Thursday, October 31, 2013


Nevada Union High School's boys and girls basketball tryouts begin Monday November 11. 

The Miner's head coach Jeff Dellis will look to improve on last season's 9-18 overall record. This will be no easy task as NU lost their top scorer and re-bounder 6-foot-8 Lukas Vojack (15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game) who moved out of the area as well as graduating Cody Gardner (10.8 ppg). Dellis will build the 2013-14 team around returning shooting guard Nolan Stefani (5-foot-10) who averaged 8.4 points per game. Anytime you lose your top two players including a post player the following season can be very difficult. The 2012/13 JV team went 12-15 overall with a 1-9 Sierra Foothill League record. 

The boys team will play their first game on Dec. 2 at Eldorado and their first home contest will be Jan. 10 when they tip-off against Woodcreek.

While the boys may continue to struggle this season the girls team looks as if they should continue their winning ways. NU coach John McDaniel led his Lady Miner team to a 21-5 overall record and went 9-1 in the SFL. McDaniel's team did graduate a few very talented players, but they are still very strong. They do return Sydney Porter (13 ppg) who was their leading scorer, 5-foot-11 Sammy DeHart (8 ppg) the team's 3rd leading scorer, Emma Peterson (7.3 ppg) their 4th leading scorer. 

The Lady Miners look as if this will be a reload year. Their first game is scheduled for Nov. 29 at Christian Brothers and their first home game is Dec. 3 versus Vanden.

Monday, October 28, 2013


As both Nevada Union High School's and Bear River High School's varsity football teams continue to struggle this fall, the future looks bright for the two local schools as three of the Bear River Junior Bruin and two Nevada Union Junior Miner's football teams won their first round playoff games.

The second round schedule is listed below.

2013 SVUSA Playoff Game Schedule 2nd Round Playoff - November 2nd, 2013 

Host: Del Campo Jr. Cougars 
Del Campo High School - From I-80: Take the Madison Avenue exit. Go east to Dewey Drive and turn right (south). School is on your right. 

The Bear River Junior PeeWee team who enters game as the 5 seed will play in the 9 a.m. game. They will take on top seeded Capitol Christian.

The Bear River Junior Midget team will play Del Campo in the 1 p.m. game who enter their second round game as the #3 and #2 seeds respectively.

Nevada Union's Midget team will play in the last game of the day (3 pm) where they will take on Del Campo. The Junior Miner's team enters the game as the #2 seed where the Junior Cougars are the #3.

Host: Lincoln Jr. Zebras 
Lincoln High School - From I-80 west; Go East to Highway 65 exit to Lincoln. Once in Lincoln, turn left (west) on 7th Street. At J Street, turn right (north). 

The Junior Miner's Junior PeeWee team kicks off at 10 am for a contest against Lincoln. The Miners earned the #2 seed while the Zebras are the #3 seed.

Nevada County's top seeded team is the Bear River Midgets who only dropped one game this season. The Bruins will take on Placer at 4 pm. The Bruins are the #1 seed while the Hillman are the #4.


The Brown Sox 12u baseball team took to the field at Redwood Park in Sacramento for a two day tournament on October 26 and 27th. They made it to the championship game with a 4-3 win on Sunday over the River City Outlaws where Bennett King picked up the win while Ryan Bradford got the save. The Sox's bats when quite as they fell in the championship game to Sacramento Baseball Organization under windy and cold conditions. Dustin Thompson scored the Sox only run in the championship game which can on an RBI single by Dean Hopper in the top of the first inning.

On day one of the tournament the Sox dropped the Outlaws 10-2 and Best Speed Baseball by a score of 12-5. Which was good enough for the tournaments #1 seed going into championship Sunday.

Tucker Ramos went 6 for 6 with two doubles and Trevor Nielsen went 4 for 4 while Hopper went 4 for 6 with two doubles and triple and a home run on Saturday.

The Brown Sox carry an overall record of 18-5 for the fall season.

The Sox will host the Lincoln Tribe on Sunday at Western Gateway Park.

Friday, October 25, 2013


The recall group is moving forward with their election. Here is the email I received from Kathy Monteiro.....

