An Orchestra of US 2/7/18

Trump’s Immigration Reform is Tone Deaf  – by Jose-Antonio Orosco

Jose-Antonio Orosco

President Trump laid out a new plan for immigration reform in his State of the Union address. It calls for building a wall with Mexico, a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and eliminating family sponsorship or chain migration policies. It’s not clear whether Congress will pick up on these suggestions but one thing seems obvious: the Trump plan will reduce the ethnic and racial diversity of the United States in the future.

Both the conservative Cato Institute and the Washington Post have analyzed the plan and estimate that it would eliminate between 300,000 and half a million immigrants annually. Most of those cuts would come from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In other words, Trump’s plan would keep America white for some time.

The White House’s plan is not something forward looking; in fact, it restores immigration priorities that were in place for most of the twentieth century. The US restricted immigration on the basis of race throughout most of its history. It insisted that those few immigrants that made it would have to assimilate or “Americanize” in order to stay.

Today, a majority of Americans insist that immigrants should be willing to give up part of their cultures in order to become Americans. During his campaign, President Trump complained that Muslim immigrants were not assimilating into US culture. A recent Pew Trust poll reveals that about half of Muslims immigrants do think of themselves as Muslims first, and then Americans. But the poll also revealed that about 46 percent of Christians in the US feel the same way about their religious identity. These kinds of double standards demonstrate that we have still have trouble imagining what a diverse country means.

About a hundred years ago, a play opened in Washington DC that gave us the metaphor for understanding the role of immigrants in the US. That play was titled “The Melting Pot.” It told the story of immigrants coming here and shedding their cultural baggage in order to forge new lives. Almost immediately, the philosopher Horace Kallen rejected this model and suggested a new way to understand what a diverse nation could look like.

Kallen thought the melting pot worked to boil down differences into a bland mixture. He believed that those who talked about assimilation were really insisting that immigrants try to mimic the ways of life of the white, Protestant, settlers in order to be accepted. Indeed, immigration reform in 1924 heavily restricted immigrants that didn’t come from Northern and Western Europe because the thought was those peoples couldn’t easily assimilate into US culture.

Kallen recommended we reject the melting pot and take up new metaphor: the orchestra. His idea was that an orchestra works not by insisting on a unison of voices, but on a harmony of difference. Think of a choir: you have bass, baritone, tenor, soprano, and alto. They don’t all sing the same musical notes in performance, but their voices complement one another to make a complete song. Kallen wanted us to try to imagine how different immigrant cultures could be allowed to pursue their own traditions, while at the same time harmonizing with one another and with the great political values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The US has always struggled with how to incorporate diverse peoples into a modern democracy. Kallen insisted that part of this work had to be about our imagination and the way we talk and listen to one another across cultural differences. Trump’s plan would be like insisting that all voices of the choir have to sing baritone in order to make beautiful music. His plan is not innovative; it’s tone deaf to the current needs of our society.

José-Antonio Orosco, Ph.D, writes for PeaceVoice and is Associate Professor of Philosophy: School of History, Philosophy, and Religion; Director, Oregon State University Peace Studies Program. He is the author of Toppling the Melting Pot: Immigration and Multiculturalism in American Pragmatism (2016) and other scholarly works.

Hope, Sanity & Us 2/7/18

The other superpower?  – by Robert C. Koehler

“I’m so honored to be alive at such a miraculous time in history. I’m so moved by what’s going on in our world today.”

Robert Koehler

This was 2003. The words were those of Robert Muller — the other one, the one from Costa Rica, former assistant secretary general of the United Nations — who was speaking just after George W. Bush invaded Iraq, to the horror and outrage of most of Planet Earth. Millions of people took to the streets, in the U.S. and around the world, to protest the invasion. Muller called this movement “the other superpower.”

“Never before in the history of the world,” he went on, “has there been a global, visible, public, viable, open dialogue and conversation about the very legitimacy of war.”

Oh! Such ancient history, right? Yet in the wake of current events — in particular, the Trump administration’s release of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review — I feel an urgent need to summon Muller’s words back to the present moment. Is this moment empty of all hope and sanity, occupied as it is by the forces of empire and a militarized presidential ego? Or was Muller right? Is there a global, evolutionary counterforce out there as well, equal to or greater than the corporate militarism that seems to have a stranglehold on the future?

