Wednesday March 22, 2017


You are cordially invited to the 2nd Joint Mixer presented by The Sierra County Chamber and the East Sierra Valley Chamber. This event will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Loyalton Museum

I hate it when I’m not through with the Prospect by 5 p.m. because then I don’t get to concentrate on the 5 o’clock news. Of course these days the only thing we hear is doom and gloom about how awful everyone is, except for Himself of course. I’m fairly certain we all know who Himself his, he is the President who shall not be named. The guy in the White House… oh wait, more than likely he’s at Mar A Lago in Florida, or he might be visiting the First Lady at Trump Tower in New York…. I don’t even know why I’m talking about this, he is such a SAD, PATHETIC supposed leader of the free world.

So just read the Mountain Messenger for real news and there is quite a bit of information in this edition of the Prospect. You might also subscribe to the New York Times and Washington Post. Just get your news from more than one source and check out everything for factual information. That’s the world we live in now.

So we have Board of Supervisors, Be Encouraged, Carrie’s Corner, Carol’s Movies, columnists Kathy Kelly, Tom Hastings, and  Mel Gurtov, Others, Photos and local events.

The photo this week was taken by Donna McNamara has she looked out her window to enjoy the first day of Spring in Downieville. Another great photo today was taken looking over our town by Lee Adams — right here.

Mountain Messenger (celebration) 3/22/17

It is soooooo…. difficult to write about Don Russell, Editor of the Mountain Messenger every week, mostly he doesn’t do anything too interesting… it is just write, write, write with him…. all of his efforts are in print on paper… one rarely sees him in public unless he is at St. Charles Church and on occasion Coyoteville Cafe with Larry (his one real friend). Well he does appear at the Board of Supervisors and many other meetings involving Sierra County where he gleans the news. He does that better than anyone else in the Sierra County world of journalism. His mother is very proud of him being the conscientious person he has grown into, not much gets by him that’s for sure. Be sure to support the Mountain Messenger so Don is able to have lunch at Coyoteville. He also likes Jaada’s as it is next door to his church…Now’s the time to make plans for your Easter Day ads in the Messenger. Little kids love to read about the Easter Bunny.

3/22/17 Sheryl, Bill and Lee celebrate when they realize Don isn’t at Coyoteville and their lunches will be serene…

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 in as below 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…..

Disaster Declared 3/22/17

On March 16th President Donald J. Trump declared a major disaster exists in the State of California and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from January 18 to January 23, 2017.

Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in the counties of El Dorado, Kern, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Trinity, Tuolumne, and Yolo.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Robert J. Fenton, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Timothy J. Scranton as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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

Schools Chief Vows to Fight 3/22/17

Schools Chief Vows to Fight President Trump’s Proposed Federal Budget Cuts to Education

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is very disappointing and goes in the wrong direction with funding cuts that would hurt disadvantaged children, after school programs, teacher training, and other important services.
Torlakson said these cuts hurt programs that help prepare California students for jobs in the fiercely competitive, 21st century global economy.
Trump’s planned budget would take hundreds of millions of dollars from California by eliminating federal funds for programs that have proven successful in educating at-risk students, especially those from low-income backgrounds. It also reduces financial assistance to low-income college students.
“These devastating cuts shortchange our schools. By failing to invest in our students, we fail our society, our economy, and our nation,” he said. “This proposal takes us backward, jeopardizing California’s progress in improving our schools and preparing students for college and the 21st century economy.”
The President’s proposal would take away up to $132 million from California’s award-winning after school programs, which provide academic support, fitness, nutrition, and other engaging programs that help keep students in school. California has the nation’s largest after school network with more than 4,500 before and after school programs serving about 825,000 students.
The budget proposal would also wipe out $241 million to train principals and teachers with the latest education techniques and information.
Trump’s budget proposal also sets aside $250 million for a nationwide voucher program that would give public money to private schools. California voters have twice voted by large margins against voucher ballot measures.
“Voucher programs take taxpayer dollars away from public schools, starving them of the resources they need to provide a first-class education to students who remain in public schools,” he said. “Californians have said loudly and clearly that they do not want vouchers.”
Torlakson said he will urge Congress to reject these proposals when he travels to Washington, D.C. next week to meet with legislators from both parties.
Torlakson said he was pleased that the Trump budget proposal retains support for special education programs, but called for the federal government to make good on its commitment to fund 40 percent of its mandates, a pledge that has never been fulfilled.

