7-15 Letters to the Editor

New Fire Station in DV?

Last month the Downieville Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) announced the need for a new fire station in Downieville. Thank you to all who responded to the article with comments, suggestions and donations. To date we have raised $22,600. We have set a Community Goal of $250,000 with the plan we will be able to qualify for Grants with matching funds. We have adjusted the budget based on suggestions to $1,000,000. A Community
Thermometer tracking the progress on our goal will be displayed at the Community Hall Fire Bay. Again, NO new taxes or assessments are planned for this project.

We are pleased to announce that a discussion has begun with the US Forest Service to develop a shared new Fire Station on the US Forest Service Campus in Downieville. Contributions for financial support to this worthwhile cause can be made through the Downieville Volunteer Firefighters Association a qualified 501(c)3, at PO Box 173, Downieville CA 95936. Please designate a donation for DFPD Fire Station.

Anyone interested in donating time or other resources can contact DVFD Chief Marty Creel or any member of the DFPD at 530 289-3333 or dvillefire@gmail.com.

Frank J. Lang, NP, JD
Deputy Medical Director
Downieville Ambulance & Urgent Care
Downieville, CA 95936

Unprofessional Behavior

I am writing this about an incident occurring on a recent Sunday night in Sierraville about 9:30 pm. At that time I was getting ready to go to bed when I noticed an abundance of red and blue flashing lights out my window. I went to see what was occurring and I saw my son being arrested. However, this is not about the arrest, it’s about what occurred when I approached the officer. I don’t know his name but he had stripes on his sleeve. Was he a PFC, a CPRL or a SGT? Who knows the rank structure in the SCSO? Does the sheriff wear 4 stars on his collar like Patton or Schwarzkopf.

Anyway, as I approached I was met with loud shouts of “Stay There, Do Not Come Near,” I showed my hands were empty and said, “I am not a threat. What is going on?” Still loud and aggressive shouts of “get back, you are in my space, get back.” To me these actions and body language were over the top, aggressive and out of control. I was the only person standing there. I thought police officers were trained in conflict resolution and de-escalation of potentially bad situations. He could have been professional and spoken in a calm manner instead of the angry
aggressive posture he exhibited.

I believe that remedial conflict resolution, anger management training should be mandatory, and a
reassessment of this officer’s professionalism be made. He was loud, aggressive, out of control, and obviously on an adrenaline or cafefine high. Totally unprofessional! Now that I have stated my feelings, I am sure I am downrange with cross hairs on my back.

Wesley E Fowler

Time to Suspend Wildlife Services Contract?

Throughout Plumas County, third grade students are taught that it’s “cool to be kind” to animals. This very worthy program fosters empathy and kindness toward animals and each other. Are we adults living up to these basic codes of decency? Are we adults setting a good example of kindness for our county’s children?

According to our FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] request, over 4000 wild animals—4,248 to be exact— bears, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, muskrats, skunks, mountain lions, and others were killed
over the last decade in Plumas and Sierra Counties. It is not kind to shoot a mother coyote just because she’s hungry and we’ve placed cows into her habitat—which are a tempting meal for any predator. It is not kind to kill her, leaving her pups alone, defenseless, and starving. It is not kind to kill beavers, a keystone species essential to river health and river habitat, because we think we know better than they, though they provide us their flood control and fish habitat services for free. It is not kind to trap a fox and leave him for days in his own feces until he slowly and painfully dies of dehydration.

We know according to science that fencing, guard dogs and llamas, and other deterrents can successfully defend livestock from most predation. Killing predators when these effective alternatives exist is simply unethical and unkind. State courts have ruled that renewal of a wildlife killing contract is subject to environmental review, and Plumas and Sierra have no such review in place. Without an environmental review, significant harm is likely, including the inadvertent killing of wolves who are repopulating our wild areas, and remain protected in California.

Now is the perfect time for Plumas and Sierra Counties to suspend their Wildlife Services contract and to adopt more effective non- lethal alternatives used successfully for decades, often with the cooperation and support of ranchers who have installed fencing, guard dogs and llamas, to forestall predation. Marin, Humboldt and
Mendocino counties are also shifting to non-lethal programs and Plumas and Sierra County Supervisors should follow suit. Plumas Board can be e-mailed at: public@countyofplumas.com Sierra Board can be contacted at: hfoster@sierracounty.ca.gov

Josh Hart, Spokesperson
Feather River Action!
Portola, CA

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