The Downieville Downhill/Classic Bike Race is going on as we speak. I feel sorry for the riders as the smoke from the Chips Fire is bothersome just walking so I imagine struggling up and down the race course must be more difficult than normally. Meanwhile be careful, we are in a red flag warning Fire Red Flag. Be aware and alert for potential careless activity with any source of ignition.
A great new website has been put up by Paul Douville for the Western Sierra Residential Center aka Senior Center. Check it out. Downieville Seniors .
8/1/12 Time sure flies when you’re having fun, at least that is how the saying goes. This summer has been busy and it ain’t all been fun. This week’s edition has some good news and some bad news and some good for some, but not for others news. We have the usual of course, Gabby , Cooter, Java , Jerusha and The Fringe brings Part IV of the thoughtful “Our Like It Or Not Life”.
A meaningful letter from Frank and Bette Jo Lang Lang Letter talks about past and future of the Western Sierra Medical Clinic. Members of the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office are playing football for a good cause Cops Battle. There are new pictures in Sierra Hiker and from From the Bench . We have lost some dear friends recently and we will miss them Loss of Friends
And then there are the bike races in Downieville Aug 3-5 see here for road closures and other links Downieville Classic. Big Springs just north of Sierra City got some television coverage this week on Fox 40 go see the video at Big Springs .
A discussion from the field of conflict in Afghanistan, Peace Page by Kathy Kelly, Chicago, the most seasoned U.S. peace journalist who writes routinely from hot conflict zones (Central America in the 1980s, Iraq and the Balkans in the 1990s, Baghdad during Shock and Awe, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan for years). She is unique, taking no armed protection, working with locals. This new piece with her local partner, Hakim, brings the reader into the midst of an indigenous Afghan effort to create positive peace–that is, peace and justice by peaceable means. It is a compelling and groundtruthing observation of Afghans seeking a new way out of the spirals of pain.
A new page, Guest Commentary features an essay by Michael Minch a teacher at Utah Valley University.
Words of Wisdom: Time is your most valuable asset. Don’t waste time on things that don’t matter. Unless, of course, you are reading the Sierra County Prospect that’s a reasonable thing to waste time on.
Look at Downieville Visitors and see who we found in town today.
News FLASH – see Biomass Powerplant Grant Loyalton
Today is July 26 and I am now posting the July 25th edition. Everyone in western Sierra County knows we were without internet yesterday. Evidently a logging crew tangled with some of the important wires that allow the world wide web to be viewed via DSL in Downieville and those ATT customers went through a 24 hr withdrawal. Seems like it was a reminder of how tied we are or are not to our computers. Whereas some internet nuts were seen sweating and biting fingernails others looked around, spent more time outdoors and smelled the pine trees, watched the Osprey and geese fly through Downieville and talked to each other in living color. It was nice and a reminder we will survive no matter what.
Meanwhile be sure to check out the updates this week. The Bench gives an update on town happenings. A new FRINGE Part 3 of an indepth report, well worth the read, makes you think a lot, it is good to think. Check out COOTER who appears to not be thinking this week, then there is his friend JAVA who thinks too much. Questions? ask Jerusha . A Loyalton High School reunion at 1987 Loyalton HS Class . And of course don’t forget Gabby who likes her feet bare. Check out the TNF report at TNF fires .
Getting into thoughts from the outside world check out Michael Moore, Author & Documentarian and if you want more thoughts go to Peace Page. The Libertarian Party has organized in Plumas County Libertarians . More heavy stuff on Analysis of Violence .
Keep those cards and letters coming, it helps to know what you read and what else you would like to see in the Prospect. If you would like to participate on a regular basis we are happy to add your news and views. email@example.com
7/21/12 There are two new posts on the Peace Page in response to the shootings in Colorado. The first is from renowned non violence advocate Professor emeritus Michael Nagler of U.C. Berkeley Michael Nagler Homepage and the second is from our regular Peace Page contributor Tom Hastings. These are thoughtful and important ideas of how this happens and what we can do to change this violent direction.
