FEAST Invitation 9/27/17

F.E.A.S.T. to seed community action.

The Plumas-Sierra Community Food Council and Plumas County Public Health Agency are inviting you to be a part of the second FEAST, an event designed to focus on our local food shed. F.E.A.S.T. stands for Food, Education, Agriculture, Solutions, Together. ‘’The Plumas-Sierra FEAST Food Summit will be a celebration of local food, an exploration of the local food environment, and a community conversation about how we can build the food system and ensure access to its bounty by residents of all income levels,” says Kristi Jamason, Chair of the Plumas-Sierra Community Food Council.

This free event will be held at the Sloat Town Hall on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 10AM to 4PM. Lunch, with vegetarian options available, will be provided by Chef Sean Conry and his students. To submit the required registration, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RXFBFVB.

For more information to register by phone or email, please contact Megan Mansfield, Health Education Specialist for Public Health at (530)283-6544 or email her at meganmansfield@countyofplumas.com.

Wednesday September 20, 2017

The Drive-Thru Flu Shot Drills Consent for Flu Clinics – Flu Shot Schedule 2017are happening next week: Tuesday September 26 (11am to 1pm) in Downieville behind the Community Hall entering off Maiden Lane and then Saturday September 30 (10am – Noon) and in Loyalton the High School Parking Lot entering off 4th street

I’ll take a breathe of air from thinking about #ONE Trump (reminder – #ONE stands for “our national embarrassment” ) which is becoming more worrisome on a daily basis as he continues to pound drums and rattle sabers instead of just letting the grownups do their jobs to enable us to continue living in a relativeiy safe world.

So, here is something I have noticed that has become bothersome, the new vehicles are being advertised, the 2018 models, the ones that are safer, smarter, like they know how to stop and not hit an old RV that has stopped on a curve to let a deer cross.  The new vehicles are all being driven in a reckless, illegal manner, breaking speed limits, passing cars on safely, having a party in the car and apparently unaware of any responsibility to abiding with rules of the road. It makes me not want to purchase any vehicle that advertises that kind of careless, reckless, insensitive behavior in the drivers seat. So what is going on… why are we getting so dumb about everything? Ok, end of that rant for now. By the way, if the RV was not there, which I imagine stopped in the old fashioned way, an alert driver, driving at a safe speed on a winding country road who knew to step on his brakes…. the deer would be toast, the new brainy car would not have been able to brake in time for a deer jumping in front of it and….. the car would be toast or at the least need it’s first body shop visit.

So we have Be Encouraged, Carrie’s Corner, Board of Supes has to be listened too, good news is we will try to help the homeless and we will hire a Tobacco Coordinator paid for by the cigarette tax. Less people smoking will be a good thing.  Don Russell is still missing from the Mountain Messenger, Freddy is looking for him…  maybe… but Patrick Hiller, Lawrence Wittner, Mel Gurtov, Kevin Martin and Robert Koehler write illuminating copy this week, food for our thought, we mustn’t go to sleep.

The photo this week was taken by Mark Fisher of Eureka Lake in walking distance from the Lost Sierra Hoedown this weekend in Johnsville, if you haven’t been before don’t miss out, good music, great people, make friends and enjoy life in a great family atmosphere. Dress warm in layers.

Wednesday September 13, 2017

Don’t forget the June Carter & Johnny Cash Tribute Show at the Yuba Theatre this weekend. Two shows on Saturday, Sept. 16th in Downieville at the Yuba Theatre: 2 PM & 7 PM. On Sunday at the Downieville Methodist Church there will be a performance of Gospel Songs with “June & Johnny” and the String-A-Longs.

Just a reminder Calpine Food Pantry is This Friday at 5 pm!! Hope to see everyone there!!! Come on down!!!

Only two more “3rd. Sat. dinner/dance”, left for this year, so, don’t be left out ! This Sat., Sept. 16th., will be a Country Style BBQ Pork dinner, $10 and a new line dance and a new partner dance, dance class is free, with a paid admission , $5, dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30.I NEED a head count !…..thanks, annie…..530-993-1182  Looking forward to seeing you at the Sierra Valley Grange hall in Vinton, Ca., on hwy. 70.

The Camptonville Courier is a neat local paper to read check it out, just click on this for a link.

