Calpine Yoga 6/21/17

All Residents: Yoga Class Opportunity Coming to Calpine !!
Yoga Alliance from the Avahana School of Yoga is coming to Calpine. Sarah is requesting information for residents interested in attending this class.

Description: Encouragement of a deeper mind-body connection through sustained postures with attention to basic alignment, mediation, breath work and yogic philosophy. Classes will be designed around building to peak poses, specific body part therapeutics, gentle flow and mediation with the goal to stretch and strengthen the mind-body connection. Variations will be given to encourage students to practice at their own level.
Investment: $10/class

If you are interested in taking this class there are 2 options she is considering. Depending on the most interest is the class she will set up.
First option is Wed Evenings from 6-7:30pm.
Second option is Thurs Morning from 9 – 10:30 am.

Class will be held in the Calpine Community Building Gym.

Please email Sarah Johnstone @ and let her know what class best fits you and again depending on demand is the class that she will give.

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.

Time for Unity 6/21/17

Dear Friend,

Earlier this week, Congress witnessed a shocking attack on one of our own. My colleague, Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, was shot during an early morning baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
Also injured in the attack were congressional staffer Zach Barth and former congressional staffer Matt Mika, who were helping coach the team. Fortunately, the truly heroic acts of Special Agent David Bailey and Officer Crystal Griner, without a doubt, saved dozens of lives. Despite suffering injuries of their own, we have them to thank for preventing an already horrible attack from turning into something much worse.
When tragic events like this unfold in America, it usually, hopefully, makes us stronger. Shortly after news of the shooting broke, at their own morning practice, my Democratic colleagues joined together in prayer. On game day, both teams again joined together in prayer on second base, where Steve Scalise would have played. Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi both spoke on the House floor to call for unity. At the Congressional Baseball game, attendance numbers were shattered – with over 25,000 people showing up to show their support, not just for the Republican or Democratic team, but also for America and for each other. This year, the game raised nearly twice as much money for charities – such as DC Boys and Girls Club and the Capitol Hill Police Fund – as it did the previous year, bringing in over $1 million in total.

Members of both the Republican and Democrat baseball teams gather together for a bipartisan prayer for Rep. Steve Scalise prior to the Congressional Baseball game.
While we will often have our differences and disagreements on how policy is formed, we should remain united as one nation. As Speaker Ryan put it: “An attack against one of us is an attack against all of us.” Now is a time for a unity of purpose as one nation. I’m praying for a quick recovery for my good friend Steve Scalise and for comfort and peace of mind for his family, and for all who were injured in this horrific attack. Most of all, I am grateful for the Capitol Police officers who put their lives on the line, who ran towards the gunfire, to save the lives of others– and all those who keep us safe each day.

Sincerely, Doug LaMalfa

NOT Good News 6/21/17

Trump tweetstorms wash away White House press briefings

JULIE BYKOWICZ,Associated Press 15 hours ago

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.

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!

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

Brutal Detention 6/21/17

When the detainee is American . . .  by Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler

The corpses pile up like sandbags along the planet’s geopolitical borders.

“Perhaps his condition deteriorated and the authorities decided it was better to release him in a coma than as a corpse.”

So said an expert on North Korea recently, quoted in the New York Times following the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, six days after he had been released in a comatose state from a North Korean prison. He had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor a year and a half ago because he had taken a propaganda poster off the wall in his hotel. He had been with a tour group.

Oh Lord. The shocking wrongness and horror of this young man’s death — the absurdity of his arrest, the razor slash of his tears — is all over the news. Of course. Who couldn’t identify — with him, with his parents? He had been dehumanized. He had a future, but it got pulled away from him by uniformed lunatics, or so the news presents this tragedy: in the context of America and its enemies.

And there’s no enemy out there with less legitimacy than North Korea. Any time the country and its supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, show up in the news, they look, you might say, like evil cartoon characters. But they possess, as the Times story informed us, “nuclear arms and missiles capable of striking the United States.”

And this is the context of the news and the limit, apparently, of the consciousness of the U.S. media. But the arrest, abuse and death of Otto Warmbier took place in a context more complex than good vs. evil. It’s still a horrific tragedy, a wrong that should never have occurred, but the devaluing of human life isn’t simply a game played by the so-called bad guys.

International politics is mostly a game of “interests” and war. It’s a game of winning and losing, and human beings be damned. And the fact that the United States plays this game as aggressively as anyone, at home and abroad, belittles the death of American citizens who wind up innocently caught in the game themselves.

