Here We Are 9/19/12

This is the latest in the evening I’ve published, it’s been a busy week with lots of meetings, places to go and things to do. It seems everyone is in the throes of getting the last best time out of summer before heading into the long rainy, cold, snowy winter. Look at the Sierra Hiker for a taste of things to come.

I see other blog sites and the bloggers seem to have witty, clever things to say, I just feel relieved the work of putting up articles and columns is over and I can zone out and watch the last of Big Brother, yeh that’s right, I waste a couple hours a week watching these people… what is wrong with me… well the good news is, I can tivo the show and then fast forward to the competitions, veto, HOH and evictions without listening to every inane conversation. Of course early in the summer, you figure out the personalities and have ….. wait what is wrong with me… I’m rambling inanely, so go read the Prospect. see you next week, unless I think of something witty and wonderful to write about.

Summer Fades 9/12/12

9/12/12 It does seem like summer is over even though we have 10 more days till the official Fall arrival and it is so blessed hot.  Really looking forward to the rain…. and the snow, yes I love snow, can’t wait for it to snow, would be happy if it snowed all year round and will keep saying that right up to mid April, when I will wish for some warm weather and sunshine, hopefully it will be a good winter and I mean good by lots of rain, lots of snow and no flooding. The photo above may be the last summer flower shot by Laurenc.

This week has the usual updates of Cooter, Java, Jerusha, Gabby, the Fringe some new pages for school information, senior activities, the Calendar has some fun events coming up. I was especially impressed with the Peace Page article this week, author Winslow Myers makes a good point about conspiracies and how to distinguish what really matters in life. I hope you take the time to read it and clarify priorities.

Aren’t we tired of all the negative political advertising. Some of the candidates I will vote for engage in negative statements about the opposing candidate. Why waste your time saying bad things about the other guy, just tell me who you are, what your plan is, and if you’re running for President, show me your tax returns.  I want to vote for the best person who can do the job, not against someone but for someone.

Tom Dines Flies Almost

9/7/12 Our very own Hometown Hero Tom Dines of Sierra City almost flew with the US Airforce Thunderbirds in a F-16 Fighterjet today but the plane did not want to cooperate, see some great pictures taken by wife, Miriam getting ready and stay tuned as the flight will happen tomorrow. Flight of Tom

Sierra Valley News 9/6/12

9/6/12 Just put up a new page Sierra Valley News. SCP has a new valley correspondent news reporter, Ira Kane. Ira has many years experience in ferreting out news and information and we all can look forward to his reports. His first report is all about the Sierra Valley Bear. Stay tuned for more from Ira.

Wednesday September 5, 2012

9/5/12 Gadzooks, normally I just think about it being Wednesday, again, already, so soon? But for some reason when I wrote the headline ending with 2012, it suddenly hit me, by golly it is 2012, who would have ever thought in 1812 that 200 years later the Internet would exist.  Certainly not me or the native inhabitants of Sierra County. We think about Sierra County existing since 1849 but really no matter what the name of any area on the earth most of it existed well beyond any impact of we humans.

Meanwhile back to now, lots of new information and articles, just click on the link up above and  enjoy or get mad or gnash your teeth. Whatever, but keep reading and sending those cards and letters. Hope your Labor Day was fun, looking forward to this weekend, lots of happenings all over the County.

The gorgeous photo of the Sierra Valley is by Sierra City Photographer Mary Davey.

August 29, 2012 Issue

8/29/12 Here it is, almost Labor Day and the end of summer. We are all wondering what this winter will bring us. Some say when there are lots of fires we will have a heavy winter as the particulates in the atmosphere give substance to form little ice/rain drops. We can only hope. Last winter was pretty dry not much snow and the rivers are very low. We need rain and snow. There is barely a patch of snow glacier left on the Buttes, the least I have seen since 1986. This week we have lots of new items and everything new has the date 8/29/12 after it so check everything out. We love to get your feed back both bad and good. If we don’t know we’re doing something you don’t like, we can’t change it and if we do something you like, please let us know. Do I sound like I’m begging here? I am, I want your emails and feedback and I want to publish anything you would like to write. So enjoy this issue and have a really great Labor Day Weekend. Don’t forget to bid on those cakes at the auction on Sunday at Gold Rush Days in Downieville. You have a wheelbarrow? Get some sucker to ride in it (with a helmet) and win the wheelbarrow race. Replaces the donkey race and much more fun for all. See you there.

