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Bears At Play

We were saddened to learn about the death of OR-93, the grey wolf from northern Oregon who traveled south for the past couple of years, making its way into California in 2020 before being struck and killed by a vehicle near I-5 in Kern County sometime early in November. In response to loss of OR-93, who traveled the farthest south into California (historically a bastion of wolf habitat) since a wolf was captured in San Bernardino County in 1922, we decided it was best to show our respect for our native wildlife by showing a little happiness in our forests: bears hanging out in the Butte Creek Canyon as captured by Chris Wemmer, a local camera trapping friend.

Check out the excellent four-minute video below. We also suggest our critter-loving readers might enjoy checking out Wemmer’s well-produced, almost three-minute long video, of a ring-tail cat and its den in a tree, which is under the bear video.

Top Artists Featured at Mohawk Art Faire

Mohawk Community Art Faire 2021 featured artist, George Hal-
vorsen in his home workshop. He is working on the handmade raffle grand prize of a utility table. Photo by Judy Porep-Lullo

The Mohawk Community Art Faire (MCAF) is coming back this year after the pandemic recess of 2020.  The Art Faire is sponsored by the Mohawk Community Resource Center (MCRC) in Blairsden. Covid-19 caused last year’s show to be canceled but it’s back this year in full force. It will be held on the two days after Thanksgiving at the Graeagle Fire Hall in downtown Graeagle.

 It has been traditional to name a vendor in the Faire as the featured artist and this year it is George Halvorsen of Clio.  George is a longtime Plumas County resident and has been seen for years in numerous craft fairs in and around Plumas and Sierra Counties.  His art is woodworking and he creates beautiful and distinctive pieces of fine furniture and wood accessories appreciated by a wide audience. George worked as a general contractor for 39 years in Santa Rosa and Graeagle and has been producing fine furniture in his home workshop in Valley Ranch for the last 20 years.  He has been a part of the MCAF since its inception in 2014. 

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Vehicle Fire on Mountainside Above Downieville

On May 5th, at about 8:00 AM, a man arrived on foot at the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) to report his vehicle had caught fire approximately one mile up the steep, narrow, and twisty Galloway Road, south of Downieville. 

The Downieville Fire Protection District (DFPD) responded quickly to the news and, when they arrived on the scene in their green and yellow, four-wheel drive fire wagon, their crew discovered the fire being driven up the hill by a light wind through the heavily forested area. 

Given the circumstances, the DFPD immediately asked for mutual aid from firefighters in Alleghany and Pike City, as well as the US Forest Service. 

By 11:00 AM, local volunteers plus a Forest Service Hotshot crew from the USFS’s station in Camptonville were able to slow the fire’s spread and the incident command was assumed by the Forest Service, allowing the volunteer firefighters to be released.  

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Bigfoot spotted at BriarPatch Food Co-Op

(GRASS VALLEY) — Footage of the legendary Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, has been caught on film in the wee hours of morning at BriarPatch Food Co-op in Grass Valley. 

Employees were filming a short documentary about the history of cooperative grocery stores on Super 8mm film when they were startled by what appeared to be a 6-to-7 foot tall hairy beast walking down the aisles in lanky movements with arms swinging. 

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A Sunny, Great Yuba Pass Cook Off Produces Winners

A view of the awards ceremony at the famous GYPCC.

By Don Russell

For the 157th time in the Great Yuba Pass Chili Cook-off’s 30 year history, Jenny Varn again took home the first place trophy. 

There was much amiss at last Saturday’s festivities. Sixteen cooks suffered the balmy weather. Some health issues prevented Loyalton’s Andy White from creating his traditional masterpiece. He rarely misses the event, and always improves it. His absence, however, did not prevent judge Paul Bianco from taking some cheap shots at him in a rant that excoriated several other participants. With any luck, those disparaging comments will be published in some future edition of this scurrilous rag. 

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