Wildfires damage farms, ranches

Because wildfires continue to burn in Northern California and communication in rural areas remains spotty, it will take some time for farmers and officials to assess the full extent of agricultural damage. In Mendocino County, for example, the county Farm Bureau says some vineyards have burned, some have been singed and some are undamaged. Winegrape harvest had nearly ended in part of the fire-damaged area, but was continuing in other parts of the region.

Farm groups focus on trade talks

With negotiations on reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement due to resume in Washington Wednesday, the American Farm Bureau joined in a grassroots campaign to underscore the importance of trade for the rural economy. Farm Bureau announced it is joining a coalition called Farmers for Free Trade, which aims to mobilize rural residents in favor of trade agreements. Farm Bureau says 20 percent of U.S. farm income stems from agricultural exports.

Trends point to lower turkey prices

Early indications point to the potential for lower turkey prices for the holiday season. American Farm Bureau analysts say farmers across the nation have been building turkey flocks, and that wholesale prices for whole birds have been well below average for most of the year. California ranks eighth in the nation in turkey production. Most California-grown whole turkeys will be sold fresh, rather than frozen.

Sweet potato harvest hits full stride

If you've ordered sweet potato fries recently, farmers in California's main sweet potato-growing region say you've contributed to an uptick in demand. Harvest is well underway in Merced County, which accounts for about 90 percent of the state's sweet potato production. Farmers there say they hope their crop will ultimately come close to matching last year's in volume. North Carolina leads the nation in sweet potato production, with California ranking second.

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We returned from a trip to Galveston, Texas last week after attending my Grandson’s wedding. The bachelor party was held on the Gulf of Mexico. We had three fishing boats with four persons per boat. It was a wonderful day of heckling, fishing and comparing fish results as the day progressed. In addition, the fish were cooperating and the boat I was on returned with hundred pounds of fish. I caught sea trout, black drums, red drums and others plus a beautiful blue colored eel which shined in the sunlight and had teeth that looked like Piranha’s. My biggest fish of the day was a huge black drum which I caught on spinning tackle. The fish was just under three and a half feet long and would have tipped the scale close to 32 pounds. The fish, which charged the boat several times and made numerous runs, tired this old man out by the time he was netted. The big boy was measured and released. Also on board the boat was my son Ted Johnson also from Yuba City, My Grandson TJ Johnson, the groom, who resides in Nashville Tennessee and Dr. Peitersen, the father of the bride who resides in Dallas, Texas.

All the boats scored big with ours catching the most fish. Other fish boated were catfish, stingrays, reds and hammerhead sharks. Many of the fish caught from all boats were released.

My Grandson, TJ, caught the biggest drum which measured 42 inches.

The bachelor party on the Gulf of Mexico was so great and the wedding on Sunday evening, two days after our fishing trip was like a picture in a book, including their leaving later in the night in a white carriage drawn by a beautiful white horse. As they pulled away they were showered with rose pedals. I was both proud and humbled to have the honor of presiding at the wedding with special words and prayers.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife finally did a number for Northern California. They planted fish heavily in Plumas County before the wildfires, which included the following areas: Middle Fork of the Feather River at Graeagle, Middle Fork of the Feather River at Portola, North Fork of the Feather River at Almanor, North Fork of the Feather River at Beldon, East Branch of the Feather River, Jamison Creek and Little Grass Valley Reservoir above LaPorte.family picture  10 16 17Family Picture

Anglers are reminded of the closure of the Outlet Hole on the Feather River on October 15th.

Closing thought: “Take the risk or lose the chance.”

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I have been wanting to do an economic piece about people with disabilities for some time now and with the month of October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), I couldn’t think of a more fitting opportunity to bring to light an incredible story about a local entity I discovered here in my home town of Grass Valley.

A recent conversation with a friend led me to PRIDE Industries, a multi-state, non-profit social enterprise that assists people with disabilities find employment.

Originally founded in 1966 by a group of parents in Auburn, California, its initial focus was to find meaningful employment for their adult children with disabilities. PRIDE has offices in 14 states and in Washington DC and is still growing. With one in every five Americans having a disability, the need for such an entity is more than obvious. People with disabilities want to contribute, yet finding gainful employment can be challenging. PRIDE Industries opens a whole new world of possibilities for people with disabilities while serving the needs of businesses and the community in the process.

PRIDE’s main goal is employment, its mission is “To create jobs for people with disabilities.” It accomplishes this in a win-win scenario synergistically with the community, government and the many companies they serve.

The PRIDE formula is a simple one: hire people with disabilities and give them jobs that complements their skill sets. From simple assembly to more complex employment, PRIDE matches the specific job to the employee. Since the requirements of business can be complex and varied, a workforce of people with different skillsets fits nicely into whatever job may be required.

On the day of my visit to our local PRIDE location, I witnessed workers doing different jobs of all levels of complexity including the simplest of assembly and packaging to the more complicated job of accurately shipping product to multiple locations for a national retailer.

The many supervisors present maintained a safe environment for the employees while insuring the highest level of quality control. From shipping umbrellas manufactured by a well-known national retailer to assembling medical test kits for a local company with products from Finland, the scope of customers and products was impressive.

The organization is truly an example of everybody wins. People with disabilities have an opportunity to learn new skills and hold employment they might otherwise not be able to. By earning their own paychecks, the assistance from public programs is minimized, their self-esteem is boosted and they get much needed mental stimulation. Their families and loved ones have time for themselves while their family members with disabilities are supervised by a loving and experienced staff at PRIDE.

The businesses they serve benefit by finding employees who are more than happy to perform jobs that others might find mundane all while maintaining the highest of quality due to the amount of supervision that PRIDE provides along each step of the process.

PRIDE’s outreach program places higher functioning adults in off-site employment and guides both the employee and employer through every step of the process. Job development, coaching, training and placement are an ongoing function of the organization. The Supported Employment Program provides additional training to help overcome barriers to employment in the community at large.

