Caretaker Needed at KM Museum 8/2/17

Kentucky Mine Museum and Park Caretaker Needed! Apply by August 11

Sierra County Historical Society is seeking a year-round, live-in caretaker for the Kentucky Mine Museum and Park in Sierra City. The position entails maintenance, security, minor repairs, and occasional assistance with events. The two-bedroom apartment above the museum will be provided at a reasonable rental rate, with several hours of in-kind work per month required. For more information, contact Mary Nourse at 530-862-1123 or by email. Please complete the SCHS application for employment and postmark it by August 11 to: SCHS P.O. Box 260 Sierra City, CA 96125. The completed application may also be scanned and emailed.

Wednesday July 26, 2017

So this weekend there are two great events in Sierra City, Oso Blue is performing at Sorocco’s from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wine in the Woods, a fundraiser for Sierra Co SAR and Sierra City VFD, meanwhile starting at 6 p.m. is the BBQ at Kentucky Mine Museum Ampitheater followed by the Music at the Mine show Achilles Wheel. Support the SCFVD and SCSAR have a glass of wine and then go support and enjoy to the BBQ and Show at Music At the Mine.

August is going to be a busy busy month, we start off with the Downieville Downhill    Bike Races  August 3rd to 6th and then Plumas-Sierra County Fair begins August 9th to the 13th in Quincy, as always be there or be square, this is fun local fair for us all. Downieville Brewfest  Saturday August 12th and the next up is the ECV Clampers Weekend in Downieville  August 26th to 27th.

Local news and events are here, Gabby gives a science lesson, Carol shares her photos, Columnists Ali King, Kathy Kelly, Andrew Moss, Robert Byers and Mel Gurtov weigh in on the things we need to know and think about. Watching world news is fairly dismaying and makes one wonder how we got to this place, I mean really don’t you just want to bury your head in the sand and pretend all is well. Don’t do that – things are not going well at all unless of course you are corporate status with mega millions or an individual who has made big bucks over the backs of the disadvantaged and marginalized, there is no one I know in Sierra County who fits in with the Trump crew and yet he is supported by those who need fair government for all the most, well actually we all need fair government, led by representatives who understand government’s role in society and it isn’t to make the rich richer, it is to make sure we all get a fair deal without favoritism to cronies and the wealthy. The problems we face aren’t because we care and help those who need assistance, it’s because we get in the way of those who want more for themselves at the expense of a healthy world with the ability to obtain liberty and freedom for al. The future of being great is not gained by turning on each other. So please keep paying attention and question authority and when something is happening that just isn’t right speak up please.

Darcy White’s said her gorgeous photo was taken in “Sam White’s beautiful flower garden”. Sam is Darcy’s Dad and deserves the praise for raising beautiful flowers and wonderful kids (of course Mom, Joyce, was equally responsible for the great kids).

Carol’s Photo Gallery 7/26/17

Carol was in the shower and looked out the window and saw the bear first thing this morning. Then they went to Webber Lake. Near Sierraville way. And a squirrel and still snow on the ground. Waterfalls There is a tree here that has fallen down and it looks very artistic.

