Board of Supervisors April 2, 2013

4/3/13

County Counsel during "mum's the word" session

County Counsel known as “JC” during a  “mum’s the word” session

Chair Scott Schlefstein called the meeting to order and Supervisor Adams did awesome job leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Supervisor Peter Heubner absent for entire meeting and is believed to be recovering nicely.

Auditor Van Maddox gave report of Finance Committee which met Monday morning. Although the gap is narrowing between what the county spends and how much it has, there still has to be some whittling.

An agreement for discounted telecommunication services between low bidder Network Services and Sierra County was approved.

A discussion on delaying the County Aquatic Invasive Species boat inspection grant received from the Resource Advisory Committee (Title II Funds) resulted in all projects on hold due to Sequestration. The RAC board may have to set priorities for project if some money is freed up.
Another discussion regarding a delay of Secure Rural Schools Funding, including Title I,  II and III Funding and the effects on County programs due to the “sequestration” program ensued.

The status of the 2012-13 Snow Grooming Program resulted in news that the  Gold Lake program is over for season, and the east side is ongoing due to snow conditions. Planner Brandon Pangman will give seasonal wrapup in a future meeting.

An update was give on the Perry Creek flood control project in Sierraville.
A Resolution supporting the findings of the 2012 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment was approved.

Staff was directed to move forward on the potential county acquisition of a tax sale property affecting the Sierraville-Dearwater Airport.

District Ranger Tom Quinn will appear at a future meeting to discuss activities of the North Yuba Ranger District reported to the Board at their March 5 meeting.

Lots of talk but no action was taken on a review of the Sierra Brooks Water System grant/loan application and future items requiring the Bd of Supes to hold hearings or actions related to the project.

Information was given by Supervisor Adams regarding USFS national land management planning rule process and opportunity to comment on proposed directives for implementing the planning rule.

Regarding a previous discussion on a RAC appointment Supervisor Adams told the Board, “As a part of this year’s appointments to commissions, boards, and associations, Supervsior Roen was subsituted for Supervisor Adams and Supervisor Adams was made the alternate. In a response to the USFS recently as to whether I was willing to continue with the RAC, I advised the USFS of this appointment change. They advised that there is a more formal process for getting appointed to the RAC, and that my appointment 4 years ago was for a six year term. They further advised that it could be a prolonged process to make the board requested change and that both could be appointed if the board was so interested due to a number of resignations on the RAC. While there is the option of me resigning from the RAC at anytime, that would leave no BOS member until the federal process is followed. I know my own appointment took approximatley 6 months before the secretary of the interior took action.”  No action was taken by the Board.

Chair Scott Schlefstein appointed Patricia Hall of Downieville to the Sierra Economic Development Corporation;  Sidonie Christian of Sierra City to the Economic Development Committee and Michael Filippini of Loyalton to the Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District Board.

A presentation was made by Lisa Selacek, USFS Resource officer from Beckwourth Ranger Dist, Plumas NF. She gave an overview of $631 grant application  to Calboating for expansion and resurfacing of the Gold Lake Boat Launching Facility. Concerns were raised as to whether the issue of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) were considered with the increase of use of Gold Lake. The Board approved a letter of support for the application, but added to letter concern with AIS being fully vetted with respect to both CEQA and NEPA issues.

A presentation by the Sierra County Fire Protection District No. 1 requesting authorization to utilize Title III funding to facilitate the completion of the Sierra County Community Firesafe Plan was approved with Resolution of Intent.

A special meeting followed the regular meeting with one item:  Closed session pursuant to Govt code section 54957.6 to discuss labor negotiations.

Wednesday March 27, 2013

This week was a busy week with lots going on. It seems the town is slowly waking up from the long cold winter, Spring is here the daffodils are blooming in town. The kids at school had a Talent Show, Downieville Volunteer Fire Department had their annual Firemen’s Appreciation dinner. The Williams Fire Department came up and served BBQ Tri-tip, salad, garlic bread, green beans, and the best mushroom rice ever, what a great crew.

We have all the usual Columnist both local and guests please click on them in the above directory as it is very late and I want to publish and get some shut eye. The photo this week is once again by Mary Davey, we are so lucky to have so many talented photographers in Sierra County.

