Rural Economics 12/6/17

In Lassen County, 72 percent of voters chose Donald Trump in the November 2016 presidential election. Since then, progressives in this rural Northern California county have found their voices, starting the grassroots Lassen Indivisibles and establishing a Democratic Committee to organize resistance to Trump’s agenda. On Saturday, about 20 people turned out to protest the tax cut bill, joined by Congressional candidate Marty Walters and waving colorful signs at passing motorists in Susanville.

“This tax bill will add at least one trillion dollars to our national debt, even with the rosiest economic assumptions,” said Walters, “and that will be a debt our children and grandchildren will have to fix. Most of us living in California will end up paying higher taxes to subsidize millionaires and large corporations.”

In a November 20 press release, incumbent Congressman Doug LaMalfa stated, “We are delivering on the promise we made to the American people to make paying taxes fair and simple.” Despite his promise to deliver tax cuts to most families in his district, many Northern Californians are concerned about how the elimination of important deductions will affect them, like those for state and local taxes, tuition and student loan expenses.

Democratic challengers to LaMalfa, including Walters, will be visiting Susanville on December 17, 2017 for a candidate forum. The event will take place at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall at 1 p.m.

Marty Walters for Congress

Marty Walters is running for Congress to represent one of California’s largest and most rural districts, the First Congressional District, to give voice to our unique views and needs. She is running on a platform of building new rural economies, including better internet for rural people. A key aspect of our new rural economy is managing our forests and watersheds for fire resilience and sustainable water, timber, and recreational use. Walters will also work to develop roadmap toward single payer healthcare.

Walters is the first candidate for federal office from Plumas County, California.

Community Forums 12/6/17


“The Future of Emergency Medical &
Paramedic Services in Western Sierra County”

Downieville Community Hall
Wednesday, December 13 at 6 PM

Sierra City Community Hall
Monday, December 18 at 6 PM

Join your neighbors at these vital meetings
to maintain Advanced Medical Services and a
Paramedic on the Ambulance Response Team.

Meet your Paramedic, Rachel Defibaugh.
Appetizers will be served. Sponsored by Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc.

Holiday Safety Tips 12/6/17

The main tips for holiday and travel safety include:
Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
Keep candles away from flammable materials or consider                                          using flameless candles instead.
Keep an eye on food when cooking.
Turn off holiday lights at night.
Keep your tree watered, do not let your holiday tree dry out.
Shop securely online over the holidays.

Decorate Safely 12/6/17

Decorate Safely for the Holidays – Water Your Christmas Tree Every Day
Keep your holidays happy with safe decorations.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.  Be fire smart as you deck the halls for a festive holiday season with these USFA tips:

Water Christmas trees every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch fire easily.
Make sure Christmas trees are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. Also, make sure the tree does not block exits.
Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away strands with frayed or pinched wires. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
Turn off all holiday lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where you can not knock them down.
Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns. Never leave a burning candle alone in an empty room.

VA Hotline Staffed 12/6/17


White House VA Hotline Now Fully Staffed
and Operational Around the Clock to Serve Nation’s Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the White House VA Hotline, first launched in June as part of President Donald J. Trump’s commitment to reforming VA, is now fully staffed with live agents working to serve Veterans 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

The hotline, which became 24-hour operational in mid-October, is now staffed by a team consisting of 90 percent Veterans or employees who have a Veteran family member, and is in response to Veterans’ requests to talk to agents who could relate to their experiences.

“The White House VA Hotline provides our nation’s Veterans with a direct, dedicated contact line that allows them to interact with highly trained, live agents to answer their needs and concerns,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin.

“Since the initial launch of the hotline in June, we listened to our Veterans, who indicated that they prefer speaking with other Veterans and Veteran family members, and we adjusted our hiring based on that feedback,” added Shulkin.

“We’re proud that the hotline is now staffed 24/7 by a team of mostly Veterans or Veteran family members who have direct knowledge of their particular concerns and can use their experience to address them in the best way possible with the resources of the VA. This represents a true win-win for Veterans and their loved ones.”

Since 24/7 coverage began in October, the hotline has served more than 10,000 callers.

Hotline agents answer inquiries, provide directory assistance, document concerns about VA care, benefits and services, and expedite the referral and resolution of those concerns. Agents undergo regular updates and training on VA services based on hotline trends and are assisted by newly implemented tracking software to help VA capture and improve its response, referral and resolution processes to best support Veterans.

The hotline can be accessed at 855-948-2311 and is VA’s first non-clinical, non-emergency around-the-clock call center. It provides Veterans a supplemental option to report issues if they are not being addressed through VA’s normal customer service channels.

The hotline’s agents are located at a VA facility in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Agents have access to a multitude of resources and contact information to help Veterans. The hotline also generates real-time reports to VA experts who can help address the specific issues of Veterans as well as make better-informed decisions on where program improvements are needed.