To talk about outrage — over war, over poverty, over environmental devastation — is one thing. It’s reactive, emotion-driven and without either a long-term plan of action or a reliable flow of funding. To talk about “the other superpower” implies something far more coherent and focused — or at least, something with enough power to seriously challenge the aims of . . . for instance, the nuclear arms establishment, which begins with the unacknowledged certainty that war is inevitable and winning the next one is always the first order of business.

As the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation pointed out in a press release following last week’s release of the new Nuclear Posture Review, the document “represents a reckless realignment of an already dangerous U.S. nuclear policy.

“The review specifically calls for the development of new, low-yield nuclear weapons that have lower explosive force. Many experts warn that such smaller weapons would blur the distinction between nuclear and non-nuclear weapons, representing a significant and dangerous increase in the likelihood of their use. . . .

“The review seeks to deter nuclear war by making it easier to start nuclear war,” the press release noted.

“Last year, the price tag for a 30-year makeover of the U.S. nuclear arsenal was estimated at $1.2 trillion. Analysts say the expanded plan put forth in the Trump NPR review would push the cost vastly higher.”

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation was one of numerous organizations to express shock and outrage about the document. And psychiatrists Bandy X. Lee and James R. Merikangas, in an op-ed in USA Today published shortly after the NPR’s release, pushed the concern about it beyond the political realm.

“Trump,” they write, “with the psychological vulnerabilities he displays, in an office that invests enormous power in one individual, may present a situation of unusual risk. Our military ensures that every officer handling nuclear weapons has the mental capacity to do so — but does not take the same precautions regarding the person who can command a strike. . . .

“There has already been a shift in international norms regarding nuclear weapons due to Trump. He has bragged about them, threatened to use them and expressed a desire to increase his stockpile in ways that suggest more psychological than policy-driven motives.”

Add to this the U.S. bombing going on throughout the Middle East and Trump’s recent orders to the Pentagon to organize a huge military parade in Washington, D.C., summoning, it seems, the glory of dictatorships past and present, and I found myself trying to reach for something beyond outrage. I started to feel a cold chill in my soul. What matters here is the emergence of a different sort of power that understands the reality of peace: It’s not something forced on the loser by the winner’s superior weaponry.

That’s the building block of nationalism. “What’s deeply engrained in our emotional makeup,” writes Barbara Ehrenreich in Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War, “is something that’s very positive — the capacity to band together to experience a kind of euphoria from collective defense against a common enemy. . . . Those are the emotions we bring to wars and (they) are very noble and generous and altruistic.”

The paradox of reaching beyond war, as I noted in the wake of the Iraq invasion, is that doing so disrupts “the mobilized public at its level of deepest bonding” and sows “doubt in the psychic well of patriotism.”

In a world organized as a conglomerate of nations, we bless our worse instincts — to strike out in weaponized fear, to kill en masse — with our best instincts: generosity, altruism, cooperation, sacrifice. Those who support the war of the moment do so from their largest, most selfless instincts, just as do those who oppose the war.

The “other superpower” Muller envisioned a decade and a half ago is still in the process of creating itself out of this paradox. Love thy enemy as thyself? Actually, the creation process has been going on for a few thousand years now.

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

FireHouse News 2/7/18

ALLEGHANY: January 29, firefighter training. January 30, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) class in Downieville.
CALPINE: February 1, business meeting.
CAMPTONVILLE: Nothing reported.
DOWNIEVILLE: Jan 29, dispatcher meeting. January 30, AEMT class. February 1, firefighter training on fire fighting related subject.
LOYALTON: Mon 29 Jan County, West of Loyalton Medical Severe neck pain could not rise, assist ambulance Mon 29 Jan 6:30P City of Loyalton, Station #1 Training Fire behavior, ventilation & extinguishment theory Wed 31 Jan 11:00A County, South of Loyalton Medical Victim of fall, assist ambulance Wed 31 Jan 9:45P City of Loyalton Medical Possible stroke, assist ambulance & helicopters Thu 01 Feb 4:20P County, West of Loyalton Medical Party fell could not get up, assist ambulance Fri 02 Feb 5:55P City of Loyalton Medical Subject with severe influenza, assist ambulance Sat 03 Feb 12:45A Community of Sierra Brooks Medical Party with chest pain, assist ambulance                                                                                                               PIKE CITY: January 30, AEMT class in Downieville. February 1, vehicle extrication training.
SATTLEY: February 1, business meeting.
SIERRA CITY: Not a single spark reported.
SIERRAVILLE: February 1, business meeting. February 4, responded to single vehicle roll-over.


