Jerusha 6/5/13

Volume V # 258

June 5, 2013

Dear Jerusha,sc004bb0b5

We are going to Graduation events this weekend and are wondering about gifts. Are you supposed to bring gifts to graduations? Some graduates sent actual invitations and then others didn’t but I was wondering what is the protocol for gift giving. What do you do about gifts?

Sincerely, Ralph Limstine, Sierra City


Dear Ralph:

Interesting you should ask that question as I just finished writing graduation cards with gifts this morning. I too, wondered about the graduates that didn’t actually send an invitation and yet I will be attending. It is very confusing. My rule of thumb is if you want to give a gift give it, if you don’t then don’t. I love giving gifts it is almost as much fun as getting gifts. At any rate what I do is accept any gift I get  graciously and appreciate it very much. You really should be asking your wife about this, she would know what to do. Unless of course you are not married and then take my advice as I am single and not married too. Well, Happy Graduation Day.

Sincerely, Jerusha

Do No Harm 6/5/13

Fracking: First, Do No Harm

Robert Dodge

Robert Dodge

By Robert Dodge

Our country is addicted to oil and gas. In recent years the technique of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, has gotten greater attention, both positive and negative. It is a Trojan horse, sold to us as a way to become energy independent, provide local jobs, and stimulate the economy. As an MD, I need to note that the disease, death and destruction of fracking outweighs its appeal.

Fracking is a process where a large amount of water is mixed with sand and/or chemicals that are then injected deep underground into rock formations, fracturing the geologic formations to release petroleum, natural gas, or other substances for extraction. With today’s technologies horizontal bores can be drilled for miles away from the well.

 While the precursor to modern fracking has gone on for decades, the potential health and environmental risks associated with today’s fracking methodologies are significant. Since federal laws have failed to prevent fracking pollution and groundwater contamination so severe that some rural wells are now producing flammable water that literally burns, states like Illinois have been faced with attempting to regulate it.

 Modern fracking across the country is so water-intensive it uses some seven billion gallons of water annually in just four western states—North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado—mixed with massive amounts of a “chemical cocktail,” many of which are known cancer-causing agents, in addition to other kidney, liver, neurologic and respiratory toxins. The industry has refused to provide the identity of many of these agents under a “trade secret” law, though studies have identified more than 600 chemicals used. This lack of transparency and inherent “trust us” attitude is suspect at best in an industry that has brought us oil spills, pipeline breaks, and environmental degradation with their associated health impacts the world over.

 This process is also premised on the assumption that there will be no cross-contamination of groundwater aquifers, demonstrably false. This assumes a leak-proof “plumbing” pipeline without mention of the potential for surface ground and air quality toxin contamination. It also fails to deal with the handling and detoxification of the millions of gallons of contaminated fracking water that result.

 This new fracking is happening around the country and currently is being planned for California’s rich underground petroleum deposits. The California  legislature is currently developing the oversight laws to regulate this industry. Senate Bill 4 authored by Sen. Fran Pavely passed the California Senate on Wednesday. Unfortunately this law does not protect the health and wellbeing of our citizens from the chemicals being used in fracking and even has the potential to gag physicians from revealing the impacts of fracking chemicals to their effected patients and consulting medical colleagues under threat of being sued by the oil and gas industry as their “trade secret” gets out. This gift to the oil and gas industry is unethical and forces physicians to break their Hippocratic oath. Yet this already is the law in states like Pennsylvania.

 When it comes to safeguarding the public health, anyone who has the potential to impact it would be well served to abide by the medical dictum of “first, do no harm.” As a family physician my responsibility is to protect the health of my patients and community. What is to be an acceptable risk for cancer and health risks of these toxins? Is it 1 in 10,000, 1 in 100,000? Who will decide? The oil and gas industry? In addressing incurable illnesses it is better to prevent what we cannot cure.

 At the same time that we pursue fracking, our efforts are diverted from the bigger picture and the more pressing need to move away from our dependency on fossil fuel and toward the development of renewable forms of energy. Scientists tell us that of the existing carbon-based fuel in oil, gas and coal global reserves we can only consume ~20% before we reach the tipping point for catastrophic climate change and its resultant health implications. Without shifting the paradigm in energy sourcing, it is not a question of energy independence or whose fracking project is more favorable but more realistically a question of whose match will light the final fuse.