FireHouse News 7/26/17


ALLEGHANY: July 17th Firefighter training. July 19th Pliocene Ridge Community Service District meeting, in Pike City. July 21st Responded for an ill male, who was transported to rendezvous with ALS ambulance & taken to SNMH.
CALPINE: July 19th Responded for an ill female. July 20th Wildland fire training. July 23rd Community assist, for a leaky fuel line at the Campground. * Responded for a motorcycle -VS- truck accident, with an injured male air lifted to the hospital in Reno.
CAMPTONVILLE: July 17th Responded for an ill male. July 18th Firefighter training. July 20th Responded for a vehicle accident. * Responded for a structure fire at Burgee
Dave’s, the fire was contained to the rear of the building. July 21st Mutual aid response to North San Juan, with the water tender for a vegetation fire, the”Grizzly Fire”, that was extinguished. July 23rd Responded for an ill male.
DOWNIEVILLE: July 19th Board of Commissioners meeting. July 20th Firefighter training. * Responded for an ill male, who was transported to SNMH. July 23rd Responded for an injured male, who chose to “self-transport” to the hospital.
LOYALTON: all’s quiet….. no activity reported….
PIKE CITY: July 19th PRCSD meeting. July 20th Firefighter training. * Mutual aid response to Camptonville, for a structure fire at Burgee Dave’s, the fire was contained to the rear of the building. July 21st Mutual aid response to Alleghany, for an ill male, who was transported to rendezvous with ALS ambulance & taken to SNMH.
SATTLEY: July 19th Responded for an ill female. July 20th Wildland fire training. July 23rd
Community assist for a leaky fuel line at the campground. * Responded for a motorcycle -VS- truck accident, with an injured male air lifted to the hospital in Reno.
SIERRA CITY: July 19th Responded for a smoke check.
SIERRAVILLE: July 19th Responded for an ill female. July 20th Wildland fire training. July 23rd Community assist for a leaky fuel line, at the Campground. * Responded for a motorcycle -VS- truck accident, with an injured male air lifted tor the hospital in Reno.

Friendly, Courteous, Kind 7/26/17

Jamboree travesty – by Robert J. Byers

Robert Byers

I don’t blame the Boy Scouts for President Donald Trump’s bizarre speech at the National Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday.

The U.S. president is, after all, the honorary president of the Scouts. If he wants to speak at the National Jamboree, it would be hard to say no.

I don’t blame the boys in the audience who took the bait and booed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama or who chanted “USA! USA!” in response to Trump’s childish cues. They’re impressionable kids.

I’m long past laying blame at the feet of the electorate. It gets us nowhere.

And, honestly, it’s hard to even blame Trump. He’s just being himself — inappropriate, unhinged, narcissistic.

But, as an Eagle Scout, I’m still disappointed at what is yet another stain on the Boy Scouts program.

After finally pulling itself from the mire of discrimination against gay Scouts and leaders, Scouting is on a path to right the ship and lure another new generation to its ranks. West Virginia’s Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, home of the National Jamboree, is proof of that.

Throughout the past week, this paper has had numerous stories and photos showing Scouts having fun and working in our communities. We’ve also explored the economic impact that 40,000 Scouts, troop leaders and others can bring to an area.

And, unfortunately, we’ve also shown how quickly all of that can be tarnished for the benefit of one man’s ego.

Speaking to the children as if they were voters, Trump said his election was “an unbelievable tribute to you and all of the other millions and millions of people that came out and voted for ‘Make America Great Again.’ ”

He recounted the Electoral College breakdown, trying for the umpteenth time to relive the victory he claimed on that night in November. He revisited the Merry Christmas non-issue. He made false claims about the press. He made threats about the health care vote.

He basically defied most of the 12 points in the Scout Law — you know, the one that includes terms like trustworthy, loyal, friendly, courteous, kind.

But, then again, Trump has made his presidency about defying storied American institutions. The free press comes to mind.

The backlash against the Boy Scouts over Trump’s speech led the organization to put out a statement on Tuesday:

“The Boy Scouts of America is wholly nonpartisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate, or philosophy. The invitation for the sitting U.S. president to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies.”

Of course, that’s not really a response, just a reiteration of the Scouts’ stance on these matters.

The response has been largely panned as not being strong enough.

I can’t say I’m surprised the Scouts wouldn’t say more. It would be a tricky move to come out and disavow some of Trump’s remarks, embarrassing their honorary president and making an enemy of the nation’s top loose cannon.

But, just for the sake of argument, what if the statement included a few more sentences:

“Furthermore, the Boy Scouts of America is first and foremost about kids, about building strong kids with a strong resolve. It is about honesty. It is about succeeding — with humility. It is about service and instilling the drive to help others. It is about encouraging our peers to rise to the challenge and offering a hand when needed. It is about civility.”