Weekly Warrior by Evy Downs & Arroyo Campbell

Keep on reading this article for there is a lot of interesting information ahead and some important announcements! This week has been an interesting week for the students at DHS, and many of us have learned some new things from our teachers.
The students in Katrina Bosworth’s K-3rd class have just recently celebrated the 100th Day of School. The class enjoyed various treats and games during the occasion on February 1. The class has started learning dances from around the world with Kathy Fisher. Bosworth’s class has been busy in arts and crafts. They made drawings of a fish with oil pastels in the theme ‘Only One You.’ These pieces of art are to be made into a collage. The kindergarten and 1st graders have been learning about music with Paul Douville. The 2nd grade students are learning how to borrow and regroup in math. 3rd grade students are working on math skills for the upcoming CAASPP testing.
Maire McDermid is creating a new class blog with her 4th-6th graders and has also been planning on using movie-making equipment and software for news broadcasting in Downieville School. Ms. Maire has also announced that her YouTube link will come out shortly. Currently the class is starting the first round of seeds in the garden. They will be planting herbs. The class is also participating in the “Great Mail Race Community” with 4th graders from around the U.S.A. to learn more about the schools in other states and the students that attend them.
On the high school side, Robin Bolle’s classes (7-12) are preparing for a major overnight field trip to Reno on April 18th to visit the Reno Art Museum and to visit the University of Reno’s School of Engineering Open House. The students will stay at the Grand Sierra Resort during the nightly hours. This trip is possible thanks to a Sierra County Arts Council grant.
Josh Boli’s 11/12th U.S. History class is currently learning about American Imperialism and the Spanish/American War. The 8th grade U.S. History class is currently learning about our country under Andrew Jackson’s Presidency and the controversy surrounding it. World History is currently learning about World War 1. Future Focus students are setting up their future goals.
The Downieville Varsity Basketball team has had some pretty interesting games lately. On January 23rd the team beat Herlong with a score of 47 to 31. Freshmen Aaron and Austin Foster had an especially spot on game. Later that week, on January 26th, the team won their game against Plumas Charter with a score of 59 to 49. This was a difficult, close game throughout. DHS lost to Westwood on January 30th by a score of 55 to 63, after leading most of the game. Rosendo Marquez had eleven amazing assists, the most assists in a single game for several years; Arroyo Campbell lit the floor up and racked up 24 points. The team travelled to Loyalton on February 2nd and lost with a score of 45 to 63, another hard fought game. In other basketball news the Jr High team played a game in Portola but lost by one basket with a final score of 30 to 32. The game started off well for the Warriors with Jacob Sainsbury getting the tip and the Downieville team played really good defense, pulling down lots of rebounds. At the final buzzer Tristan Jackson dropped in a three pointer! It was definitely an exciting game to watch—and play in, according to Jacob Sainsbury.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Anybody who hasn’t ordered Valentine’s Day flowers and wants to should call the school A.S.A.P. at 289-3473. There are still roses and a few carnations available. The annual Lion’s Club Speech Contest is to be held on Thursday, February 22 at 6 p.m. in the school Learning Center. The topic is “Integrity & Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?”

Guided Snowshoe Tours 2/7/18

Almanor District continuing guided snowshoe tours

Chester, Calif. — The Almanor Ranger District is continuing to schedule their annual guided snowshoe tours for this winter season. The next tour will be on Feb. 9. These tours are offered to the general public, community and school groups. Snowshoes for these tours are provided free of charge. The tours are geared for beginners but can be strenuous depending on terrain and snow powder conditions. Tours take place in the surrounding Lassen National Forest, but locations vary depending on current snow conditions. A variety of topics are covered during the one to two-hour program, including basic winter survival skills, environmental education and local history. If requested, programs can be tailored to include the California State Standards for environmental education. Charter schools, home schools, and other adventurous groups are encouraged to call for group reservations Tuesdays through Thursdays.

A great way to enjoy the winter season is by exploring your national forest on snowshoes. Floating over the snow on snowshoes among snow-laden trees, with animal tracks to follow and the quiet of a snow-hushed forest is a magical experience.