The day the young man died, for instance, a 15-year-old lawsuit on behalf of another group of wrongful-arrest victims wound up being dismissed by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2002, the Center for Constitutional Rights had brought the suit against a number of officials in the George W. Bush administration — including former Attorney General John Ashcroft and, ironically, Robert Mueller, former FBI director who is currently heading up the Trump-Russia investigation — on behalf of several hundred South Asian and Arab non-citizens who were rounded up and jailed after 9/11.

“Based solely on their race, religion, ethnicity, and immigration status,” according to the CCR, “hundreds of men were detained as ‘terrorism suspects’ and held in brutal detention conditions for the many months it took the FBI and CIA to clear them of any connection to terrorism. They were then deported. . . .

“Our clients were held in a specially-created Administrative Maximum Special Housing Unit . . . in solitary confinement. They were purposefully deprived of sleep, denied contact with the outside world, beaten and verbally abused, and denied the ability to practice their religion.”

That kept us safe.

And people outside our borders had even less security and fewer rights. Some years ago the New York Times ran a rare account of one man’s experience as a Gitmo detainee and U.S. torture victim. Lakhdar Boumediene, who in 2001 was living in Bosnia with his wife and daughters and working for the Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates, was accused of being a terrorist and arrested one morning, shortly after the 9/11 attack, when he showed up for work in Sarajevo. He wound up imprisoned at Guantanamo for seven years. In 2009, a federal district judge, after reviewing the U.S. case against Boumediene and four others arrested with him, found them innocent and ordered them released.

During his imprisonment, he wrote, “my daughters grew up without me. They were toddlers when I was imprisoned, and were never allowed to visit or speak to me by phone. Most of their letters were returned as ‘undeliverable,’ and the few that I received were so thoroughly and thoughtlessly censored that their messages of love and support were lost.”

Regarding his treatment at Gitmo: “I was kept awake for many days straight. I was forced to remain in painful positions for hours at a time. These are things I do not want to write about; I want only to forget.

“I went on a hunger strike for two years because no one would tell me why I was being imprisoned. Twice each day my captors would shove a tube up my nose, down my throat and into my stomach so they could pour food into me. It was excruciating, but I was innocent and so I kept up my protest.”

The more you read about American torture practices, the worse it gets. The mostly classified 6,000-page Senate report on this topic, released in 2014, contains almost unbearable data about CIA “enhanced interrogation” methodology, including “rectal rehydration,” threats against the detainees’ children and parents, quasi-drowning, mock executions and “revved power drills” held near their heads. And many detainees died and many remain imprisoned without cause.

Reading about all this in the context of North Korea’s imprisonment and apparent murder of Otto Warmbier doesn’t lessen the hell he went through as a victim of “hostage diplomacy,” but it does, I think, change one’s sense of who the enemy is.

Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor.

Fix-It for Seniors 6/21/17

FREED is conducting outreach to residents of Sierra County who are 60 and older and might need some assistance with minor home repairs and modifications. FREED volunteers will be in Sierra County at the end of this month to help with things like:

-installing grab bars -delivering shower benches and shower seats -installing hand-held shower heads -installing levered door handles -lots of other things that help people stay independent and safe in their home

Please help us get the word out to potential older adults who would benefit.  Here is  a copy of our brochure here for distribution. FREED_Fix-itCard_6.22.16

Board of Supervisors 6/21/17



Lee Adams, District 1
P.O. Box 1 – Downieville, CA 95936 – 530-289-3506 –
Peter W. Huebner, Chair, District 2
P.O. Box 349 – Sierra City, CA 96125 – 530-862-1004 –
Paul Roen, District 3
P.O. Box 43 – Calpine, CA – 209-479-2770 –
Jim Beard, District 4
P.O. Box 1140 – Loyalton, CA 96118 – 530-414-8126 –
Scott A. Schlefstein, Vice-Chair, District 5
P.O. Box 192 – Loyalton, CA 96118 – 530-993-4900 –

The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on June 20, 2017 in the Loyalton Social Hall, Loyalton City Park, Loyalton, CA. This meeting was recorded for posting on the Board of Supervisors’ website at
The Clerk of the Board may be reached at 530-289-3295 or at the following addresses:
Heather Foster




  • Call to Orderby Chair Peter Heubner
  • Pledge of Allegiance- Supervisor Schlefstein
  • Roll Call – Supervisors Adams, Beard, Heubner, Roen present
  • Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board Approved with Item 14 G moved to Regular Agenda


Question from woman about why nothing has been done with the Loyalton Trailer Park – Chair talks about efforts that have been made. Tim Beals gives updates on what is being done. Listen to recording if want to know more..

