Backyard BBQ Penn Valley 8/16/17

Last year’s Backyard BBQ team, Rib Doctors, headed up by Kristian Hockinson.

United Way of Nevada County announces its 11th annual Backyard BBQ Competition and Car & Motorcycle Show, “Grills ‘n’ Grilles” which will be held on August 26th at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. This event includes local teams competing in a Backyard BBQ contest as well as Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) cooks from all over the Western United States competing in the State Championship BBQ contest. If you’re a BBQ aficionado, and would like to compete in either the Backyard BBQ or KCBS competition, please register your team now!
Come see professional BBQ Teams battle it out as they compete for a California State Championship title, Team of the Year Points, and cash prizes! As the crowd gathers in the park, the air will be filled with the sweet smells of hickory and slow-smoked beef, pork and chicken while music plays. Sample the best of Nevada County’s Backyard BBQ-ers and vote for your favorite local team! Other food and specialty vendors will be available. A Car & Motorcycle Show will also be taking place with every make, model and year, including electric vehicles. The 3rd annual Derek Sorensen Memorial Disc Golf Tournament will take place early in the day, with disc golf demonstrations during the event. There will be live music performed by Crossing 49, beer and wine, raffle prizes and a special play area for children. Western Gateway Park is also known for its dog park, playground, bocce balls courts, and many other amenities, all of which will also be open during the event. Admission is free.
Sign up now if you want to register your car, motorcycle or BBQ team. Disc golf players can register the day of the tournament from 8:00am-9:15am; for more information contact Woody at (530) 272-4400. To register a BBQ team or vehicle, or be a vendor or sponsor of this great event, please contact United Way at (530) 274-8111 or .
United Way of Nevada County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. United Way of Nevada County envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through Healthy Lives, Education and Income Stability. To that end, the service priority is to strive to assure individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their basic needs for Food, Emergency Shelter, and Access to Health care. More information about United Way can be found at For more information about the event, visit . You can keep up with all of the event details on Facebook – .

Eclipse Tips 8/16/17


Courtesy of Mountain Messenger

The simplest and quickest way to safely project the Sun is with a projector made from only 2 pieces of card or paper.

You Need:

• 2 pieces of stiff white cardboard, e.g. 2 paper plates,
• alternatively, 2 sheets of plain white paper,
• a thumbtack, a sharp pin, or a needle.

What to Do:

1. To make a quick version of the pinhole projector, take a sheet of paper and make a tiny hole in the middle of it using a pin or a thumbtack. Make sure that the hole is round and smooth.

2. With your back towards the Sun, hold 1 piece of paper above your shoulder allowing the Sun to shine on the paper.

3. The 2nd sheet of paper will act as a screen. Hold it at a distance, and you will see an inverted image of the Sun projected on the paper screen through the pinhole.
4. To make the image of the Sun larger, hold the screen paper further away from the paper with the pinhole.
The concept of a pinhole projector


Mountain Messenger (Milly’s Raise) 8/16/17


Holy Moly… Don Russell never seizes to amaze us… he gave Milly a raise, the problem is it is based on her receiving at least two new subscriptions per week, so just think about it for a measly .55 cents a week you can help Milly feed her family, I understand she has a puppy, so please chip in buy a present for one of your relatives (specifically a subscription to the Mountain Messenger and they will enjoy the wit of Don and the joy of living in a “frontier county” (and official federal designation). I think it is 55 cents a week, the actual true cost is below, I’ve never been great at math especially when it involves odd numbers.

I did an online search for photos of Don Russell and this is what popped up… I’m not sure what this means…..

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…..

