FireHouse News 2/14/18


ALLEGHANY: February 5th Firefighter training.
CALPINE: February 5th Responded for a single vehicle accident. February 6th Responded for a vehicle-over-the-bank, and an injured male was transported
to the hospital in Reno. February 7th mutual aid response to Sierra City for a structure fire. February 8th EMT/ medical training. February 10th Firefighters trained on vehicle extrication.
DOWNIEVILLE: February 5th Officers meeting. February 6th Mutual aid response to Sierra City for a vehicle-over-the-bank, an injured male was transported to the hospital in Reno. February 7th Mutual aid response to
Sierra City for a structure fire, Firefighters & the ambulance responded. February 8th Public assist response, for an injured male. February 10th Public assist response for a couple who were stranded in the snow, at the lakes basin. *Responded, again, for a vehicle stuck in the snow.                                LOYALTON: February 5th  City of Loyalton, Station #1 Training Initial Attack: Structure Fire Response
PIKE CITY: February 5th Mutual aid response to North San Juan, for a vegetation fire – cancelled. February 8th Firefighters did inventory of equipment on Rescue #6740, and prepared for future vehicle extrication training.
SATTLEY: February 5th Responded for a vehicle accident. February 6th Responded for a vehicle-over-the-bank, and an injured male was transported
to the hospital in Reno. February 7th Mutual aid response to Sierra City, for a structure fire. February 8th EMT/ medical Training. February 10th Firefighters trained on vehicle extrication.
SIERRA CITY: February 7th Responded for a structure fire, one structure was, sadly, destroyed.
SIERRAVILLE: February 5th Responded for a vehicle accident. February 6th Responded for a vehicle-over-the-bank, an injured male was transported to
the hospital in Reno. February February 7th Mutual aid response to Sierra City, for a structure fire. February 8th EMT/ medical Training. February 10th Firefighters trained on vehicle extrication.

Sheriff’s Public Log 2/14/18

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log

ACT-Active ARR-Arrest Completed CIT-Citation Issued CNC-Cancelled or No Report Required  INA-Inactive   RPT-Report Taken   TRA-Transferred to Other Agency   UNF-Unfounded UTL-Unable to Locate or Gone on Arrival – and here is Ca Code Sourc


  • 0556 – Vehicle accident Hey 49 Little Truckee Summit – TRA CHP
  • 0755 – Welfare check and message in Alleghany – CNC SCSO
  • 0944 – Verbal altercation re: trespass at Poker Flat – CNC SCSO
  • 1353 – 9-1-1 call for citizen assist in Loyalton – CNC SCSO


  • 0735 – 9-1-1 re: out of county non-emergency Chilcoot – TRA PCSO
  • 0922 – Bookk and release arrest for 273A(a) in Downieville – ARR SCSO
  • 0930 – Suspicious vehicle parked in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1408 – Vehicle blocking road in Downieville – UNF SCSO
  • 1604 – Vehicle accident at MPM 43.37 Hwy 49 – TRA CHP


  • 0857 – Verbal disturbing the Peace in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1440 – Possible domestic violence in Alleghany – CNC SCSO
  • 1517 – Citation issued for CVC 4000A in Loyalton – CIT SCSO
  • 1526 – Suspicious vehicle on Hennessy Pass – TRA CHP
  • 1953 – Single gunshot in Sierra Brooks – UTL SCSO


  • 0845 – Report of illegal dumping in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 0852 – Suspicious person/circumstances in Downieville – RPT/TRA DVAM
  • 1154 – Arrest for PC 3000.08 in Downieville – ARR SCSO
  • 1722 – Report of continued telephone harassment in Downieville – CNC SCSO
  • 1725 – Suspicious male yelling on Hwy 49 Sierra City – RPT SCSO
  • 1932 – DIP male on Hwy 49 Sierra City  arrested for 273.5(a), 647(f) PC -ARR SCSO
  • 2342 – Arrest for 273.5(a), 273A(a) PC in Loyalton – ARR SCSO


  • 1006 – Welfare check for elderly mother in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1403 – Arrest in Sierra City for 311.11(a), 311.11(b), 311.3(d), 626.81(a) – ARR SCSO
  • 1443 – Confidential Investigation
  • 1638 – Arrest for 11550 H&S in Sattley – ARR SCSO
  • 2234 – Request for ambulance in Downieville – TRA DVAM


  • 0116 – 9-1-1 static from Goodyears Bar – CNC SCSO
  • 1226 – Bag found, returned to owner in Downieville -CNC SCSO
  • 1238 – Arrest for 273.5 PC near Loyalton – ARR SCSO
  • 1345 – Civil standby in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1356- Possible gas leak in Loyalton – TRA LVFD
  • 1552 – People stuck in snow near Haven Lake – TRA SCVF
  • 2033 – Request for ambulance, later cancelled in Sierraville – CNC SCSO


  • 1350 – Report of stolen property results in arrest for 602, 1203.2 PC -ARR SCSO
  • 1931 – Vehicle run off of Dog Valley Rd – TRA CHP
  • 1944 – Person walking on Hwy 49 towards Sierra City – UTL SCSO
  • 1947 – Email account hacked in Downieville – CNC SCSO

Drinking Water Awards 2/14/18

U.S. EPA awards $173.5 million for California drinking water and wastewater projects

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $172.3 million to the state of California for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements, and a $1.2 million grant to the city of Vallejo for sewer upgrades.

