On November 11, 2017 at 1556 hours, the driver of a 1997 Dodge RAM 1500 pickup from Truckee, CA drove at a high rate of speed, westbound on Beckwourth-Calpine Road, east of the intersection of SR-89. For an unknown reason, the driver failed to slow and stop for the stop sign at the intersection and continued westbound, across SR-89. The vehicle traveled off the west roadway edge where it plowed through a steel corral fence. The vehicle continued to travel westbound through private property at a high rate of speed and struck two additional steel fences before striking the front of a parked 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. The vehicle overturned onto its roof and came to rest on top of the parked Dodge. The driver sustained major injuries as a result of this collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. The involved party’s identification is being withheld pending notification to next of kin by the Sierra County Coroner.
by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
As Democrats parade the opinions of various psychiatric and psychological TV “experts,” claiming that President Trump is “mentally ill” and unfit for office, I was recently asked: “Should Congress and political candidates release medical records to run for or hold political office?” And “Is it even ethical for psychiatrists and psychologists to be on TV claiming the President is mentally ill, or has a personality disorder, if they have not examined the patient?”
These questions became even more relevant with the recent revelation that Grubbs Pharmacy on Capitol Hill delivers prescriptions almost daily to members of Congress and their staff, some of which are medicines for serious illnesses like Alzheimer’s dementia. In fact, the pharmacist who handles these prescriptions for Congress and the elite on Capitol Hill is quoted in the article saying he finds it “troubling” that the public does not know who is suffering from such diseases that affect brain function, memory, judgment, and ability to think and analyze complex information.
In several recent media interviews, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demonstrated facial tics, long pauses as she searched for words, stumbling over the pronunciation of simple words, and difficulty remembering basic information, dates, names, and even who is President.
Democrat presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton displayed facial tics, speech pauses, difficulty standing, and difficulty recalling words during the 2016 campaign. Yet the public was only told she had “pneumonia.” These observations are not typical of pneumonia and suggest a more serious neurological problem.
Senator John McCain disclosed he has a serious brain cancer, but has remained in office casting critical votes that affect all Americans, although this type of cancer can impair thinking and judgment and cause behavior changes.
President Trump has not exhibited any of the behaviors described above to suggest a medical or mental problem affecting performance. His speech is fluid, articulate, and does not show the pauses and loss of common words that are easily observable with Pelosi, Clinton, or McCain.
The public is already aware of a marked double standard for Members of Congress and political elites with regard to offenses that would lead to jail or major financial or other penalties for the average consumer and voter. Some recent examples include insider trading, failing to disclose contributions properly, failing to pay taxes, failing to disclose foreign investments, and a host of other offenses leading to politicians’ personal financial gain.
But what has not been discussed in the public debate or media is the even more serious issue of politicians’ failure to disclose to voters any physical or mental impairment and failure that may affect their ability to perform the job they are paid to do in representing us.
Compare politicians’ lack of transparency regarding serious medical illnesses or drug or alcohol abuse with what we see in other professions:
As a prescription for what is making Washington toxic and dysfunctional, this physician suggests requiring all politicians holding or running for office to release their medical records and disclose any medical or mental conditions for which they are being treated with prescription medications.
Would YOU want a pilot for your flight to show the problems exhibited by Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton or John McCain? Would YOU want your doctor displaying such incoherence and memory loss during your exam?
VOTERS, time to speak up. Hold politicians accountable for proper medical disclosures.
Then decide: Are they fit to hold office and make decisions that affect MY life?
Author/Contributor short bio:
Dr. Vliet has been a leader in patient centered, individualized medical care. Since 1986, she has practiced medicine independent of insurance contracts that interfere with patient-physician relationships and decision-making. Dr. Vliet focus is medical freedom and free market approaches to healthcare. Dr. Vliet is the founder of Vive Life Center and Hormone Health Strategies with medical practices in Tucson AZ and Dallas TX, specializing in preventive and climacteric medicine with an integrated approach to evaluation and treatment of women and men with complex medical and hormonal problems from puberty to late life.
