Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Dear ASPOA Member,

By now, you should have received your official ballot for the upcoming ASPOA Director Election. We encourage you to get informed about your candidates by visiting the only official ASPOA website: www.aspoa.org. On this site, you will see full profiles of all five candidates who are running for the three vacancies on the ASPOA Board of Directors.

Mailed ballots must be received no later than November 29th, at the special PO Box rented for this election. That address is: ASPOA, P.O. Box 2749, Grass Valley, CA 95945-2749. Ballots received after that date will not be counted. Because this is the week of Thanksgiving, please mail your ballot no later than this Tuesday for guaranteed delivery.

Ballots may also be returned in person on Monday, December 2nd, between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m., at the Alta Sierra Country Club located at: 11897 Tammy Way, in Alta Sierra.

Please be sure your completed ballot is sealed inside your personal return envelope with the watermarked return label. Ballots with opened or missing return envelopes may not be counted, if they appear to have been tampered with.

If you have not received a ballot, and are a member in good standing, please reply to this email, or call Dai Meagher at (530) 320-2177 so we can determine if your ballot was lost. Please note that renters are “associate members,” and as such are not eligible to vote according to article 3, section 5 of our Bylaws.

Thank you for your participation in this important election!


Julie Siegenthaler

ASPOA Director, Nominations Committee Chairperson


It is true that the temperature of the coals is over 1000 degrees F (535 degrees C), and that human flesh burns at much lower temperatures, but temperature isn't the only part of the relevant physics. Different substances have different heat capacities. Water is the standard. Our feet are mostly water. The coals have a much lower heat capacity than water. That means that the same 
amount of energy flowing away from the coals will lower their temperature much more than that same energy flowing to the feet will raise the foot's temperature. If the foot stays in contact with the coals, energy will keep flowing until they both reach the same temperature. However, this takes time, and how much depends on the heat conductivity. There are good heat conductors, like water, and poor conductors/heat insulators, such as ash. The feet cool down the local area of the coals they touch, and it takes time for energy to flow from the rest of the fire to the cool spot. You can sometimes see dull orange footprints in the coals right after someone walks. Water is a good heat conductor and energy transferred to the foot is rapidly conducted away from the contact points so the temperature doesn't rise to the burning point. Temperature, heat capacity, and thermal conductivity are all important in this demonstration.

A more familiar experience which involves the same physics is baking brownies in the oven set to 450 degrees F. Everything in the oven is 450 degrees, but you don't fear putting your hand in the oven air. The air has a very low heat capacity meaning it stores very little thermal energy. Air is also a heat insulator. Your hand (mostly water) cools the air locally and heats up very little. If you stick your finger in the brownie, you might get burned. It is mostly water like your hand and has a pretty good heat conductivity. Thermal energy will flow to your finger raising its temperature quickly. The metal pan is another matter. It has a high heat capacity and a high conductivity. Touch it without a potholder and you might instantly burn your fingers.

What the physics tells you, is that if you walk fast and don't stay in contact with the coals very long, you won't get badly burned.

Here is a further expatiation by the Myth Busters.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