BrewFest Huge Success 8/16/17

Dear Editor and Readers,

Downieville Mountain BrewFest 2017 – photo by Amy Behlke

The 2017 Downieville Mountain Brewfest, in its’ third year, was a huge success, thanks to the dedication of numerous volunteers working together to make it happen. Downieville Improvement Group (DIG) sponsored the event, but we also thank the Sierra County Arts Council for music sponsorship, Golden Rays Seniors and Sierra Motors & Transportation for providing shuttles, SPJUSD for allowing parking on the school field, Downieville Fire Department, Sierra County Sheriff’s Office and the CHP for their participation–it was truly a community effort. The Brewfest featured 23 top brewing companies, 7 food vendors and the ever popular Bob Mora and the Third Degree Blues Band. There was variety for everyone.
Brewfest ticket sales and retail merchandise sales this year exceeded $33,000. It is DIG’s purpose and commitment that money raised in Downieville, stays in Downieville and we are working toward funding another local project.
We would like to thank you all for supporting our annual community fund-raising event and especially would like to acknowledge and thank the business locations and residents along Main Street for their cooperation and patience during yet another street closure event.
Cheers!  Downieville Improvement Group

FireHouse News 8/16/17


ALLEGHANY: August 7th Firefighter training.
CALPINE: August 8th Responded for a motorcycle down, an injured male was transported to the hospital in Portola. August 10th Wildland fire training. August 12th
Responded for an illegal campfire, it was put out.
CAMPTONVILLE: August 8th Firefighter training.
DOWNIEVILLE: August 7th Officer’s meeting. August 9th Mutual aid response to Sierra CIty for a motorcycle accident, at the Yuba Pass, – cancelled. August 11th Mutual aid response for Sierra City, for a reported fire, at Hay Press & Lincoln Valley – the USFS took
control . * Mutual aid response to Sierra City, for an injured male, who decided to “self – transport” to the hospital in Truckee. August 12th Brewfest.
LOYALTON: August 7th Firefighters trained on engine pumping, for wildland fire response.
PIKE CITY: August 9th Board of Directors meeting. August 10th Firefighters reviewed pump operations on Engine #6770, and truck maintenance.
SATTLEY: August 7th Responded for a motorcycle down, an injured male was transported to the hospital in Portola. August 10th Wildland fire training. August 12th
Responded for an illegal campfire – it was put out.
SIERRA CITY: August 8th Responded for the Sierra Buttes fire – USFS took control – cancelled. August 9th Responded to the Yuba Pass, for a motorcycle accident –
cancelled. August 11th Responded for a reported fire, at Hay Press & linclon Valley – cancelled. * Responded for an injured male – who chose to “self – transport” to the hospital in Truckee.
SIERRAVILLE: August 7th Responded for a motorcycle down, an injured male was transported to the hospital in Portola. August 10th Wild land fire training. August 12th
Responded for an illegal campfire – it was put-out.

Sheriff’s Public Log 8/16/17

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log


  • 0847 – Wallet lost at Sierra Motors in Downieville – CNC SCSO
  • 1105 – Possible identity theft in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1210 – Wants assistance in getting information from agency – CNC SCSO
  • 1249 – Someone trespassing under trailer in Loyalton – UNF SCSO
  • 2001 – Suspicious vehicle not really suspicious in Sierraville – UTL SCSO


  • 1113 – Book and release fro 504 PC and 514 PC in Downieville – ARR SCSO
  • 1404 – Confidential investigation somewhere for something – ACT  Secret Squirrel
  • 1551 – Vicious dog sounds from residence in Sierra Brooks – UTL SCSO
  • 1555 – Suspicious males w/disabled van in Sierra City – CNC SCSO
  • 1637 – Welfare check requested in Downieville – CNC SCSO
  • 1750 – Report of fire Sierra Buttes Trail UTL – TRA USFS
  • 1913 – Possible restraining order violation in Loyalton-CNC SCSO


  • 0736 – Suspicious RV with no license plates in Verdi – TRA CHP
  • 1050 – Request for welfare check in Alleghany – CNC SCSO
  • 1118 – Lost tan male puppy found at home in Sierra City – CNC SCSO
  • 1258 – Motorcycle accident on Hwy 49 No of MPM 41.20 – TRA CHP
  • 1833 – Juvenile problem in Downieville – RPT SCSO
  • 1908 – Stolen bicycle seen ridden by local in Loyalton – RPT SCSO