To all ASPOA members:
The election vote for 8 new successor board members is scheduled for Saturday, Nov 2, 10 AM at the Alta Sierra Country Club.
There are 11 ASPOA members that are running for these vacated seats. We have 4 former ASPOA board members with prior experience who have served in years past, as well as members who have experience being on other boards, and others who are professionals with skills that can well serve the community. Please take a few minutes to learn who these candidates are. You can also access the candidate profiles by clicking on this link: www.ASPOABoardCandidates.COM. This is an exciting election where the membership will finally have the opportunity to select the board of our choice.
Attached is the ballot/proxy. If you are not planning to attend the election meeting, please use the attached ballot to vote for a maximum of 8 candidates, fill in the name of a proxy to cast your vote for you, and e-mail it, fax it, or send it to:
Churchwell Tax and Business Services
610 Auburn Ravine #A
Auburn, Ca 95603
Fax: 530-885-9706
If you will be attending the election meeting on Nov. 2, please bring the ballot with you.  Before the ballots are cast, each candidate will be available to discuss their platform and answer member's questions.
The ballots and candidate profiles can be accessed at:

For more information: 575-7984

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Aidan Keros led the Grass Valley majors fall ball team on way to defeat Forrest Hill 4-2 on Thursday night at Condon Park. GV will stand on the sideline until Saturday when they will take on the winner of Bear River vs Forresthill game. BR vs FH play on Friday night at Condon Park. Previously in the tournament Forresthill defeated Bear River by a score of 10-8. This is a win or go home game for each team.

At Pioneer Park on Thursday night Bear River fell behind 5-0 against Nevada City in early action but rallied back behind Luke Barrio who finished with 9 strikeouts on way to an win 8-6. With the win Bear River stays alive but Nevada City is sent packing.

Forrest Hill and Bear River will play in the elimination game on Friday night where it is win or go home. The winner will take on the undefeated Grass Valley team Saturday at noon. Grass Valley will only have to win one game while the winner of the Friday night game will have to win two to earn championship honors.

Bear River has won the past two Fall Ball championships.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


While we have been hearing for a while now that Costco is slated to open up shop behind the Home Depot in Auburn. I heard today that they have broken ground. Also it is said that Auburn is getting a Walmart which will be going in behind Mel's Diner on on Highway 49. Many people have also stated that Auburn is getting a Trader Joes. These significant events could change Nevada County's spending and travel habits.

We already know these are very popular places to shop for many Nevada County residents. But many times local shoppers don't have time or they may not need a lot of items therefore they don't drive to these larger and many times less expensive down-the-hill Rocklin and Roseville stores. This could and most-likely will change when they are less than 20 minutes away.

The economic impact to Nevada County's already stretched mom-and-pop stores could be significant. The county has added less than 120 new homes (including Cascade Crossing on Combie Rd.) in the past 5 years so it is safe to say, we have not added many more residents. So in order for the these new  to our area, big box stores to be successful they will look to draw from the current population base along the Highway 49 corridor. Which may leave many Grass Valley and Nevada City merchants vulnerable.


In the first round of the Major's Division Fall Ball tournament it was Grass Valley Little League who advanced in a 3-2 pitchers duel over Nevada City Little League while Forrest Hill dropped Bear River in a 10-8 slug-fest. 

Gabe Baker picked up the win in the game which was played at Condon Park on Tuesday. Grass Valley's manager utilized each of his pitchers for 35 pitches apiece which means he will be able to pitch anyone on his staff in the second round. GVLL's second round game will be played on Thursday at Condon Park with the first pitch at 5:30 when they will take on Forresthill.

Forresthill delivered with their bats as they out hit Bear River 13 to 4. Ty Knox pitched for Bear River and came out of the game when he hit his pitch limit going 4 2/3 innings with the score 8-6. Caleb Hurst closed the game. Hurst struck out 3. Hurst is available to throw on Thursday when they will take on Nevada City Little League at 5:30 at Pioneer Park as he pitched less than 35.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Hello New and Returning Coaches-
Hope to see you for our 19th year of BRRPD's Youth Winter Basketball League!
Please note our meeting is earlier this year - Saturday, November 16th at 9:00 at the Magnolia Intermediate School Library OR Room 7. Look for signage posted directing you to the meeting room. 
We decided to hold meeting earlier for player recruitment. The price for for the league goes up after November 22nd - it benefits everyone to sign-up early! At the meeting will be rules review, team formation and practice time sign-ups. Paperwork for all new and returning coaches can be done then also. Feel free to turn in coaching forms earlier, they will be available at the office.
Dave and I welcome you back and thank-you for supporting the youth in our community by volunteering to coach. We could not do it without you! Coaches clinics can be offered for those who would like some training. Also we will be holding ref clinics for our new and returning referees and score keepers. Input on rules and referees always welcome. Note selected age groups will again compete with Auburn Recreation District teams that will require some travel to other sites. Home games and practices will be at Magnolia gyms. Cottage Hill MPR may open up for practices but not confirmed.
Please put the word out for potential players and coaches. Would love to have all basketball players registered by the November 16th meeting.

