration is $110 per person or $400 for a complete foursome. Registration fees include greens fees, a cart and a barbecue dinner by the Roen Ranch, which will be served at about 4 p.m. Additional dinners can be purchased for $20. Golfers can also download the registration form from the website and mail it to the foundation at P.O. Box 336, Sierraville, CA 96126.
The tournament will be a scramble format, with awards for team scores and individual feats. Trophies made by local metal artist and welder Duncan Cameron will be awarded to winners, and other prizes will include TaylorMade irons, drivers, bags, and more. Additionally, there will be live and silent auctions and various raffles.
All proceeds from the tournament benefit school children of the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District. Grants from the foundation bring arts into the schools, send students on science and arts field trips, provide additional computers and equipment, fund SAT prep programs, and provide the financial means for unique projects such as the Loyalton Learning Garden and greenhouse improvements at Loyalton Elementary School.
Foundation president Megan Meschery said, “Because of the support from all our tournament sponsors, this is our biggest fundraiser. Many kind individuals and businesses are helping to equalize the disadvantages that our rural students face because of inequitable funding. This last year the foundation funded over $30,000 in grants to teachers to give them the extras for their students.”
Registration can be completed at:

The Sierra Schools Foundation: Our Mission

. All net donations are tax deductible.
More information about the SSF is available from Megan Meschery at (530) 414-3

Hoedown Time Approaches 9/7/16


Happy September! The days are getting shorter and the air is feeling crisp. The summer is coming to a close, and it’s time to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with friends and family at the Lost Sierra Hoedown, Sept. 22-25.

It’s our 4th year and we’re sticking to our mission of re-inventing the music festival, inspiring land stewardship through outdoor recreation and supporting Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl. That means there’s still only 500 tickets, everyone gets a Klean Kanteen pint cup to eliminate single use plastic, and 100% of beer sales are donated to the Plumas Ski Club thanks to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

ef28d37a-da4d-4388-9896-5b34192ba895Last winter, the Plumas Ski Club kept skiing alive with the Historic Longboard Revival Race Series and free community sledding days. With groomed slopes, a new maintenance shed and improved infrastructure, JHSB is coming back to life! Now it’s time to campout, pray for snow, and help support the effort.

New for 2016
hoedown2016poster3The Groom Haus Stage. Late night shows inside the Intorf Lodge.
“Heads up at the Hoedown” daily yoga program.
Free off-site camping shuttle runs more often and later in the night.
More ways to get involved and volunteer. Apply now!
Time to prepare
Remember, this Hoedown takes place inside Plumas-Eureka State Park,with a short but mandatory hike into the venue. We need your help making this Hoedown smooth, easy and sustainable. Read more here!

Tickets still available!
The Lost Sierra Hoedown is on track to sell out for the third year in a row. Let your family and friends know it’s time to buy their tickets! Buy tickets now.

Make a sustainable camp plan!

• Plan your carpool crew
• Work to eliminate waste from your camp kitchen.
• Bring reusable dishwear, utensils, napkins and water bottles. We’ll put the reusable pint cup in your hand.
• Recycling and Composting bins will be located conveniently throughout the venue but trash must be packed out.
• Water is FREE and ABUNDANT on-site! Please don’t bring any single use plastic water bottles.

9f4a599c-6b44-49c6-8773-3d6906ae7176Thanks for helping us keep the Lost Sierra Hoedown cutting edge sustainable!


For 2016 we have made more volunteer positions available than ever. We are looking for crew members who want to contribute their skills and talents to the Hoedown in trade for a ticket. Just fill out this quick form and pay a refundable deposit to lock down a spot. Volunteers receive a free crew t-shirt, Klean Kanteen pint cup and priority camping.

Richard “Andy” Anderson 1925 – 2016


Chief Richard G. “Andy” Anderson

Chief Andy Anderson

The family of Richard G. “Andy” Anderson held a public memorial service on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Feather River College’s Multi-Purpose facility in Quincy.

He was an amazing man and had an equally amazing and love-filed life. He loved people and it showed in the many facts of his life.

Andy Anderson died on Aug. 1, 2016, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, after a brief illness. He was 90.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1925, to Mary and Earl Anderson in Herrin, Illinois.

He will be remembered for his career in the firefighting trade but that wasn’t his career path in those early days, far from it.

