OSO Blue & Wine 7/12/17

Wine in the Woods
Sorracco’s Garden, Sierra City, CA
July 29th, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A benefit for Sierra County Search and Rescue and
Sierra City Fire Department
$30 in advance/$35 at event

Wines from:
Nevada City Winery, Grant Marie Winery, Classic Wines of CA
Southern Wine and Spirits and Sierra Fine Wines

Music by “Oso Blue”
Sponsored by SCAC Tickets available at
Sierra Country Store or Downieville Day Spa 
call 862-1580 or 862-0319 for info

Oso Blue: Saturday, July 29th from 4 PM to 7 PM

Brandt, BJ & Pete of Oso Blue

The Sierra County Arts Council awarded theSierra City Fire Auxilary an Art & Music Sponsorship for Oso Blue to perform at Wine in the Woods at Sorracco’s Garden, Sierra City, July 29th.  2017 Wine in the Woods is a fundraiser for Sierra County Search and Rescue and Sierra City Fire Department.

Local musicians Brandt Larsen, BJ Jordan, and Pete Prince of Oso Blue will perform in the garden from 4 PM to 7 PM.  Light appetizers will be served along with a sampling of wines from Nevada City Winery, Grant Marie Winery, Classic Wines of California, Southern Wine & Spirits, and Sierra Fine Wines.


Tickets: in advance $30, at event $35  Available locally fromDownieville Day Spa (Downieville), Sierra Country Store (Sierra City) or by calling  530-862-1580 or 530 862-0319


Joint Hands-On VFD Training 6/28/17

On Wednesday June 21, 2017 the Downieville VFD and Sierra City VFD met at Union Flat campground for a joint training. There were 25 dedicated men and women, who are First Responders, EMT’s, and Firefighters, attending. Traffic control and traffic safety started the training. Downieville Fire had all three ambulances on hand for training purposes. Sierra City demonstrated their First Out Rescue Truck. Both departments had prepared “hands on” training for the responders, one of which was a scavenger hunt for supplies on the ambulance.



Bean July for Food Bank 6/21/17

The Downieville Food Bank is looking for local heroes to help fill our pantry. Even though the generosity of financial donations comprise the bulk of the Food Bank’s resources, there are other ways to provide for those who need a helping hand.

Some individuals or organizations prefer to donate money to the Food Bank, others would like to donate food.

You can be a Grocery Good-Guy-Gal! If you are going to your favorite local or out of town food store , it would a brave act of charitable heroism to bring in cans of baked beans to boost the coffers of our Food Bank. Due to the hot weather, there is no drop-off place for your donation. Please call Paul Douville 289-1018 or Frank Lang 289-3466 to arrange for pick-up or drop-off.

Even though bean is the theme, you can choose to bring in other items. There is a list of non-perishable items for the food bags that go out over the holidays and some grocery packages that are given to those who need food throughout the year. Some items to consider are: small boxes or bags of rice, potato flakes, flour, medium sized cans/containers of fruit, tuna, peanut butter, or jelly. But remember, in July the bean reigns supreme.
Each month, a short article will appear with a different item for the shelf. The Downieville Food Bank thanks, in advance, all who participate in this heroic effort.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Lessons for Tennis Begin 6/21/17

Summer tennis in 2016

The Downieville Tennis Program  will begin Thursday June 29, 2017 Lessons are every Tuesday and Thursday. Participants from ages 5 through 11 will take to the court at 8:00  a.m. and those from ages 12 through 17 will start at 9:00 a.m. . Some exceptions will be made for families with two or more children to save on shuttling. If you have a child between the ages of 5 and 17 that would like to participate in this summer’s program, please call Paul at 530-289-1018 or email to  pdouville@att.net.
Prior notice is not required. You may bring your child on any of the scheduled days. There is no fee for this opportunity although donations are very welcome.

