Being a Lake by Robert Wrigley 4/26/17

courtesy of  New York Times Magazine April 16, 2017

Mathew Zapruder wrote  “The beginning of this poem describes an odd thought experiment: A man wonders why he has never dreamed of being a lake and then proceeds consciously to will the dream into being. The poem is so accuate and sensory  it is easy to forget how suffused it is with desire for a feeling of belonging the man has never actually had. In this way, it is nature poem, but also an allegory for any idealized experience never to be attained.”

Being a Lake by Robert Wrigley

He has never dreamed of being a lake                                                                               in the high mountains, and now he wonders why.                                                         Surely there could be no better, in the way                                                                           of dreamy aspirations: to be clear and cold                                                                             and swum through by trout. To allow the sunlight                                                                   far into your depths, to have depths no one                                                                         will ever visit. To be ceilinged by ice                                                                                     and many feet of snow in winter, to shine pure blue                                                             into the pure blue of the sky, to show the stars                                                                       the stars, to be drunk by wild animals.                                                                                 And to admit an occasional human,                                                                                     who, because of the memory of having been there,                                                             might dream of being there. Being there.                                                                             Not a visitor but a dreamer, dreaming                                                                                      this very lake is what he’s always wanted to be.

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four poetry collections and “Why Poetry”coming from Ecco. He teaches poetry at Saint Mary’s College of California and is editor a large at Wave Books. Robert Wrigley is the author of 10 collections of poetry including most recently, “Box” published by Penguin Poets last month.

Little Lizzy? & Gramma Rossi 4/26/17

4/26/17 She’s not my Mommy, I think Rossi is my Gramma, but she is warm and likes me so I’m happy snuggling and I’m super cute I hear…. I don’t really know what my name is, there has been a lot of discussion about this in my family…. I’m hoping for Lizzy, I like Lizzy… my great human grandmother is Liz, I want to be just like her….

Sheriff’s Public Log 4/26/17

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log


  • 1331 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Sierraville – TRA LOAM
  • 1444 – Documentation of reported Battery in Loyalton – UNF SCSO
  • 1621 – Caller receives threatening phone calls in Loyalton – RPT SCSO
  • 1829 – Civil standby to serve civil papers in Loyalton – CNC SCSO


  • 0003 – CA State OES called requesting area check for missing aircraft – RPT SCSO
  • 0754 – Report of suicidal subject in Reno, notified jurisdiction  and contact with local relative made by SC deputy – TRA Reno PD
  • 1610 – 9-1-1 hangup call from vacant residence in Downieville, Deputy responded –  UNF SCSO
  • 1622 – Motorcycle down rider refused medical  on Hwy 49 south of Downieville – CNC SCSO


  • 0111 – Vehicle repossession in Sattley – TRA SCSO
  • 1249 – Verbal threats and broken personal items in Sierraville – CNC SCSO


  • 0430 – Connie Bressette passed away at residence in Verdi – RPT – SCSO
  • 0934 – Request for Loyalton VFD assistance – TRA LOAM
  • 1127 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1613 – Request for Deputy contact in Loyalton – CNC SCSO


  • 1034 – 9-1-1 hangup, Deputy responded, Code 4 in Goodyears Bar – CNC SCSO
  • 1057 – 9-1-1 misdialed in Sierra City – UNF SCSO
  • 1146 – Local warrant arrest made in Susanville – ARR SCSO
  • 1231 – Break-in and verbal threats in Sierraville, Deputy responds and determines it is a civil matter – RPT SCSO
  • 1511 – Deputy reports Civil Standby in Sierraville – CNC SCSO
  • 1603 – Dog bite to postal clerk in Loyalton Deputy responds – RPT SCSO
  • 1855 – Caller reports county employee assaulted her in Loyalton – UNF SCSO
  • 2214 – 9-1-1 caller requesting ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 2225 – Subject breaking into residence in Downieville, two arrested – ARR SCSO
  • 2311 – Vehicle stuck in mud in Pike City area, CHP assisted owner – TRA CHP