  • 0725 – Child custody deputy assistance needed Sierraville – RPT SCSO
  • 0848 – Vehicle off roadway missing tire near Alleghany – CNC SCSO
  • 1123 – Possible burglary and theft near Downieville – TRA CHP
  • 1220 – Motorcycles driving recklessly towards Sierra City – TRA CHP
  • 1403 – Loud vulgar music in campground Indian Valley – UTL SCSO
  • 1500 – Parking problem In campground near Indian Valley – UNF SCSO
  • 1554 – Possible aircraft pieces found near Haskell Peak – ACT SCSO
  • 1650 – Harassment reported in Loyalton – CNC SCSO


  • 0730 – Citation issued for fictions plates on boat at Stampede Reservoir – CIT SCSO
  • 1200 – Welfare check request for overdue party in Loyalton – UNF SCSO
  • 1209 – Loose bovine on Smithneck Road –  CNC SCSO
  • 1229 – Citation issued for local warrant in Loyalton – CIT SCSO
  • 1241 – Deputy assist request with disabled vehicle Gold Lake Rd – TRA AAA
  • 1314 – Welfare check on patient in Loyalton – UTL SCSO
  • 1400 – Disabled vehicle in Gold Valley, subject okay – UNF SCSO
  • 1420 – Welfare check on elderly male in Downieville – CNC SCSO
  • 1705 – Fire reported at Jackson Meadows – TRA USFS
  • 1832 – Request for ambulance in Sierra City – TRA DVAM
  • 1929 – Illegal camping near Goodyears Bar – UNF SCSO
  • 2008 – Dog bite reported in Loyalton – RPT SCSO
  • 2046 – Suspicious person near school in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 2139 – Agency Assist requested somewhere for something – ACT SCSO
  • 2350 – Possibly DUI BOLO near Sierraville – UTL CHP


  • 0651 – Parking problem in Downieville isn’t – UNF HP
  • 0733 – Two Llamas running on Ridge Rd near Pike City – TRA CHP
  • 1319 – Truck driving in field in Sierra Brooks – CNC SCSO
  • 1423 – Suspicious circumstances in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1748 – Traffic citation for 4000(a) CVC near Union Flat – CIT SCSO
  • 1825 – Bear causing problem in trailer park GOA Loyalton – UTL SCSO
  • 1857 – iPhone found at local business in Downieville – CNC SCSO
  • 1918 – People jumping off Durgan Flat Bridge were admonished – CNC SCSO
  • 2037 – Illegal campfire near Cross Cut Campground Verdi – TRA CalFire
  • 2051 – Illegal campfire citation at Perazzo Meadows – CIT SCSO
  • 2157 – Citation for restricted use of fire near Sierraville – CIT SCSO
  • 2201 – Another citation for same thing same place – CIT SCSO
  • 2205 – And another same same – CIT SCSO
  • 2210 – Individuals blocking roadway in Downieville – UTL SCSO


  • 0956 – Shots fired at Salmon Lake area – UTL SCSO
  • 1054 – Abandoned vehicle in Verdi – TRA CHP
  • 1125 – Arrest for 23152(a)(b) US 395 near Long Valley – ARR SCSO
  • 1135 – Gunfire heard near Coyoteville – UNF SCSO
  • 1207 – Possible restraining order violation in Loyalton – UNF SCSO
  • 1545 – Arrest for 23152 (a) and 166 (a) (4) PC near Verdi – ARR SCSO
  • 1559 – Boat sinking at Stampede Reservoir 9 occupants rescued CNC SCSO
  • 1704 – Possible restraining order violation in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1743 – Car keys missing from vehicle in Loyalton – CNC SCSO