Downieville Treasure Hunt in June

Downieville Town Treasure Hunt

Tired of closet clutter?  Is that exercise bike just gathering dust?  Then consider this—join in and be part of the Downieville Town Treasure Hunt, scheduled for the Fishing Derby weekend; June 15 & 16.  It’s a treasure hunt of community yard sales, all through Downieville.  Start spring cleaning and be part of the fun!  A” treasure map” will be available to mark the locations of all the sales, so make sure you let Kathy Whitlow or Cherry Simi know you’re going to be selling.  The deadline to get on the map is June 1.  The more sales, the more enjoyable it will be for buyers!  The hunt is on!

Wednesday March 20, 2013

Here we are, another Wednesday, another issue. Today was cold and rainy for the first day of Spring. But the heat is coming, make no mistake and probably I will be whining about how hot it is. And any day we will be seeing the Dogwood blossoms, the photo this week is courtesy of Miriam Dines.

So just to let you know, the Fringe Editor and I have a long history of working together. Back in the early 90’s we were both at the Mountain Messenger and I was his boss, and then we established the Sierra County Prospect and he was my boss and then last year we switched roles and I’m his boss again. The reality is neither of us is the Boss of the other. We respect each other, it is just that he is so often so wrong. Anyhow… his letter this week Dear Liz is titled in a way that some may think offends me, but it is something we started at the Mess, when we argued in print about different issues and in those days the Saturday Night Live news skit, where the words, “Jane you ignorant slut” became famous, reminded us of us and Larry and I used them in our commentaries. So it makes us laugh instead of really getting angry with each other, although this commentary by the Fringe certainly made me gnash my teeth and mutter under my breath, I print it in the spirit of the 1st Amendment and I absolutely believe that he is out to lunch and refuses to see anything rational and just wants to continue the hyperbole and angry misinformation about why gun restrictions and reducing gun violence is necessary. See his column The Fringe -Love it or Leave It Anyhow don’t feel sorry for me, sticks and stones…… Be sure to read Board of Supervisors , Carol’s Movies , Carol’s Books , Carrie’s CornerGabby , Cooter and Java .

Board of Supervisors March 19, 2013

3/20/13 Loyalton

The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in Loyalton on Tuesday March 19 and conducted business in a leisurely fashion, letting anyone talk as long as they wanted about whatever they wanted.

The Board approved  an Agreement approving the Title X, Family Planning Services agreement for the term of January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013.

Then it approved a Resolution directing the Sierra County Planning Commission for an amendment to Ordinance 1042, zoning code section 15.12.282, pertaining to permitted uses in the floodplain overlay district; specifically to replacement/repair of existing septic systems.

Paul Roen was appointed to the Sierra Valley Resource Conservation Districts (RCD) proposal to form an implementation group for the Feather River Integrated Regional Water Management Plan with Plumas County  to represent Sierra County in the process.

An Agreement for professional services with Frances Heritage, LLC for environmentally sensitive action plan construction monitoring for the Little Truckee River Bridge Project and an Agreement for professional services with Frances Heritage, LLC for environmentally sensitive action plan construction monitoring for the Ridge Road Rehabilitation Project were approved.

A Resolution was approved authorizing additional expenditures from the Justice Facilities Fund for air conditioning upgrade and necessary electrical work to support the upgrade in the first floor computer room to mitigate overheating conditions.

The County’s required participation in the USDA Approval of required certifications for County’s participation in the USDA  grant/loan for the Sierra Brooks Water System to be submitted as part of the County’s formal application resulted in a long discussion. Direction was given to County Counsel to proceed with retaining independent bond counsel for USDA grant/loan for the Sierra Brooks Water System to be submitted as part of the County’s formal application and to set a public hearing required to satisfy USDA requirements for grant/loan application.  District 1 Supervisor Lee Adams noted that this issue was taking much time of Planning & Public Works staff and while “everyone deserves clean water, Sierra Brooks is the only part of the county that does not deal locally with their water and this is not fair to the balance of the county, especially Alleghany.”

Loyalton resident Don Yegge completed his presentation to the Board regarding a Veteran Services Officer in Sierra County and offered to fulfill this by working as an Advocate with the established Placer County program. The Board thanked Don for his willingness to do this and finding a good way to get it done.

The Plumas Librarian, Lynn Sheehy talked to the Board about Sierra County Library system and expressed concern of a lack of Literacy Program in Loyalton.