Remaining 2018 Winter Snowshoe Tour Schedule (Times to be announced)
· Friday, Feb. 9
· Friday, Feb. 23

All tour programs require reservations. To reserve your spot or get more information about our snowshoe program contact Carlos Holguin, Visitor Information Services at (530) 258-2141 or by email at:

Lead in School Water 2/7/18

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that California public schools built before 2010 must test for lead in drinking water.
Last year, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 746, which requires community water systems statewide to complete lead testing in these older schools by July 1, 2019.
“Students need fresh water, nutritious meals, and regular physical activity to be ready to learn and succeed in class,” Torlakson said. “Cooperation with local water systems is critical to ensure proper testing.”
Even at low levels, lead may cause a range of health effects including behavioral problems and learning disabilities. Children six years old and younger are most at risk because the brain is still developing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 10% to 20% of total lead exposure for young children comes from drinking water.
The most prevalent sources of lead in drinking water are from pipes, fixtures, and associated hardware from which lead can leach. California generally has newer water infrastructure than other parts of the nation and lead problems are rare, but recent events in schools led to the new requirement.
In February 2017, the safety of drinking water was questioned after elevated levels of lead were discovered at three campuses in the San Ysidro School District in San Diego County.
In addition, Folsom Cordova Unified in Sacramento County started testing water last year at schools built before 1960 that have galvanized steel pipes. The testing was prompted by elevated levels of lead in water coming from a classroom tap in 2015.
The State Water Resources Control Board, in cooperation with the California Department of Education, previously required all community water systems to test school drinking water upon request by school officials. Information is available on the California Water Boards Lead Sampling of Drinking Water in California Schools Web page.

Don’t Do That 2/7/18

Donald, Donald, Donald, we told you a million times not to exaggerate

by Tom H. Hastings

Tom Hastings

In his little munchkin voice—surprising coming from such a big fat man—and his chemically hardened helmet hair, Donald Trump gave us his version of the State of the Union.

It was, to borrow some of his superlatives, incredibly, amazingly, totally annoying.

Great, beautiful. Wonderful. Everything is great.

I am reaching back, searching my memory for another speech so rife with shallow, meaningless platitudes.  “Beautiful clean coal.”

Trump’s newfound gift is combining lying with gushing and faux compassion. Coal accounts for some 83 percent of US air pollutants, is a serious factor in exacerbating our climate chaos—hurricanes, floods, fires—and yet its share of energy production continues to fall. Yes, stripping the law of environmental protections can give coal a bit longer to survive, but natural gas, solar, and wind farms are increasing despite Trump and the market forces will ultimately prevail over coal. Trump has made the coal industry the new corporate welfare queen, with all the costs passed on to the consumers and taxpayers. Beautiful.

Waxing on about how much he loves the flag, the national anthem, and those, unlike him, who served in the military, one can try to hold down one’s dinner. It’s not easy.

The stock market fell 400 points in anticipation of Trump’s talk.

He called on Congress to remove all government employees who fail to work for the good of the American people. Buh-bye, Trump!

“Exciting progress is happening every day.”

Please, let that progress lead with impeachment.

The elasticity of the truth was the leitmotif, as he claimed credit for far more than he actually achieved.

When he made claims about ICE imprisoning or deporting “thousands and thousands and thousands” of MS-13 gang members and the current estimates vary far lower from all official sources except Trump himself, that is such a stretcher that you can almost hear the facts groan.

More whoppers included his claims of the biggest tax cut in history—not even close—the decline in African American unemployment—most of which happened before he took office—that vehicle manufacturing is coming back, which we “haven’t seen for decades”—actually George W. Bush and Obama were in office when several plants returned—and the list goes on. The only fact-checkers who agree with Trump seem to be the ones who don’t actually check.

Trump could not even resist lying about the numbers who tuned into watch the SOTU, tweeting that it was “the highest number in history.” Nope, his numbers were eclipsed by Obama, Dubya, and most resoundingly by Clinton in 1993. Not even close.

While the citizen stories his aides found for him were the highlights—especially the inspiring story of North Korean refugee Ji Seong-ho, one wonders, then, how Trump can continue to hypocritically deny refugees from bloody war zones, children and women and old people who manage to flee with their lives and little else.

We deserve better leadership, but we won’t get it until we the people make it happen.