 We have a limited time to get ahead of this process and work for real solutions to our energy needs while simultaneously protecting our health and environment. This is a time for the people to lead and the leaders to follow.

Robert F. Dodge, M.D., serves on the boards of the Nuclear Age Peace FoundationBeyond WarPhysicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles, and Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions, and writes for PeaceVoice.


Downieville Class of 2013 Graduates 6/5/13


The Downieville Senior Class of 2013 will be presented with their diplomas Saturday, June 8 at 12 noon. Principal of Downieville Schools Derek Cooper will welcome friends and family after the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. The Guest Speaker is Cheryl Durrett. Mr. Cooper will introduce Valedictorian Marie Ellsworth and then Hannah Ford will present the Class History.

The Class of 2013 will give their personal thanks to their families Cheryl Durrett and David Pittman, Rushell and Leslie Baker, Paula Hester, Jerry and Belinda Ellsworth and Shelly and Dean Fischer.

They thank Mr. Hardeman, Mr. Cooper. Mrs. Mongola, Suzi Pangman, Mr. Corcoran, Mr. & Mrs. Fillo, Mr. Perry, Miss Schofield, Mrs. Schofield, Mrs. Salva, Cathy Stewart, Peggy Daigle, Kathy Fischer, Cheryl Durrett, Cracker Eshleman, Tom Schumann, Greg & Docia Bostrom, Barbara Weaver, Laurie Marsh and Miss Wanless. The Senior Class appreciates the generosity and continued support of the entire community of Sierra County.

This year the Class of 2013 paid for the beautiful planter boxes at the bottom of the school hill, for Riata Hester’s senior project.

the  Scholarships and Awards (listed below Class Photos) will be presented.

Brandon McDermid

Brandon McDermid


Riata Hester

Riata Hester


Marie Ellsworth

Marie Ellsworth


Hannah Ford

Hannah Ford

Leslie Baker

Leslie Baker


Barbara Marshall Memorial Award presented by Mason and Tanner Pangman

Downieville Sports Booster Club presented by Michelle Anderson

E. Clampus Vitus  presented by Bob Gray

CSF Award presented by Lynn Fillo

Downieville Fire Department presented by Chief Lee Brown

Skiers Hikers for Outdoor Enjoyment presented by Gerry Gates

Mountain Star Quilters presented by Bette Jo Lang

Assembly of God Award presented by Hillary Lozano

Folsom Family Award presented by Earlene Folsom

Snowbusters presented by Lynn Fillo

AVID Award presented by Lynn Fillo

Class of 1963 Award presented by Karen Galan

Downieville Lion’s Club Award presented by Mike Galan

Sierra City Fire Auxiliary Award presented by

Sierra County Employee’s Association presented by Bryan Davey





Fringe Says No News For You! 6/5/13

The News that Tells us Nothingfringe logo

Thomas Jefferson was a visionary, and like many visionaries, was poor at actualizing his own vision.  He wasn’t a great president by many measures, and violated his own words many times.  Even so, Jefferson borrowed and synthesized many humanist and progressive ideas, and gave us some significant political insights.

One was the power of the press. Jefferson is credited with some very contradictory thoughts about the press.  As president, he suffered a lot of heat from the press; then as now the press was largely controlled by capitalists and federalists who wanted a strong central government.  Jefferson said that a person who reads nothing knows more than a person who reads a newspaper.  Even so, Jefferson strongly believed in a free press and said that a nation with newspapers and no government is preferable to a nation with government but no press.

Still, we have to credit Jefferson with a clear vision of how the press can be used against the urge to freedom and good governance.  He stated that a person who reads nothing is better educated than one who reads the newspaper.  He was referencing the discrepancy between what a free press could be, and what it typically become.

The idea that citizens need to be well informed to instruct their governors springs from the idea that citizens are the final authority in the nation.  We need to know what goes on to form an opinion; public opinion drives the government.

The vital flaw is that the press can be manipulated to form public opinion, an idea of manufactured consent that psychologist Alex Carey put forth and Walter Lippman and later Noam Chomsky developed to describe how market forces create a press that has a normative function.

