Wednesday December 6, 2017


Mark your calendars for Saturday December 16th for the Sierra City Community Christmas Potluck and Children’s Nativity Scene. Santa Claus has promised to once again attend.  Turkey and ham will be provided, bring a dish to share.

If you are looking for road information and/or what roads are not being plowed in Sierra County click on the link.

So, I’m taking a deep breath this week and trying to pretend everything is okay. We all know it isn’t, but then sometimes it is good to take a break and just think for a minute of what can we do to make things better. There is no easy solution. It is apparent the current political makeup of our representatives is not good for the middle income, poverty stricken, elderly and the young starting out. Women have taken a giant step in taking charge of their lives in the workplace and it seems it would be good for everyone to learn how stepping up, speaking out and listening to what our politicians say would be a good thing and understanding what they mean and how it will affect us is critical. Because we are told something will be good for us doesn’t insure it will be,  I guess paying attention to who someone is buddies with is important, if all your friends are rich and greedy what does that say about you…. more importantly him…. darn it … where is that deep breath. get involved, make sure you are registered to vote, pass a petition around, gather people and plan some action, whatever we do we cannot continue to be passive as we (we being American citizens) walk compliantly down this road to ruin of the American way of life.

The photo this week caught my eye and I was given permission by professional photographer Jillian Mildred Singleton to publish it.  This link will take you to articles published this week

Sierraville Christmas Potluck 12/6/17


Annual Christmas Holiday Potluck Dinner

Sierraville Fire House Saturday December 9, 2017                                           Social Hour 5:00 PM Dinner 6:00 PM

Come meet your local fire department volunteers. Looking for new members & volunteers! Everyone is welcome!

Turkey will be provided by the fire department, but we ask that you please bring a
side dish to share! BYOB For more info call Dan @ 414-8100

Xmas Faire Results 12/6/17


Last weekend’s Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds saw more than 10,000 visitors, welcomed more than 120 vendors, featured 60 gingerbread houses, and hosted a canned food drive.
The 15th Annual Gingerbread House Competition featured 60 entries. Of those entries, the Best of Show was awarded to Kathy Kinney of Grass Valley and the People’s Choice Award went to Mary Sweet and Austin Ault of Rocklin. The Best of Show is chosen by the judges, and the People’s Choice is selected through ballots cast by individuals who attend the Christmas Faire.
First place winners include Keilani Strachan, Breck Lumbard, and Deacon McCollum (age 5 & under); Caylee Sinnock and Katelyn Ines (age 6-8); Savannah McNeely, Finn Becker, and Kenzie McCormick (age 9 – 12); Nicholas Husak, Sebastian Lancaster, Sunny Deily, and Jacklynn Anderson (Kits: Age 8 and under); Owen Strolle (age 13-17); Kathy Kinney (age 18 -64); Richard Decker (age 65 & over); Violet Weston (Special Needs); 1st Grade Scotten After School Program (group – children); Ramey Cousins (group – teens); and the Dorer-Bratton Family (family category).
At Sunday’s canned food drive, Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538, with help from Boy Scout Troop 21, collected canned food donations for families in need during the holiday season.
The names of all the Gingerbread House Competition winners can be found on the Fairgrounds’ website at The 2018 Country Christmas Faire is planned for Thanksgiving weekend, November 23, 24, and 25.

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 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 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

Food Access Nevada County 12/6/17

United Way volunteer Tom Myers with Interfaith Food Ministry volunteers

This Saturday, December 9th will be the next Food Access Saturday. Food Access Saturday: Uniting to Support Working Families, was specifically designed for working individuals and families who need supplemental groceries. Currently in Nevada County, food is only distributed Monday through Friday during traditional working hours.

United Way of Nevada County, in partnership with Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM) began a six month trial of distributing food on the second Saturday of each month to help resolve the glaring gap in providing food to the “working poor.” The program was so successful, that it was extended for another six months. United Way provides a majority of the funding and manpower while IFM provides the facilities, volunteers and some additional funding.
So far, through the program, over 850 bags of groceries have been distributed to community members who are struggling to get by. If you are in need of supplemental groceries, please come by and pick up some nutritious supplemental groceries. Any working individuals & families who need food can participate. Current IFM or Food Bank of Nevada County clients, who are working and find it difficult or sometimes impossible to come during the weekly distribution, are also welcome to participate on Saturday.
The distributions take place at 440 Henderson Street, in Grass Valley, from 10am-noon (new time) on the 2nd Saturday of each month. For more information contact United Way at 274-8111 or

FireHouse News 12/6/17


ALLEGHANY: November 27th Firefighters trained & installed the studded snow
tires on the ambulance. (” Winter is here”….)
CALPINE: November 30th Firefighter training.
DOWNIEVILLE: All’s quiet….no emergencies, no meetings, no training….
LOYALTON: All’s quiet….
PIKE CITY: November 30th Firefighter training.
SATTLEY: November 30th Firefighter training.
SIERRA CITY: All’s quiet…… no meetings, no training, no emergencies….
SIERRAVILLE: November 30th Firefighter training. December 2nd Bingo night,

Carols & Candlelight 12/6/17

On the second longest Night of the Year Come and Enjoy
Carols and Candlelight in the Mountains

Friday Evening, December 22, 2017  7:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.  – Sierra City Community Church 

Carols, candlelight, poems, scripture, cookies and community – all are welcome!
Also, the heaters are good! It will be warm!
Please join in! It will be wonderful!

