Mental Health First Aid 6/21/17

Flyer attached with full details. Reservations are required.
EMS and BRN CEs available through Nor-Cal EMS (8 hours = 8 CEs)

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

In this 8 hour course you will learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing: ü Panic attacks ü Suicidal thoughts or behaviors ü Non suicidal self-injury ü Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions) ü Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use ü Reaction to a traumatic event

Time: 8am to 5pm Wednesday June 28, 2017
Location: New Loyalton Museum/Auditorium (next to City Hall behind Golden West Saloon) 605 School Street Loyalton CA 96118  MHFA Class June 2017

Smoke Gets in His Eyes 6/21/17


Let me begin by setting the stage for what happened:

Lou once thought of a life after Downieville

In the late summer of 1995 Undersheriff David Marshall came to me to offer that years training assignments. He explained to me that he had two classes in mind for me. One was Underwater Basketweaving and the other was Reading Smoke Signals. Although the basketweaving class sounded fun, I thought the Reading Smoke Signal training might be more conducive to the duties of being a Deputy Sheriff and Sierra County as it borders Washoe County Nevada and some of that tribe takes up residence in Sierra County. The training was very informative and fun to boot. For the remainder of my career I was never able to use that skill, until today.

This morning I depart for my walk. As I leave my hut I notice a large amount of smoke in the Dayton Valley. I conclude that yesterday’s thunderstorms must have started range fires in that valley and am hopeful they get extinguished quickly. I take the “upper town” tour today as it didn’t seem to be as hot as it was yesterday. As I begin up “A” Street I notice the smoke was quickly clearing. As I approach the Piper Opera House I look toward the valley and see what appears to be smoke signals coming from the valley floor. At first I don’t think too much about it and then the thought pops into the cranium. I had training to learn how to read these back in 1995. Why not try to read these?

I stop and find a place to clearly see the signals. Here is what I deciphered from the first set.


I thought about that for a minute and said to myself. “are you kidding, you can buy advertisements for smoke signals?” This has just gone too far! But wait, more signals are rising from the valley floor.


I think about this for a minute and I just can’t believe what I’ am ciphering. I realize it has been awhile since the training and that maybe my ciphering is a little rusty. I see the signals rise again confirming what I had ciphered. Boy, this is exciting! My house will be ready on time! But, still a little unsure, I hopped in the motor coach and traversed the trail to the office of Lennar Homes in Dayton. I meet with Margaret and she confirms my ciphering. She shares some more information for later use and sends me on my way. I’ am having trouble containing my excitement so I visit various establishments that sale accessories for new homes. Turns out to be a fun day filled with new and exciting things for the home.

I would like to thank Undersheriff David Marshall (retired) for allowing me to attend this training. It finally paid off!

Pam and Russ, what does it cost to buy Smoke Signal Ads?

Hmmmm, maybe the heat has gotten to me.

Amazing & Thanks 6/21/17


Thank you to the Calpine​ & Sierra Valley​ Community for supporting the Calpine Volunteer Fire Department ​at​ our BBQ Fundraiser on June 20th at the Sierra Valley Lodge. It was an amazing and successful event! We appreciated seeing so many people donate their time, ​hard work and energy towards the fire department while at the same time coming together as a community.
Angela Haick, Fire Chief

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
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.

Brutal Detention 6/21/17

When the detainee is American . . .  by Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler

The corpses pile up like sandbags along the planet’s geopolitical borders.

“Perhaps his condition deteriorated and the authorities decided it was better to release him in a coma than as a corpse.”

So said an expert on North Korea recently, quoted in the New York Times following the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, six days after he had been released in a comatose state from a North Korean prison. He had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor a year and a half ago because he had taken a propaganda poster off the wall in his hotel. He had been with a tour group.

Oh Lord. The shocking wrongness and horror of this young man’s death — the absurdity of his arrest, the razor slash of his tears — is all over the news. Of course. Who couldn’t identify — with him, with his parents? He had been dehumanized. He had a future, but it got pulled away from him by uniformed lunatics, or so the news presents this tragedy: in the context of America and its enemies.

And there’s no enemy out there with less legitimacy than North Korea. Any time the country and its supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, show up in the news, they look, you might say, like evil cartoon characters. But they possess, as the Times story informed us, “nuclear arms and missiles capable of striking the United States.”