Although PRIDE focuses on employment, many offices go a step further. Some offer adult day services where people with more severe disabilities can have a safe yet entertaining place to go. Arts, crafts, games and daily outside excursions maintain a semblance of normalcy for those that otherwise may not experience such things due to their disability.

Outreach programs for self- sufficiency, improvement and education include the Independent Living Services programs which maintains an army of staff to navigate the community and make connections in a variety of capabilities and functions. Their goal is to enable an independent lifestyle for those that can, yet still have a resource to fall back on should the need arise.

With 51 years of experience under its belt in merging people with disabilities to employment of all kinds, PRIDE enables adults with disabilities to reach their full potential while providing the resources for businesses to bring their products and services to the marketplace. This is truly a win-win scenario for all parties involved with PRIDE Industries performing an invaluable service to the community.

You may view a video on PRIDE Industries here: (https://www.facebook.com/marc.cuniberti)

The local Nevada County Pride office is located at 12451 Loma Rica Drive in Grass Valley.

Their phone number is (530) 477-1832

This article expresses the opinions of Marc Cuniberti and are opinions only and should not be construed or acted upon as individual investment advice. Mr. Cuniberti is an Investment Advisor Representative through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Marc can be contacted at MKB Financial Services 164 Maple St #1, Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 823-2792. MKB Financial Services and Cambridge are not affiliated. His website is www.moneymanagementradio.com. California Insurance License # OL34249

Foothill Fire Auxiliary Thrift Shop, on Willow Glen Rd. in Brownsville, will have a half-off sale on everything in the annex room on October 21st. They need to make room for the Christmas Bazaar so drop in and check out the treasures in the annex.

The annual Browns Valley Harvest festival will be happening on Saturday, October 21 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Browns Valley Elementary. There will be fun for the whole family with games, music, silent and live auctions, raffle, vendor booths and a BBQ dinner catered by Cool Hand Luke’s. Pile the family in the car and head to Browns Valley Elementary for an evening of great BBQ, fun and games.

The annual Trunks with Treats event will once again be happening on Tuesday, October 31, Halloween night. This year there will be three locations for Trick and Treating fun. 1. The Brownsville event will be held at the Gold Eagle Market parking lot on Willow Glen Rd., from 5 pm to 8 pm, where there will be a bounce house, haunted house, food, candy, games and a costume contest. Across the street from the Gold Eagle Market, Books and Spooks (Books and More) will host a trick or treat event in the haunted bookstore. 2. In Forbestown, on New York Flat Rd., The Church in the Wildwood will have food, games, candy and a bicycle giveaway starting at 5 pm until 8 pm. 3. At the Loma Rica Lions Club, 5667 Fruitland Rd., from 6:30 – 7:30, there will be decorated vehicles lined along “Trick or Treat Street” which is set up in the field behind the Lions Club. The little ghoulies can trick or treat from vehicle to vehicle. There will be plenty of spooky fun in the foothills on Halloween night. Don’t miss it!

After the two weeks of vacation, Books and More will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Then the regular schedule (Wed. – Sat.) will be good until the week after Christmas. We hope you will do a good deal of your holiday shopping locally. This will help support your neighbors and friends.

Look Back in Time – In 1926 La Porte cattlemen, A. L. and A. A. Bustillos, drove their cattle out of the mountains to winter range near Durham (how many of us remember the cattle or sheep drives when one had to stop the car and just wait for a bit).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas

Rated:R Runtime:164min

In the next thirty-two years humans manage to colonize other planets with androids that are nearly indistinguishable from humans. When these androids can no longer be trusted and find their way back to earth, it is the job of the Blade Runner to retire them using bullets. The Blade Runner featured in this film is a more advanced, more obedient android. It finds itself uncovering old and socially dangerous secrets and sets out to find a predecessor that has been missing for thirty years to answer these new riddles that change its psychological baseline in terminal ways.

The flow of the film is slow and plodding with both visual and music scenes that both add to the depth of the story as well as detract from it. Much like the androids must feel in the story. The acting was good and the special effects were stunning.

Blade Runner, earns a solid four out of five, Hard Sci Fi Monkeys. This film is not made for the casual science fiction viewer. It lays out the hard questions of sentience and where it starts as well as the consequences of artificial intelligence both good and bad, but mostly bad. The story takes a while to tell, so a bathroom break beforehand and a small soda to drink is advised. There are naked folk in odd place in this film so be warned if you take offence at that sort of thing.

By Don Rae

· Ah, the hate spewed by the San Juan Puerto Rico mayor. She blames everything on Trump. The real story? The Teamsters Union would not provide truck drivers to move the tons of supplies shown behind the Mayor until they got a new and better contract. Sounds like California’s public employee unions.

· The NFL and, of course the do-gooder lefties, don’t have a problem with players protesting “racial violence” while in the workplace (the game), but turn a blind eye to those players who commit acts of violence themselves? The NFL database of NFL player Arrests & Charges shows that many players get arrested for drunk driving, drugs, domestic violence, assault and battery, gun violations, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, theft, burglary, rape and even murder. Is their behavior all due to the brain damage they have suffered while managing to claim multi-million dollar contracts from the NFL?

· Senator Feinstein, the gun-toting liberal opponent of the 2nd amendment, has now decided to sponsor legislation which would have the government decide who is a journalist. She says only those who are paid a salary can call themselves, and be recognized as, journalists. Wouldn’t it be nice if she would sponsor legislation decreeing that only politicians who are not corrupt could retain office?

· Rush Limbaugh asked a good question recently. He reminded us that Sen. Chuck Schumer called for more gun control because citizens were being slaughtered. Yet, Rush asked, why does Schumer support the slaughter of a million babies a year by his support, funding and praise of Planned Parenthood? Hypocrisy at its’ Democratic best.

· SB 620, which the Democrats have placed on Moonbeam’s desk, would lessen penalties if you shoot people. As Democrats are falling all over themselves demanding more “gun control”, California Democrats want to make it easier for criminals to get out of jail sooner and shoot more people.

