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.

Wednesday March 15, 2017

Mar 15, 2017 – NBC Newa

Federal judge blocks revised Trump travel order, restraining order applies nationwide
The revised executive order was set to go into effect just after midnight. The judge in Hawaii said the plaintiffs demonstrated a ‘strong likelihood’ of success on the merits. The order would have restricted entry to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim nations and put on hold admission of refugees.

Do you have a warped sense of humor… or maybe look at things and not see them the same way as someone who is “normal” might… well then you might just enjoy the writings by Greg Levin, he has three published books and writes a blog which often makes me laugh out loud (LOL) Anyhow if you are looking for something to do check his website and buy a book.

The Cowboy Poetry event is this weekend in Vinton (see story) lots of local news, Be Encouraged, District Attorney Cases, Cats, Phil’s Photos. Columns by David Cortright, Kevin Martin, Robert Koehler and Mel Gurtov.

Today March 15th was Tom’s 80th birthday, thinking about him most of the day, his twin sister Jo called, after I finished talking to her I found myself wondering how old she was… and I realized that was a very senior moment for me. We miss Tom, we is everyone, his family, his friends, his cats, his town, his big sister, his twin and me.

The photo this week is by Dave Keyes Photograpy Tom loved going to Sardine Lake Resort for beauty, peace, quiet hikes and great dinners.

Wednesday March 8, 2017

IMPORTANT REMINDER CHAMBER MIXER MARCH 25 2017 MILTON GOTTARDI MUSEUM East sierra Valley & Sierra County Chambers Present the 2nd  Annual Joint chamber mixer March 25th 2017 @ 6 PM at Milton Gottardi Museum Loyalton Food & refreshments on hand Open to the public, meet and greet those who work for our businesses, communities and tourism. Topics: Chamber updates, activities and events. Be a part of the discussion! Call 530-993-0453 or 530-862-1173.

Many cards, letters and reminders of Tom Schumann have been received since his passing on February 15th. Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and prayers. I truly believe Tom was loved, respected and appreciated in this county, he was wonderful and you are wonderful for recognizing the good in this bright example of a kind, caring intelligent human being.

We’ll say goodbye to Andy Carpenter Sunday March 12 at the Downieville School Cafeteria at 1 p.m. for a potluck memorial.

This week Carrie’s Corner is here, Board of Supervisors, Be Encouraged, Weekly Warriors  Cats, Others, Sheriff,s Public Log and columns from Tom Hastings, Mel Gurtov and Robert Koehler you must read, please. Dianne’s Ponderings are still on vacation but she promised she would be back soon. (where are you, sharpen that pencil). Local news and events..

The photo this week is from As the Yuba Flows, Mary Davey, yep there is lots of snow at the Yuba Pass SnoPark…

Wednesday March 1, 2017

Time to start marking your calendars for upcoming events. This Saturday March 4th is the Great Yuba Pass Chili Cookoff be sure to be there as a cook or a taster, serve a Lemon Cake and say it is Chili, there are no rules and you might win the Best Last Trophy… Then on March 11th at 6 pm the Sierra City’s Fire Auxiliary Fundraiser: St. Patty’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, a benefit for the Sierra City Fire Department. Come join the fun. For more info and tickets contact Mary Jungi 530-862-1580.

A Memorial Service Potluck is scheduled for Andy Carpenter on Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m. at the Downieville School Cafeteria. On April 8th a Memorial Service Lunch is scheduled for Tom Schumann at 1 p.m. at the Downieville Community Hall. This has been a hard winter with the weather and losing many of our beloved community members.

This week Be Encouraged, local news and events, the Mountain Messenger and there are two exceptionally long guest articles, one a refugee story as told to Maya Evans and another by Robert Koehler reminding us of the wisdom of President Eisenhower, then Laura Finley has written a thinking piece about the discard of civil rights and social justice and the efforts to expand militarization of our country by the present administration. We absolutely have/need to think about what’s going on and taking action is important… hoping that things will turn out for the best just ain’t going to cut it.

The front photo this week was taken by Don Yegge, he titled it The Day After, it’s a view of the Sierra Valley from his backyard.

And lastly let there be Peace on Earth

Wednesday February 22, 2017

The 9th Annual Snowball will be held Saturday, February 25th from 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Community Hall in Downieville, and 70’s style is how it’s going down this year! This is a fundraiser for the Downieville School Sports program. Entertainment provided by Mountain Event Productions. There will be great raffle prizes ranging from overnight stays at popular casinos in Reno, with dinner and show tickets, to numerous gift certificates from local vendors and artists. And to entice those of you who are unsure of going. Hors d’oeuvres , beer and wine will be available. Tickets are $15.00 each or 2 for $25.00. For additional information, please contact Heather Foster at 530-913-4418 or Jenny Varn at 530-913-7902.

And next weekend Saturday March 4th is the annual Yuba Pass Chili Cookoff at the Sno-park on Hwy 49 at the top of Yuba Pass. No rules, just make good Chili or come and enjoy tasting good Chili, be prepared… Judges are bribable (it’s tradition folks). Fun for everyone, rain, shine, snow, mud, snow, rain it will happen regardless. AND p.s. west side judges this year. please email if interested in judging at the Great Yuba Pass Chili Cook-off

Looking for more regional news check out  the Camptonville Courier and of course the up to date current daily news at and if you want the real thing and then have fire starter get your subscription to The Mountain Messenger .

It is hard to say anything about what is happening in government, things change everyday seems to be careening from one crisis to another and so many are trying to breathe normally and not hyperventilate, I wasn’t going to say anything but then I read Robert Koehler and Mel Gurtov,columns and they both said a lot. Kathy Kelly’s book review of Never Can I Write of Damascus (which I then ordered if you are on my share books list)  Kathy’s review just breaks my heart we mustn’t forget the innocents, the children.

So read are regulars, Carrie’s Corner, Be Encouraged, Sheriff’s Blotter, Board of Supes report and much local news. Try to stay dry and warm, Enjoy the winter and the water we need and Spring is just around the corner.

Have to use one more picture of the Sierra Buttes, taken this morning by Debbie Blue Ellison there is actually blue sky and the sun was shining, never fear snow and rain are forecasted for the next few days through the weekend…. but hey…. any day now…

Tom you are loved by many. See In Memory.

Wednesday February 15, 2017

We had two beautiful days of Spring in the middle of winter this week. Despite all the yellow and blue in the sky, winter is not done with us yet and we are in for some more rain and snow, a good thing or at least better than the drought. Everyone has managed to stay calm and carry on…. even better said by Cherry Simi in a Facebook post, “I’ve been reading about all the crazy weather here and in Nevada County, and I have to say we Sierra County folks are from pretty resilient stock. Everyone I know has taken the inconveniences of roadblocks, flooding, power outages, and the rest of it, in stride–no complaining, no whining– just acceptance of this is what it’s like to live in a beautiful place without the influence of city demands. We’re tough and should be proud of our endurance! Sierra County may be small, but we’ve got some pretty big souls here!”  

So once again we salute, appreciate and are so lucky to have the District 3 CalTrans employees on are state roadways. They are out there in the wind, rain, mud, snow keeping the roads open and ready for emergency traffic. Sierra County Roads and Public Works you are incredible, not only are the regular road and public works crews out there but I’ve seen and heard the office staff out and about working above and beyond there jobs. All of our emergency services and volunteers have been doing double and triple duty these pass few weeks and the Sheriff’s Office too, everyone is doing more than their part and we who live here are so lucky, of course most of us who live here are volunteers and pitch in whenever something needs to be done. So we just hope you know and realize we see you and thank you so much.

This week we have the usual columnists, Be Encouraged, Carrie’s Corner, local news and events, Cats and Others, Firehouse News, District Attorney Cases along with columnists Rivera Sun, Robert Koehler, Winslow Myers and Tom Laurent.

The photo this week is of the No Yuba near Sierra City taken by As the Yuba Flows , Mary Davey.

We have lost Tom, he fought the good fight, had 79 11/12th years and enjoyed the last five in Downieville with many friends enjoying the Downieville Lions, Downieville Museum Docent, Native Sons, talking politics with Jack and his many friends at the senior lunches. We’ll write more on the wonderful man who many love and respect in next weeks issue.

Wednesday February 8, 2017

SCP is less wordy this week as it has been rife with family medical emergencies and lots of trips up and down the hill. We especially are concerned for Tom and hope he does his usual bounce back to health and his walks to Downieville Grocery. Think positive thoughts for his recovery.

Something to read besides the Mountain Messenger is the quarterly Sierran, a publication of the Sierra County Historical Society, become a member of the Society and revel in all your get to know.

I hate reading this about Unofficial Alpine The End but here it is.

As much as I believe in positivity and look on the sunny side, what is happening in our new government is disheartening and does not bode well for our future. I fear our President does not understand the Constitution and the oversight reason we have the Legislation, Judicial and Executive, he should have learned this in grade school, maybe he forgot.

The Founding Fathers, the framers of the Constitution, wanted to form a government that did not allow one person to have too much control. With this in mind they wrote the Constitution to provide for a separation of powers, or three separate branches of government.
Each has its own responsibilities and at the same time they work together to make the country run smoothly and to assure that the rights of citizens are not ignored or disallowed. This is done through checks and balances. A branch may use its powers to check the powers of the other two in order to maintain a balance of power among the three branches of government.

So this week are front cover is of winter in Downieville and I forgot who took it, but it is not now what we see, all we see is water water water everywhere, and plenty to drink.

Wednesday February 1, 2017

We begin the second month of 2017 with a clear sense of uncertainty in our future. It just doesn’t appear the values and ethics of democracy “a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges” are important or even understood by President Trump. Each new Executive Order from the President’s desk gives a chill to the air we breathe, water we drink, and our fellow humanity. I have always thought the difference between the two major political factions, Republicans and Democrats, is Republicans do not understand government’s role in society and this has become very clear in the actions taken by President Trump and his governmental appointees. Being quiet and “giving him a chance” may not be a good idea. Remember a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the sloth of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

First they came for the socialists or maybe the Muslims
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews/Muslims
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew/Muslim.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

On January 30th President Obama released this statement through spokesman Kevin Lewis,  he was  “heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.” in his final official speech as President  he had stated. “Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake”.

Weather is news and it’s been a wet one so far this year and here is a source to see what’s coming Of course my favorite source is here .

This week we have Be Encouraged, Cats, Others, local news, world news and columnists Rob Okun, Tom Hastings, Robert Dodge, and two by Mel Gurtov, sometimes you just have to publish what needs to be said, read, heard and understood, the world has suddenly become less stable and somewhat frightening and we need to stay alert, aware and prepared to act.

We lost Andy Carpenter this week, we will miss him and our thoughts are with Doris, Carrie, Jerry, Max, family members and all the friends he and Doris have in Downieville. Carrie’s Corner will return next week.

This week I had to make a choice between Miriam Dines and her daughter Hannah Lucchesi’s photo, so Hannah’s sunset over Calpine made the front page and here is Miriam’s.




Wednesday January 25, 2017

NEWSFLASH! According to Sierra County District Attorney Larry Allen – the reason there is not a new Distrct Attorney Cases report since December 2016 is “Court was cancelled a bunch of times due to road conditions and weather”.

Here we are almost to the end of January 2017. For some reason I keep writing 2018 which is different from past years, normally it would be writing 2016. I guess I am just trying to push the potential long national nightmare to be over a little faster.

Saturday, January 28th is going to be a banner day for the county when 14 new EMT’s from all over the county graduate in Downieville at the Downieville School Gym. Everyone is invited to this happy event, refreshments will be served.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Snowball is right around the corner! This year’s ball will be held Saturday, February 25th from 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Community Hall in Downieville  and then for the Crab Feed at the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton benefitting the Loyalton High School Athletic Programs on March 25. Pre sale tickets only, none sold at the door. Contact Bre Whitley 993-6059 or Stacy Hood at Loyalton School 993-4454. They sell out fast… Don’t wait.

This week there is more news than usual, including opportunities for various projects to request funding. Carrie’s Corner, Carol’s Movies, Be Encouraged by Angela, Others and Cats plus our columnists Tom Hastings, Mel Gurtov, Winslow Myers and Patrick Hiller give new information regarding world events and what’s going on that will affect our county and some suggestions of how to make sure our voices are heard. Now is not the time to look for warm sand.

The gorgeous photo this week by Debbie “Blue” Ellison of Sierra City demonstrates what the latest storms have left us and know the storms weren’t yet over when she took it, just a little break.

Exactly One Year 1/18/17

Dale Bryan

“Where Do We Go from Here?” – by Dale Bryan

That question was a touchstone for The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the last year of his life. He preached on it. He delivered speeches on it. He wrote a book on it. The answers he put forward may be what got him killed.

His persistent morality and unrelenting mobilization of constructive power summoned the nation to take serious the need for a nonviolent revolution against “our system of economic injustice and military destructiveness.”

On April 4, 1967, he came out against the U.S. war in Vietnam. He claimed “the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered” without “a revolution of values.” He called into question “the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies.” He claimed our political economy, “an edifice which produces beggars” must be restructured.

From that day forward, he was dangerous to owning classes of people in all nations.

From that day forward, he challenged governments to remove the protections that buffered private wealth and control over the economy so that economic democracy, not just political democracy, might be achieved and shared by all.

From that day forward, he had exactly one year to live.

There is little doubt he was murdered because he was threatening to the status quo, not because he was hopeful for the future of a promised land.

Which is not to suggest we today should abandon hope for America to keep its promises. It does suggest that we should participate in local observances of MLK Day wherever they are held.

And most important, we should not only ask ‘where do we go from here?’ but we should heed Martin’s summons and join the nonviolence movements of this time to keep constructing answers that create peace, justice and well-being for all.

Dale Bryan is Assistant Director, Peace & Justice Studies, Tufts University.

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