And this is the context of the news and the limit, apparently, of the consciousness of the U.S. media. But the arrest, abuse and death of Otto Warmbier took place in a context more complex than good vs. evil. It’s still a horrific tragedy, a wrong that should never have occurred, but the devaluing of human life isn’t simply a game played by the so-called bad guys.

International politics is mostly a game of “interests” and war. It’s a game of winning and losing, and human beings be damned. And the fact that the United States plays this game as aggressively as anyone, at home and abroad, belittles the death of American citizens who wind up innocently caught in the game themselves.

The day the young man died, for instance, a 15-year-old lawsuit on behalf of another group of wrongful-arrest victims wound up being dismissed by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2002, the Center for Constitutional Rights had brought the suit against a number of officials in the George W. Bush administration — including former Attorney General John Ashcroft and, ironically, Robert Mueller, former FBI director who is currently heading up the Trump-Russia investigation — on behalf of several hundred South Asian and Arab non-citizens who were rounded up and jailed after 9/11.

“Based solely on their race, religion, ethnicity, and immigration status,” according to the CCR, “hundreds of men were detained as ‘terrorism suspects’ and held in brutal detention conditions for the many months it took the FBI and CIA to clear them of any connection to terrorism. They were then deported. . . .

“Our clients were held in a specially-created Administrative Maximum Special Housing Unit . . . in solitary confinement. They were purposefully deprived of sleep, denied contact with the outside world, beaten and verbally abused, and denied the ability to practice their religion.”

That kept us safe.

And people outside our borders had even less security and fewer rights. Some years ago the New York Times ran a rare account of one man’s experience as a Gitmo detainee and U.S. torture victim. Lakhdar Boumediene, who in 2001 was living in Bosnia with his wife and daughters and working for the Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates, was accused of being a terrorist and arrested one morning, shortly after the 9/11 attack, when he showed up for work in Sarajevo. He wound up imprisoned at Guantanamo for seven years. In 2009, a federal district judge, after reviewing the U.S. case against Boumediene and four others arrested with him, found them innocent and ordered them released.

During his imprisonment, he wrote, “my daughters grew up without me. They were toddlers when I was imprisoned, and were never allowed to visit or speak to me by phone. Most of their letters were returned as ‘undeliverable,’ and the few that I received were so thoroughly and thoughtlessly censored that their messages of love and support were lost.”

Regarding his treatment at Gitmo: “I was kept awake for many days straight. I was forced to remain in painful positions for hours at a time. These are things I do not want to write about; I want only to forget.

“I went on a hunger strike for two years because no one would tell me why I was being imprisoned. Twice each day my captors would shove a tube up my nose, down my throat and into my stomach so they could pour food into me. It was excruciating, but I was innocent and so I kept up my protest.”

The more you read about American torture practices, the worse it gets. The mostly classified 6,000-page Senate report on this topic, released in 2014, contains almost unbearable data about CIA “enhanced interrogation” methodology, including “rectal rehydration,” threats against the detainees’ children and parents, quasi-drowning, mock executions and “revved power drills” held near their heads. And many detainees died and many remain imprisoned without cause.

Reading about all this in the context of North Korea’s imprisonment and apparent murder of Otto Warmbier doesn’t lessen the hell he went through as a victim of “hostage diplomacy,” but it does, I think, change one’s sense of who the enemy is.

Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor.

Fix-It for Seniors 6/21/17

FREED is conducting outreach to residents of Sierra County who are 60 and older and might need some assistance with minor home repairs and modifications. FREED volunteers will be in Sierra County at the end of this month to help with things like:

-installing grab bars -delivering shower benches and shower seats -installing hand-held shower heads -installing levered door handles -lots of other things that help people stay independent and safe in their home

Please help us get the word out to potential older adults who would benefit.  Here is  a copy of our brochure here for distribution. FREED_Fix-itCard_6.22.16

Board of Supervisors 6/21/17



Lee Adams, District 1
P.O. Box 1 – Downieville, CA 95936 – 530-289-3506 –
Peter W. Huebner, Chair, District 2
P.O. Box 349 – Sierra City, CA 96125 – 530-862-1004 –
Paul Roen, District 3
P.O. Box 43 – Calpine, CA – 209-479-2770 –
Jim Beard, District 4
P.O. Box 1140 – Loyalton, CA 96118 – 530-414-8126 –
Scott A. Schlefstein, Vice-Chair, District 5
P.O. Box 192 – Loyalton, CA 96118 – 530-993-4900 –

