Wednesday June 21, 2017



The first Board of Supervisors meeting in July will be held on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 due to the Fourth of July holiday.

So on Saturday July 1st Downieville VFD will have the Firemen’s Muster on Main Street at High Noon, Dinner will start being served at 4 p.m. the Street Dance from 9 p.m till midnight. Tuesday, July 4th will feature the Parade beginning with the Noon Siren and ending with the World Famous Downieville Fireless Fireworks featuring everyone there…

So this week we have lots of local news, Board of Supervisors  Carol’s movie, Gabby’s loves moose. Columns by Robert Koehler, Kathy Kelly, Mel Gurtov an article about what is happening between the White House and the United States press, it is scary and not a good thing… I’m old … I know… little steps and suddenly we’re all the Jews or the Muslims, pay attention do not be lulled into a dictatorship or worse. America Was Great, what is happening by ONE man who says HE will make it great is not a time to rest easy and think everything will just be quiet.

Read about  Gabby’s Meese for  a breath of fresh air and stay alert. Stay cool, drink water, pay attention to your friends, neighbors and pets, it is easy to not be alright very quickly in the heat.

The photo this week was taken by Lee Adams a couple of weeks ago… just think cold at Gold Lake.

Information You Need 6/21/17


Ordinance Section One: An Urgency Ordinance, Part 11, Chapter 6, Sections 090 – 120 of the Sierra County Code is hereby added to read as follows:


Section: 11.06.090 Emergency Road Restrictions and/or Closure

The Director of Transportation or Road Commissioner, as a result of a bona fide emergency condition or as part of a construction or maintenance project, is authorized to temporarily restrict the use of or close any County highway upon making a finding that such action is necessary for the protection of the public health, welfare, or safety and/or is for the protection of such County highway from further damages.

The temporary closure or restriction of any County highway shall remain in effect for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days and should the Director of Transportation or Road Commissioner desire to have the County highway restriction or closure extend for a period of time greater than sixty (60) days, the closure may be extended for any period of time as may be authorized by the Board of Supervisors.

Ordinance Section Two: This ordinance shall be an urgency ordinance, effective upon adoption, and is necessary for the immediate public protection from road conditions resulting from the declared emergency events of January and February 2017.

Introduced, passed and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sierra, State of California on the 20th day of June, 2017, by the following roll call vote, to-wit:

NOT Good News 6/21/17

Trump tweetstorms wash away White House press briefings

JULIE BYKOWICZ,Associated Press 15 hours ago

Mountain Messenger (words) 6/21/17

So much to say, so much to do  and yet it is so dang hot… who wants to do anything, of corse doing nothing isn’t an option and doing more is untenable, I wonder what untenable means, it is used often, but I wonder why… well this is interesting.. even my goto online dictionary has ambiguous thoughts about untenable … this most likely leaves Milly as totally untenable when it comes to Jill. I’m now thinking about ambiguous.. my favorite thing during Library period back in primary school days was looking up words in the dictionary, that was back in the days of door to door dictionary salesmen, yep they really did that, and those who were able to own their own dictionary were highly envied. What happened to that quest for learning amongst us Americans, now we have tablets and IPhones where games rule.. that reminds me, I need to take a break and play Solitaire… or maybe a crossword… yeh that’s it… later, gator…

6/21/17/This is not Don, no one knows where he is…. we think it is about his Mommy turning 100 yrs old… so based on genetics we will be putting up with The Don for a long time…. dang… I mean .. isn’t that great!… the person above does all the work but it could be Milly, Penelope or Jill… don’t know for sure…

Get your subscription NOW… today…email Jill at or Don at or call 530 289-3262 with card in hand, change your life, find out what’s happening in our world.

FireHouse News 6/21/17


ALLEGHANY: June 12th Firefighter training.
CALPINE: June 16 & `17 Preparations for the “Tour De Manure” fundraiser bicycle run. June 17th Fundraiser “Tour De Manure” Bicycle run.
CAMPTONVILLE: June 13th Firefighter training. *Responded for a medical emergency, w/ patient air lifted to the hospital. June 14th Responded for a medical emergency – cancelled.
DOWNIEVILLE: June 12th EMT Continuing education. June 15th Firefighter training. June 16th Mutual aid response to Sierra City , for an ill male, who was air lifted to the hospital. * Responded for an ill male – no transport. June 17th Mutual aid response to Sierra City for
an ill female, who was air lifted to the hospital.
LOYALTON: June 12th Wild land fire training, & RT-130 field exercizes. June 13th Responded for an ambulance assist, an ill person was air lifted to the hospital. June 14th Responded for an ambulance assisr, for a person choking on food. * Responded for an ambulance assist. June 16th Responded for an ambulance assist, for a possible head
injury. June 17th Responded for an ambulance assist & an ill person was air lifted to the hospital.
PIKE CITY: June 13th Mutual aid response to Camptonville, to set-up an LZ for the helicopter. June 14th Mutual aid response to Camptonville for an LZ set-up –
cancelled. June 15th Board of Directors meeting.
SATTLEY: June 15 & 16 Preparation for the “Tour DeManure: fundraiser bicycle run. June 17th “Tour DeManure” Fundraiser bicycle run.
SIERRA CITY: June 16th Responded for an ill male, who was air lifted to the hospital. * Responded for a public assist, giving aid to a male, who fell. June 17th Responded
for an ill female, who was air lifted to the hospital.
SIERRAVILLE: June 15 & 16 Preparations for the “Tour DeManure” fundraiser bicycle run. June 17th “Tour DeManure” Fundraiser Bicycle run.