We easily see how this works: purveyors of media in the U.S. have tremendous power to form opinion, and indeed, to direct our gaze.  In turn, our gaze has a financial value for the media; they get dollars for our attention.  Traditionally, the press has had an adversarial role with government in free nations, acting as watchdog for the public.  However, this role makes the press extremely valuable to government and corporations.  The press is reliant on government sources for information.  Likewise, corporate dollars fund the media to direct our gaze.  The illusion of a free press is powerful, causing citizens to imagine that what media directs our gaze to is important, and the perspective it gives us is informative.

But, American citizens are not generally critical thinkers.  Particularly in the age of the constantly connected, citizens trust their media with making important choices on content and perspective.  But information and “truth” in perspective are far more slippery concepts in practice than in our dogma and sound intentions.

Though a good newspaper will attempt to be objective, the process of deciding what constitutes news, what information to provide, constraints on sources of information, the order and presentation of possible opposing views make real truth finding difficult or impossible.  Even so, a good article on an important subject is often hard to find, while media coverage of some events is disproportional to it’s importance to the nation.

We consider the “sinking of the Maine” and the power the image had to predispose the nation to war with Spain.  What Pearl Harbor was to World War II, the sinking of the Maine was to the war with Spain.  The Japanese did, indeed, attack Pearl Harbor; it is unlikely the Main was sunk by Spain.  Even so, the Hearst newspapers made much of the event and it is often viewed as pivotal to the cause of war.  Likewise it has been suggested from historical evidence that Britain and the U.S. knew the attack on Pearl Harbor was likely, but delayed action because they underestimated the strength of Japan’s ability and wanted to push the U.S. in to war with Japan.

Likewise, the commandeering of commercial airline flights and the destruction of buildings as the World Trade Center changed history in the U.S., giving birth to a new level and style of intelligence and law enforcement.  It has become fashionable for politicians to talk of sacrificing liberty for greater security.

As other wars occupied citizens, the new war, and the new America which as arisen as a result of the nation’s response to the destruction of two high profile buildings and the deaths of 2,700 people.  Though other nations have endured actions against civilians as the result of public policy, known as “terrorism”, the United States responded in a convulsion of social change.

To be clear, the World Trade Center did not represent all Americans, only the most wealthy.  However, it was treated as an attack against all Americans by the media, which enjoyed the public attention for months over the event.  It predisposed Americans to accept the idea of greater government control over individuals.

Since September 11, 2001, the mainstream press has typically supported the build up of military and intelligence technology used within our borders and against Americans.   There have been occasional hand wringing in the mainstream press about the militarization of local law enforcement and massive purchases of automatic weapons and ammunition by department of fatherland security, and some small notice of the blooming of the several intelligence agencies who are spying on Americans.  People who rely only on mainstream media for news, though, typically know nothing about the spreading power of the federal government.

Likewise, popular entertainment frequently features programming which glorifies the militarized government, making the idea of heavily militarized “authorities” moving about in the midst of average citizens, directing them and “protecting” them as though our people were sheep and the various kinds of cops were sheepdogs.  The threat of terrorism and personal violence is magnified by such “entertainment”, causing the average person to feel afraid of strange, dark forces that they are powerless against, and only the government can effectively deal with.

There is still news to be had, on the internet.  But, increasingly, internet news providers are being marginalized, harassed or even arrested.  The free press that Jefferson envisioned is far more clearly represented in the margins of media, small market newspapers and blogs, than my mainstream media.  Unfortunately, since there are fewer wealthy sponsors for the unpleasant truth, they don’t have the resources, nor the contacts, that media which enjoys the support of government and corporations do.  Those who find sponsorship, for example, Democracy Now, find themselves constrained in their point of view.  The positive effect of a widespread free press is that one can get some news from the Left, and some from the Right.  The critical viewer or reader knows the truth is in there somewhere, most often where the two poles agree.  Currently, for example, The New American, a whiz-bang Right Wing rag often agrees with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now on issues such as domestic use of drones, the dramatically increased powers of the Executive Branch created by the “Patriot Act” and NDAA.

As bad as the media is about directing our gaze to create consent for government actions, it is worse at distracting our attention with nonsense.  The average television viewer likely know more about the fortunes and foibles of passing celebrities than about how their representatives are voting, or the results of the volumes of laws they pass.  Note the graphic which outlines what we should be concerned about, and what the media features for us.  It’s not an exhaustive list, nor is it very sophisticated, but it does outline the nature of the problem.  Unfortunately, I have no idea who the author of this graphic is, I would provide a link.

why we know nothing

It’s up to the news consumer to make good choices about what goes in their brain, when there are choices to make.  Mainstream Media have people on staff to jigger the material present to please the animal parts of our brain.  More than 50 years of research has produced a product which mesmerizes, but doesn’t educate.