Chistmas Potluck in Sierra City 12/6/17


Sierra City Community  Christmas Party
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 6 p.m. Sierra City Community Hall

Potluck, carol singing, Christmas Pageant and a special visitor, yes, you guessed…
Santa Claus!!!

Turkeys, Ham, Punch and Bread Provided. You bring your favorite main dish, side dish,
salad or dessert.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Sponsored by Sierra City Fire Department Auxiliary
and Sierra City Methodist Church

EPA Fire Update 12/6/17

EPA News Advisory: Northern California Fires Response Update

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — As part of the multi-agency response to the recent fires in Northern California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has started work to remove asbestos-contaminated debris at fire-damaged properties in Lake and Mendocino counties. This work follows the completion of household hazardous waste (HHW) collection and disposal conducted by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently requested EPA conduct this work. EPA teams have started work in the area this week, developing a plan for removal operations and beginning bulk asbestos debris collection. Asbestos removal can take anywhere from several hours to a few days depending on the size of the property.

Following a natural disaster, homeowners may need to quickly conduct emergency renovations or demolition of their homes. Many homes, particularly older ones, may contain asbestos, a known carcinogen. Asbestos that has been disturbed may pose a health hazard to homeowners and to workers aiding with disaster recovery.

EPA is also continuing asbestos removal at fire-impacted parcels Napa and Sonoma counties, where household hazardous waste collection is nearly complete.

For additional information on EPA’s response activities, please visit:

Veterans Business 12/6/17

The Veterans Business Outreach Center, California Department of General Services, California Department of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs – SAOWEST, and U.S. General Services Administration are co-hosting the 2nd Annual Small Business Summit on Friday, December 15th, 2017 commencing 9:00 am and concluding 4:00 pm. The event is located at the California Department of General Services, Ziggurat Building, in both the Atrium and Auditorium, 707 Third Street, West Sacramento, California 95605.

The summit activities include: Opening Remarks with Dignitaries and Public Officials, Learning Sessions, Networking with small business advocates, contracting officers, lenders, and technical service resource partners. Exhibit Hall open all day, breakfast and luncheon will be served.

Dignitaries: Vito Imbasciani MD, Secretary, California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) TBA, California Department of General Services *Michael Villante, Regional Administrator, United States Small Business Administration (Region IX)

Distinguished Guest Speakers: ElDonna Lewis Fernandez, CEO of Dynamic Vision International, Inc. Negotiation Experiential Expert and *Colonel Hawk Thomas, Managing Counsel, Reid Law PC

The Learning Sessions will include the following topics: · State of California Contracting Opportunities– Turning Contacts into Contracts · Access to Capital Panel – Where is the Money! U. S. Small Business Administration · Contracting Opportunities with SAOWEST, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs · Cracking the Code to Government Contracting · Cybersecurity for Small Businesses · Supplier Diversity and Prime Contracting Opportunities

Bring your capabilities statements and business cards for networking with contracting officers and decision makers. Date: Friday, December 15th, 2017

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am Registration, Networking, and Breakfast 9:00am – 4:15pm Small Business Summit Location: Department of General Services, Ziggurat Building Atrium and Auditorium 707 Third Street West Sacramento, CA 95605 Fee: General Admission – $50 Exhibitors Fee – $400 Parking – $15

The registration deadline is December 5th, 2017. For more information regarding the program, please contact Star Cochran, VBOC Event Ambassador at 916-527-8400. Register online at

Team Rubicon 12/6/17

Sharing this resource and opportunity. Talk about creative solutions!

Every year, communities across the United States and the world are struck by NATURAL DISASTERS causing widespread damage and impacting the most vulnerable. There are over 22 MILLION MILITARY VETERANS living in the U.S. Their unique skills, experience, and passion for serving others make them America’s greatest national resource. Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS

Calpine Bingo 12/6/17

Calpine Fire Department Bingo
@The Sierra Valley Lodge, Calpine
4 – 7 PM
Only a $10.00 admission per person to play 10 games
50/50 Cash Prizes!
The more that play, the greater the prize!
Family & Friends will Enjoy a Cozy Atmosphere, Warm Fireplace,
Beef Stew, Polish Hot Dogs and Drinks For Sale with a Cash Bar
Minors can attend/assist but players and winners must be 18+
?’s Contact Angela Haick 530-978-3599
~All Proceeds Benefit the All Volunteer Calpine Fire Department~

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