A State Assembly Resolution of Appreciation was presented to retired Supervisor Bill Nunes for his work and dedication to Sierra County by Supervisor Paul Roen.

Retired Supervisor Bill Nunes receives a State Assembly Resolution of Appreciatio to him by Supervisor Paul Roen

Retired Supervisor Bill Nunes receives a State Assembly Resolution of Appreciatio to him by Supervisor Paul Roen

A presentation by the Loyalton High School Future Farmers of America (FFA);  Devon Graham, Kolbie Johnson, Sierra Little, Austin DeBerg, Cathy Russell, Robin Griffin, Pepe Vasquez and Instructor Cali Griffin was about recognizing and celebrating the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives.

Supervisor Roen introduced the group.  Each student gave some interesting facts about some item of agriculture.  Broccoli, grapes, peaches, and one talked about pizza. The Board enjoyed the presentation.

Supervisor Adams advised all of his appreciation of their interest in agriculture and its impact on calif. While known for gold, only $100 billion in gold has been removed from California in the past 162 years. Today, agribusiness is a $100 billion a year business in California.

Loyalton FFA members Devon Graham, Kolbie Johnson, Sierra Little, Austin DeBerg, Cathy Russell, Robin Griffin, Pepe Vasquez and Instructo Cali Griffin

Loyalton FFA members Devon Graham, Kolbie Johnson, Sierra Little, Austin DeBerg, Cathy Russell, Robin Griffin, Pepe Vasquez.  Not shown  Instructor Cali Griffin

At the last Board Meeting on March 5, the Board agreed to send a letter to the USFS in response to the surprise news of more mining site and cabin demolition. See the letter sent March 13 here 13_03_13 Quin re coordinating and opposition to activities

The Board went into closed session leaving the usual group of malcontent journalists muttering aimlessly in the cold outside.

Sheriff John Evans thinking about who will be arrested next... possibly Don Russell?

Sheriff John Evans thinking about who will be arrested next… possibly Don Russell?

If anyone wonders what goes on in closed session… this may be a clue…

Sources say this is how Supervisor Lee Adams deals with Closed Session...

Sources say this is how Supervisor Lee Adams deals with Closed Session…

 

Wednesday March 13, 2013

For some reason my creative brain is faltering in thinking of something pithy or witty to write as an introduction to this week’s edition of SCP. This week’s photo was taken by Lee Adams, the No Yuba River in Indian Valley.

Well froot loops, I started writing this hours ago, but got sidetracked into putting up articles, writing other stuff, meeting with Salvation Army representatives, arranging pet care, going to the beauty salon for manicure/pedicure, working just very hard and here it is at the final crunch and I just still am at a loss for words. I do want you to read the columns this week, especially Michael Moore’s (the author and documentarian, not the one in Loyalton) Look at the Picture as he makes us think about what it takes to spur oneself into action. His points are well taken and I am old enough to remember what it was like in the south in the 50-60’s and to have lived through the long terrible moments of the Vietnam War. I am a Veteran, I served in the Women’s Army Corp before it was just the Army for all, I am a patriot, an American and I love my country and our Constitution. Writing this makes me sad that I have to defend anything I think or feel because we all do live in America where being free to disagree and speak up and those, like me, who have taken a stand on the gun control issue have been subjected to hateful comments and acts. I personally have never been against gun ownership, I don’t own one, I think it is fine for those who want to own a gun. I just want more standards, background checks, insurance, licensed and it isn’t necessary to have guns made to shoot multiple rounds quickly.  In addition to the Army I worked in law enforcement for 12 years and have been trained in weapons. I have never wanted or needed a personal firearm. Others don’t feel that way. I believe my right to feel safe with more control are just as important as your right to own a gun. Well, I probably wrote more than you wanted to read but there it is. So keep those cards and letters coming, but try to play nice, please.

Wednesday March 6, 2013

3/6/13 Before I forget be sure to check out Jubilee’s poem on Virginia’s Poetry Corner. Some of you may remember Virginia Collins, she worked at the Mountain Messenger as Jill of all Trades back in the early 90’s when I was Editor there. She started the Poetry Corner at the Mess and in her honor and remembrance I brought it back to SCP. This week’s poem about a town called Downieville says it all, don’t listen to the doom and gloom naysayers, listen to Jubilee as she is right. People proclaiming everything is awful have been with us here on earth since the beginning, somehow life goes for better for worse over and over again, just cycles and if you live long enough you will experience many of them. Times are tough, times are better, never forget adversity makes you stronger, so use the tough times to enjoy the better.