The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on June 20, 2017 in the Loyalton Social Hall, Loyalton City Park, Loyalton, CA. This meeting was recorded for posting on the Board of Supervisors’ website at
The Clerk of the Board may be reached at 530-289-3295 or at the following addresses:
Heather Foster




  • Call to Orderby Chair Peter Heubner
  • Pledge of Allegiance- Supervisor Schlefstein
  • Roll Call – Supervisors Adams, Beard, Heubner, Roen present
  • Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board Approved with Item 14 G moved to Regular Agenda


Question from woman about why nothing has been done with the Loyalton Trailer Park – Chair talks about efforts that have been made. Tim Beals gives updates on what is being done. Listen to recording if want to know more..

COMMITTEE REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS –  Lee Adams will be attending RCRC meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday.



County Clerk reminded the first meeting in July will be on Wednesday July 5th because the 4th of July is on Tuesday
FOREST SERVICE UPDATE – Paul Roen reported for Quentin Youngblood and the RAC meeting met on Friday the 16th.

14E becomes 5B- Dan Spiess from NorCal EMS – 


Agreement between Northern California EMS, Inc., Local Emergency Medical Services Agency (LEMSA) and Sierra County for Fiscal Year 2017/2018. (PUBLIC HEALTH)


  1. LEMSA Agreement.pdf



Presentation of bids and adoption of resolution awarding contract for the Probation Cable Installation-Loyalton Office project to Ultra Link Cabling Systems, Inc. Approved 5/0


Presentation of bids and adoption of resolution awarding contract for the Probation Point to Point Fiber Optic Circuit project to Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications. Approved 5/0




Resolution pertaining to Solid Waste Fees for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Approved 4/1 with Supervisor Beard voting no.




Resolution approving proposed Solid Waste Budget for Fiscal Year 2017/2018. Approved 4/1 with Beard voting no


  1. SW Budget RSO.pdf

Adoption of Urgency Ordinance adding Part 11, Chapter 6, Sections 090 ‐ 120 authorizing the Director of Transportation restrict the use or close any County highway if a determination is made that such action is necessary for the protection of the public or for the protection of such highway from damage during emergencies, construction, improvement or maintenance operations thereon. Approved 5/0


  1. Ordinance.Item.pdf

Discussion and direction on request for new position in the County Road Department budget under the classification of Engineering Technician I, II, or III depending on qualifications.  Approved


  1. E Tech.Item.pdf

Discussion and direction on letter from State of California regarding the Groundwater Sustainability Act designation of “managed groundwater basins” in Sierra County. No action taken


  1. Groundwater rop.pdf

Authorization to solicit quotes and refer results to the Finance Committee for review and recommendation on the purchase of two F‐550 4WD trucks (chassis only‐no bed) and one F‐550 4WD truck with dump bed for an expected total amount of $130,000. Approved 5/0


  1. Vehicles.Item.pdf

Amendment to County Engineer Agreement 97‐068 to include engineering services for flood emergency protective measures for 5 storm damage sites on county roads that traverse national forest system lands that will require emergency by‐passes until permanent repairs can be planned and implemented. Approved 5/0


Resolution approving proposed budget for the CalRecycle City/County Payment Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017/2018 and adopt the attached budget. Approved


Resolution approving proposed budget for the CalRecycle OPP7 (Oil Payment Program 7) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017/2018.Approved 5/0


Resolution authorizing acceptance and approval of Agreement for Grant of Right of Way and Road Maintenance for Wild Plum Lane.


Amendment to Agreement 2012-038 between Mintier Harnish and Sierra County extending termination date for one year on the Sierra County Zoning Code and General Plan update.  Held over to next meeting per request of Tim Beals


  1. Mintier Harnish.pdf



Approval of letter to oppose AB 1250 regarding ability for counties to contract for personal services. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS) Approved 5/0


Discussion/direction regarding the Board of Supervisors response to the 2016/2017 Grand Jury Report. (CHAIR HUEBNER)  Board directed Supervisor Adams to draft response.