  • 1001 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1315 – Vegetation fire report is a controlled burn near Calpine – TRA CVFD


  • 0145 – Loud noise reported by homeowner in Sierra Brooks – UTL SCSO
  • 1837 – Confidential investigation somewhere over the rainbow… – ACT SCSO

Community Survey 4/26/17


Some of you did remember to grab a Behavioral Health Community Survey at today’s SCHCC meeting. For those who didn’t see the attached. Please fill them out and return them to me at my office 350 Third Street in Loyalton (behind the Post Office) or Laurie Marsh PO Box 265 Loyalton CA 96118 .

Community Survey – Behavioral Health

REMEMBER to include any relevant trainings, ideas, suggestions around what we discussed today i.e.
Trauma Trainings
Critical Incident Debriefing Trainings
Shared facilitators across jurisdictions
Crisis Emergency Response Teams
Mental Health First Aid

LeTina Vanetti Sierra County Public Health
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
P. O. Box 7  Loyalton, CA 96118
Office 530-993-6737

Fails to Connect Dots 4/26/17

No Exit? The NY Times and North Korea  – by Mel Gurtov

Mel Gurtov

Three opinion pieces on US policy toward North Korea have appeared in the New York Times in the past week. They deserve critical comment. The writers are all very capable people who share a deep concern about Korea’s security and the possibility of a major blowup that would cause enormous human and material losses throughout the Asia Pacific. As a longtime student of Korean affairs, however, I find that these commentaries—which reflect analysis in the US mainstream media generally—are narrowly focused and alarmist. They would make it seem that, like climate change, we are doomed because “the situation” has entrapped us.

The first of the three articles is by Nicholas Kristof. He correctly points out that China cannot be relied on to pressure North Korea, nor can attacking North Korea end the nuclear problem. We’re running out of time, he writes, and the danger increases that Trump will stumble into war. So what’s left to try? He offers a “lousy option”: increase the pressure on NK with China’s cooperation “while pushing for a deal in which North Korea would verifiably freeze its nuclear and missile programs without actually giving up its nukes, in exchange for sanctions relief.”

This is a lousy option, though perhaps not for the reason Kristof thinks. Though North Korea certainly wants to keep its nuclear and missile programs, it is very unlikely to agree to freeze them under pressure from US and Chinese sanctions. It’s a case of sticks before carrots—a non-starter. The North Koreans for some strange reason don’t respond well to blackmail. Why not dispatch a high-level US emissary to Pyongyang to negotiate a freeze while sanctions are being scaled back, accompanied by other inducements (such as the promise of US diplomatic recognition and a pledge, as both sides made in 2000, of “no hostile intent”)?

The second article, by Max Fisher, agrees with Kristof that there are no good options for dealing with North Korea, for instance severe sanctions and threats of a missile attack. He’s right there. Fisher warns that the particular problem is the North’s survival instincts, which require it to maintain repression and “a permanent state of near-war.” North Korea’s behavior pattern is to keep provoking tensions, raising the risks of war and threatening preemptive attack. No concessions, Fisher suggests, seem likely to move North Korea from its risk-accepting strategy, which puts the onus on the US and its allies who have so much more to lose. He then offers four conditions that he believes constitute North Korea’s “minimally acceptable” terms: the right to keep its nuclear and missile programs; no regime change; end of sanctions; and “withdrawal or reduction” of the US alliance with South Korea. But Fisher believes these conditions are very unlikely to be met, and thus, like Kristof, wonders if we aren’t headed to “disaster.”

The New York Times editorial board joins with these writers in worrying about Trump’s impulsiveness and the possibility of a disastrous preemptive strike on North Korea. The board holds out hope that China and the US might somehow be able to rein in the North; but its best suggestion is that Trump “ratchet up sanctions and find a way to engage the North in negotiations.”