“Investing in water infrastructure with our state partners is a priority for the Trump Administration and ensures communities can deliver safe drinking water and wastewater treatment,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This funding is critical to supporting public health and environmental goals in California.”

EPA awarded the State Water Resources Control Board a total of $172.3 million to capitalize its clean water and drinking water State Revolving Fund programs. These federal funds are supplemented with state funding sources and support California’s water infrastructure needs. Recipients receive low-interest loans for clean water and drinking water projects. As money is repaid to the revolving loan fund, California funds new projects.

“The State Revolving Fund programs allow us to help a wide variety of communities throughout the state,” said State Water Resources Control Board Vice Chair Steven Moore. “But their financial strength and versatility are especially good at helping small and disadvantaged communities that otherwise might not have access to the capital they need to solve their water treatment problems.”

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund received $94.8 million to support a variety of water infrastructure improvement projects, including the following:

Monterey One Water will use an $88 million loan to install a new water treatment facility in Monterey County. The facility will treat and reclaim municipal wastewater, urban runoff, agricultural return flows, and food processing wastewater. The purified water will replenish the Seaside Groundwater Basin and provide water to 105,000 people, while reducing the amount of water diverted from the Carmel River.
The City of Santa Monica will use a $52.9 million loan, and $4 million in loan forgiveness, to collect and treat municipal wastewater, stormwater, and impaired groundwater. This project will help the city reduce the use of imported water, replenish groundwater supply, increase drought resilience, and improve beach water quality.
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund received $77.5 million for drinking water infrastructure improvements to improve public water systems, including the following:

The City of Sacramento will use a $173.1 million loan to install 36,000 meters on residential and commercial water service connections. Water mains will also be replaced, as needed, as part of the city’s efforts to upgrade 80 miles of water distribution and transmission mains.
Loma Rica Water Company in Marysville will use a $126,734 loan to replace an existing redwood water tank with a new 36,500 gallon bolted steel tank, ensuring that the 200 people served by the system continue to receive clean drinking water.
EPA has awarded more than $5 billion to California’s clean water and drinking water revolving fund programs since their inception in 1988 and 1996, respectively. These funds support California’s efforts to address an estimated $70.5 billion worth of water infrastructure needs.

EPA also awarded a $1.2 million Special Appropriation Act Project grant to the Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District to replace a deteriorating force main—a pressurized sewer pipe that transports wastewater. The force main, which crosses the Mare Island Strait, has the potential to severely damage the Napa River and adjoining San Pablo Bay in the event of failure. The replacement sewer pipe will provide long-term reliability in conveying wastewater off the island.

For more information on EPA’s State Revolving Fund programs, please visit:
For more information on Special Appropriation Act Project grants, please visit:

P-S CFC Seed & Feed 2/14/18

The Plumas-Sierra Community Food Council, 4-H, and Master Gardeners would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual seed and feed_2018_PSCFC!

Join us on Sunday, February 25th from 10am-2pm at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Activities will take place in the Mineral Building.

Topics include: Seed Starting and Acclimatizing 101, Seed Saving Techniques, Plant Selection & More!  Participants are encouraged to carpool, bring seeds for swapping, a donation of $5, and a potluck dish! Please call 530-283-2099 or email to register for this event.

Camptonville Courier 2/14/18

Hello again to all the contributors to The Courier – past, present, and future!

The deadline to get your submissions to me for the March Courier is Sunday, February 18th, 9 pm.

I’m always interested in creative work – photos, poetry, creative writing – and anything that will entice wet winter weather to come and linger awhile!

Reminder: The Courier’s Submission and Editorial guidelines and Ad Rates are all posted on, as are back issues from 2003.
I’m looking forward to seeing what will be coming in for the March issue!
Regards,  Shirley DicKard, Editor  The Camptonville Courier

Carrie’s Trashy Corner 2/14/18


by: Carrie A. Blakley


‘Hon, is tonight Trash Night?’

