Weekly Warrior by Aaron Foster 3/22/17

Welcome back to another Weekly Warrior article! This week Mrs. Galan’s class is learning about leprechauns and the students even made unique inventive traps for St. Patrick’s Day to catch those sneaky little guys. The class is also reviewing fact families and learning more about adjectives and telling time!
Ms. McDermid’s class had an amazing time on their field trip on March 8th – March 10th to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the California Academy of Science. The class has written ocean reports that they have presented to the K-2nd grade class. Everyone in Ms. Maire’s class is making a bunch of clay pots and decorations for their garden. They are currently learning about the Westward Expansion and the California missions.
Mr. Corcoran’s varsity basketball team went up against the old Warriors on
Saturday the 11th. Sadly they ended up losing with a final score of 63-78. Mr. Corcoran said his players didn’t have a chance against “the old cheating Warriors”. Everyone had a great and exciting time during the event, as always.
This past weak we have had some awesome guest speakers come in such as Henry O’Donnell and Mandy Beatty. On March 15th they talked about the Trail Stewardship jobs available this summer for students. They even put our skills to the test and took us outside, to see if we could work as a team and do what they would do on one of their normal days of work. Everyone enjoyed their visit and we are very thankful they came. Dr. Pete Villarreal, the Director of Public Safety for the Yuba Community College District, came on March 20th. He told us about Yuba College and its programs for a Medical Technician Career, Fire Service Career, and a Law Enforcement Career. He encouraged us to try to achieve our goals by telling us that just because we come from a small school does not mean that we can’t dream big and achieve those dreams. Our next guest speaker will be coming on Tuesday, April 4th. The California Poet Laureate will be coming in to read some poetry for us. We also encourage people to come on over because it’s open to the public in the Yuba Theatre at 12:15.
The drama class is making great progress for the spring play. We are now blocking out songs, lines, and some cool dancing. The schools Visual Art teacher Dianne Bruns has been helping out with set and costume design. Cathy Stewart is our great pianist; Peggy Daigle is our lovely singer; and Kathy Fischer is our fabulous dancer. All of them are an amazing help with the spring play because they’re great teachers. The spring play this year will be on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd, so put it on your calendars and we hopefully will see you there.
People from WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) will be visiting our school from Monday, April 3rd to Wednesday the 5th. This is a serious occasion that we have been preparing for awhile now. WASC is responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary, and elementary schools in the United States.
The 3rd Quarter is coming to an end, so parents look out for those report cards! The official end of the quarter is Friday the 24th. April 7th is a minimum day and so is the 14th because of our snow day.
Thanks everyone for reading this week’s Weekly Warrior! Have an amazing spring!!

History Bends Inescapable 3/22/17

James Haught

Nine-tenths of coal miners are gone  – by James A. Haught

America’s coal industry is sinking sadly. Tonnage, usually above 1 billion, dropped to 749 million tons in 2016. Employment, which exceeded 800,000 in the 1920s, has fallen below 66,000. Four large mining corporations went bankrupt in the past couple of years.

The decline is glaringly visible in my West Virginia.

Our state had 125,000 pick-and-shovel miners in 1950 when I was a teen. Most of the diggers lived in company-owned towns. Coal was the state’s throbbing pulse. Explosions killing scores of miners were common. Violent strikes were common.

In the 1950s, coal owners began replacing human miners with digging machines, and misery followed. Around 70,000 West Virginia miners lost their jobs and fled north via the “hillbilly highway” to Akron and Cleveland. But coal production remained high.

In the 1970s, longwall machines could produce 10 times as much coal with half as many workers. And more jobs vanished because mining switched to huge surface pits, where monster machines and explosives do the work. The number of West Virginia miners continued falling — to the 30,000s in the 1990s, then below 20,000 in the new 21st century. Official state figures put today’s total around 12,000. The number of operating mines fell drastically.

Most of the decline happened because rich, thick seams in the Central Appalachian Basin — largely southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky — gradually became exhausted. Only thinner, difficult-to-mine coal remains. The slump worsened when horizontal drilling and hydraulic “fracking” loosed a flood of cheaper natural gas that grabbed coal markets.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says Central Appalachian yearly coal production dropped from 235 million tons in 2008 to below 60 million today — and is forecast below 40 million by 2040. That much loss is stunning.