It’s also possible a lot of people have made the assumption that it’s too late, the nation is going where it is going and there is nothing they can do to prevent it, so they might as well watch reality TV instead of wrestling with actually reality.

I’ll suggest that we are not likely to shake off our torpor and begin demanding a better information and better governance.  Until then, a person who watches no mainstream media knows less than a person who  watches nothing.

Good Luck!  We’re going to need it.

Cooter (he’s a good dog) 6/12/13


Look, the nose doesn't lie; the trail stops here therefore there's a squirrel under here.  Now, it's just a waiting game.

6/12/13 Look, the nose doesn’t lie; the trail stops here therefore there’s a squirrel under here. Now, it’s just a waiting game.



Can you spot the free, happy dog in this photo?  No?  That's right because he's a free, happy dog!

6/5/13 Can you spot the free, happy dog in this photo? No? That’s right because he’s a free, happy dog!

Gabby Fringette 6/5/13

Run, the salami sandwich is going to kill you

by Gabby Fringette

Salami is a European way of storing meat, originally made by peasants because they had little fresh meat.  It stores well, even at room temperature.

We like to eat salami because it has salt, fat, and taste smoky.

Even farther back than the peasants of Europe, when our ancestors didn’t normally live past thirty, in the time of Neanderthals, humans and Neanderthals ate whatever they could find. They ate things vegans would approve of, like roots, nuts, and greens, but they also are rotten meat.  Some of the rotten meat was fermented, and we like this stuff more than just rotten.  The fermented stuff kills lesser bacteria that kills us.

Then, over hundreds of years, it turned into the salami, ham, and sausage we know and love today.

Now for the bad part.  As it turns out, the smoked and fermented stuff kills us too. But it takes longer to kill us than it does the bacteria.

In a study conducted in Europe, with half a million participants, people who had more than 20g of bacon, salami, sausage or other processed meat were twenty percent more likely to die of heart disease, or cancer, than vegans were.

A different (smaller) study found that people who ate red meat were thirteen percent more likely to die of cancer or heart disease.

Bummer, huh?

As if that’s not enough, the smokey flavor in salami can cause cancer too.

Nobody noticed back then because something else always got them.

Studies also found that people who ate lots of salami, bacon, ham, sausage, and all that tasty stuff were less likely to eat fruits and veggies, exercise less, and drink and smoke more.  Maybe some of the heart disease and cancer was caused by the lack of exercise and all that booze.

But still, to much is bad for you.

Moderation is the key, (but I am not giving up salami!)

Downieville School Art Show 6/5/13


There was an art show at the school Tuesday evening hosted by Alicia Schofield and Katie O’Hara Kelly. 
Ms. Kelly works at the school and is funded through the Artists in School Program…through the Sierra County Arts Council.
The art lessons are in sync with the unit being taught…so for instance for the South American Unit there were a number of different projects using different mediums including birds, painted snakes and such.  For the Fairy Tale unit there were castle/dragon/king/queen pictures. 
The event was well attended by grandparents, parents, community members and students.  A dessert buffet was served. 
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Weekly Warrior by Leslie Baker & Marie Ellsworth 6/5/13


Weekly Warrior

By: Leslie Baker & Marie Ellsworth

         It is the last week of school and the year is almost over! There are only two days to go. We are all counting down the hours, even the little kids.

            Today is the day of the all high school field trip to Collin’s Lake and the 4-6th grade “Glow in the Dark Party.” Collin’s Lake is approximately 40 miles from Downieville, near Dobbins. The high school is excited to get their swim on and get those nice tans started for summer!  Tonight is a volleyball game featuring the alumni vs 2013 high school girls’ team.  A pizza/salad dinner will be available for purchase and all proceeds will benefit the 2013 DHS volleyball team.

