Blood Runs Cold 11/29/17

Turkeys in the White House  by Tom H. Hastings

Tom Hastings

Satire in the Time of Trump is becoming really tricky. Just when a satirist believes s/he has the kernel of a silly or outrageous extrapolative idea, this administration jumps in front of it and even outdoes it. From Saturday Night Live to stand-up comics to the Onion to Andy Borowitz, it’s getting dicier by the day.

For instance, I was chuckling grimly to myself as Thanksgiving approached, creating an SNL bit in my mind where Trump overturns the pardons of last year’s turkeys by Obama. Hahaha, I thought, that would spoof Trump’s outrageous assaults on all that is decent in health care and environmental protection that Obama did via Presidential Findings.

Then Trump actually said that he tried to overturn Obama’s pardons for last year’s turkeys. Trump thought that was darn funny. My blood ran cold. This man’s sense of humor must have been surgically implanted by a really stupid robot improperly programed in a middle school shop class. This is a fellow who believes his wit is the height of caps when he calls a foreign head of state short and fat or yuks it up with cops about brutality.

I’m American, approximately Trump’s age and I’m a white guy so I’m feeling embarrassed and apologetic when I’m not feeling apoplectic at the snake pit into which we’ve cast ourselves. The Deadbeat Prez. It’s so rampant the makers of Embarrassmints cannot keep them in stock.

Hurry, Mueller, please. Bring charges, snip the Putin Puppet strings, and strip this sorry excuse for a public figure of all title, wealth, power and comfort. Can you manage? Will my $5 donation help? I could do $10 if you could jam on the gas. I know my annual donations to worthy causes aren’t enough but on a percent basis I am confident they overtop Trump’s. You can have some of my zip ties; they make great handcuffs.

We’ve seen this country sink faster than a granite block in water and there is no bottom in sight. I have a friend who is one of the world’s top climate scientists and he is trying to convince us all to get busy. I have another friend—two friends, actually, who are heading to prisons for nonviolent resistance to climate chaos greatly exacerbated by the astonishingly poor decisions and inept presidential orders we have seen launching off the Oval Office desk.

He fails to understand rudimentary science, basic morals, honesty, simple ethics, decent planning for the future of our nation, and all-around civility. Who raised this cringeworthy one? Does he have a daily quota of groups and individuals he intends to offend?

It’s all I want for Christmas. Make us all grateful. Bring down this failed and dangerous administration. Quickly. His fingers may be tiny but they have been in all the wrong places and cannot get near the nuclear football.

Dr. Tom H. Hastings is a scholar of civil resistance and PeaceVoice Director.

Miss Jody Thanks 11/29/17

Dear Editor;
The Miss Jody Community Thanksgiving Dinner was once again a joyous event with residents and visitors to western Sierra County joining together to enjoy each other’s company, eat scrumptiously and help support the Western Sierra Food Bank. Special thanks must be given to Larry Breed for providing supplies from the Sierra Country Store in Sierra City, Cassie Brandon at the Downieville Grocery Store, Cindy McCreary at Sierra Hardware, Anne Hutchison, David Hutchison, Susan Hopkins & family, Suzanne Smith and Klaesy, Bill and Cheryl Pangman, Patty McDermott, Doris Carpenter, Jason Castle, Bob Burns, Nancy Carnahan, Conrad McCauley, Paul Guffin, Lee Adams, and Drew Fisher so many people cook turkeys, make desserts, peel potatoes, mash potatoes, make gravy and stuffing and donate money,. I know I have left out names of some critical volunteers, but you are treasured and appreciated and it is my fault cause I’m old and feeble, thank you all so much. Someone who deserves special thanks is Clancy, she is always there to do whatever needs to be done, she has more energy and goodwill… what would we do without Clancy… thank you Clancy for all you do for many many of us people. We appreciate you.
Sincerely, the Miss Jody Crew
Downieville Lions Club
United Methodist Church
Immaculate Conception Church
Assembly of God Church