Beware Gold Miners 8/25/12

Nope this isn’t about the Clampers who have taken over Downieville, and I am trying to be positive about a possible little boost to the economy, but when you have a lot of drunken men in the street shouting obscenities it is difficult to keep smiling. This article is about the danger to California gold miners rushing to Alaska. go here: Toxic Gold Miners

Thinking about Alaska makes one think of snow and then thoughts go to skiing. For the latest in getting prepared for ski season, check this  Unofficial skiing .

Wednesday August 22, 2012 The Clampers are Arriving this Weekend…..

8/22/12Well here we are at Wednesday again. How does that keep happening? We have all the news that is fit to print. Mostly it focuses on the west side of the county. We would like to have a lot more from the east side. Someone out there must want to have the world know what is going on in your world. Send the information, press release or photos to editor@sierracountyprospect.org and we will put them up.

This week you can read about local and world issues, nothing about Prince Harry though. Look on the menu above for Cooter, Java, Jerusha, Board of Supes, Gabby, The Fringe, Cooter Pet Pals, You Bet Farms, Sierra City Gallery, Letters to Editor and the Mountain Messenger just a whole fountain of information plus a few laughs. The Clampers will be back this weekend for the annual Downieville Celebration , hosted by E Clampus Vitus 1849 Downie Chapter.

Mountain Messenger (real paper) News 5/8/13

5/8/13

Don Russell, Editor of the esteemed Mountain Messenger demonstrates his ability to gather news every week in the pages of California’s oldest weekly newspaper. He particularly likes the bi-monthly Sierra County Board of Supervisor’s meetings as then he has interesting stuff to write about. Most of the county’s tears, cheers, jeers and violence occur at these meetings otherwise life in the rural mountains are deadly dull and bereft of news.

Editor Don Russell gathers news at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Downieville. Supervisor Jim Beard and Auditor/Treasurer/Tax Collector/Risk Manager Van Maddox pretend to be working also.

5/8/13 Editor Don Russell gathers news at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Downieville. Supervisor Jim Beard and Auditor/Treasurer/Tax Collector/Risk Manager Van Maddox also pretend to be working.

Send anything you need published to Jill at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com  Of course you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill) or the machine. Keep jobs in Sierra County read the Mess.

For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Tell Don, you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

 

5/1/13  The Mountain Messenger, California’s Oldest Weekly Newspaper is run by Editor Don Russell, assisted by girl Friday Jill Tahija, who has no problem being overworked and underpaid, like many women today. However, Russell, being old school Journalist insists there be no harassment or mistreatment of his staff, he usually just does whatever Jill tells him. He also responds well to his better half, Irene, undoubtedly being afraid of being left alone with no one to care for him other than women waiting in the wings, but I digress. Be sure to subscribe and read the Mountain Messenger, if you can’t read the real paper newspaper has many other uses. It is well known that newspaper cleans windowglass to a sparkling deameanor, kinda like Don’s personality. The subscription form can be located below the latest photograph of Don at work. 

Tim Beals & Tim Holabird startled when Editor Don Russell stopped snoring during the meeting..

Tim Beals & Tim Holabird startled when Editor Don Russell suddenly stopped snoring during the meeting and spoke to them.

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4/24/13

In a feeble attempt to curry favor with law enforcement Editor Don Russell hopes Deputy Matt Boyd will notice his smile ....

4/24/13 In a feeble attempt to curry favor with law enforcement Editor Don Russell hopes Deputy Matt Boyd will notice his smile ….

Keep in mind, if you don’t like the paper contents you may write angry letters. Just address them to Don at  mtmess@cwo.com , Fortunately, for me, the Mess is only on paper you can’t find it online so that is why you are reading this…..