When his coal firms were beset by unpaid fines and taxes, billionaire Jim Justice, now West Virginia’s governor, said: “The coal business is terrible, it’s just terrible…. You may be witnessing the death of the coal industry.”

McDowell County is a sad illustration. In 1950, during coal’s heyday, McDowell had nearly 100,000 population. But mines played out and closed. Thousands of jobs were lost. People moved away. Local businesses folded. Poverty and drug problems soared. Now McDowell has fewer than 20,000 residents. Departing industry leaves misery behind.

The retreat is shattering several southern coal counties. Their governments reel from lost tax revenue. School systems are near bankruptcy.

Rapid advances in solar and wind energy are another menace to coal. If renewable sources eventually generate electricity more cheaply than coal does, they’ll seize more of the power market. America now has more than 200,000 solar workers, far exceeding coal employment.

During coal’s heyday, West Virginia was called the most unionized state — and it voted solidly Democratic. As jobs fizzled, so did organized labor. The state turned “red.” In 2016, Donald Trump vowed: “We’re going to get those miners back to work” — and West Virginia voted for him by one of the largest margins in America.

But even if Trump wipes out federal pollution and safety controls, I doubt that it will “get those miners back to work.” They would stand a better chance if Trump shifted enough federal funds to training for jobs of the future instead of easy but hollow promises that he can’t possibly keep.

Inevitably, all fossil fuels become depleted. Britain’s Wales finally reached the end for its fabled coal mines. Some U.S. regions still have good reserves, but the arc of history bends toward an inescapable outcome.

James Haught, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is editor emeritus of West Virginia’s largest newspaper, The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

FireHouse News 3/22/17

“AT THE FIREHOUSE”

ALLEGHANY: March 13th Firefighter training. EMT  Continuing education. March 15th Pliocene Ridge Community Service District meeting, in Pike City.
CALPINE: All’s quiet…No emergencies, no training, no meetings…
CAMPTONVILLE: March 14th Firefighter training.
DOWNIEVILLE: March 16th Firefighter training. March 19th Responded for an ill male, who was transported to SNMH. *Responded for an injured male, who was transported to SNMH.
LOYALTON: March 13th Firefighters trained in Beckwourth, wildland task force & two tabletop exercises. March 16th Responded for an ambulance assist, for a patient who was choking.
PIKE CITY: March 15th PRCSD meeting. March 16th Basic 32 training.
SATTLEY: All’s quiet….no emergencies, no training, no meetings….
SIERRA CITY: March 19th The Hilda repeater was successfully brought back on-line, and is working again!!
SIERRAVILLE: All’s quiet…..no emergencies, no training, no meetings….

Board of Supervisors 3/22/17

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COUNTY OF SIERRA – BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session  on March 21, 2017 in the Loyalton Social Hall, in the Loyalton City Park, Loyalton, CA. This meeting will be recorded for posting on the Board of Supervisors’ website at www.sierracounty.ca.gov.

Heather Foster – clerk-recorder@sierracounty.ca.gov

The Board of Supervisors may hold a Closed Session as the agenda schedule permits.

REGULAR AGENDA

1.
9:00A.M. STANDING ORDERS
Call to Order by Chair Peter Heubner
Pledge of Allegiance led by Supervisor Adams
Roll Call– Supervisors Heubner, Adams, Roen, Schlefstein present, Supervisor Beard was absent.
Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board – Approved 4/0
2.
PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY- Ernest Rembird at Loyalton Mobile Estates  believes Supes are being mislead, they’ll never get their money back. David Allen also lives in LME Park has no where else to live, hopes someone will come in and run park. Nona Griesert. Business Mgr for SPUSD was introduced by Supt. Dr. Merrill Grant. Michael Perry of LME says something has to be done, needs to know who runs disaster plan, as a Ham Operator could help out more than police department could. Mark Marin, Mayor of Loyalton said $5,000 dollars a month costs on sewer and water from LME City doesn’t own lines in Park. 

