Ludi at the Yuba Theatre 1/31/18

Ludi Hinrich

The Sierra County Arts Council is pleased to present Ludi Hinrichs “THE JOY OF MUSIC ACROSS THE GLOBE” as part of our Artists in Schools program. Ludi will be performing a student assembly at The Yuba Theatre in Downieville on Feb. 8 at 10:30am. Ludi’s music is a reflection his own journeys to several continents, and the direct experience of performing and collaborating with master musicians and teachers from the US, India, Africa, Canada, Japan, Australia and Indonesia over the last four decades. Ludi offers our students the experience of hearing the unique beauty and commonality of diverse World cultures.

Ludi will perform samples of some of the World’s cultures utilizing voice, gong, harps, metallophones and wind instruments to visually and sonically open the student’s parameters of what music is, while actively requesting their participation, and at the same time enhancing the specific core elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, structure and ensemble awareness.

Ludi has over forty-five years of teaching and performing in public schools and venues both in the US and abroad. Currently Ludi is lending his talents to teach our elementary students music at Downieville School. You may learn more about Ludi at his website www.ludihinrichs.com.

The entire community is welcomed to join the students for this special performance at The Yuba Theatre. This event is sponsored by a grant from the California Arts Council and by matching funds from the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District and from contributions for our local community. Thank you to all the volunteers and to staff from our schools for making this amazing opportunity available to our students. Sierra County Arts Council is the State-Local Partner with the California Arts Council. For information call B.J. Jordan at 530-289-3673 or visit the Arts Council’s website www.sierracountyartscouncil.org.

Cannot Trivialize 1/31/18

Post-Truth and the Dreamers  – by Andrew Moss

“Post-truth is pre-fascism.”

Andrew Moss

This statement closes one chapter of historian Timothy Snyder’s recent book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. Snyder wrote the book as a primer on tyranny: an analysis of forces that helped destroy democracies in Germany and other nations in the twentieth century and that threaten democracy today. In saying that “post-truth is pre-fascism,” he was describing the profound hostility in totalitarian regimes to truthfulness and verifiable reality. Without reference to such reality, it’s difficult if not impossible to hold authoritarian regimes accountable.

The hostility is apparent in the current administration, and it’s particularly egregious in the administration’s treatment of the Dreamers, the young people brought here as children and who, until recently, had been protected by the Obama-era DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program. To see the antipathy clearly, all you need to do is connect a few dots.

Start with Trump’s announcement of his candidacy on June 16, 2015, when he told his listeners that Mexico is “not sending their best . . . they’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” In this statement alone, Trump made it clear he’d be using racist language to advance his candidacy, showing contempt for truth in the distorted, dehumanizing way that such language characterizes groups and individuals. In the campaign and in the first year of his administration, Trump continued to show his contempt in descriptions of Muslims and other immigrant groups, including expletive-laced labels like “shithole countries” to describe Haiti, El Salvador, and apparently all African nations.

In his book, historian Snyder wrote about the use of “shamanistic incantations:” endlessly repeated catch-phrases like “Crooked Hillary” or “Cryin Chuck Schumer.” In ceaseless repetition, these caricaturing phrases cast a kind of hypnotic spell, focusing our attention on the immediate moment and distracting us from reflection on larger patterns, bigger pictures. When talking about immigrants during the recent government shutdown, a shutdown precipitated in large measure by a stalemate over the fate of the Dreamers, Trump and his officials used highly charged phrases to taint all immigrants, including the Dreamers, in sinister tones. Trump himself tweeted, “The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked,” while one of his reelection campaign officials, Michael Glassner, declared that the president was keeping Americans safe from “evil, illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes against lawful U.S. citizens.” Meanwhile, the reelection campaign released that weekend a video asserting that, “Democrats who stand in our way [i.e. opposing Trump’s immigration policies] will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.” The racist discourse hasn’t abated at all.

Amidst this barrage of inflammatory discourse, it’s understandable if one forgets that the shutdown was entirely a manufactured crisis, instigated by Trump last September when he fulfilled his campaign pledge to end the DACA program. Though Trump declared at various times that the Dreamers were “terrific people” and that some were “absolutely incredible kids,” his treachery was readily apparent in his call for a legislative fix (or, as he termed it, a “bill of love”). His strategy was clear: cast the Dreamers into the unfriendly waters of a Republican-controlled Congress while attempting to use them as bargaining chips to advance a nativist immigration agenda.