· Illegal alien attorneys claim their clients have the right to demand changes in our national policies. If such is so, then why are we spending millions trying to find out how much Russia is attempting to change our policies? Or maybe these brilliant attorneys think only illegal aliens have the right to protest, but not other nations?

· Those on the left are going insane with their demands on destroying monuments, disrespecting the nation and politically-incorrect words and thoughts. Perhaps we all need to re-read Orwell’s “1984” to understand where we are headed. I just did.

· The press is reporting that Bergdahl is going to plead guilty to charges of bad behavior in front of the enemy. Recall Obama’s Rose Garden appearance with Bergdahl’s parents where he came out with his arm around the mother’s waist?

· Michelle, who may be planning to make a political run for some office, mouthed off again that Republicans are all white and male, whereas Democrats are a rainbow of colors and sexual identities. The country would be much better off if that line of divisive chatter were not coming out of the mouth of a former First Lady. Shame.

· Hillary tells us not to blame all Muslims for the acts of a few. Why does she then blame all Americans and the members of the NRA for the actions of even fewer?

· And then the rocket-scientist Nancy Sinatra says all NRA members should go before a firing squad. Aren’t all the crazy lefties against guns?

· Harvey Weinstein, Democratic contributor on steroids and most likely master of the “casting couch” was not known for his behavior for decades? The “casting couch” has been openly talked about since the 1930’s. Anyone who “didn’t know” is deliberately blind.

· Students today can’t pass the tests given them. So teachers claim that the tests are too hard. How about teaching instead of indoctrinating. Maybe the kids would do better and come out of school as better informed citizens.

· Then maybe some of the folks profiled in the media wouldn’t spout crazy stuff. Like saying that if MLK Jr. hadn’t peacefully protested, the black man would still be enslaved. Did this snowflake ever read US history about the Lincoln Administration, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 15th Amendment (voting rights). All these happened before MLK Jr. was born.

· Why is it deemed necessary to know the sexual preferences of historical figures?

· It is too bad that some students at California State University-Long Beach don’t know California history. Some recently protested to rid the campus of the “Prospector Pete” statue, claiming it is a monument to historical genocide. Of course, these snowflakes also want to strip the names of all sports teams who use Indian symbols or names, even though these honor indigenous peoples. They simply want to eliminate history in all its forms. Dumb and dumber.

· There is little doubt that indigenous populations in California were decimated in the rush of eager folks trying to make a fortune by digging gold. By 1855, it is estimated at least 300,000 had arrived in California from around the world. Americans, Mexicans, Chinese, Britons, Australians, French, Latin Americans, African Americans, Filipinos, Basques, Turks, Italians, Caribbean’s, Brazilians, Hawaiians, New Zealanders and almost every other country and ethnic background imaginable. Who do we blame for the bad behavior?

· Currently there are 109 federally recognized Indian tribes in California as well as 78 more petitioning for recognition. Tribes have nearly 100 separate reservations or Rancherias.

· Did you know that the State Department had a Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor? And did you know that this bureau is using your tax money to offer grants up to $450,000 for institutions of higher learning and non-profit organizations to develop “intersectional programming” to “promote and protect the human rights of persons with disabilities, women and girls, LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex) persons, and other marginalized individuals?”

· Recall the left’s continuous barrage of comments about there being no voter fraud anywhere? Then why did the LA County Registrar of Voters send 82 absentee ballots to a small apartment? Of course the Democratic Secretary of State is not looking into this matter, or any other matter showing potential fraud in the 2016 election. Maybe such is why Hillary got such a plurality of votes in California.

· Another brilliant snowflake in Chicago, this time a school district trustee writing “That flag means nothing more than toilet paper to me,” The Chicago Tribune reported. And we wonder why people are killing each other virtually every day in the windy city?

· Another little tidbit to contemplate. The Rolling Stone printed an article stating that $80/hour “cuddling” is on the increase since Trump’s victory. Apparently snowflakes need comforting to get through this horrible time. Where is mommy and a blankie when you need comfort?

Toys "R" Us Files Chapter 11

Toys “R” Us became another in a long line of companies succumbing to one illness or another by filing reorganization and protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code late last week.

The toy retailer, which started back in 1948 with a single Washington D.C. store issued a statement by CEO David Brandon which summed up the move: “Today marks the dawn of a new era at Toys “R” Us where we expect financial constraints that have held us back will be addressed in a lasting and effective way”.

The statement illustrates both the positive and negatives in typical CEO fashion, politely indicating the company will continue on by somehow not meeting its financial obligations as originally promised. After all, that’s what chapter 11 is: renegotiating a company‘s debt while reneging on its original promises.

The company owes about 5 billion and said all of its 1600 stores would remain open going into the lucrative time of year, the holiday season, where toys under the tree boost most retailer’s balance sheets, especially the toy and gaming businesses.

The bankruptcy could indicate the rapidly changing retail landscape brought about by online competition. It wasn’t so long ago when Toys “R” Us bought out competitors FAO Schwartz and KB Toys, only to succumb to its debt load which obviously increased by such acquisitions.

Commentary from Forbes and new965.com indicate the obvious: pressure from online retails are causing tsunamis in traditional retail company balance sheets as consumers elect to buy from the comfort of their home instead of taking an arduous trip to the mall.

Other companies who have suffered similar fates include shoe store Payless and Gymboree, the children’s clothing outlet.

Highlighted in previous Money Matters articles entitled “Online Retail Wipe Out”

11/2017, “Another Retail Wipe Out” 12/2017 and Money Matters Show #138 entitled Retail Wipe Out, 2/2012, the pressure from other methods of shopping becoming available with the advent of the internet is becoming prevalent and mainstream. Toys “R” Us said as much in a comment at the time of filing which said it had to improve its online services and enhance the store experience (new965) which is a fancy way of saying they have to get better in the online market place while adding more value and therefore a reason for shoppers to get out of their chairs and drive to a store.