3.
COMMITTEE REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS – Supervisor Roen talked about Co-Gen Plant is still an ongoing planning process

4.
DEPARTMENT MANAGERS’ REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS- Director Beals talked about recovery and applicant meetings for OES and FEMA, no final restoration work is to be done until there is joint inspection by FEMA and OES and funding approved for financial recovery, it will be a long term process and likely all damaged roads will not be opened this year, the county cannot control the process, he asked  Board “not to shoot the messenger” #2 – RAC project requests include tree mortality and invasive species. #3 Webber Lake will be open for first time in history to general public. #4 New building codes are in place effective January 1st this year. #5 On the LME an inspection was done by state, there will be a meeting at 9 a.m. on April 19th at Loyalton Social Hall complicated, social, economic, emotional issue and hopefully some information could result in some solutions.

5.
FOREST SERVICE UPDATE
Update by Sierraville District Ranger Quentin Youngblood on items that may affect the County of Sierra. RAC meeting will be rescheduled due to  Dept of Agriculture probably in May. NID working with District on Jackson Meadows facilities, time to look at shared operation of campground facilities.
6.
INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGER – LAURA A. MARSHALL

6.A.
Discussion/direction regarding the use of personal devices by County employees. All personal communication devices and personal email accounts not be used by county employees for county business. Adams says send to Finance Committee, Schlefstein asked to go to Government Committee. Goes to Government Committee on Tues March 28 1 p.m. at Downieville Courthouse. Bring back recommendation to Board.

Documents:
ROP Personal Device Discussion_Direction.pdf
7.
SHERIFF/CORONER – TIM STANDLEY

7.A.
Discussion/direction regarding adoption of resolution and approval of Cooperative Law Enforcement Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Operating and Financial Plan between the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office and the USDA, Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Approved 4/0

Documents:
Board Packet.pdf
8.
PROBATION – JEFF BOSWORTH

8.A.
Resolution approving agreement between the City of Loyalton and the County of Sierra to lease an office for the Probation Department in Loyalton. Approved 4/0

Documents:
Probation Office in Loyalton.pdf
9.
PUBLIC WORKS/TRANSPORTATION – TIM BEALS

9.A.
Services Agreement with Hansen Bros. Enterprises for emergency work for slide removal and erosion repair on Kanaka Creek Road due to the January 2017 storms. Approved 4/0

Documents:
Hansen.Kanaka.Item.pdf
9.B.
Services Agreement with Hansen Bros. Enterprises for emergency work for mudslide cleanup on Goodyears Creek Road due to the January 2017 storms. Approved 4/0

Documents:
Hansen.GYC.Item.pdf
9.C.
Authorize letter of support for SB 1 (Beall) Transportation Funding and Reform Packages. Approved 4/0

Documents:
SB 1.Item.pdf
9.D.
Authorize letter of support for AB 1 (Frazier) Transportation Funding and Reform Packages. Approved 4/0

Documents:
AB 1.ITEM.pdf
9.E.
Progress report and discussion on landfill closure process. There will be little interruption to the residents of the county, transfer stations will still be the place to take our trash. That’s what is most important to me.

Documents:
Progress Report.Landfill.Item.pdf
10.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

10.A.
Approval of letter to Mr. Ben Metcalf, Director California Department of Housing and Community Development regarding the Loyalton Mobile Home Park – County of Sierra Workshop. (CHAIR HUEBNER) Approved 4/0

Documents:
Loyalton Mobile Home Letter.pdf
10.B.
Discussion/authorization to move forward with the purchase of property located at 202 Front Street, Loyalton, CA for the Sierra County Department of Health and Human Services. (SUPERVISOR ROEN) Approved 4/0

Documents:
202 Front Street HHS Building.pdf
10.C.
Discussion/direction to refer to the Board of Supervisors Finance Committee the hiring of employees who are currently working for, or have previously worked for an agency who participates in the California retirement system. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) 4/0 but stay tuned

Documents:
California retirement system.pdf
10.D.
Appointments to the Downieville Fire Protection District. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Irving Christensen of Indian Valley, and Michael Galan of Downieville were reappointed. 4/0

Documents:
Appointment Downiville Fire Protection District.pdf
10.E.
Appointments to the Sierra County (Calpine) Waterworks District. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) Russell Rosewood, Christine Lindberg and Salli Wise all of Calpine were reappointed.