COMMITTEE REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS –  Lee Adams will be attending RCRC meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday.



County Clerk reminded the first meeting in July will be on Wednesday July 5th because the 4th of July is on Tuesday
FOREST SERVICE UPDATE – Paul Roen reported for Quentin Youngblood and the RAC meeting met on Friday the 16th.

14E becomes 5B- Dan Spiess from NorCal EMS – 


Agreement between Northern California EMS, Inc., Local Emergency Medical Services Agency (LEMSA) and Sierra County for Fiscal Year 2017/2018. (PUBLIC HEALTH)


  1. LEMSA Agreement.pdf



Presentation of bids and adoption of resolution awarding contract for the Probation Cable Installation-Loyalton Office project to Ultra Link Cabling Systems, Inc. Approved 5/0


Presentation of bids and adoption of resolution awarding contract for the Probation Point to Point Fiber Optic Circuit project to Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications. Approved 5/0




Resolution pertaining to Solid Waste Fees for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Approved 4/1 with Supervisor Beard voting no.




Resolution approving proposed Solid Waste Budget for Fiscal Year 2017/2018. Approved 4/1 with Beard voting no


  1. SW Budget RSO.pdf

Adoption of Urgency Ordinance adding Part 11, Chapter 6, Sections 090 ‐ 120 authorizing the Director of Transportation restrict the use or close any County highway if a determination is made that such action is necessary for the protection of the public or for the protection of such highway from damage during emergencies, construction, improvement or maintenance operations thereon. Approved 5/0


  1. Ordinance.Item.pdf

Discussion and direction on request for new position in the County Road Department budget under the classification of Engineering Technician I, II, or III depending on qualifications.  Approved


  1. E Tech.Item.pdf

Discussion and direction on letter from State of California regarding the Groundwater Sustainability Act designation of “managed groundwater basins” in Sierra County. No action taken


  1. Groundwater rop.pdf

Authorization to solicit quotes and refer results to the Finance Committee for review and recommendation on the purchase of two F‐550 4WD trucks (chassis only‐no bed) and one F‐550 4WD truck with dump bed for an expected total amount of $130,000. Approved 5/0


  1. Vehicles.Item.pdf

Amendment to County Engineer Agreement 97‐068 to include engineering services for flood emergency protective measures for 5 storm damage sites on county roads that traverse national forest system lands that will require emergency by‐passes until permanent repairs can be planned and implemented. Approved 5/0


Resolution approving proposed budget for the CalRecycle City/County Payment Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017/2018 and adopt the attached budget. Approved


Resolution approving proposed budget for the CalRecycle OPP7 (Oil Payment Program 7) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017/2018.Approved 5/0


Resolution authorizing acceptance and approval of Agreement for Grant of Right of Way and Road Maintenance for Wild Plum Lane.


Amendment to Agreement 2012-038 between Mintier Harnish and Sierra County extending termination date for one year on the Sierra County Zoning Code and General Plan update.  Held over to next meeting per request of Tim Beals


  1. Mintier Harnish.pdf



Approval of letter to oppose AB 1250 regarding ability for counties to contract for personal services. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS) Approved 5/0


Discussion/direction regarding the Board of Supervisors response to the 2016/2017 Grand Jury Report. (CHAIR HUEBNER)  Board directed Supervisor Adams to draft response.


Appointments to the Long Valley Groundwater Management District. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)  James Loverin of Chilcoot and Paul Roen of Calpine were reappointed


Appointments to the Sierra Valley Hospital District. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Jill Slocum of Sierraville and Rebecca Yegge of Sierra Brooks were appointed to the SVHD Board following the resignations of Bill Nunes and Steve Haydn



Board of Supervisors to convene as Board of Directors for County Service Area (CSA) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 4A5A (Sierra Brooks Water) and to hold joint meetings as both the County Board of Supervisors and the CSA Board of Directors.

Discussion/direction/adoption of resolution setting the County Service Area Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2017‐2018.


Discussion/direction/adoption of resolution setting the County and Special Revenue Funds Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2017‐2018.


Minutes from the County Service Area Board of Directors meeting held on April 19, 2016. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)


Minutes from the County Service Area Board of Directors meeting held on May 2, 2017. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)





Presentation by the Sierra County Tobacco Use Reduction Program about illegal tobacco sales to minors and possible solutions.

CLOSED SESSION – Nothing reported no action on 13 A or 13 B


Closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 (c) – initiation of litigation – 2 cases. 


Closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 – conference with legal counsel – anticipated litigation – 1 case.



