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Letters to the Editor

December 13, 2018

Thank you for the great article using John's excellent report.
A great thank you to John, Megan and Robert. I don't have their emails so maybe you could pass this on.
The actions of these selfless citizens are truly above and beyond.
God bless them.
Ormond Crowder

Hello Jan,
Just a little info on the size regulations for stop signs. According to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD); All new signs erected on single lane roadways are to be 30”X30” and all new signs on multi-lane roadways are to be 36”X36”.
I can't think off the top of my head where we have any multi-lane roadways in our county so the size of stop signs should be 30”X30”.
Now I did read prior to 2013 the minimum size was 24”X24” but I have yet to locate anything that states the older 24”X24” Stop Signs were not valid.
Hope this helps a little…
Tim Standley
Sheriff, Sierra County

Keep that snow up there. We do not get any in Marin County. Enjoy the holidays. My family is from Switzerland. We have a lot of dairy ranches in Novato. Most of them are gone that were Swiss. I was raised on ranches. My grandfather came to California in 1884 to Point Reyes. The ranch has been sold. I was born in Novato 1927. Happy Holidays,
Thanks again.
Bill Mazzoleni
Novato, CA

Want to send out a big thank you to all who turned out
for the Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday Dec. 1st. held on Main Street of Loyalton. The evening was a big success and enjoyed by young and old. This is a tradition that has been going on since 1995. Hopefully in conjunction with the Fire Department and Rotary it will be enjoyed for many years to come.
Also want to thank Loyalton Rotary Club for supplying the beautiful tree and handing out hot chocolate and cookies to everyone.
A big thank you goes to Jim Turner for helping put up the tree and Loyalton Volunteer Fire Dept. for decorating and giving all the rides to the children on the Fire Engines.
Last but not least a thank you goes to Santa Claus for taking time this busy time of year to take toy orders from all the children and giving each a candy cane.
Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Loyalton Vol. Fire Dept.
Asst. Fire Chief,
Robert DeMartini

It's Not an Accident, It's a Crash
In 2017, there were 10,847 people killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, an average of one fatality every forty-eight minutes. (NHTSA 2018)
In 2014, a group of DUI incarcerated murderers came together to discuss the underlying issues that led to their substance abuse and driving under the influence (DUI). The meetings progressed to the point of creating Responsibly Driven, a program developed by inmates to affect long-term change for those arrested or who are at risk of driving under the influence. IMPACT: Insights, Effects and the Reality of Impaired Driving is the first book of the Responsibly Driven series.
The crime of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) negatively impacts tens of thousands of people each year. Despite numerous DUI prevention campaigns, every day countless individuals continue to get into their cars and drive intoxicated. Why is it that people from all walks of life fail to appreciate the inherent dangers of impaired driving or the devastation it leaves behind?
Impaired driving is a one-hundred percent preventa-ble crime. The intent of this book is to bridge DUI offenders with everyone in hopes of establishing a

greater awareness and a dialogue for effective DUI prevention.
Testimonials in IMPACT explain the effects of impaired driving. Family members, first responders, ride-share drivers and more, generously share their experience of enduring the effects of impaired driving. DUI offenders expose the depths of their denial and distorted thinking while offering candid insight into their rehabilitation and attempt to make amends.
Let's turn the existing negative consequences of impaired driving into a positive impactBROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE

December 10, 2018
Subject: 2018 Internet Access Data Report for Loyalton.
Dear Editorial Team,
Strong, modern economies require strong, modern broadband infrastructure.
If a community wants to grow, affordable internet access is an essential prerequisite. Just look at the turnaround in cities like Chattanooga, Tennessee and Austin, Texas, where  fiber internet upstarts have driven down prices and enabled thriving tech industries.
Unfortunately, the FCC's latest reports paint a disappointing picture of internet access in the USA. 24 Million Americans still don't have access to broadband
service [1], and millions more only have two options for service. In rural areas, download speeds are barely better than dial-up.
The attached report shows detailed broadband statistics we've gathered on Loyalton over the past year. As discussed, there is an exciting and impactful story to be told about broadband access roadblocks in Loyalton.
Engaging local residents is critical to raising public awareness about broadband issues. We know the report is dense, so here are the key facts for easy
1. Loyalton is the 15,317th most connected city in the US.

2. There are 8 internet providers in Loyalton with 4 of them specializing in business services.

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3. 11.56% of the city has access to Plumas Sierra Telecommunications.
I'm writing from BroadbandNow, an organization working to raise public awareness of internet access issues in the US.
We recently crunched some numbers on internet access in Loyalton. Loyalton is a good case study for the trend towards reduced choice for internet service, as more large corporations merge and work to squash small companies. This is frustrating for Loyalton residents who feel like they only have one option for internet, with a large price tag for slow service. (You might relate.)
It's a hot-button issue, in our experience.
Ana De Castro

Dear Editor,
My over riding concern now and in the days to come is the climate crisis. Why I have waited to write you beats me. This is what I consider when I vote. This is what I contemplate when I buy any product. This is what I think about making my vacation plans and movement locally. Climate crisis has been my concern and even my worry for years.
The horror came to me when I sat in a driveway at home finishing an interview on the radio of a climate scientist who projected what we are in now. This was over a decade ago. What he said, after giving his analysis of the facts, made me very wary of where we were going because he ended with saying that he and
other scientists did not want to start a panic about global warming. I mentioned this to others who were not too interested. Oh how I would have welcomed a forceful statement aimed at our policy makers and our large corporations such as EXXON who have known for many years what taking it out of the ground was and is doing to the place we live.
Now that climate crisis has children abandoning school and scolding their elders, all, every single one of us must step up to say we care whether there is a habitable planet after we are dead and gone. It is our legacy if you will. It is climate crisis and the siren is blaring.
Linda Guffin

Dear Mr. Pangman, Supervisors, and Planning Commissioners,
As you know a Public Notice was printed in the Mountain Messenger on November 29, 2018 informing the public of a Masterplan project at the Sierra Hot Springs in Sierraville. Public comment will be received regarding this proposal until December 29, 2018. A public hearing with Sierra County Planning Commissioners is slated for “on or about” January 17, 2019.
I'm writing to ask that the public comment period be extended several months so that the public has time to review this very lengthy document. I'm also asking that the hearing date be moved beyond winter to enable safe travel to the meeting, and that the location of said meeting be moved to the side of the county most affected by the proposal. I'm hoping that you can assist in postponing the aforementioned deadlines.
Kim McKinney, Sierraville

Submitted: 12/17/18
Article By: Sierra Booster