            The elementary students went to Animal Ark in Reno last week, both Miss Schofield’s K-3 and Mrs. Salva’s 4-6. They learned about habitats & animal behavior and were pleasantly surprised to see: a black bear playing tetherball, a wolf, a jaguar, a pampered badger with a brain injury, and a baby owl. The 4-6 class just finished a unit on friendship, trust, and honesty. During the lesson, one of the students asked whether one should lie to save his/her life, which led to a discussion of the play Les Miserables and reflection on the sacrifice of Jean Valjean.

Supervisor Lee Adams, Docent Karen Galan, Downieville Senior Leslie Baker and Teacher Mr. Steve Fillo at the presentation of Leslie's Senior Project, a rocker sluice box, to the Downieville Museum.

Supervisor Lee Adams, Docent Karen Galan, Downieville Senior Leslie Baker and Teacher Mr. Steve Fillo at the presentation of Leslie’s Senior Project, a rocker sluice box, to the Downieville Museum.

            This week was very eventful. Between Senior Project Boards and graduation preparation, ascending the final flight of stairs is becoming the number one thought on the mind of each senior. Tuesday the 4th, the seniors had a hectic nervousness throughout the morning while the Senior Boards were being held. For his senior project, Leslie Baker discussed Alleghany history and presented his sluice box. Hannah Ford did a presentation on Criminal Justice, showed off her collection of fingerprints, and presented a PowerPoint on 9-1-1 calls and DUI’s. Brandon McDermid did his presentation on the history of mountain biking and he presented a PowerPoint about his project, which was a Bike Rodeo. The Bike Rodeo was a safety course and fun event for children, which took place Saturday June 1st.  With a passion for gardening, Riata Hester showed her expertise on botany and presented photos of her garden, which resides in front of the gym and acts as the senior class gift to the school.  Marie Ellsworth gave a brief history of film as part of her term paper, gave tips for amateur filmmakers and presented her short exciting film on local mountain biking and its effect on Downieville.

            Each senior plans on taking a different route after high school graduation.  Brandon McDermid plans on working on bicycles at our very own Downieville Outfitters Bike shop. RiataHester plans on continuing to “work hard and live life.”  Hannah Ford plans on enrolling at Feather River Community College in the fall of 2013 to pursue nursing. Marie Ellsworth plans on enrolling at U.T.I.- Universal Technical Institute–to study automotive engineering and auto body/ collision work; she plans on attending a university at some future date. Leslie Baker plans on becoming a local goldminer, and possibly beginning his pursuit of higher education. We wish our Class of 2013 the best as they pursue their futures.

            Friday the 7th, tomorrow, there will be a softball game, high school students versus teachers. Feel free to root for whatever team you want, we won’t judge.

            Graduation is Saturday, June 8, beginning at noon, on the Downieville School field; a hot dog barbeque will follow the ceremonies.

            Have a fun, safe summer and the Weekly Warrior will be back in the fall!

Bike Rodeo Senior Project for Brandon McDermid

Bike Rodeo Senior Project for Brandon McDermid


Brandon checks details of Bike Rodeo Project

Brandon McDermid checks details of Bike Rodeo Project


Weekly Warrior by Jarrett Lawes 6/5/13

Weekly Warrior

By: Jarrett Lawes

            Hello and goodbye Weekly Warrior readers. As the school year comes to a close, our school still has news to report.

            First, Miss Schofied’s K-3 class has had a great year. The students have had a ton of fun and love school, but are looking forward to summer break. Recently bothMiss Schofield’s class and Mrs. Salva’s 4th-6th-grade class went to the Animal Ark Sanctuary outside Reno. The class saw a black bear playing tetherball, a wolf, a jaguar, a badger with a brain injury that was very well cared for, and a baby owl.

 The class is planning a Glow in the Dark party for Thursday June 6th; also Mrs. Salva planned a graduation party for the 6th graders whom we are looking forward to seeing on the “other side” of the school.

            In addition the whole 4th-6th grade class has just finished a two-week unit about friendship, trust, and honesty, which the kids loved. During the lesson, one of the students asked if they should lie to save their life. This led to a discussion of the play Les Miserables and the character Jean Valjean who lies to save his own life but then tells the truth to save the life of others. The class listened to the music and now they want to take a trip to see the musical next year. The students then did a lot of writing and reflecting about the lesson.

