judge12 5 18Yuba City, Ca.

Laura J. Davis, 44, has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to a judgeship in the Sutter County Superior Court. Davis will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Brian A. Aronson on December 31, 2018.

Davis has served as the Sutter County Court’s sole research attorney since 2005. In this position, she has provided legal research, analysis, writing, and assistance across all case types to the court’s five sitting judges, as well as retired judges Robert Damron, H. Ted Hansen, and Christopher R. Chandler. Since 2007, as a Judge Pro Tem, she has regularly presided over Traffic Infraction cases, and Civil matters as requested. Davis is responsible for drafting and publishing the court’s local rules, maintaining the court’s legal research materials, and providing legal counsel to the Court Executive Officer. She served on the new courthouse committee, was instrumental in implementing the court’s paperless case management system and electronic filing processes, and works closely with the Judicial Council on labor issues. Prior to joining the court, Davis was a litigation associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP from 2003-2005, and at Folger Levin & Kahn LLP from 2001-2003. She also taught Advanced Legal Research and Writing at Cal Northern School of Law in 2015 and 2016.

Davis grew up in Oroville, California, where she performed in community theatre, competed in gymnastics and speech contests, and sang in the choir at St. Thomas Catholic Church. She worked at her parents’ small party rental business while attending Oroville High School, and put herself through college at University of California, San Diego, by working as a nanny, in food service, and as a children’s theatre program leader. After graduating with degrees in Communication and Theatre, she worked as the program manager at the Fox television affiliate in Chico for two years. In 2001, she received her law degree from Stanford Law School.

Davis has volunteered at the Butte Humane Society, the Bidwell Park and Chico Creek Clean Up event, the Almond Bowl Run benefitting student athletes, and Chico High School Sober Grad Night. She has been involved with youth sports in Chico, and helped chair the Chico High Baseball Dinner and Dance fundraiser for four years. Davis is a single mother of two boys. Evan, 16, is a junior at Chico High School, and Houston, 18, attends Butte College.

Davis’s start date has not been determined.

railbus11 28Nevada City, Ca.

Whether you’re young or old, or some place in the middle, you will enjoy your time at the Railroad Museum’s Annual Christmas Party! Santa Claus is looking forward to visiting with everyone and has already promised us that he is having his elves pack a big sack of surprises for him to give to all the children who come see him! He also told us that he is bringing Mrs. Claus, and the two of them will be at the RR Museum the whole day!

Mrs. Claus enlisted the volunteers of the NCNG RR Museum to bake cookies and make treats for everyone. She says you will be astonished at the huge assortment of goodies, drinks and more, just for you!

This is the perfect opportunity to take a holiday picture of your loved ones in the well-decorated RR Museum and with Santa. You will enjoy the festive atmosphere, along with surprise entertainers and more!

The NCNG RR Museum Gift Store is chock-full of moderately priced gifts for your Christmas shopping ease. Many unique and specialty items can be found, as well as a good collection of local books and items made right here in Nevada County with the NCNG RR Museum logo.

Docents will be on hand to tell you more about Nevada County’s Railroad service and answer any of your questions. A short Rail bus ride will be offered during the event, weather permitting. You’ll get to see a Steam Engine that was used in many Universal Studio’s feature films and take a walk out into the rail yard to see how the train cars and engines are repaired and maintained.

We look forward to seeing you December 8, 2018 between 10 AM - 3 PM. Please call the NCNG RR Museum at (530) 470-0902 for further information and with any questions during Museum winter hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM - 4 PM. When you visit the RR Museum, you can enjoy a guided tour, see the Rail-yard and shop the Gift Store. Rail bus rides are offered on some Saturdays and weather permitting, please call ahead to reserve your seat.

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is all-volunteer run and operates solely by donation. The NCNG RR is a division of the Nevada County Historical Society.

Please visit our website: http://www.ncngrrmuseum.org/home.html

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s Annual Christmas Party

December 8, 2018

10 AM to 3 PM

NCNG RR Museum

5 Kidder Court, Nevada City, California

Marysville, Ca.

Yuba Water Agency will move forward with plans to further consider a transfer of property tax revenue to Yuba County, which is approximately $500,000 per year.

For decades, Yuba Water Agency has received a small portion of the county’s property tax revenue to help with the cost of business outside of power and reservoir operations, which were paid by Pacific Gas & Electric. The property tax funding covered the cost of things like recreation facilities, general management, flood risk reduction projects, water supply, and more.

In 2016, the agency’s contract with PG&E expired and the water agency began receiving the revenue from power generation, as well as taking responsibility for the associated expenses. That property tax funding is now a small percentage of the agency’s annual revenue.

“Timing is everything. And for many years, that portion of the property tax revenue helped run the agency,” said Yuba Water Agency Vice-Chairman Randy Fletcher. “Today, with the revenue coming in from power generation, it is only appropriate that it go to the county, which can use it to substantially help the community in ways the water agency would not be able to do.”