Carol’s Movie 3/22/17

The Californians – Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant, mini mansions. His sister Olive a raving environmentalist, thinks otherwise, and aims to stop her brother’s land gobbling plans. When Zoe Tripp a striking beautiful folk singer, joins Olive’s cause, Gavin gets thrown for a loop, falling hard for the striking young woman with the golden voice. Caught between Olive’s righteousness and Gavin’s affection, the idealistic and innocent Zoe, coached by her parents and a maternal environmentalist must choose between a cause she’s grown up supporting, or the affections of a man who stands for everything she believes is wrong.
Director: Jonathan Parker Stars: Noah Wyle, Illeana Douglas, Kate Mara

Carol Marshall

Carol Says:

I must have read a good review on this movie for me to have ordered it from Netflix. We could not even make it through the first 45 minutes. Rarely do we stop watching a movie, but really, we had to. It is supposed to be a satire, but it was just bad acting and blah.

A real estate developer is trying to build mini-mansions in the beautiful rolling hills in central California, and a group of people are trying to stop him. And he falls in love with one of the main protesters.

If possible, miss this movie.

Weekly Warrior by Aaron Foster 3/22/17

Welcome back to another Weekly Warrior article! This week Mrs. Galan’s class is learning about leprechauns and the students even made unique inventive traps for St. Patrick’s Day to catch those sneaky little guys. The class is also reviewing fact families and learning more about adjectives and telling time!
Ms. McDermid’s class had an amazing time on their field trip on March 8th – March 10th to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the California Academy of Science. The class has written ocean reports that they have presented to the K-2nd grade class. Everyone in Ms. Maire’s class is making a bunch of clay pots and decorations for their garden. They are currently learning about the Westward Expansion and the California missions.
Mr. Corcoran’s varsity basketball team went up against the old Warriors on
Saturday the 11th. Sadly they ended up losing with a final score of 63-78. Mr. Corcoran said his players didn’t have a chance against “the old cheating Warriors”. Everyone had a great and exciting time during the event, as always.
This past weak we have had some awesome guest speakers come in such as Henry O’Donnell and Mandy Beatty. On March 15th they talked about the Trail Stewardship jobs available this summer for students. They even put our skills to the test and took us outside, to see if we could work as a team and do what they would do on one of their normal days of work. Everyone enjoyed their visit and we are very thankful they came. Dr. Pete Villarreal, the Director of Public Safety for the Yuba Community College District, came on March 20th. He told us about Yuba College and its programs for a Medical Technician Career, Fire Service Career, and a Law Enforcement Career. He encouraged us to try to achieve our goals by telling us that just because we come from a small school does not mean that we can’t dream big and achieve those dreams. Our next guest speaker will be coming on Tuesday, April 4th. The California Poet Laureate will be coming in to read some poetry for us. We also encourage people to come on over because it’s open to the public in the Yuba Theatre at 12:15.
The drama class is making great progress for the spring play. We are now blocking out songs, lines, and some cool dancing. The schools Visual Art teacher Dianne Bruns has been helping out with set and costume design. Cathy Stewart is our great pianist; Peggy Daigle is our lovely singer; and Kathy Fischer is our fabulous dancer. All of them are an amazing help with the spring play because they’re great teachers. The spring play this year will be on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd, so put it on your calendars and we hopefully will see you there.
People from WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) will be visiting our school from Monday, April 3rd to Wednesday the 5th. This is a serious occasion that we have been preparing for awhile now. WASC is responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary, and elementary schools in the United States.
The 3rd Quarter is coming to an end, so parents look out for those report cards! The official end of the quarter is Friday the 24th. April 7th is a minimum day and so is the 14th because of our snow day.
Thanks everyone for reading this week’s Weekly Warrior! Have an amazing spring!!