Brandon McDermid at his Senior Project Bike Rodeo

Brandon McDermid at his Senior Project Bike Rodeo

            Onto the high school–On Saturday June 1st Brandon McDermid held a Bike Rodeo for his Senior Project. It started at 12:00pm and about 15 kids from ages 4-13 showed up. There were races on the playground, obstacle courses and watermelon and refreshments were served before the prizes were handed out.   Everyone had a great time!

Supervisor Lee Adams, Docent Karen Galan, Downieville Senior Leslie Baker and Teacher Mr. Steve Fillo at the presentation of Leslie's Senior Project, a rocker sluice box, to the Downieville Museum.

Supervisor Lee Adams, Docent Karen Galan, Downieville Senior Leslie Baker and Teacher Mr. Steve Fillo at the presentation of Leslie’s Senior Project, a rocker sluice box, to the Downieville Museum.

            Tuesday was Senior Project presentation day and the 2013 seniors really stepped up to the plate.  Leslie Baker discussed Alleghany history and presented his sluice box. Hannah Ford did a presentation on Criminal Justice, showed off her collection of fingerprints, and presented a PowerPoint on 9-1-1 calls and DUI’s. Brandon McDermid did his presentation on the history of mountain biking and he presented a PowerPoint about his project, which was the recent Bike Rodeo. With a passion for gardening, Riata Hestershowed her expertise on botany and presented photos of her garden, which resides in front of the gym and acts as the senior class gift to the school.  Marie Ellsworth gave a brief history of film as part of her term paper, gave tips for amateur filmmakers and presented her short exciting film on local mountain biking and its effect on Downieville.

            The 7th-12th grades are all going to Collins Lake on Thursday June 6th. On the same day is the alumni volleyball game starting at 5:30 in the DHS gym; a pizza and salad dinner will be for sale for 5 dollars.   Friday the secondary students will once again challenge the faculty to a softball game.

            Graduation will be on Saturday June 9th at 12:00pm on the school field. Everyone is invited to the graduation as well as the hot dog picnic which will follow.

            Many of the seniors are excited for what may lie beyond the horizon of high school. Les Baker is planning on mining gold after he graduates. Marie Ellsworth is going to Universal Technical Institute to learn the automotive trade. Brandon McDermid and Riata Hester are going to be working. Hannah Ford is going to Feather River College to train to become a nurse. To the Class of 2013, we’ll miss you and hope your lives are filled with success!


Part Time Employment 6/5/13





Salary:$10.96-$12.09/Hour DOQ

                      Sierra County Landfill, Loyalton, California

For a complete job description and official application contact the Sierra County Department of Public Works at P.O. Box 98, Downieville, CA  95936. Telephone:  (530) 289-3201; e-mail   Drug test and physical required for all offers of employment.  Application Deadline:  Friday, June 14, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Sierra County is an equal opportunity employer.

Loyalton Students Receive Scholarships 6/5/13



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Loyalton High School students received $133,149 in scholarships Friday at the Senior Banquet, held at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Social Hall. Twenty-six local organizations alone presented 53 scholarships to the Class of 2013, with other scholarships from state, national and college levels.

Commencement exercises will be held Friday at the William R. Rouse Gymnasium at LHS, beginning sharply at 6 p.m.

Veronica Renteria, who will attend UC Irvine, is class valedictorian, and Preston Reugebrink, who will attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is salutatorian.

Nine 2013 seniors achieved life membership in the California Scholarship Federation at the banquet and will wear the gold stole and tassel at graduation:

Benjamin Coonrod, Cash Grandi, Thomas Ketchum, Rebecca Renteria, Veronica Renteria, Preston Reugebrink, Zoe Studer, Tess White and Katelyn Wolf.

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Academic advisor Janet McHenry announced at the banquet that 16 of the 30 graduates were accepted into four-year universities this year—the highest percentage ever—with most students planning to attend college or trade school after graduation.