Documents:
Appointment Calpine Waterworks District.pdf
10.F.
Approval of letter of support for SB 447 re: Multicounty assessment appeals boards. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS) Approved 4/0

Documents:
SB 447 Letter.pdf
11.
CLOSED SESSION –  No action reported on 11A /11B

11.A.
Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) – anticipated litigation – Sierra County v. Department of Finance for the State of California.

Documents:
Closed Session Anticipated Litigation.pdf
11.B.
Closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) – conference with legal counsel – anticipated litigation – 1 case.

Documents:
Closed Session Anticipated Litigation.pdf
12.
CONSENT AGENDA
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.
12.A.
Amendment to Agreement 2016-061 for professional services between Thomas E. Bittker, MD, LTD and the County of Sierra. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)

Documents:
Bittker Amendment Board.pdf
12.B.
Resolution approving the submittal of an application for the Local Enforcement Agency Grant and authorizing Director, Interim Director, or Assistant Director to execute the necessary application for the securing of grant funds. (PUBLIC HEALTH)

Documents:
LEA Application.pdf
12.C.
Resolution approving the Children’s Medical Services (CMS) plan for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. (PUBLIC HEALTH)

Documents:
CMS Plan Board.pdf
12.D.
Resolution adopting pay tables for the County of Sierra and Special Revenue Funds. (AUDITOR)

Documents:
pay tables resolution.pdf
12.E.
Resolution adjusting the approved baseline increase from the Long Valley Groundwater Management District to the Sierra Valley Groundwater Management District for the 2016/2017 Budget. (AUDITOR)

Documents:
Budget adjustment Groundwater Districts.pdf
12.F.
Resolution authorizing inter‐agency vehicle transfer from Sierra County to the Sierra Plumas Joint Unified School District. (PUBLIC WORKS)

Documents:
Surplus Vans.Item.pdf
12.G.
Resolution updating listing of authorized representatives to acquire surplus property through the auspices of the California State Agency for Surplus Property, and authorization to complete and submit new application for eligibility for the State and Federal Surplus Property Program through the California Department of General Services. (PUBLIC WORKS)

Documents:
DGS.Item.pdf
12.H.
Governing Body Resolution naming authorizing agents for the designation of applicants agents for the purpose of obtaining federal financial assistance due to the winter storms. (OES)

Documents:
disaster_authorized signature resolution.pdf
12.I.
Agreement for Indemnification and Reimbursement for Extraordinary Costs for Billy and Kathleen Epps, Applicants and Landowners for consideration of a Conditional Use Permit to allow the use of a travel trailer while constructing a single family residence. The project site, identified as APN 002-130-028, is located at 215 Gold Bluff Road, Downieville. (PLANNING)

Documents:
Epps_Indemnification Packet.pdf
13.
CORRESPONDENCE LOG
13.A.
Letter from Karma Hackney, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) regarding the U.S. Small Business Administration declaring certain counties in the State of Nevada and California a disaster area.

Documents:
CalOES Letter.pdf
ADJOURN

Sheriff’s Public Log 3/22/17

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log

3/13/17

  • 1458 – Investigation in Loyalton – ACT
  • 1508 – Investigation of wood theft in Loyalton – ACT
  • 2205 – Vehicle crossing double yellow gets DUI – ARR

3/14/17

  • 0844 – Many harassing phone calls received in Goodyears Bar – RPT
  • 1129 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA
  • 1259 – Self surrender arrest at Sheriff’s Office, Downieville – ARR
  • 1510 – Subject arrested for something in Loyalton – ARR
  • 1605 – Verbal warning for Xing double yellows Hwy49 MPM 13.28 – CNC
  • 1645 – Investigation in Loyalton – ACT

3/15/17

  • 0756 – Suspicious person reported in Sierra City – UNF
  • 1140 – Neighbors dog attacking callers dog in Loyalton – RPT
  • 1147 – Report of being chased by known problem dog in Downieville – RPT
  • 1515 – Reckless driver reported in Loyalton – RPT