Before Yuba Water Agency can proceed with the transfer of property tax revenue to Yuba County, the agency is required to hold a specific public hearing and adopt a resolution in support of the transfer. Yuba County will then need to hold a subsequent public hearing, adopt a resolution of its own and file it with the county auditor to appropriately adjust the tax revenue allocation.

The board directed agency staff to begin the process, with the caveat that the transfer would expire after ten years, at which time it would be reconsidered.

To be informed about the public hearing on this issue, anyone interested can subscribe to be notified when agendas are posted to the agency’s website at www.yubawater.org/AgendaCenter. Just click the “notify me” link.

hometown Christmas Donkeys11 21Forbestown, Ca.

Wondering if we’re going to be able to get into the holiday spirit with the warm, dry weather we have been having? Well, Hometown Christmas at the Yuba Feather Museum’s Gold Trader Flat will start you yearning for hot cocoa and mistletoe no matter what the weather brings. Whether we’re green or snowy, there will be plenty of twinkling lights and homespun delights at this year’s Hometown Christmas. Come and join in the festivities on Saturday, November 24, in the picturesque mountain village of Forbestown, the home of the Yuba Feather Historical Association’s gold rush interpretive village. 19096 New York Flat Road, Forbestown, California

Starting at 10:00 A.M. until 6"00 P.M., the streets of the town will magically turn into an old time street fair with vendors of handmade delights for all ages. The Mercantile will be filled with homespun toys of a mountain childhood and handmade ornaments to decorate your hearth and tree. Boy Scout Troop 6400 will be selling their beautiful Christmas greenery. Wander the streets of Gold Trader Flat along with folks in 19th century dress while you start your holiday shopping in a delightful, country atmosphere to the accompaniment of mountain music and carolers. Over a dozen vendors of unique goods, from the folksy homespun to expert artistry, will give you a good start on your holiday gift and entertainment list.

There is nothing like the mountain air on a brisk winter day to work up an appetite. Your hunger will be quenched by the hearty offerings of the Gold Trader Flat Pantry and delectable treats from our guest vendors. Culinary offerings will include our great-tasting hotdogs, hamburgers, chili, and nachos. YFHA will be selling homemade baked goods to eat right away or to take home to relieve your own holiday work load. Visit the manger with its live animals and watch for Father Christmas to visit with candy canes for the kids. Inside the lobby of the Liberty Hotel, the beautiful Victorian Tea Room will offer a genteel respite with hot wassail and cheery holiday tunes. As the sun goes down the streets of Gold Trader Flat will glow and twinkle with holiday lights – a truly magical sight – and the holiday spirit of peace and goodwill will touch everyone’s heart.

Check the weather reports and come dressed appropriately. Forbestown enjoys a mountain climate and the nights are chilly once the sun goes down. In consideration of the safety of visitors to the mountains, the event may be cancelled or ended early in event of severe weather. If there are any concerns, call the Museum at 530/675-1025.

Admission to the Yuba Feather Museum and Gold Trader Flat is always free. Donations and proceeds from our events go towards helping support the exhibits, archives and interpretive village. These are supported entirely through private memberships in the Yuba Feather Historical Association (YFHA) and donations and maintained by volunteers for the benefit of the community. Membership and volunteer information will be available at the entrance for those interested. YFHA is welcomes newcomers and all those interested in Gold Rush history. Ask any of our volunteers how to become involved.

camp fire11 21by John Fleming

Butte County, Ca

Five days after 50 mile-per-hour winds pushed a wildfire up the canyons into the ridgetop towns of Paradise and Magalia, the Territorial Dispatch toured the downtowns, home to nearly 40,000 residents just last week. On this day, tow trucks are moving the melted remnants of vehicles that are abandoned on sides of major boulevards and streets as some drivers pulled over and ran for their lives. Tree companies are cutting and removing debris from roadways, power lines and important access points throughout the community. Utility companies are assessing extensive damage that has destroyed transmission and communication lines, transformer substations, and the infrastructure that serves a community.

This was also the day that forensic teams with cadaver dogs and coroners began poring over the addresses where senior centers, apartment buildings, and mobile home parks are located. The death toll, currently at 48, will rise as special units evaluate the outstanding listing of missing individuals.

The streets are busy with Sheriff’s deputies, CHP patrols, and incoming National Guard units to help secure vacant neighborhoods and prevent looting. The canyons are busy with convict crews and dozens of firefighting companies from throughout California and neighboring states to help prevent additional destruction to what has already become the most damaging wildfire in California history based on a number of metrics, primarily the number of homes and businesses confirmed to have been destroyed or damaged. Although CalFire is estimating full containment by November 30, it will likely be much longer to repair the power and communication grid for large sections of this ridgetop community in Butte County.