FireHouse News 3/22/17


ALLEGHANY: March 13th Firefighter training. EMT  Continuing education. March 15th Pliocene Ridge Community Service District meeting, in Pike City.
CALPINE: All’s quiet…No emergencies, no training, no meetings…
CAMPTONVILLE: March 14th Firefighter training.
DOWNIEVILLE: March 16th Firefighter training. March 19th Responded for an ill male, who was transported to SNMH. *Responded for an injured male, who was transported to SNMH.
LOYALTON: March 13th Firefighters trained in Beckwourth, wildland task force & two tabletop exercises. March 16th Responded for an ambulance assist, for a patient who was choking.
PIKE CITY: March 15th PRCSD meeting. March 16th Basic 32 training.
SATTLEY: All’s quiet….no emergencies, no training, no meetings….
SIERRA CITY: March 19th The Hilda repeater was successfully brought back on-line, and is working again!!
SIERRAVILLE: All’s quiet… emergencies, no training, no meetings….

Board of Supervisors 3/22/17



The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session  on March 21, 2017 in the Loyalton Social Hall, in the Loyalton City Park, Loyalton, CA. This meeting will be recorded for posting on the Board of Supervisors’ website at

Heather Foster –

The Board of Supervisors may hold a Closed Session as the agenda schedule permits.


Call to Order by Chair Peter Heubner
Pledge of Allegiance led by Supervisor Adams
Roll Call– Supervisors Heubner, Adams, Roen, Schlefstein present, Supervisor Beard was absent.
Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board – Approved 4/0
PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY- Ernest Rembird at Loyalton Mobile Estates  believes Supes are being mislead, they’ll never get their money back. David Allen also lives in LME Park has no where else to live, hopes someone will come in and run park. Nona Griesert. Business Mgr for SPUSD was introduced by Supt. Dr. Merrill Grant. Michael Perry of LME says something has to be done, needs to know who runs disaster plan, as a Ham Operator could help out more than police department could. Mark Marin, Mayor of Loyalton said $5,000 dollars a month costs on sewer and water from LME City doesn’t own lines in Park. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS – Supervisor Roen talked about Co-Gen Plant is still an ongoing planning process

DEPARTMENT MANAGERS’ REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS- Director Beals talked about recovery and applicant meetings for OES and FEMA, no final restoration work is to be done until there is joint inspection by FEMA and OES and funding approved for financial recovery, it will be a long term process and likely all damaged roads will not be opened this year, the county cannot control the process, he asked  Board “not to shoot the messenger” #2 – RAC project requests include tree mortality and invasive species. #3 Webber Lake will be open for first time in history to general public. #4 New building codes are in place effective January 1st this year. #5 On the LME an inspection was done by state, there will be a meeting at 9 a.m. on April 19th at Loyalton Social Hall complicated, social, economic, emotional issue and hopefully some information could result in some solutions.

Update by Sierraville District Ranger Quentin Youngblood on items that may affect the County of Sierra. RAC meeting will be rescheduled due to  Dept of Agriculture probably in May. NID working with District on Jackson Meadows facilities, time to look at shared operation of campground facilities.

Discussion/direction regarding the use of personal devices by County employees. All personal communication devices and personal email accounts not be used by county employees for county business. Adams says send to Finance Committee, Schlefstein asked to go to Government Committee. Goes to Government Committee on Tues March 28 1 p.m. at Downieville Courthouse. Bring back recommendation to Board.

ROP Personal Device Discussion_Direction.pdf

Discussion/direction regarding adoption of resolution and approval of Cooperative Law Enforcement Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Operating and Financial Plan between the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office and the USDA, Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Approved 4/0

Board Packet.pdf

Resolution approving agreement between the City of Loyalton and the County of Sierra to lease an office for the Probation Department in Loyalton. Approved 4/0

Probation Office in Loyalton.pdf

Services Agreement with Hansen Bros. Enterprises for emergency work for slide removal and erosion repair on Kanaka Creek Road due to the January 2017 storms. Approved 4/0

Services Agreement with Hansen Bros. Enterprises for emergency work for mudslide cleanup on Goodyears Creek Road due to the January 2017 storms. Approved 4/0

Authorize letter of support for SB 1 (Beall) Transportation Funding and Reform Packages. Approved 4/0

SB 1.Item.pdf
Authorize letter of support for AB 1 (Frazier) Transportation Funding and Reform Packages. Approved 4/0

AB 1.ITEM.pdf
Progress report and discussion on landfill closure process. There will be little interruption to the residents of the county, transfer stations will still be the place to take our trash. That’s what is most important to me.