4/17/13

Where ever there is free food and something to gulp one may locate Editor Don Russell. His most recent foray into the public eye was at the WSMC welcoming BBQ for the “new Frank” aka Sarah Cantrell, FNP. Although he pretended to be there to cover the news, once again he spent time gabbing and hobnobbing and appeared to be doing little work. But then we all know that about Russell. He tells a good story.

Editor Don Russell yells at Paparazzi (freelance photographer who doggedly pursues celebrities to take candid pictures for sale to magazines and newspapers.)

Editor Don Russell yells at Paparazzi (freelance photographer who doggedly pursues celebrities to take candid pictures for sale to magazines and newspapers.) to stop following him….

Keep in mind, if you don’t like the paper contents you may write angry letters. Just address them to Don at  mtmess@cwo.com , Fortunately, for me, the Mess is only on paper you can’t find it online so that is why you are reading this…..

Send anything you need published toJill :  yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com  Of course you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, Jill or the machine. Keep jobs in Sierra County read the Mess.

For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Tell Don, you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

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4/10/13

Not a whole lot can be said about Don Russell, Editor of the Mountain Messenger. He  is loved by children and dogs. He has a few friends. Irene, his beloved, puts up with him. He goes to St. Charles Church often. He quit smoking, and his right hand office gal, Jill, is suffering because of it. He has a new knee and his hair is getting long again. Would someone please tell him it is time for a haircut, and remind him to start working on his autobiography.

A haircut, beard trim and new shirt would help Editor Don Russell both personally and professionally.

4/10/13 A haircut, beard trim and new shirt would help Editor Don Russell both personally and professionally.

Keep in mind, if you don’t like the paper contents you may write angry letters. Just address them to Don at  mtmess@cwo.com , Fortunately, for me, the Mess is only on paper you can’t find it online so that is why you are reading this…..

Send anything you need published toJill :  yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com  Of course you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, Jill or the machine. Keep jobs in Sierra County read the Mess.

For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Tell Don, you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

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4/3/13

This week the world famous April 1 edition of the Mountain Messenger will be published on Thursday, April 4. Often when the April Fool’s Day of the Mountain Messenger is published on April 1, there is confusion as to the stories and many wonder how Don Russell, the Editor, gained the information contained as a morsel of truth often lies within the facts. This week is bound to create a furor as it is published later than the 1st of April and many newspaper readers believe that last week’s issue was the April 1st issue as it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the fabled Fools Day issue and the mundane everyday run of the mill news issue mostly because of the entertainment routinely supplied by reading the Mess. At any rate if you don’t have a subscription order.. up now, because this issue will fly off the news racks. One edition of the April 1st Mountain Messenger recently fetched $1589 on Ebay, so don’t miss out on this valuable collector’s item.

Subscription form is below :

Mountain Man (note plaid shirt) Editor Don Russell stares at computer screen wondering how the Messenger appeared before him and what to do next...

Mountain Man (note plaid shirt) Editor Don Russell stares at computer screen wondering how the Messenger appeared before him and what to do next…

Keep in mind, if you don’t like the paper contents you may write angry letters. Just address them to Don at  mtmess@cwo.com ,  Fortunately, for me, the Mess is only on paper you can’t find it online so that is why you are reading this…..

Send anything you need published toJill :  yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com  Of course you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, Jill or the machine. Keep jobs in Sierra County read the Mess.

For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Tell Don, you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

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3/27/13

Recently Don Russell attended a Town Hall Meeting where Congressman Doug LaMalfa met with his constituents. Don acted very professionally and many in attendance considered him a real newspaper man. Those of us who know Don realize that although he is real, professional demeanor is a real stretch as those who don’t know who he is may just think he is off the street looking for a warm place to sit and maybe have a glass of milk or punch. At any rate, if you read the Mountain Messenger you will see he has a lively wit and is not intimidated or frightened of any subject. This is the man who once had a headline calling the Sheriff “Chicken S***” , but I digress, he was at a meeting and I was there too..