On the Shelf by Paul 8/16/17


Issue 2017 -9
What’s New in the Library
There are several new items in the library — and not all of them are books. The children’s section features a brand-new bookshelf built by Steve Fillo, with the assistance of Arroyo, Niles, Ramon, and Rosendo. A huge thanks to them (and especially to Steve) for this great new addition, which now houses the Young Adult collection and the Juvenile Fiction collection.
Also new is a display of books new to the library, on a bookshelf straight ahead when you come in the door. Books new to the library will be shelved there for a while, before being moved to their appropriate places in the library. The shelf contains both Fiction and Non-fiction books.
And, as has become usual, there are new books in the library. They include:

Children’s books:
The Turnip, by Jan Brett
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, Llama Llama Home with Mama, & Llama Llama Time to Share, by Anna Dewdney
Favorite Children’s Stories from China and Tibet, by Lotta Carswell Hume
Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling
Dr. Seuss, by Kathleen Kudlinski
The Rocket Book, by Peter Newell
This Is a Serious Book, by Jodie Parachini
The Caboose Who Got Loose, by Bill Peet
A Treasury of Curious George, by Margret & H.A. Rey

Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War, by Joe Bageant
Sacred Teachers in Fur: Mystic Memoirs, by Adrienne Gallant
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, by Marie Kondo
Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, and Luck, by Gary Noy
XIT, Being a New and Original Exploration, in Art and Words, into the Life and Times of the American Cowboy, by Caleb Pirtle
Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

Speaking from Among the Bones, by Alan Bradley
To Dwell in Darkness & The Sound of Brokenness, by Deborah Crombie (mysteries)
The Ghost Fields & The House at Sea’s End, by Emily Griffiths (mysteries)
Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham
Visions of Cody, by Jack Kerouac
Widow’s Walk, by Robert Parker (mystery)
Invisible, by James Patterson

Audio books (CD):
The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz
A Sunless Sea, by Anne Perry

Book Share & Review Group
Some of these new books might possibly be shared at the next gathering of the Book Share & Review Group, which will happen on Tuesday, August 22, 1:00 PM. Whether it’s to share one of our new books, or some other book that you have read — or whether you just want to come and hear what others have been reading — you are invited to the gathering.

Reading with Rachel
There is only one session of this feature of the Children’s Summer Reading Program left this summer: it will happen on Thursday, August 24. The time for children aged 8 and under is 1:00 to 1:30 PM; the time for children aged 9 and over is 1:45 to 2:30 PM. All children are invited and welcome.

Arthur F. Loveland 1936 – 2017

Arthur F. Loveland
July 23, 1936 – July 29, 2017

On Saturday, July 29, Arthur Frank Loveland, 81, from Downieville, and more recently Boise, Idaho, passed away in peace. He was born July 23, 1936 to Frank Loveland and Barbara (Loveland) Peterson in Alton. Throughout his life Art lived in many beautiful locations in California, along with an adventure to Idaho where he was the co-owner of a bar and restaurant. He found his true place to call home in Downieville.
If you were lucky to have sat down with Dad, you probably got to listen to a story about the adventures he had throughout life. These stories were of times as a child growing up with his sister, Dorothy, the 20 years of service in the Army National Guard, years spent as a California Highway Patrol Officer, passion for fast cars, fishing trips, gold mining and most of all his beloved family.
Dad, through our eyes you will always be an artist, cook, story teller, disassembler extraordinaire, intelligent, adventurous, articulate, fun-loving, fisherman, gold miner, car enthusiast, veteran, service man and caring. We love you and will always be blessed to call you our brother, Uncle Artie and Dad.
Survivors include his children: son, Karl (Leona) of Arkansas; daughter Diana (Brad) Duncan of Idaho; grandchildren: Tyler Roper and Breanna Duncan of Idaho; Weiland Loveland of Colorado; Sascha and Gabriel Loveland of Arkansas; sister Dorothy Langley of California; nephew Pete Langley of California; three nieces; Coreen Meulrath, Carolyn Jones and Linda Young of California, as well as many loved cousins and friends. Art was preceded in death by his father, Frank; mother, Barbara and step-father Clarence Peterson.
A celebration of Art’s life will be planned in the place he loved, Downieville.
We love you Dad, you will always be with us!
Remembrances may be left for the family at Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian, Idaho.