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

Electric Trains for Us 2/7/18

Bring on Solutionary Rail! – by Rivera Sun

Rivera Sun

It’s not every day that you run across an idea so elegant, so eminently practical that your jaw literally drops as you stagger beneath the shock of your huge “aha” moment. Solutionary Rail did that for me. Rail experts and long-time activists from Backbone Campaign have struck gold with their well-researched proposal to electrify America’s railroads.

Solutionary Rail: a people-powered campaign to electrify America’s railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future is a book, a proposal, a profound vision, and an exciting multi-pronged solution all rolled into one bundle. Electrifying our rail system to run on renewable energy is just plain good sense. It creates jobs. It reduces carbon emissions. It increases freight transport efficiency. It solves the looming highway repair budget shortfalls. It works toward economic justice for rural and Indigenous communities. It contains an astonishing multiplier effect as it meets the demands of climate change.

So, what’s the drawback? (I can hear you, oh skeptics.) The usual: money and political willpower. The Solutionary Rail team addresses those concerns with interestingly viable solutions. To deal with the hefty investment required to transition to electrified rails, they propose a public-private partnership that minimizes the profit-motive from the investor side. It’s not a new idea. It’s how the original rail system was built. And speaking of old-fashioned ideas turned new, electric rail was actually a viable part of our railroading history. In the 1960s, however, internal politics and the development of the interstate highways that sank electric rail, even though the system was far more economical and efficient than diesel.

United States citizens have long bemoaned the sad state of our rails. As an avid rail rider myself, I’ve traveled across our beautiful country by train more times than I can count. It’s amazing. The rail lines are national (and neglected) treasures. You can see the heart and soul of the United States from these routes less-traveled. Also, when riding trains, you hear and see your fellow Americans in ways you never do while shuffling through airport security or crammed into your tiny airplane seat.

Revitalizing rail travel holds some unusual bonuses, such as a deepened understanding of the vast terrain and tangible unique diversity of this nation. It might rekindle our experiential understanding of our incredible ecosystems, and also remind everyone of the small towns, rural regions, urban corridors, water ways and mountain crossings that are hidden from the view of the interstate highway system.

Solutionary Rail offers us a vision for transforming our railroads and creating jobs along the way. In a nation the size of the United States, rail travel and transport makes nothing but sense. Solutionary Rail shows that electrified rail is more than feasible. It’s being done around the world. Seventy percent of Russia’s freight lines are already electrified. Ninety percent of France’s passenger rail trips are on an electrified system. Renewable energy experts demonstrate that we have the renewable resources to run our rails on solar and wind. In the book, railroad engineers also explain how electric engines can even generate energy while braking, something we see in our hybrid cars now.

And, where the political willpower is lacking, well, that’s Backbone Campaign’s specialty. They’re skilled campaigners for change – if anyone can put Solutionary Rail on the national agenda, it’s them. Pairing their knowledge with the expertise of railroad engineers, and renewable energy experts, it takes Solutionary Rail out of the realms of dreams and halfway into reality. Their proposal is well-researched, solid, and tantalizingly possible. The Solutionary Rail book includes action steps for citizens to get involved in the campaign to bring this proposal to the plates of policy makers and power holders. The sooner the better, I say!

Author/Activist Rivera Sun, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection and other books. She is a nonviolent strategy trainer and a regular contributor to journals across the country.

Cioppino & Pasta 2/7/18


Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its eighth annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 3 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm and dinner service begins at 6 pm.
For the event, the Foothill Lions Club will create and serve chef Arnie Romanello’s special 100-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino, pasta, salad and garlic bread. A no-host bar will be available, and there will be a silent dessert auction and a live auction.
Tickets are $40 per person. If you’d like to purchase a table for 8, it is $400 and includes two bottles of wine. Tickets are available by visiting the Nevada County Fairgrounds, calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217, or downloading an order form at
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and its mission of supporting and improving the community’s Fairgrounds, and supporting youth in agriculture.
For more information about the Cioppino Feed or the Foundation, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

Board of Supervisors 2/7/18


The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on February 6, 2018 in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, Courthouse, Downieville, CA. This meeting was recorded for posting on the Board of Supervisors’ website at

The Clerk of the Board may be reached at 530-289-3295 or at the following email :
Heather Foster
The Board of Supervisors may hold a Closed Session as the agenda schedule permits.




  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board.











Resolution approving 5‐Year Regional Agency Integrated Waste Management Plan/Report for submission to CalRecycle.