BRRPD office hours posted on the Homepage of the website.

Please call or email and let us know the status of your coaching,

Marlene Sharon
General Manager
Bear River Recreation & Park District
530-268-PARK (7275)

Mail: 10042 Wolf Road, Ste. B, PMB #11 
          Grass Valley, CA 95949
Office: Magnolia Intermediate School, Room 7 (upper parking lot); 22431 Kingston Lane, Grass Valley


On Tuesday, Bear River's Little League field as well Condon Park's Little League field in Grass Valley will play host to the annual Major's fall baseball tournament. Condon will host Grass Valley Little League vs Nevada City Little League while Bear River's field will host a match up between BR and Foresthill. Both game's first pitch are scheduled for 5:30.

This tournament is a double elimination tournament where the two winning teams will play on Thursday at 5:30 and the losers will also play at 5:30. It is yet to be determined as to what fields Thursday's games will be played on.

The Championship game will be played on Saturday at noon.

Check back for game results.


The ASPOA board sends the following email after the Recall Group claims victory....

Dear ASPOA Member,
You may have seen the signs posted by Recallaspoa claiming the ASPOA Board has been recalled. We have received many phone calls and emails asking what these signs mean, and the answer is: NOTHING, unless Judge Anderson rules in Recallaspoa’s favor at the scheduled hearing on November 7th.
We strongly believe that neither the results from the meeting last Saturday, nor the results from the unofficial election in November, will be considered valid by the judge. The significant number of Bylaw violations by Recallaspoa have culminated in the scheduling of an unofficial vote and election. If permitted, we feel these actions violate our Members’ rights to a fair election as provided for in the Bylaws.
The poor turnout of about 60 people (many of whom were couples, with one vote between them) on Saturday seems to indicate the majority of Members do NOT support the recall. The Board remained outside of the meeting, and provided additional information to attendees.
We are continuing with the scheduled, official ASPOA director election on Monday, December 2nd. If you would like to volunteer to count official ballots, please contact Julie Siegenthaler, Nomination Committee Chairperson at:
We would like to remind you that all director nominations must be received by this Friday, October 25th. Please mail completed forms to: ASPOA, P.O.  Box 2749, Grass Valley, CA 95945-2749 ASAP. Nomination forms are available in the October issue of the Alta Sierran, and online (
We have been told by a number of members that the attorney representing Kathy Monteiro in her lawsuit for dissolution of ASPOA has claimed he does not represent RecallASPOA. We believe this to be disingenuous, as Mr. Vodonick represents Kathy Monteiro who founded both RecallASPOA and the Alta Sierra Neighbors. He is also the attorney who argued in court last week, supporting the recall meeting.
Thank you again, for another outpouring of support via email. Please keep the encouragement coming, and please spread the word that ASPOA is alive and fighting on your behalf.

The ASPOA Board of Directors:

Paul Hoefler, President
Lee French, Vice-President
Kathy Carey, Secretary
Jim Barilleaux, Treasurer
Gene Jovich, Director
Don Bessee, Director
John Keefe, Director
Julie Siegenthaler, Director

P.S. – Full copies of the lawsuit filed by Ms. Monteiro and our request for a Temporary Restraining Order  are also online, if you are interested.


The Annual Bear River High School Ski Swap is Saturday, October 26th. Items for sale can be dropped off on Friday October 25 from 2:30 until 6 pm outside the MPR or on Saturday at 7:30 am.

The actual sale is from 8 am to 1:30 which a $2 charge for adults, $1 for students and children 5 and under are free of charge.

There will be food sold at the event as well.

Please direct all questions to Kristina Stroeve, 268-3700 x 4611

Monday, October 21, 2013


received this email (which has been pasted below) from the ASPOA Recall Group.....

The vote on Saturday to recall the ASPOA Board of Directors was overwhelmingly successful. Contrary to what the former ASPOA board is circulating, they eight members were legally removed at a duly noticed and held meeting of the members.

Churchwell Tax and Business Services conducted the vote tabulation and verification, and ther will issue a formal official count shortly. We did however, convincingly meet the threshold for a quorum with proxy and in-person voting with the result being a landslide to recall all of the the 8 members of the board. The highest number of votes cast as a "do not recall" vote was 15 votes for one member of the board.