Weekly Warrior by Hunter Davey & Robert Baker 11/29/17


Downieville School had its first basketball game on Tuesday, November 24th against Loyalton JV. Only the Downieville freshman and sophomores played and won 43-41. They will have a rematch on Tuesday the 28th in Loyalton.
Last Wednesday, November 22nd, the Downieville high school students held a Thanksgiving potluck. There was turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing and “thankful” biscuits. Everyone who attended enjoyed themselves. We would also like to remind everyone that there are only 3 more weeks till Christmas vacation.
In Mrs. Fillo’s college readiness 7/8th grade class the students are studying CSU’s and making banners for the different schools.
In Mr. Boli’s 7/8 grade history class they are studying the amendments and the Constitution and in his 9/10 grade class they are studying the Enlightenment period.
Ms. Bolle’s Technology class is putting together a grant so they can get green screen equipment to make videos and other theatrical productions
We would like to give a big “thank you” to Fredrick Penney and Associates for inviting the Downieville staff to be guests to watch the Sacramento Kings play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, November 17th. The teachers were treated to box seats in the company suite and enjoyed good food and company and a great game! The Kings won!
On Veteran’s Day Mrs. Bosworth’s K-3rd grade class made thank you letters to veterans and gave them to Hillary Lozano who delivered them to the Veteran’s Day Luncheon. The 1st graders in that class are learning about subtraction; 2nd grade is learning about fact families; and 3rd grade is learning about multiplication. They have also made Christmas ornaments for the tree that is downtown. In addition the class has started practicing for their annual Holiday on Main performance.
Ms. Maire’s class is practicing intensively on their performance “The Christmas Carol” which is showing on Saturday, December 2nd at 5:00pm in the Yuba Theatre
Announcements: The Holiday on Main performances at the Yuba Theatre and Bake Goods Auction, which benefits the Artists in School program, will be held this Saturday, December 2. Don’t miss it!!
Downieville School has just finished the first trimester of the school year and would like to wish everyone happy holidays.

CalTrans Alert 11/29/17

Caltrans Schedules Closures of Area Highways for Sign Installation
Overhead signs to be replaced on Interstate 80 and Highway 50

MARYSVILLE – Caltrans is alerting motorists that lane and highway closures on area freeways will be required to replace three overhead changeable message signs with new “Advanced Variable Message Signs” or AVMS. The new signs will be installed in the following locations:
§ Interstate 80 westbound – Truckee – Donner Pass Road/Hwy 89
§ Interstate 80 westbound – Davis – Pole Line Road bridge
§ U.S. Highway 50 eastbound – El Dorado Hills – Latrobe Road

Lane closures with one lane open will occur in all three locations from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. with full highway closures occuring for brief periods during that time as structures supporting the signs are lowered, the new signs installed and the sign structure returned to its former position. The full freeway closures are scheduled for:
~ Midnight Tuesday through 4 a.m. Wednesday on westbound Interstate 80 in Truckee between Hwy 89 and the Donner Pass Road
~ 10 p.m. December 3 to 2 a.m. December 4 on westbound Interstate 80 in Davis between Mace Boulevard and Richards Boulevard
~ Midnight December 4 to 4 a.m. December 5 on eastbound U.S. Highway 50 in El Dorado Hills just east of the interchange with Latrobe Road.

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead for delays or use alternate routes. California Highway Patrol officers will be escorting traffic through the full closures using rolling blocks of traffic with full closures anticipated to be less than 30 minutes.

The new AVMS signs have increased energy efficiency, offer more options for messaging and offer higher visibility to provide motorists with real-time information for safe and efficient travel.