3/16/17

  • 0947 – SCHS reports ongoing harassing phone calls in Loyalton – RPT
  • 1009 – Trucks hauling in large amounts of soil in Alleghany – CNC
  • 1024 – Fish&Wildlife will be doing deer count by helicopter 3/24,25th – TRA
  • 1241 – Violation of restraining order by phone in Sierra City – CNC
  • 1319 – Refusal to leave by tenant in Downieville – CNC
  • 1538 – Doors open at unoccupied house in Calpine – CNC
  • 1823 – Sewage problem reported in Loyalton – TRA
  • 1849 – 9-1-1 caller requests ambulance in Loyalton – TRA
  • 2311 – Caller needs escort to vehicle in Loyalton – CNC

3/17/17

  • 0848 – Chainsaw reported stolen from County Yard in Sierraville – RPT
  • 1254 – Juvenile matter in Downieville – RPT
  • 1315 – Arrest for probation violation in Loyalton – ARR
  • 1839 – Possible suicidal subject in Loyalton – RPT
  • 2234 – Possible DUI reported in Loyalton – UNF

3/18/17

  • 0814 – Subject walking in Hwy 49 has 2 out county warrants  Downieville – CIT
  • 0958 – Vandalism in the postoffice during night in Downieville – RPT
  • 1133- Male subject staggering in middle of Hwy 89 near Sierraville – ARR

3/19/17

  • 0030 – 9-1-1 caller needs medical assistance in Downieville – TRA
  • 0949 – Request for ambulance in Calpine – TRA
  • 0956 – 9-1-1 request foe ambulance at Coyoteville – TRA
  • 1331 – Civil standby requested in Sierra Brooks – CNC
  • 1617 – Neighbor shooting BB’s into callers yard in Loyalton – RPT
  • 1648 – Overdue party reported in Downieville – CNC
  • 1742 – Possible DUI wth flat tire near Downieville – UNF
  • 1832 – Ambulance requested in Downieville – TRA
  • 2031 – Four patrons being loud and refusing to leave near Sierraville – CNC

Rachel is All-Star Player 3/22/17

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The 22nd Annual Phil Bryant Northern Section All Star Basketball games will be played on Sunday March 26, 2017 at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, CA. The girls game is at 4:00 p.m. and the boys game is at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free. There will be a lunch catered by Italian Cottage at noon, which is $15 at the door, or $10 prepaid.

Loyalton High Senior and Dominican University of CA commit Rachel Peterman has been selected to play in this years All-Star game. She will be playing on the South team and will be coached by Bob Paddock, Durham High School. Rachel ended her 4 year varsity career at LHS with 1800 career points. She currently is the all time leading scorer for the Lady Grizzlies.

The high school All-Star games were created by Phil Bryant, a former Westwood High School Coach. His goal was to invite the best senior girls and boys in the entire Northern
section together for a great ending memory to their high school basketball careers. The games feature nominated senior standouts playing in a showcase event with players split up in a North vs South format. Thirteen deserving nominees are selected for each of the four teams (South Boys, South Girls, North Boys, North Girls) out of 73 teams in the Northern Section.

Be Encouraged by Angela 3/22/17

As kids enjoy their Spring Break, I’m following suit; taking a break from this column to chillax. Make the most of this opportunity by purchasing ad space. Please keep Don busy bringing news to light in his brilliant manner worthy of California’s Oldest Weekly paper.

Till the next time sincere encouragement can be mustered up, here’s a variety of thoughts. If you’re a professed PEEPS hater, pass them here. Don’t understand disdain for PEEPS, that’s ok. Also, don’t take for granted everyone understands why those in the faith celebrate the Easter holiday. It is more than Cadbury Eggs and PEEPS.

Our Lord Jesus, who was without sin, was beaten and crucified. He rose back to life and walked out of the tomb on the third day. Now He sits at the right hand of the Father, instructing all the “Bob the Builders” with blue prints of our eternal dwelling place. My request is in for one kick ass tree house – Swiss Family Robinson style. My daughter has placed her bid in for a mansion with some sort of free flowing soda fountain system. To each their own.