It is that time of year again. It is the holiday season. I have listed below all of the Christmas television shows from November 26 to Dec. 26. Enjoy!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerCBSNov 26, 8PM
A Charlie Brown ThanksgivingABCNov 28, 8PM
Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday SpectacularABCNov 28, 9:30PM
The National TreeHMCNov 29, 1PM
Matchmaker SantaHALMRKNov 29, 2PM
Eloise at ChristmastimeHMCNov 29, 3PM
Debbie Macomber's Mrs. MiracleHALMRKNov 29, 4PM
The Ultimate GiftHMCNov 29, 5PM
Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. MiracleHALMRKNov 29, 6PM
The National TreeHMCNov 29, 7PM
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon)ABCNov 29, 8PM
Pete's ChristmasHALMRKNov 29, 8PM
Eloise at ChristmastimeHMCNov 29, 9PM
A Christmas WishHALMRKNov 29, 10PM
Debbie Macomber's Mrs. MiracleHALMRKNov 30, 8AM
Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. MiracleHALMRKNov 30, 10AM
Window WonderlandHALMRKNov 30, 12PM
Fir CrazyHALMRKNov 30, 2PM
Annie Claus is Coming to TownHALMRKNov 30, 4PM
Hitched for the HolidaysHALMRKNov 30, 6PM
Let It SnowHALMRKNov 30, 8PM
A Boyfriend for ChristmasHALMRKNov 30, 10PM
Mickey's Once Upon A ChristmasABCFAMDec 1, 7AM
Mickey's Twice Upon A ChristmasABCFAMDec 1, 8:30AM
Santa BuddiesABCFAMDec 1, 10AM
The Family ManABCFAMDec 1, 12PM
Disney's A Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 1, 3PM
The Polar ExpressABCFAMDec 1, 5PM
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole ChristmasABCFAMDec 1, 7PM
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole ChristmasABCFAMDec 1, 9:30PM
Winnie The Pooh And Christmas TooABCFAMDec 2, 6PM
Mickey's Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 2, 6:30PM
Jack Frost (1979 animated version)ABCFAMDec 2, 7PM
The Santa ClauseABCFAMDec 2, 8PM
CMA Country Christmas Hosted by Jennifer NettlesABCDec 2, 9PM
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseABCFAMDec 2, 10PM
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseABCFAMDec 2, 12AM
The Santa ClauseABCFAMDec 3, 6PM
ScroogedABCFAMDec 3, 8PM
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationABCFAMDec 3, 10PM
Three DaysABCFAMDec 3, 12AM
ScroogedABCFAMDec 4, 6PM
Christmas In Rockefeller Center 2013NBCDec 4, 7PM
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationABCFAMDec 4, 8PM
Deck The HallsABCFAMDec 4, 10PM
A Very Brady ChristmasABCFAMDec 4, 12AM
Rudolph's Shiny New YearABCFAMDec 5, 6PM
The Polar ExpressABCFAMDec 5, 7PM
The Sound of Music Live Special Starring Carrie UnderwoodNBCDec 5, 8PM
The Muppet Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 5, 9PM
Frosty's Winter WonderlandABCFAMDec 6, 6PM
The Muppet Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 6, 6:30PM
Frosty the SnowmanCBSDec 6, 8PM
Yes, VirginiaCBSDec 6, 8:30PM
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole ChristmasABCFAMDec 6, 8:30PM
PrancerABCFAMDec 6, 12AM
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit ToysABCFAMDec 7, 7AM
Home Alone: The Holiday HeistABCFAMDec 7, 8:30AM
PrancerABCFAMDec 7, 10:30AM
All I Want For ChristmasABCFAMDec 7, 12:30PM
Disney's A Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 7, 2:30PM
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole ChristmasABCFAMDec 7, 4:30PM
The Santa ClauseABCFAMDec 7, 7PM
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseABCFAMDec 7, 9PM