Dr. Vliet is a 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient for her national and international educational efforts in health, wellness, and endocrine aging in men and women, and is recognized in the US as a motivational speaker in health and wellness and a powerful patient advocate, proponent of free market approaches to lower healthcare costs. Dr. Vliet is the recipient of Voice of Women Award from Arizona Foundation for Women in recognition of her pioneering advocacy for the overlooked hormone connections in women’s health.
Dr. Vliet's consumer health books include: It’s My Ovaries, Stupid; Screaming To Be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect-- And Doctors STILL Ignore; Women, Weight and Hormones; The Savvy Woman's Guide to PCOS, The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Great Sex, Strength, and Stamina.
In an effort to expand broadband services in all communities of Sierra County, the board of supervisors is working with the state sponsored Gold Country Broadband Consortium (GCBC) now managed by the Sierra Business Council (SBC). This consortium is of one of 14 regional groups representing 49 counties statewide, and is the local effort for the region that includes all of Sierra County. The SBC manager of this local effort is Michelle Gartner, and SBC took over this gold country effort earlier this year.
In order to both attract grant funding, as well as service providers, an accurate appraisal of the need in each community is needed and toward that end, the GCBC is soliciting any and all county residents with poor or no internet service to report that condition. To report either, the following links can be used:
For poor internt service, log in, take the speed test and report via:
If you have no service, you can fill out the form on this link or use a printed form. These forms are available in all post offices in the county as well as the Pike Firehouse.
The California Legislature established the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to support broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas of California. The Broadband Regional Consortia is funded by CASF and was created as a way to address the unique broadband deployment issues in specific regions and “to fund the cost of broadband deployment activities, other than the capital cost of facilities, as specified by the Commission".
Sierra County Supervisor
Residential open burning season has begun. Here are important rules and considerations.
Truckee Area: (530) 582-1027
Western Sierra County: (530) 289-3662
Eastern Sierra County: (530) 994-3561
Consider alternatives to burning:
Be a good neighbor... Smoke from your burn pile should not impact others!
“Wood smoke particles are so small, they can bypass the airway defenses and enter directly into the lung and bloodstream and can cause damage to cells, and lead to lung disease and heart attacks.” – American Lung Association, November 1, 2016
Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) science teachers are using a new fire science curriculum to ignite students’ passion for science. The Sierra Nevada Fireworks curriculum about the science of wildland fire was developed as a collaboration among PUSD, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory (of the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station), and the Plumas National Forest. While the curriculum for the Sierra Nevada is brand new, many activities were adapted from the original FireWorks Educational Program, published in 2000.
The new curriculum has been pilot-tested in many science classes and is now available for free online at https://www.frames.gov/fireworks/curriculum/sierra-nevada. Many activities require associated materials such as posters, hardware, and plant specimens. Digital materials can be downloaded and printed from the website, while other materials are available in FireWorks trunks. Trunks of materials have been provided to teachers at PUSD school sites.
FireWorks is a valuable tool to all educators, interpreters, and fire prevention specialists. Activities provide students with interactive, hands-on materials to study wildland fire and local ecology. Many of the activities are applicable wherever wildland fires occur, however, many are specialized for the Sierra Nevada.
Rob Wade, PUSD outdoor education has this to say about FireWorks, “It has been a great experience working with the team during the past couple of years. They really have transformed this idea into a meaningful, relevant curriculum for our teachers. We couldn’t be more pleased and are excited to integrate FireWorks district-wide this year.”
See the Sierra Nevada FireWorks brochure for more information or contact Rob Wade, email@example.com or Ilana Abrahamson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Runner was right: California now has the highest gas prices in the nation.
Republican George Runner predicted in April that California's gas tax hike would catapult the Golden State's already high fuel prices to the "highest in the nation," after the increase went into effect on Nov. 1, 2017.
It appears his prediction was spot on.
California's average per gallon price of gasoline reached $3.21 on Monday Nov. 6, 2017, or 12 cents higher than in Hawaii, which previously had the priciest gasoline, according to the fuel tracking website GasBuddy.com.
California's gasoline prices have topped Hawaii's since Nov. 3, 2017, according to the website.
Two energy experts told us in April that Runner's claim had merit. But they also said unrelated factors could keep Hawaii's then highest-in-the-nation prices at the top, even after the California tax hike went into effect. Following our practice of not rating predictions, we decided not to place Runner's statement on our Truth-O-Meter.
But, as promised in April, we decided to revisit Runner's claim. ...
Read the full article in PolitiFact California.
These are only some of the sweet animals that need homes with the closure of the mobilehome park. For Information, call Amanda Osburn at Loyalton High School or call the Booster at 993-4379
By Dr. Glenn Mollette
Our hearts go out to the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The First Baptist Church of this town and the entire community was ambushed in what resulted as the worst mass shooting in Texas history. Twenty-six people are dead and many others are currently fighting for their lives in intensive care. This is heart crushing for this Texas community and all of America as we must conclude no place is safe in America anymore.
My hometown church in Inez, Kentucky kept the backdoor of the church unlocked during most of my high school years. The church was a place where anyone could enter and pray, and seek refuge from the problems of the world.
A little Catholic church around the corner from where I once lived in Louisa, Kentucky kept the front door unlocked the entire time I lived there. My sons and I went in there a couple of times to just be quiet, think and pray.
While growing up as a kid my family attended different churches and there was never a thought of anything being unsafe about our worship.
Times have changed. Sutherland Springs, Texas again reminds us that evil is everywhere and no place is perfectly safe. Worshippers in this quiet Texas town gathered to sing, pray and hear a good sermon Sunday. They never dreamed their lives would end in church at the hands of sick and evil gunman. We don't know his motive for sure but it seems to me based on various reports that Devin Patrick Kelley was there to his kill in-laws.
Kelley's past was filled with troubles that included domestic abuse and a dishonourable discharge from the military. Unfortunately Kelley needed mental help that might have saved 26 lives and carnage that this Texas community will never overcome.
Too bad a good deacon in the foyer or vestibule area of the church did not shoot Patrick Kelley dead. I know my good moderate Christian friends frown on me for this line of thinking. However, maybe several lives could have been saved if the church had a game plan for reacting to terrorism. This has been a hard concept for my religious friends to embrace. Many have ignored the times of this world and simply sloughed it off. Some have said, "God will take care of us." Others want to brush off today's crisis with, "Something like that would never happen here."
Wake up reader. Bad stuff happens everywhere. This is our world. Walkers on a bike path in New York City are not safe. Concertgoers in Las Vegas are not safe. People shopping in Colorado are not safe. Moviegoers and schoolchildren are not safe. Quaint café wine drinkers on sidewalks in peaceful neighborhoods in Paris, France are not safe. Busy people trying to earn a living in prestigious skyscrapers are not safe.
We are all vulnerable. If we do not take a position of defense we are more vulnerable. People sitting in churches, concerts, movies and many other places are in danger of being attacked by surprise. It's very difficult to survive an ambush. This is why there must be a defense plan in place for all churches, civic groups, businesses, factory work places, offices and families.
When I was child I remember when my mother started locking the front door. We had not always locked the front door but my mother had heard about people walking our road late at night and decided it was time to do so. We also had shotguns.
Today, of course, people with common sense lock their doors.
America has changed. We still have a great country. I love America. America mostly has good and decent people. Sadly, there are Devin Patrick Kelley's scattered throughout our country. There may be one in your state or even your community. You have to be ready to confront him or them.
By the way, Kelley was denied a gun permit. He still managed to obtain guns. Evil people will find ways to rent trucks, obtain guns, knives or make bombs. Please think about this and live and sadly now worship defensively. Even church is not safe anymore.
Glenn Mollette is a syndicated columnist and author of twelve books.
He is read in all fifty states.