We don’t have too much this week, but enough reading material and things to do that will keep us informed

Robert Dodge, Winslow Myers, Hardy Merriman, Robert Koehler have written columns this  week which require thinking, questioning and involvement. It’s easy sometimes to forget what is happening in the world around us that will affect us, our children the future of humans on our tiny planet. Mass media gives us the same old news over and over again whether it be left, right, middle, hurricanes, floods, fires, human tragedies which we absorb  feel horrible, make a donation and go on with our day. Thinking about the big pictures and what needs to change, be fixed and thwart future horrors is important.

The photo this week was taken by David Marshall a very agreeable, curious Chipmunk let him get a close up, or maybe it might  be the telephoto lens on David’s new camera, he has been getting some spectacular photos, not sure if this was in Lakes Basin area or their backyard..


Drive Thru Flu 9/13/17

Local Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics 2017

Flu vaccine is the best protection we have from flu and its complications. Flu vaccine also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person.

Flu can make some people much sicker than others. These people include young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions – such as heart, lung or kidney disease, or a weakened immune system. Flu vaccine is especially important for these people, and anyone in close contact with them.

  • Downieville – Tuesday September 26th behind the Community Hall entering on Maiden Lane from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm
  • Loyalton – Saturday September 30th entering on 4th Street, passing through the Loyalton High School parking lot and exiting onto A24 from 10:00 am until Noon

There is a Questionnaire to print off, complete and bring with you. Copies are also distributed to the Post Offices and some local businesses. View the Information sheet about this season’s vaccine.

  • Walk-in Clinics will be held in Calpine, Sierraville, Alleghany, Pike, Verdi, Loyalton, Downieville and Sierra City. Dates and locations listed on this flyer.

Provided by the Sierra County Health Department, fee is $2.00 each or $5.00 per family. Nobody will be turned away for inability to pay.

The CrackPotEtte Desk 9/6/17

Downieville–Tuesday’s regular Board of Supervisors meeting held little that would have kept the editor of this rag’s attention. Expert in the art of crafting vowels and consonants into paragraphs,however, keeping himself probably even more amused than his readers – Don Russell can stir pots, create discontent, read between the lines – and write stories. Covering subjects the supes themselves didn’t know had been discussed, Russell reports what he knows, truthfully, factually, intelligently (depending on who you ask…)
But Russell is M.I.A. Somewhere is Texas, if rumors hold any truth at all. Looting, no doubt, using his hat as a net, scooping up items that float rather than sink. His eye will naturally be drawn towards anything old, rusty, and holding little monetary value. Lug nuts, radiators, a cassette player, doohicky’s and thing-a-ma-bobs. Yep, Russell’s in his own little paradise, feeding off the sorrow of others.
Not a care in the world does he have for the little newspaper he’s left behind. So what if his readers depend on him to report local news? Shedding light on the secrets the supervisors try to keep from us, the public, is what Russell was born and bred to do! Do we need him to keep us up to date with water levels in Texas? Hell no! We’ve Facebook and the Union for that!
The supervisors are no doubt delighted with Russell’s absence. Oh the horror of it – the violations that board can commit, and no editor to write of their sins. Anyone with two bits can buy their fill of Russell’s every other week coverage of our county’s elected board.
Ah, such a sad day for us all. Russell in Texas with Irma, his hat of straw, waving goodbye to Harvey, not thinking we need him, after all. The tale of Tuesday, an agenda, gone, not so much as a single word written, of the recent boards votes, descisions or our county and its fate. (by Millicent)

Wednesday September 6, 2017

Is there anyone who doesn’t think 2017 is just whizzing by? What happened…

The Downieville Antique Bottles and Collectibles is happening for the very last time on September 9, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Downieville School Gym  more information check with Rick Simi at 530-289-3659 E-mail

This week there is much news, things to do places to go and columnists to read. I am late putting this issue up so just try to be reasonable and read this anyway..

Myself I don’t know what to say, this week and the issue with the DACA and Trump’s take on it… they are all young adults…. ah duh… exactly, they were brought into the country from many different countries escaping war, terror, poverty, disease, hunger, and a myriad of many horrible events and they were babies, adolescents, teens, children brought here to save their lives be their parents, yeh, they may not have the proper documentation but when you are fleeing for your lives, there is no time to wait for papers or have the documents you need to prove why you need haven here in the United States under the arm of the Statue of Liberty “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” We need to remember who we are, and why these words were written about us by Poet Emma Lazarus, do we no longer deserve this praise to our country? So write letters, make phone calls, make our government understand the DACA were raised here, went to school here, believe America is their country and want to continue making their lives and America the best we can be. Do what you can to keep our reputation as a shining light in the darkness for all those with hope lit.  This is the time to Resist, don’t let this happen to our friends and neighbors.