Meanwhile online goliath Amazon continues to cause havoc in the retail environment by making the shopping environment of a comfy chair at home with credit card in hand in front of a computer more desirable and less hassle then getting into a car only to spend hours parking, fighting crowds, and struggling with shopping bags. Added features such as free shipping programs and hassle free returns make a strong case for the staying home with a cup of coffee and comparing hundreds of prices in microseconds. Online reviews further enhance the experience.

Although Toys “R” Us will survive for now, the reverberations from its reorganization could cause additional damage to related sectors as 5 billion in debts are restructured. No doubt Toys “R” Us won’t be last retailer to hoist the white flag and cry uncle under the weight of a rapidly changing environment caused by a shift in shopping methodology brought on by an expanding internet.

This article expresses the opinions of Marc Cuniberti and are opinions only and should not be construed or acted upon as individual investment advice. Mr. Cuniberti is an Investment Advisor Representative through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Marc can be contacted at MKB Financial Services 164 Maple St #1, Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 823-2792. MKB Financial Services and Cambridge are not affiliated. His website is www.moneymanagementradio.com. California Insurance License # OL34249

Stone Soup Group is still serving a great lunch every Thursday at Ponderosa Community Center in Brownsville. Come by any Thursday at noon and enjoy a bowl of soup, salad and dessert for a donation of $3.00. There are other activities following lunch. A book study group meets from 2 to 3, reading and discussing a particular book. This last study was reading Book Thief by Markus Zusak. After completing the book, the movie will be shown. There is always a jigsaw puzzle in progress and many games are available. Come join the fun.

There is a new group getting together wanting to help people in our foothill area take the Next Step in their life as they work to achieve a goal. They just had their first meeting, but some interesting plans are in the works. If you know someone wanting to get their GED or High School Equivalency, keep in touch. This group would love to see another day care business in the area. Perhaps you know someone who needs help filling out applications or other forms. Watch for what is happening.

Annie’s at Lake Francis hours of operation will change starting Friday, October 13th. Their new hours will be; Friday & Saturday 8 am – 8 pm, Sunday 8 am – 4 pm and closed Monday through Thursday. Annie’s at Lake Francis is located at 13919 Lake Francis Rd. in Dobbins. If you haven’t been there yet, you’re missing out!

If you have a passion for succulents and wish to enlarge or improve your succulent garden we have just the thing for you. The Succulent Swap on Friday, October 27th from 10 am – 3 pm is where you can bring your favorite succulents to the Hen House Salon at 18999 New York Flat Rd. in Forbestown and trade with other enthusiasts. Bring your own chair. Tables will be supplied. Come sip cider, chat and enjoy an afternoon under the pines. If you don’t have any succulents as of yet, come purchase from the array of choices. For more information contact Jackie at 675-2577.

The Thrift Store in Brownsville has Halloween costumes and decorations at bargain prices. Stop by and check it out. Boo!

Look Back in Time – In 1920 Mount Lassen erupted again, heavier than last week, with a huge black plume over the crater (eruptions and earthquakes in the west, but no hurricanes).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

By Don Rae

· We have been hit in the solar plexus too many times in the past few weeks. But as Americans we rise to the challenge with courage and compassion. Keep in mind our Country’s real character, as the voices of discord howl. Bless all who hurt in all the ways that we, as humans, can hurt and suffer.

Do employees have an unfettered right to free speech in the workplace? If such were true then employees could cuss out customers, berate supervisors, suppliers and co-workers with impunity. Where do the lefties (and the NFL) come up with such divisive ideas?Remember when Tim Tebow took a knee after touchdowns to honor God? The NFL and the players flipped out because the field wasn’t the place for divisive behavior. Our Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, only hours after the tragedy in Las Vegas, took the opportunity to politicize the event: “That’s why as we pray for those recovering, we also must commit ourselves to action. Another moment of silence won’t suffice. Ninety Americans are killed, on average, every day by guns. We cannot simply throw up our hands or continue to justify the presence of weapons of war whose primary purpose is to kill the largest numbers of human beings in the shortest amount of time possible. We must honestly acknowledge the epidemic of violence and work together, now, to curb it.” Yes, Kamala, how about you do something constructive about the problem of Blacks killing Blacks in Chicago (under the leadership of another Democrat)? Are you aware that fully-automatic weapons – such as used in Las Vegas – are already illegal to possess? Why didn’t you go full-out to keep illegal weapons off the streets while you were California’s Attorney General? How about demanding that current laws be enforced? Oh, and while you are at it, give us some details about what specific “actions” you propose that will “curb” the epidemic of violence. We are listening with open ears because we too want to end the epidemic of violence....but no politicians seem to have any concrete, workable ideas as to how to do it. (Hint: more gun laws don’t seem to solve the problem.)That’s why as we pray for those recovering, we also must commit ourselves to action. Another moment of silence won’t suffice. Ninety Americans are killed, on average, every day by guns. We cannot simply throw up our hands or continue to justify the presence of weapons of war whose primary purpose is to kill the largest number of human beings in the shortest amount of time possible. We must honestly acknowledge the epidemic of gun violence and work together, now, to curb it. That’s why as we pray for those recovering, we also must commit ourselves to action. Another moment of silence won’t suffice. Ninety Americans are killed, on average, every day by guns. We cannot simply throw up our hands or continue to justify the presence of weapons of war whose primary purpose is to kill the largest number of human beings in the shortest amount of time possible. We must honestly acknowledge the epidemic of gun violence and work together, now, to curb it. That’s why as we pray for those recovering, we also must commit ourselves to action. Another moment of silence won’t suffice. Ninety Americans are killed, on average, every day by guns. We cannot simply throw up our hands or continue to justify the presence of weapons of war whose primary purpose is to kill the largest number of human beings in the shortest amount of time possible. We must honestly acknowledge the epidemic of gun violence and work together, now, to curA Massachusetts school librarian returned books donated to the school by Melania Trump, with a vicious letter telling Melania that she is ignorant. This librarian doesn’t have the right to accept or reject donations – she should be fired. Disgraceful behavior.San Fran Pelosi said the suggested tax reform plan is a “tax giveaway.” Huh? Who is giving away the taxes? The only folks that do so are politicians who take our money and give it to their supporters. Maybe Pelosi is worried she’ll have to take a pay cut when the government gets less of our hard-earned money. It is difficult to understand her logic.There are more than 5,000 public agencies in California. Many of them contract with CalPERS for employee retirement programs. Ever since Grey Davis promoted a 3% at 50 retirement formula for public safety employees, without providing any funding for the 50% increase in pensions, public entities in CalPERS have been slowly going broke. It is like a flesh-eating bacteria infection. The solution is to eliminate the formula which provides nearly full salary for retirees. This action will require the public employee unions and elected officials to do the right thing. Will that happen? No. It can’t happen with a symbiotic relationship between unions and elected officials. It is side-splitting laughter time when you hear Progressives in San Francisco extol how wonderful the City is. In San Fran a 1,000 ft. apartment is renting for $3,700 a month. Amazing how these progressives support low-income housing. Maybe they mean a cardboard box on a Market Street sidewalk.