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.

Authorization to advertise and fill a vacancy in the Building Department – Permit Technician I-III. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Resolution authorizing Auditor to implement changes to the Fiscal Year 2016‐2017 budget to account for increased revenues and expenditures due to purchase of Capital Assets (two new transit vans). (PUBLIC WORKS)


Resolution authorizing Auditor to implement changes to the Fiscal Year 2016‐2017 Road Budget to account for increased revenues and expenditures due to storm damages from January and February 2017. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Professional services agreement between Dr. Don Stembridge, PhD and Sierra County for forensic psychological evaluations. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Professional services agreement between Thomas Bittker, MD and Sierra County for psychiatry services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


  1. Bittker.pdf

Agreement between Kings View Corporation and Sierra County for electronic health record information system and all pay sources billing services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


  1. Kings View EHR.pdf

Agreement between Northern California EMS, Inc., Local Emergency Medical Services Agency (LEMSA) and Sierra County for Fiscal Year 2017/2018. (PUBLIC HEALTH)


  1. LEMSA Agreement.pdf

Resolution approving agreement between the County of Shasta and the County of Sierra for epidemiologist services. (PUBLIC HEALTH)


  1. Shasta County.pdf

Resolution authorizing the Auditor to make changes to the 2016/2017 final budget to increase Social Services revenues and expenditures for telecommunications services. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Professional services agreement between the California Department of Social Services and Sierra County for agency adoption services. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


  1. CDSS Adoptions.pdf

Professional services agreement between Ernest Teague and Sierra County for educational services. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Minutes from the regular meeting held June 6, 2017. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)


Resolution authorizing Auditor to make changes to the 2016/2017 final budget to transfer funds from Solid Waste Financial Assurance to Solid Waste Landfill Closure Fund. (AUDITOR)


Gabby’s Mooses 6/21/17


M is for Moose – by Gabby Fringette

Gabby Fringette

Now that I live in Alaska, I have to deal with the very real problem that is the moose. Essentially a cow on stilts, this huge brown beast tends to be everywhere. For the first week, there was one who lived in our back yard, the house and land having been empty for a month, she grew quite used to coming and going whenever she liked.
After about a week of smelling our dogs, and the Fringe yelling at her at ten at night, she left. I’m serious, at ten at night I hear him yelling, “Hey! SHOO! Get out of the yard, moose!”.

Nuisance moose aren’t uncommon. Though moose hunting is legal here, there are a lot of restrictions. You can’t just up and shoot a moose in your back yard. You have to go to special areas during hunting season. The moose who are just around, you have to deal with.
They aren’t too bad until they pair up with squirrels and get into shenanigans.

Believe it or not, they are dangerous. If they feel threatened, if there’s a mama and a calf, if it’s mating season and you’re in their territory, you’re in danger. Just because it eats plants doesn’t mean it’s all nice and friendly. It just means it’ll kick you instead of bite you. Although they probably would bite. An important note about moose: they can kick sideways. Hard. So stay clear. Even though it literally looks like Bambi, NOT BAMBI. Dangerous wild animal. Don’t get out of your car to try and sneak up and take a picture. If they see you sneaking, walking, running, hiding, or anything they think a wolf might do (and keep in mind, if you’re a food source to wolves, everything anything does will remind you of a wolf) then you are in danger.

They do kill people. In most cases, that’s because somebody hits a moose with a car. They dart across the road, or walk slowly on the road. They’re the world’s worst slow drivers. They will even charge cars. If a moose is hit and killed, you must notify the police or the Alaska State Troopers. There is actually a list of people who are called, a list of regular Alaska citizens, who when a moose is hit by a vehicle and killed, are called, and they come and butcher the animal and take it home for food. Waste not want not.

Now let’s talk about dogs. Dogs look and act like wolves. Moose hate wolves. People with dogs have actually been attacked by moose. Moose with attack dogs, and will even go after and kill dogs tied up on leashes. I am not making this up. If you doubt me, look it up. So if you have dogs, be careful.

Moose and bicycles. They’ve been known to steal bikes. Okay, this is made up. But they have attacked cyclists, because they move fast. Like a wolf. Not too long ago, at a ski resort, a moose was put down because it was being aggressive towards skiers. They were coming out of nowhere and whizzing by quickly, like wolves. If they had halted the skiers for a little while, the moose would have left. However, since people paid good money to go skiing, and god forbid nature get in the way of the WASPy, upper-middle-class vacation at the ski resort, so the moose met bullet. There were already people on the sidelines standing by with small chainsaws for ease of butchering.