NSJ Community PicNic 6/21/17

We are working on our 2nd Annual Community PicNic on July 16th.

Free PicNic with food, music, and a raffle that is incomparable.
11:00am Church Service (if you’re into it) then, Music, Raffle
and PicNic’ing ’til 3:00pm. Movies, popcorn and water inside to help
you cool of you need it. Who’s bringin’ the deviled eggs?
C’mon, you know you want to!

Bean July for Food Bank 6/21/17


The Downieville Food Bank is looking for local heroes to help fill our pantry. Even though the generosity of financial donations comprise the bulk of the Food Bank’s resources, there are other ways to provide for those who need a helping hand.

Some individuals or organizations prefer to donate money to the Food Bank, others would like to donate food.

You can be a Grocery Good-Guy-Gal! If you are going to your favorite local or out of town food store , it would a brave act of charitable heroism to bring in cans of baked beans to boost the coffers of our Food Bank. Due to the hot weather, there is no drop-off place for your donation. Please call Paul Douville 289-1018 or Frank Lang 289-3466 to arrange for pick-up or drop-off.

Even though bean is the theme, you can choose to bring in other items. There is a list of non-perishable items for the food bags that go out over the holidays and some grocery packages that are given to those who need food throughout the year. Some items to consider are: small boxes or bags of rice, potato flakes, flour, medium sized cans/containers of fruit, tuna, peanut butter, or jelly. But remember, in July the bean reigns supreme.
Each month, a short article will appear with a different item for the shelf. The Downieville Food Bank thanks, in advance, all who participate in this heroic effort.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

More Campgrounds Open 6/21/17*

Almanor South Campground to Open June 16th and Almanor North Campground to Open June 24th.

CHESTER, Calif., June 15, 2017 – The Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District is pleased to announce the scheduled opening dates for the Almanor North and Almanor South Campgrounds.

The schedule for opening the campgrounds is as follows:

The Almanor South Campground will reopen beginning Friday, June 16th.
The Almanor North Campground is scheduled to reopen Saturday, June 24th.

In April the Almanor Ranger District closed the popular campgrounds so that the 300 + hazard trees within those sites could be fell and removed.

As a reminder, the threat of hazard trees is not limited to campgrounds. There are thousands of hazard trees in the forest and in remote recreation areas. Visitors are advised to exercise judgment when it comes to personal safety. Be aware of your surroundings whether you see posted signs or not, do not camp anywhere near or under trees that appear to be dead or dying.

For more information about local Forest Service camping facilities, current forest road and recreation area conditions please contact the following offices.

• Eagle Lake Ranger District – (530) 257-4188
• Almanor Ranger District – (530) 258-2141
• Hat Creek Ranger District – (530) 336-552

Pit River Campground Opens 6/21/17

BLM Pit River Campground Opens for Summer Season

FALL RIVER MILLS, Calif. – Campsites, river access and picnic areas have opened for the summer season at the Bureau of Land Management Pit River Campground in northeast California.

Opening was delayed this year while crews repaired damage caused by high river flows during the winter and early spring. The campground provides economic tourism benefits for nearby communities, and offers an economical way for families to connect with the natural resources of the public lands.

The campground features seven individual campsites, a group campsite, and a day-use area ideal for fishing and picnicking. Campsites have fire rings, tables and barbecues. Barbecues and picnic tables are available at the day use site.

Those with walking difficulties can fish from an accessible fishing pier, while kayakers can take advantage of a specially designed launch site.

There are no fees for the day use site. Campsite fees are $8 per night; the group site is $12 nightly. Camping is on a first-come, first served basis, with a limit of 14 days. Reservations are not accepted. A camp host is on site.

The campground is five miles west of Fall River Mills along State Highway 299.