Our good friend Stephen Frank informs us that the Feds are spending $429,000 to look at the “eyes” of Latinos. San Diego State University is using “eye-tracking technology” to determine how overweight people decide what to buy at the grocery. Researchers hope to identify strategies to cause people to choose what the researchers have decided are healthier options. Frank comments “This is racial profiling, invasion of privacy and an effort to finance marketing studies for private companies. Another example of why we need to Drain the Swamp. Why should I pay government to profile people in a racist manner?” Want a prime example of how blinded by biases” some “climate change” advocates are? Mahmoud Bekri of the Egyptian publication al-Ushu wrote that “tsunamis were caused by Zionist nuclear testing.” Heard of any such testing by Israel?The Associated Press continues on its leftist bias. In a recent “news” article printed in the mainstream media, the AP calls a conservative speaker “a right wing firebrand” and another a “right wing provocateur.” Have you ever seen the AP refer to the far-left Socialist Bernie Sanders as a “left-wing firebrand” or “left wing provocateur?” The AP does not write news stories. It editorializes for the left. Why does the mainstream media buy this trash and print faux journalism?

· Now coffee is leading to cancer, according to a 7-year lawsuit “grinding” through the courts. The lawsuit contends a chemical known as acryl amide is found in coffee. Studies in animals show that acryl amide causes cancer when eaten. However, the doses given to animals have been 1000–100,000 times larger than the amounts humans are exposed to through coffee. You’d have to drink coffee virtually non stop 24/7 to ingest these amounts. Additionally, humans metabolize acryl amide differently, resulting in less exposure. What few human studies have been done are inconsistent. But don’t let that stop the “do-gooders” for demanding warning labels. Who wins here? The lawyers, who stand to make a bundle, and manufacturers who sell labels to coffee sellers. Who loses? The rest of us who will have to pay more for a Cuppa Joe.

· Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon, writes: “The National Park Service is spending roughly $100,000 for a research project seeking to “honor the legacy” of the Marxist revolutionary group the Black Panther Party.” The FBI labels the Black Panther Party as advocates for “the use of violence and guerilla tactics to overthrow the U.S. government.” Why is the National Park Service at odds with the FBI? Why is the National Park Service wanting to spend our tax money on this? This needs to be stopped now.

· Here is something to digest over your morning coffee. Republicans voted more than 15 times in the past 7 years to repeal and replace Obamacare. But that was when they knew Obama would veto the effort. Now, when they know the President will sign such a bill, they balk. Where are honest legislators with principles?

· On average last year, private health insurance policies went up 3%. ObamaCare policies went up 20%.

· “The National Institutes of Health has approved $200,000 for a study that seeks to improve older women’s sex lives through “mindfulness meditation.” The University of Pittsburgh got the dough. Mindfulness, a technique of thinking about thoughts, is thought to be a good intervention to get older women to be more active in the bedroom. Is this the way you want your tax money spent?

· Recently, the elected Republican Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson was forced to resign. The County Board of Supervisors is looking for someone to fill out the remainder of his term, so the BOS asked for recommendations from a so called “non partisan group of community organizations.” What groups were invited to give recommendations? The ACLU, Labor Council, NAACP, CCC Racial Justice Center, and the Democratic Party. No one in this “impartial” group was middle of the road let alone a conservative or Republican. What kind of recommendation do you think will be made?

· One way to help the country to come together is to repeal and replace “Celebrate Diversity.” Diversity breaks people into different “diverse” competing groups instead of bringing them together in one united group as in,“out of many, one”. Let’s return to E Pluribus Unum”.

State moves to improve weather forecasts

As a new "water year" begins, state officials say they want to be better able to predict when atmospheric-river systems will drench California with heavy precipitation. The state Department of Water Resources said Tuesday it will work with government and academic researchers to improve long-range weather forecasts. DWR said current seven-day forecasts are 70 percent accurate, but 14-day forecasts have only 7 percent accuracy.

 

Farmers respond to Medfly quarantine

For any fruit or vegetable farmer, the nearby discovery of Mediterranean fruit flies threatens severe disruptions. Quarantines meant to keep the pest from spreading can prevent farmers from selling their crops. A Medfly quarantine has been imposed in Solano County in recent days. But one Fairfield-area farmer says he'll be able to sell his persimmons outside the zone, because he treated them pre-emptively on the assumption a quarantine would be enacted.

 

Baby lima beans fulfill Japanese markets

While they finish their harvest of baby lima beans, California farmers will be keeping their eyes on Japan. That's because most of the beans they produce will ultimately be sold there. Japanese manufacturers use California-grown baby lima beans to make a sweet bean paste that's a key ingredient in traditional confections. In any given year, half to three-quarters of California baby lima beans will be exported to Japan.

 

Study shows how wine benefits economy

Growing grapes and making and marketing wine add nearly $220 billion to the U.S. economy, according to a study from a vintners association. The group WineAmerica says the wine business supports 1.7 million jobs around the nation. As the leading grape-growing and wine-making state, California sees the highest economic benefit from wine. But the study says there are winery facilities in all 50 states.