With this ‘zero waste’ idea that’s been going around the Internet lately (read that as ‘something that’s been taking place for the past 5+ years, that people are just now starting to pay closer attention to’), it made me stop and ask myself: “How much do I really recycle”? The answer is: Anything I possibly can. When I go to the local transfer station, people can see me piling through stuff left under the pavilion. Often, it’s stuff that anyone in their right minds would throw out, or leave for someone else. I am that someone else, and yes, I’m not in my right mind (we all know this anyway, let’s not pretend otherwise). We’re all used to recycling out glass bottles, our electronics, our plastics, and our tires. At this point in this county, that’s an almost involuntary action. But, what else do we really recycle? Do we really stop to consider what we can repurpose?

Cardboard boxes can be used for all sorts of things, the least of which is fire fodder. Plant starter pots don’t have to be purchased. Just save up a few egg cartons, yogurt containers, and fruit cartons. Poke some drainage holes in the bottom of the solid plastic items, and you just made yourself a starter container. If the container is made of plastic, you can reuse the containers over and over. Just wash them out, and store them for the next round of seeds. Items like newspaper, and egg cartons, are biodegradable, so they can be planted directly into the ground, and will be broken down by nature. Egg shells can also be used to start growing seeds, but once the new plants are put into the ground (or, larger containers), don’t throw the egg shells away. Grind them up and use them around your plants. Larger shell bits act like razors on the ground that slugs and snails will not cross – because the sharp shell edges cut them.

Got kids (not baby goats)? Start saving those yogurt, and fruit cup, containers. Why? Arts & Crafts. They’re perfect size for holding anything small, or portion out anything in smaller portions (say, crayons, stickers..etc.). They also make for great small portion food scoops for smaller pets. Did you get 1 too many straws with your drink order? Save the unused straw in the glove compartment to use later, use it as a plant marker, use it as a type of splatter paint brush…etc. See? Lots of different uses for common stuff if you just put your imagination cap on and start getting creative. Enjoy the week, even if it is going to be a bit colder than it has been. Stay well, and get creative!

Wednesday February 7, 2018

Let me see, what is going on this week, just a beautiful weekend without rain or snow forecast, darn it.  Coyoteville for breakfast and lunch, Jadaa’s and St Charles for evening food and lunch too maybe, everyone has different hours in the middle of winter. Don’t forget Cabin Fever Spaghetti Feed Saturday February 17th at 5 p.m. and then at 7:30 go to the Yuba Theatre for the Home Grown Talent Open Mic & Open Stage.

In case you were not aware…  Calpine will​ be​ represented in the winter Olympics!!!
Yes​,​ Mark Engel​,​ Slalom Skier from right here in our little town will be going for ​G​old in
S Korea!! Good luck Mark!! We will be watching! Go Team USA!!!!! You​’​r​e ​​putting Calpine on the map!!! from Cheryl Asher

Today there was a fire in Sierra City, (see photos this issue no one was injured and only one structure was burned with some damage to an adjacent oneBut the response from all our volunteers was amazing. Thank your volunteers they spent the day keeping our community alive, the best way to thank them is to join in, become a volunteer in any way you can, Firefighter, EMT, Dispatcher, Driver, Paper Pusher, there are enumerable volunteer jobs in Sierra County, the county runs on volunteers with a little assistance from the Sheriff’s Office, Public Works and surrounding communities who send their volunteers when we need them just as when we go to their aid…

I am dismayed at the tRump wanting to have a military parade in Washington, DC, the only reason I believe is to show Putin and Kim Jong un that his toys are bigger than theirs and that is insane. There is no reason to have this kind of display. we should not lower our standards to those of dictorships and countries who do not believe in the freedoms are country stands. Stay on the high road and tRump be damned, he apparently has no understanding of what really makes America great.

So read Carrie’s Corner and our columnists Jose-Antonio Orosco, Tom Hastings and Robert Koehler, Rivera Sun, Robert Dodge and Tom Hastings, It really helps to get information from sources throughout the country to grasp some of the really odd events happening in government and politically since the November 2016 election, we need to stay alert, pay attention and speak up. The Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday, they recognized the new group of Advanced EMT’s with a Resolution. You will have to listen to the Board on the County website as due to my volunteer duties today I was unable to do that for you, and you can also read the Mountain Messenger but listening to the Board meeting is really fun, your own personal podcast of what your representatives are doing for our county.

The photo this week is by Steve Peterson in the Sierra Valley and it is a photo of his favorite bird, also known as an Eagle.

Mountain Messenger (no fat please) 2/7/18

Oh, golly gee, gosh… what to write…what to write, there is so much to say about what is going on across the street at the Mess, however I have been sworn to secrecy, actually I have been threatened with release of more fat pictures if I am not careful of divulging confidential information. Ok, fine, I’ll say nothing… I’ve also been told they will destroy the negatives if I manage to have 5 new subscribers this week. So please help me, I am seriously working on the fat thing, so no pictures being released will help my image. Please order your subscription or at least order a subscription and tell them to send the bill to me…Help me…

2/7/18 Don Russell pretends to be real media while harassing Firefighter Epps regarding his unbuttoned jacket…

Contact 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 money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 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….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs


Applaud or Hang 2/7/18

Trumped up treason  – by Tom H. Hastings

“Somebody said ‘treasonous.’ I mean — yeah I guess, why not. Can we call that treason? Why not. I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.” –Donald Trump on Democratic Senators and Congress members who didn’t clap for him in his State of the Union speech.