Four Black Bears 6/21/17

Four Black Bears Transferred to Oakland Zoo  Under Unique Circumstances
A female black bear and her three cubs were transferred to Oakland Zoo from the care of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Wildlife Investigations Lab on Tuesday.

Though it is CDFW policy not to place large adult mammals into captivity, a sequence of unique circumstances provided these bears an opportunity for a life as educational ambassadors at Oakland Zoo’s upcoming California Trail exhibit, rather than euthanasia for the sow and attempted rehabilitation of the cubs.

In the early hours of Monday, May 15, the sow and cubs broke into a home in Pine Mountain Club in Kern County. The elderly resident of the home attempted to haze the bears by banging pots and pans to no avail. The sow charged and swiped at the resident, causing injury to her left arm. She was treated at a local hospital and is recovering.

Per the CDFW public safety policy, a black bear that is known to have attacked or injured a human is deemed a public safety bear and must be euthanized.

During the investigation, CDFW learned of eight other incidents in the same vicinity over the three weeks leading up to the incident involving a sow with three cubs, believed to be the same four bears. These incidents were not reported to CDFW. None of these incidents resulted in human injury, however the bears did significant property damage to vehicles, garages and homes.

On the night of May 15, CDFW set a culvert trap in Pine Mountain Club and by the early morning of May 16, the sow and her cubs were safely captured. CDFW transported them to a holding facility at the Wildlife Investigations Laboratory near Sacramento. The cubs were approximately 12-15 lbs. and not yet weaned from the sow.

CDFW decided to hold and monitor all four bears until the cubs were weaned, with the hope that the cubs could be rehabilitated and eventually returned to their natural habitat. As a known public safety animal, the sow was to be euthanized per CDFW policy.

However as monitoring continued, CDFW staff determined that the bears were habituated to humans and not suitable candidates for release. CDFW began to search for a captive facility for the cubs.

Oakland Zoo requested to take the three cubs, as well as the sow, for their 56-acre California Trail expansion, its focus to highlight California’s natural habitat as part of an initiative to emphasize native species and educate the public about human-wildlife issues. In the interest of the cubs’ well-being and outreach opportunity, CDFW supported this unique strategy of placing the sow into captivity.

The exhibit, scheduled to open in summer of 2018, is intended to mimic California habitat, educate visitors about wildlife in California and inspire people to take action for the future of the state’s wildlife resources and habitats.

“Oakland Zoo is very grateful to be in a position to provide a home for these bears,” said Dr. Joel Parrott, President and CEO of Oakland Zoo. “They are an important example of the human-wildlife conflict and highlight how we need to care for wildlife throughout California.”

“We are so happy to be able to help these four bears,” said Colleen Kinzley, Director of Animal Care, Conservation and Research at Oakland Zoo. “As too often is the case when wild animals come into conflict with humans, it’s the animals that lose. Oakland Zoo’s purpose is to help people understand the challenges and the responsibilities of living with wildlife. Our first responsibility will be to provide these bears a rich life in a complex natural habitat that will be part of our new California Trail exhibit opening in 2018. We will share their story and help people to understand the role we all have in preventing these types of situations.”

Tuesday’s transfer of a sow, predestined for euthanasia, with her three cubs was highly unusual. No opportunity for transfer of a known public safety animal has previously existed. This situation is unique and does not set precedent for future outcomes for other habituated bears, public safety animals or nuisance wildlife. Additionally, captivity is far from an ideal outcome for a wild bear.

The best outcome for these black bears would have been to exhibit natural, healthy behaviors in their native habitat, free of human-related attractants, wildlife feeding issues and eventual habituation. During CDFW’s investigation, Pine Mountain Club residents reported that the sow had been well known in the area for a couple of years and they believed this was her first litter of cubs. The sow was known to scavenge for human-related food sources, cause property damage, and was teaching her cubs how to enter vehicles and homes in search of food. As a result of habituation, these bears did not recognize how to search for or rely on natural food sources.

“We are thankful for the unique opportunity Oakland Zoo has provided for these bears, and for the partnership that developed because of it,” said CDFW Wildlife Veterinarian Brandon Munk. “These four bears will have a new facility to call home and a group of people to help care for them. While it is always best to keep wildlife in the wild, sometimes that is not a good option. Wildlife that habituates to humans or becomes a public safety concern are not good candidates to be released back into the wild. There will never be enough space in zoos to place habituated or public safety animals, so we all must do our part to keep wildlife wild, by not feeding wildlife.”

Despite extensive public education and outreach in Pine Mountain Club about how to live in bear country, many residents are known to feed bears. Not only is feeding wild animals illegal, giving them access to human food and garbage causes them to lose their natural foraging habits and can make them aggressive.

