Bingo in Sierraville 4/12/17

Mark Your Calendars for Bingo Night in Sierraville!

When: Friday, April 28 6:30-9pm
Where: Sierraville Community Center
Cost: $5

This ain’t your grandma’s bingo (but please invite her if she would like to come!). This event will be the freshest and funkiest Bingo game to hit the West coast in decades! Styled after a 1970s game show, “The Great Bingo Revival” brings forth comedy, art and music, and mixes it with 100% pure un-cut Bingo!

Hosted by “Tahoe’s Premiere Bingo Caller,” Rusty Reams and his sidekick, “Dr. Bingo,” this production will leave you spellbound with laughter and decked out in prizes. Expect the unexpected, and count on this show to throw down the wildest Bingo jubilee known to man!

Historic Sierraville School 12/7/16

1108071045_56b263917b_bDear Editors,
I am writing a National Register of Historic Places nomination on the 1931 Sierraville School in Sierraville for the Sierra County Historical Society, and am soliciting for memories and stories on the school for my historical context as well as its significance to the students who attended it over the years. Stories I am looking for can range from classes or courses taught in the classrooms to experiences as to what it was like to go to school with different grades. I am also interested as to what plays may have been held on the stage to games in the gym or out in the yard. The social activities, clubs, meetings, and events that were held in the school would be specially helpful in understanding how significant the school was to the students and county residents. If there are individuals who have memories of the earlier school and its fire, and the building of the 1931 school, that would be greatly helpful too! Any stories and individuals I use in the nomination will be credited and cited appropriately.

The nomination overall will preserve the school’s history in a federal record and will open the building up to possible preservation funding on a state, federal, and local level. I am also attaching a Word document as an “ad” if it is helpful to print in your newspapers, which includes a picture of the school and a small blurb, which you are free to edit. If you need anything else from me, please let me know.

Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing from you! Take care, Corri

Corri Jimenez, M.S.
Architectural Historian/Historic Preservation Consultant
P.O. Box 580, Tahoe City, CA 96145

Christmas Tree Permits for TNF 11/16/16

Hey Downieville Lions Club is selling their Christmas Trees in Downieville and Sierra City. Beautiful trees at excellent price. 

Christmas Tree Permits for Tahoe National Forest’s Sierraville Ranger District on Sale November 21
SIERRAVILLE, Calif. – Keep the family tradition alive this year (or start a new one) by cutting a Christmas tree in the Tahoe National Forest! On your adventure enjoy some cool mountain air while spending quality time with your family. For the 2016 holiday season, the Sierraville Ranger District on the Tahoe National Forest is selling 400 personal use Christmas tree cutting permits. The non-refundable permits are $10.00, one tree per permit with a limit of two permits per household. Permits may be used on the Sierraville Ranger District between November 21 and December 25. Along with the permit and tree tag, buyers will also receive a map showing cutting areas, requirements, and helpful tips.

Do you have a fourth grader at home? The Forest Service encourages all fourth graders to get their Every Kid in a Park Pass and a Christmas tree permit for free! To receive a free Christmas tree permit, fourth graders and their families must visit and complete the application, then download and print thee pass. Bring the pass to the Sierraville Ranger District office—along with parents. The Every Kid in a Park program is a White House initiative to provide opportunities for fourth graders to access federal public lands for free!

Although tree cutting is permitted through December 25, officials recommend cutting early in the season before higher elevations become snowbound. Trees can stay fresh for several weeks when properly stored. Because trees begin to lose moisture as soon as they are cut, place them in water as soon as possible. The Forest Service staff asks permit holders to practice good stewardship and be sure the Christmas tree is located on National Forest System lands.

Tree cutters should be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and colder conditions in higher elevations. A fun family outing can become miserable and even dangerous with a quick change of weather for the unprepared. Tree cutting areas may not be accessible by vehicle due to poor road conditions and tree cutters should be prepared to hike, ski, or snowshoe to find their Christmas tree. Plan your trip – check the weather and road conditions, let someone know where you are going and when you will return, bring plenty of warm clothes, water, emergency food, tire chains, shovel, a saw or axe to cut your tree, and a tarp and rope to bring it home.
Permits may be purchased directly from the Sierraville Ranger District office or White’s Sierra Station Food Mart in Loyalton. Permits can be purchased until December 24 or until they are sold out.