Wednesday August 9, 2017

When the Western Sierra Medical Clinic is closed or if you call 289-3298 and get mired in their Grass Valley voicemail web and you have an emergency, or even if you are unsure of  whether it is an emergency dial 9-1-1 and request an ambulance.You will get help and if the responding EMT’s/Paramedic/Medical Provider determine your situation requires transport by ambulance, you’re all set, meanwhile if you don’t need to go by ambulance you can refuse transport and you, family or friend can take you to the nearest open facility, but MOST importantly you will have an experienced first responder giving you immediate first aid care to assess the urgency of the situation. Also it is possible Downieville Fire Dispatch will know if the Clinic Provider is available and should be able to contact the medical provider directly just in case it is a convoluted phone system causing the problem.

This coming Saturday is the Downieville Mountain BrewFestSATURDAY, AUGUST 12  2pm – 6pm lots of fun and a pleasant way to spend the afternoon. You need to get your tickets in advance as there is a limited number. You must be 21 to enter the Brewfest area and please no dogs there and do not leave them in your car, it will be hot, “hotter than a snakes butt in a wagon rut”… (anybody know where that line comes from)?  The Sierra County Arts Council awarded the Downieville Improvement Group an Art & Music Sponsorship and so thanks to SCAC  Bob Mora & the Third Degree Blues Band  will perform at Downieville Brewfest Saturday, August 12, from  2 – 6 PM.  AND then you can dance to the Dyin Breed the Downieville Dance Party at the St. Charles Place from 6-11 p.m. Have fun, be safe and have designated drivers.

So this week Gabby has an update on Claire, we have our thinking thoughts from Tom Hasting, Mel Gurtov and Robert Dodge, The Downieville Races were great and this weekend will be fun too… lots of local news and things to do.

The photo this week taken by Victoria LaFond (she and Paul spend part of every summer up here on the river) is of one of my favorite swimming holes on the No Yuba River between Downieville and Indian Valley, fond memories of Samantha, Sherlock, Patty and me in the summer, except for that one time between me and a bee.


Healthy Water & Air 8/9/17

Are we Egypt?  –  by Tom H. Hastings

Tom Hastings

When the world watched Egyptians bravely gather en masse in Tahrir Square in Cairo in January 2011 to Arab Spring Hosni Mubarak out of office, we were mightily impressed and most of us cheered the nonviolent resistance.

The western press lionized the Egyptian military as it seemed to support the uprising and the generals kindly offered to run the country on an interim basis. Sure enough, there was an election eventually, Mohammed Morsi won, and the military handed over power.

For a minute.

Then we saw the military not-so-kindly grab power, ousting the elected Morsi and General Sisi ordered mass arrests and torture of dissident pro-democracy Egyptian activists.

Now, a few short years since the US calmly watched democracy betrayed badly by the Egyptian military, the US press is valorizing the military officers who are starting to snap some discipline into the most chaotic, dysfunctional, investigated White House this senior citizen has ever observed, at least since the months leading up to Richard ‘I am not a crook’ Nixon’s resignation.

Be careful.

Falling all over ourselves in gratitude because a Marine general imposes some order in the executive branch may benefit the racially biased, anti-immigrant, pro-military agenda of the range of rightwing members of Congress, but that new efficiency is not going to result in the policy changes most Americans want nor those which protect the healthy water and air we all need.

From H.R. McMaster (National Security Adviser), to John Kelly (Chief of Staff) to James Mattis (Secretary of Defense) to Joseph Dunford—all generals—Trump is ceding power to those who know how to seize it. Generals now head his staff in the White House.