THE MADNESS

by Larry R. Matthews

It was the stuff that Grade B horror movies are based upon. But this was real.

The madness began with the animals. A cat yowled in agony, rolled, writhed, twisted, shook, and ran screaming toward a wall. It then fell into convulsions and died.

Ducks waddled like penguins, quacked loudly, wandered in circles and fell over dead.

A dog ran in a wide circle and growled at unseen visions. It seized a rock and gnawed on it. It also soon died.

Were these animals poisoned or did they just die of fright?

For people it started out with stomach problems, chills and a low temperature. Their attitudes would shift from euphoria to deep depression. Shortly thereafter the hallucinations would begin.

A man had been sitting quietly. Suddenly he jumped out of bed and tried to run away from the house, acting like a wild man. He shrieked in utter terror and then tried to hide under his blanket. This went on for weeks.

Hundreds of people in the little village were affected by the madness. Some stood on street corners speaking in a speeded up and frivolous manner. Most hardly slept for at least three weeks.

A five year old girl lay in her bed with body spasms with her fingers and toes clenching. She screamed that there were tigers trying to eat her and that there was blood dripping from the ceiling.

Two people, thinking they could fly, jumped from the clock tower. They were both lucky enough to only come away with broken legs.

One woman kept seeing the Death Doctor; a black figure with a skull head holding a black medical bag. He would not go away even when she threw an iron pot at him.

Others went berserk and barricaded themselves in their houses thinking that demons were after them. They fought the demons by shrieking and throwing dishes and furniture at the unreal creatures in their minds.

One man said “Stand Back! I am dead. My head is made of copper and I have snakes in my stomach!”

Most of the hundreds of villagers had hallucinations from one time or the other and some, the violent ones, were put into mental wards.

The illness began to subside after 21 days but many retained some of their physical and psychological damage for the rest of their lives.

The 300 sick included 7 dead. The dozens hospitalized were so greatly affected that they were never quite the same again.

Did this plague of madness occur during the dark ages? No, it occurred in August of 1951 in Pont-St.-Esprit, France.

What caused this plague? I believe this to be the most likely theory: The French love their bread. They even feed it to their animals.

The bread distribution center for the village was in the town of Bagnols-sur-Ceze. At that center some rye grain had been mixed in with the normal batch of wheat flour mix. During periods of high humidity a fungus called Ergot can form and ferment on rye grain. One of the alkaloids that may be produced by the fermentation of Ergot is Lysergic Acid Diethylamide.

The dose of LSD that was served to the residents of Pont-St.-Esprit was massive compared to the relatively small doses of LSD-25 that were regularly dispensed in the United States in the 1960’s.

It is conjectured that Ergot may also have been the cause of many of the mass hysteria events that have occurred throughout history. One instance may have been the “possessions” that fueled the Salem Witch Trials.

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Starring: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, and Sarah Wright

Rated: R Runtime: 115 min

In 1983 an airline pilot is recruited by the CIA to run guns to Nicaragua. Then the new CIA pilot is recruited to run cocaine back to the united States. The CIA turns a blind eye to the drugs so long as the contras have their weapons. As can be expected the life of the pilot spirals out of control as business demands expand and his life jeopardized when his cover is blown and his assets seized.

The story rolls along at a good clip as it is being narrated by Tom Cruise. The acting is good and the production value is nicely done. Domhnall Gleeson is a busy actor lately seeming to turn up everywhere, from Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Revenant. He is showing promising range and versatility in his roles, that I hope becomes the new trend in show business.

American Made, earns three out of five, Car Starting Monkeys. Not an amazing film, however it is and entertaining film. I expect its run in the movie house to be short as other films move in.

Oct22017

By Boots Johnson

Many of us who fish or have a boat to enjoy have heard of a new law which goes into service on January 1, 2018. So the following information was obtained. The new law pertains to anyone driving a boat must enroll in an approved boating safety course. This can be done online, in a classroom or through home study. More information is available at www.California BoatersCard.com. By showing proof you have passed the test a lifetime card can be obtained for $10.00.

See the schedule below for age groups and dates it will be required:

January 1, 2018......Persons 20 years or younger

January 1, 2019......Persons 25 years or younger

January 1, 2020......Persons 35 years or younger

January 1, 2021......Persons 40 years or younger

January 1, 2022......Persons 45 years or younger

January 1, 2023......Persons 50 years or younger

January 1, 2024......Persons 60 years or younger

January 1, 2024......All persons regardless of age

We hear from the Fish Hatchery at Oroville. The salmon count is way down this year with just a third of the fish showing up at the hatchery. The fall run of Chinook salmon will be over the middle of October so there is still time to process eggs.

Officials at the hatchery do not know what has caused the reduction in fish returning to the hatchery, but some feel it is an ocean problem while some say it could be other factors.

One thing is for sure. If the fish do not show up there will be less fish returning after being planted into the Feather River, live in the Ocean and eventually return to Oroville. Hopefully the fish will be late this year and show up this month.

Closing thought: “Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one has received.”

Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong

Rated: R Runtime: 141 min

One year after the events of the first Kingsman movie, another insanely rich insane person sets their sights on molding the world to their ideals by controlling the masses. The fall of the Kingsman is their first goal and fortunately for the world the Kingsman are resourceful. With the help of their American counterparts, the Kingsman are able to continue in the fight against their antagonist.

The story is a chaotic mass of action and snappy music. It is almost cartoony at times, to the detriment of the overall work. The acting is good in most instances and the effects are just plain amazing. The camera work as well as the pacing of the film could be a little smoother.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, earns three out of five, Blue Rash Monkeys. This isn’t as good as the first film, but still not a waste of money if you happen to find yourself at the box office.