Boy, sometimes you just learn a lesson. The Board meeting was over early on Tuesday and I could have been writing and putting things up. But no, I just frittered my time away and figured I had all day Wednesday with nothing else to do and I could just get up early and get it all done. My plan was working fine, I hopped out of bed, walked the dog, came back to the house just in time for the power to go out, thanks to the rain/snow/wind storm. I had thought about that possibiltiy, as we do lose power here in the winter but had dismissed it from my mind, foolish me… Well that is my excuse for publishing later than usual this week..

Meanwhile this week’s photo reminds us of what we have to look forward to this coming Fall which will arrive after this Summer, which is next as it is Spring now, the photo courtesy of Jim Johnston at Camp Yuba via David Keyes Photography at http://www.davekeyesphotography.com/.

Board of Supervisors 3/6/13

The Board of Supervisors met in Downieville on Tuesday, March 5 and what was thought to be an easy, short agenda had some exciting moments, and it didn’t take long for those moments to arrive.

Supervisor Huebner, Schlefstein, Roen,  Beard, Auditor Maddox and Editor Russell (back to camera as usual)

Supervisor Huebner, Schlefstein, Roen, Beard, Auditor Maddox and Editor Russell (back to camera as usual)

Chair Scott Schlefstein called the meeting to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, no one took advantage of the Public Comment Opportunity. Under Committee Reports Supervisor Paul Roen gave a brief account of meeting with District Ranger Quentin Youngblood and a FS Biologist. The Board moved on to Department Manager Reports and Director of Health and Humans Services (H&HS) announced the east side Mental Health Psychiatrist was retiring and the county needs to find someone to contract with for the future. So everything was quiet and orderly and they moved on to the USFS Update.

A quiet, orderly, unassuming woman stepped to the podium and announced herself as Kathy Van Zuuk, a Community Liason and Botanist for Tahoe National Forest (TNF).

TNF Community Liason Kathy VanZuuk

TNF Community Liason Kathy VanZuuk

Van Zuuk said that District Ranger Genice Froelich was unavailable and had sent her to give the report. The report was 1) Robert Stuler has signed the relinquish documents to the USFS for his cabin on FS property and the cabin will be used as a training burn with the cooperation of DVFD and USFS.

2) The Peachay Mining Claim Cabin will be destroyed. This brought on quite a bit of dissension as various Supervisors and the audience muttered about the USFS abuse of power and wondering why this decision was made prior to the determination of the historical significance of the site which was established prior to the existence of the FS.  (see Peachay letter here: Peachay letter)

3) The Barbara Foust Claim was going to be addressed including occupancy trespassing. Which quickly tipped the issue to the boiling point as this was the first mention of the issue. Van Zuuk said a letter had been sent to Supervisor Lee Adams, who was not present during the Board meeting as he was in Washington, DC with other RCRC representatives meeting with representives about Secure Rural Schools funding, no one else had seen the letter and asked when it had been sent and she replied sometime after Feb 25, right around the time Adams had left on the trip. Lot’s of discussion bordering on anger ensued about District Ranger Froelich’s cowardly act of sending Van Zuuk into the fray knowing the news would not be taken well. Don Russell wanted to know why the County hadn’t been consulted as had been promised by the FS after the Nixon Mine debacle in Sierra City. He said, ” because you can doesn’t mean you should”, in referring to cabin and historical site destruction by the FS. Tim Holabird, District Rep for Congressman LaMalfa referenced the USFS actions as “an abuse of authority by an agency out of control.”  An audience member mentioned the displacement of people living on these various sites an it was just a wrong action by the FS.

Van Zuuk maintained her composure and said the FS was continuing to work on a Communications Plan during wildfires in the county, still addressing issues at the Kentucky Mine in Sierra City and expanding the parking area at Fiddle Creek Campground. After her report there was a break and both Supervisors and audience members apologized to Van Zuuk for having to experience anger that Ranger Froelich should have been there to address. More than one thought it was a deliberate attempt by Froelich to distance herself from the “firestorm of dissent”.

And then the Board Meeting began:  Director Janice Maddox discussed the portential impacts of Healthcare Reform on Sierra County H&HS and it was referred to H&S Committee.