After an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, he attended mortician school in San Francisco and eventually moved to Plumas County after buying the mortuary in Portola in 1954. It was there he got his first taste of fire services having become involved with the town’s fire department.

In 1956, he moved to Quincy after buying the funeral home there; now he was running both. That same year, he joined the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department. Clearly, he had no idea of the legacy that would result when, five months after joining the firefighting ranks, he was elected their volunteer fire chief but to be able to raise a family and pay their bills, he continued to own and operate the funeral home in Quincy until selling it in 1986.

He often said he wasn’t looking to be the fire chief, he just wanted to help the department. And for the next 50 years he did just that. Right up to his retirement from the department in 2007, Chief Anderson had taken a small rural fire department and turned it into a role model for all of the volunteer departments not just in Plumas County, but also throughout the state and country. He was the department’s sixth chief in its first 128 years.

His devotion to his department, the firefighters, his community and emergency services, was evident in nearly everything he did in his illustrious career over the next half century. Most notable might be the development and construction of the emergency services training facility at Fire Station 1 on Lawrence Street in Quincy. He and his wife Gayle also donated the land behind the station for this training complex on Andy’s Way, the side street appropriately named in his honor in 2006.

He was responsible for merging the Plumas County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the county’s Fire and Emergency Association into one group, which he chaired for 25 years. He established the county’s first Disaster Council and chaired the county’s Multi-Agency Coordination Team and was on the organizing committee to form the Plumas Fire Safe Council.

He was also the director of the Office of Emergency Services for more then 30 years. In 1983, the Board of Supervisors appointed him the County Fire Warden. At the state level, he was appointed to the Senate Select Committee on Volunteerism in Fire Service and was a charter member and past president of the California Rural Firefighters Association.

Along side his life’s devotion to fire service, his other passions included county fairs, railroading, radio broadcasting and flying his own airplane. For 35 years, he volunteered for various jobs at the fairgrounds including serving as the master of ceremonies at various grandstand events. He stepped in as fair manager for four years, from 1987 to 1991. He was a member of the board of directors for the Portola Railroad Museum.

Many remember him as a popular early morning disc jockey on the local radio station.

He is survived by his loving, devoted and supportive wife of 52 years, Gayle; sons Will (Kelly) and Rick (Sara); and grandson Richard G. Anderson III and step-granddaughter Sadie Dingel.

He is also survived by a large extended family including Steve Tolen, Bill Thompson, Marilyn Bergum, Kathy Williams, Debbie Doll, Andrea Mitten, Steven Tolen II, Stephanie Tolen, Ashley and Sierra York-Tolen, Steven Tolen III, Kasey and Bailey Doll, MacKenna and Sterling, and cousin Leaha Rae Almquest.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mary Anderson; son Ed Anderson; and brother Earl Anderson.

The family asks that donations be made to Quincy Fire Department, 505 Lawrence St. Quincy, CA 95971. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 828, Quincy.

Services were under the direction of Manni Funeral Home in Portola.

While on the air, Andy always ended each radio broadcast playing the Orange Blossom Special in the background with one heartfelt message: “… and if I’m lucky, I’ll get to see you.”

Well Andy, clearly those who knew you consider themselves the lucky ones.

Best Fair Ever 8/24/16

Once again, Plumas Sierra Fair Manager John Steffanic makes his annual proclamation, “Best Fair Ever!”. The honest truth is, it really was one of the better fairs in recent memory. Comments were overwhelmingly positive; citing the full commercial hall, big crowds for many of the entertainers and the excellent condition of the fairgrounds. Hundreds of people took advantage of the Golden Ticket for the carnival, offering unlimited rides every day of the fair for only $75 when bought in advance. It also helped that Wold Amusements, the carnival operator, brought 3 new rides this year. There were lots of smiles at this year’s fair.

Almost every category of statistics that the fair tracks saw an increase. Each day saw an increase in attendance for a week long increase of 4%. A little over 10,000 people came through the gates of the fair over five days. Interestingly, revenue for attendance was up since more people bought family and weekly passes. These passes save money for visitors, but generate more money for the fair because more people are attending.

A great fundraiser for the Chester and Quincy wrestling teams is paid parking for the fair. Revenues are split between the wrestlers and the fair. Almost 100 more cars paid for parking this year than last. Our community is very supportive of these athletes, happily paying for parking and many contributing more to their efforts. The fair and the schools are grateful for the support.

