"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

President Abraham Lincoln
There are times when discretion is the better part of “valor.”

This is one of them. I want to weigh in on the Supes and the Library folks, but I’m afraid that my comments might possibly do a lot more harm than good - so I’ll move on to other topics.

First, it was an extremely busy news week. In fact it became a real chore to find room to get everything in. Unfortunately, I couldn’t cut those stories I already had or received, or the pictures, so the pages are somewhat crowded. Additionally I had to hold the Sheriff’s log and 30 years ago which normally would be in this issue and move the Sudoku to this page.

It is strange how things work out.

The news in this week’s issue reflects really what small rural towns like ours are all about.

Businesses and individuals from teens to very mature adults giving generously, time and/or money to help others in the community and beyond.

It reflects our thoughts and prayers, the legislation, emergencies and honors bestowed.

Even though this issue misses a couple of items I’d loved to have included.

I’m proud of it and the communities and people who did what they do and made it possible to record it so those in our future can see what we did in our time.

It has been a crazy couple of weeks. Have you ever wished there was a pause button on life? I have completely lost track of time lately because it has been so busy.

So here I sit in a hotel room getting ready for the second conference in two weeks writing Blue Skies on my phone! Thank goodness for technology (sorry Walt!)

Is it me, or does time go faster when you are older? It was just September 1st! What has made my month go by so quickly? Travel. I was able to go to San Diego to receive the Healthcare District of the Year award for Mayers. What an honor for our hospital, community and staff. It was amazing how many people have no idea what it is like to be from a small community. It is kind of fun to tell our story. When someone cares we have no stop lights or fast food, it is a look of disbelief that you rarely see. Once you tell them more about where we are from and show if you picture I almost sense a little bit of jealousy.

Then it was literally home for a day and a half, then turn around and drive to Sacramento for the Statewide disaster conference. This is always a very informational and educational event. But the first thing that we have to do the night before it starts is find a new restaurant, which is always a lot of fun. There are some things when you come to the city that are nice, one of them being so many different options. I am fortunate again this year to get to be speaking at the conference, this is quite a privilege to be able to represent rural communities.

The one thing I always appreciate after traveling is being able to come home to the community in which we live I know I sent a time goes by fast, but at least when we are home it is not so much of the hustle and bustle of the city. It is nice to go away and see different places, but it is always great to be home. I will take our no stop lights and no fast food any day over the traffic and busyness of the city.

Thank You
The winner of this year’s fund raising raffle for the Fall River Valley Citizen Volunteer Patrol was Hannah Brown of Burney. The prize was a Ruger LC380 compact pistol.

The FRCVP would like to thank everyone who participated, giving us the much needed funding for fuel and maintenance to keep our patrol truck on the road for the next year. A special thanks to everyone who helped us!

Anyone desiring to become a member of the patrol can call Jan Shafer at 336-7380 or Donna Paxson at 336-5382 for further information


August 23,2017
Well Friends and Supporters it is with great sadness to tell you that Sammy lost his battle last night.

It was a long battle but he is in better hands now and no longer in pain...

He got to do a few really fun things last month thanks to make-a-wish foundation so it nice to see him be a kid for that short time.

The family would like to thank all of you very much for your support and good wishes these past 2 years and hope you continue with your wonderful support for the next child…..

Trena and family


Thank You
Soldier Mountain Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank everyone who attended our recent chicken and ribs barbecue. Another big thanks to chief cooks Jerry McDaniel, Don Sandberg, Jean Rodgers and their crew. We appreciate all the servers, the kitchen group and the bakers of all the delicious desserts. Hope to see you all in March at our next dinner.
SMVFC Volunteers





Senator Barbara Boxer
1700 Montgomery St. St 240,

San Francisco, CA 94111


Senator Dianne Feinstein
One Post St. Ste 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104

Rep John Doolittle

4230 Douglas Blvd, Ste 200

Granite Bay, CA 95746


Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa
2865 Churn Creek Rd. Ste. B
Redding, CA 96002

Senator Sam Aanestad

777 Cypress Ave.

Redding, CA 96001

Rep Wally Herger
55 Independence Cir, Ste 104,
Chico, CA 95973

 Supervisor Brian Dahle

Supervisor Dave Bradshaw
155 Co. Rd. 90



Supervisor Glenn Hawes
1815 Yuba Street

Redding, CA 96001