Appointments to the Long Valley Groundwater Management District. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)  James Loverin of Chilcoot and Paul Roen of Calpine were reappointed


Appointments to the Sierra Valley Hospital District. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Jill Slocum of Sierraville and Rebecca Yegge of Sierra Brooks were appointed to the SVHD Board following the resignations of Bill Nunes and Steve Haydn



Board of Supervisors to convene as Board of Directors for County Service Area (CSA) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 4A5A (Sierra Brooks Water) and to hold joint meetings as both the County Board of Supervisors and the CSA Board of Directors.

Discussion/direction/adoption of resolution setting the County Service Area Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2017‐2018.


Discussion/direction/adoption of resolution setting the County and Special Revenue Funds Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2017‐2018.


Minutes from the County Service Area Board of Directors meeting held on April 19, 2016. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)


Minutes from the County Service Area Board of Directors meeting held on May 2, 2017. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)





Presentation by the Sierra County Tobacco Use Reduction Program about illegal tobacco sales to minors and possible solutions.

CLOSED SESSION – Nothing reported no action on 13 A or 13 B


Closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 (c) – initiation of litigation – 2 cases. 


Closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 – conference with legal counsel – anticipated litigation – 1 case.



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.

Authorization to advertise and fill a vacancy in the Building Department – Permit Technician I-III. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Resolution authorizing Auditor to implement changes to the Fiscal Year 2016‐2017 budget to account for increased revenues and expenditures due to purchase of Capital Assets (two new transit vans). (PUBLIC WORKS)


Resolution authorizing Auditor to implement changes to the Fiscal Year 2016‐2017 Road Budget to account for increased revenues and expenditures due to storm damages from January and February 2017. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Professional services agreement between Dr. Don Stembridge, PhD and Sierra County for forensic psychological evaluations. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Professional services agreement between Thomas Bittker, MD and Sierra County for psychiatry services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


  1. Bittker.pdf

Agreement between Kings View Corporation and Sierra County for electronic health record information system and all pay sources billing services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


  1. Kings View EHR.pdf

Agreement between Northern California EMS, Inc., Local Emergency Medical Services Agency (LEMSA) and Sierra County for Fiscal Year 2017/2018. (PUBLIC HEALTH)


  1. LEMSA Agreement.pdf

Resolution approving agreement between the County of Shasta and the County of Sierra for epidemiologist services. (PUBLIC HEALTH)


  1. Shasta County.pdf

Resolution authorizing the Auditor to make changes to the 2016/2017 final budget to increase Social Services revenues and expenditures for telecommunications services. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Professional services agreement between the California Department of Social Services and Sierra County for agency adoption services. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


  1. CDSS Adoptions.pdf

Professional services agreement between Ernest Teague and Sierra County for educational services. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Minutes from the regular meeting held June 6, 2017. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)


Resolution authorizing Auditor to make changes to the 2016/2017 final budget to transfer funds from Solid Waste Financial Assurance to Solid Waste Landfill Closure Fund. (AUDITOR)


Gabby’s Mooses 6/21/17


M is for Moose – by Gabby Fringette

Gabby Fringette

Now that I live in Alaska, I have to deal with the very real problem that is the moose. Essentially a cow on stilts, this huge brown beast tends to be everywhere. For the first week, there was one who lived in our back yard, the house and land having been empty for a month, she grew quite used to coming and going whenever she liked.
After about a week of smelling our dogs, and the Fringe yelling at her at ten at night, she left. I’m serious, at ten at night I hear him yelling, “Hey! SHOO! Get out of the yard, moose!”.

Nuisance moose aren’t uncommon. Though moose hunting is legal here, there are a lot of restrictions. You can’t just up and shoot a moose in your back yard. You have to go to special areas during hunting season. The moose who are just around, you have to deal with.
They aren’t too bad until they pair up with squirrels and get into shenanigans.

Believe it or not, they are dangerous. If they feel threatened, if there’s a mama and a calf, if it’s mating season and you’re in their territory, you’re in danger. Just because it eats plants doesn’t mean it’s all nice and friendly. It just means it’ll kick you instead of bite you. Although they probably would bite. An important note about moose: they can kick sideways. Hard. So stay clear. Even though it literally looks like Bambi, NOT BAMBI. Dangerous wild animal. Don’t get out of your car to try and sneak up and take a picture. If they see you sneaking, walking, running, hiding, or anything they think a wolf might do (and keep in mind, if you’re a food source to wolves, everything anything does will remind you of a wolf) then you are in danger.