Professional Services Agreement with MGE Engineering, Inc. for geotechnical and structural engineering services including environmental and surveying to provide design solutions in order to effect the permanent repairs to a number of flood damaged sites.


Request for Board of Supervisors’ authorization to submit Request for Authorizations (RFA), on each road repair project with advance construction.


Professional Services Agreement with Petty and Associates, Inc. for engineering services for HVAC system project located at Front Street Health and Human Services Building.


Discussion/direction to staff on notice received from Cara Martinson (CSAC) on a recreation and environmental (water) bond act that may be on the November ballot.


Resolution authorizing the filing of an application for funding from the Truckee River Fund and National Forest Foundation for drainage improvements on Henness Pass Road.


Discussion and approval of re-scoping of administrative position in the road department (left by retirement of long term employee).




Approval of general plan contract extension with Mintier Harnish and report from Finance Committee on budget requirements to serve the completion of the project.




Resolution rescinding Resolution 2017-002 and adoption of replacement resolution to reflect an amended expediture category for Fiscal Year 2016 Homeland Security Grant.




Resolution denying Wayne DeLisle’s solid waste fee appeals of December 5, 2017.

Documents: Wayne DeLisle.pdf




Conduct Public Hearing and adopt resolution approving the revised Countywide Siting Element of the Sierra County Regional Agency Integrated Waste Management Plan and its accompanying environmental document.
Documents: Siting Element.pdf


Presentation of a resolution of appreciation acknowledging those individuals who successfully graduated from the Advanced EMT Course which was co‐sponsored by Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc. and Downieville Fire Protection District.



Closed session pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9(a) – conference with legal county regarding the following litigation: Sierra County v. Loyalton Mobile Home Park, Sierra County Superior Court Case No. 7677.



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.

Professional Services Agreement between Charis Youth Center and Sierra County Behavioral Health Department for behavioral health services for youth. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Permission to hire a Community Outreach Coordinator for Public Health. (PUBLIC HEALTH)

Documents: COC PH.pdf

Resolution approving grant agreement number 17-10352 for the California Immunization Program between the State of California, Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Sierra County for Fiscal Years 2017/2018 through 2021/2022. (PUBLIC HEALTH)

Documents: CDPH IAP.pdf

Amendment to Agreement No. 2014-091, State Agreement No. 14-10545, between the California Department of Public Health and Sierra County for Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP), Pandemic Influenza (Pan Flu), and Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). (PUBLIC HEALTH)


Approval for the Health and Human Services Committee to convene on behalf of Social Services/Public Health Director, Vickie Clark, in order to review, make recommendations and/or provide direction to her first six months of job performance. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Resolution approving sale of tax defaulted property subject to the Tax Collector’s Power to Sell. (TAX COLLECTOR)


Agreement between the County of Sierra and Bickmore for services related to other postemployment benefits (OPEB) valuation. (AUDITOR)

Documents: Bickmore.pdf

Resolution re-authorizing delegation of investing authority and approval of the Sierra County Investment Policy. (AUDITOR)


Resolution authorizing purchase and payment for two speed feedback signs from Statewide Traffic and Signs in the amount of $10,631.66. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Resolution of appreciation honoring Anna Costa Brett on her 100th birthday. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS)


Resolution authorizing the consolidation of district elections with the Statewide Direct Primary Election to be held on June 5, 2018. (ELECTIONS)


Minutes from the regular meeting held on January 16, 2018. (CLERK-RECORDER)




Letter from Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator requesting the Sierra County Board of Supervisors pass a formal resolution opposing new offshore drilling development and object to any new oil and gas leases off the California coast.


Letter from Tony Tooke, US Forest Service Chief in response to a letter sent to him on November 7, 2017 from the Board of Supervisors regarding the value and impact of National Forest System lands and their management on local communities and their economies.

Documents: USDA letter.pdf

Letter from the American Lung Association announcing the release of the 16th annual State of Tobacco Control Report on January 24, 2018.