The photo this week was taken by David Marshall some where in the Lakes Basin area… I want to go to there….

Wednesday August 30, 2017

Holiday Closure – Loyalton Landfill – in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 4, 2017. Transfer sites are open as usual Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

“Lion” comes to the Yuba Theatre in Downieville Friday, September 1st at 7:30 PM

Yuba River Rib Cook-Off & Labor Day Street Dance Saturday, September 2nd at 4:00 PM11:00 PM on Main St. Downieville.

Calpine Food Pantry will be Friday the 15th due to the Market Place Event.

The news from Texas is bad, the hurricane did immense damage and caused many deaths. I know many local people have been sending donations and assistance to the residents and Wells Fargo Bank has made it possible to donate to the victims through the Red Cross at our local branch. Politically it was a cringeworthy moment when #O.N.E. Trump said,  the FEMA Director Brock Long “has really become very famous on television the last couple of days.”  Director Long has been in the media informing of the scope of the disaster, saying what’s been done and what is needed, I’m pretty sure “fame” was the last thing on his mind, he was just doing his job. But it once again points out Trump’s priorities. I do worry a little bit about Director Long’s job now, after all  we have seen what happens when someone gets more attention to Trump…. omg how has this happened…

However, for crying out loud (media) stop picking on Melania’s shoes… she made a mistake, she put on the wrong shoes… I’m sure she realizes there have been worse mistakes made by her in her life… focus on what’s important don’t trivialize your information please

 So check out Carries Corner, Be Encouraged by Angela, Carol’s Movies, Henz, Cats, Freddy, Columnists Wim Laven, Kary Love has two columns, one long one short, both worth reading, Robert Koehler and the history being created… yikes… enjoy this Labor Day Weekend, drive carefully, don’t start any fires and have fun.
The photo this week was taken by David Marshall at the Nature Walk near Sand Pond.

District Attorney Cases 8/30/17

Sierra County District Attorney
Lawrence R. Allen
District Attorney / Public Administrator
530.289.3269 530.993.4617


Jason Wardrobe (40) Loyalton. Disturbing the peace. Probation 18 months, fine $650.

Robbie Miller (39) Oroville. Driving with license suspended for alcohol related offense. Four years probation, 10 days jail, fine $2249.

David Slaughter (56) Sacramento. After a contested preliminary hearing, Slaughter was ordered to stand trial on felony charges of manslaughter caused by driving with gross negligence, reckless driving causing injury to another, causing serious bodily injury to another, and driving while suspended with priors. He remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail. The evidence at the preliminary hearing showed he caused an accident on highway 89 which took the life of Robert Shaffer.

Patrick Hall (34) Transit. Sentenced on felon in possession of ammunition. Three years probation, six months jail, and fine of $435.

Kari Donnelly (47) Santa Rosa. Driving with a blood alcohol level of more than .08. three years probation, two days jail, fine $1885 and attend alcohol school.

Mark Black (47) Loyalton. Black waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and was ordered to stand trial on felony failure to appear.

Philip Hayden (47) Reno. After a contested preliminary hearing, he was ordered to stand trial on felony charges of Robbery, armed with a firearm, residential (1st degree) burglary, grand theft of firearms, false imprisonment, felon in possession of a firearm, and strike offenses. He remains in custody in lieu of bail in the amount of $800,000.

Valerie Robinson (60) Loyalton. Robinson violated her probation on charges of preparing false evidence. She received 240 days jail, and her probation was terminated unsuccessfully.

Eric Armstrong (26) Loyalton. Felony sentencing on a prohibited person (prior domestic violence conviction) in possession of a firearm. Five years probation, six months jail, fine $435.

Paula Silvestri (55) Sierraville. She pled guilty to assault with a deadly weapon. Sentencing is set for October 13.

Tyler Martin (23) Sierraville. Resisting and delaying an officer. Thirty days jail, fine $650.

David Young (28) Eugene Oregon. After a contested preliminary hearing, Young was ordered to stand trial on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition. He remains in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Highway 49 Delays 8/23/17

Traffic Impacts Expected from Highway 49 Paving Operations
Sierra County project to utilize one-way traffic controls

DOWNIEVILLE – Caltrans is alerting motorists traveling near Downieville on Highway 49 that traffic delays for roadway rehabilitation operations are expected to begin Monday, August 28 and continue through mid-November for a $4.5 million pavement preservation project on 12 miles of deteriorating highway south of Downieville.