A Professional services agreement with Priscilla Russell for the completion of H&HS Policies and Procedures was approved.

Update on the Loyalton Skilled Nursing Facility possibility of closure was given. Supervisor Jim Beard said the total job loss would be 40, in addition to having to find other facilities to lodge our seniors in need of a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Chair Schlefstein said he had contacted Senator Ted Gaines, and Beard said he had called Assemblymember Louis Alejo, sponsor of AB900 even though it was “painful calling a Democrat”, forgetting for a moment that Supervisor positions are non-partisan.

A discussion about creating a a H&HS community consortium was civil. A letter from C. Ingrid Larson requesting non-profits be exempted from having to subscribe to solid waste collection service had been pulled from the Correspondence and added to the regular agenda. The discussion included County Counsel Jim Curtis who suggested, “just on legal grounds and Prop 26, the difference between taxation and fees is tightened up, and they have to maintain structure and not invite dissension” and the Board just can’t make those kind of exemptions.

Another letter pulled was from Sheriff John Evans regarding assault weapons ban of 2013 and the dismantling of the 2nd Amendment. Chairman Scott Schlefstein said he pulled the letter just because he wanted to commend the Sheriff for writing such a letter and “putting it out there.” Supervisors Beard and Roen agreed.

The Auditor, Treasurer/Tax Collector requested a letter in support of Assembly Bill 182 Capital Appreciation Bond tightening rules on issuing these types of bonds. Roen moved and Beard 2nd and it was approved.

An update and discussion on Secure Rural Schools Funding and report of the Quincy Library Group meeting included the news that Congressman Doug LaMalfa was committed to the QLG and SRS and that Supervisor Lee Adams was presently in Washington.DC  with RCRC lobbying for continuing SRS funding for rural counties.

Supervisor Adams in Washington. DC

Supervisor Adams in Washington. DC

Presentation of Bids and adoption of a resolution awarding a public works contract to the lowest qualified bidder for the Ridge Road Rehabilitiation Project in Alleghany resulted in 8 close  bids ranging from 1.9 million to 2.2 million  and it was awarded to Knight River Construction. The firm who did the Highway 49 surfacing last year. Sierra County residents will be happy to welcome the construction  firm’s return they did good work and helped the local economy. Contract Administrator Brian Davey said the project will be 100% federally funded including a $210,000 bid for the construction inspection and materials testing  for the project by Omni-Means Contractors.

A presentation was made by Loyalton resident Don Yegge, a veteran suggesting that the County of Sierra might be well served by having a Veterans Service Officer or joining in with a nearby county who does have an established VSO position and program. According to statistics provided by the California Department of Veteran Affairs Sierra County has 410 resident veterans. A good showing in a county of 3500 population.  Various scenarios and logistics were discussed along with the stringent requirements by the CDVA regarding confidentiality and programs. Tom Holabird from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office promised to work with Yegge on possible solutions and report to the Board in a month.

Tim Holabird and Don Yegge confer in the lobby of the Courthouse after meeting with the Supervisors

Tim Holabird and Don Yegge confer in the lobby of the Courthouse after meeting with the Supervisors

 The following picture says a lot:

Water dispenser and bottles waiting to be returned to vendor.

Water dispenser and bottles waiting to be returned to vendor.

This wasn’t a topic of conversation during the Board of Supervisors but it was an act of the Board a few months ago saying that water dispensers and bottled water in the courthouse and offices of county workers were no longer being provided in cost cutting measures. The program originally was one designed by a Risk Manager and Safety Officer for the county. In addition to providing cold water to employees it cut down on loss of employee hours due to sick leave via no longer sharing drinking fountains frequently a source of transferred viruses in the workplace. It was a strange cost saving as all employees, department managers and Board of Supervisors benefited from the water dispensers and the cost was borne by funding from the Trindel Insurance Safety Program rebates. It isn’t apparent if the funding is now being spent for employee benefit or in some other endeavors, at any rate it is just another example of how little the administration values the health of employees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday February 27, 2013

Well this week there is a lot of news even without a Board of Supervisors meeting. Be sure to read this weeks Mountain Messenger too, as there is always an interesting take on local events.