The new Art Workshop, Do Art, that met last month was a success. Mainly, it was fun. We did a great deal of cutting and pasting, making Soul Cards. Jani Beckwith is the leader of the workshop and it will be held each month on a Saturday mid-month from 1 -4. For more information call Books & More (675-3275). The store will be closed for vacation until Oct. 18, but the workshop will meet Oct. 14

Don't forget the great Hill Top Breakfast on the second Sunday of each month except May (it will be held on Father's Day and they go “dark” in December. This month it will be on Oct. 8; you can have a full, all you can eat breakfast, for only $6 and that helps support our medical van.

Look Back in Time – In 1911 citizens formed the Dobbins Athletic club; the first boxing match was between Virgil Peachy and Kid French (now we just watch it on TV or laptop).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

Tomato harvest may fall short of estimates

Spring rains and summer heat have combined to reduce the California tomato harvest. Farmers say the wet spring delayed planting, and hot summer temperatures brought stress to tomato plants. As a result, a growers group expects the harvest of processing tomatoes will be 1 million tons smaller than estimated by a government survey. California farms grow most of the nation's processing tomatoes, which are used for sauce, ketchup and other products.

California leads in organic agriculture

More than 1 million acres of California farmland have now been certified for organic production, according to an annual government report. It says California continues to lead the nation in the number of certified-organic farms, acreage and value of organic sales. The state saw increases in the amount of organic cropland and grazing land during 2016, and sales of organic products from California represented nearly 40 percent of the national total.

Research aims at heat-tolerant broccoli

Most of the broccoli grown in the U.S. comes from coastal areas of California, because broccoli thrives in cool weather. Plant researchers want to expand the areas where broccoli can grow, by breeding plants that tolerate higher temperatures. U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists in South Carolina say they have identified genetic markers that help broccoli resist heat. They're growing trial plantings of heat-tolerant broccoli in Southeastern states.

Survey shows small rise in food prices

A seasonal survey of retail food prices shows a slight increase compared to a year ago. The American Farm Bureau Federation says its fall marketbasket survey of 16 retail food items showed prices up about 3 percent. Bacon, chicken breasts, orange juice and flour were among the items showing higher average prices. The survey found lower prices for bagged salad, ground chuck, eggs and potatoes.

By Don Rae

We can all rest easy now. We are safe for a while. The California Legislature has adjourned. Unfortunately not before we have been saddled with a $250 million tax increase and a new state dinosaur. (that’s right, folks, the Augustynolophus morissi is now the official California State dinosaur). John McCain, you are a defeated Presidential candidate. Your platform has been rejected. Either get with the President’s program, or get out of the way.Where does “Rocket Man” get the cash to support his nuclear, ICBM and military programs? From someone or somewhere with evil intent for the future, you can be sure.Interesting comments from the highly-paid, entertainers – otherwise known as professional footballers. They claim Trump is dividing the country. Wasn’t it the players who started the whole controversy by disrespecting the National Anthem? And everyone else is to shut up? These very well-off babies should not have started their ill conceived bad behavior in the first place.

· According to Title 36 (section 171) of the United States Code, “During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in (military) uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed there.”

An interesting insight into education. A 12-year-old girl going through math class at a school on an Army Base in S. Korea rebelled against what was being taught. Why? Because the “common core” math curriculum made no sense to her. She had previously been taught in traditional math classes. When she and her family were transferred to Colorado, she was tested in math in her new school, (which did not use common core), and was found to be in the upper echelon of students. Why? She knew the concepts of mathematics and had educated herself at home with her parents help. She told her parents after the Colorado test – “It made sense.”

· Another young student complained to her school board about the stupidity of “common core.” She said she and all other students were required to sign a form instructing them not to talk with their own parents about the contents of the standardized test. “I do not feel good about a form that you have to sign ensuring that you can’t even discuss the test with your parents. I am not comfortable signing something like this. I have the right to talk to my parents about any and everything related to school and my education,” she declared. Since when do schools demand that students not talk to their parents? Nazism at its worst.

The Ventura Star, part and parcel of the mainstream media, in a recent editorial, denounced the City of Simi Valley for the “crimes” of closing down brothels in the City and also not allowing practitioners of pedophilia to be near children on Halloween. Hopefully this sort of anti-family rant isn’t going to spread.

The British have a problem which will be more devastating than earthquakes and hurricanes. As of this writing, at least 9 major cities, including London and Oxford, have Muslim Mayors. This achievement has been gained by some 4 million Muslims out of Britain’s population of 66 million. There are now “Muslim Only” areas in the country and more than 130 Sharia courts. To cap the problem off, the majority of Muslims are not working and are drawing free government benefits, including housing.

· On top of all of this, two of the suspects in the recent London subway bombing are refugees.

· Moonbeam Brown recently compared Trump supporters to prehistoric cave dwellers. “They’re both kind of very similar,” Brown said. “You should check out the derivation of ‘Trump-ite’ and ‘troglodyte,’ because they both refer to people who dwell in deep, dark caves.” Huh? Is Moonbeam really that dumb?

Look at another example of federal waste in the “swamp”. The fish & Wildlife Service recently took Johnston’s Frankenia—a 1 to 2-foot-tall shrub—off the endangered species list because “it recovered.” Not so. The 1984 study which resulted in it being put on the list was flawed in that it reported only a few plants left standing. However, subsequent “look-sees” reported there were millions of the plants hanging around. Even so, the bureaucrats still have a monitoring plan costing more than $100K to make sure nothing happens to this useless weed.

· The National Institute of Health has untold ways to waste taxpayer money. The NIH funded a $4 million study claiming that perfume and female clothing can “strongly trigger gendered assumptions” that can prevent women from becoming cardiologists.

· Oakland and San Francisco have sued five oil companies, claiming Big Oil should cover the costs of sea walls and other projects needed to protect the cities from the consequences of climate change supposedly caused by the oil companies. Since man-made climate change is a hoax and the sea is not rising, tax payer money should not be spent on such lawsuits. In fact the bureaucrats who filed these suits should be required to pay back all costs to the taxpayers.