These three writings share a number of misconceptions. First, the sources they consult—those mentioned and those we may reasonably presume have informed the articles—are weighted in favor of evaluating military capabilities, not diplomacy. Thus, the key analytical question is not what inducements may persuade North Korea to freeze or reduce its nuclear and missile programs, and put them under international inspection, but rather what kind of punishment will hurt North Korea enough for it to surrender its nukes and missiles. Focusing on military capabilities, moreover, ignores intent: It makes quite a difference whether North Korea’s military buildup is for attack or deterrence. And if, as a number of former US officials have said, deterrence of a US attack is responsible for the buildup, that suggests a menu of incentives to provide North Korea with strategic reassurance.

Second, the writers never examine any of the history of US-DPRK diplomacy. So it’s easy to dismiss negotiations as an option, as though it is hopeless to try. There’s more than a little hint here of Cold War-era “you can’t trust the communists.” Yet many in the Korea-watching community have long argued that diplomatic engagement with the North has been productive at times. The 1994 Agreed Framework during the Bill Clinton administration halted North Korea’s production of nuclear weapons for a decade, and the 2005 accord under the Six Party Talks produced an “action-for-action” agreement on political and economic issues that still has value for all sides. And let’s not forget that North Korea is not the only party that has failed to comply with agreements or undermine them with belligerent behavior.

US administrations have consistently posed obstacles to compliance, such as refusal to restart talks until the North has given up its nuclear weapons, refusal to talk to Pyongyang without preconditions, and annually carrying out large-scale military exercises jointly with South Korea.

Third, in the case of Fisher’s article, his list of presumed North Korean conditions for an agreement come from his imagination, not from examination of the record. Ending the US-South Korea alliance is no doubt a North Korean hope; but that’s not among its central demands. Even ending sanctions isn’t a condition per se. What North Korea wants is the legitimacy that comes from diplomatic recognition and assurances of regime survival, along with a peace treaty that ends the Korean War and paves the way for economic aid from the US, South Korea, Japan, and others. What North Korea would accept as conditions for those concessions can only be determined by talking with it—a subject neither Fisher nor any others entertain.

It is hardly surprising, then, that a stalwart of liberal reporting such as the New York Times provides deeply pessimistic accounts of prospects on the Korean peninsula. Instead of offering a perspective that takes engagement-minded diplomacy as its starting point, the Times articles look at worst-case futures. To be sure, the word “negotiations” does appear in these commentaries, but without serious interest in them. We are thus left to throw up our hands and surrender to the inevitable: Trump’s threats, which the Times authors find dangerous but unable to get beyond. Strange that the Times laments the evisceration of the State Department and sidelining of its top leadership, yet fails to connect the dots to North Korea policy.

Mel Gurtov, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University.

Gabby Came Home 4/26/17


Gabby Fringette

A Newbie’s Guide to the Net  – by Gabby Fringette
Greetings, readers, I am back. In the interim I have leaned many interesting things about the interweb. First, what is it? There are several hypothesis to the web, the most popular one goes as follows: the internet is a magical invisible line that connects all of our phones L, or worse, lol, your post/meme/argument did not actually bring humor to their lives, certainly not enough to actually laugh out loud.
LMAO/LMFAO: It started out as a LOL of steroids, but can actually mean the person soliciting the LMAO actually amused. If you have, congrats. Unless it’s being used sarcastically. It is an acronym for ‘Laughing My Ass Off’ or in the case of LMFAO, ‘Laughing My Fuck1ng Ass Off.’ Remember: the internet is sarcastic.
TTYL: Talk To You Later. This means you’ve been blown off because they want to talk to someone else uninterrupted.
GTG: Got To Go. Translates into: shit, real life showed up, have to human.
WTF: The most obvious interpretation of this acronym is it means, ‘Well That’s Fun.’ No, it mean ‘What The Fook’.
OMG: Everyone knows that teenaged girls in movies written for eight year old girls use this to mean, ‘Oh My God’.
OMFG: This actually is based off of an ancient Babylonian- no of course not. It means, ‘Oh My Fook1ng God.’ You will encounter lots of cursing on the internet.