The scope and extent of the damage is complete in some areas, and hit and miss in others. Property owners and insurance companies will be studying the reasons why one building was destroyed while another stands beside it unscathed based on defensible space, building materials, terrain, and other variables. The Intermediate School in Paradise is fine, the Elementary School leveled. Paradise High School’s internal core buildings are standing while surrounding structures are gone.

Based on reconstruction following the Cascade Fire in Yuba County in October 2017, replacement homes and commercial buildings probably will not be in place before 2020. In the meantime, a database has been set up on CalFire’s page to update the fire’s statistics daily, and to provide feedback to property owners who are still under mandatory evacuation at http://fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2277.

Butte County, Ca.

Photo Josh Edelson/Getty Images


camp fireThe Camp Fire located in Butte County began on Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road near Jarbo Gap. The fire began on November 8 at approximately 6:30 a.m. As of Monday November 12, 2018, 113,000 acres have burned and the fire is 25% contained. 6,453 residences and 260 commercial structures have been destroyed. The death toll has risen to 29 with the discovery of six bodies on Sunday the 11th. There are still 200 people un accounted for. The Camp Fire is believed to be the most destructive fire in California history.

Local strike teams from Yuba and Sutter are responding to the mutual aid. The Marysville Police were contacted in the early morning hours of November 8, 2018. Marysville Police Department (MPD) responded to a mutual aid request from Butte County Sheriff’s Department for the “Campfire” The MPD immediately deployed four two-person teams to assist with evacuations and life safety support. They spent 12 hours driving from town to town, street to street, assisting with evacuations and security patrols. All total, there have been eight officers per day, including both permanent and reserves.

MPD Reserve Sgt. Robert Hess was on the first deployment last night and returned early for his second deployment with his partner, Reserve Captain Dave Baker. By day, Reserve Sgt. Hess is also the Senior Director of Loss Prevention and Safety for SaveMart. On weekends and during special events, he works as a Reserve Sergeant with the MPD. Yesterday, Hess arrived in Paradise to find the SaveMart store he oversees, still standing in the midst of raging fire all around. Hess contacted SaveMart management and, working together, they collected and donated essential perishable goods from the store to emergency personnel fighting the fire and to evacuees in the area. With the support of Savemart management, Reserve Sgt. Hess and Reserve Captain Baker escorted trucks to the same store and finished loading up the truck with the remaining perishable food and goods to distribute to those in the greatest need of emergency support and to first responders.

The Marysville Veterans Day Parade, scheduled for 11/11/18, was cancelled due to poor air qualitymarysville police



A warrant for Manslaughter in a 2015 Yuba County death investigation was served in Lafayette, Colorado this morning October 31, 2018 with the assistance of the US Marshals and Lafayette Police Department. Arrested was 58-year-old Kevin Paul Mihalik of Lafayette, Colorado. He was taken into custody at an apartment on Viridian Drive in Lafayette without incident, and booked into the Boulder County Jail where he will await extradition to Yuba County, California on the charge of 192(B)PC/Involuntary Manslaughter.
Yuba County Superior Court issued the warrant in August 2018 after a lengthy Yuba County Coroner’s investigation into the death of 64-year-old woman Jean Lynn Terry of Browns Valley on August 23, 2015. Mihalik was treating Terry holistically for breast cancer without medical supervision or a medical license. Upon autopsy, Terry was found to have died from cardiac complications caused by toxic levels of Cesium and other alternative therapy administered by Mihalik.

parade11 7Marysville, Ca.

"Veterans Day is the day for all Americans to honor the contributions of service men and women throughout our Nation's history. Veterans Day also commemorates the time and day at which the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended: the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. So, on Sunday, November 11th at 11:00 am, come out for the 16th Annual Yuba-Sutter Veteran’s Day Parade. The parade route follows “D” Street in Historic Downtown Marysville. The Theme for the Parade is: “Supporting Our Troops; Past, Present, and Future”.

Following the parade numerous events are planned. Immediately following the parade, the Rivers Edge Pub (1 E. 12th S t. Maryville) will be hosting a free B.B.Q. (Hot Dogs & Hamburgers). There will be Music, a Raffle, and lots of fun. All proceeds go to the Yuba-Sutter Veteran’s Parade Fund. Must be 21 or older to attend. Another bar-b-que at the American Legion Post 807, 5477 Feather River Blvd. will be accepting donations to support their Yountville Veteran's Home Fund will take place following the parade.

" Free Rides on the Navy WWII “Duk” at Ellis Lake by the Northern Recon Group to Veterans and their families will be available on both Saturday and Sunday, November 10th and 11th.

Parade Registration Packages are available for pick-up at the Marysville City Hall or to request a registration package, contact Cindy at 743-2390 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Registration Form should be returned NLT October 31, 2018 to insure placement in the parade.


