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Mountain Messenger is the subject of a documentary that premiers May 13

Neighboring Sierra County is served by two weekly newspapers: The Sierra Booster and The Mountain Messenger. The latter is the subject of a documentary that premiers May 13. Both newspapers are printed at Feather Publishing in Quincy, and a portion of the documentary about the Mountain Messenger and its publisher was filmed at the facility.
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Cory’s Historical Corner 5/11/22

In 2018, thanks to the wonderful efforts of the Truckee Donner Land Trust, Corri Jimenez (current Vice-President of the Sierra County Historical Society and expert in historic preservation) and others, Sierra County became home to another building listed on the National Register of Historic Places – the Webber Lake Hotel constructed in 1860.
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Plumas County News

Cold Rush Café Grand Opening

Downieville’s iconic Cold Rush Café ( is holding its Grand Opening from May 12-15th to celebrate its new ownership. Four local friends came together to form a partnership, which they call Empire Creek Provisions, which focuses on keeping year-round businesses alive in their remote community in Sierra County, which largely is supported by seasonal tourism. Located in the historic “gold” building that once housed the 1950s-era Quartz Café in the quaint mountain town — 200 Main Street, Downieville — Cold Rush Café is one of the first sights for visitors as they drive eastbound along Highway 49 & the Scenic Yuba River Byway as they enter the pioneer town of Downieville in Sierra County. This gourmet coffee shop, cafe, and ice cream parlor is just steps away from the confluence of the emerald green waters of the Downie and North Yuba Rivers where families stop to picnic, swim, spend their family vacation, mountain bike, or simply relax along the sandy shores and shaded bans.
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Gregory Lawrence Bostrom 1948 – 2022

Gregory (Greg) Lawrence Bostrom, age 73, died of heart failure on May 4, 2022 outside Skagway, AK. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Docia Ann Lawrence Bostrom. Greg was born on May 12, 1948 at Mills Hospital in San Mateo, CA, to parents Lawrence and Helen Bostrom and was 3rd in a family of 5 siblings. He grew up in Burlingame, CA and moved to Downieville, CA in 1986. Greg was an inventor and craftsman from a young age. He worked at Bostrom’s Jewelers in San Mateo and voiced Fred the Dog on radio station KSFO. He then worked for a pool product company in Burlingame before moving to Downieville to work for Lawrence Tank Testing for over 30 years.
Ridgecrest Daily Independent

SSUSD Board ratifies CSEA agreement

The Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education, at a special meeting Monday, voted 4-0 to ratify an agreement with Chapter 188 of The California School Employees Association. Boardmember Mike Scott was absent. Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Bryan Auld said the district will apply a 3% across-the-board raise...

FireHouse News 5/11/22

“AT THE FIREHOUSE” by Vicky Tenney & Megan Andaluz. ALLEGHANY: May 2nd Firefighters trained in Pike City. DOWNIEVILLE: May 2nd Responded for a transfer from WSMC to SNMH. May 4th Responded for a DVAM Urgent Care incident; The ambulance responded to Sierra City for an ill person, who was air lifted to the hospital in Reno; COVID-19 testing at the Community Hall. May 5th Responded for a public assist; Firefighters trained. May 6th Responded for a public assist. May 7th The DVAM responded to Sierra City for an ill person; Responded for a public assist. May 8th DVAM Urgent Care incident.

CAW Thanks You 5/11/22

The Cancer Awareness Walk (CAW) and High Tea held Sunday, May 8, 2022 was both a huge success in itself and a continuation of a decade-plus long tradition that raises funds for western Sierra County cancer patients. Thank you to the staff and CSF students of Downieville School, Sabrina’s at The Forks and Autumn’s Butter Me Up Bakery for organizing and hosting the event as well as the wonderful community support of the event. Together we are strong!

Cory’s Historical Corner 5/4/22

Over two years ago, I wrote an article about well-known people that once called Sierra County home. However, there are several other well-known figures that have familial ties to Sierra County, and though I do not have the space to include all of these people in this article, I’ll include a few below.

Dr. Kermit Jones 5/4/22

Voters in eastern and western Sierra County were visited on Friday April 30th by Kermit Jones a candidate for the CA-3 Congressional District, an open seat due to redistricting. Dr. Kermit Jones, a Navy Veteran is a practicing physician and licensed attorney who spent the past two years serving on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

ICS 300 Training 5/4/22

Sharing this local in-person training opportunity. Incident Command System (ICS) 300 is a required training for anybody who may be filling a role at a County EOC (Emergency Operations Center), DOC (Department Operations Center) or other emergency response capacity. ICS 300 is only conducted as an in-person training. Recommended on-line prerequisites are IS 100 and IS 200.

FireHouse News 5/4/22

ALLEGHANY: April 25th Basic 32 refresher training in Pike City. April 30th Firefighters picked up the “new-to-us” Firetruck. DOWNIEVILLE: April 27th Two DVAM Urgent Care incidents; COVID-19 testing at the Community Hall. April 28th EMS Training. April 29th – DVAM Urgent Care incident. April 30th Responded for a vehicle roll-over.

County Jobs 5/4/22

Sierra County Public Works is recruiting for two Administrative Secretary Positions I-III DOQ. Under direct supervision of the Department Manager or a designated alternate performs clerical tasks, plans, supervises and participates in the preparation, maintenance and updating of records, files, and various reports; supervises clerical staff and performs responsible and difficult clerical and administrative work for the numerous governmental and /or specific office functions of the Department to which the position is assigned.
Tahoe Daily Tribune

Humane Society offers Tahoe residents free emergency go bags for pets

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — As wildfire season approaches, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is ensuring pets are as prepared as everyone else in case of an emergency. Thanks to a grant from the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, the HSTT will be handing out several hundred pet “go bags” for emergency purposes. The bags are intended to be ready for “grab and go,” and will include almost everything your pet will need in case of an evacuation emergency.

Cory’s Historical Corner 4/27/22

This biographical sketch focuses on Warren “Batso” Harding, a rock climber that spent the majority of his youth in Sierra County. For my readers who are unfamiliar with Harding, he was the first person to successfully climb the nose of El Capitan at Yosemite. He also completed many other first ascents at Yosemite, including the east face of Washington Column, the south face of Mount Watkins, the south face of Half Dome, the Wall of the Early Morning Light, and the Porcelain Wall; Harding was also the first to ascend California’s Keeler Needle and the West Face of Mount Conness.