It’s possible that the administration’s latest immigration proposal may mark the beginning of a productive process of legislative negotiation. The proposal offers a 10-12-year path to citizenship to 1.8 million DACA recipients and DACA-eligible individuals in exchange for new, highly restrictive immigration measures.

But any optimism may be premature, to say the least. It’s not simply that the proposed restrictions, such as new constraints on family reunification, are highly onerous. It is, instead, that the political atmosphere itself is so tainted by untruth and deception, so driven by racist impulses, that a broader strategy is needed.

We can’t trivialize the broader threats by focusing on the incompetence, ignorance, and personality flaws of Trump himself; there are too many enablers and handlers within the administration and within Congress involved. Instead, it’s necessary to see the struggle over the Dreamers’ fate, and over immigration policy itself, as fronts in a broader struggle against authoritarianism and the “post-truth” that supports it.

The legislative effort on behalf of the Dreamers must still go forward, and so, too, must the legal battles being fought on their behalf. But still more is needed: the continuing effort to educate and inspire – to show that an inclusive immigration policy is both humane and democratic, and that the fate of the Dreamers, our brothers and sisters, is bound up with the fate of us all.

Andrew Moss, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is an emeritus professor at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he taught in Nonviolence Studies for 10 years.

Diamond Mountain Watershed 1/31/18

Eagle Lake District announces Diamond Mountain Watershed Restoration and Wildland Urban Interface Project moving forward

SUSANVILLE, Calif. — The Lassen National Forest announced today that the highly collaborative Diamond Mountain Watershed Restoration and Wildland Urban Interface Project has been approved and will proceed into the implementation stage.

Acting Lassen National Forest Supervisor, Ted McArthur, hailed the efforts from Eagle Lake Ranger District employees who worked closely with the Lassen County Fire Safe Council and Sierra Nevada Conservancy. “This project is a testament to what we can accomplish at the community level,” said McArthur. “We look forward to beginning the work in this area and working with our valuable partners in seeking new opportunities for similar projects.”

“The project’s primary goals include completing large-scale landscape restoration work designed to create more resilient forests by reducing fuels and fire behavior, improving forest health and watershed function, and increasing safety for fire suppression activities on both private and public lands around Susanville and Janesville,” said Chuck Lewis, Eagle Lake Ranger District fuels specialist.

“Lassen County Fire Safe Council, Inc. (LCFSC) is delighted that the USFS Diamond Mountain Watershed Restoration Project Environmental Assessment has been completed and the decision notice has been signed”, said Lloyd Keefer, LCFSC chair. This represents a key milestone in the Diamond Mountain Initiative’s (DMI) quest to restore the forest and an important watershed in the greater Susanville community. DMI represents a broad coalition of agencies and landowners that began their efforts over three years ago. “That a major project can be developed by the USFS and be rolled out uncontested demonstrates the strength of collaboration at the community level”, said Tom Esgate, LCFSC Director. “All the DMI participants take great pride in helping to make this happen and now it’s back to work, helping to find the money to bring the project to fruition.”

“Sierra Nevada Conservancy is pleased to have helped set the stage to accomplish more forest restoration in the Diamond Mountains” said SNC Executive Officer, Jim Branham. “We certainly appreciate the groups and individuals working locally to move this effort forward.”

The Diamond Mountain Initiative is a joint public/private partnership that includes the US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management, CAL FIRE, Susanville Indian Rancheria, Lassen County, Lassen County Fire Safe Council, Inc., Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District, Susan River Fire Protection District, HL Power and private landowners. The National Forest Foundation has also provided LCFSC with capacity funding to support DMI.

Specifics on the project can be found here.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

Mountain Messenger (he’s back) 1/31/18

Don is back from the Mommy visit saying  she is feeling much better and doing well, he believes she is happy to see him, it is good his Mother loves Don… Milly loses her status when Don returns to his desk which annoys her, however Jill is just happy there is someone in the office to control Milly. The Valentine issue of the Mess is a little tricky this year… if you want to pronounce your love to your sweetie  before Valentine’s Day, then you have to get your ad in by the 6th…  but even better the 14th is on a Wednesday and the paper will be published on the 15th, so what better time to put an affectionate, loving message in the paper than the day after demonstrating your love is always and not only on the 14th of February… think about it and then call Jill and place your missive.

1/31/18 In an attempt to demonstrate he does have friends, Don traps Van Maddox in a booth at Coyoteville, observers felt that Van was silently mouthing “help me please” if they glanced his way…

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, (Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send in as below or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….