As mentioned, Serpilio Hall was filled to capacity with 38 spaces rented, compared with 29 last year. Due to several last minute cancellations, outdoor vendors were down from 17 to 13. There were two less food vendors than last year, but Plumas and Sierra Counties were hungry, driving sales up 7%. The top three food concessions are pretty consistent year after year; Munch-A-Bunch, which sells classic fair food like corn dogs & hamburgers is always far ahead of the others. Second in popularity is Thai Thai BBQ and third place goes to California Ice Cream Company. Most were close to, or ahead of the previous year’s sales.

Unfortunately, entries of exhibits continues to creep downward. Despite efforts to get more young people to enter things into the fair through school projects, every area saw a decline in entries. The good news is that more entries are being judged. That would be the difference between how many entries are received in July, and how many of those are actually judged during the fair. That numbers stands at around 11%, where many other fair are double or triple that number. “This is the true heart and soul of our fair,” says Steffanic, “without entries in every department, we lose a little more of who we are.” His goal is to get every resident of both counties to enter something at least once in their lives. Steffanic asks that everyone who currently enters things in the fair, encourage, nudge and even harass their friends and family to enter next year.

The planning for 2017 is already underway. The search is on for different entertainment, bigger entertainment, more experiences, more exhibits, more fun and, well, the “Best Fair Ever”.

Lost Sierra Hoedown 2016 7/27/16

The 4th Annual Lost Sierra Hoedown is now just two months away. While there are bigger and flashier festivals around Northern California, the Hoedown offers an experience that is something different. The event began in 2013 as a senior project of Sierra Nevada College students with two goals in mind: supporting the historic Johnsville Ski Bowl and bringing sustainability to music festivals. In it’s fourth year, those values are still there.

The Lost Sierra Hoedown offers 4 days of music, camping and camaraderie. The lineup for this year includes a little bit of everything. Although the roots of the festival are based in Americana, with no shortage of banjoes and mandolins – there’s a little bit of everything sprinkled in. The Stone Foxes join the headliners this year, bringing a bit of straight rock and roll flavor to the event. The wildly popular Rabbit Wilde will also be returning for a rare northern California appearance. The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit will also be back to provide some rowdy fun after a summer hiatus. There’s just too many good things happening in the lineup to mention them all!

The event is held right at the Johnsville Ski Bowl, near the town of Graeagle, about one hour north of Truckee. The ski area is the home of the nation’s first ski races. Local miners created their own “snowshoes”, up to 11 feet long, and secret mixtures of waxes and pine tar “dope” to increase the odds of winning those early races. Those same miners reportedly also created the first know ski lift, by utilizing the ore carts that were already in place for mining operations. The Plumas Ski Club continues to hold several longboard races a year at the Ski Bowl.


One thing separating the Lost Sierra Hoedown from other festivals is that there is just one ticket that covers everything. That ticket covers four days of music, onsite camping, parking and admission for kids 12 years and under. It also includes an awesome ceramic pint glass from Earth-In Canteen, eliminating the use of plastic cups at the event. One day tickets for the event are not available. In order to protect the venue, ticket sales are limited to only 500 tickets, and those will definitely sell out as full 4 day tickets. That in itself changes the nature of the festival, bring a strong sense of community and camaraderie. Amongst that community you will find many Alpine Meadows people.

Ticket prices for this year’s festival have risen significantly. This year’s tickets are priced at $160 for the 4 day ticket. That’s a bit of a jump over previous years. Event organizers have had to deal with reality though. In the first couple of years, everybody was willing to donate time or materials to support the new event. But as the event has continued into it’s fourth year, the expenses keep building. Permit fees alone for the event have more than doubled over time – as have expenses for the simple things like sanitation and security. The reality is that similar 4 day festivals in the region will cost anywhere from $250 to 500 for a 4 day ticket when you factor in extra costs for camping and parking. The Lost Sierra Hoedown continues to be a true bargain.

The Lost Sierra Hoedown has sold out every year for the last three years and this year will be no different. Ticket sales are beginning to move fast, so we encourage you to commit soon and not be “that guy” having a freak out at the gate because no tickets are available. There’s also still some volunteer spots available to earn your ticket to the event. As always, we look forward to seeing our Alpine Meadows friends for an amazing autumnal equinox weekend. courtesy of



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