Sheriff’s Public Log 2/7/18

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log


  • 0857 – Assistance with stray cat needed in Alleghany – CNC SCSO
  • 1501 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance inLoyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1544 – Shots heard from Sierraville residence – CNC SCSO


  • 1017 – Pers cales 9-1-1 instead of 4-1-1 in Loyalton – UNF SCSO
  • 1236 – Arrest for 23252 (a) CVC near Verdi – ARR CHP
  • 1404 – Request for VIN inspection on vehicles in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1641 – Raw sewage being dumped from trailer in Sierraville – CNC SCSO


  • 0612 – Suspicious package in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 0843 – Static calls 9-1-1 fro Clark Station – CNC SCSO
  • 0918 – Confidential Arrest – ARR SCSO
  • 1053 – Ambulance request in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1700 – Arrest for parole violation in Reno – ARR OTHR
  • 2147 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM


  • 0809 – Deputy contact for citizen dispute in Calpine – RPT SCSO
  • 0809 – Citizen assist request in Loyalton – TRA LVFD
  • 1128 – Suspicious circumstances in Sierra City – CNC SCSO
  • 1227 – Jeeps being reckless on Gold Lake Rd – UNF CHP


  • 1125 – Juvenile arrest in Loyalton – ARR SCSO
  • 1323 – Suspect drunk in public in Downieville – CNC SCSO
  • 1746 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1758 – Civil standby in Downieville – CNC SCSO


  • 0002 – Person trying to enter licked building in Sierraville – UTL SCSO
  • 0019 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance near Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1140 – Possible squatters, drug use, animal abuse in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 2107 – Alarm activation at Downieville residence – UNF SCSO


  • 1122 – Orphaned malnourished Cub in Alleghany – TRA F&W
  • 1228 – Reckless diving near Alleghany – TRA CHP
  • 1556 – Possible trespassing isn’t in Loyalton – CNC SCSO
  • 1639 – Welfare check needed in Sierra Brooks – CNC SCSO
  • 1644 – Campers on property have permission near Downieville – CNC SCO
  • 1738 – Vehicle rollover with two occupants Lemon Cyn _ TRA LOAM
  • 2133 – Suspicious persons outside Loyalton residence – CNC SCSO

Calpine VFD Thanks 2/7/18

Thank you to the community of Calpine and all of our friends in Sierra, Plumas and Nevada counties that joined us in support of the Calpine Volunteer Fire Department to make our February 2018 Bingo event successful! We had a standing room only crowd :).
Please invite all of your friends and relatives for our next Bingo April 7th! The lodge hall might be finished with renovations then and we might have an opportunity to utilize an even bigger space 🙂

Thank you again. We made $818 profit last night . This is amazing for our small but mighty town. It looked like everyone had a great time!

As always we rely heavily on your feedback. Please send me an email or a text and tell me what could be better. How can we improve? Also. Let me know if you are willing to volunteer? We always need help with food prep , flyer distribution, set up, clean up , trash run, moving thing to and from the firehouse, recycle run, photography and same day shopping picking up last minute forgotten items.

Of course we could also use a couple of more volunteer firefighters as well. We will train you! There is always a job for everyone. It could be directing traffic , setting up a landing zone for a helicopter or assistance keeping the public back. Please let me know how you would like to help.

Angela Haick, Calpine Volunteer Fire Chief

Carrie’s Different Corner 2/7/18

by: Carrie A. Blakley

We all have our little quirks, and habits, and oddities. That’s what makes us unique. What makes us special, and sets us apart from everyone else. That being said, we’re also extremely similar. Probably more than we all would care to admit to. Remember last week, when I was mentioning that random catch-all drawer/chair/closet? That applies to every single person. Humans are quick to judge each other for what they consider to be ‘strange behavior’. We all know there is a fine line between ‘strange behavior’ and ‘straight jacket material’. Take, for example, tastes in music. There is music out there for everyone to enjoy. Some people like country music. Some people enjoy hip hop. Others may enjoy pop, or opera, or earth music. Whatever you enjoy, there is a genre of music somewhere on this planet that will appeal to you. As for myself, my taste in music ranges from Mozart to Metal.

The idea is that you learn to enjoy your own individuality for what it is. It’s perfectly OK to be different. It’s also OK to give credit where it’s due. You may not like a certain person, but certainly not everything about that person is something to dislike. Sure, you may not like their personality, or the fact that they behave in a certain manner. But, guess what? That person probably enjoys the same music you do. That person may really enjoy some of the same hobbies you enjoy. There is always a common ground to be found. Sometimes you may have to dig a bit to find that commonality, but I promise you, it’s there.

Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t marry someone of your own gender. Don’t like swearing? Don’t swear. Don’t like politics? Don’t engage in the topic. Don’t like rap music? Don’t listen to it. It really is that simple. Do what you enjoy. Do what makes you happy. As long as you’re not hurting yourself, or others around you, who cares what makes you happy? It’s no one’s business but your own. So, go out there and be happy. Enjoy your life. Listen to your favorite music. Wear those crazy socks. Enjoy your life. After all, it’s the only one you have, may as well make the best of it, right? Remember, you’re unique. Just like everyone else.

Reject the Reckless 2/7/18

Poor posture: Trump’s nuclear doctrine resumes Cold War
by Robert F. Dodge, M.D.

Robert Dodge

While elected officials of our increasingly dysfunctional democracy debated “memogate,” the world became more dangerous as Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review was officially released on Friday, February 2. Ignoring scientific studies of the past decade and growing global sentiment by the world’s non-nuclear states to abolish nuclear weapons, with this announcement the new arms race begins and the Cold War resumes.

Scientific studies have demonstrated the potential catastrophic global environmental effects following a limited regional nuclear war, using just 100 12-kiloton Hiroshima-size weapons (of the 16,300 in the arsenals of the nine nuclear nations, which is approximately one-half of just one percent) that would potentially kill two billion people.

This new Doctrine proposes the development of two new generations of nuclear weapons including “low-yield nukes,” Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) and the long-term development of Submarine Launched Cruise Missiles (SLCM). These “low-yield nukes” are 20 kt—same as the larger Nagasaki size bombs that killed more than 70,000 people. Seemingly ignoring the fact that nuclear weapons are nuclear weapons regardless of size with the same horrific initial devastation and radioactive fallout, these weapons are proposed to demonstrate America’s resolve in deterring nuclear attack.

In fact this circular argument of smaller nuclear weapons being a greater deterrence actually increases the likelihood of their use. This further promotes the mythology of deterrence which actually drives all nine nuclear states to follow suit. Coupled with the Trump Doctrine’s new non-nuclear circumstances under which nuclear attack would be launched, such as certain cyberattacks, the risk of nuclear war is dramatically increased, bringing the imminent threat of nuclear war to the center of US military policy and foreign policy. This fact was also acknowledged in the recent Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ movement of their nuclear Doomsday clock to two minutes till midnight, the closest since World War II.

Unless we reject this reckless Trump Doctrine and the false notion that nuclear weapons make us safe we all become complicit with Trump and therefore support his vision of a desolate irradiated future. Trump’s ideas erase rationality and move blind luck to the center of US security policy.

This is a reality that does not have to be. This irresponsible doctrine, which breaches the United States obligation to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, requires congressional funding. Estimates place additional funds up to $50 billion per year over the next 20 years for the new arms race. We must demand that these funds that would be taken from the pressing needs of our nation such as healthcare, education and infrastructure not be spent on these suicidal weapons.

We must demand this change now. Each of us has a role to play. We can encourage our communities, legislatures and cities to endorse the multi organization “Back From the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War Resolution” that is spreading across our nation. We can also make sure that our money is not going to support institutions and companies that build, develop and fund nuclear weapons by divesting using the Don’t Bank On The Bomb website.

We must celebrate those nations that have been working to ratify and bring forth the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and celebrate the day when their efforts will have eliminated nuclear weapons entirely. The choice is ours. Silence implies consent.

Robert F. Dodge, M.D., is a practicing family physician and writes for PeaceVoice. He is co-chair of Physicians for Social Responsibility National Security Committee and the President of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles.

Scary News 2/2/18

Los Angeles – California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement in reaction to the release of the Nunes Memo attacking the FBI:

“Trump’s decision to release the Nunes Memo is a page right out of the tinpot dictator handbook. This is an open declaration of war on the FBI and the rule of law. Nunes and Trump are lashing out like guilty men who know investigators are inching closer and closer to exposing their crimes. Devin Nunes must be held to account for his dangerous smear campaign against the FBI. We echo the calls for him to be replaced on the Intelligence Committee. Democrats must be ready to resist even worse actions by Trump to subvert and obstruct justice.”


“That’s it?” former FBI chief James Comey tweeted Friday afternoon following the release of a GOP-authored memo accusing the FBI and DOJ of abusing their surveillance powers. “Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs,” he added. The memo was released at President Trump’s behest, despite objections and concerns from both the FBI and DOJ over inaccuracies and potential risk it could have posed to national security. Comey was infamously fired by President Trump early last year amid a probe into alleged Russian collusion with Trump campaign officials.

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