Tom Hastings

Really? We have a temporary resident of the White House whose definition of loyalty to the United States of America is loyalty to, and expressed enthusiasm for, his boneheaded ideas and false claims of greatness? We would expect such autocratic monomaniacal pronouncements from Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Rodrigo Duterte, or any other egomaniac warlord. Hitler and Stalin were such demented oppressors. Saddam Hussein, Augusto Pinochet—the anti-democratic autarchs are easy to name.

If the new definition of treason is being willing to not clap for Trump’s utterances, I hereby formally and publicly admit to treason.

If we still live in a democracy, I charge Trump with treasonous statements. If there were one united value embedded in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, it is the right to dissent, politically and publicly, without fear of reprisal. Let the views contend in our public discourse.

Instead, this is how a country slides from democracy toward dictatorship, one thought control episode, one veiled threat, after another. We are on a very slippery slope here and the signs are not good.

We have zero guarantees of the future of democracy in the US. Indeed, Freedom House, a nonpartisan think tank which measures and ranks all countries on Earth every year in the aggregate values and indices of democracies, has us sliding downward. They analyze both the US role in promoting democracy worldwide and practicing it at home. They note that this slide began slowly in 2010—the year the Republican rightwing gained control of the House–and is accelerating dramatically since Trump took office.

Meanwhile, we see the strongman sort of government using Trump’s tactics now and in history. In Cambodia in September, dictator Hun Sen trumped up charges of treason against a candidate for office, Kem Sokha, who dared to call for peaceful changes toward more democracy and more human rights. Sokha faces 30 years in prison, where he has been since his arrest five months ago.

In Venezuela in August, despot Nicolas Maduro engineered a path to charge political opponents with treason, targeting Julio Borges and other opposition leaders with potential arrest and imprisonment. Borges is out of office as of last month.

This is a slippery slope toward tyranny. Trump is the most treasonous occupant of the White House since Richard “Break-and-Enter” Nixon. He too deserves a swift exit from power for his foul rule, his abdication of responsibilities to defend democracy and right to dissent, and his lies about collusion with Russian government operatives to steal our election.

Dr. Tom H. Hastings is PeaceVoice Director and on occasion an expert witness for the defense in court.

Information on Measures B & C 2/7/18

Fire in Sierra City 2/7/18

Sierra City VFD, Downieville VFD & Ambulance, Sierra County FD#1, Camptonville, UDFS E31, Calfire, Sierra County Sheriff, CHP Sierra County equipment and personnel,  PG&E,  Sierra City Waterworks and AT&T all responded to a structure fire in downtown Sierra City Wednesday morning, and although one structure was lost, thanks to the incredible response of all our volunteers other structures and surrounding land was spared with minimal damage. Chief Davey and Chief Lozano thank everyone including Jadaa’s Kitchen, Red Moose Cafe, Mary Davey and those who pitched to give food and water to the firefighters  Photos taken by Don Russell and Milly.

More photos from the Sierra County Sheriff Tim Standley below:  In addition to Sierra City VFD, Sierra County Fire (Sierraville & Calpine), Downieville VFD, Camptonville VFD, USFS Engine 31 out of Camptonville, and a County water truck responded along with Dep. Rust and CHP Kostik for traffic control. PG&E also responded for the power. Supervisor Huebner and Larry Breed from the Sierra Country Store also lent a hand. Hopefully I got everybody. It was another excellent coordination of mutual response and only one minor injury due to smoke inhalation from my understanding.  Sgt Anderson

Carol’s Movies 2/7/18

Maudie –  An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. Director: Aisling Walsh Writer:  Sherry White Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Zachary Bennett

Carol Marshall

Carol Says: Why Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke were not nominated for an award for this movie is beyond me. What an excellent movie and especially Sally’s acting is memorable .

The movie is based on the true story of Maud Lewis . Maud has some physical disabilities and is a quiet, reserved person. Not socially matured I guess you could say. I’m not sure of the exact words one would use . And, I think it is more that she was extremely shy as opposed to socially matured. That is what I am going with – extremely shy.

Maud meets her husband by way of becoming his housekeeper. Maud has a passion for painting and becomes a local folk artist. He has a few anger issues and it seems growing up in the orphanage he has led to some social issues.

They find each other and it is a beautiful story of their relationship and their love developing. It’s a quiet story that takes its time to develop. And so worth watching.

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