Sierraville Ranger District Office
317 South Lincoln Street (Highway 89)
Sierraville, CA 96126
(530) 994-3401
Monday – Friday (8:00 am – 4:30 pm)


White’s Sierra Station Food Mart
508 Main Street
Loyalton, CA 96118
(530) 993-1212
Monday – Friday (6:00 am – 6:00 pm) and Saturday (6:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Anne Clements Clark Eldred 9/28/16

Anne Eldred

Anne Eldred

Anne Clements Clark Eldred, 84, of Sierraville, Calif., died Monday, September 19, 2016 after a long illness. She had a deep and abiding love for the Sierra Valley, the place she called home for half her life.

Anne was born and raised in Hollywood, Calif., the only child of Thomas and Lydia Clements. She earned degrees in archaeology and music at the University of Southern California. One of her great joys was singing as a soloist in several choirs, and she was deeply involved with the Girl Scouts of America for many years.

During her years in Sierra County, Anne served on the school board and the planning commission, bringing tremendous passion to each and working zealously to maintain the beauty and well being of the valley she loved. She was a dedicated volunteer with the Sierra County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, allowing her to combine her love of horses with her desire to help others. She conducted archaeological work in the Sierra Valley to help document and preserve the heritage of local tribes. She also was a member of the Sierra County Historical Society, and worked for several years as a tour guide at the Kentucky Mine, introducing countless visitors to the history of the area.

Anne was a woman of diverse and wide-ranging interests that included geology, politics, birding, the Bear Dance, turquoise jewelry, Los Dos, and dark chocolate, among others. In her later years, to the surprise of her family, Anne became a devoted fan of the San Francisco Giants. She never missed a chance to watch or listen to their games, and was delighted by their numerous recent World Series triumphs.

Anne is survived by her six children, Gene Clark (Sara), Robin Dawson (Curt), Gwyneth Van Buskirk (Bruce), Jon Clark (Martha), Thomas Clark (Tania), and Jay Clark, and four grandchildren. She also leaves behind some dear friends and her beloved furry companions, Crystal and Smokey.

The Celebration of Life will be held November  5th  at 1pm at the Sierraville School. In lieu of flowers, donations in Anne’s memory can be made to the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, 10121 Pine Avenue, Truckee, CA 96161.

Levi McKinney Memorial 9/28/16

A memorial service will be held for Levi McKinney on Sunday, October 2 at 1 p.m. at the Sierraville School, 305 South Lincoln Street in Sierraville.

At the request of the McKinney family, they would love to have attendees bring their favorite cookies to share after the service. Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

Levi McKinney

Levi McKinney

Sierraville Internet 8/24/16

In case you haven’t heard, Plumas Sierra Telecommunications is bringing high speed internet to Sierraville, Sattley and Calpine

According to Corby Erwin with Plumas Sierra Rural Electric, plans for broadband to reach our end of the Sierra Valley is still in the works. Erwin says that they are working on the permissions to change out their transmitters that feed Sierraville, and that they don’t have a firm date at this time, but they are hoping that they can begin offering broadband services to customers in our area in the next month or so.

If you haven’t filled out an interest form yet, they would like to hear from you. Print out the below form, complete it, scan it and email it to Corby at, or they have a fax number so if you still have the ability to send a fax, that works too.

Option B: If you are satisfied with your current internet provider, then do nothing!


Community Cleanup in Sierraville 6/22/16

8790ddae-86cd-4d20-9fbd-7d832c99497fSaturday, June 25, 2016
Begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

WHO: Properties within the town of Sierraville
WHAT: Curbside pick-up of large wood waste, large bulky items, metals, tires and appliances
COST: No cost to the property owner

Please note the following specifics, provided courtesy of Sierra County:

Waste types may not be mixed. Dimension lumber and construction demo, large branches, large bulky items (furniture, cabinets, dog houses, etc.), tires, (with or without rims), pipe, tin, metals, appliances all must be in separate piles on the curb or immediately within the front yard of residences, and must be clearly marked for pickup. Do not stockpile materials in the traveled way of any street or alley. These items will be loaded by volunteers during the day for transportation to the landfill.

