Wednesday April 26, 2017


Enjoy the Mad Hatter Tea Party by NGDW Naomi Parlor #36 on Saturday April 29th from noon to 2 p.m. and then……

Don’t forget to enjoy Love Letters with Frank & Bette Jo this Saturday  April 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Yuba Theatre a very simple but beautiful play you will never forget.

Sunday April 30 at 1 p.m. there will be a faire thee well potluck party at the Masonic Hall in Downieville for Lou Foxworthy, the beloved western Sierra County and Senior Van driver who has retired from driving, sold his house and is moving to Nevada. The van will continue with old and new drivers, the Downieville Grocery will continue to sell Lottery tickets and trips to Ireland, and the Celtic Thunder Fan Club will continue and Lou will continue to invite us all to his new home for Celtic celebrations.

Wednesday May 3rd at 5:30 p.m. there will be an important Community meeting at the community hall in Downieville regarding the developing Paramedic Program for western Sierra County. Downieville Fire Protection District the Sierra Frontier Medical Resources and the County Supervisors Lee Adams and Peter Huebner are spear heading the project to give Emergency ALS coverage beginning in June through October and eventually the hope is for year round coverage. Please attend as this is important for everyone who lives, visits and plays in our beautiful frontier county.

I occasionally get letters from readers who do not like what I have written or articles published in the Prospect and suggest keeping my opinions to myself, or I haven’t done any research on an issue or subject matter. It seems as though the critics have no understanding of the amazing fact two or more individuals can have the same information and come to different conclusions. One of the most difficult aspects of democracy is for our elected officials to understand they represent all of us who live in the United States, or their Districts, cities, counties and on down the line, not just the voters who voted for them. Compromise, negotiation, educating themselves is important to maintain our “united we stand” country. Unfortunately I see none of this understanding in the current federal administration and it is very disturbing if not downright frightening and dangerous for everyone, not only America but worldwide. WE need to speak out when things are going sideways. And if you don’t agree with something, make your case, explain why what you read is inaccurate and understand  personal attacks on the writer do not result in your credibility being enhanced.

I guess our California State Poet Laureate Dana Gioia made my poetry appreciation click on, I read a poem Being a Lake by Robert Wrigley in the April 16th Sunday NYT Magazine that I just could not forget and had to rummage threw my stack of “already read” magazines to retrieve it to publish in this issue. What do you think?

So the photo of lots of water in Sierra City, Haypress Creek running into the No Yuba River was taken by our very own Phil Cammack.

Mountain Messenger (the oldest) 4/26/17


The Mountain Messenger is a lovely newspaper focused on the important  issues in Sierra County. It is the oldest continually published weekly newspaper in California. We expect it will remain the holder of this feat for several more generations. You are part of this history, your role as subscriber, reader and advertiser are critical to maintaining the history and future of the newspaper, locally fondly referred to as Mt. Mess. Periodically we urge you to subscribe or order an advertisement, Chances are some day your descendants will read an article from 100 years ago that will include your name. If you like as a new subscriber you can have your name and year subscribed printed at the end of the 100 or 50 Years Ago section of the paper when you subscribe or renew your subscription, be a part of posterity, history and archives.

4/26/17 Don listens intently as he hears footsteps behind him… he is cautious man and has learned over the years not everyone loves him….

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….

Downieville Home Invasion 4/23/17

Home Invasion in Downieville, CA Case #17-00583

On Friday, April 21, 2017 at around 10:23pm our dispatch center was notified of an in-progress home invasion at 133 River Street in Downieville. During the call a window could be heard breaking and the reporting party stated the suspect was attempting to gain entry through the broken window. The reporting party stated her husband fired a single rifle shot at the suspect, striking him in the arm. The suspect then fled the residence.

Deputies responded to the scene and conducted a brief search of the area and later located a male matching the reporting party’s description along with a female subject inside a vehicle on Highway 49 just south of Downieville near mile post marker 15.39.