Now, how to interact. Here are five tips for surviving:
1) Most arguments are fought with emotion. Though if you must use fact, memes (pronounced mee-me, not mem, and most definitely not ‘may-may’) are considered sound providers of facts. Because, this is the internet, it holds all knowledge, god forbid you look something up and verify it.
2) Trolls are people who purposefully agitate others.
3) Grammar Nazi. An anal-retentive, and like most people on the internet, bored, citizen who points out mistakes, rather than appreciating your facebook comment for the emotional content.
4) Remember, anonymity, as is provided by the internet, lets some people be total douches. They are usually either bullies in real life, or they are weak, pathetic creatures. See number 2, trolls.
5) While the internet can be a fountain of knowledge, most crap you find is a lie. There is so much opinionated B.S out there, it’s easy to put up, easy to get people to read.

Of course, if you’re reading this, you know how to use the internet, at least a little. After all, you are reading my opinionated spew on an online newspaper.
Ahh, it’s good to be back.

Closures on TNF Roads 4/26/17

Tahoe National Forest Updated Road Closures

NEVADA CITY, Calif. – Today, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano announced changes to existing road closures on the Forest. Bowman Road (Forest Road 18) is now closed from Highway 20 north to Meadow Lake Road. Mosquito Ridge Road (Forest Road 96) is now closed from Interbay Road (Forest Road 96-17) east to the end of Mosquito Ridge Road at Ahart Campground. In addition, Buckeye Road (Forest Road 32-12) is now closed within 100 yards of Greenhorn Creek.

These updated road closures modify the previous Mosquito Ridge Road closure. While the previous closure included the section of Mosquito Ridge Road between Gorman Ranch Road (Placer County Road 3002) and Interbay Road, that closure has been lifted. However, travelers are encouraged to use caution, as there are sections of the road where one-lane traffic is in place to avoid road hazards and the vehicle weight limit is 20,000 pounds.

The new closure of Bowman Road expands the previous closure. This change was necessary after Forest engineers discovered extensive road damage on other sections of Bowman Road.

Snow, ice and debris are inhibiting access to some Tahoe National Forest Roads and additional road damage is still being revealed.

The additional closure of Buckeye Road at Greenhorn Creek is due to erosion of the creek crossing as a result of substantial winter rains.

“Similar to other national forests and counties in California, the Tahoe National Forest has seen extensive damage to roads and other infrastructure from this year’s winter storms,” said Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano. “Unsafe conditions, damaged roads, as well as snow and debris have resulted in the need to close some roads to public use. These closures are for public safety and we hope to have them back open as soon as they are repaired and deemed safe for travel.”

Those with a valid permit from the U.S. Forest Service are authorized to use these roads, as are any Federal, State or local officers or members of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty.

For more Tahoe National Forest information, go to

Mountain Messenger (the oldest) 4/26/17


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

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

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….

Downieville Home Invasion 4/23/17

Home Invasion in Downieville, CA Case #17-00583

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

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

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

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

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

The investigation on this case is still ongoing.

Carrie’s Garden Corner 4/26/17

by: Carrie A. Blakley

By now, all of the gardening folks have been well into their gardening season. For some of us, myself included, we’ve had to start just a bit later than usual, due to unforeseen circumstances which are beyond our control. Like, mother nature fitting all weather types possible into a 1 week period, for example. For anyone out there who is just starting to get into gardening, do yourself a favor…do NOT think it’s some kind of hyper-complex skill that will take you the rest of your life to master. It isn’t. Most gardeners have a ton of gardening books. They have these for one reason. Reference purposes. Want to learn about plants? Plant something, and study it as it grows. Really, it’s that simple. Don’t know how to properly plant a seed? NOT difficult. Simply get a small pot of dirt. Then, stick your index finger into the center of the pot until you reach the first knuckle. Pull your finger out of the dirt, and drop a seed into the hole you just made with your now soil covered index finger. Cover the seed with the displaced dirt. Water lightly. Oh my God! You just planted your first seed! Congratulations!