That’s the Scouting that I remember.

One man playing the fool can’t change that.

Robert J. Byers, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the executive editor of the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, West Virginia.


Gabby Electric Fringette 7/26/17

The Body Electric – by Gabby Fringette

Gabby Fringette

No, I’m not doing a review of the famous Whitman poem, the human body really does produce electricity. Actually, all animals do. A tiny electrical current runs out body, it carries signals from point A to B, so to speak. That’s why being electrocuted is so dangerous, it basically fries our circuits.

Now, how our body produces this electricity, that’s interesting. It’s a process called the sodium-potassium gate. When you cells are ‘resting’, and doing nothing, there’s more potassium inside the cells than sodium. Sodium ions are positive so the area outside the cell is positively charged. Potassium is negatively charged so the area inside the cell is negatively charged, and if you know just a little bit about how atoms work, atoms want to be balanced, so the sodium wants to be where the negative charge is, and the potassium where the positive charge is. When the cell sends a message , it ‘opens the gate’ and the ions change places. This rapid switch in negative and positive makes and electrical impulse.

The less technical version? The cells make the electricity. This is how your whole body operates, it’s how your brain operates, and if you over-think how incredible it is that this exists, you’ll give yourself an existential crisis. And you will be using these impulses the entire time!

All animals do this, electric eels do it far more in order to stun prey. But how much do humans make? Could we really be used as batteries?
Nope! We produce between 10 and 100 millivolts. Millivolts are one thousandth of a volt. We are incapable of making more. Even so, pretty cool!

Private Prison Nightmare 7/26/17

What is Adelanto? – by Andrew Moss

Andrew Moss

If you take Interstate 15 about two hours north from Los Angeles, heading into the high desert of San Bernardino County, you’ll reach a for-profit federal detention facility called the Adelanto Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Processing Center. The center’s named for the neighboring town of Adelanto, which means “advancement” or “progress” in Spanish, and it’s not an inappropriate title for a town founded a century ago by the inventor of the Hotpoint Electric Iron. But the name now carries a rather different set of associations due to the ICE facility’s presence there.

This year, eight asylum seekers from Central American countries who had been “detained” (imprisoned) at this facility went on hunger strike to affirm the right to asylum as well as to protest excessively high bail, substandard food and medical care, and other abuses. Three detainees at Adelanto have died since March, one found hanging in his cell on March 22, the other two suffering from serious medical issues that, advocates say, had been inadequately addressed at the facility.

This year’s protest follows a previous hunger strike in 2015, when 26 detainees protested prolonged imprisonment and excessive bail while awaiting resolution of their asylum cases. Earlier that year, over two dozen members of Congress wrote a letter to the Justice Department and ICE officials, citing numerous cases of medical neglect and calling for a halt to the facility’s expansion. More recently, an immigrants’ advocacy organization called CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Inmates in Confinement) issued a report asserting that Adelanto had the third highest number of sexual assault complaints of all U.S. immigration detention facilities.

Last year, the Obama administration ordered a phasing out of private federal prison facilities like Adelanto. Citing an Inspector General’s report that faulted the prisons on issues of safety and security, and noting a decline in federal inmates, Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates stated in a memo that the private prisons “compare poorly” to public facilities: “they simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources,” she said, and “they do not save substantially on costs.”

All this changed with Donald Trump’s inauguration as president. The new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, reversed the Obama administration’s initiative to phase out the private facilities, and the stock prices of private correction companies like the GEO Group, which runs Adelanto, and CoreCivic, went up substantially (about 80 percent for GEO and 120 percent for CoreCivic since the election).