Elks Annual Veterans Breakfast

Members of Marysville Elks Lodge #783 are again inviting the community to a breakfast prior to the Veterans Day Parade, on Sunday November 11, 2018.

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, and includes "SOS" (meat gravy over toast or a biscuit), scrambled eggs, pancakes, pastries, coffee and juice. For those in a military uniform or showing a military service card, and younger kids, breakfast is FREE. For others, a donation of $4.00 is requested.

An RSVP is requested for large groups, and volunteers may contact Chairman, Duaine Erickson at (530) 743-5134. The Elks Lodge is located next to Ellis Lake at 920 D Street, Marysville.


Olivehurst VFW Post 4095 1st Annual Patriotic Car & Bike Show

The Olivehurst VFW Post 4095 will be having their 1st Annual Car and Bike Show on Veterans Day November 11 at 4956 Powerline Rd. in Olivehurst. This 1st event will be in Memory of Duke Griego.

This annual event is from 8 AM till, 3 PM. Registration starts at 7 AM at the VFW Post. Judging is 12-2PM with awards at 3PM. Vendors welcome.

We are a non-profit corporation who supports all Veterans. Please help us to serve those who have and those who are still serving in our Armed Forces.

For more information, please contact: Manny @ 329-3035.


Browns Valley, Ca.

On November 11, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Browns Valley Cemetery will have a self guided tour of Civil War. World War 1 and World War ll Veterans

Browns Valley Cemetery District is located at 9403 Browns Valley School House Road,

Browns Valley, California. Refreshments Compliments of the BVCD Volunteers

World War I began in 1914, after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and lasted until 1918. During the conflict, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (the Central Powers) fought against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States (the Allied Powers). At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car

outside Compiégne, France. The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was about 40 million Seven Browns Valley men served in WWI. A brochure will be available at the Veteran’s Day Presentation.

Vicki Contente is well known for her extensive research in many areas of California history,

including the studies of Veterans interred in Browns Valley Cemetery. Vicki has now completed the Civil War, WWI and WWII Veteran research and will be sharing it with visitors. Informational posters will be placed at the Civil War and WWI grave sites.

Marysville, Ca

Supervisorial Candidate Alton Wright and his followers decided that they would cause trouble for Supervisorial Candidate John Mistler, owner of the Territorial Dispatch. They discussed on Mr. Wright's facebook page the possibilities of boycotting the advertisers but one individual decided it would be more politically advantageous to force the TD out of the post offices. Upon a call from Wright or one of his supporters, the post offices of Browns Valley and Brownsville have decided to strictly enforce the office code barring any publications from being on postal property. The papers were confiscated without conversation with Mr. Mistler. The complaint states: "This needs to be addressed quickly as the advertising affects the November election. (Wright’s action was clearly politically motivated.) The Postmasters of these two Post Offices were politically duped by candidate Wright. He filed the complaint the same day that his full page ad appeared in the TD; thus preventing anyone else's ad from being seen. In addition on the same date, Wright filed a complaint with Yuba County to remove the TD from other government property. In a letter to Wright; Yuba County Counsel states "... the U.S. Supreme Court has defined communicative activities broadly, so that first amendment protection extends to the right to distribute or circulate newspapers." Yuba County Counsel further stated, "the county finds that permitting The Territorial Dispatch to engage in protected activity of distributing and circulating its newspaper of general character at the County's Government Center serves a substantial public interest”. Wright’s complaint was denied. Yuba County does not oversee the Post Office however; they both have to abide by the 1st Amendment.


The Territorial Dispatch is the only newspaper in the foothills of Yuba County and it is free. This situation presents an abridgement of the 1st Amendment due to the remote nature, lack of convenience and availability to provide free press, including government required legal notices, to this rural population.


1st Amendment


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or *abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


* Abridge: to shorten, lessen, or curtail


The action of the two Post Offices is outlined by Postal Office codes, not the law. Postmaster's have the ability to adjust to the needs and desires of the community. A quote from Sacramento Postal Office to one of the post offices states that we have received a complaint, "Please investigate and resolve to the best of your abilities.” (The discretion of the Postmaster)


In his desire to game the system Mr. Wright's action also caused the two Postmasters’s to eliminate the public bulletin boards. In a quick check it appears that Brownsville and Browns Valley are the only two Post Offices in Rural Northern California to be enforcing the office code.


The Territorial Dispatch is now available in all businesses in Brownsville and additional papers have been put in the Browns Valley 76 Gas Station/Mini Mart, the Gold Eagle Market in Loma Rica and the Loma Rica Store. Mr. Mistler said," For political reasons Alton Wright has hurt and inconvenienced the people of the foothills, the only way to correct it is to have the Postmasters of Browns Valley and Brownsville relax their position.