Don Russell attempts to convince Deputy Matt Boyd and Brad Dempster that he is on professional business at the Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Doug LaMalfa

3/27/13 Don Russell attempts to convince Deputy Matt Boyd and Brad Dempster that he is on professional business at the Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Keep in mind, if you don’t like the paper contents you may write angry letters. Just address them to Don at  mtmess@cwo.com , Fortunately, for me, the Mess is only on paper you can’t find it online so that is why you are reading this…..

Send anything you need published toJill :  yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com  Of course you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, Jill or the machine. Keep jobs in Sierra County read the Mess.

For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Tell Don, you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

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3/20/13

The Mountain Messenger is just one of those publications you have to read to believe and then you will not believe it. And rightly so- as the Editor Don Russell has a peculiar take on all things news. He has a unique way of then putting that take down on paper. He is known for many things, one of the biggest is the way he snarls on Wednesdays as he tries to fill up all that white space. Fortunately there is usually only Jill in the office while he is snarling although witnesses have attested others have approached and if they stand in a subservient manner without speaking or making eye contact until he acknowledges their presence he may border on civility for a moment. At any rate it is important to read the The Mountain Messenger and if you can afford a subscription to subscribe as it is read world wide, even in Ireland as you can see from this photo. The subcription form is below and be sure to tell Don you got it from www.sierracountyprospect.org.

Lou, Diane, Karen, Mary, Charles, Barbara and an unknown tourist read the Mountain Messenger in Ireland

Lou, Diane, Karen, Mary, Charles, Barbara and an unknown tourist read the Mountain Messenger in Ireland

Keep in mind, if you don’t like the paper contents you may write angry letters. Just address them to Don at  mtmess@cwo.com , Fortunately, for me, the Mess is only on paper you can’t find it online so that is why you are reading this…..

Send anything you need published toJill :  yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com  Of course you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, Jill or the machine. Keep jobs in Sierra County read the Mess.

For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Tell Don, you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

3/13/13 The Mountain Messenger – News in the Sierra

The Mountain Messenger, written and published in the little mountain town of Downieville is as rustic and charming as the surroundings. Don Russell, the Editor, and his Gal Friday, Jill Tahija, (who does everything except what Don does and no one knows what Don does), manage to publish this on real paper every week. You can buy it from a news stand anywhere in Sierra County and most of Nevada County or have it mailed to you by buying a subscription almost anywhere in the world (depending on the postage) but for sure anywhere in the USA, so fill out the subscription form below and subscribe as it is becoming difficult to think of things to say about Don every week here.. Do not think you are reading the Messenger online, you aren’t … the real thing is so much better… there is so much more,  they are such a good newspaper, you can’t compare it too… oh wait a minute, I mean…this, the sierracountyprospect.org is good too… but I’m talking about the stuff on paper… well anyway…

Don Russell, a little confused, believes the meeting was called by him and he attempts to conduct the Board of Supervisors meeting in a friendly manner.

3/13/13 Don Russell, a little confused, believes the meeting was called by him and he attempts to conduct the Board of Supervisors meeting in a friendly manner.

Keep in mind, if you don’t like the paper contents you may write angry letters. Just address them to Don at  mtmess@cwo.com , Fortunately, for me, the Mess is only on paper you can’t find it online so that is why you are reading this…..

Send anything you need published toJill :  yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com  Of course you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, Jill or the machine. Keep jobs in Sierra County read the Mess.

For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Tell Don, you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

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3/6/13 The Mountain Messenger – News in the Sierra

Don Russell, Editor of the Mountain Messenger has a reputation for printing the news fairly and accurately or unfairly and unaccurately depending on whom one may be asking.  Personally I believe that both statements are correct depending on what Don may be writing about. One thing is for sure, one never wonders what Don’s take on the situation is, although it is hard to tell what his political persuasion is as he may be all over the map when he votes. We are sure that he votes, because politicians curry his favor. Someday, Russell will write his autobiography in the style of Hunter S. Thompson and be world famous, now he just resembles Mark Twain. Not sure what this is about but just wanted to say a few words about Don.

Tim Holabird, who works for Congressman Doug LaMalfa wonders what Russell is writing and how he learned to use a computer.

3/6/13 Tim Holabird, who works for Congressman Doug LaMalfa wonders what Russell is writing and how he learned to use a computer.