Deck The HallsABCFAMDec 7, 11PM
Jack Frost (1979 version)ABCFAMDec 8, 7AM
Christmas CupidABCFAMDec 8, 8AM
SnowglobeABCFAMDec 8, 10AM
Santa BabyABCFAMDec 8, 12PM
Santa Baby 2: Christmas MaybeABCFAMDec 8, 2PM
12 Dates Of ChristmasABCFAMDec 8, 4PM
The Mistle-TonesABCFAMDec 8, 6PM
HolidazeABCFAMDec 8, 8PM
Holiday In HandcuffsABCFAMDec 8, 10PM
HolidazeABCFAMDec 9, 6PM
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole ChristmasABCFAMDec 9, 8PM
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The HatABCFAMDec 9, 10:30PM
12 Dates Of ChristmasABCFAMDec 9, 12AM
A Chipmunk ChristmasABCFAMDec 10, 6PM
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole ChristmasABCFAMDec 10, 6:30PM
The Year Without A Santa ClausABCFAMDec 10, 9PM
Santa Claus Is Comin' To TownABCFAMDec 10, 10PM
SnowglobeABCFAMDec 10, 12AM
Holiday In HandcuffsABCFAMDec 11, 6PM
Melissa & JoeyABCFAMDec 11, 8PM
Baby DaddyABCFAMDec 11, 8:30PM
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationABCFAMDec 11, 9PM
Holiday In HandcuffsABCFAMDec 11, 12AM
Baby DaddyABCFAMDec 12, 6PM
Melissa & JoeyABCFAMDec 12, 6:30PM
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationABCFAMDec 12, 7PM
ScroogedABCFAMDec 12, 9PM
All I Want For ChristmasABCFAMDec 12, 12AM
Winnie The Pooh And Christmas TooABCFAMDec 13, 4PM
Disney/Pixar's Toy StoryABCFAMDec 13, 4:30PM
Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 2ABCFAMDec 13, 6:20PM
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon)TBSDec 13, 8PM
Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3ABCFAMDec 13, 8:20PM
Disney/Pixar's Toy Story Of Terror!ABCFAMDec 13, 10:30PM
Chasing ChristmasABCFAMDec 13, 12AM
Winnie The Pooh And The Bluster DayABCFAMDec 14, 7AM
Winnie The Pooh And Tigger TooABCFAMDec 14, 7:30AM
Winnie The PoohABCFAMDec 14, 8AM
Winnie The Pooh And Christmas TooABCFAMDec 14, 9:30AM
Mickey's Once Upon A ChristmasABCFAMDec 14, 10AM
Mickey's Twice Upon A ChristmasABCFAMDec 14, 11:30AM
Mickey's Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 14, 1PM
Disney/Pixar's Toy StoryABCFAMDec 14, 2PM
Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 2ABCFAMDec 14, 3:50PM
Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3ABCFAMDec 14, 5:50PM
It's a Wonderful LifeNBCDec 14, 8PM
Disney's The Little MermaidABCFAMDec 14, 8PM
Frosty ReturnsCBSDec 14, 9:30PM
Disney's The Little Mermaid (Encore)ABCFAMDec 14, 9:45PM
The Muppet Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 14, 11:30PM
Mickey's Once Upon A ChristmasABCFAMDec 15, 7:30AM
Mickey's Twice Upon A ChristmasABCFAMDec 15, 9AM
A Christmas CarolTCMDec 15, 10AM
Disney's Prep & LandingABCFAMDec 15, 10:30AM
Disney's Prep's & Landing: Naughty Vs. NiceABCFAMDec 15, 11AM
Mickey's Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 15, 11:30AM
I'll Be Home For ChristmasABCFAMDec 15, 12PM
All I Want For ChristmasABCFAMDec 15, 2PM
Deck The HallsABCFAMDec 15, 4PM
The Muppet Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 15, 6PM
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationABCFAMDec 15, 8PM
ScroogedABCFAMDec 15, 10PM
SnowABCFAMDec 16, 7AM
The Santa ClauseABCFAMDec 16, 7PM
The Santa Clause 2ABCFAMDec 16, 9PM
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseABCFAMDec 16, 11PM
Disney's Prep & LandingABCFAMDec 16, 1AM
Three DaysABCFAMDec 17, 7AM
Unlikely AngelABCFAMDec 17, 11AM