District Attorney Cases 1/31/18

Sierra County District Attorney
Lawrence R. Allen
District Attorney / Public Administrator                                larryallen@sierracounty.ws

SIERRA COUNTY CASES WEEKENDING January 26, 2018

William John (67) Rescue. Driving under the influence. Three years probation, 2 days jail, fine $1880, attend alcohol school.

Mark Kisch (49) Roseville. Hunting in zone for which he did not possess license and tags. Fine $670.

Kane Knoefler (37) Downieville. Violation of parole for not keeping in touch with parole officer. One hundred – eighty days jail.

Pang Punn (49) Foresthill. Possession of marijuana in open container in vehicle. Fine $460.

Steven Reel (63) Chilcoot. Possession of device for smoking a controlled substance. Twenty months probation, fine $1040.

Brody Smith (36) Ylina Smith (33) Concord. After a contested preliminary hearing, both defendants were ordered to stand trial on first degree (residential) burglary, committing a burglary while a person was in the residence, grand theft, and elder abuse theft. They remain free on $100,000 bail each. This incident involved a burglary of hotel business in Downieville.

Debra Hunt (33) Richard Douglas (22). Both pled guilty to residential burglary and committing a burglary while a victim was in the residence. They will be sentenced on February 9. Both defendants are in custody. Hunt is a sentenced prisoner our to Trinity County and Douglas has been in custody since the incident.

Shawna Graves (33) Loyalton. Dog at large, fine $153.

Ernest Suschnick (72) Oroville. Display of license not issued for the vehicle upon which it was being displayed. Fine $567.

Mark Black (47) Loyalton. Unlawful operation of motor vehicle in closed state wildlife area. Fine $475.

Sheri Wolverton (49) Yuba City. Sentencing after a conviction of setting fire to forest land. Five years probation, 100 days jail, fine $1435, and a restitution hearing is set.

Alfonso Ruiz-Tapia (34) and Margrito Valencia-Andrade (47), both are Mexican nationals. Sentenced for cultivation of marijuana with an illegal water diversion. Both were sentenced to two years state prison, after which ICE plans to deport both defendants.

Sheriff’s Public Log 1/31/18

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log

ACT-Active ARR-Arrest Completed CIT-Citation Issued CNC-Cancelled or No Report Required  INA-Inactive   RPT-Report Taken   TRA-Transferred to Other Agency   UNF-Unfounded UTL-Unable to Locate or Gone on Arrival – and here is Ca Code Source

1/22/18 –  2359 – No cases generated on the 22nd, peace reigned throughout Sierra County

1/23/18

  • 0942 – Controlled burn southwest of Calpine – TRA USFS
  • 1112 – Physical fight at Little Truckee Summit – RPT SCSO
  • 1757 – Arrest for 647(f) on Hwy 89 MPM 24.5 – ARR SCSO

1/24/18

  • 1354 – Control burn near Lombardi Point – CNC SCSO
  • 2322 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Calpine – TRA LOAM
  • 2357 – Residential alarm sounds in Downieville – UNF SCSO

1/25/18

  • 1010 – Control burn near Calpine – TRA USFS
  • 1340 – Single vehicle over embankment Hwy 49 – TRA CHP

1/26/19

  • 0855 – Possible suicidal subject in Alleghany – CNC SCSO
  • 0859 – Juvenile leaves the school in Downieville – TRA HHS
  • 0940 – Control burn Little Truckee Summit – TRA USFS
  • 1346 – Traffic collision south of Yuba Pass – TRA CHP
  • 1618 – Suspicious circumstances near Downieville – UNF SCSO
  • 1918 – Welfare check on juvenile in Sierra City – CNC SCSO
  • 1923 – Vehicle stuck in snow near Verdi – CNC SCSO
  • 2120 – Obscenities being yelled from vehicle in Loyalton – UTL SCSO
  • 2150 – Subject cited for infraction warrant in Loyalton – CIT SCSO
  • 2312 – Loud music report in Loyalton, none heard by Deputy – UNF SCSO

1/27/18

  • 1723 – Static called 9-1-1 from Alleghany – CNC SCSO

1/28/18

  • 0102 – Battery incident in Camptonville – TRA YBSO
  • 1358 – Tow needed for stuck vehicle north of Bassetts – TRA SCSO
  • 1458 – Possible trespassing in Loyalton – CIT SCSO
  • 1547 – Unleashed dogs reported in Verdi – CNC SCSO

 

Poor Rex 1/31/18

Capitalize on the Olympic Truce, Formalize a Freeze for Freeze with North Korea    – – by Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Poor Rex Tillerson. Secretary of State must have sounded like an awesome job to the former Chairman and CEO of Exxon/Mobil, it certainly would to most people. The massive pay cut must have given him at least some pause, as he made more than $25 million in 2016.