California’s Oldest Weekly Newspaper,  subscribe to the Mountain Messenger so there will continue to be a historical record of Sierra County. The next best thing to carving words into stone is saving copies of the Mountain Messenger,  a skewed look at the world as we exist.. so order your subscription now. Subscription form is below.

Keep in mind, if you don’t like the paper contents you may write angry letters. Just address them to mtmess@cwo.com , Fortunately, for me, the Mess is only on paper you can’t find it online so that is why you are reading this…..

Jill ,seen here in one of the few pictures of her :
Jill's hair

Jill’s hair

stays in her office and does most of the work, so send anything you would like to say to Don or anything you need published to her :  yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com  Of course you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, Jill or the machine. Keep jobs in Sierra County read the Mess.

 

The Mountain Messenger – News in the Sierra

2/27/13

Many readers have wondered about Don Russell, Editor of the Mountain Messenger. His life has been a mystery and other than knowing he despises children,  attends church at St Charles, and tends to pick on the powerful, little has been public about his private doings. Recently a picture surfaced via one of his close cohorts, Mary Johnson the town resident shrink and tennis coach, which demonstrates there may be reasons he is so secretive. One can only speculate, was he really once a super model? Or maybe the ruler of a far away nation…. I don’t know, we may never know, we can only hope one day Sir Don will pen an autobiography titled, “My Life Up to and Including Sierra County and Beyond”, I will certainly read the reviews on Amazon, and print choice excerpts in SCP. I can hardly wait. If you feel the same, please write a letter or email to Don at mtnmess@cwo.com asking him to write his life story. Don’t mention this….

The Real Don

The Real Don

California’s Oldest Weekly Newspaper,  subscribe to the Mountain Messenger so there will continue to be a historical record of Sierra County. The next best thing to carving words into stone is saving copies of the Mountain Messenger,  a skewed look at the world as we exist.. so order your subscription now. Subscription form is below.

Keep in mind, if you don’t like the paper contents you may write angry letters. Just address them to mtmess@cwo.com , Fortunately, for me, the Mess is only on paper you can’t find it online so that is why you are reading this…..

Jill has denied any knowledge of Don’s prior life or the above picture and was not the one who surreptitiously got it into our hands. She just stays in her office and does most of the work, so send anything you would like to say to Don or anything you need published to her :  yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com  Of course you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, Jill or the machine. Keep jobs in Sierra County read the Mess.

For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Tell Don, you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect…..

Accidental Information 8/16/12

I forgot to share this yesterday when I posted SCP contents. I was reading The Fringe article, when I noticed in my news feed this article. Man shoots self in butt accidentally Although I am sure the people in the theatre were terrified at the sound of a gunshot, fortunatel, no one was killed and I did have to laugh. I’m sure the guy thought he was going to protect himself and others by carrying the gun, it is a blessing no one else pulled a gun to protect themselves from him after the shot.

I try to avoid my own personal prejudices when posting articles from other writers, but every now and then I feel the need to say something, so I wrote an Editor Comment about my view on weapons.

Wednesday August 15, 2012

Today is one of those days where you wonder, is it Wednesday? Did Monday and Tuesday already happen? Or, maybe, that is just me.  Meanwhile the news this week is slow except for the Chips Fire, the closest to Sierra County and The Lake County Fire which sent a lot of smoke our way. Fires We can only hope, everyone here stays fire smart and doesn’t accidentally start a fire, and we thank Yubanet.com for their up to date coverage of all fires affecting us.

So this week here are your favorites, just click on the links above to read: Frank Lang’s take on the Affordable Health Act, Ask Jerusha, Charles Ebbert turns 95, Cooter, Cooters Petpals, Gabby, Getting Ready to Ski, Java, a Sierra County Public Notice, the Sierra Hiker, TNF Lightning, the Dragon, We Lose Friends and we welcome Grady Foster and Connor White says Grady, “is soooo adorable.”  The 2012-13  Grand Jury members are picked. All the new stuff is dated 8/15/12. Have fun and keep those cards and letters coming.

The Header picture is courtesy of The Fringe, Laurenc Devita.

 

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