If you trust Jesus with your heart and soul, you are guaranteed to walk heaven’s golden streets, where everyone knows your name (Cheers!). I’m so ready to go and ya’ll don’t want to miss the party. Wine lovers will be delighted, (course I’ll be reclining by the Newcastle Brown Ale and whisky fountain, and coffee will no longer be a necessity to function) and there will be lots of music and dancing (guessing not up and down a pole Vegas style, but whatever. And if you think the music will suck…you’re wrong). No more dirty diapers to change. No more dog crap to pick up. Many pros. Dogma will be long gone.

Honestly, circles still make coming to Jesus a royal pain in the arse. He’s not complicated. Only Ten Commandments were given and yet the establishment in His day found a way to make 1,000 rules out of those ten. Wars fought and people burned at the stake all in the name of Christ. Never His intention.

Speaking of wars…war does change people. Feels like I’ve been in a war for three years now- hence the needed break. Not the same gal I was before I moved to the mountains, and that’s okay. God knew all of this beforehand. Maybe you’ve had a season where it was all you could do just to get through your day and not let hate build up where love should reign.

When dealing with people that do their best at being their worst, and dealing with said people over the long term, even the nicest soul reaches a snapping point. The good news is, those that love God will win every time. He promises any season of insane disappointment and turmoil will be turned around in our favor. It takes WORK to love those barely tolerable, not to mention the mean, vindictive and abusive creature.

Loving those who like us, those who LOVE us…well, shucks…that’s easy. Try loving the haters. It is a balancing act: loving and forgiving while not being a doormat. Jesus never asked people to be doormats. But He does ask that we push through resentment and bitterness so we can shine bright. God goes before us. Where He guides, He provides.

Two of the brightest stars under the Sierra County skies put in my path are Downieville’s Cassie Koch and Sierra City’s Brandt Larson. God has used these two more than they will ever know to restore my soul in the most needed times. Whose soul can you help restore and heal through kindness this week? In closing, what legacy will you leave behind? Regardless of how many friends you have on social media, if the 2-20 people that actually live and work with you all hours of the day suffer for it, that’s your legacy.

If you are in a position to impact someone’s life by your title, position, job, talents, whatever- sow seeds of goodness not destruction. Everyone is dealing with enough of their own demons, issues, challenges and heartaches without needing further abuse heaped upon them. Abuse is a sad affair and takes many forms. What we do now, stands for all eternity.

My prayer is to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant. You kept angels employed, you were one hell of a fighter, had a great heart for others, but that mouth…my lands. Even still, well done!” May you also hear “Well done” when you stand before Him. Rest if you need to. If your break is up, get back on your horse and ride into the sunset.

Happy spring and summer! May you encounter Jesus for who He actually is, in a personal way and soon! God is good! Always!

Carrie’s Thumb Corner 3/22/17

by: Carrie A. Blakley

Calling all pot heads out there!! OK, all plastic pot heads. FINE….plant container users. Spring has sprung, and it’s time for all you gardeners out there to start getting those containers ready for your crops (if you haven’t already started). You all know who you are, and you know the drill. For those of you who do not know who these people are, nor do you know the drill, but would like to be filled in on such things, allow me to help you understand this ‘drill’. Containers, as defined by normal people, and containers, as defined by gardeners, are normally two very different things. Non-gardening people see ‘plant containers’ as some type of plant pot, usually cylindrical, that you fill with soil, and a seed. Gardeners even so much as think of the word ‘container’ and it’s game on. ANYTHING can be used. We’re not even close to joking about this.

A gardener can find a way to fashion a plant container out of almost anything, from metal to newspaper, and back again. Don’t want to spend money on a plant container? Ask one of our handy duty gardening nuts. We’ll be more than happy to help you out. The key? Using your imagination. Old boots, old shoes, egg cartons, berry boxes/baskets, toilet paper rolls, cut up paper towel rolls, pants, old bags, old mugs, old drinking glasses, etc. Take us to any 2nd hand shop, yard sale, garage sale, junk shop or road side flea market…and we’ll have you leaving with a car load of stuff that you can use as a plant container. Heck, maybe even 2 car loads of stuff!