They do kill people. In most cases, that’s because somebody hits a moose with a car. They dart across the road, or walk slowly on the road. They’re the world’s worst slow drivers. They will even charge cars. If a moose is hit and killed, you must notify the police or the Alaska State Troopers. There is actually a list of people who are called, a list of regular Alaska citizens, who when a moose is hit by a vehicle and killed, are called, and they come and butcher the animal and take it home for food. Waste not want not.

Now let’s talk about dogs. Dogs look and act like wolves. Moose hate wolves. People with dogs have actually been attacked by moose. Moose with attack dogs, and will even go after and kill dogs tied up on leashes. I am not making this up. If you doubt me, look it up. So if you have dogs, be careful.

Moose and bicycles. They’ve been known to steal bikes. Okay, this is made up. But they have attacked cyclists, because they move fast. Like a wolf. Not too long ago, at a ski resort, a moose was put down because it was being aggressive towards skiers. They were coming out of nowhere and whizzing by quickly, like wolves. If they had halted the skiers for a little while, the moose would have left. However, since people paid good money to go skiing, and god forbid nature get in the way of the WASPy, upper-middle-class vacation at the ski resort, so the moose met bullet. There were already people on the sidelines standing by with small chainsaws for ease of butchering.

So there you have it, everything I’ve learned about moose in the last three weeks.

Sheriff’s Public Log 6/21/17

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log


  • 0639 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Sierra Brooks – TRA LOAM
  • 0730 – A 9-1-1 report of a theft of 50# dog food was actually eaten by a bear in Downieville – RPT SCSO
  • 0951 – Dog at large in Sierra Brooks Has been contained by owner – CNC SCSO
  • 1213 – Picnic bag and wallet taken in Downieville – CNC SCSO
  • 1434 – Identity theft reported in Chillicothe … I’m thinking that was an auto correct and it might actually be Chilcoot -CNC SCSO
  • 2007 – Large black cow on Hwy 49 near Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 2213 – Request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM


  • 1542 – 1542 – Dog bite from 2 days ago inVerdi – RPT SCSO
  • 1833 – Violation of court order in Sierra City – CNC SCSO
  • 2051 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 2103 – Repeated phone calls become harassing – RPT SCSO
  • 2357 – Murder for hire report is suspicious – CNC SCSO


  • 0528 – Alarm activation in Loyalton – UTL SCSO
  • 0755 – Probation search in process Sierra City – TRA PROB
  • 0908 – 9-1-1 hangup in Downieville – UNF SCSO
  • 1005 – Welfare check on juvenile in Downieville – CNC SCSO
  • 1042 – Landlord/tenant civil dispute in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1248 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1357 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1541 – Firearms stolen from unlocked vehicle in Verdi – ACT SCSO
  • 1609 – Subject runs into trailer with vehicle, flees scene in Loyalton – TRA CHP
  • 1625 – Juvenile playing in street in Downieville causing traffic issues, parent counseled – CNC SCSO
  • 1655 – Juvenile problem in Downieville – RPT SCSO


  • 0820 – Single gunshot at neighbor’s residence in Downieville, Deputy determines Code 4 – UNF SCSO
  • 0914 – Propertychecks throughout the county – CNC SCSO
  • 1337 – Suspicious vehicle hazards activated broken window on Hennessy Pass Rd near Verdi – TRA CHP
  • 1721 – 9-1-1 hang up, Deputy finds Code 4 in Verdi – CNC SCSO


  • 0947 – Erratic behavior and threats creates arrest in Downieville – ARR SCSO
  • 0953 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance near Sierra City – TRA DVAM
  • 1025 – RO issues resolved by Deputy in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1321 – Suspicious digging in river in Downieville – TRA F&W
  • 1347 – Wood being stolen in DVL, issue resolved – CNC SCSO
  • 1547-9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1740 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Sierra City – TRA DVAM
  • 1929 – Medical emergency help  at courthouse DVL -TRA DVAM
  • 2127 – Female walking down Hwy results in arrest near Loyalton – ARR SCSO
  • 2158 – Suspicious circumstances near Loyalton – UNF SCSO
  • 2209 – DUI reported  in Downieville – UTL SCSO