Large bins will be staged at the Sierraville Fire Department and owners may bring waste to that site in lieu of waiting for curbside pick up during the day. Dimension lumber and large branches need to be cut into 4 to 8 foot (maximum) lengths and secured with string/rope when possible before placing at the curb. Other green waste (pine needles, leaves, brush clippings, trimmings, and related waste) will not be picked up at the curb and must be transported and deposited by the owners to the County Road Maintenance Yard on No. Battelle Street/SR 49. Do not mix waste types-please keep separated.

Waste Not Accepted: Hazardous wastes, liquids, E-waste (computers, televisions, etc), fluids, paints, cleaners, or household/wet garbage will not be removed/picked-up. Materials that are not defined as acceptable and/or approved materials will be left on the property.

Self Haul Only: All vehicles, campers, trailers and mobile homes that you wish to dispose must be self hauled by the property owner to the Loyalton Landfill. Fees will be waived for this day but vehicles must be free of any oils and fluids and upon verification of this condition, vehicles will be accepted at the landfill for processing and demolition. Certificates of Title documents are required from vehicle owners. Vehicles, campers, trailers, and mobile-homes will not be picked up nor hauled as part of this clean-up event, however they may be delivered to the Loyalton Landfill on June 25, 2016 as part of this program and County fees will be waived. Hauling is the responsibility of the owner/disposer.

Information: Log onto or call 530-559-5275 or call Sierra County at 530-289-3201.

While the focus of this event is on three properties, it is available to all in the community.

We are looking for volunteers! If you are able to come out and help your neighbors move items to the curb, please call 530-559-5275 and we can provide details on where assistance is needed.
You can also log onto and send us a message or reply to this email.

For those volunteers who are not available on Saturday, a special effort to help Mark Alire is happening on Friday at 5 p.m. to load out some items from the old “Sid’s Place” garage. Meet at the site at 5 p.m. on Friday. If you can help, contact Rick Maddalena at 530-906-5081.

Dumping charges at the Loyalton dump/transfer station are mostly free for all county residents on Sat. June 25 except for tires. Hazmat items will be collected on a special day via a cooperative event with Plumas County, at a Plumas County facility.

FYI Sierra County usually has a “tire amnesty day” once a year.

To keep things simple, a decision was made to not include those of you who live in outlying areas for curbside pickup. You can still deliver your items to the bins in Sierraville or take them directly to the transfer station in Loyalton on Saturday.

Thanks for your interest and support in making Sierraville an awesome place to live!

News from Sierraville 5/18/15

Two Sierraville projects are underway!

On May 4, the Sierraville Community Steering Committee convened, with 20 people in attendance.

The Old Sid’s Place Garage Project: A sub-committee formed to oversee this building demolition project. They have researched costs, secured donations in the form of respiratory masks, suits and heavy contractor bags from Mountain Hardware (located in Truckee and Blairsden), and trucking, worked with Sierra County, and more.

On Thursday, May 19 the detached garage will begin to be dismantled by a group of volunteers. Any residents interested in providing additional assistance can come by on May 19 at 8:30 a.m., as there are tasks that can be accomplished without needing the personal protective gear such as preparing the backyard for clean up day. The asbestos material will be packed up and hauled to a landfill in Lockwood, Nev. which is set up to receive hazardous materials. There will be a span of time between the asbestos removal and the opportunity to demolish and remove the remaining portions of the building, in order to finalize a demolition permit with the county. During this time period, a small salvage effort is planned to minimize what goes to the landfill in Loyalton.

Community Clean Up Day: A sub-committee also formed to oversee this project. Mark your calendar for Sat., June 25 for Sierraville’s 2016 Community Clean Up Day. The sub-committee is working with the county and regional landfill folks to set parameters, and is tag-teaming on how to get the word out. In the works are a banner to hang in town and an informational flyer. Once all the specifics are dialed, another update will be sent out.