Richard James Douglass, 22, of Napa, California was arrested for PC 182/459 (Conspiracy to Commit a Crime/Burglary), PC 664/211 (Unsuccessful Attempt to Commit a Crime/Robbery), PC 212.5 (Second Degree Robbery), and PC 1203.2 (Probation Violation-No Bail). Additionally, he has a $20,000 misdemeanor warrant out of Napa County for H&S 11364(a) (Possession of Unlawful Paraphernalia and H&S 11377(a) (Possession of Controlled Substance) . Douglass received medical treatment and clearance for a laceration and non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Deborah R. Hunt, 33, of McKinleyville, CA, was arrested for PC 182/459 (Conspiracy to Commit a Burglary), PC 664/211 (Unsuccessful Attempt to Commit a Crime/Robbery), PC 212.5 (Second Degree Robbery), and PC 1203.2 (Probation Violation-No Bail).

Both subjects were booked into and are being housed at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada County and local bail is set at $200,000 each.

The investigation on this case is still ongoing.

Wednesday April 19, 2017

You’re invited to a Goodbye Potluck April 30th at the Masonic Hall @ 1pm. Lou Foxworthy has sold his house in Goodyears Bar and is moving to Dayton, Nevada and he will be missed. Bring your favorite dish to share and a story or two to tell. Feel free to spread this information and you can RSVP to Joyce at 530-289-3250 or email her at by April 24th. Come and enjoy the Music, Friends, Fun and of course the Food. Hope to see you there.

Gosh, Bill O’Reilly was fired today from Fox News after the many harassment cases brought against him resulted in advertisers fleeing the network. That’s sad, this isn’t about the Fox network doing the right thing to protect women and victims of sexual or any harassment, this demonstrates that the only thing that matters to those in charge is money. No concern has been given to the humanity that was affected by O’Reilly’s deplorable actions, lost jobs, self esteem and unimaginable consequences for the victims of harassment in the workplace. But money talks, and we need to remember this, boycotting products that support this type of behavior appears to be the only thing that works. So lets get to work and let our money talk.

Lots of local news and events to read about, the Board of Supervisors, columnists Mel Gurtov, Tom Hastings, John LaForge and Robert Koehler have information for us. Henry checks in and the Easter Gallery is here, the Weekly Warrior by Niles Bosworth has a plethora of information about what’s going on in Downieville.

The photo this week was taken by Mary Davey showing what April looks like in Sierra City..

Aircraft Missing in Sierra County 4/19/16

Missing Aircraft Search in Sierra County, CA Shortly after midnight on April 18, 2017 the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the State of California Office of Emergency Services of an overdue aircraft. The aircraft, a Socata TB-20 Trinidad, tail #N28070 departed from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport in Truckee, CA with two persons on board at approximately 4:00 pm on Monday. Family members reported the aircraft overdue that evening when the aircraft did not arrive at its destination of Petaluma Municipal Airport.

The four-seat low wing aircraft has a dark blue colored upper, gold trim, and white lower. Although it is equipped with an emergency locator transmitter, no satellite hits have come in from the beacon. The beacon is also capable of transmitting a localized low-power signal, however no signal has been heard.

The Civil Air Patrol and U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center conducted radar analysis and cellular phone forensics overnight which narrowed the search to an area located near Yuba Pass Road between Webber Lake and Jackson Meadows in Eastern Sierra County. Search response was delayed until daylight Tuesday morning due to inclement weather and the general remoteness of the search area.

The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue team as well as members of the U.S. Forest Service based out of Sierraville, CA deployed members on snowmobiles but were unable to reach the search area due to the condition of the snow pack. The Civil Air Patrol responded with rescue volunteers from Palo Alto and Sacramento. Multiple Civil Air Patrol aircrafts and the California Highway Patrol helicopter H-20 performed aerial searches over the search area when weather permitted and until sundown but were unable to locate the aircraft.

On Wednesday April 19, 2017 at approximately 6:00 a.m. search efforts resumed involving the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue team, multiple Civil Air Patrol aircrafts, California Highway Patrol helicopters H-20 and A-23, and the addition of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Nordic Team. Passengers of the aircraft were reported to be pilot Brenda Richard and her husband Mark Richard.