So there you have it, everything I’ve learned about moose in the last three weeks.

Mark Likes Slant Skies 6/21/17



There’s nothing like that feeling you get when you know every nook and cranny of your local ski area, especially on a powder day. Imagine having that same feeling about your skis. While many people are satisfied to ski on mass market skis built half way around the world, some of us want something more. Fortunately there’s a number of smaller ski companies out there willing to meet our needs. There’s just something awesome about being able to walk into the “factory” and talk to the guy that’s going to build your skis.

Josh Bennett started building Slant Skis in his garage in Truckee, California in 2007. Bit by bit, the business has grown and production moved to a small shop just down the road from Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley. Slant Skis currently offers nine models of skis, from park models through powder chasers. Each is hand built from sustainable bamboo and materials sourced in the United States. While business has been good, it’s time to take it to the next level. Bennett started a Kickstarter campaign this month to help fund the expansion of his production facility.

We recently had a chance to sit down for a Q&A session with Josh. Here’s the result.

What was the inspiration for Slant Skis?

As a kid, a ski purchase was one of my biggest things each year. I would work and save up all summer for a season pass and a pair of skis. I was always really hard on my skis, and they would almost always break, which was super disappointing. Plus, the ski companies would often refuse my warranty, saying I used the skis for ‘jumping’ and they were not intended for such activities! So when I turned 18, I got a job at a ski shop so I could get deals on skis and learn how to fix and maintain them. My good friend/coworker and I would always daydream about how we would design skis if we ever got the opportunity. So, I decided to try and figure it out. I saved up enough tools and equipment and built a ski press and Slant was born.

How would you describe the difference between locally produced skis versus the big brands?

Big brands treat skis more like a commodity than a crucial piece of ski gear. They are mass-produced in the tens or hundreds of thousands of pairs each year. They are bought by wholesalers at the lowest price possible and marketed to the masses for small margins in large quantities in an effort to make a profit. What’s missing in this equation?  Ski Quality.

The small batch ski maker must care about the ski and the skier first. The small batch ski maker is a skier who understands their product must have superior materials, construction, appeal and skiability than their competition or their skis will not sell. Because offering a unique, high-performance ski that you can’t get anywhere else is what brings skiers back to your brand. That and they need to look cool  🙂


How would you describe your typical Slant Skis customer?

My typical Slant customer is a skier who cares about where their skis come from and the quality of their entire skiing experience. They feel good about supporting a small business rather than a huge corporation. They enjoy skiing on a pair of skis that are more unique and progressive compared to what their friends are skiing on. They also understand that skis don’t need to be made by large companies to be the best ski for them.

Our customer base is growing steadily and we love showing people that their favorite skis can be crafted by a fellow skier running a small business.

Tell us about your new Kickstarter campaign? What’s your favorite “reward”?

I’ve always loved Kickstarter and it’s ability to help the small business or entrepreneur meet the consumer that’s never heard of them. One of the biggest challenges Slant faces is simply getting discovered by more skiers. Ads in large magazines or websites bought by large brands cost thousands of dollars and are usually not cost-effective to small-batch ski companies. Kickstarter not only helps us raise funds, but increases our reach to thousands that have never heard of Slant.

My favorite reward we are offering is to let a small handful of skiers build a pair of skis along side us in the factory. This would have been a dream reward for me before I started Slant. I’m always excited to work with other skiers who are passionate about skiing and care about where their skis come from so much that they actually want to build their own skis.

Is there anything else you want our readers to know?

I feel it should be important to each skier where their skis and equipment comes from. Just like many people prefer to buy local produce and support local businesses, supporting a small ski company should be no different. People are really starting to understand that more and it feeds my energy to grow.

Josh Bennett, owner of Slant Skis. Image via the Sierra Sun.

I initially wrote this piece for the Mountain Rider’s Alliance blog…but it seemed like it needed to be here too. Supporting the independents is important to me. I’m not sure what it means beyond that. – Mark

Carol’s Movies 6/21/17

The Space Between Us (2017)

The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

Director: Peter Chelsom

Writers: Allan Loeb (screenplay), Stewart Schill (story by) | 2 more credits »


Carol Says:  The Space Between Us

I thought this movie might have potential. Boy born on Mars, at age 16 wants to come live on Earth, and see how that works out.

Well, at this time in our lives it is not possible but who knows what the future brings? But this movie is just crazy. We kept watching it to see how much crazier they could make it, and it got to ridiculous, where we could not even enjoy using our imagination. I would say to pass on this one.

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