Now he finds himself working for a “very stable genius,” or an (expletive) moron depending on Trump’s or his own description of our president, with no discernible direction coming from the White House as to how to handle the very serious crisis with North Korea.

Recently Tillerson has sounded very much adrift or at least inconsistent in his public statements on the Korea situation, at times somewhat optimistic, and at other times pretty downbeat. He does come across as serious, appearing to be someone who would like to succeed at his job (assuming he keeps it, though he has survived rumors of his imminent ouster for several months now).

At the recent Vancouver meeting of foreign ministers from countries that (mostly) participated in the UN Command in the devastating 1950-53 war on the Korean peninsula, Tillerson threw cold water on what might be the most promising starting point for negotiations with North Korea, a “freeze for a freeze.” Under this approach, North Korea would pause its nuclear and ballistic missile testing in exchange for the U.S. and South Korea postponing their twice annual military exercises, which involve more than 200,000 troops rehearsing for war with the North, including simulated nuclear bombing runs and “decapitation strikes.” It’s no wonder the North loathes these exercises, hence their potential value as a bargaining chip.

Tillerson stated, “Let me be clear: We will not allow North Korea to drive a wedge through our resolve or our solidarity. We reject a ‘freeze-for-freeze’ approach in which legitimate defensive military exercises are placed on the same level of equivalency as the DPRK (North Korea)’s unlawful actions.”

The equivalency of nuclear and ballistic missile tests and massive war games is an interesting question, legally, morally, geo-strategically, and where one stands might well depend on where one sits. It’s certainly possible to imagine Pyongyang, faced with the massive military, political and economic might of the U.S.-South Korea (and Japan) alliance thinking it needs nuclear weapons to ensure its survival, observing how the U.S. invaded Iraq and Libya and overthrew Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi after they gave up their nuclear weapons programs. In his New Year’s address, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced the North had achieved its goals for its nuclear program and intended to spend more resources on developing its economy.

Still, the U.S., South Korea and Japan cannot guess at his intentions. They must be prepared for North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, and are justifiably alarmed at the thought of a nuclear strike on Seoul, Tokyo or Los Angeles, which could kill millions and wreck the global economy. They could also reasonably argue the massive war drills are meant to make Pyongyang think twice about any military aggression.

The question of equivalency is perhaps unanswerable, and ultimately moot, if it provides a place to start negotiations. And, while Tillerson might not admit it, there is a de facto freeze for freeze in place right now. North Korea has not tested nuclear weapons or missiles recently (there could be any number of reasons for that), and the U.S. agreed to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s request to postpone the war exercises until after the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, so practically speaking, through March.

One could go even further; not only is there in reality a freeze for a freeze in place, but also an Olympic Truce, a tradition that dates to the ancient Greek games and is officially recognized by the United Nations and International Olympic Committee. The U.N. vote on the current Olympic Truce was supported by both Koreas. The recent thaw in North-South tensions and initial talks resulting in agreements for North Korea’s participation in the PyeongChang Games beginning February 9 are certainly steps, perhaps small, back from the brink of war—a marked departure from the awful threats Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump have volleyed at each other.

Effective negotiators build on any points of agreement the parties to a dispute have at the outset. So why not ditch the “non-equivalency” argument and state the U.S.-South Korea war drills are on indefinite hiatus as long as North Korea continues to observe a moratorium on nuclear and missile testing? That would be solid footing on which to begin real diplomacy. South Korea isn’t afraid to talk to the North, why is the U.S.? If Tillerson can’t do his job, the least he can do is support the North-South talks, and let Koreans make peace.

Kevin Martin, syndicated by PeaceVoice, convenes the Korea Collaboration, a network organizing around the Olympic Truce and other initiatives for peace and diplomacy with North Korea, and is President of Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund, the country’s largest grassroots peace and disarmament organization with more than 200,000 supporters nationwide.