Marysville, Ca.

The Yuba County Board of Supervisors Tuesday authorized its attorneys to initiate litigation against PG&E as an important step towards recovery from the Cascade Fire, one in a set of the most destructive wildfires in California history. Yuba County joins Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties, which previously authorized the national law firm of Baron & Budd and the California Fire Lawyers to represent them for the significant damages sustained as a result of the historic North Bay Fires.

CalFire identified PG&E equipment as the cause and origin of the devastating Cascade Fire, which caused damage to County property and resources.

The five counties suffered some of the greatest losses in California wildfire history. Yuba County alone is facing millions of dollars in costs related to emergency response, recovery efforts, infrastructure damages, injury to natural resources, loss of tax revenue, and other significant losses. The resulting litigation will not address losses to private property.

“This lawsuit is intended to seek compensation from those entities responsible for the fires; costs that should not be shouldered by Yuba County, which is still recovering from the devastation,” said County Counsel Courtney Abril. “Legal action is a necessary step to help restore our resilient community.”

Baron & Budd, P.C. is a national law firm, and part of the California Fire Lawyers consortium, which has a demonstrated track record in representing public entities in recovering from disasters. The fires have been vigorously litigated over the last year in the San Francisco Superior Court before Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow.

Marysville, Ca

Background History

Approximately 10 years ago John Mistler met with a local Postmaster and by phone with a Postmaster in Sacramento to discuss a postal code that did not allow for any publications or bulletin board items in the post office. Mistler made the point that rural post offices are more than a post office because many of the small towns have no stores, just residents and a post office. Furthermore it would be extremely hard for the post office to monitor compliance with all post offices in the United States, thus setting up potential discrimination actions. The post office agreed to informally waive the code and allow the Territorial Dispatch Newspaper (TD) and bulletin board material to be placed in the post office. For 18 years this has worked well for the convenience of the public.

Supervisorial Candidate Alton Wright and / or his followers decided that they would cause trouble for Supervisorial Candidate John Mistler owner of the Territorial Dispatch. They discussed on Mr. Wright's facebook page the possibilities of boycotting the advertisers but one individual decided it would be more fun to force the TD out of the post office. Upon a call from one on Wright's supporters, the post office has decided to strictly enforce the code barring any publications including the Appeal-Democrat from being on postal property. This may have added to the demise of the Appeal-Democrat in the foothills? No publications of any kind except government publications. At that time a couple of the post offices confiscated the papers before having dialog with Mr. Mistler. Let it be clear that no local postmasters were happy with this decision. The unintended action is that no bulletin board materials will be allowed either. If enforced that would mean even Rackerby, which does not have the TD on property would lose their bulletin board. Mr. Wright posted immediately on his facebook page, "The supporter was told by the Brownsville PO that they received confirmation and a decision about the violation from higher level management." Alton Wright then commented, " Time for a kiosk. Candidate Mistler?" The term violation is not accurate, the post office has been working for the convenience of the people for actually 18 years.

Mr. Mistler said, " We are seeing more and more of the "politics of personal destruction" at every level of government and less and less about issues and facts. These attempts to hurt a local business are a window into the future. I have dealt with the post office before and I believe we are coming to a common sense agreement that will allow us to do business the same as before including bulletin boards. I would ask Candidate Alton Wright to stay out of my business and allow me to work this out for the convenience of then public. His further involvement it only making it harder. I don't understand how his hurting my business and inconveniencing the public in the foothills helps his candidacy.

I would also like to thank Ginger Hughes, the volunteers, and the businesses of Brownsville for picking up the confiscated papers and making sure all were available to the public. The papers that were at the post office will be available at the businesses in Brownsville.

possee10 24The Yuba County Sheriff’s Posse for Search and Rescue will be at four locations on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 8AM-4PM and are asking for your donations to support Search and Rescue activities. Posse members will be at the following locations in uniform with back packs in hand: Sam’s Club in Yuba City, Walmart in Linda, 76 Station in Browns Valley, and the intersection of Fruitland and Loma Rica Roads in Loma Rica.

“The Yuba County Mounted Sheriff's Posse is a volunteer group of service-oriented men and women dedicated to providing vital emergency search and rescue services to the Yuba County Sheriff's Department, our communities, and the State of California under mutual aid agreement...” The Posse is a 501c4 organization and your donation is tax deductible.

Your support will help the Posse to be better prepared for the next missing person search or a disaster such as the fire in our foothills last year; where 123 homes were lost and over 1000 animals were either rescued or cared for during the emergency.

Donations may also be sent to: Yuba County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse, PO Box 1184, Marysville, CA 95901. A receipt for your donation is available upon request.

