Good Morning Jan,
Thank-You for your story regarding the utilization of goats to clear hazardous fuels and reduce fire danger. I am in the process of acquiring the business and have been working in it since early March. I have a history of forestry and fire sciences and fought wildland fire for 2 years. As a long-term resident of Plumas County I am planning on having the goats work and live around Beckwourth. Right now the herd is around 150 animals that are meat-goat breeds ranging from Boer, Kiko, and Spanish Breeds. I run 2 guardian dogs with the herd (Kiki and Tiny) that are Great Pyreneese, Anatolian Shepard, and Akbash mix.
I've seen what these impressive animals can do regarding fuels reduction projects and am convinced that they can be implemented within our area to combat these disastrous fires. They thrive on browse and forbs preferring a 70/30 ratio as opposed to other ruminants that prefer a higher grass ratio.
I've included my presentation that I gave to Plumas County Fire Safe Council and some other pictures that you may use in your story.
Due to the high input requirements of these animals I would like to get some local jobs as soon as possible if local residents would like to use the services now or in the future. The cost varies depending on topography, ease of creating temporary fencing, access to water, etc. Please contact me on cell for quote.
Let me know if there is anything further that I can help with and Thank-You again for your advocacy. :-)
Larry Smith - 918-728-4776 Cell (SMS or Call)
Dear Editor Jan:
If I could only stop Belly Laughing so much at the letters from Michael Welbourn, I would maybe feel sorry for him and his misguided rants. But I doubt that could happen...
You know, I am seriously amazed that he hasn't yet proposed that the Democrats are really the ones responsible for the lightning strikes that have burned up so much of California, including the 47,000 acre Loyalton Fire. That would be typical of him, LOL.
And BTW, I fully agree with Michael Moore's "10 Reasons To Vote For Donald Trump", that he outlined in the 9/3/2020 issue of your fine paper, the Sierra Booster.
Russell Rosewood, Calpine
I enjoyed your article about the Summit School House. I have many fond memories of the site. Even when it was not being used as a school it was a great location to hold wedding showers and baby showers. One time when I went to set-up for such an occasion I was startled when I opened the door on the old wood heater. A big black bird flew out into my face as I stooped over to look inside. Evidently, it had made a nest in the chimney and it had fallen down into the stove. Fortunately, I had left the front door open and it flew to freedom.
When they decided to use it as a school again, my husband, Bob, and his crew, were contacted to transport and install the swing set, slide and teeter totter from the closed down school in Chilcoot to the Summit School yard. Are they still there?
When we still had Party-Line phone service, my phone began to ring one Sunday. It wasn't my ring but I recognized that it was the ring for the school. No school on Sunday. So naturally I picked up the phone and relayed that message. They weren't calling for the school. They had a wrong number. Thinking that I was the Operator, they asked me for the correct number. I found it in the little phone book - problem solved.
One of my daughers went to school there. I think there were three in her class. She loved it. Her teacher, Mrs. Boone, the wife of the Stone Carver who lived in Chilcoot. She loved her too. When I went for a “teachers conference” she expressed her concern about Christine using so much black in her drawings. She showed me one of the Easter Bunny hiding eggs for the hunt. The sky was all black. I explained, “at our house the bunny always hides the eggs at night so the children can get up and find them in the morning.” Mrs. Boone was a great teacher, on or off the job. If you went to her house on Halloween to “Trick or Treat,” you had to give her a Trick before you got your Treat. The “Trick” would be a recitation of a poem or a little song. She was a lovely lady and a great teacher.
I have so many fond memories of my years spent in Sierra Valley. Five years in Loyalton and 20 in Vinton. I sometimes felt like a pioneer! And I guess I was - no bakery, no 5 and 10 cent store, no beauty parlor, (I drove all the way to Sierraville to get my hair cut) just wonderful people I still miss.
The Sierra Booster in the mail is a thing I look forward to.
Please keep the Sierra Booster coming.
Look forward to it in the mail.
Many people in the valley will have heard that in an unexpected chain of events, I resigned my science teaching position at LHS. I wanted to thank the school for hiring a geologist with almost zero teaching experience & making the past 4 years unforgettable as I cut my teaching teeth. I want the community to know that my decision had nothing to do with finances or with the district's approach to Covid-19. I have the opportunity to teach in a unique setting closer to my house at Sugar Bowl Academy. There are a lot of projects that remain unfinished at school, but am proud of our accomplishments there, including ROAR/ROARiors. So, as everyone heads into distance learning, I'd like to pass a little ROAR on to the community: Respect the work that is being done by LHS staff and students on both sides of the computer screen; keep an Open Mind about what is being asked of you; be Ambitious and make the most out of this situation; be Resilient in the face of challenges. One of the things that growing up in a rural community taught me and I know is a strong fabric here, is not only making do with less, but thriving. I hope the school year is great. Thank you to all of the parents who let me teach their kids & to all the kids who were part of my daily life - I will miss you!
Past LHS science teacher
I write to say thank goodness you are all safe in Loyalton and Tony and I are certainly behind the Sierra Brooks fire wise group.
One English idea I want to share is: In an English town they have started a volunteer group who are planting a tree for each virus death which they will call The Memorial Forest and will care for in the future so families can visit and remember their departed members. I personally thought it was a great idea and wondered if it would be appropriate in the valley. Of course with so many trees already in the area it might not be necessary. But it could be a healer for bereaved families. We could not get to the cabin while shut down in Los Angeles, but do have our area cut regularly. But some trees need to be cut back next visit. Hi to Mike and please all stay safe and well.
Love the Booster..But it's getting to the age where it's a year at a time!
Ed Bopp, Daytona Beach, Florida
Today is 9/11, also known as Patriot Day. Amid all of the challenges that we are facing as a nation right now, I believe today is an opportunity for us to pause and gather in solemn remembrance of a day of dark tragedy and even brighter heroism in our shared history.
I will be praying for our brave men and women in our military who continue the fight against terrorism as well as our first responders – our law enforcement, firefighters, and EMTs – who continue to protect us here at home.
For your information, it was 8:46 a.m. when hijackers steered American Airlines Flight 11 into 1 World Trade Center; 9:03 a.m. when they crashed United Flight 175 into 2 World Trade Center; 9:37 a.m. when the terrorists steered American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon; and 10:03 a.m. when, after learning of the other attacks, the passengers on United Flight 93 saved countless lives by launching a counterattack against the hijackers, resulting in the plane crashing into an empty field near Shanksville, Pa.
Most of us are old enough to remember the heart-wrenching acts of personal sacrifice that dominated the news on the day of the attacks and for several weeks afterward – firefighters rushing in to the soon to collapse buildings to rescue those trapped within; first responders digging through the rubble to find survivors; and Americans of every walk of life banding together in cities across the nation to lend one another their strength, their comfort, and their brotherhood.
When enemies sought to sow division and fear, America responded with strength and unity. May we cultivate that same strength and unity in America today, despite all who seek to divide us. May we do it not only for ourselves and our children, but also in remembrance of all those that lost their lives and the loved ones they left behind.All the best,
Kay C. James
President of The Heritage Foundation
To my community,
It is with a heavy heart that I say good bye to my patients. It has truly been my pleasure to serve my community. My family & I are staying in the area, it's just time to see what my dental career has in store for me next. I am blessed to have been your dental hygienist & I thank every one of you for your continued support & trust.
Be well & keep flossing! -Sarah Bracher