Check out Caltrans’ “QuickMap” for current road conditions at or download the QuickMap app on iTunes or Google Play. Motorists also can use the California Highway Information Network automated phone service by calling 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

Recycling in Truckee 11/29/17

Community: New, Sustainable Trash & Recycling Services Coming to Town of Truckee

Our friends in Recycling wanted us to share with you that the Town of Truckee is excited to announce upcoming improvements to trash and recycling services. The Town’s current solid waste agreement with Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal (TTSD) expires June 30, 2018. Town staff conducted thoughtful negotiations with TTSD and received community input to draft a new 10-year agreement that Town Council will consider at the Council Meeting on December 12th. The new agreement includes significant changes to residential and commercial services. These changes reflect Town Council’s direction to promote sustainable practices including community and Council requests to reduce the use of plastic bags. The Town encourages residents, business owners, and property owners to attend the Council Meeting and future engagement opportunities to learn about and comment on the proposed enhanced services.

New Residential Services

The largest service changes for Truckee residents will be the roll-out of containerized recyclable and yard trimming collection. Each household will receive a 64-gallon wheeled blue cart for all recyclables and a 96-gallon wheeled green cart for all yard waste.

Recyclables and yard waste will be picked up curbside on alternating weeks. Residents have the option to opt out of recycling carts and continue to use blue bags. There is, however, no opt out option for yard waste; all residents must use green carts as green bags will no longer be accepted after June 30, 2018. The new services will also expand existing dumpster and drop-off services for yard waste. Other notable service changes include two new locations for recycling drop-off during the summer months and two free pickups of large items per year.

These changes will reach residents over the next three years. All Truckee residents will receive yard waste carts in June 2018 for use beginning July 1. The Glenshire neighborhood will receive recyclables carts in September and begin with the new recycling service changes on October 1, 2018. Remaining Truckee neighborhoods excluding Tahoe-Donner will start using blue carts in 2019. Tahoe-Donner residents will begin the new program in 2020.

All residents will continue to use their current trash cans for mixed waste materials.

Service selection notifications will be sent to all Truckee residents in the spring. The default yard waste service for residents will be one cart. Residents can choose to opt out or receive up to three 96-gallon carts.
New Commercial Services

Commercial customers will receive wildlife-resistant food waste carts that will be serviced up to three times a week. These carts will provide more efficient collection of food waste than the current yellow bag program. Businesses will also receive carts for recyclables. Both of these programs will comply with California’s state mandated waste collection rules.

Commercial trash bins 3-yards or larger will be serviced up to five times a week. Small commercial customers may utilize hauler provided mixed-waste carts. A new town staff member has been hired to provide technical assistance for businesses.
Town Council Meeting

The new franchise agreement with TTSD will be presented to Town Council at their meeting December 12, 2017 at 6:00pm. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the improved service changes and provide public comment. The new rate structures for residential and commercial services will also be included in the Town Council agenda package. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to provide public comment, email the Town Clerk, Judy Price, at The Town will hold training programs for both businesses and residents in 2018.

CA Says No to Fee Raise 11/29/17

California moves to block national park fee increases

Vann New Director 11/29/17

Trump Administration Appoints Kim Dolbow Vann to Serve as State Director for USDA Rural Development in California

Kim Dolbow Vann

The Trump Administration recently appointed Kim Dolbow Vann as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in California. Dolbow Vann began her new role on Nov. 27, 2017.

“California’s rural communities are the backbone of our state’s thriving, diverse agriculture industry that helps feed the world, yet they often lack economic development opportunities,” said Dolbow Vann. “I am honored and humbled to serve in this position, and will work hard to ensure rural communities, and the families, businesses and farms that call them home, have the resources they need to succeed.”

Dolbow Vann brings more than 20 years of experience and dedication to economic development and the improvement of rural life. Most recently, Dolbow Vann spent eleven years as a Colusa County Supervisor representing the first district. During her tenure she served as the chair of Rural Counties Representatives of California, and led the charge on all federal and state issues that affect rural counties. In addition, for the past two years Dolbow Vann served as the chair of Sites Reservoir Joint Powers Authority, leading the new public private partnership in creating an above-ground water storage facility in rural Colusa County.