Board of Supervisors 4/19/17


The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on April 18, 2017 in the Loyalton Social Hall, in the Loyalton City Park, Loyalton, CA. This meeting was recorded for posting on the Board of Supervisors’ website at  NOTICEThe Clerk of the Board may be reached at 530-289-3295 or at the following email: Heather Foster Board of Supervisors may hold a Closed Session as the agenda schedule permits.


  • Call to Order by Chair Huebner
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by Supervisor Beard
  • Roll Call Supervisors Adams, Beard, Huebner, Roen, Schlefstein present
  • Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board Approved 5/0 with one item added due to time frame for letter of support re: Loyalton Millsite.

PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITYSupervisor Beard reminded everyone of Pat Whitley Memorial Service in Loyalton this Saturday. Supervisor Schlefstein spoke emotionally about his feelings of losing Pat Whitley and her contribution to the community.


COMMITTEE REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Supervisor Lee Adams announced the May 3rd Community Meeting in Downieville regarding the Paramedic ALS program development for western Sierra County with Downieville Fire Protection District Ambulance and Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc. 


DEPARTMENT MANAGERS’ REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTSProbation Chief Jeff Bosworth talked about the new Probation Office in Loyalton and invites the public and supervisors to stop by. Sheriff Tim Standley talked about a missing aircraft that left Truckee on Monday and was last pinged in the Webber Lake area. A husband and pilot wife  were onboard and SCSAR, SCSO and Civil Air Patrol are involved in the search. (see press release from SCSO this issue).


FOREST SERVICE UPDATE –  District Ranger Quentin Youngblood USFS personnel are involved in search for missing plane. They expect to be fully staffed this year and seasonal staff will be mobilized on May 1st. Opening campgrounds hopefully for fishing season opening depending on snow and weather.




Resolution approving a budget transfer request to cover installment of cyber security program.  Approved 5/0


Resolution approving a budget transfer request to cover installment of internet and phone system at new probation office in Loyalton. Approved 5/0




Request for contingency appropriation in the amount of $15,000 to restore and repair caretakers apartment at the Kentucky Mine Museum. Approved 5/0


Consideration of request from City of Loyalton for technical assistance in the disaster recovery process. Approved 5/0


Status report on progress of solid waste disposal plan and closure/post closure plans and processes for Loyalton Landfill. Director Beals gave update to Board and should have documents for review shortly. Should be a smooth transition, nothing will change from residents use of transfer stations. Approved 5/0


Status report on severe winter storm recovery efforts Countywide. –  Director Beals reported on additional damage being found as snow melts, documentation and paperwork for process of claims are ongoing. Gold Lake Road will be an ongoing project to open after May 1st, there are slides and still 10 to 15 feet of snow on the road. Will hopefully be working on Sardine Lake Road on the first couple of weeks in May.  




Discussion/direction regarding local update of contacts for 2020 Census with Sierra County. (CHAIR HUEBNER)  Board appointed Supervisor Roen and Director Beals to be Census contact.


  1. Census.pdf

Introduction and first reading of an ordinance amending Section 2.04.070 and rescinding Section 2.04.100 of the Sierra County Code pertaining to compensation for County Supervisors. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS) This Ordinance would keep the Board at present salary and not exceed the raises of county employees. Current salaries would stay the same till the end of their term Anyone elected into office after January 1, 2018, (including current county supervisors) would be brought in to same compensation so county supervisors candidates would be on equal level and there would be no more longevity pay for Board members. Supe Adams his fixes enquity in salaries between new and old supervisors. Vote failed by 3/2 with Supervisors Beard, Schlefstein and Huebner voting No, and Adams and Roen voting yes. Which means that Adams and Roen were voting against a raise for themselves and Beard, Schlefstein and Huebner want more money for themselves. 