Pet Parade and Santa 12/6/17


The winners were: 1st Place – Trixie (Barbara O’Donnell)
2nd Place – Lucky Bacon (Brandon Pangman Family)
3rd Place – Lola and Chloe (Cindy McCreary)                                                             Most Annoying – Milo and Bernard (Danielle Williamson)
Cutest – Rama (Tessa Jordan)

Veterans Online Appts 12/6/17

Veterans Can Now Schedule Appointments Online

New Online Appointment Scheduling Service Integrated with My HealtheVet

Veterans at more than 100 VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) across the country are now able to request or schedule certain types of appointments online through My HealtheVet.

What does this mean for you?

If you have VA health care benefits, you can schedule or request some of your VA health appointments online if:

What types of appointments can I schedule online?

  • You can schedule a primary care appointment at a participating VA facility where you have had a primary care appointment in the last two years.
  • You may also be able to schedule specialty appointments, such as outpatient mental health, optometry, and audiology, at participating facilities.

Login to Schedule a Health Appointment Online

What if my facility or appointment type is not supported?

If your facility does not currently participate in online scheduling, please know that we are working to expand access to additional medical centers. We are also working to add additional appointment types. If you need to make an appointment immediately, you can still call the VA health facility where you want to receive care. Find your VA health facility’s phone number.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Holiday on Main at the Downieville Community Hall is this Saturday, Santa will be coming around noon, lots of food, vendors, fun and then before you go home see the performances at the Yuba Theatre and Bake Goods Auction, which benefits the Artists in School program, starts at 5pm  this Saturday, December 2. Don’t miss it.  “The Christmas Carol” performed by Downieville students is showing on Saturday, December 2nd at 5:00pm in the Yuba Theatre.

Don’t forget the Annual Pet Parade at the Downieville Firehouse at 12 noon sponsored by the Sierra County Animal Relief Fund (SCARF)

Big changes in Social Security coming in 2018. Click the link for more information.

Need a wonderful friend? Here are some wonderful friends that need you.

Listening to the President of the United States of America talking to Native American Veterans about their unique contribution in WWII as “Codetalkers” and in this ceremony honoring Veterans he chose to take a moment to make disparaging remarks about Senator Elizabeth Warren… WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM?? Omg… words can’t say… he’s just disgusting, I am so ashamed of his representation of the USA. Okay, but is his real motive in playing the idiot to defer attention from the real damage to all of us… for instance, when Richard Cordray Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau resigned on Friday, the agency’s Chief of Staff Leandra English, was appointed Deputy Director, a natural and wise chain of knowledge. The position requires confirmation by the Senate, however Trump immediately thwarted the due process and appointed his own lackey, Mick Mulvaney, being more interested in pleasing lobbyists for the banking industry. it is apparent time after time that Trump is only interested in dismantling our government which was developed for “of the people, by the people, for the people”, to a government favoring the wealthy and the rest of us be damned. He himself personally has taken the position it is smart to declare bankruptcy to save his money rather than pay contractors, small business owners and laborers their rightful due. Please don’t listen to his words, although hard to ignore, but watch what he is doing to our country, he is doing away with all protection for the “common man”. Too tRUMP we are all “losers” and don’t deserve protection from people like him. We need to protect ourselves before it is too late.

So, read our columnists Tom Hastings, Robert Koehler, Kary Love and Kathy Kelly to try and make sense of the times…oh these times….. Carrie’s Corner, Be Encouraged, Carol’s Movies, news, events and things to do this week. This weekend will be fun in Downieville so lets get light and smile for a day.

The photo this week is by New Your Times photographer Tiffany Brown and depicts the loveliness of our Lakes Basin area. It was in the article about the San Francisco Opera Girls of the Golden West.

Annual Christmas Extravaganza 11/29/17

This Saturday, December 2, the Sierra County Animal Relief Fund reprises its annual Christmas Extravaganza during Downieville’s Holiday on Main. The event is comprised of the Pet Parade, a Stocking Raffle, and a Silent Auction.

The Pet Parade begins at 12:00 noon, in front of the firehouse. People are invited to bring
their furry family members, costumed as they wish, and join in the fun. There will be judging in various categories, with prizes awarded.

Tickets for the raffle sell for $1.00 each, or six for $5.00. Raffle items, as of now, are: 4 tickets to Fairytale Town; 2 dinners at Los Dos Hermanos; free oil change and filter service at Plaza Tires; toys, treats, and hair roller from Plumas Veterinary Services; four $20 gift certificates to South Pine Cafe; a $50 gift certificate at SPD Markets; and, four $25 gift
certificates at Volz Brothers Automotive. More prizes may be added prior to the event.

Current items in the silent auction are : Ashford spinning wheel; basket of goodies from
BriarPatch Co-op; four 1-day Park Hopper Tickets to Disneyland Park and Disney California Park Adventure; bag of animal treats and toys from Incredible Pets; Yard Games
package, poop bag holder, and doggie duvet cover from Kurgo; vaccinations (with owner-paid annual exam), toys, and a hair roller from Plumas Veterinary Services; 4 infield tickets to Reno Aces Baseball; four tickets to Sacramento River Cats Baseball; and, 2-weekday night stay in private double-occupancy room, and one-month membership, at Sierra
Hot Springs. For more information, or to purchase raffle tickets or make auction bids prior to the event, call Rachel at 289-2720, or Linda or Paul at 289-2751.