After losing their motion in court Thursday to deny us the right to vote,  the ASPOA Board and a few chairpersons, emerged in force handing out fliers at the entry in an effort to get people not to vote. As we did not want intimidation or confrontation with the voters the sheriff was called to intervene. After a discussion with the deputies, the board complied in moving away from the entry to hand out their materials.

We now turn to the election of  8 board members on Nov. 2.  The website should be ready to view by Oct 21. It will include photos of the candidates, describe their qualifications and state what they would like to do for the community. Any ASPOA member who wishes to run for a board position is encouraged to contact us at  No member will be denied.

To all who voted, thank you for your concern for our community and making your voice heard. 


As we all can see, leaves have changed colors and have begun to fall. When the leaves leave a tree where do they go? They go down to the ground. While that may seem logical, not all do make it to the ground. Some will land on your roof which causes two significan problems. The first is they can clog your gutters which can cause significant problems over the longer term. When gutters can not drain the water sits there causing problems to the wood structure of your home. The second problem can be a fire issue. If a spark from your fireplace were to start a fire in your gutters or on your roof. That could cause a real problem over the shorter term.

It is time to schedule someone to get on your roof and remove the debris that has collected. You will want to do this prior to the winter rains.


On Sunday the Brown Sox 12u baseball team traveled to Marysville's River Front Park for a double header against Valley Baseball Club where they held off their surging opponent in game one as well as scored three in the bottom of the games final inning to pick up their second win of the day.

In game one starting pitcher Bennett King of Nevada City threw 5 2/3 and Dean Hopper closed to pick up the 4-3 win.

In game two it was starter James Nolan of Penn Valley who went 4 innings and it was Jake Walston (Lakeview) who pitched the final two innings to pick up the 6-5 win.

Every player in the above photo contributed to twin-bill victories. The Brown Sox hit the road this coming weekend  where they will play in Sacramento at the SBO Dirtwars.

The Brown Sox move their overall record to 14-4.


The Bear River Junior Bruins football teams traveled to Hooper Stadium on the campus of Nevada Union High School on Saturday and went home very happy. Each team that took to the field got to put a notch in the win column. 

The final game of the day pitted both NU and BR's top two teams. Both had only fallen once on the season. There was more at stake in the contest than just Nevada County bragging rights. The winner of the game would receive the #1 seed as the football season moves into the post season.

Bear River used a running attach that included Zac Ruby and Austin Baze which gave the Bruins a 16-0 halftime lead. The Miners made a few halftime adjustments and score to open the second half which moved the score to 16-8. From that point forward the Bruins dominated NU on both sides for the ball as they continued to run the ball as well as the score on way to 30-14 victory.

Bear River Midgets are the #1 seed.

The Junior Midget game was not as heated as the Jr. Miners have struggled all season. Bear River's defense stifled NU's offense all afternoon while their balanced offensive scheme kept the Miners on their heals as well as the Bruins in the end zone on way to a 28-0 victory.

Daniel Tantem and Calder Kunde scored on running plays while Logan Jenkins and Clayton Anderson caught touchdown passes in the win.

With Saturday's win the Jr. Midgets have earned the #3 seed.

The Junior Peewees won there contest at Nevada Union on Saturday and they will be the #5 seed this coming Saturday.

"From the Mighty Mites to the Midgets Bear River sweeps Nevada Union," said a Bear River Junior Bruins coach. "The future looks bright for Bear River football."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


While students, teachers and administration are all on fall break this week the only thing moving around the South county campus of Magnolia Intermediate and Cottage Hill schools is a steamroller.

Kingston Lane (a private road) is in need of repair do to school traffic. When school activities resume it should be smooth driving.

If you need to go to campus please use the little league driveway.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


The Robinson Enterprises will soon launch the Nevada City Bistro, at the now closed location of Cool Runnings, the short lived Jamaican restaurant located at 104 Union Street in Nevada City.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


On Sunday my son and I went fly fishing in a local river before the Detroit Tigers (my team) vs the Boston Red Sox (son's team) game and if the fish caught count is an indication of game two's outcome then the Tigers will win by a score of 2 to 1!

The Kokanee are in the river and they were fun to catch. This was the first Koke my son has ever landed. It was a great day in the sunshine. Thank you to Tom Page of Reel Anglers Fly Shop in Grass Valley as your advise was spot on.

Kokanee is a word from the Okanagan language referring to land-locked lake populations of Sockeye salmon.

    Saturday, October 12, 2013


    This 3 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom home is located at 23580 Acacia Court in Lake of the Pines, Auburn. I represent the buyer in this transaction. It is scheduled to close November 8, 2013.