Once again there is official support for the unholy union of two policies: the criminalization of anyone “without papers,” including those seeking asylum from terror elsewhere, and the affixing of dollar signs to incarcerated immigrant bodies. The more bodies that can be captured and held, the higher the proceeds for prison companies and the higher the earnings for shareholders. As I read various commentaries on these developments, I was struck by one comment in particular. Terry Dwyer, an analyst with KDP Investment Advisors, was quoted in the New York Times as saying, “The deportation crackdown is doing very good things for these companies. On a personal level, it leaves a sour taste in my mouth, but I guess business is business.”

Business is business.

Inflicting for suffering for profit may once again be sanctioned as official policy, but the new regime has prompted resistance. Aside from hunger strikes inside the walls and activists’ sympathetic protests outside, there have been movements to restrict or eliminate the prisons altogether. In California, for example, the legislature last month approved a budget measure preventing any privately run facilities from expanding the number of beds for inmates involved in civil immigration proceedings, and it now requires the state’s Department of Justice to audit the facilities in order to ensure that they provide proper food, medical care, and access to legal assistance. More fundamentally, a group called the Detention Watch Network, together with, has begun a petition drive calling for defunding the private prisons altogether.

So what is Adelanto? Until the walls and criminalized borders fall away, it will remain a deep stain – a composite image of cruelty, greed, and indifference – that we will see if we’re willing to gaze squarely into the mirror of American self-identity.

Andrew Moss, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is an emeritus professor at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he taught in Nonviolence Studies for 10 years.


VETRAX August 7/26/17

USDVA Home Loans can be used to:
-Buy a home. – Build a home. – Simultaneously purchase and improve a home.
– Improve a home by installing energy-related features or making energy efficient improvements; and – Buy a manufactured home and/or lot.
Veterans do not have to be a first-time homebuyer to use a USDVA Home Loan Guaranty. The benefit may be used more than once so long as the prior USDVA loan has been sold and the loan paid in full, or a qualified Veteran-transferee (buyer) agrees to assume the USDVA loan and substitute his or her entitlement for the same amount of the entitlement originally used by the Veteran seller.
To be eligible, a service member or Veteran must have suitable credit, sufficient income, and a valid Certificate of Eligibility and a copy of their DD-214 (Discharge document). The home must be for the Veteran’s personal occupancy.
After establishing eligibility, the Veteran will need a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). The COE verifies to the lender that the Veteran qualifies for a USDVA-backed loan.
Veterans may apply for a COE through the lender, online at the eBenefits portal,, or by completing USDVA Form 26-1880 (Request for Certificate of Eligibility which you can print online or get from your local Veterans Service Office) and mailing it to:
USDVA Loan Eligibility Center, Attn: COE (262), P. O. Box 100034, Decatur, GA 30031. Plumas County Veterans Service Office (530)283-6271 can assist in providing you the COE application. For more information about eligibility, call CalVet at or (916)503-8359 or (866) 653-2510 toll free. More information is available at
The Plumas County Veterans Service Office can complete the DMV Veteran Status Verification Form for the new California Veteran Designation on your driver’s license. To find out if you are eligible for any of these benefits, visit or call our office at 283-6271/6275 Mon-Fri from 0800-1600. We can and will assist you in completing all required application forms. You can get information on the Web from the Plumas County Veterans Service Office webpage by accessing the Plumas County Website under Veterans Services.

The VA Van departs at 0700 Tues and Thursdays from the County Annex upper parking lot. Ensure you call Kyle Short County Veteran Service Representative at 283-6271 three days prior to your appointment at the VAMC Reno to schedule a reservation on the VA Van. The Van can transport up to five veterans first come first served.


Devotion to Country 7/26/17

In Our America: Community Building 101 – by Ali King

Ali King

As the night of Tuesday, November 8, began to go downhill, like many Americans, I felt stunned and sickened. I hadn’t actually allowed myself to imagine things going the way they did and the unthinkable had happened. Just a few months earlier, everyone was scoffing at the idea of Trump becoming the president and, inexplicably, he had just won.