The operating costs for this summer opportunity is approximately $1,500. This allows two high school instructors and an adult supervisor. We need to replace the deck leading into the tennis shed. We have not been able to secure a grant for the past two years and our operating funds have shrunk to the point that this program, without community support, will be unable to continue this program much longer.
The lessons of courtesy, respect and cooperation will continue to be emphasized along with the many other skills that organized life-long sports can foster. Board members of the tennis organization are Paul Douville, Tom Potter, Bryan Davey, Kristy Folsom, and Tim Beals.

DFPD Paramedic Hired 6/21/17

Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc. (SFMR) and Downieville Fire Protection District (DFPD) announce the employment of a paramedic in Western Sierra County for this summer.

DFPDParamedic Rachel Defibaugh

Rachel Defibaugh from Fairfax County, Virginia has a background in advanced life support and firefighting. This highly qualified woman is a graduate of the Paramedic Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, holds an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology, and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, with extensive experience as a massage therapist in a chiropractic office and sports industry. Rachel describes the six years working with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department as the most rewarding time of her life, and she feels it’s where she developed her passion for paramedicine.

Rachel enjoys outdoor activities and hopes to spend her days off hiking, trail running, camping, and exploring Sierra County’s many beautiful areas. She recently bought a mountain bike and hopes to “learn a thing or two” about the sport here in Downieville. She’s an avid reader and advocate for health through fitness and nutrition. Her hope is to be engaged with the community and is “excited to meet everyone and explore her new home”.

Rachel was hired through SFMR’s Western Sierra County Paramedic Pilot Project which was created in collaboration with the DFPD and the Downieville Volunteer Fire Department members to expand life-support services and ultimately achieve year-round, 24/7 community-wide coverage with paramedic positions. Rachel and any future paramedics will work with the dedicated volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians and Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians of the DFPD Ambulance System.

Money and Energy-Saving 6/14/17

Energy Working Group Promotes Money and Energy-Saving Strategies

Sierra County, CA. – Are leaky windows making your house wet, moldy, or drafty? Are high energy costs depleting your vacation funds? Or perhaps you experienced a multitude of power outages during the month of “Janu-buried” and have simply lost all faith in the grid?
Whatever your case may be, the Sierra County Energy Working Group (the Working Group), convened by Sierra Business Council (SBC) and composed of engaged community members, local government staff, and local business representatives, is working on solutions to help average folks use energy more effectively and save money while doing so. Whether it’s vetting solutions for renewable energy in canyon spaces or open places, replacing streetlights with *functioning* and highly cost-effective LED lights, or simply getting the word out about all the home energy programs available to residents and non-residents alike, the Working Group has got you covered.
The Working Group meets every other month to vet solutions that will improve the lives of people who work, live and play in Sierra County through on the ground volunteer work and outreach. The group was formed as part of SBC’s commitment to helping the County implement its recently adopted Energy Action Plan which has the potential to save the County and its residents money and energy—while also promoting energy independence and reliability through local renewable energy. If you’d like to get involved, email Nikki Caravelli from Sierra Business Council at ncaravelli@sierrabusiness.org.
One of the Working Group’s current projects is broadcasting local energy programs that are now publicly available on the Sierra County website. All of the programs available to Sierra County residents and non-residents were compiled by SBC in order to connect people with the many savings and assistance opportunities available. Available programs include job training resources, home weatherization, low income assistance, solar financing, and many more.
Most of these programs are underutilized and few people are receiving the energy and cost savings offered. “I’d really like to help get the word out about our programs. Not enough people are taking advantage of these opportunities in our service area,” says Corby Erwin, a Working Group member and Member Services Director at PSREC.
The Sierra County Energy Working Group encourages all to check out these resources to see if they are a good fit for you, your home, your business, or any other entity. They also offer the following “Top 10 Quick and Easy Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency” to get you started on the journey towards better, more affordable energy. Tips on day-to-day energy savings and all of the compiled local resources are now available on the front page of the Sierra County website, or at the following shortcut link: www.tinyurl.com/sierra-county-energy. Go on, find out how much you can save on your energy bill today!