It is said that patience is a virtue. That being the case, gardeners are probably some of the most virtuous people on the planet. Like people, plants take their own sweet time to grow. I’ve had seed packets, where the contents all seem to have their own different agendas, all growing whenever they darn well feel like it, but somehow ending up fully matured within a week of each other. When you read seed packets, and it tells you how long it will be before the seed grows into maturation, trust me, it’s a ‘well educated guesstimate’. You can read all the educational material you want to, but until you plant your first few seeds, all of that knowledge will be moot.

Talking to more experienced gardeners does help. If you run into things that you think may be an issue, take a photo, and show it to someone who is a more experienced gardener. If they can’t figure it out, perhaps they will know someone who can. Never be afraid to ask questions, no matter if you think they’re ridiculous or not. Gardeners are people who can generally read plants, the way teachers read books. One look, and we have a really good idea as to what’s going on with the plant. Also keep in mind one very important note: If you’re going to plant an organic tomato seed, and hope it turns out looking like the pristine ones you see in the market, you’re putting far too much hope in nature. Chances are, nature will make it look better, taste better, smell better and cook better. So grab a packet of seeds, a few small pots, some dirt, some water….and just plant something. You’ll be happy you did.

District Attorney Cases 4/19/17

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


Mary Mulligan (54) Loyalton. Violation of probation by consumption of alcohol. Five days jail, reinstated on probation.

Valerie Robertson (59) Loyalton. Violation of probation by use of methamphetamine. Terminated from drug court, reinstated on probation.

Steven Goicoecha (61) Loyalton. Driving with a blood alcohol of .08 or above. Three years probation, two day jail, fine $1885, and alcohol school.

Lisa Melton (53) Loyalton. Under the influence of a controlled substance. Admitted to drug diversion program.

Parris Holmes-Clayborn (26) Oakland. Driving while suspended. Twenty-four months probation, one day jail, and a fine of $962.

Hannah Ashley (36) Guerneville. Sentencing after a plea to kidnapping, two counts of first degree (residential) burglary, child endangerment, and eluding an officer. Ashley was convicted of charges in connection with an Amber Alert from Sonoma County wherein she kidnapped her 8 month old son who had been legally taken from her custody. This ended in Downieville after a high speed chase where she eluded a Sierra County Deputy, and thereafter breaking into two local residences. State prison 7 years 8 months, and a fine of $2855.

Christine Kruck (59) Truckee. After a contested preliminary hearing, Kruck was ordered to stand trial on felony driving under the influence after she was arrested on Highway 89 for DUI and having suffered three prior convictions within the past ten years. She remains in custody in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Justin Duncan (42) Sierraville. Driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or above. Three years probation, two days jail, fine $1925, and alcohol school.

Thomas Stafford (30) Loyalton. After a contested preliminary hearing, Stafford was ordered to stand trial on felony charges of resisting arrest with force, armed with a weapon (knife), felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of misdemeanor resisting / delaying officers, and being under the influence of methamphetamine. He remains in custody in lieu of $130,000 bail.

Zachary Manning (37) Loyalton. Petty theft and drunk in public. One year probation, fine $500, and must attend AA sessions.

Robin Bolle (49) Downieville. Reckless driving. Fine $845.

Susan Ramsey (53) Reno. Driving while suspended, and failure to appear. Eighteen months probation and fine $1613.

Jacob Marsh (19) Loyalton. Sentencing on a guilty plea to secretly recording another while in a state of undress. Two years probation, one day jail, fine $450, and must attend counselling,

Joseph Delfuante (32) Yuba City. After a trial by court, he was found guilty to leaving a campfire unattended, and he was place on one year probation with a fine of $451.

Melissa Parsons (26) Reno. After a contested preliminary hearing, Parsons was ordered to stand trial on felony charges of battery causing serious bodily injury. She if free on her OR.

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