They key to a successful garden is not having a green thumb. Thumbs are not required in order to garden, much less green ones. In fact, if anyone actually has a green thumb, they should probably see their doctor as soon as possible. So, if you’re wanting to start some plants from seed, and are lacking containers from which to start them….just open the fridge. Egg cartons, milk cartons (cut in half, sans the milk), berry baskets, wide mouthed small jars (such as jams, jellies and mustard jars), egg shells (YES, egg shells), soda cans (cut in half, and sans the soda)…etc. Again, use your imagination and enjoy the creativity. Be safe while doing this, however. No one wants you to get too creative and end up hurting yourself over a plant container project.

County Welcomes Poet 3/22/17

Photo of Dana Gioia by Ricardo DeAratanha (Los Angeles Times)

Dana Gioia is in the midst of a commitment to visit every county in California, and arrives in Sierra County on Tuesday, April 4. He will be presented to the Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting at the County Courthouse at 11:30 AM. From there he moves to the Yuba Theatre at 12:30 PM for a poetry session open to everyone. The Downieville School students will join him for this gathering. And, finally, he will join anyone willing for lunch at the Masonic Hall at 1:30 PM. The lunch is being privately sponsored, enabling the cost per person to be held to $5.00. Lunch reservations need to be made by Wednesday, March 29, by calling 289-2751. The lunch is being catered by Jaada’s Kitchen of Downieville.

In the field of artistic endeavor, California’s poet laureate, Dana Gioia, doesn’t limit himself to just writing poetry. Out of his love for and study of music, he has written the libretti (text) for three operas. Several of his poems have been set to music by many composers, including Dave Brubeck, Lori Laitman, Stefania de Kenessy, Paquito D’Rivera, and others. And, Alva Henderson composed a symphonic choral work based on Gioia’s poems. So, when Dana Gioia visits Sierra County and Downieville on April 4, he will be bringing quite a repertoire of talents with him.

He also brings with him a varied and rich personal history. He is a native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent, born and raised in Hawthorne, a community in southwest Los Angeles. His mother’s Mestizo father had fled his reservation in New Mexico to settle in California, and his father’s family had immigrated from Sicily. He says, “My childhood was a rich mixture of European, Latino, Indian, Asian, and North American culture in which everything from Hollywood to the Vatican, Buddha to the Beach Boys had its place.”

For a time, Gioia worked in the corporate world, while trying to keep his work as a poet secret from his colleagues. He was “outed”, however, when, in 1984, he was featured in the first “Esquire Register of Men and Women Under Forty Who Are Changing America”. As he says on his website, “Had it been merely a literary honor, no one would have noticed, but here was the name of a General Foods executive on a list with really important people like Julius ‘Doctor J.’ Erving, Whoopi Goldberg, Dale Murphy, and Steven Spielberg.”

Dana Gioia’s visit to Sierra County is being jointly presented by the California Arts Council, the Sierra County Arts Council, and the Downieville Library Station. For information about this event, visit www.sierracountyartscouncil.org. Gioia’s own website, which contains information about the poet and his works, can be visited at www.danagioia.com.

Wednesday March 15, 2017

Mar 15, 2017 – NBC Newa

Federal judge blocks revised Trump travel order, restraining order applies nationwide
The revised executive order was set to go into effect just after midnight. The judge in Hawaii said the plaintiffs demonstrated a ‘strong likelihood’ of success on the merits. The order would have restricted entry to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim nations and put on hold admission of refugees.

Do you have a warped sense of humor… or maybe look at things and not see them the same way as someone who is “normal” might… well then you might just enjoy the writings by Greg Levin, he has three published books and writes a blog which often makes me laugh out loud (LOL) Anyhow if you are looking for something to do check his website and buy a book.

The Cowboy Poetry event is this weekend in Vinton (see story) lots of local news, Be Encouraged, District Attorney Cases, Cats, Phil’s Photos. Columns by David Cortright, Kevin Martin, Robert Koehler and Mel Gurtov.

Today March 15th was Tom’s 80th birthday, thinking about him most of the day, his twin sister Jo called, after I finished talking to her I found myself wondering how old she was… and I realized that was a very senior moment for me. We miss Tom, we is everyone, his family, his friends, his cats, his town, his big sister, his twin and me.

The photo this week is by Dave Keyes Photograpy Tom loved going to Sardine Lake Resort for beauty, peace, quiet hikes and great dinners.

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