When I woke up from my restless sleep the next morning, I could barely function. Over the next two days, I went through the usual stages of grief – disbelief, anger, sadness, but with so much on the line, I just couldn’t get myself to the acceptance stage.

I knew sitting around and watching things crumble was not an option. I decided I was going to do something to help and so I created a Facebook event and named it “Nasty Women Get Shit Done.” I invited all of my female friends over for a glass of wine and a brainstorming session. Thirty-five eager women showed up and we discussed ways we could take action. We divided ourselves into different groups – one group researched local places where we could volunteer, one group compiled a list of contact info for all local legislators, one group discussed ways to provide resources and education to our community, and one group worked on creating a positive message of inclusion to put out to the world.

Within a couple of weeks, we collaborated with a local artist and a graphic designer to create a modified American flag design worthy of the definition of patriotism – “love for or devotion to one’s country.” The flag includes and upholds the rights of all people, along with the preservation of our planet. We then had 250 yard signs printed and spread the word via social media. We decided to donate any proceeds to local organizations who support the values stated on the flag.

Little did we know how deeply our version of the American flag, a symbol of inclusion and care, would resonate with the American people. Over the past six months, a team of volunteers has worked around the clock to distribute “In Our America” merchandise. So far, we have sold over 50,000 yard signs, stickers, posters, postcards, buttons, fabric flags, and hoodies. In Portland, Oregon, we have over 30 retail locations who have graciously volunteered to sell our merchandise and we also ship”Power Packs” (five signs, five stickers, five posters) all across the US. We have also partnered with Syracuse Cultural Workers who sell our signs, stickers, posters, mugs, t-shirts, buttons, postcards, and magnets.

Many celebrities and politicians have posed for photos with our sign, which has now been translated into 14 languages. We filed for our 501(c)4 status and formed a board of directors. We host monthly meetings with educational guest speakers and we gather for social events, marches, and rallies. In May, we organized and presented our first full day social justice conference for 250 attendees. As of early July, we have almost 6000 members in our Facebook group, a website that receives visitors from around the world, and we have donated over $47,000 to local organizations.

These last few months have been a rollercoaster of emotions and a whirlwind of action, resistance, and empowerment. Never in my wildest dreams, when 35 women gathered in my living room on that dark Sundayevening after the election, did I imagine that we would build such a strong and powerful community. The willingness of this community and thousands like it across the US to listen, learn, and lead has been the silver lining during this very dark time in our nation. The tenets listed on our flag are alive and well “In Our America” and people are stepping up to defend them.

Ali King, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the founder and president of Nasty Women Get Shit Done, an organization of women that dedicated to peace, justice, and supporting real American values.


Mountain Messenger Survey 7/19/17

The Mountain Messenger has a new survey out on Survey Monkey, you must take this survey and standup for Penelope Snow who wasn’t even mentioned or acknowledged. I have been working relentlessly attempting to get the link so you can access it from here… it will happen I am determined to make this happen… so will be right back with results… well dang I don’t know how to make a link to the survey, we have to work on this… we’ll fix it so just stay tuned…

7/19/17 I wonder why the Don doesn’t like kids… I like like me…maybe kids don’t like the Don…maybe that’s why Don doesn’t like them…I wonder if he would like me…he likes Brutus…I am just as cute as Brutus…I think I think more though…that could be a problem…

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…..

Wednesday July 19, 2017

Supervisor Paul Roen reports –  I apologize for the delayed response, but I wanted to confirm correct information prior to forwarding it to the community. Thanks to the efforts of county staff, the opportunity for Green Waste dumping at the Sattley Transfer Station will begin again on Wednesday July 19th. As you know, it is unfortunate there was a late season fire within the facility requiring the temporary closure. County staff is currently removing all ash and intend to reopen the facility. We are concurrently negotiating with the co-gen facility for an opportunity to distribute green waste to that facility which hopefully will help mitigate these late season events.