As State Director, Dolbow Vann will use her leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural California.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

On The Shelf by Paul 11/29/17

Issue 2017 – 13
What’s New in the Library
Several books, new to the library, have arrived on our shelves, and are just waiting for someone to come check them out and read them. Here they are:

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach
The Trouble with Tom, by Eunice Banks (local author)
Destroyer Angel & Boar Island, by Nevada Barr (books #14 & 15 in the Anna Pigeon series)
The Fountains of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke
Diana’s Altar, by Barbara Cleverly (book #13 in the Joe Sandilands series)
The Empty Throne, Warriors of the Storm, & The Flame Bearer, byBernard Cornwell (books #8-10 in the Last Kingdom series)
Plum Spooky, by Janet Evanovich (book #14.5 in the Numbers series)
The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
The Jericho Pact, by Rachel Lee
Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel (book #2 in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy; winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize)
The Bees, by Laline Paull
Glass Houses, by Louise Penny (book #13 in the Armand Gamache series)
Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan
The Puffin of Death, by Betty Webb (book #4 in the Gunn Zoo series)
In This Grave Hour, by Jacqueline Winspear (book #13 in the Maisie Dobbs series)

The Black Door, by Richard Aldrich & Rory Cormac
Morning in the Burned House, by Margaret Atwood (poetry)
The Day After Roswell, by Philip J. Corso
Backyard Bandits, by David D. Oliphant, Jr.
The Book of Love, by Rumi (poetry)
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
The Same River Twice, by Alice Walker

Audio books (CD):
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
The American Heiress, by Daisy Goodwin
Why We Suck, by Denis Leary
Destiny of the Republic, by Candice Millard
Guilty Wives, by James Patterson
Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, by Ted Sorenson
Numbers, by Rachel Ward

Audio books (cassette):
Hornet Flight, by Ken Follett
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

The easiest way to find the books that are new to the library is to go to the shelf directly in front of you when you come in the door. Audio books are shelved on your left, as you enter the library. Of course, we encourage you to browse your way through the entire library. Whoever is on duty at the time will be glad to give you the complete “library tour” (it only takes about five minutes, since we are a small library — but with a big heart).

Carol’s Movies 11/29/17

Wonder  –  Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Director: Stephen ChboskyWriters Stephen Chbosky (screenplay by), Steve Conrad  Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic

Carol Marshall

Carol Says: The other day Gay , Molly’s mother-in-law , and I took all four grandchildren (our mutual plus my Mason and Tanner )to see the movie “Wonder”. It is wonderful! Take Kleenx.

It is about a boy who was born with a facial deformity and has always been home schooled. He is now taking the big step to start public school and dealing with the reaction of his classmates.

The acting is supurb by everyone in this movie. It is like the script was written for these actors. There are happy moments which bring on the tears, and the hard moments that August goes through (that bring on the tears). The movie is written in the perspective of August, his sister Via, and their friend Miranda.

I also think that young children can see this movie . I have not determined how young, but what a movie.

All four grandchildren looked at Gay and me after the movie, And they were just beaming. They loved it. And they said they also cried throughout it. They were not so much tears of sadness, but of empathy and happiness and the trials this little boy went through. We all left very very happy.

Carrie’s Weather Cow Corner 11/29/17

by: Carrie A. Blakley

Oh the weather outside is getting frightful, and the nights aren’t that delightful, and since we’re going to get snow, let it go, let it go, let it go! Seriously, if I have to listen to one more person on the news try to explain to folks living in snow country, that there’s ‘soooo much snow’ out there, and frost, and ice, and freezing rain, and…well, you get the idea…I’m just going to snap. To the dear, obviously innocent, meteorologists out there in our world, please stop trying to tell us what our weather is going to be like. In this county alone, we’ve got at least 10 different weather patterns going on, and that’s just on one side of the county. In any given town, there could be another 5 patterns, and throughout the entire county, upwards of 20. So please, it’s cold. It’s late November. Obviously, at some point, there’s going to be snow, and frost, and ice, and freezing rain, rain, even some thunder…throw anything else in there, we got this. We’re a hardy people. Let’s face it, when you have a town that loses power, and the only thing they’re upset about is not being able to find the flashlight batteries (again), there’s not much anyone could throw at us that would cause us to go into an all out panic.