Carrie’s Need Corner 1/31/18

by: Carrie A. Blakley

We all have that 1 ‘catch all’ place in our homes. The cluttered drawer. The chair that serves as a mini-closet. The closet that serves as a mini-storage unit. The basement that is holding everything we don’t want to use at the moment, but may need at some point in our lives. The holidays, perhaps, or for projects we’ll take on at some point. I have that 1 kitchen drawer that holds everything that does not have a specific place in my kitchen. If you open that drawer, you will see knives, cheesecloth, pot holders, random kitchen gadgets, a few skewers and some rubber bands that came off of vegetable bundles. Can I get that drawer organized? Yes, I can, and I often do. The problem is that it never stays organized, and as a result, I have no choice but to get back in to that drawer and re-organize it. This process happens about 3 – 4 times a year, and it’s a royal pain in the ass. So, I start asking myself a few questions.

First, what items in this drawer do I use the most often? Then I ask myself if there were any items in this drawer that I use maybe once, or twice, a year. Finally, I ask myself how stupid did I have to be to keep answering the first two questions, but never actually do anything about organizing this drawer, which always wound up with me asking myself the same questions every single time I open the drawer. Trust me, it takes a special type of mediocrity in order to obtain that level of consistency when organizing a single drawer. This is when I come to the bi-annual conclusion that it is absolutely acceptable to have at least 1 drawer full of nothing but random stuff. Truth is, none of our homes are display cases. We actually live in these homes. We have laundry that has to be washed. We have that drawer full of random stuff. We have boxes of decorations, and keep sakes, that sit around doing nothing more than collecting dust. In fact, I believe that is their sole purpose. To collect dust.

We all have those books we haven’t read for decades, but can’t bring ourselves to get rid of. We have that one shirt/skirt/dress/jacket that we’ve been hanging on to since the beginning of time itself…that we’ll never wear again in our lives, but just can’t seem to bring ourselves to get rid of. Guess what? Unless you’re hoarding enough stuff to supply the local K-Mart for the next decades, that random stuff is perfectly normal. It’s your stuff. Do what you want with it. Want to keep saving it? Fine. Want to organize it? Great! Want to have it collect dust? Wonderful. Want to display it somewhere in your home so that you can enjoy it? Fantastic. Remember, sometimes, it’s perfectly all right to keep a few things here and there that are not organized. After all, we’re only human. So, enjoy all of your random stuff, and have a great week!

Wednesday January 24, 2018

Taking a moment to appreciate our businesses who stay open year round for locals, visitors and tourists and don’t forget the people who come to Downieville on business or work here. Coyoteville 289-1820 is always open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. till 2 p.m. thank you Audie and Patrick. John at Jadaa’s 862-5016 and Steve at the St. Charles 289-3237,  have committed to have dinner each day during the off season when many places have closed. Thank you Steve and John.

Equality means equality… for women and for men… this is not a “get even” or revenge moment… this is the opportunity to really deliver on equal pay and opportunities for all. Sex, Race, Religion, Culture have no meaning in what constitutes  a good employee in any profession. We, us humans, need to continue engaging our brain to get smarter, develop empathy, compassion and kindness, what the world needs now is love… Gosh, where have I heard those words before…seriously please let us continue to evolve and not regress to the age of stupidity.

“I would love to do it, and I would like to do it as soon as possible,” Trump said at the White House. “I would do it under oath, absolutely.” Ok, I think the tell word her is “would” he already has the tense… I’m just waiting for the next line saying who “won’t let him testify” .

I really do try to find a balance in the Prospect between local and guest columnist but sometimes one outweighs the other and this week words and thoughts by Mel Gurtov and Winslow Myers are particularly riveting and although the columns are lengthier than usual the information gained is well worth gathering, so please read and ponder for awhile. Of course Carol wants us to go to the movies and Carrie wants us to be safe, Chief Lozano wants us to eat spaghetti and buy raffle tickets (great prizes as always).

So the photo this week is near the overlook to the Great Sierra Valley at the Yuba Pass Vista Point taking by Lee Adams on his way to Supes meeting in Loyalton.

Advanced EMT Grads 1/24/18

The following Advanced EMT Students will graduate on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Downieville High School, Rm 5 at approximately 8 PM. Everyone is invited to join the ceremony. The Course ran from November 1st, 2017 through January 30th, 2018. The Course was sponsored by Sierra Frontier Medical Resources and Downieville Fire Protection District. They have completed 80 hours of classroom study, 40 hours of Emergency Room, and 40 hours of Advanced Life Support Training on the Ambulance at Enloe Medical Center. Classes were taught at Downieville High School by Frank Lang, NP, MICN and assisted by Bette Jo Lang, RN, Rachel Defibaugh, Paramedic, Downieville Ambulance Paramedic and Steve Folsom, Downieville Fire Advanced EMT. All students will be licensed by Nor-Cal EMS, and Certified by The National Registry of Advanced EMTs. The Course was part of a 3 year plan by Sierra Frontier Medical Resources teaching Homemaker Health Aides, Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians and developing the Western Sierra County Paramedic Project.