Wake Up America Dover Press 110 17This nostalgic poster offered a compelling message to think worldwide, and get involved. It’s part of the WWI memorabilia that will be on display at 206 W. Main St. in the window gallery. Photo courtesy of Library of CongressBy Courtney Ferguson

“Although epic battles such as the Somme and Flanders Fields were far away,

World War I had a profound impact on our local history and vice versa,” said program manager and historian Linda K. Jack. “As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (November 11th, 1918), the Nevada County Historical Society and its partners will present a series of lectures, exhibits and a concert, all designed to increase awareness of the war’s impact on our community, as well as our community’s impact on the war.”

Four timely lectures that bring the past to life

The lecture series begins on Thursday, October 18th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Rd., Nevada City. Linda Jack’s presentation, “Lest We Forget: Remembering Nevada County’s Men and Women of World War I” takes a candid look at this turbulent time. Imagine local boys who had never ventured outside their community suddenly being transported to China, Siberia and Western Europe. Hosted by the Nevada County Historical Society, Jack will share the almost-forgotten stories of the fallen and the survivors – and how their courage changed our community forever.

“The Yanks are Coming,” will be presented by well-known history author Gage McKinney on Sunday, November 4th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the North Star House, 12075 Auburn Rd., Grass Valley. McKinney will explore the memorable life of William Hague, the young manager of the North Star gold mine. His specialist expertise took him to France in 1916, where he served with other mining engineers. Their combined skills helped alter the course of the war – and changed world history. Hosted by the North Star Historic Conservancy, a $10 donation is requested.Gage McKinney10 17Gage McKinney (537e) How did local mining expertise help change the outcome of WWI? History author Gage McKinney, one of the presenters, will explain in his presentation, “The Yanks are Coming” on November 4th. Photo by Ilka Weber

“The Impact of World War 1 on the Formation of the Modern Middle East” is scheduled for Friday, November 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Rd., Nevada City. Marwan D. Hanania, PhD., Assistant Professor of History, San Diego Mesa College, will explore the relationship between WWI and the Middle East, where America’s soldiers still fight today. Hosted by the Nevada County Historical Society, Hanania has many fascinating facts to share.

“Soldiers Unknown-A Graphic Novel of California’s Native Americans in WWI” will take place on Saturday, November 17th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St., Nevada City. Presented by Northern Californian author and filmmaker Chag Lowry, his presentation will highlight many real-life experiences included in his book of Native California soldiers who served in the 91st Infantry Division during World War I. Hosted by the Nevada County Library and Nevada County Historical Society, Lowry will share a meaningful, personal perspective.

Plus exhibits – and a concert

In addition to these lectures, the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City will feature an exhibit entitled “Wake up, America! Nevada County During World War I” that will run from November 1st through December 31st. During the month of November, the Madelyn Helling Branch of the Nevada County Library (also in Nevada City) will feature an exhibit called “Humanitarians on the Home Front,” that pays tribute to Grass Valley’s

Frances Jones and her noteworthy humanitarian wartime work. “The Art of War – 1914-1919: A Window Gallery of the Poster Art of World War I” will showcase some of the dynamic posters that rallied our nation. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Grass Valley Historical Commission and the Nevada County Historical Society, the windows of a currently-vacant storefront will be transformed into a nostalgic gallery at 206 W. Main St., Grass Valley. This exhibit will run throughout November.

A concert entitled “Music to Unite a Nation: Songs of World War I and The Story of Ernestine Schumann-Heink,” will be held on Saturday, November 10th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:00 p.m.at the Foothill Events Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Rd., Grass Valley. Light refreshments will be provided, and there will be a no-host bar. Sponsored by Music in the Mountains, Camerata California, Nevada County Historical Society, InConcert Sierra, Center for the Arts, The Union, KVMR and KNCO, the concert is a tribute to the spirit of the times. Tickets are $25each for General Admission, and are free for Veterans. With limited seating available, veterans should go online and register for their free tickets early. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (530) 265-6124, visit www.musicinthemountains.org, or visit the Box Office at 530 Searls Avenue, Nevada City, open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bennetts10 17“While the entire world remembers Armistice Day, plenty is planned here in Nevada County,” Jack added. “This series is a well-timed way to learn about our community's involvement in the most important event of the 20th century, and how it shaped our local history forever. Since most of the lectures and all of the exhibits are free, we’re encouraging people to take full advantage of this once-in-a-century opportunity.” “Over Here: Nevada County’s Experience of World War I” is funded by a grant from California Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

For further information, contact Linda Jack at (650) 888-1379 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







The Bennetts were local lads who served their country in France. Linda Jack will share their story during the first lecture on October 18th.

Photo courtesy of Sears Library

Courtney Ferguson is a public relations consultant and a freelance writer.

bridge 210 3 18Opening Ceremony

Brownsville, Ca.

Since May of 2018 residents on New York House Road have been hampered by closure of the New York House Road bridge over Dry Creek. Travel will get a lot easier as construction of the new concrete bridge wraps up this week.