The picture is by Mary Davey of Sierra City, this is one of the best views I have seen of one of my favorite views the Sierra County Bear looking up at the Sierra Buttes Lookout. So amazing, always amazing to me when some say they don’t see the bear. Do you?

The Fringe is here along with Gabby and Carol’s movie and book review. Carrie’s Corner and Java, Cooter and Jerusha. Our guest columnists have a lot to say be sure to read them. Have fun reading and see you next week

From The Bench 5/8/13

5/8/13

Unofficial Bench Photographer reminds us of what was happening a couple of months ago..

5/8/13 Unofficial Bench Photographer Lodhi reminds us of what was happening a couple of months ago..

 

5/1/13 Today Cherry Simi, Feather Ortiz and Jean Clark are busy during the town clean-up day working at the Bell Tower.

Cherry Simi, Feather Ortiz and Jean Clark working at the Bell Tower

5/1/13 Cherry Simi, Feather Ortiz and Jean Clark working at the Bell Tower

Feather, Cherry and Jean are responsible for Bell Tower being spiffy once again.

5/1/13 Feather, Cherry and Jean are responsible for Bell Tower being spiffy once again.

Sandy Marshall pitches in on her lunch hour from the District Attorney's Office.

5/1/13  Sandy Marshall pitches in on her lunch hour from the District Attorney’s Office.

 

Feather's Flowers is open again.. start sprucing up your yard, hanging plants and flowers...

5/1/13 Feather’s Flowers is open again.. start sprucing up your yard, hanging plants and flowers…

 

 

 

4/24/13 Last week Audie and Ed Wharton celebrated their 10th Anniversary at Coyoteville Cafe. Helping to celebrate was daughter Kayla, grandson Wyatt and Daddy Mike  visiting from Utah..

Mike, Audie, Kayla and baby

Mike, Audie, Kayla and Wyatt

Is this a happy grandma or what??

Is this a happy grandma or what??

Meanwhile in Sierra City.......

Meanwhile in Sierra City…….

 

 

4/17/13 County Supervisor Lee Adams recently visited Alleghany and the Plumbago Mine site with Mike Miller.

Plumbago Stamp Mill near Alleghany

Plumbago Stamp Mill near Alleghany

Stamps at the Plumbago Mine

Stamps at the Plumbago Mine

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4/3/13 This is so bad. When you are talking to someone and need to keep track of names, places, events, reasons why and all that information that makes readers interested in reading be sure to keep accurate notes that you don’t lose… I lost two sets of notes this week about some great stuff happening and all I have our the pictures cause I lost my notes. Well I gave these people the website information, so if this is you… please email me and give me the real skinny again… thank you.

This is the motorcycle guy that is part of a rally driving around the country taking pictures of fire stations. The one who gets the most gets the beer. So Downieville VFD is on the list and he took the picture and posted it but I lost my notes so can't tell you where.. DARN

4/3/13 This is the motorcycle guy that is part of a rally driving around the country taking pictures of fire stations. The one who gets the most gets the beer. So Downieville VFD is on the list and he took the picture and posted it but I lost my notes so can’t tell you where.. DARN

and then here is the group led by Sean Raft who will be shooting some of the scenes for their upcoming film in Downieville , thank you Lodhi and Cory Peterman for showing them around town.

DSCN0575 DSCN0571

3/27/13

Story of brief flurry of law enforcement activity at a Stop sign in Downieville…

Sgt Tim Standley directs traffic at Stop sign in Downieville as CHP Officer Zack Zostic supervises.

1.  Sgt Tim Standley directs traffic at Stop sign in Downieville as CHP Officer Zack Zostic supervises.

Sgt Tim looks at next vehicle in disbelief of the violation...

#2. Sgt Tim looks at next vehicle in disbelief of the violation… as CHP Zack watches..

Sgt Standley gives explicit directions to driver to keep moving while CHP Zack stops smiling

#3  Sgt Standley gives explicit directions to driver to keep moving while CHP Zack stops smiling..

Zack & Tim contemplate whether handcuffs or the taser would be appropriate and driver quickly drives away.

#4 Zack & Tim contemplate whether handcuffs or the taser would be appropriate and driver quickly drives away.

3/13/13

The first Bench Birthday 2013. Carol Marshall serves Tom Schumann his 76th birthday Brownie.

The first Bench Birthday 2013. Carol Marshall serves Tom Schumann his 76th birthday Brownie.

