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Hartman Bar Road Section Closed for Construction

PNF Press Release – July 18, 2022

OROVILLE — Beginning this week, approximately 3.25 miles of Forest Road 94 on the Plumas National Forest will be closed for construction.

It is expected the work will be completed and the road will reopen by November 4. Information will be shared as the work is completed and the road reopens.

The closure is between milepost 8.13 at the intersection with Forest Road 21N23, also known as Cascade Creek Road, and Forest Road 22N62, also known as Milsap Bar Road.

The stretch of Forest Road needs critical repairs this summer and is a section with numerous turns, the road narrows, sight is limited and there are not safe places to turn around. For public, employee and contractor safety, it is necessary to temporarily close the road.

Crews will be working on repairing road damage, removing hazard trees, widening the road, repairing slides and replacing retaining walls damaged in the North Complex Fire.

Today the focus was on signing the section of road as closed and moving equipment to stage in the area to start work this week. As work begins, the road will be impassible for the duration of the project.

Recreation sites, including campgrounds, trailheads and trails along that portion of Forest Road 94 are currently closed for repairs due to damage from the North Complex Fire in fall 2020. This includes South Branch, Hanson Bar, South Hartman Bar and Hartman Bar Campgrounds, and Hanson Bar and South Hartman Bar Trailheads and Trails. These sites are closed under Order Number 05-11-03-22-01.

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Downieville Class of 1960 Holds Reunion

DOWNIEVILLE – This past Sunday, July 17, the entirety of the Downieville High School Class of 1960 — Don Costa, Carolyn Ebbert, Bob Latta, Arlene Reed, Ila Williams, and Ken Wilmarth — met here to reminisce and catch-up with each other with each other, sixty-two years after they received their high school diplomas.

The group had an “awesome time” with everyone looking healthy and, since this group started school together as kindergarteners, they wonder if their class has earned to right to be included in the Guiness Book of World Records. Are there any other classes who attended K-12 together and could reunite over sixty years later without losing a single member?

Tributes Pour in for the Late Shaun Price

By Stephen Kulieke

July 16 Fundraising Dinner Set For Sierra Pines

Tributes continue to pour in for beloved Downieville resident Shaun Price, an emergency medical technician (EMT) and volunteer firefighter who is being remembered as someone who “showed up everywhere” he was needed.

“There’s probably not an organization here that he didn’t donate his time to,” Autumn Long-McGie, executive assistant to the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office told The Mountain Messenger. “It didn’t matter the time of day or night. Shaun had a servant’s heart and was always willing to help.”

Price, 59, was killed in the early morning hours of June 22 when the ATV he was driving flipped on Belle Street in Downieville near Highway 49. Seriously injured in the accident was passenger and Downieville resident Miles Ryan, who is recovering.

Miles was treated and released from the trauma unit at Chico’s Enloe Medical Center for broken ribs and facial lacerations, and other injuries— said spouse Max K. Ryan on Facebook, where many expressed hope for Miles’ speedy recovery.

A “giving, doing” kind of guy with a smile that lit up a room, Price touched so many throughout Sierra County by making his community a better place. His passing is a “huge loss,” said Long-McGie.

The Downieville Volunteer Firefighters Association of which Price was a longtime member has established a “Shaun Price Memorial Fund.” Donations to the fund “will be used for final costs as well as interim expenses related to possessions, insurance costs, housing responsibilities, and any and all needs in preparation for a memorial that will be scheduled later. Once a [memorial] date is set [expected to be in August] everyone will be notified.”

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Traffic Delays on the Horizon for Highway 89

SIERRA COUNTY – Caltrans is alerting Sierra County residents of the start of pavement rehabilitation project on State Route 89 between Sattley and Sierraville.

Beginning Monday, July 18, construction crews will begin work to repave a five-mile segment of the rural highway at the south end of the Sierra Valley. Motorists should expect reversing, one-way traffic control between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work if needed.

The work is part of a $3 million project to smooth and repave State Route 89 from just south of Wilson Lane near Sierraville to just north of Meadow Lane near Sattley.

Hat Creek Construction & Materials, Inc. of Burney is the prime contractor for the project, which is scheduled to be completed in August 2022. The construction schedule is subject to change based on weather, equipment availability or other unexpected events.

Seven Referendums Qualify for California’s Ballot in November

SACRAMENTO — As of July 12, 2022, the following initiatives have received the required number (5 percent of number of voters in the previous gubernatorial election) of verified (by county election officials) signatures for being placed on this year’s general election ballot.

  • Proposition 1 – Amends the state constitution to prohibit the state from interfering with or denying an individual’s right to reproductive freedom, including a right to an abortion and a right to contraceptives.
  • Proposition 26 – Legalizes sports betting at American Indian gaming casinos and licensed racetracks in California.
  • Proposition 27 – Legalizes mobile sports (on-line) betting offered by federally recognized Indian tribes and businesses contracting with them and directs revenue to Homelessness Prevention Fund Initiative.
  • Proposition 28 – Requires General Fund allocations equaling 1% of required state and local funding for K-12 public schools to be dedicated to art and music education.
  • Proposition 29 – Enacts staffing requirements, reporting requirements, ownership disclosure, and closing requirements for chronic dialysis clinics.
  • Proposition 30 – Increases taxes on personal income above $2 million and allocates 45% of new tax revenue for rebates on zero-emission vehicle purchases, 35% for zero-emission vehicle charging stations, with at least half of this funding directed to low-income households and communities. The remaining 20% of the revenue would be alloted to wildfire prevention and suppression program, with a priority given to hiring and training firefighters..
  • Proposition 31 – Upholds the ban on flavored tobacco sales.

Proposition 1 has been brought to us by the State Legislature, all the others were citizen-initiated measures.

Meanwhile, an initiative to reduce plastic waste was removed on June 30, 2022, after a legislative compromise was passed and signed by the governor. Also, an initiative to increase the cap on medical malpractice lawsuits qualified for the ballot in July 2020. However, in April 2022, the sponsors reached a legislative compromise with the California State Legislature and withdrew the initiative in May