Sierra Business Council (SBC) fosters thriving communities in the Sierra Nevada via on-the-ground local projects that promote, develop, and amplify the region’s social, natural and economic capital. More information on SBC’s impact can be found at www.sierrabusiness.org.

Nominate Your Fav 6/14/17

Summer travel is upon us, which means planning your next trip to (or through) the Sierra Nevada! Sierra Nevada Geotourism is here to help you out via our MapGuide and Trip Planning features – check them out at www.sierranevadageotourism.org.

Did you know that you can also help your favorite Sierra business attract visitors to the region via the Geotourism website? Our historic towns, small businesses, and off-the-beaten-path destinations can use the occasional hand in making sure tourism revenue makes it to them, and there’s an easy way for you to help them out!

Sierra businesses and destinations that invoke the character of the region can and should be featured on the Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide. We have nearly 2,000 destinations nominated by local residents and fans of the region, but we know there are so many more amazing places, events, and businesses waiting to be nominated.

You can help drive business to your favorite local spot, or even your own business, simply by making a nomination. Nominations are vetted for local character and only take about 20 minutes to complete.

Click here to nominate your favorite Sierra business today!

Cherry Festival in NSJ 6/14/17

The 122nd  Annual Cherry Festival and Parade

The 122 Annual North San Juan Cherry Festival and Parade begins at 10 A.M.,.,Saturday June 24, with floats, fire engines, pets, children, and you cheering them down Rt 49 though North San Juan. Come early and stake out your spot. If you want to be in the parade, register at 8:30 A.M., at the fire hall.
After the parade come on down to the NSJ Community Center where Garth Melendez, our own New York celebrity chef presides over the BBQ, with what else? cherry barbecue sauce. Enjoy the music of Tom McDonald and Tony Unger as you munch your cherry cobbler
What? There’s more? Kids games, face painting, a pie eating contest, fabulous raffle! Win an overnight at The Sierra Hotsprings Resort! Browse among the vendors and artists. Fun for the whole family.
At 3 P.M. The parking lot in North San Juan becomes party headquarters for a pig roast and continuous bands playing throughout the evening.
The Cherry Festival is a fund raiser for the non-profit North San Juan Community Center. Admission and parking are free.

Sierra Public Transit Rates 6/14/17

As of July 1, 2017

DESTINATION                  FLAT RATE

ALLEGHANY                      $35
AUBURN                            $20
CALPINE                            $10
CHICO                               $30
DOWNIEVILLE                    $1
GRASS VALLEY                 $15
INDIAN VALLEY                  $5
LOYALTON                         $15
PENN VALLEY                    $15
RENO                                 $30
RENO AIRPORT                 $50
SACRAMENTO                  $30
SIERRA CITY                     $5
QUINCY                             $20
TRUCKEE                          $20

Each rate is quoted per person.
Round trip or one-way on same day are the above flat rate.
Organized overnight trips are one charge.
Trips to airports are $50 each way, per person, unless it is round trip in same day.
Service is 100 mile radius of Downieville. Out of service area rate is current IRS mileage rate and full labor cost of driver for extended portion.


Appreciation Plaque for DVFD 6/14/17

Mike Feyh, Captain, Sacramento Fire Department and the 10th District Burns Foundation Coordinator, presents an appreciation plaque to Michell Anderson, President of the Downieville Firefighter’s Association for another very successful Fill the Boot Drive.
Fire Departments all across the United States hold a Fill the Boot Drive for the Firefighter’s Burn Institute.

Downieville 2017 Graduates 6/7/17

Downieville High School Class of 2017 will graduate on Saturday June 10, 2017 at the Herrington Lawn in Sierra City at 4:30 p.m. A Potluck Celebration for graduates, friends, family and the community will be held immediately following at the Sierra City Community Hall. Bring a dish to share.

Megan Parker

Ramon Nevarez


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