We ought to invite some of the meteorologists up to our area to spend a winter season with us. I kid you not, there have been plenty of times when I’ve looked out my back window, and it was snowing, and then walked out my front door, only to find that it was raining. It happens. That’s Sierra County for you. We take bonkers to a whole new level out here. If anyone takes a really close look at our Sheriff’s Blotter, well, that’s about as far as you have to look to understand that we’re probably one of the only counties in the nation where a cow ends up on the Sheriff’s weekly report as being a traffic hazard. I’m fairly certain that more animals end up in the weekly Sheriff’s Blotter, than people. So, when you think about it, cows in the road, random weather patterns all over the place, power outages being a normal occurrence, dogs singing us the songs of their people at 3am in the middle of the highway, and the local social media pages lighting up like Times Square every time it snows…yep, we’re bonkers. But, we’re good at it!

The weather isn’t going to get much better over the next few months, and we all know this. The power is going to go out at some point over the next few months, and we all know this as well. We’re coming in to the season that mother nature likes to just throw everything she’s got at us….and, once again, we’re going to look up at her and say: “Is that all you have?!”. She’ll take that as a challenge, and yet again, we’ll be prepared. We always are. Heck, most of us are prepared for Winter in by the middle of July. So, let’s be safe out there. Be smart. Don’t take chances, and get to, and from, your destinations in one piece. Enjoy the week!

Be Encouraged 11/29/17

by Angela Collier

Kudos to the young lad decked out in a sharp suit who delighted attendees at Downieville’s Miss Jodi’s Thanksgiving dinner as he played a lovely assortment of famous pieces on his violin! It is no small thing to stand in front of a group of folks and sing or play an instrument, so special thanks young chap for such a delightful, spot-on performance! It takes a certain set of nerves to perform in front of crowd, and it is not for the faint of heart. Strangely enough, while I do not fear public speaking, singing and playing on stage is a different story. It takes a lot of prayer, courage and sometimes a few sips of strong drink before the task.

A horrible childhood piano recital performance is always present when I sit on a piano bench on stage. It’s a struggle to get in the right frame of mind to play and sing in front of even my best friend, let alone strangers. Songwriting is my passion, and I prefer to be behind the scenes writing and in a recording studio, but I force myself to perform every once in awhile. Pastor Craig Groeschel said, “The pathway to your greatest potential is often times through your greatest fear.” Two shows ago, I wrote this down on an index card, folded it up and stuck it in my pocket right before I went on stage and sat on that piano bench. Picking up the ukulele back in 2016, I have absolutely fallen in love with that instrument. Some of the best stretches of time to practice and write music is during the summer months while at the playground watching my youngest child. The initial struggle in playing outside in that environment came in realizing how many mountain bikers passed by that would be hearing me play and sing. Course starting out, I really did not want to be heard by anyone.

One year later, many hours of practice were behind me, song after song was penned, confidence and proficiency had increased. I became accustomed to blocking out those passing by and staying in the moment, in my own world. Interestingly enough by the second summer, in continuing to push fear aside by playing and singing outside while kids trampled up and down jungle gym equipment, mountain bikers cruising past would holler out “sounds good!” Unexpected shouted compliments led to a further dilemma of either pausing and looking up to the biker to say thanks or simply playing through (Those who perform often, know all about pressing forward and playing through the good and the bad). With Thanksgiving come and gone and Christmas rapidly approaching, many kids will soon be participating in a variety of holiday performances. Some will actually enjoy getting on the stage, but many will dread the ordeal as much as the folks forced to sit and watch.