Appointment of two members of the Sierra County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Sierra Valley Groundwater Management District’s bi-county finance committee pursuant to Section 9.3 of the Joint Powers Agreement between the counties of Plumas and Sierra. (SUPERVISOR ROEN) Supervisor Adams, Huebner appointed Approved  5/0


Appointments to the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo). (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Supervisors Roen and Huebner reappointed and as  Alternate Schlefstein  Approved 3/2. 


Appointments to the Sierra County Mental Health Advisory Board. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Sara Wtight go Sierraville and Json Purvis of Loyalton were reappointed Approved 5/0

8F. Letter in support of grant application for Loyalton CoGen Plant – Approved 5/0


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.

Resolution authorizing the Auditor to implement changes to the Fiscal Year 2016/2017 Budget to increase revenues and expenses in the Road Fund for the STIP project identified as the rehabilitation of the North Fork Yuba River Bridge at Jim Crow Road. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Amendment to Sierra County Agreement 2016‐099 with Omni‐Means, LTD increasing compensation and extending term through project completion. (PUBLIC WORKS)


  1. Omni-Means Item.pdf

Resolution of appreciation to Lou Foxworthy, transportation program manager. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS)


Minutes from the regular meeting held on March 21, 2017. (CLERK-RECORDER)




Letter from Karma Hackney, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) regarding U.S. Small Business Administration Private Nonprofit Organizations Physical Disaster Declaration.


  1. Cal OES.pdf

Letter from Karma Hackney, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) regarding U.S. Department of Agriculture Designation.


  1. CalOES.pdf

Wednesday April 12, 2017

The Easter Bunny will be hosted by the Downieville Volunteer Fire Department Saturday, April 15th rain or shine on the Downieville School yard Starts at noon; ages 0 to 12.   

The time of the Loyalton Mobilehome Park workshop scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th has been moved from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Loyalton Social Hall in order to accommodate the State HCD representatives attending the workshop. Agenda Link

Every now and then I remember something that I shouldn’t have forgotten but this week I want you to remember we have another newspaper in the county besides The Mountain Messenger 530 289-3262 published weekly in print and (no paper used), the Sierra Booster a bi monthly is paper and online….  between the three of us you get a real cross section of politics and news from three very different viewpoints. Don’t miss out on exciting, up to date news in Sierra County.

Here’s the McCamant & Durrett Architects Co-Housing newsletter link look and see what’s going on in co-housing projects.

Spring the time of renewal what better way to show the resilience of the earth than this photo from Lake Tecopa Yacht Club founder Lee Adams, The Tecopa Lake Beds is a Blancan Pleistocene geologic formation in the Mojave Desert in eastern California. It is in the Tecopa area, east of Death Valley, in southeastern Inyo and northeastern San Bernardino County.

Grateful Thank You 4/12/17

Tom Schumann

My deepest, sincere gratitude and thanks to the people of western Sierra County for their wonderful thoughtful and loving stories about Tom Schumann’s life in Downieville at his Memorial on April 8th. Since 1986 Tom was a frequent visitor to Sierra City and made many friends over the years. In 2012 Tom moved to Downieville and he became an integral part of our community as a friend, neighbor and volunteer.

So thank you Pastor Bernie & Patti Stringer, the String-A-Longs, Don Potter and Paul Douville for the delicious meatloaf, Patty Gingg for yummy Asparagus, Mike Galan for “heart healthy” Mashed Potatoes, Laura Fisher’s tasty Caesar Salad, Dinner Rolls from Joyce White and the many delicious side dishes and desserts. Clancy you are the best and always there to pitch in and do some heavy lifting. So many pitched in to make this a special memorial. Thank you.

Pastor Bernie said the next day, it was a truly wonderful tribute to Tom’s life and he was thinking how it is too bad Tom and Andy Carpenter aren’t here to enjoy the moment when friends and family speak about what these men have meant to us in our daily lives.

So from the Schumann, Ravalin, Shapiro and Fisher families. Thank you all so much for helping us know how much Tom was appreciated and loved.

Liz Fisher, Downieville

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Sorry to say that Pat Whitley  of Loyalton passed last night, she had been in the hospital for an illness. We will miss her, she has been a vibrant political force in Sierra County for many years.