A ceremony and community event was planned for the re-opening of the bridge on Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m. The actual opening of the bridge for traffic will be approximately three to four days later. Twenty people were on hand for the festivities that included a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a 1962 Thunderbird driven by Roy Sand, officially the first car crossing over the new expanse. It was determined that the original bridge was built in 1962 making the crossing of the 62 T-Bird appropriate.

The new bridge is located along New York House Road, about a half mile from where it joins with Frenchtown Road. That intersection is 1.2 miles east of Willow Glen Road.

The old, aging bridge had to be removed on May 7 of this year, to make way for the new cast-in-place reinforced concrete bridge construction. The $2 million project also included improvements to the approach roads on either end of the bridge, improvements to drainage, and the planting of new trees to replace those that had to be removed during construction.

The New York House Bridge Replacement Project was completed under contract by Steelhead Constructors.

Picture caption: Roy Sand and his 1962 Thunderbird

Brownsville, Ca.

North Yuba Water District (NYWD) has completed a series of repairs and piping projects to their approximately 22 miles of irrigation ditches.

In addition to domestic water service, NYWD provides irrigation water to 119 customers in Dobbins and Oregon House. Irrigation customers were informed last spring that there would be no irrigation water that season due to a number of reasons, including onerous contractual obligations with neighboring South Feather Water and Power (SFWP), significant water losses along the unpiped Forbestown Ditch and continued drought conditions.

While the irrigation ditches were dry this summer, NYWD has performed a series of maintenance and repairs:

Inmate work crews cleared overgrown areas.The District’s recently purchased excavator was used to de-silt and shape the irrigation ditches.The excavator’s flail mower attachment was used to remove debris and vegetation.Ten sections of the irrigation ditch that traditionally experience the greatest seepage issues, totaling approximately 1,700 linear feet (about 1/3 mile), are in the final stages of piping.“Walter’s Y,” the convergence point of the three sections of irrigation ditches, will be rebuilt with reinforced concrete and larger head gates.

“It’s important that we made productive use of this dry season and completed as many maintenance and repair projects as we could for our irrigation customers,” said Maupin, “so if Mother Nature gives us a good year again, we can stretch supply a little further.”

Through a $500,000 State grant, NYWD is currently in the planning and engineering phase to pipe the full ten miles of the Forbestown Ditch. Moving to a piped Forbestown Ditch would save a significant amount of water lost from seepage and evaporation, eliminate a vast majority of dirt, trash and contamination from entering the treatment pond and increase the amount of water available for irrigation customers. The total project is estimated between $8 Million and $14 Million. Potential funding sources for the construction phase of the project include Prop 1 grants and financing through the Yuba Water Agency.

For more information about the NYWD, visit www.NYWD.org.

donnebroughg1 9 26 18Looking north toward the restored support beams under the ore hoppers on the mine.Presented by Yuba County Historic Resources Commission

Browns Valley, Ca.donnebrough2 9 26 18Early miners in Donnebrough shaft. Note the candles that denote presence of oxygen.

The Donnebrough Mine was developed in the mid 1850’s after gold was discovered in Browns Valley. The mine is a hard-rock quartz mine and is one of seven that were located in Browns Valley. Multiple owners labored for one hundred years and removed around $10 million of gold from the mine. It is 1800 feet deep and has been flooded since the mid 1950’s when the mine was permanently closed.

Restoration is ongoing to ensure that the mine retains it’s historical relevance for the community.

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., 5573 Marysville Road, Browns Valley there will be a Presentation. The presentation at 3:30 p.m. will feature Browns Valley mines and refreshments.

For Reservations call: Kathy Smith 916-838-2757 or Roberta D‘Arcy 530-743-8742

eagle scout9 26 18(L to R)Christy Boals, (mother) Eagle Scout Ethan Boals, and Supervisor Fletcher who presented a BoS Proclamation recognizing Ethan's achievement.On behalf of the Yuba County BoS, Randy Fletcher presented a proclamation recognizing Ethan’s efforts and achievement. Ethan Michael Boals of troop 6400 sponsored by the Dobbins Oregon House Improvement Foundation has obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Ethan resides in Dobbins with his parents Mike & Christy and his seven brothers and sisters. He is seventeen years old and attends Yuba College. Ethan’s Eagle project benefited the Alcouffe community center. There was a space next to a side entrance that constantly collected wind driven debris. Ethan, with the help of other members of the troop and several adults, converted this space into a certified handicap parking space that not only solved the original issue but provided a van accessible space for those in need.



horsesGrass Valley, Ca.

It’s almost here – the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21 – 23, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds! With six draft horse performances, this year’s show will feature lots of hitches and more than 175 horses stabled on the grounds, offering a unique chance to see and meet the stars of the show. Tickets are on sale now.