Motorists should expect approximately 10 to 20-minute delays Monday through Friday for one-way traffic controls utilizing a pilot car during daytime operations between Brandy City Road in Indian Valley and the Downie River Bridge in Downieville. Guardrail replacement and/or repair work will occur during the nighttime hours when intermittent one-way traffic controls will be in place. The project may also require work on occasional weekend days.
The project will grind off a layer of existing pavement and install a pavement overlay. Grinding work is expected to take two weeks with the overlay scheduled to begin mid-September.

Motorists are cautioned to reduce speeds on areas of rough roadway and to use caution in and near work zones. Weather or other unexpected delays could postpone the work.

For the latest highway traffic news, Caltrans District 3. Use Caltrans’ QuickMap at quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ for real-time traffic information

Wednesday August 23, 2017

Welcome to the ECV1849 and Clampers who arrive from all over the world. A busy weekend for Downieville and my favorite part the Native Daughters Ice Cream Social on Saturday August 26th at noon at the Native Daughters Hall, 320 Commercial St. For entry and event information, contact Karen Galan, 289-3595 or Earlene Folsom 289-3530. Come taste and vote for your favorite delectable frozen treat!

Mark these on your calendar see the movie LION  at the Yuba Theatre on Friday September 1st. The Downieville Antique Bottle Show is on Saturday September 9th hosted by Rick & Cherry Simi, they have announced this is the final show in Downieville so don’t miss it, On Saturday September 16th see the Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute with JimmieRay & Cyndi Cantrell, two showings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m so you have plenty of time to enjoy the Sierra City  10th Annual Big City Rod Run & Car Show—Friday & Saturday September 15th & 16th, 2017—cruise on up and check us out!

Well, froot loops, ONE Trump is talking to the Veterans (I am a Veteran), one sentence made me sit up and quiver, “we will no longer use our military to spread Democracy” hmmm… so now we are just a killing force? And then another beginning of a sentence when he said “we are one people, one home” and I thought for a second he actually grasped the concept of one humanity and planet earth home, but then the sentence continued  “one great flag”, yes our country and it’s flag are great, in spite of Trump, but we inhabit this home planet with many different people, nations and flags, America should not join North Korea in being isolated, feared and hated by all. Sometimes I do think our only hope is G-d and we need to ask for help, quickly before it really goes sideways.

We have lots of local news and events, places to go and things to do and possibly.. I got interrupted there and forgot what I was going to say… anyhow read Rob Okun, Mel Gurtov and Carrie’s Corner, Sheriff’s Log…..

The photo this week was taken in preparation for the Eclipse by Lee Adams from his porch in Downieville, just in case the Sun didn’t return we would remember what the sun does for our views and psychic well being.. and don’t forget the ice cream this Saturday.

Advanced EMT Class 8/30/17

An Advanced EMT Course through Downieville Fire Protection District will begin November 1, 2017 through January 31st, 2018. Class will be held at Downieville School, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 PM and two 8 hour Saturdays. There are 80 hours of classroom and 80 hours of clinical. Cost of the Course is free but books will cost about $200.00. Scholarships are available for book purchase through Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc.

Prerequisites for the Course are that you must be a certified  EMT and affiliated with a Sierra County Fire-Rescue or Ambulance System. Contact Frank Lang at  e-mail: foekej@gmail.com for information to register.

Wednesday August 16, 2017

CAROL SAYS: ” In your paper coming out this week please remind “the people” that the eclipse is Monday the 21st , and will reach 86% at around 10:15 AM in Downieville. Not to confuse things , but in your paper this week you would word it “this Monday” , August 21. Now I am writing this Sunday night and this Monday would be tomorrow which is not the “this Monday” that you would have in your paper . When your paper comes out on Wednesday for Liz and Thursday for Jill, you would write “this Monday” because at that point in time it would be “this Monday” . I am excited about it !”

Hey mark you calendars, the Clampers will be in town on the weekend of August 26th, surely a festive weekend, AND what you don’t want to miss is the Native Daughter’s Ice Cream Social on Clampers Weekend. It’s the 26th from noon to 2 pm, $5 per adults, $3 for kids 10 and under. Raffle prizes and cookies! 

Get your tickets for the Lost Sierra Hoedown before they are sold out, a very popular event with lots of fun, friendship and great music on September 21 through 24th.