    Please feel to contact me if you have any real estate needs.

    Scott Hopper 530-477-2277

    Friday, October 11, 2013


    Thursday night was a big night for Magnolia's Girls basketball program as both the 7th and 8th grade teams won the Nevada County Athletic League's Large school division at Bear River High School.

    The 7th grade team won in easy fashion 36-8 over Seven Hills while the 8th grade team defeated Lyman Gilmore 34-32.

    Thursday, October 10, 2013


    The Magnolia Lady Rattler's 8th Grade girls basketball team opened the Nevada County Athletic League Tournament with 37-14 blowout victory over the visiting Weimar Warriors. Magnolia's point guard Kayla Toft led all scorers with 10 points. Katelyn Meylor had 9 points and played tenacious defense. Karinne McDonald and Mallory Rath were a dominate force on the glass leading the team in rebounding and each scored in 6 points a piece in the win.

     The Lady Rattlers will face Lyman Gilmore in the Championship game at 7:30 PM at Bear River High School on Thursday, October 10.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013


    Brekyn Vasquez a sixth grade student/athlete at Magnolia Intermediate School has done something which does not happen very often, if ever. Vasquez ran a time of 5:40 in Penn Valley on Tuesday while competing against the Pleasant Valley cross country team. Yes breaking the 6 minute mile mark is difficult to do for many runners but what was the most astounding achievement is that he earned a better time than all the 7th and 8th grade runners as well. Vasquez also has never lost a race in his grade group in three consecutive seasons of competitive running.

    While Vasquez may lead the Magnolia 6th grade pack the team is very strong which is rounded out by Caleb Edwards, Sean Cullers and Jett Livingston who tend to finish in the top 10.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013


    received this email from the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association.....

    An email was sent to a partial list of ASPOA members from the recall group on October 1st. This email advertised an unauthorized recall meeting for October 19th to remove the duly constituted Board that would be replaced by unknown nominees in a bogus election on November 2nd. These actions completely circumvent the Bylaws under which ASPOA operates. Though the recallers are using the word “official,” their efforts are anything but that. Please do not be fooled by this most recent attempt to hijack ASPOA. Participate in the authorized election scheduled for December 2nd, 2013.
    We understand there is still a faction, not a majority, of members who continue to ask for a recall, in spite of the fact that the Board has advised members on several occasions that there will be no CC&R revisions nor call for a vote for mandatory dues. Those who still insist on pursuing this senseless quest to remove the volunteer Board members have once again failed to follow the procedures spelled out in the Bylaws. Further, if a Member petitions for one action, that petition language or intent must not be modified and repurposed to ask for a different action. To do so, is unethical and is a misuse of your original signed request. Misrepresentations like this are typical of the recall leadership.
    Ironically, the recall group who urges you to vote for a new Board in the unauthorized election has also filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve ASPOA. Why would they urge you to vote for new board members when their real objective, according to their lawsuit and website, is to completely eliminate ASPOA, and create their own “benevolent” and “unincorporated” association? We would argue that their actions have been anything but benevolent, given their misrepresentation of facts, use of misappropriated email addresses, disruption of monthly meetings, unauthorized scheduling of meetings, and filing of a lawsuit to dissolve the association and then collect the liquidated assets.
    It is the Board’s fiduciary responsibility to follow the procedures specified in the Bylaws, as has been done. Both the recall and election meetings scheduled by this group, which seek to grab control of ASPOA, fail in a number of significant ways to abide by the Bylaws governing the Association, in spite of the assertions in the recaller email. Therefore, the Board cannot accept any actions that occur in these meetings as valid or actionable to the Association. If the board were to recognize these acts as valid, it would be violating the governing documents that were created to protect your rights as members of ASPOA.
    Again, the Bylaws are in place to protect Member’s rights and the Board is actively fighting the lawsuit seeking dissolution of ASPOA in spite of the continued verbal abuse from recallers. The Bylaws charge the Board to ensure adherence to the Declarations of Covenants, Codes and Restrictions recorded with each lot in order to preserve the rural atmosphere and scenic beauty of the Alta Sierra community. The Board receives no benefit for the many volunteer hours spent preserving the community, other than the same you receive: a great place in which to live.

    If you have any questions pertaining to the official ASPOA election, feel free to contact the Nomination Committee Chair, Julie Siegenthaler:

          Kathleen Carey
          ASPOA Secretary 


     Photos courtesy of Joe Anderson of Nevada City.