Elizabeth Warren commented recently that Senator Ted Kennedy fought for health care benefits for all Americans. He was especially proud that he had a good health insurance policy when his child had a medical emergency. Listen up Pocahontas, what Kennedy didn’t say was that thanks to his bootlegger father’s millions passed on to him, he could have paid the bill himself instead of depending on others who contributed to the insurance pool.

Honoring Our Vets

War Veterans have put their life on the line and the saying goes “All gave some and some gave all”.

The quintessential act of giving one’s life for their country is an act of the utmost valor and selflessness.

Although all of us sleep, rise and live under the blanket of freedom provided by such men and women, we have often forgotten them once the guns are holstered and the uniforms are hung in some dusty closet somewhere.

What remains among us are the very men and women who wore those uniforms and shouldered the task of our protection.

In our personal lives, we pass vets daily, some of whom we will never know of their service. My 92 year old father is a WW2 vet, yet never volunteers that information unless asked. Other veterans work among us, or recreate with us, wait tables for us or do the myriad of jobs around us, never asking for anything but what is earned.

Still others hang out in alleys or on street corners, in homeless shelters or mental institutions, much of their plight likely caused by the horror they’ve seen or by the simple fact that they were little more than teens when integrated into the most sophisticated and largest military in the world, both in mechanism and regimen.

For a myriad of reasons, both obvious and others not so obvious, some vets have difficulty in adjusting to societal norms and therefore not living what some might call normal lives.

Some vets are homeless, institutionalized or living on the outer margins of society. At times it may seem the same government that called them into service has now forgotten many of their needs. Luckily we are fortunate to have those who care enough to reach out and try to help in whatever way they can.

“Welcome Home Vets” and the “Stand Down” organizations are two such entities.

Welcome Home Vets provide support and transitional services to vets and their families. This may include mental health therapy, assistance in navigating the various veteran support systems, and increasing public awareness.

The Stand Down Organization’s main focus is helping homeless vets by providing a broad range of basic services and items such as food, clothing, medical, dental, legal help, mental health assistance, job counseling and basic companionship when needed.

The local chapters of both recently held one of their many events to raise funds for providing these support services. The annual Welcome Home Vets motorcycle rally and BBQ was held on September 16, 2017 and the Stand Down event date is October 6th and 7th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. At this two day event, veterans can access clothes and other basic necessities including medical, dental, 12 step addiction counseling, PTSD counseling and referrals, job counseling and other assistance.

Both entities accept public support and can be contacted through their local chapters found on any web browser or the national websites below:

Welcome Home Vets: Welcomehomevets.org

Stand Down: Standown.org

In conclusion, I attended the Welcome Home Vets BBQ event and early in the day spoke to many of the people who were prepping for the event. I found their dedication and conviction of cause both heartwarming and extremely moving.

This article expresses the opinions of Marc Cuniberti and are opinions only and should not be construed or acted upon as individual investment advice. Mr. Cuniberti is an Investment Advisor Representative through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Marc can be contacted at MKB Financial Services 164 Maple St #1, Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 823-2792. MKB Financial Services and Cambridge are not affiliated. His website is www.moneymanagementradio.com. California Insurance License # OL34249

Sep252017

By Boots Johnson

We have reports of the water temperature down to the mid-seventies at Collins Lake above Marysville. This has improved the trout bite a bite but will need to drop another ten degrees or so before they start the fall trout planting. Best bet at this time is to go deep out in the middle of the lake or by the dam. Catfish are on the bite and some nice fish have been reported caught from five to eight pounds.

Anglers who are putting up with lots of bank anglers and boats at the outlet on the Feather River are scoring big on salmon. We have been told the fish are bright and clean. Salmon are also being taken downstream all the way to Verona. Patience is the name of the game and those who sit tight and wait are doing so with some success.

We have reports from the barge hole on the Sacramento River. It appears the crowds are not there at this time. Apparently most guides and anglers are concentration on the Feather River. We have been told limits of salmon in the eight to twelve pound range are common.

Some anglers who are not fishing Englebright Reservoir above Marysville might just be missing a good show of trout on their stringer. Reports tell us the lake is quiet with hardly any boats on the water. If we were not heading to Texas to my Grandson’s Wedding we would more than likely take a break from the rivers and hit this reservoir.

Closing thought: “Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.”

Did you go to Grass Valley to see the draft horses? They are so beautiful! This event is held mid-September so put it on your 2018 calendar. There are many events to see, vendors to check out, foods to eat. The fair grounds are beautiful in the fall so check it out.

Many thanks to the “elves” who cleaned out the Paper Hut, putting all of the huge cardboard pieces into the bin. We wish there was a way to recycle everything at Brownsville Transfer Station. There could be bins or areas for plastics, glass and paper at the station where there is an attendant. What a relief it would be not to have clean up after people who dump carelessly.

Bob & Jim’s Breakfast & Burgers will be open seven days a week from 8 am to 3 pm starting Monday, September 25. Stop in and enjoy one of the many breakfast and lunch items offered. One of my favorites is the street tacos. They are a must try!

Annie’s at Lake Francis will be starting their winter hours on Thursday, September 28. Their new hours will be Thursday & Friday 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 8 pm, Sunday 8 am to 4 pm and closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Prime rib, stroganoff, and shrimp fettuccine are just a few of the dinners to satisfy your taste buds. Bon Appétit!

Halloween and the Foothills Trunks with Treats is right around the corner. Gold Eagle Market in Brownsville will be sponsoring the Brownsville event in their parking lot. Across the street, Books and Spooks (Books and More) will be decorated inside and ready for trick or treaters. In Forbestown, on New York Flat Rd., the Church in the Wildwood will be sponsoring Trunks with Treats also. All three of these venues depend on volunteer help to make Halloween a fun and safe night for the Foothill kids. There will be a bounce house, haunted house, food, games, candy and more. It’s a night not to be missed!

Look Back in Time – In 1926, many fans gathered in the famous bar at Woodleaf Hotel to hear the Dempsey-Turney fight over a radio (now we gather around a TV for a fight or game).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne