Until further notice the monthly Commodities giveaway will occur on the first Thursday of the month 1-3PM as a drive thru in front of the Loyalton Senior Center. There is an annual produce event coming up in September as well. The following is the basic info which I'll be posting on the Facebook community page and on fliers around town. If you are able to put something in the paper to let people know I would really appreciate it!
Upcoming Commodities events:
Thursday 8/6 1-3PM- Drive Thru at the Loyalton Senior Center
Thursday 9/3 1-3PM- Drive Thru at the Loyalton Senior Center
Friday 9/11 (tentatively 9AM-12PM)- Tailgate Produce Giveaway across the street from Leonards in Loyalton
All events are for anyone who needs help with groceries, there are no age or residency requirements. Please wear your mask and remain in your vehicle.
*** Volunteers needed for the 9/11 event. 5-10 able bodied adults to pack produce and load cars. Contact Chelsea at email@example.com if you are able to help out. Thank you!
PG&E URGES SAFETY DURING INCREASED FLOWS FOR WHITEWATER RECREATION ON ROCK CREEK REACH OF THE NORTH FORK FEATHER RIVER
A reminder about PG&E recreation whitewater flows being higher this weekend.
Lee Anne Schramel
Public Affairs Officer
Plumas National Forest
159 Lawrence Street
Quincy, CA 95971
Caring for the land and serving people
QUINCY, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges the public to take extra safety precautions as water flows will be higher through the weekend of July 25-26 for whitewater recreation on a portion of the North Fork Feather River.
During the higher flows this part of the river contains Class III, IV and V rapids, which are only appropriate for skilled paddlers, and not appropriate for tubing.
The Rock Creek Reach is the 8.3-mile portion of the North Fork of the Feather River in the Plumas National Forest between PG&E’s Rock Creek dam and the Rock Creek powerhouse near Storrie.
By 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, flows will be increased to 800 cubic feet per second (cfs) and later that afternoon reduced to 700 cfs. On Sunday, July 26 at 2 p.m., flows will gradually decrease to the season normal of approximately 150 cfs.
The recreational flows are conducted in cooperation with the American Whitewater organization and the Rock Creek–Cresta Ecological Resource Committee and are usually held four weekends a year in June, July, August and September. No recreational flows were held last month due to dry-year conditions.
PG&E advises recreationalists to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with others outside their immediate household.
PG&E offers the following water safety tips:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/and pge.com/news.
Press Release: July 24, 2020
Nevada City, CA--Local river communities are feeling the impact of increased visitorship on the South Yuba River. Due to COVID-19 shutdowns, many people from outside the local area are searching for a quiet place to cool off this summer and the South Yuba River has been impacted more than usual. With recreation sites closed around the state, visitors are flocking to the South Yuba River to enjoy its emerald green pools. Unfortunately, the river is being “loved to death” as evidenced by the mounds of trash and hundreds of cars lined up along roadsides—and even within the roadways. This summer tourism season is harming the health and safety of our river and community.
SYRCL has been at the forefront of on-river advocacy for nearly a decade. “This has been a tough year. Typically our River Ambassadors are at the river crossings each weekend talking to visitors from out-of- town and picking up trash. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to safely implement the River Ambassador program that, in normal years, helps mitigate negative impacts. This summer, the program has been pared down to posting signage and sharing safety messaging on social media,” says Daniel Belshe, SYRCL Community Engagement Manager. “Without this important program and with the increase in visitors, the problems are compounded.”
Local North San Juan resident Darlene Markey spurred online conversation this week by commenting, “We are experiencing more litter, graffiti, overuse of trails, polluted waters, sun lotion slicks, lack of bathroom facilities, increased fire danger, more rescue operations and increased exposure to COVID. We live in fear and frustration each weekend. Residents no longer have sanctuary—any quality of life–at our river crossings. We are cleaning up what 800,000 plus visitors bring and do to our beloved river and community. Enforcement is inadequate and spotty. Signs are completely ignored...what can we do?”
In addition to the litter issues, many visitors are ignoring social-distancing guidelines as they pack trails and beaches. Parking lots fill up quickly, prompting dangerous roadside and illegal parking that blocks access for fire, medical, and rescue personnel. Blocking these river access roads also blocks residents, not just an inconvenience but a safety concern for emergencies.
Local residents are requesting more be done to keep the river and river community safe this summer. Wildfire is a huge concern in the Yuba River canyon. One spark can put thousands of homes and lives at risk. Campfires and BBQs were made illegal at the river two years ago, but uninformed visitors still start them. Local beaches and trails are littered with illegal camps, garbage, facemasks, tents, picnic refuse, and glass.
“We’re hearing from our members and larger watershed community that this dangerous situation needs to be addressed through more awareness and more interventions by agencies,” says Booth. “We are seeing a lot more ‘first-timers’ to the river. Out-of-towners need to know it’s not safe to come to the South Yuba right now—from Emerald Pools to Bridgeport. Our rescue personnel are stretched thin, while the hazardous parking conditions and serious fire risk endanger visitors and our community. Also, it’s almost impossible to practice physical distancing right now.”
According to Booth, SYRCL is also hearing from the Yuba community that road and enforcement agencies seriously need to address the traffic dangers. “The small parking lots can’t accommodate all the cars this summer, and drivers are making poor decisions, desperate to find parking. Residents who drive
our roads everyday are horrified by the sheer number of visitors in cars and on foot, and the safety issues it is creating in our community. While our law enforcement and safety personnel are doing the best they can with the resources they have, it’s not enough. These problems are not new, but they are compounded by increased visitation and less capacity for SYRCL volunteers to be out educating the public. These issues have been ignored for too long – and here we are, a predictable bad situation made worse by an unpredictable public health crisis.”
“SYRCL and many of our local community members are willing to help to raise awareness, but what we really need are additional resources and enforcement from local and state agencies helping implement solutions that will immediately reduce risk,” say Booth.
About SYRCL: The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL, pronounced “circle”), based in Nevada City, CA, is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers. See: www.yubariver.org.
Informational Hearing Makes Damage to State Clear
Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Ted Gaines today held an informational hearing that considered both the pros and cons of Proposition 15, California’s “Split Roll” initiative that will appear on the November ballot. Following the hearing, Member Gaines came out in forceful opposition to the measure.
“California is straining under the coronavirus. Millions are unemployed, businesses are closed, and the last thing we need right now is $12 billion in new taxes put on the backs of struggling families. We are a resilient state and I’m convinced we will recover but for that to happen we need a business climate that promotes prosperity. Proposition 15 does the opposite. It will crush agriculture. It will hurt the mom and pop shops who are already at risk and scared for their futures. It will drive businesses out of our state.” Gaines said.
Prop. 15 would undo valuable taxpayer protections provided by California’s landmark Prop. 13, which was passed in 1978. Prop. 13, among other changes, implemented a predictable, stable property tax regimen in California, where commercial and residential properties are taxed at 1-percent of their purchase prices and increases in property tax are capped at 2-percent a year from that purchase-price valuation.
Under Prop. 15, many commercial properties would be subject to reassessment annually, or at least every three years, opening the door to the unpredictable property tax spikes that forced seniors out of their homes in the 1970s and contributed to the taxpayer revolt that ended in passage of Prop. 13. It is referred to as “split roll” because it would lead to different treatment of residential and commercial properties in the property tax roll.
In addition, under the measure’s definition of “real property used for commercial agriculture,” fixtures and improvements such as irrigation systems, barns, tasting rooms and even fruit trees would be subject to reassessment, exposing the agricultural sector to a wave of new and higher taxes. Additionally, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office review of Prop. 15 indicates that rural areas may end up losing money overall if the initiative passes, even as their agricultural interests pay more in taxes, providing a double blow to these communities.
Gaines hosted today's Prop.15 informational hearing, convening initiative supporters and opponents, assessors, the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Board of Equalization personnel, as well as tax professionals involved in the property tax appeals process. The hearing was non-partisan and did not call for the Board to take a position on the measure. It was designed to give Board Members deeper insight into the alleged need for the initiative, how it would be implemented, and how it would affect property tax administration in the state. However, the day’s testimony made clear to Gaines that the measure would be a disaster for California taxpayers and businesses.
“When will California taxpayers ever catch a break? They pay the highest gas taxes, highest state sales tax, highest income taxes, highest corporate tax in the western states; it’s never ending. If this Initiative were to be successful, I have no doubt that Prop. 13 homeowner protections would be the next target.
“I support Prop. 13. For four decades it’s been the bedrock protection for homeowners and business property owners. As a taxpayer advocate, I oppose split roll and every other effort to raise California taxes.”
Elected in 2018, Ted Gaines represents nearly ten million people as a Member of the Board of Equalization.
We just received approval from the Sierra County Health department to have our students return to school on August 26th. The approval was granted with very specific guidelines that included wearing masks and social distancing at school by everyone. Violation of these guidelines will result in cancellation of the approval. I implore everyone to wear masks and social distance as required by the health department thru out the county. We need to set an example for our kids. If the virus spreads in our county it may mean we close the schools. Please comply, help keep our schools open and protect us all. Mike Moore, Sierra Plumas School Board President.
By Tessa Paoli
Downtown Downieville in Sierra County is usually packed with tourists in the middle of the summer. But the town is quiet this July, and so are the teenagers. High schoolers experienced prom and graduation cancelations in the first couple months of shelter-in-place and now they’re having to spend the summer inside.
Mia Martinelli is 14 years old and figured she would be spending the summer after her freshman year of high school hanging with friends and shopping in Reno. But the pandemic has changed a lot of her plans.
“At first my parents were very loose about it. And then it hit them and they were like, you can't go outside. It's too dangerous,” Martinelli said. “I didn't see her for a month and a half.”
Martinelli is talking about her best friend, Isabel Long-McGie. They’re in the same class at Downieville High School and live across the street from each other. They weren’t allowed to hang out inside until recently, so they would say hi and chat outside their houses, six feet apart, with a fence in between them. Isabel could not get used to it.
“She would be there waving at me. And I was like, we're so close, but so far apart,” Long-McGie said.
And for Martinelli, too much time at home without seeing friends took a toll. Her attitude changed and she started acting out.
“So I got my door taken off, because I was very rude and I would slam it all the time,” Martinelli said.
James White has also readjusted his expectations for the summer. He just graduated from Quincy High School and was looking forward to a busy, fun couple of months before leaving for the University of Nevada to study animal science.
“It kind of hit me like a wall. Because every single thing I've done up to this point has been working towards, you know, graduation, the county fair, all of those things. And they kind of have been taken away one by one by one,” White said.
The Plumas-Sierra County Fair in Quincy wasn’t just a social event for White. The 17-year-old has been raising and showing rabbits and poultry for years and was looking forward to his last county fair before moving to college.
But James still isn’t sure if he’ll be able to move to Reno and live in the dorms for his first semester of college. It all depends on whether or not the COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Nevada.
“I've lived in Quincy my whole life, a town of you know, a really small town. And I'm excited to go out and see the world and experience diversity and all that,” White said.
While events were getting canceled for most teens in Plumas and Sierra counties, 17-year-old TyAnna Farmer was making things happen. She heard about the Black Lives Matter movements all across the country after George Floyd’s death and thought, why not Quincy? She decided it was time to visibilize the racism she’s experienced in her hometown her entire life as a Black person.
“At this point I feel like I've been silent for a very long time. Like, I've been very complacent and I've just kind of watched and let it happen. And then this year, I was kind of like, 'No, I'm speaking up. I'm gonna call attention to the racial injustice,'” Farmer said.
Farmer’s friend Tristan McMichael, who’s a rising senior at Quincy High School, stepped in to help organize the protest for June 5 and spread the word.
“We just kind of shared a flyer out and it went everywhere,” McMichael said.
Farmer read a poem she wrote about her experience in Quincy’s mostly white schools. About 300 people in masks, holding signs, showed up in support.
“There were literally people playing music. There were people dancing, like it was awesome. It was so nice and so many people came out to show support. Honestly I think that’s the most support I’ve ever felt in Quincy,” Farmer said.
But even after organizing a huge protest on their own, Farmer and McMichael are also very aware that their last summer before their highschool graduations is being spent at home, in lockdown.
“It's our last summer of being actual legal kids,” McMichael said.
Nina Sparling Contributed to this report.
Nevada City, Calif. — Tahoe National Forest fire management officers and recreation managers have noticed two distinct trends so far this summer: an increase in Forest visitors dispersed camping and a sharp increase in both escaped and illegal, unattended campfires.
The Tahoe National Forest entered campfire restrictions on May 29, 2020. Since that date, wildland firefighters have responded to nineteen escaped campfires. An escaped campfire, by definition, is an incident in which an unattended campfire is already burning adjacent areas and the immediate suppressive action taken by Tahoe National Forest wildland firefighters have prevented further spread. By comparison, the second highest number of escaped campfires over the same date range occurred in 2018 when the Tahoe National Forest responded to only nine escaped campfires.
“These numbers only account for statistical escaped campfires,” said Eli Ilano, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor. “Firefighters, recreation managers, and other Tahoe National Forest employees have also taken action on approximately seventy-five unattended, illegal campfires outside of designated recreation sites. These are campfires that have been left burning with the possibility of immediate escape into the forest. Drastic numbers such as these greatly increase the potential for large, destructive wildfires.”
“In California, about 95% of wildfires are human caused and many are the result of escaped campfires. We need our visitors, now more than ever, to practice responsible recreation. This starts by following campfire restrictions,” said Ilano.
Current fire restrictions prohibit campfires outside of fire rings within specific developed recreation sites across the Tahoe National Forest. Fire restriction patrols will be conducted throughout the remainder of the summer and into the fall; punishment could mean up to $5,000 in fines or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. A list of locations where campfires are allowed within established fire rings can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/home/?cid=FSEPRD750152.