Barbara Seley, Lodhi, and Tom, John Funk's knee

Barbara Seley, Lodhi, and Tom, John Funk’s knee

Liz, Barbara, David, Carol, Tom and John

Liz, Barbara, David, Carol, Tom and John and Gary’s elbow

Liz, Barbara, David, Carol, Tom, John, Gary, Lou and the other Tom on the Bench

It’s officially Bench season, Liz, Barbara, David, Carol, Tom, John, Gary, Lou and the other Tom on the Bench

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3/6/13

Contractor Jon Klinglehoffer works on the Gallows restoration. It will be ready for the tourists... if you know what I mean...

3/6/13 Contractor Jon Klingelhofer works on the Gallows restoration. It will be ready for the tourists… if you know what I mean… Photo by MA

 

2/27/13

Carol & David Marshall, Alicia Hannah Ford and Matt Wilson at Tanner Pangman's 8th birthday clue hunt through Downieville..

Carol & David Marshall, Alicia Schofield, Hannah Ford and Matt Wilson at Tanner Pangman’s 8th birthday clue hunt through Downieville..

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This week the Fringe said, “Nothing for me, just don’t put anything!  Too busy, not inspired, don’t feel like bitching, not interested in the news, maybe next week who knows gotta run taking the kids to dance class”. However, when he and the kids arrived at the dance class they realized they forgot there wasn’t one today… but he still didn’t write anything. Bad Fringe.

Meanwhile be sure to check out our regulars and many other interesting articles this week, just go to the menu below the gorgeous picture overlooking the courthouse bridge in Downieville taken during the Tuesday’s snowstorm by Lee Adams and click on the link, when through reading the article scroll back to the menu and click on the next.

Sheriff John Evans wrote a letter to Senator Feinstein  and I just want to say in a brief response there were no automatic assault weapons when the Constitution was drafted. There were not States National Guard, as we now have, which serves as our present day militia. Automobiles didn’t require licensed drivers and insurance…. oh that’s right… there were no automobiles then…. maybe we should rethink
ourselves into the 21st century.  All I want is no multi shot automatic assault weapons in the hands of the citizenry, license and insurance if you carry a gun, there is no need, for cops and the military that’s a different story.   I feel  pressure from conspiracy theorists and corporate NRA pressure, the sale of weapons and ammunition is no small thing, a reason to continue wars and encourage fear and gun buying is a large part of the hysteria being generated in the gun controversy. We need to step back and rethink rule by fear, it doesn’t work for a truly free society.

Bears, we live in bear country, in 27 days it will be Spring and Momma bears and their cubs start appearing, lets be ready to help them survive by keeping them wild. Living with Bears in CA , we have great local resources. Cracker Eshleman at cracker.e@att.net  is very helpful and check out Bear League let’s try to keep the tragic bear stories at bay this year.

There is an amazing young outdoor wilderness writer, Drew Fisher, and you can read his interesting articles here Wilderness 1st Responder and Adventure Leadership, I’m not prejudiced just because he has the same last name and might be my grandson.

So that’s all folks for this week, see you next Wednesday.

Wednesday February 13, 2013

The day before Valentine’s Day. Tomorrow there will be a plethora of flowers, candies, and other sweet gifts to ones beloveds, whether they be loved partners, children or pets. No chocolates for dogs! I’m allergic to flowers, I have received them over the years and loved them for a moment before passing them on to someone who can appreciate them without the runny eyes, nose and sneezing fits. My Vitamin C has to be without rosehips or my tongue tingles and my face gets red, but enough about me. Well one year I received flowers from my son and daughter-in-law, I came home to find tattered broken flowers in a vase on my table, as I wondered why they had given me such sad looking flowers… this is why….  so I discovered another reason why flowers don’t work for me…

Jasper likes flowers

Jasper likes flowers

What I am trying to say is- have a Happy Valentine’s Day. Your  favorite columns are all here. Be sure to check out the Fringe Safe Guns, and of course Carol’s MoviesCarol’s Books , Carrie’s CornerCooter, Gabby,  Java, and Jerusha . Our guest columnists have a lot to add this week. See Winslow Myers , John LaForge and Laura Finley .

This week’s cover photo is by Lynn Zanetta, a storm coming into Downieville. Lynn is a talented photographer and much of her work can be seen and purchased at the Downieville Day Spa.

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