David Keyes, Jose Avelos, Shaun Felton, Leslie Baker, John Evans, Brandi Dudek, Diane Wharff, Megan Andaluz, Brian Attama, Mike Galan, Patrick Shannon.

Megan Andaluz Loyalton VFD, Brian Attama Portola & Loyalton Ambulance. Leslie Baker Alleghany VFD, Brandi Dudek Camptonville VFD, John Evans  Loyalton VFD & Portola Ambulance, Shaun Felton Pike City VFD, Michael Galan Downieville VFD & Ambulance, Dave Keyes Sierra City VFD, Patrick Shannon Downieville VFD & Ambulance Diane Wharff  Downieville VFD & Ambulance, Jose Avelos Eastern Plumas Health Care.

Disaster & Hazardous Training 1/31/18

On May 4th I will be sponsoring an Advanced Disaster Medical Response ADMR Course at Eastern Plumas Health Care’s Training Facility in Portola. While the instructor is still here, I am planning a Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations class Saturday May 5th. Location to be determined by the interest level.

The second day Hazardous Materials class meets the 29 CFR 1910.120 (q) and Title 8, CCR 5192 (q) requirements for first responders. For your reference I have attached a synopsis of the regulations (particularly relevant areas are highlighted). It is my understanding a single violation can incur a $30,000.00 fine, even to a volunteer organization.

1. Is this something your personnel need and are interested in, or are you already compliant?
2. Courses and materials will be grant funded so classes are free to participants. How many do you think will be able to participate on Saturday?

Actual flyers will follow once I have all details lined out. If there are others who should be on this email please feel free to forward and copy me. Any and all feedback is welcome.

LeTina Vanetti, Sierra County Public Health, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Office 530-993-6737

Cabin Fever Dinner 1/24/18

Downieville Volunteer Fire Association 

DOWNIEVILLE COMMUNITY HALL

CABIN FEVER SPAGHETTI FEED

ENJOY AN ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SPAGHETTI DINNER & DESSERT! SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018   5-7 P.M.

 Dinner tickets on sale at the door                                                               (No charge for delivery. Call 289-3333 for delivery)                                                                  ADULTS – $10.00 SENIORS – $8.00 CHILDREN UNDER 12 – $5.00

CA Trucking Assoc Prez 1/24/18

California Trucking Association
Names Lynnette Brown as 2018 President

(MONTEREY) — Yesterday, the California Trucking Association (CTA) announced Lynnette Brown, of KKW Trucking, Inc., is taking the helm as its president for 2018. Brown, who previously served as CTA’s first vice president, is the chief financial officer (CFO) of KKW Trucking, Inc., a regional, dry van, truckload carrier based in Pomona, California.
“CTA is fortunate to have Lynnette as president. Her passion and commitment to CTA are invaluable and under her leadership we will continue to accomplish great things for our members,” said CTA CEO Shawn Yadon.
“We look forward to working with Lynnette as we tackle the challenges facing the trucking industry here in California and nationwide,” added Yadon.
“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with an association that has done so much for the trucking industry and look forward to continuing to advocate for our members in this new capacity,” Brown said.
Brown is a graduate of California State University, Northridge, where she studied accounting and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. After graduation, Brown went to work for KKW Trucking, the family business, starting her career as a programmer and working her way up through the organization to become its CFO.
Brown has been an active member of CTA for many years and is the second president from KKW to serve the association. Her father, Dennis Firestone, served as CTA’s president in 1995.

About the California Trucking Association
The California Trucking Association has been serving the commercial motor carrier industry in California, and the companies that provide products and services to the trucking industry, for 83 years. A critical and vital component of California’s economy, 78 percent of California communities depend solely on trucks to deliver their goods. Our carrier membership ranges from individual owner-operators, to small for-hire fleets, to the largest national and international carriers. Allied members of the California Trucking Association range from businesses involved with truck and trailer sales, parts and service, insurance, legal services and all other businesses that support the trucking industry.

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