Tour de Manure 5/11/16

Tour de Manure Celebrates Eighth Year on June 18

Sierraville, Calif. – The Tour de Manure Sierra Valley Metric Century pedals through the Sierra Valley for its eighth year on Sat., June 18, raising funds for the Sierraville Fire and Rescue Department.

Gaining a cult following among cyclists of all ability levels over the last seven years, the Tour de Manure offers 30, 42 and 62 mile routes through the highly scenic yet mostly flat Sierra Valley. Registration is capped at 450 riders, and a pre-registration price of $60 (which increases to $70 one week prior on June 11) gets participants a “roaring bull” T-shirt, vehicle support, rest stop food and drink, and a celebratory post-ride party held at the Sierraville Fire station. Kids 12 and under ride for $30.

“The Tour de Manure is a super fun ride that really showcases the Sierra Valley’s incredible beauty along with the down-right friendliness of the locals,” said Dan Wentling, fire chief for Sierraville Fire and Rescue. “It’s quickly becoming a favorite tradition for many returning riders. Thanks to the support of our community in Sierraville and all of the Sierra Valley this event is able to take place and be a whole bunch of fun.”

The route takes cyclists through wetlands, meadows and ranch lands around the headwaters of the Feather River, guided by “turn cowboys” who provide direction to riders at plentiful rest stops located along the way, while also offering refreshment in the form of locally made treats and thirst-quenching lemonade served by ranchers along the route. Burma Shave-style signage provide humorous inspiration along the way.

At the Sierraville finish line party, firefighters and 4-H kids don’t let the cyclists go hungry. They serve up a hearty midday meal of barbecued chicken and tri tip, along with salad, fruit, garlic bread and homemade desserts, while Michael Hogan and his country band, The Simpletones, provide live musical entertainment off the back of an old Chevy truck. Draught beer from the Brewing Lair served with chips and salsa from Los Dos Hermanos rounds out the day’s festivities.

Proceeds support the Sierraville Fire Department’s training programs and other needed equipment expenses. The department currently has about 15 active volunteers, headed by Jeff McCollum, Dan Wentling and Jay Huebert.

Register in advance for the ride at or download a mail-in registration form at Event organizers also accept day-of registration on tour day (June 18) beginning at 7 a.m. Riders head out on the tour between 8 and 9 a.m. from the Sierraville Firehouse located 102 Main Street, which is adjacent to the corner of Highways 89 and 49. Plan to start the tour early to avoid the afternoon breeze. Support comes from the Plumas Sierra Bicycle Club and East Sierra Valley Chamber of Commerce in addition to Sierraville Fire. To sign up or for more information, go to

Tour de Manure 4/27/16

If you loved the Tour de Manure the last time you rode it, sign up again for this year’s ride, Saturday, June 18! Sierraville firefighters are spit-polishing their boots in anticipation. Cattle of the Sierra Valley are already coming home.

Registration is open at We put up a new website last year at Come on over to the site and check us out.

We’ll be proudly serving flavors of The Brewing Lair draft in our beer garden, and Michael Hogan and the Simpletones will be yeehawing on the official Tour de Manure stage. Entry is $60 right now. See you at the Tour!

EMS Training For You 2/24/16

Health Coordinating Committee Participants,
We have scheduled two locations and two time slots to pick from for this year’s grant sponsored EMS Trainings. Class sizes are limited. Mutual aid responders from adjoining counties are welcome to participate, however priority will be given to Sierra County responders.

EMPACT Flyer April 2016
The Emergency Medical Patients: Assessment, Care and Transport (EMPACT) program is a 16-hour course focusing on the need for differential diagnosis when assessing patients. It emphasizes group discussion, case studies, and Socratic Method to help new and veteran practitioners alike better understand and refine the differential of the medical patient. Realistic imagery and facilitated learning form the basis for a supportive, low-stress environment to explore the depth of a medical complaint to the extent not previously seen in other medical assessment programs.

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