  • 0553 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 0940 – Dod bite at campground near Verdi – RPT SCSO
  • 1424 – Confidential – ACT CSSO
  • 1431 – Domestic violence in Loyalton – ACT SCSO
  • 1627 – Report of being threatened in Sierra City – UNF SCSO
  • 1806 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Sattley – TRA LOAM
  • 1856 – report of automatic weapon firing near Sierraville -CNC SCSO
  • 2007 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance near Downieville – TRA DVAM
  • 2013 – Dead animal in creek in Loyalton – TRA F&W


  • 1201 – Single vehicle accident Hwy 49 MPM 27.11 – TRA CHP
  • 1205 – Report of hot dogs in distress in Downieville – UNF SCSO
  • 2244 – Vehicle driving by house honking in Loyalton – UTL SCSO
  • 2258 – Vandalism to car door in Loyalton – RPT SCSO
  • 2338 – AAA needed near Pike City – TRA SCSO

Mark Likes Slant Skies 6/21/17



There’s nothing like that feeling you get when you know every nook and cranny of your local ski area, especially on a powder day. Imagine having that same feeling about your skis. While many people are satisfied to ski on mass market skis built half way around the world, some of us want something more. Fortunately there’s a number of smaller ski companies out there willing to meet our needs. There’s just something awesome about being able to walk into the “factory” and talk to the guy that’s going to build your skis.

Josh Bennett started building Slant Skis in his garage in Truckee, California in 2007. Bit by bit, the business has grown and production moved to a small shop just down the road from Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley. Slant Skis currently offers nine models of skis, from park models through powder chasers. Each is hand built from sustainable bamboo and materials sourced in the United States. While business has been good, it’s time to take it to the next level. Bennett started a Kickstarter campaign this month to help fund the expansion of his production facility.

We recently had a chance to sit down for a Q&A session with Josh. Here’s the result.

What was the inspiration for Slant Skis?

As a kid, a ski purchase was one of my biggest things each year. I would work and save up all summer for a season pass and a pair of skis. I was always really hard on my skis, and they would almost always break, which was super disappointing. Plus, the ski companies would often refuse my warranty, saying I used the skis for ‘jumping’ and they were not intended for such activities! So when I turned 18, I got a job at a ski shop so I could get deals on skis and learn how to fix and maintain them. My good friend/coworker and I would always daydream about how we would design skis if we ever got the opportunity. So, I decided to try and figure it out. I saved up enough tools and equipment and built a ski press and Slant was born.

How would you describe the difference between locally produced skis versus the big brands?

Big brands treat skis more like a commodity than a crucial piece of ski gear. They are mass-produced in the tens or hundreds of thousands of pairs each year. They are bought by wholesalers at the lowest price possible and marketed to the masses for small margins in large quantities in an effort to make a profit. What’s missing in this equation?  Ski Quality.

The small batch ski maker must care about the ski and the skier first. The small batch ski maker is a skier who understands their product must have superior materials, construction, appeal and skiability than their competition or their skis will not sell. Because offering a unique, high-performance ski that you can’t get anywhere else is what brings skiers back to your brand. That and they need to look cool  🙂


How would you describe your typical Slant Skis customer?

My typical Slant customer is a skier who cares about where their skis come from and the quality of their entire skiing experience. They feel good about supporting a small business rather than a huge corporation. They enjoy skiing on a pair of skis that are more unique and progressive compared to what their friends are skiing on. They also understand that skis don’t need to be made by large companies to be the best ski for them.

Our customer base is growing steadily and we love showing people that their favorite skis can be crafted by a fellow skier running a small business.

Tell us about your new Kickstarter campaign? What’s your favorite “reward”?

I’ve always loved Kickstarter and it’s ability to help the small business or entrepreneur meet the consumer that’s never heard of them. One of the biggest challenges Slant faces is simply getting discovered by more skiers. Ads in large magazines or websites bought by large brands cost thousands of dollars and are usually not cost-effective to small-batch ski companies. Kickstarter not only helps us raise funds, but increases our reach to thousands that have never heard of Slant.

My favorite reward we are offering is to let a small handful of skiers build a pair of skis along side us in the factory. This would have been a dream reward for me before I started Slant. I’m always excited to work with other skiers who are passionate about skiing and care about where their skis come from so much that they actually want to build their own skis.

Is there anything else you want our readers to know?

I feel it should be important to each skier where their skis and equipment comes from. Just like many people prefer to buy local produce and support local businesses, supporting a small ski company should be no different. People are really starting to understand that more and it feeds my energy to grow.