And on a lighter note, if you want to get away for a quiet hike and some introspective you might try this suggestion Hikes.
7/20/12 Well, we have had our first reported rattlesnake encounter this summer resulting in a helicopter ride to a medical facility with anti-venom. The origin of the encounter with a rattlesnake was along the river hiking trail just south of Sierra City. There have been reports of rattlesnake sightings ( 4 to be exact) within the townsite of Downieville too, one rattlesnake lost its’ life due to being to close to kids, dwellings and a swimming hole. So be alert and be careful and know what to do by reading this.
by Don Yegge
July 19, 2012 at about 10:30am Sierra County lost one of it’s finest. Ken Alexander died this morning at Renown Hospital in Reno after a long battle with cancer and pulmonary emphysema. Judge Alexander was elected Justice Court Judge twice and elected twice as Sheriff of Sierra County. Born in Roosevelt, Oklahoma, Ken moved to Loyalton with his parents and two sisters when he was 6 years old. He attended K through 12 grades in Loyalton, and served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. He married his teenage sweetheart, Elsie (Kubaiko) Alexander on July 10, 1950 and raised nine children in Loyalton. Ken was a caring husband, a great father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and true friend to many. Ken was my father-in-law and my best friend for over 30 years. He will be missed by all that knew him. Services will be held Tuesday, July 24 at 11 a.m. at the Loyalton Community Church on Lewis Ave in Loyalton.
This week we are suggesting you wait until the Thursday edition of the Mountain Messenger to read about the doings at the Sierra County Board of Supervisors. I believe the editor, Don Russell, will deliver an accurate and lively report of the whatever may have happened in Loyalton. Meanwhile, while you are waiting for the newspaper to be delivered spend some time reading what is new on the Prospect. Check out the Tennis Kids, Cooter, the District Attorney report, Entertainment at Cocina Del Oro in Downieville, Java, a new columnist “Miss Snarky” joins us and of course The Fringe has indept Part II of Agenda 21 plus an open letter to President Obama. Our local Doc Scott Kellerman is in the running in a contest so be sure to Vote early and often for Scott. This week’s picture is a reminder of what’s to come, maybe, hopefully in the winter. It is Packer Lake Lodge in the late 1920’s posted by Jim Yeoman on “You know you’re from Sierra County if you remember” Facebook page, if you been there, go visit, some fabulous old photos and comments from past and present SC residents. Don’t forget to leave your comments on the pages and you may also write to Editor@sierracountyprospect.org or if you need advice write to Jerusha@sierracountyprospect.org
7/12/12 Check in above on the New News 7/12/12 and the State Fair Award for an update on happenings today. If you would like to be notified of any updates please sign in on right side of the home page for automatic notices. For fire updates go to www.yubanet.com for current information.
July 12 – The photo above shows a visitor to the Pangman Picnic Site on the Downie River. Today we have posted quite a bit of new information. Check in to the above captions, Mining News, The Dragon Speaks, Yuba Theatre, Senior Town Hall, Depression, Ask Jerusha, Cooter, Java, and Gabby serves some recipes. The Fringe begins a thoughtful, informative four page analysis of stuff we need to know. This week I’ve added a new page The Peace Page, it is another thought provoking page that will be embraced by some and enrage others, but it is a discussion we should never give up on until there is world peace or as close as we humans can achieve to being peaceful.
July 4 – OOPS… I inadvertently meandered through some poison oak and forgot to update The Fringe, it is now updated, sorry Laurenc
July 3, 2012 Tomorrow is our country’s birthday and I have posted the Wednesday edition early. Click on links above to read new Gabby, Java, Cooter, Jerusha, Life Stories and July 4 News – Board of Supervisors. Find out what really happened with Jim in Letters to the Editor. Have a good 4th, have fun, be careful and drive sober and carefully.
Link to article at Sac Bee
I have sympathy for the victim but I have to say in almost 200 years and only 15 attacks they have more to fear from us than we them.