Just a little reminder the first yoga class is on Thursday July 20th from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Calpine Improvement Association Gym. Please bring your yoga mat. Sarah will have some extra yoga mats if you do not have one. She is excited to be teaching in the Calpine Community. If you have any questions feel free to email her at

The next Sierra County Health Coordinating Committee (SCHCC) Meeting will be held at the Masonic Hall in Downieville at 10am Tuesday July 25. As usual it will be a potluck affair. Let me know what you plan to bring, if nothing, come anyway there is always plenty.

From CalTrans via Sierra Co Sheriff’s Office – Hwy 49 Sierra County @ post mile 45.09 (Vista Point slipout) will have 30 to 45 min. delays between the hours of 20:00 to 08:00 beginning Fri. 7/21/2017 to Fri. 7/28/2017 for bridge construction.

Don’t forget the movie Arrival is at the Yuba Theatre Friday July 21st at 7:30 p.m., one I’ve been wanting to see and here it is in Downieville.

So look at the local news, events, read Gabby to speak properly, and Carrie lays it out for the bicyclists.  Listen to the Board of Supervisor recorded meeting, it’s not a long meeting, but interesting, kinda like listening to a radio show with all your favorite characters. When you listen to the recording or attend the meetings you actually get to know stuff not just what Don Russell or my interpretation of what happened, it is really eye opening. Lawrence Wittner and Robert Gould, Laura Finley, Robert Koehler each submitted individual items for us to think about.  Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon and Samantha Ferguson joined forces for their article.

I keep hearing all the negativity about “Obamacare” and how awful it is, the biggest problem with this statement is there is no such thing as “Obamacare”, that name came to use by corporate conservatives who wanted to denigrate and make the Affordable Care Act a thing to disparage, not because of whether it helped or didn’t millions of Americans but because having a black American as President was difficult for them to accept. The Affordable Care Act has done so much for so many and yet I still hear them complaining about “Obamacare”.  The Affordable Care Act became a reality during the Obama administration and is clearly one of the best things that has happened to people who need healthcare and previously had been unable to obtain coverage due to restrictions in place developed by the  corporate insurance business. So let’s get real here and stop the knee jerk angry reaction to a really good idea, that can be improved and start thinking for ourselves, not the self serving folks who don’t want to give up their huge profits and political donations. The Affordable Care Act is and always has been a good thing for Americans, don’t throw out the best thing that’s happened for healthcare since we became America.

The gorgeous photo this week was taken by Darcy White who said she was “in the woods while kayaking at Salmon Lake” when taking this picture.

District Gov at Lion’s Club 7/19/17

District 4-C5 Governor Nick McNicholas is presented a Downieville Museum T-shirt by Lion Mike Galan

The Downieville Lions hosted the District 4-C5 Governor, Nick McNicholas at the July 17th meeting. Lion Nick, a retired educator from the Esparto Lions Club, was accompanied by Tim Luckinbill, District Chairman from the Colfax Lions Club, and Mike Hill, Sierra Zone Chairman from the Nevada City Lions Club. During the meeting at La Cocina de Oro, District Governor, Nick, initiated Robin Bolle into the Club and installed the 2017-18 Club officers. Following a delicious meal, Lion Nick spoke about the many facets of Lionism, encouraged the Downieville Club to carry on with its programs, and continue to build club membership.
Lions International, with clubs in 200 countries, is celebrating it’s Centennial year as of June 7th! Anyone interested in joining the Downieville Lions Club may contact Membership Co-Chairs, Liz Fisher and Mary Ervin or any club member.


Gabby’s Language Lesson 7/19/17

Phrases I Think Should be Used  – by Gabby Fringette

Gabby Fringette

As we all know, I’m pretty quick with words, already ready with a quip or a bit of snark for any situation. I’ve come up with some good lines and there are some I think everyone should use, not just one mouthy teen. So here are my top five phrases I think we should all employ. Please, spread them around in your daily conversations and on social media.