Josh Bennett, owner of Slant Skis. Image via the Sierra Sun.

I initially wrote this piece for the Mountain Rider’s Alliance blog…but it seemed like it needed to be here too. Supporting the independents is important to me. I’m not sure what it means beyond that. – Mark

Carol’s Movies 6/21/17

The Space Between Us (2017)

The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

Director: Peter Chelsom

Writers: Allan Loeb (screenplay), Stewart Schill (story by) | 2 more credits »


Carol Says:  The Space Between Us

I thought this movie might have potential. Boy born on Mars, at age 16 wants to come live on Earth, and see how that works out.

Well, at this time in our lives it is not possible but who knows what the future brings? But this movie is just crazy. We kept watching it to see how much crazier they could make it, and it got to ridiculous, where we could not even enjoy using our imagination. I would say to pass on this one.

Amnesty for Junkers 6/21/17


Sierra County announces Vehicle Disposal Amnesty Weekend Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, July 1 through July 3, 2017.  This means that if you have a junk vehicle or parts of a vehicle to dump, it can be disposed of at the Loyalton Landfill during open hours (10 am to 4 pm) on Saturday, July 1 or Sunday, July 2, 2017 with no disposal fee.  Travel trailers and mobile homes will not qualify for amnesty.  All liquids must be removed from the vehicle prior to disposal.  Costs of hauling junk vehicles to the landfill are the responsibility of the owner/disposer.  Vehicles are not accepted at any of the County transfer stations, and pick up services are not offered.

Normal vehicle disposal fees range from $90.00 for a standard vehicle or light truck to $125 for larger trucks.  Questions regarding disposal of vehicles and vehicle amnesty weekend should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 530-289-3201.

2nd Annual Summer Photo Contest 6/24/17


Tahoe National Forest and YubaNet Announce 2nd Annual Summer Photo Contest

NEVADA CITY, Calif. – Here’s another reason to visit the Tahoe National Forest! The Forest Service, in partnership with YubaNet, is hosting its second annual photo contest during the summer months, starting June 21—the first day of summer—and ending September 30.

Photography can inspire, illuminate and teach people about their public lands. This is an exciting opportunity for visitors to document the scenery, plants, animals and recreational opportunities available on the Tahoe National Forest.

Photos must be taken on the Tahoe National Forest (does not include Lake Tahoe) and can include such subjects as: wilderness, wildlife and plants, recreation, rivers and lakes, lookouts, and landscapes, among others. Anyone can enter the contest except for current Tahoe National Forest employees. See the Tahoe National Forest website for contest rules and information on how to submit photos.

“A camera can really capture the beauty of the Tahoe National Forest,” said Michael Woodbridge, Tahoe National Forest Public Affairs Officer. “Come enjoy your national forest and show us its beauty through your eyes.”

“The Tahoe National Forest is our backyard,” said YubaNet’s editor Pascale Fusshoeller. “Be a ‘nature journalist,’ explore the Forest and share your discoveries—good news is always welcome.”

First, second and third place winners will be announced in October. Winners will be recognized on YubaNet and the Tahoe National Forest website, social media pages, and other publications. The prize for first place is two nights in the restored, historic U.S. Forest Service Sardine Fire Lookout. Second and third place winners will be treated to a guided tour on the Rock Creek Nature Trail in the spring.

Similar to last year, Kial James, a local professional photographer, will assist the Tahoe National Forest. James’ expertise in outdoor photography and eye for great images will be a great asset during the judging and selection of the first, second and third place winners.

For more information about the contest, go to

Field Office Renovation 6/21/17

BLM Applegate Field Office to Close for Renovations

ALTURAS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management’s Applegate Field Office in Alturas will be closed from Monday, June 26, through Friday, June 30 for office renovations.

Telephone calls to the main office number, (530) 233-4666, will be automatically forwarded to the Surprise Field Station in Cedarville and staff members will be available. Customers can also telephone the field station directly at (530) 279-6101.

Those who need to conduct in-person business, such as map and wood cutting permit purchases, can visit the Surprise Field Station, 602 Cressler St., in Cedarville, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

The Applegate Field Office manages about 1.3 million acres of public lands in northeast California and far northwest Nevada. These lands provide opportunities for community economic growth through traditional uses such as ranching, and recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing and back country exploring.

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