CDFW regularly educates communities about how to keep both humans and wild animals safe. CDFW will continue to reach out to Pine Mountain Club and surrounding communities to create bear-aware communities and prevent future circumstances like this. Learn more at

Mental Health First Aid 6/21/17

Flyer attached with full details. Reservations are required.
EMS and BRN CEs available through Nor-Cal EMS (8 hours = 8 CEs)

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

In this 8 hour course you will learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing: ü Panic attacks ü Suicidal thoughts or behaviors ü Non suicidal self-injury ü Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions) ü Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use ü Reaction to a traumatic event

Time: 8am to 5pm Wednesday June 28, 2017
Location: New Loyalton Museum/Auditorium (next to City Hall behind Golden West Saloon) 605 School Street Loyalton CA 96118  MHFA Class June 2017

Smoke Gets in His Eyes 6/21/17


Let me begin by setting the stage for what happened:

Lou once thought of a life after Downieville

In the late summer of 1995 Undersheriff David Marshall came to me to offer that years training assignments. He explained to me that he had two classes in mind for me. One was Underwater Basketweaving and the other was Reading Smoke Signals. Although the basketweaving class sounded fun, I thought the Reading Smoke Signal training might be more conducive to the duties of being a Deputy Sheriff and Sierra County as it borders Washoe County Nevada and some of that tribe takes up residence in Sierra County. The training was very informative and fun to boot. For the remainder of my career I was never able to use that skill, until today.

This morning I depart for my walk. As I leave my hut I notice a large amount of smoke in the Dayton Valley. I conclude that yesterday’s thunderstorms must have started range fires in that valley and am hopeful they get extinguished quickly. I take the “upper town” tour today as it didn’t seem to be as hot as it was yesterday. As I begin up “A” Street I notice the smoke was quickly clearing. As I approach the Piper Opera House I look toward the valley and see what appears to be smoke signals coming from the valley floor. At first I don’t think too much about it and then the thought pops into the cranium. I had training to learn how to read these back in 1995. Why not try to read these?

I stop and find a place to clearly see the signals. Here is what I deciphered from the first set.


I thought about that for a minute and said to myself. “are you kidding, you can buy advertisements for smoke signals?” This has just gone too far! But wait, more signals are rising from the valley floor.


I think about this for a minute and I just can’t believe what I’ am ciphering. I realize it has been awhile since the training and that maybe my ciphering is a little rusty. I see the signals rise again confirming what I had ciphered. Boy, this is exciting! My house will be ready on time! But, still a little unsure, I hopped in the motor coach and traversed the trail to the office of Lennar Homes in Dayton. I meet with Margaret and she confirms my ciphering. She shares some more information for later use and sends me on my way. I’ am having trouble containing my excitement so I visit various establishments that sale accessories for new homes. Turns out to be a fun day filled with new and exciting things for the home.

I would like to thank Undersheriff David Marshall (retired) for allowing me to attend this training. It finally paid off!

Pam and Russ, what does it cost to buy Smoke Signal Ads?

Hmmmm, maybe the heat has gotten to me.

Amazing & Thanks 6/21/17


Thank you to the Calpine​ & Sierra Valley​ Community for supporting the Calpine Volunteer Fire Department ​at​ our BBQ Fundraiser on June 20th at the Sierra Valley Lodge. It was an amazing and successful event! We appreciated seeing so many people donate their time, ​hard work and energy towards the fire department while at the same time coming together as a community.
Angela Haick, Fire Chief

Lessons for Tennis Begin 6/21/17


Summer tennis in 2016

The Downieville Tennis Program  will begin Thursday June 29, 2017 Lessons are every Tuesday and Thursday. Participants from ages 5 through 11 will take to the court at 8:00  a.m. and those from ages 12 through 17 will start at 9:00 a.m. . Some exceptions will be made for families with two or more children to save on shuttling. If you have a child between the ages of 5 and 17 that would like to participate in this summer’s program, please call Paul at 530-289-1018 or email to
Prior notice is not required. You may bring your child on any of the scheduled days. There is no fee for this opportunity although donations are very welcome.

The operating costs for this summer opportunity is approximately $1,500. This allows two high school instructors and an adult supervisor. We need to replace the deck leading into the tennis shed. We have not been able to secure a grant for the past two years and our operating funds have shrunk to the point that this program, without community support, will be unable to continue this program much longer.
The lessons of courtesy, respect and cooperation will continue to be emphasized along with the many other skills that organized life-long sports can foster. Board members of the tennis organization are Paul Douville, Tom Potter, Bryan Davey, Kristy Folsom, and Tim Beals.

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