I’m sick to my soul over this last weekend’s violence in Virginia and the many awful messages from the lips of #O.N.E. Trump. The one comment made by a “supporter” of #O.N.E. keeps playing back in my mind. It was by a Nazi, White Supremist being interviewed on camera. He  justified being armed, carrying a gun, being always ready to be violent, “I want to be violent” he said…and then….. and then he said, “it’s good to have a racist for  President… we need someone more racist… someone who didn’t give his daughter to a Jew.”  How do we have a President who is so ignorant to what a huge part of his “base” believe and wish for. There is no way to step away from Donald Trump being a dangerous man. Dangerous for our country, our families and the world.

Read Robert Koehler to understand North Korea, lest we forgot… and he writes about profit motivations, Lawrence Wittner talks about mentally unstable leaders,  Jose Orosco discusses the meaning of love, and Kary Love discusses what exactly nonviolent resistant is and why it is a good thing. Local news, the Board of Supervisors and things to do this week. Carol reminds us about the Eclipse, and the Marmots on the Sierra Buttes.

So speaking of the Buttes the photo this week was taken by David Marshall and shows the final leg of the trip to the spectacular view from the Sierra Buttes Lookout, in case you want something to strive for before the snow comes.

Mock Potemkin Trial 8/16/17

The fourth branch  – by Kary Love

Kary Love

I am a lawyer. My pro bono clients are often those who offer nonviolent resistance to wrongs committed by our own government.

I read that, this week past, some nonviolent resisters entered a nuclear weapons storage facility in Germany.

Damn if it is not a list of many of my clients. These people are incorrigible. Next time at sentencing I will argue jail is a waste of time and public money for those sorts; you just cannot deter some people from a life of “crime.”

What a world, in which those acting peaceably for peace are criminals while those in power ordering the killing of people “for their own good” are not.

I still subscribe to law professor Francis Boyle’s view; nuclear weapons and related materiel are not property–property rights attach to legitimate things, not to criminal instrumentalia that have no use but criminal annihilation.

I’ve argued all this a few times with success and many other times not. As to the juries in cases of nonviolent resistance to injustice or in defense of higher laws, I trust them if they are allowed to hear all germane facts.

In one case in which I argued that the nonviolent defendants—who had used hand tools to dismantle a portion of a US nuclear Navy command facility—did not interfere with the defense of the USA because technical experts—whose published work the defendants had read—those defendants were innocent of sabotage charges.

We won this case in great part because of Captain James Bush’s (Ret.) testimony; the members of that jury were fully informed. Bush told the jury of 12 that as he commanded a United States nuclear submarine loaded with ‘city-busting’ weapons that he was also earning a graduate degree in International Relations and that he came to understand that he was in violation of the law every day. Hearing that from a retired commander made quite an impression. The jury rose to the occasion and acquitted, even with a hostile judge.

But it’s degenerating. The recent Espionage Act prosecutions have prevented defendants such Kiriakou et al. from even saying the word “whistleblower.” Reality Winner will be so shackled in her defense.

I have experienced this abuse of the law in nuke protest cases in US federal court–to the point I conclude such trials are Soviet Mock Potemkin Trials (back in the US, back in the US, back in the USSR).

In my judgment the jury is the 4th branch of government. The Founders knew power corrupts, and that sooner or later, the Congress, the President and the judges would abandon the Constitution for power and that only fully informed juries could stem the tide of corruption.

The Federal judges who issue orders in limine so jurors do not hear all the evidence (as to both the law and the facts) are complicit in destroying the check and balance the jury must be–as all others involved, i.e., Congress, President, judges, are beholden to the system.

In the case to which I referred above, the State Court Judge had some residual fidelity to the Constitution and we kind of boxed him in to allowing Bush to testify as he did–though I expect the Judge did not think a “military man” would have such a complicated mind, capable of rational thought and a moral code superior to his willingness to “just follow orders.”

Kinda tricky of me, I guess. But my oath is to the Constitution, not Congress, White House, or Judge–all of whom are creatures of the Constitution deserving of no respect nor obedience when they violate same (as is the ordinary course of all branches these days.)

Despite many disappointments, I still have faith in juries of ordinary people when fully informed to make “just” decisions even if necessitating deviation from the law. Thus, government fears the people so long as there is trial by jury.

This is as it should be. A government making unjust laws as ours does ought to fear its ability to convict when justice is not served by conviction. The three branches have become unmoored from being “bound down in the chains of the Constitution”–with the result it is a lawless beast.

Ultimately it will be up to the people: a nation of law, or a nation of beasts? Our “leaders” have no interest in curbing their own abuse of power. As victims of such abuse, the people are responsible, for the sake of their progeny and the future of liberty.

Kary Love is a Michigan attorney.


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