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SIERRAVILLE, Calif. - Keep the family tradition alive this year (or start a new one) by cutting a Christmas tree in the Tahoe National Forest! On your adventure enjoy some cool mountain air while spending quality time with your family. For the holiday season, the Sierraville Ranger District on the Tahoe National Forest is selling personal use Christmas tree cutting permits starting on Friday, November 17. The non-refundable permits are $10.00 and good for one tree. There is a limit of two permits per household and buyers must be present to purchase. Permits may be used only on the Sierraville Ranger District between November 17 and December 25, 2017. Along with the permit and tree tag, buyers will also receive a map showing cutting areas, requirements and helpful tips.
Although tree cutting is permitted through December 25, the Forest Service recommends cutting early in the season before higher elevations become snowbound. Trees can stay fresh for several weeks when properly stored. Because trees begin to lose moisture as soon as they are cut, place them in water as soon as possible. The Forest Service asks permit holders to practice good stewardship and be sure the Christmas tree is located on Tahoe National Forest land.
Tree cutters should be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and colder conditions in higher elevations. A fun family outing can become miserable and even dangerous with a quick change of weather for the unprepared. Tree cutting areas may not be accessible by some vehicles due to rough road conditions. Tree cutters should be prepared to hike, ski, or snowshoe to find their Christmas tree. Plan your trip by: checking the weather and road conditions; letting someone know where you are going and when you will return; having a full tank of fuel in your vehicle; and bringing plenty of warm clothes, water, emergency food, tire chains, shovel, a saw or axe to cut your tree, and a tarp and rope to bring it home.
Permits may be purchased directly from the Sierraville Ranger District office during normal business hours or at White’s Sierra Station in Loyalton. Permits can be purchased until December 24 or until they are sold out. The Sierraville office will be closed November 23 and 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
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317 South Lincoln Street (Highway 89)
Sierraville, CA 96126
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THE SIERRA COUNTY COURT HEARING brought about by W.H. Whitaker of Legal Services of Northern California on behalf of Loyalton Mobile Estates (LME) residents was held Thursday at the Sierra County Courthouse in Downieville. Many residents were in attendance as well as Tom Yatteau, Assistant Director of Operations for the California Receivership Group, and Joe Lamour, Sierra County Counsel. Presiding over the court hearing was Judge Charles Irvin. The Court proceedings were held in the Judge’s chambers and then Whitaker addressed the crowd with the agreed upon terms for moving out of the Park. He stated because it was an emergency item, the Judge was willing to hear the case. Whitaker said he talked about hardships for residents to have to move so quickly. He stated he was able to negotiate and the Court agreed to authorize the Receiver to pay $3,000 per unit for relocation if residents can vacate by Monday, November 13th. Whitaker stated if residents were not out by the end of November 13th, they would forfeit that money. He continued that wood burners and electrical heaters are banned from use and if caught would forfeit the money. Residents were worried about no other heat. Jim Rimmer stated that many double-wide trailers were built with the wood stoves in them. Whitaker said the Receiver could sort through on a case by case basis. He said after November 13th the Receiver would have the City of Loyalton shut off utilities. Whitaker stated residents could take their trailers out, but would need to provide the title. Resident, Lynette Canepa asked why the homes on Hill Street were not being evacuated due to sewage leaking near them. Whitaker didn’t know the answer, but stated the Receiver was most worried about fire. Other residents were upset about having to move right at Thanksgiving and in winter. Whitaker told them November 13th was what was negotiated and if they worked with the Receiver they would receive their compensation. He said those who wanted to file damage claims would have to forfeit their money, warning them it would be a long shot. Yatteau addressed the crowd and said as residents exit the Park, they would have to sign a release and then would be given their compensation. Whitaker stated this was an Order from the Court and understood it was still bad news for residents, but felt it was substantially better than it was. Long time resident, Ben Gallegos stated if they destroy the Park, they’ll need to destroy the cemetery as it was for the soldiers after war and they are buried in the cemetery. Yatteau stated they wouldn’t be touching the cemetery.