Fund in Plumas 11/29/17

The groundwork has be laid for a major fundraising opportunity in Plumas County. The Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival was designed to draw visitors from across the west coast to Plumas County. The 2017 festival was a modest success, but considered a major success when it comes to fine tuning the possibilities. Organizers are confident that attendance will substantially grow each year. One of the challenges with a newer event is the classic chicken or the egg. The event needs to offer certain amenities to draw people, but it’s difficult to secure amenities without a guarantee of people.

A weakness at the 2017 festival was a lack of food choices. A couple of food vendors withdrew at the last minute fearing a lack of business. There was one commercial food vendor and then the Quincy Lions club, who sold root beer floats. Those who attended the festival appreciated the food offering, but overwhelmingly asked for more choices. One of the special selling points of the Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival is the local hospitality visitors experienced. For that reason, organizers believe that a variety of foods, offered by local non-profits, would be a great way to fill the food need, as well as show off the friendliness of local organizations.

This strategy is used to great success at other events in California. Groups offer a single specialty item, which reduces the strain on the organization’s resources. There is less waste, less training and lower up-front costs when a group is not tackling a larger menu. Look for booths offering tacos, deli sandwiches, tri tip plates, baked goods, salads, chili, paella, or even pork chops on a stick. By keeping most commercial vendors out of the event, it gives each organization a chance to make some money, especially as the event grows. If there is robust participation from local groups, organizers plan on making this a permanent feature of the festival.

Any group that has a mission that benefits the community can participate. Interested parties are urged to contact John Steffanic at the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds, 283-6272 or visit the Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival webpage; The 2018 festival will be held at the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds on Labor Day Weekend, August 31-September 2.

Boat Ramp Winters 11/29/17

Almanor Boat Ramp closing for winter
CHESTER, Calif. — The Almanor Ranger District will be removing the Almanor Boat Ramp for the season on December 5, 2017. The ramp is not designed to withstand the winter conditions that are experienced at Lake Almanor. Boaters will still be able to enjoy lake access via the Canyon Dam Boat Launch, which is free of charge to use. Located on the southernmost end of Lake Almanor, the Canyon Dam Boat Launch will remain open for the winter season. The Canyon Dam Boat Launch access road is located just southeast of Rocky Point Campground on Highway 89.

The Almanor Ranger District anticipates returning the Almanor Boat Ramp to service in late April of 2018. For further information, please contact Stacy Kronner, District Recreation Officer at 530-258-2141.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Gratitude Expressed 11/29/17

Dear Editor:

The Western Sierra Food Bank, Inc Board Members wish to express our gratitude for very generous donations from the Miss Jody dinner that has been received. This will help immensely with Holiday and food baskets throughout the year.

We want all to know how appreciative those are that receive these baskets. Food not only replenishes the body but also the spirit and hopes of those that receive but also those that give so generously to the communities of western Sierra County.

Sincerely, Bette Jo Lang, Chairperson

LaMalfa’s Merry Act 11/29/17

Tax cut for Lamalfa/ the Shaft for the rest of us.

Mr. LaMalfa has made it clear he supports Trumps tax cut for the WEALTHY while continuing to give the shaft to the rest of his constituents as he has been doing since Trump got into office. The tax cut will go as follows:

Top 1% receive a 25% tax cut
Top 4 % receive a 25% tax cut
Remaining 96% will receive a TEMPORARY (until 2026) doubling of the household deduction. BUT:
You can’t claim any children
You can’t claim your house interest
You can’t claim school expenses
You can’t claim the state and federal taxes you paid.

This tax cut to the WEALTHY will raise the deficit over 1 trillion a year and is PERMANENT FOR THE WEALTHY.

Tax brackets will change:
Lower tax bracket will go from 10% to 12 %
Middle tax bracket will go from 15% to 25%
Upper tax bracket will go from 39% to 25%

In 2026 and 2027 if tax revenues hit a certain level, corporations will receive another 120 Billion in tax breaks which is when the middle classes supposed (but not really a tax break) will end so the middle class will be paying for another tax break for the rich at this time.

Also, if the so-called representatives of the people find out that the huge deficit of 1 trillion a year is not a big as they projected it would be, then they will get another tax cut to make sure the deficit actually reaches 1 trillion and they can pocket even more.

To help offset a little of these deficits they plan on cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits even more than they have.

These people, who say they represent the people, claim that the United States pays some of the highest taxes in the World. This is just an outright LIE!!! We are the FORTH LOWEST TAXED NATION IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!

This is Mr. LaMalfa’s Christmas Gift to his constituents. Are We Happy Yet!!!

Mona Uruburu, Janesville, CA 96114

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