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Sheriff’s Log

By Jen Henneke

Monday, July 19

09:05 – In Loyalton, someone was cited for driving under the influence and a Plumas County warrant.

12:21 – In Downieville, a welfare check was requested on a daughter camping with her boyfriend’s family. A deputy responded but the area was vacated. The reporting party was contacted and the daughter was okay.

15:02 – In Verdi, there was a report of a theft.

19:13 – In Loyalton, there was a report of a reckless driver. A deputy was unable to locate the vehicle matching the description.

20:16 – In Goodyears Bar, there was a report of smoke on a mountain side. CalFire, Plumas County and Sierra County deputies were unable to locate any smoke.

Tuesday, July 20

08:16 – In Loyalton, there was a report of a bovine wandering the road. A deputy passing through the area was unable to locate the wanderer.

10:24 – In Loyalton, Eastern Plumas Health Care Ambulance (EPHCA) was requested.

11:09 – In Downieville, there was a report of a possible scam. An email was received stating that the location of a missing dog was known and would be provided to the dog owner for a fee. A deputy made contact with the dog owner and believes the email is a scam but will continue to investigate.

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At the Firehouse

By Victoria Tenney

ALLEGHANY: July 18th – Firefighters trained in Pike City.

DOWNIEVILLE: July 20th – Responded for a person who was injured; responded for an injured person who was transported to SNMH. July 21st – Firefighters trained. July 22nd – Streets were washed for the Brewfest. July 23rd – Responded for an injured person, who chose to self-transport to the hospital; set-up for the Brewfest; The Brewfest. July 24th – The ambulance responded to Sierra City for an injured mountain biker.

LOYALTON: July 19th – 10:25AM, fall with dislocated knee, Sierra Brooks

PIKE CITY: July 18th – Firefighters trained. July 20th – Responded for an ill person who was transported by ALS ambulance to SNMH.

SIERRA CITY: July 22nd – Responded for a smoke check. July 24th – Responded to an injured mountain biker.

SIERRA COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT #1(CALPINE, SATTLEY, & SIERRAVILLE): July 21st – Responded for a brush fire in Sierraville; responded for a report of smoke, near Treasure Mountain. July 24th – Responded for a report of a vehicle roll-over near Little Truckee Summit.

Katie’s Sightings

By Katie O’Hara Kelly

North Yuba River – 7/6/22

It’s been HOT this week, with the temperatures in the 90’s, so I walked down to the river and spent the day! The river is low now, which is typical for summer, and easy to cross and warmer in temperature. “Our” swimming hole is just down the river a bit, and easy to get to. The water was perfect, the air was clear, the sun was hot, and life was thriving! I live in paradise!

There’s a lovely piece of bedrock that has caused a nice depth to our swimming hole. It is almost an island, with water on three sides, and I love to explore it every time I visit. This time I found lots of River Otter crayfish-filled-scat, two small snake skins, leopard lilies, and to my utter amazement a rare plant, Lewisia cantelovii!

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On the Shelf

By Paul Guffin

County Fair

The Plumas-Sierra County (Counties?) Fair is happening in Quincy, July 28-31 (Thursday to Sunday), with the theme of “Celebration of Fairs Past”. The Sierra Nevada Geotourism website says the fair has been “[g]oing strong for more than 150 years…” However, that’s pretty much all that I could find on the history of this two-county fair. Perhaps, at the fair itself, there will be more information on those “Fairs Past” that are to be celebrated.

But, thinking about the upcoming fair did lead me into a contemplation of the concept of county fairs. An online search of “county fair” provided pages upon pages about the fairs, both past and present, of specific counties. Trying to find information about the concept and history of county fairs proved a bit more difficult, but did result in these bits of definition:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “…a fair usually held annually at a set location in a county especially to exhibit local agricultural products and livestock.”

Dictionary.com: “…a competitive exhibition of farm products, livestock, etc., often held annually in the same place in the county.”

Cambridge English Dictionary: “…a large public event that happens every summer in U.S. counties, with rides, games, and competitions for the best animal, best cooked dish, etc.”

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Here Back East

By Lenny Ackerman

July 4th, 2022

In anticipation of the July 4th holiday, with the conflict in Ukraine in mind, I decided to do some reading about wartime heroism and bravery. Having read some of Stephen Crane’s works over the winter, including his biography, I decided to tackle his classic novel, “The Red Badge of Courage”, for my war fiction reading. For a more current, nonfiction perspective, I chose to read “Against All Odds: A True Story of Ultimate Courage and Survival in World War II” by Alex Kershaw. I started with Crane and finished on July 4th with Kershaw. Crane was a bit difficult and without the footnotes in the Oxford World Classics edition, I would have had difficulty with some of the references taken from contemporary Civil War sources. Crane penned this incredible book of man’s destiny in war in 1895.

Four American heroes of WWII are the subjects of Kershaw’s book. This book was faster reading, with vivid, detailed accounts of the heroic actions of the soldiers highlighted in the book – Audie Murphy, Keith Ware, Maurice Britt and Michael Daly – set against the backdrop of Hitler’s relentless, destructive efforts to thwart the U.S. invasion of Europe. Each of these soldiers earned multiple medals for bravery. Each earned their own “red badge of courage” by being wounded in battle and their stories of heroism leave an indelible impression.

I ask myself why I am drawn to read certain books and authors. In Crane’s case, my interest was aroused by a review of a recent Crane biography by Linda Davis. After that I was inspired to read his work, and started with his short stories. When I picked up “The Red Badge of Courage,” I soon realized I had read it in college. Recalling very little of it, remembering more of the scenes from a movie version we also watched in the class. It was like reading it anew. Crane was an exceptional writer who had only one trick pony, so to speak. “Red Badge” was it, and Crane was recognized after publishing it, but he died young without another full-length book to his credit. Many of his short stories are book beginnings. Crane was a war correspondent and bravely covered various wars and skirmishes for several newspapers and magazines. The Civil War was the great conflict of the time, but Crane, a generation removed from the action, was late to the rodeo. Instead, he wrote his classic about the war hero he wished to be. Kershaw focuses on the heroic acts pushing Hitler’s armies back to Germany, as well as the lives lost and the souls beyond repair after the war ended.

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