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
Email: corri_jimenez@yahoo.com

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 http://www.everykidinapark.gov 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 cerwin@psrec.coop, 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 http://www.sierraville.org 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 Sierraville.org 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!

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