Progress Report.Landfill.Item.pdf

Approval of letter to Mr. Ben Metcalf, Director California Department of Housing and Community Development regarding the Loyalton Mobile Home Park – County of Sierra Workshop. (CHAIR HUEBNER) Approved 4/0

Loyalton Mobile Home Letter.pdf
Discussion/authorization to move forward with the purchase of property located at 202 Front Street, Loyalton, CA for the Sierra County Department of Health and Human Services. (SUPERVISOR ROEN) Approved 4/0

202 Front Street HHS Building.pdf
Discussion/direction to refer to the Board of Supervisors Finance Committee the hiring of employees who are currently working for, or have previously worked for an agency who participates in the California retirement system. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) 4/0 but stay tuned

California retirement system.pdf
Appointments to the Downieville Fire Protection District. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Irving Christensen of Indian Valley, and Michael Galan of Downieville were reappointed. 4/0

Appointment Downiville Fire Protection District.pdf
Appointments to the Sierra County (Calpine) Waterworks District. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Russell Rosewood, Christine Lindberg and Salli Wise all of Calpine were reappointed.

Appointment Calpine Waterworks District.pdf
Approval of letter of support for SB 447 re: Multicounty assessment appeals boards. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS) Approved 4/0

SB 447 Letter.pdf
CLOSED SESSION –  No action reported on 11A /11B

Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) – anticipated litigation – Sierra County v. Department of Finance for the State of California.

Closed Session Anticipated Litigation.pdf
Closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) – conference with legal counsel – anticipated litigation – 1 case.

Closed Session Anticipated Litigation.pdf
Items placed on the Consent Agenda are of a routine and non-controversial nature and are approved by a blanket roll call vote. At the time the Consent Agenda is considered, items may be deleted from the Consent Agenda by any Board member or Department Manager and added to the Regular Agenda directed by the Chairman.
Amendment to Agreement 2016-061 for professional services between Thomas E. Bittker, MD, LTD and the County of Sierra. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)

Bittker Amendment Board.pdf
Resolution approving the submittal of an application for the Local Enforcement Agency Grant and authorizing Director, Interim Director, or Assistant Director to execute the necessary application for the securing of grant funds. (PUBLIC HEALTH)

LEA Application.pdf
Resolution approving the Children’s Medical Services (CMS) plan for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. (PUBLIC HEALTH)

CMS Plan Board.pdf
Resolution adopting pay tables for the County of Sierra and Special Revenue Funds. (AUDITOR)

pay tables resolution.pdf
Resolution adjusting the approved baseline increase from the Long Valley Groundwater Management District to the Sierra Valley Groundwater Management District for the 2016/2017 Budget. (AUDITOR)

Budget adjustment Groundwater Districts.pdf
Resolution authorizing inter‐agency vehicle transfer from Sierra County to the Sierra Plumas Joint Unified School District. (PUBLIC WORKS)

Surplus Vans.Item.pdf
Resolution updating listing of authorized representatives to acquire surplus property through the auspices of the California State Agency for Surplus Property, and authorization to complete and submit new application for eligibility for the State and Federal Surplus Property Program through the California Department of General Services. (PUBLIC WORKS)

Governing Body Resolution naming authorizing agents for the designation of applicants agents for the purpose of obtaining federal financial assistance due to the winter storms. (OES)

disaster_authorized signature resolution.pdf
Agreement for Indemnification and Reimbursement for Extraordinary Costs for Billy and Kathleen Epps, Applicants and Landowners for consideration of a Conditional Use Permit to allow the use of a travel trailer while constructing a single family residence. The project site, identified as APN 002-130-028, is located at 215 Gold Bluff Road, Downieville. (PLANNING)

Epps_Indemnification Packet.pdf
Letter from Karma Hackney, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) regarding the U.S. Small Business Administration declaring certain counties in the State of Nevada and California a disaster area.

CalOES Letter.pdf

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