Month: February 2022

Sheriff’s Log

By Jen Henneke

Monday, February 14

00:56 – In Sierra City, a 911 call with static on the line. This is an ongoing issue.

04:31 – In Sierra City, another 911 caller with static on the line.

05:32 – In Sierra City, a request for an ambulance.

08:03 – In Sierra City, once again, the 911 static caller has struck.

13:38 – In Loyalton, Eastern Plumas Health Care Ambulance was requested.

17:23 – An erroneous 911 call from Border Town.

17:57 – In Sierra City, one more 911 call with SEVERE static on the line. A deputy cleared the call.

21:23 – In Loyalton, some roommates had a verbal dispute.

Tuesday, February 15

00:16 – In Sierra City, same 911 caller with static. That line really needs to get fixed!

00:20 – A report of a potential suicidal individual.

05:52 – A non-injury vehicle accident occurred.

10:01 – In Verdi, a USFS truck got stuck but had resources nearby to assist with getting unstuck. SCSO was not needed.

18:50 – In Sierraville, an ambulance was requested.

20:52 – In Sierra City, that damn 911 call with static on the line came in again.

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Sports

By Tessa Jackson

Big news this week for women’s sports! After a six-year battle with the U.S. Soccer Federation, the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team finally reached a $24 million settlement in their gender-pay discrimination lawsuit. Not only will they receive the $24 million in back pay, the U.S. Soccer Federation also pledged to pay the men’s and women’s teams equally moving forward.

Yes, equity for women’s soccer has been a long time coming, especially since the women’s team has been completely dominant on the world scene and the men have been terrible. Since the first FIFA World Cup in 1991, the U.S. women’s team has won more championships than any other country, with four wins. They have also won four Olympic gold medals. The best the men’s team has ever done in the World Cup was third place, way back in 1930. And worse than that, they’ve only qualified for the World Cup ten times since then.

While this deal does hinge on a new player’s agreement, the U.S. Soccer Federation has agreed to pay the women and the men, from the rate of pay to the bonuses, equally moving forward. America should be proud we have the most dominant female team on earth, and, finally, it feels like we are showing them we are. We all love and support our girls when they play high school sports, but it feels like the second they become professional, we tell them they are boring and not as competitive as the men.

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Here Back East

By Lenny Ackerman

Conversations with My Father

The headlines in the New York Times today of the impending invasion of Ukraine by Russia opened up a flood of memories from my childhood: the radio playing melodic cantatorial music in Yiddish on Sunday mornings, my father listening intently while he read his Yiddish-language newspaper. It was the one day of the week he was not working his parking lot. I remember seeing him sitting there, listening to the music, his face wet with tears. I must have been five or six years old at the time and was shocked as he was not one to show emotion outside of his fiery temper. Cautiously, I asked why he was crying, and he responded, his voice twisted in pain: “You don’t know how lucky you are to have been born here!” He was born in Ukraine, and it wasn’t until years later that I was able to piece together some of my father’s history. Few words were ever spoken in my family of the past. It was simply too painful. I learned that the letters so faithfully exchanged between my father and family members still in Ukraine – his father, mother, siblings, nieces, nephews–stopped after 1941, his entire family there having perished at the hands of the Nazis.

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Cory’s Historical Corner

By Cory Peterman

Black Pioneers of Sierra County – Part 3

During the time of the Civil War and for a long period thereafter, Sierra County was home to a generally pro-Union populace. Historian Bill Copren writes “Sierra County went for the Union Party candidates by majorities of two to one or larger during these years. Thirty out of thirty-six precincts gave Lincoln and Johnson a majority in 1864… It was also during these years and those immediately following, that the town of Smith’s Neck changed its name to Loyalton and the streets in Sierraville were renamed Lincoln, Grant and Meade.

Rather ironically, despite the anti-slavery, pro-Union Republican sentiment that dominated the county, it was reported in The Mountain Messenger of October 28, 1865 the following: “Negro Suffrage. — The fact has just come to light that John Black, a colored barber at Howland Flat, was elected at the last general election to the responsible position of Constable on the Democratic ticket. The Board of Supervisors have issued his certification. The Union party ran no candidate for the position.” This news also reached other newspapers, including the Gold Hill Daily News in Nevada, and other California newspapers including the San Francisco Call, the Petaluma Weekly Argus, the Napa Valley Register, the Santa Cruz Weekly Sentinel, and Stockton’s Daily Evening Herald, which reported “We think the Democrats there have rather got their foot in it in running a negro as a candidate, particularly since he was elected. The Messenger says the new constable paid its sanctum a visit, and he both reads and writes; and it likes John Black’s appearance, who he says ‘is in grave doubt as to whether his reputation will suffer or not in accepting office at the hand of the Democratic party.’ We think the Democracy of Howland’s Flat had better bag its head, after this effort.

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