Join the beautiful Draft Horses at the 2018 Draft Horse Classic. Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” – it’s all part of the Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Classic has grown to become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States, and features six majestic performances, along with non-stop entertainment in between classes.

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Harvest Fair

In between the Draft Horse performances, the Harvest Fair is bustling with activity. The Harvest Fair is an experience that can be enjoyed by kids and adults – and admission is free! Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the horses, taste the delicious Treat Street goodies, or sit and enjoy the live entertainment. With so much to see and do, there’s a little something for everyone at the Harvest Fair.


by Lou Binninger

Fired Sutter County DA Chief Investigator Jason Parker’s case to contest his dismissal is being considered by a Sacramento judge with an opinion expected in October 2018.

District Attorney (DA) Amanda Hopper’s justification for firing Parker primarily rests upon an accusation that Parker improperly threatened a subject he arrested in a sex sting while transporting the person to jail on August 2, 2016. Parker’s accuser is fellow investigator Brandon Oakley who was present in the vehicle and filed his complaint a year later and after Parker questioned him about office talk of an Oakley – DA Hopper relationship.

Additional August 2016 complaints by Oakley that Parker violated county employment rules were eventually dropped as frivolous. They involved Parker talking to Oakley and Hopper about what employees believed to be married Oakley’s and divorced Hopper’s unseemly behavior.

An investigator for the firm hired by the county to look into Parker’s actions said, “Oakley may have a motive to fabricate, exaggerate, or embellish in his allegations, if he is aware that aspects of Parker’s complaint involves him.” Oakley and Hopper were the only ones to complain about Parker even after several people in the DA’s office were interviewed.

After Parker talked to both Hopper and Oakley separately about the office environment Parker was relocated from the DA’s office by Hopper. He then was placed on leave and finally dismissed on January 26, 2018.

In August 2017, Parker filed whistleblower-style charges against Hopper and County Counsel Jean Jordan and communicated such with County Supervisors, County Administrator Scott Mitnick and Human Resource Director Regina Romeo.

Investigator Oakley’s complaint about the August 2, 2016 incident said the subject sounded like he was going to vomit while sitting next to Parker in the front seat of a vehicle. Oakley says Parker then said, “You better not throw up in my truck or I’ll stab you in the f...kn’ neck.” Oakley continues that Parker said “I should take you down to the river bottoms and put a bullet in your head!”

In November 2017, both Parker and now retired fellow investigator Dave Williams were called to testify before the Grand Jury about various concerns with the DA’s office. On December 27, 2017, Hopper issued a press release to the Appeal Democrat questioning Parker and Williams’ credibility based only on Oakley’s account about the August 2, 2016 incident.

Parker and Williams contend that Hopper broke county employment rules and state law by releasing unproven and untrue employee information to the public. During this entire drama and before Parker was fired neither Sutter County nor the District Attorney interviewed the subject of Oakley’s complaint to corroborate Oakley’s testimony.

Months after Parker was fired Deputy District Attorney Adam McBride retained Solano County investigators to question the subject about his version of the August 2, 2016 incident. The 34-page transcript of the subject’ testimony contradicts Oakley’s claims.

The subject said to investigators, “I was sick. My blood pressure was up. I have Hep C.” As he was gagging in the front seat next to Parker, the subject recalls, “Yeah. He (Parker) said, ‘If you puke on me, I’m gonna bust your nose. You can puke....in Sutter County’s vehicle all you want, but don’t puke on me.’”

However, the transcript was not provided to attorney John Whitefleet representing Sutter County before Parker’s June 15, 2018 employment hearing in Sacramento. Whitefleet was also unaware of Deputy DA Adam McBride’s written statement that he believed Parker’s actions justifiable when Parker talked to him about the incident after it occurred in 2016. Therefore, neither Whitefleet nor Chris Carlos, Parker’s attorney knew of the transcript.

DA Hopper then testified at the hearing that the “victim” described in Oakley’s complaint had been interviewed, which was news to Whitefleet, Carlos and Parker.

Hopper questioning Williams’ credibility in the newspaper came two days prior to his retirement after 12 years with Sutter County Sheriff’s Department and then 17 years with the DA’s office, all without a blemish. Parker had served 6-years with Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, 12 with Yuba City Police Department and 2-plus years with the DA’s office. Parker also received high marks from his employers.

Parker’s most recent employee appraisal up through 8/1/16 and signed by Hopper just 4 months prior to the blow-up describes Parker as “exemplary investigator, great leader, hardworking and efficient, energetic, leads by example, conscientious of the budget, has good communication skills, patient with office personnel and the public.” Nearly all evaluation categories are rated “exceeds expectations” and Hopper explains that “he works more than the hours required. He is calm and clear thinking. Jason is a valued employee and an asset to this office.”

Currently Williams works as an attorney in Yuba City and Parker is unemployed.