Month: June 2022

Highly Valued Member of Downieville’s Community Dies

DOWNIEVILLE- Tragically, Shaun Price, an esteemed member of Downieville’s community was killed early yesterday morning in accident involving an ATV here on Belle Street. Shaun was an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter with the Downieville Fire Protection District and Ambulance, a member of the local Lion’s Club, and he served on the Board of the Sierra Frontier Medical Resources.

Another community member, Miles McHugh, was injured seriously in the same accident. Fortunately, Miles is expected to recover.

Night Sky

By Collin O’Mara-Green

Summer Solstice 2022

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/CalTech

Happy summer solstice, everyone! We just had the longest day of sunlight on June 21st. Each day until the winter solstice will have less daylight hours by a few minutes. Solstice, or “sun”+”still”, is when the apparent movement higher or lower in the sky at local noon stops and reverses.

This happens due to the natural tilt of the Earth. Our rotational axis is inclined 23.5 degrees from the plane of our orbit around the Sun. Think of a spinning gyroscope that is tilted off-center. You can move the gyroscope around but the tilt direction remains the same. Same goes for Earth, but super sized.

Our tilt means part of the year, each hemisphere of the Earth gets more or less sunlight during daylight hours. Same for nighttime. Equal amounts of day and night occur twice in our orbit during equinoxes, or “equal”+”night”.

Enjoy the long days thru the summer months and hope for clear, cool skies!

Keep lookin’ up!

Canada’s Roots-pop Trio Good Lovelies Performs at The Center for the Arts on July 7th

GRASS VALLEY – With nine critically acclaimed releases, a #1 single, a JUNO Award, and a devoted fanbase blanketing the globe, roots-pop combo the Good Lovelies are among Canada’s brightest musical lights. For more than a decade, the hardworking trio of Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough, and Susan Passmore — guitar-wielding songwriters all, and queens of the goose bump–raising three-part harmony — entered 2020 at full steam, with plans to write and record new material, reduce their carbon footprint via multiple green initiatives, and to build on their reputation as electrifying performers with extensive touring, culminating in their highly anticipated annual seasonal concerts. The best really is yet to come; the talented and hardworking Good Lovelies are poised to soar even higher in the roaring 2020s on every conceivable front.

At their core they can be described as a country/folk trio, with tinges of pop, roots, jazz and sometimes hip-hop mixed in. Their musical career has yielded four widely acclaimed studio albums, two Christmas collections, two EPs, a live album, and a #1 single “I See Gold” from 2018’s smash Shapeshifters plus devoted fans in Europe, Australia, the U.S. and homeland Canada, where performances alongside the Toronto Symphony Orchestra are not unheard of.

The Good Lovelies first united in 2006 for a one-off performance and the songs that started it all came from their debut 2009 self-titled album which earned them the Roots & Traditional JUNO award for the album. “We were floored, honored, petrified, over the moon – you name it – we were all of it!”

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Katie’s Sightings

By Katie O’Hara Kelly

Cootlings, Goslings, and Ducklings!

American Coot (cootling) – Fulica americana

I met some friends over in Sierra Valley this past week, and we spotted this juvenile American Coot near the Steel Bridge! It was SO wildly colored and feathered! Its wispy, long, orange and yellow, downy feathers looked like a dyed feather boa! And its bright pink bald head and orange bill added to its overall “flamboyance”! What a cute, colorful surprise to find in the wetlands!

American Coot (cootling – adult) – Fulica americana

An adult Coot was diving repeatedly and surfacing with plants to feed the juvenile Coot or “cootling”! Both male and female parents feed the young coots. Since they are sexually monomorphic, I couldn’t tell if this was a male or female Coot. American Coots are not ducks. They are rails, and belong in the Rallidae family.

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On the Shelf

By Paul Guffin

The Twentieth of June

In this column, I often focus on what celebrations and observances happen during the various months of the year. This time, however, I thought it might be interesting to focus on a specific date — and, since I’m writing this column on Monday, I figured, why not use this date: June 20. So, here’s what I know and some of what I’ve discovered. (Also, a reminder: you can discover a lot of neat stuff like this in the Downieville Library.)

  • 1214: University of Oxford receives its charter
  • 1685: Monmouth Rebellion — James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, declares himself King of England
  • 1782: U.S. Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States (no, this isn’t a large mammal rescue)
  • 1787: At the Federal Convention, Oliver Ellsworth moves to call the government the “United States”
  • 1819: U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrives in Liverpool, the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic (though it cheated most of the way by journeying under sail)
  • 1837: 18-year-old Victoria becomes Queen of England
  • 1840: Samuel Morse receives a patent for the telegraph
  • 1863: National Bank of Davenport, Iowa, becomes the first chartered bank in the United States
  • 1867: U.S. President Andrew Johnson announces the Alaska Purchase
  • 1877: Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 1893: Lizzie Borden is acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother
  • 1895: Caroline Willard Baldwin is the first female to earn a PhD from a U.S. university — Cornell University in science
  • 1903: Barney Oldfield accomplishes the first mile-a-minute performance in a car at Indianapolis, IN
  • 1919: Treaty of Versailles is signed
  • 1941: U.S. Air Force is established, replacing the Army Air Corps
  • 1943: Detroit race riot, with 35 killed
  • 1955: AFL-CIO formed by merger of American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • 1963: U.S. & Soviet Union sign agreement to establish hotline between Washington, DC, & Moscow
  • 1967: Linda & I get married
  • 1975: Movie Jaws is released
  • 1990: Asteroid Eureka is discovered
  • 1991: German Bundestag votes to move seat of government from Bonn to Berlin
  • 2001: World Refugee Day established on 50th anniversary of Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (originally this was known as Africa Refugee Day)

What’s New on the Shelves of the Downieville Library

Some new residents in our library community:


  • A Highland Christmas, by M.C. Beaton (mystery)
  • Final Flight, by Stephen Coonts (thriller)
  • Notorious Nineteen, Takedown Twenty, Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich (mystery)
  • The Dark Wind, by Tony Hillerman (mystery)
  • The Bitter Season, by Tami Hoag (mystery)


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