Reminder!! This Friday 4/7 @ 5pm is Calpine Food Pantry. Everyone welcome, hope to see you there!!

The Memorial Luncheon for Tom Schumann is this Saturday, April 8th 1 p.m. at the Downieville Community Hall, Tom’s favorite meal will be served, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, asparagus, if you like you may bring a side dish or dessert but don’t worry about it, just come and celebrate Tom’s life with his favorite meal.

The Sierra County Solid Waste Collection Facilities at Alleghany, Ramshorn, Sierra City, Sattley and the Loyalton Landfill will be closed on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Okay…Gadzooks and holy moly, I saw Dana Gioia twice on Tuesday, once at the Board of Supervisors and then again at the Yuba Theatre making a presentation to Downieville Schools students. Both times as I listened to him recite poems, talk about his life and other reflections and observations of his 66 years of life I thought about those who were missing this and wishing we could hit replay, drag all our friends and family into his presence to become transfixed by his thoughts about life, humanity and the written word. And it wasn’t just me Don Russell was completely mesmerized too along with everyone else in the room.Listen to his talk at the Supes here at the 2:05 tape mark and see article this issue.

POTUS has donated his first quarter salary of $78,000  to the National Parks Service. He may have a little problem with math as he can’t possibly believe this makes up for the $1.8 billion cut to their budget. Just don’t comprehend his train of thought. “when Sean Spicer opened Monday’s press briefing by presenting a novelty check from Trump to the agency donating his earnings from his first quarter salary to the NPS, the president seemed to be sending mixed messages. It might appear at first glance to have been a magnanimous act—an act of symbolic recognition. But some people were quick to point out that, when weighed against either the funding Trump would strip from the agency or the staggering amount the feds spend on Trump’s travel and security, the $78,000 he was donating is a rather piddly amount.”

Please read this LA Times article. We cannot sit idly by while our world is being destroyed.

And rattlesnake season. The bear has been out and about in Downieville, so watch your trash and close the bin lids tight. Don’t leave food in your car…. back to rattlesnakes, pay attention to where you are walking, it’s been a long winter, the sun is coming out and they will be looking for food, teach your kids not to play with snakes.

The photo this week is by Mary Davey Springtime on the Yuba.

Wednesday March 29, 2017

According to my son, the one focused on ski conditions, next week looks kind of messy… not sure if that means rain, snow or mud, flood…. most of the time Mark is on the mark so be prepared for April Showers and melting snow.

So this week I read Newsweek Magazine and there is an interesting article about the Arctic  Ocean and the effort Russia is making to be the claimant of the area beneath the ocean  ice for mineral and oil rights. This is tied in to global warming and climate change, the ice is melting and access is getting easier. I had wondered why the current President is so unconcerned about climate issues and the future of our lives, the environment, wildlife and just life in general. This issue however makes sense- this is about business, about money and wealth and a “friend” or someone he thinks can be a good friend. If the current President gets rid of any effort to reduce climate warming (and he has) then Arctic ice will melt faster and those minerals, oil, gas, which equal $$$$$ in his brain to Russia and Putin will love him more. I had wondered before what would allow someone to believe human interference with the health and safety of human citizens of the world  was nothing to be concerned about…after all the current POTUS brags about his genius genetic genes… now I wonder is it just about money, greed, wealth and the hell with the “little losers” AKA us.

This article tells a lot about what is happening right in our front yard, so to speak, and Delta fish. Here is the Humbug Herald spring edition interesting articles about historic mines.

I was going to say something nice about the Mountain Messenger but was told not too, so I have nothing to say, if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all. This week all the usual suspects are here except  Be Encouraged and Dianne Ponders are on sabbatical. Carrie’s Corner, Carol’s Movie, local news and events,  columnists Andrew Moss, Kevin Martin, Robert Koehler and Rob Okun are interestng reading so put on the thinking cap and read.

The photo this week is by Scherie Platt Stilson of two hawks (oops correction, Scherie let me know these are two Bald Eagles) purusing the Sierra Valley.

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

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