Local groups awarded $57,049 in scholarships to LHS seniors:

Kenneth Alexander Memorial Scholarship:

$500, Cash Grandi

John Bechen Memorial Scholarships:

$1,000 each to Thomas Ketchum, Veronica Renteria and Preston Reugebrink

Booster Club Scholarships:

$400 each to Austin DeBerg, Sheldon DeBerg, Benjamin Coonrod,Cash Grandi, Joseph Peterman, Preston Reugebrink

Calpine Elks Dave Story, Jr., Memorial Scholarship:

$500, Austin DeBerg

Calpine Improvement Association, Wanda Longsine Memorial Scholarships:

$200, Robin Griffin; $300, Rebecca Renteria; $400, Veronica Renteria; $500, Preston Reugebrink; $600, Zoe Studer

E Clampus Vitus: $1,849, Veronica Renteria

Feather River Archery Club, Toby J. Stevens Memorial Scholarship:$750, Benjamin Coonrod

Edna Gottardi Memorial Scholarship:

$500, Benjamin Coonrod

Graeagle Lions Club Vocational Educational Scholarship: $500 Sheldon DeBerg

Liberty Utilities Scholarship:

$250, Thomas Ketchum

Loyalton Sports Club Scholarships:

$500, Thomas Ketchum:

$500, Rebecca Renteria; $1,000, Cash Grandi; $1,000 Veronica Renteria

Joan Morgan Memorial Scholarship:

$500, Robin Griffin

Gene Moses Memorial Scholarship:

$500, Thomas Ketchum

Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen, Francis Carmichael Memorial Scholarship: $1,200, Cash Grandi

Roping Club Scholarship, $750, Cash Grandi

Rotary Club of Loyalton Scholarships:

$1,000, Rebecca Renteria; $1,000, Veronica Renteria; $1,000 Preston Reugebrink; $750, Thomas Ketchum; $750, Benjamin Coonrod

Joe Runge Memorial Scholarship: $100 each, Benjamin Coonrod, Cash Grandi, Thomas Ketchum, Joseph Peterman, Preston Reugebrink

Les Schwab Tire Center of Portola, Brady Coates Memorial Scholarship:

$500, Thomas Ketchum

Sierra County Employees Association Award, $500, Benjamin Coonrod

Sierra Pacific Industries Scholarship, $3,500/year for $14,000 total to Rebecca Renteria, and $3,500/year for $14,000 total to Veronica Renteria

Sierra-Plumas Teachers Association:

$500 each, Joseph Peterman, Zoe Studer

Sierra Valley 4-H Club Scholarships:

$350, Cash Grandi; $400 Benjamin Coonrod

Sierra Valley Gun Club, $500, Thomas Ketchum

Treasure Mtn. 4-H Club Scholarships:

$350, Robin Griffin; $350, Rebecca Renteria; $400 Veronica Renteria

Emily Wilbanks Memorial Scholarship, $750 each to Rebecca Renteria and Veronica Renteria

Scholarships from statewide organizations were as follows:

California-Hawaii Elks Association: District Scholarship, $200; State Scholarship, $800

Grand Chapter of California Order of the Eastern Star, $1,000:  Thomas Ketchum

Several national scholarships were given, as follows:

Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship, $1,000 each:

Tommy Ketchum, Rebecca Renteria, Veronica Renteria, Preston Reugebrink

Pacific International Trapshooting Association, $100, Thomas Ketchum

Several students also received scholarships from their universities:

University of Nevada, Reno, Pack Pride Scholarship, $1,000 each, Thomas Ketchum and Joseph Peterman

Dominican University of California, $17,000/year for $68,000 total to Zoe Studer

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National Donut Day 6/5/13

6/5/13 The 2nd Annual National Donut Day of Downieville was celebrated by free donuts, milk and coffee for anyone bringing a donation of food or coin for the Western Sierra Food Bank. This event is especially enjoyed by Downieville School Students and a member of Sierra County Sheriff’s Office..

Everyone lines up..

Everyone lines up..

Decision time.. which one is the tastiest..

Decision time.. which one is the tastiest..

Sgt Tim suggests Pastor Bernie leave the donuts to him...

Sgt Tim suggests Pastor Bernie leave the donuts to him…

Oh boy... donuts..

Oh boy… donuts..


Now let's eat the donuts...

Now let’s eat the donuts…




From The Bench 6/12/13


DVFD Wants You!

DVFD Wants You!

DVFD volunteers helping with banner, Brian Jamison, Chief Lee Brown, Michelle Anderson, Jacie Epperson and Asst Chief Mike Lozano

DVFD volunteers helping with banner, Brian Jamison, Chief Lee Brown, Michelle Anderson, Jacie Epperson and Asst Chief Mike Lozano





David Marshall enjoys birthday cake on The Bench with friends in Downieville

David Marshall enjoys birthday cake on The Bench with friends in Downieville


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