In short, handing over the keys to the democratic system to the military might seem like a safe path toward stability, but it failed miserably for the Egyptians and even in our disrupted state we should not seek to hitch our lines to the ones who do not practice democracy, who have a mission to control by threat of destruction, and who practice a dominating form of rule, not a democratic form of governance.

None of these generals is a Dwight Eisenhower, all are dedicated to the Trump agenda—ramping up global climate chaos, sowing race hate and violence, targeting refugees and immigrants fleeing from wars we supply arms to wage, rolling back civil rights, being cozy with the likes of autocrats Putin, Duterte, and yes, General al-Sisi, while scorning democratic humane clean energy leaders like Merkel. Be ye advised.

Dr. Tom H. Hastings is PeaceVoice Director.

Abolition of WMDs 8/9/17

Hope this Hiroshima Day  –  by Robert F. Dodge, M.D.

Robert Dodge

Finally, 72 years after the US dropped the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and three days later on Nagasaki, there is hope that we will see the abolition of these most deadly weapons of mass destruction, for this year on July 7 an historic treaty banning nuclear weapons like every other weapon of mass destruction was adopted at the United Nations. Recognizing and responding to the medical and humanitarian consequences of nuclear war, the world has come together and spoken.

In drafting the treaty nations acknowledged the science that proves even a “small” regional nuclear war using less than ½ percent of the global nuclear arsenals would result in the deaths of two billion people on the planet from blasts, radiation sickness, and the “nuclear autumn” famine that would follow.

Refusing to be held hostage by the nuclear nations any longer, 122 non-nuclear nations brought forth a bold new vision with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This Treaty sets a new norm of international behavior and responsibility and when ratified, enforces that nations never develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess, stockpile, transfer, use or threaten to use nuclear weapons. The treaty establishes humanitarian rights for those that have been victims of nuclear weapons or weapons testing including the right to live in an environment that has been cleared from the damage done by them. It notes that women and children are disproportionately harmed by radiation. The treaty opens for signature on September 20, and once 50 nations have signed and ratified, it becomes law 90 days later.

Nations who continue to possess and threaten the use of nuclear weapons will now be outside of international law and norms. The failed theory of nuclear deterrence will be shown for what it is, namely the greatest driver of the arms race with each step in deterrence simply setting the new benchmark which must be exceeded by adversary nations. Deterrence didn’t work during the Cold War nor does it work with North Korea or any nation. Only when the U.S. and Russia embrace the reality that individual national security isn’t possible without collective security will the rest of the world feel secure in eliminating their arsenals. Now is the time for new thinking.

The Hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombs, have waited their entire lives for this day. Setsuko Thurlow speaking at the United Nations after the treaty’s adoption said, “I have been waiting for this day for seven decades and I am overjoyed that it has finally arrived…this is the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons.” She concluded by saying, “Nuclear weapons have always been immoral, now they are also illegal.”

So let us give pause this day of remembrance and recognize the opportunity before us. Each of us has a role to play in demanding that our governments ratify this treaty. Let us begin the hard work in abolishing these weapons forever. The health and future of our children depend upon it.

Robert F. Dodge, M.D., is a practicing family physician, writes for PeaceVoice, was a citizen lobbyist to the UN in June for this treaty, and serves on the boards of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Beyond War, Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles, and Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions.


JoJo and T.J. Wed 8/9/17

On Thursday, July 20, Thelma Jordan Epps became Mrs. Thomas James Donovan during a ceremony held at the Masonic Hall in Downieville.
Family and friends gathered to witness as the bride was escorted down the aisle by her mother, Kathleen Epps. Officiating was the bride’s father, Billy.
TJ Donovan is the son of Joanne Malone of Antioch and Josh Donovan of Sacramento.
The couple will continue to reside in Downieville.
Photos by Darcy White Submistted courtesy of the Mountain Messenger

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