Throughout the holiday hustle and bustle, if you are invited to a show, especially to watch a young-in, remember to be kind. Sad it even needs to be stated, but stay off your phone and give the performance your full attention (so glad I don’t own a cell phone). Kids notice when they come second to a cell phone or any other gadget for that matter. After the show, choose words wisely. It is very easy to break a child’s spirit and confidence by tacky behavior and careless critiques. Encourage others this week to be the best they can be and use the talents God gave them! Live on purpose! Our time on earth is brief, make it count now and for all eternity! God is good! Always!

Wednesday November 22, 2017

Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and all through the holiday season for the rest of 2017, We want snow so there is water in the reservoir’s for next year and lots of people have fun in the snow.

This week we have some news, some columns Carrie’s Corner,  and some photos, it is a short front page rant because I am busy setting up for the Miss Jody Community Thanksgiving tomorrow at the Downieville Community Hall from 1pm to 4pm,  Free to all, donations are appreciated and it all benefits the Western Sierra Food Bank which provides food all year long for those who need a little assist and gives food baskets at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. So come enjoy a fresh cooked Thanksgiving meal and enjoy community, camaraderie and the thankfulness of living and visiting Sierra County.

The photo this week was out my kitchen window looking at the first river rise on the Downie River this year.

Brief World News 11/22/17

The Trump-Xi Meeting in Beijing, Very Briefly  – by Mel Gurtov

Donald Trump gave Xi Jinping endorsements; Xi gave him face. Trump heaped praise on Xi for being a strong leader; Xi said nothing in return. Trump announced US responsibility for the trade deficit; Xi did not contradict him. Trump will claim that China has agreed to remove barriers to the American financial sector in the Chinese market; but Xi’s promises aren’t ironclad. Trump lamented that the US is “so far behind” China, while Xi simply noted that the Pacific has room for both countries. Trump said nothing about human rights in China, letting Xi believe it’s no longer an American priority. Trump called on China for the upteenth time to strengthen sanctions on North Korea; Xi said nothing, and the Chinese press removed Trump’s comments. Trump will return home and say the trip was a huge success, while Xi will believe the home field advantage really works. In short, Trump emerged looking like a supplicant, whereas Xi came off looking like the head of a coequal great power.

Since politicians and media like to focus on winners and losers, is there any doubt how the Beijing 2017 summit will be remembered?

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

New Resource for Ranchers 11/22/17

Quincy, Calif. – November 15, 2017 –
University of California Cooperative Extension introduces a new resource for livestock producers and land managers in Northern California. Tracy Schohr, has assumed the role of UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor for Plumas, Sierra and Butte counties. In this role, she will conduct extension, education and applied research that will focus on livestock production and sustainable range and pasture management.

“I am excited to work with cattle ranchers and land managers across the three counties to address the most pressing issues in the region,” said Schohr. “An integral part of my position will be conducting research that can ensure the success of sustainable grazing and sharing that information with stakeholders in the region.”

Prior to joining UCCE, Schohr worked for the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, where she conducted research and outreach on working rangelands focused on irrigated pasture, mountain meadows, livestock predation, annual rangelands and invasive species. Schohr holds a master’s degree in Horticulture and Agronomy from UC Davis and a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business from California State University, Chico.

“The Sierra County Board of Supervisors are excited to join the Plumas County Board of Supervisors and UC Cooperative Extension to support this position,” said Paul Roen, Sierra County Supervisor for District 3 and Sierra Valley rancher. “Ms. Schohr will provide technical resources to livestock producers, collaborate with public land managers and conduct research that will improve the economic profitability of cattlemen in this region.”

Ranchers and land managers can contact Tracy Schohr at or in the UC Cooperative Extension Office in Quincy at 208 Fairground Road or (530) 283-6262.

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