1. Catching the harpy’s breath. Harpies are shrill and bitchy part-woman part-vultures from Greek mythology. They are very judgmental, and like to yell at people. Catching the harpy’s breath would basically mean getting the full brunt of someone’s yelling, insulting, or criticism. Example: ‘she’s going to catch the harpy’s breath if she wears those shoes with that skirt.’
2. Waiting seconds. Basically, waiting seconds feel longer than regular ones. When you have to wait for something, time sure drags on and takes is own, well, sweet time to pass. Example, ‘soon the waiting seconds were about an hour long each. In real time five minutes had passed.’
3. Sourings of imagination. When you imagine something over and over and build it up and reality is a major disappointment. Example: ‘because of the sourings of imagination, the chocolate wasn’t as good as I’d thought it would be.’
4. Friend-in-law. This is basically the close friend of one of your loved ones who you put up with because you are attempting to be a decent person. Example: ‘though they spent time together, it was only because of Sally. They didn’t actually like each other, but Jackie and Steve were friend-in-laws so they tolerated each other.’
5. Mixing like water and olive oil. Water and olive oil don’t mix. It means it’s a terrible match. Example: ‘the teacher had assigned Quinn and Marisol together. The girls mixed like water and olive oil.’

These are just a few of my favorite phrases from my daily conversations and other things I’ve written. At least the ones I could remember. Feel free to use them.

Best Day at Fair 7/19/17

Best State Fair Volunteer Day Ever!

Why? Because, for some reason, all of the people visiting the fair wanted to talk with us! We were there for 5 hours, and talked for about 4 1/2 hours. Either they had been to Sierra County, wanted to come to Sierra County, or never coming but wanted to talk about wonderful places they had been. And, people LOVED our booth. This is what I learned:

1. Many people commented they loved seeing live people and not fake people.
2. Supply door opens inward – not outward. No matter how I tried…..
3. Left is still left, right is still right (in case you get left mixed up with right….)
4. So many compliments on our booth. It was amazing.
5. Man: Do you know where Nevada County is?
Me: Yes!
Man: (looking at me expentently, waiting….) I meant the exhibit.
Me: No………..but the information booth is right over there……
Man: thank you (and walks away)
Man: returns, Smiling, hands me a list and map of exhibits . We are both quite pleased and a big thank you to him. I left the map for other volunteers
6. IS IT REAL???? AND THE BEST: sitting in the chair, I was eye level with the children. While the bear was a big draw, the bigger draw was the fire. They were fascinated with how it was made, after learning it was not real. It was a real conversation piece with the kids. (yes, I received permission from the parents to take a photo for our news outlets).

David and I think the makers of the booth which gave us a wonderful day at the fair. And to Mary Ervin – would this even happen without her? Sign us up for next year!!

He Really Really Likes Us 7/19/17

California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia

Courtesy KPBS

There have been some minor casualties in California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia’s tour across the state’s 58 counties.

“I’ll put 1,000 miles a week on my car, easily,” Gioia said. “I’ve gone through two sets of tires.”

Gioia is making a point to hold events beyond the traditional poetry enclaves of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley. So far, he has visited 41 counties, including a visit to San Diego last year. He is returning Monday for a reading at the San Diego Central Library at 6 p.m. Gioia’s events feature performances from other local writers, including winners of the national Poetry Out Loud student competition. He plans to visit Imperial County this fall.

Gioia’s favorite event so far was in Sierra County’s Downieville, where officials closed the schools and had all 51 students from elementary through high school attend the event and read an original poem of their own.

“It was the best Q & A period I ever had,” Gioia said. “They asked, ‘What’s your birthday?’ and I said Christmas Eve. That caused all kinds of discussion.”

Gioia, a former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, joined KPBS Midday Edition on Monday with more about his trip across the state and the perennial arts funding battle in Washington, D.C.

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