PrancerABCFAMDec 17, 1PM
I'll Be Home For ChristmasABCFAMDec 17, 3PM
The Santa ClauseABCFAMDec 17, 5PM
The Santa Clause 2ABCFAMDec 17, 7PM
The Polar ExpressABCFAMDec 17, 9PM
I'll Be Home For ChristmasABCFAMDec 17, 12AM
HolidazeABCFAMDec 18, 7AM
Secret SantaABCFAMDec 18, 9AM
The Mistle-TonesABCFAMDec 18, 11AM
Santa BabyABCFAMDec 18, 1PM
Santa Baby 2: Christmas MaybeABCFAMDec 18, 3PM
The Polar ExpressABCFAMDec 18, 5PM
Winnie The Pooh And Christmas TooABCFAMDec 18, 7PM
Mickey's Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 18, 7:30PM
CBS' Home for the Holidays hosted by Celine DionCBSDec 18, 8PM
Mary PoppinsABCFAMDec 18, 8PM
Santa BabyABCFAMDec 18, 12AM
Eloise At ChristmastimeABCFAMDec 19, 7AM
Mary PoppinsABCFAMDec 19, 9AM
12 Dates Of ChristmasABCFAMDec 19, 12PM
Holiday In HandcuffsABCFAMDec 19, 2PM
The Family ManABCFAMDec 19, 4PM
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit ToysABCFAMDec 19, 7PM
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole ChristmasABCFAMDec 19, 8:30PM
Deck The HallsABCFAMDec 19, 12AM
Chasing ChristmasABCFAMDec 20, 7AM
Christmas Every DayABCFAMDec 20, 9AM
Christmas Do-OverABCFAMDec 20, 11AM
The Family ManABCFAMDec 20, 1PM
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit ToysABCFAMDec 20, 4PM
Frosty's Winter WonderlandABCFAMDec 20, 5:30PM
A Chipmunk ChristmasABCFAMDec 20, 6PM
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole ChristmasABCFAMDec 20, 6:30PM
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationABCFAMDec 20, 9PM
Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas DonkeyABCFAMDec 21, 7AM
The Little Drummer BoyABCFAMDec 21, 7:30AM
Pinocchio's ChristmasABCFAMDec 21, 8AM
The Life And Adventures Of Santa ClausABCFAMDec 21, 9AM
'Twas The Night Before ChristmasABCFAMDec 21, 10AM
Rudolph's Shiny New YearABCFAMDec 21, 10:30AM
Rudolph And Frosty's Christmas In JulyABCFAMDec 21, 11:30AM
The Year Without A Santa ClausABCFAMDec 21, 1:30PM
Santa Claus Is Comin' To TownABCFAMDec 21, 2:30PM
A Chipmunk ChristmasABCFAMDec 21, 3:30PM
National Lampon's Christmas VacationABCFAMDec 21, 4PM
The Santa ClauseABCFAMDec 21, 6PM
The Santa Clause 2ABCFAMDec 21, 8PM
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseABCFAMDec 21, 10PM
The Mistle-TonesABCFAMDec 21, 12AM
The Year Without A Santa ClausABCFAMDec 22, 7AM
Santa Claus Is Comin' To TownABCFAMDec 22, 8AM
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausABCFAMDec 22, 9AM
Unaccompanied MinorsABCFAMDec 22, 11AM
The Santa ClauseABCFAMDec 22, 1PM
The Santa Clause 2ABCFAMDec 22, 3PM
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseABCFAMDec 22, 5PM
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole ChristmasABCFAMDec 22, 7PM
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Encore)ABCFAMDec 22, 9:30PM
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausABCFAMDec 23, 7AM
A Dennis The Menace ChristmasABCFAMDec 23, 9AM
Home Alone: The Holiday HeistABCFAMDec 23, 11AM
Deck The HallsABCFAMDec 23, 1PM
Disney's A Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 23, 3PM
Jack FrostABCFAMDec 23, 5PM
Santa Claus Is Comin' To TownABCFAMDec 23, 6PM
The Year Without A Santa ClausABCFAMDec 23, 7PM
The Muppet Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 23, 8PM
Shrek the HallsABCDec 23, 8PM
A Chimpunk ChristmasABCDec 23, 8:30PM
The Polar ExpressABCFAMDec 23, 10PM
ScroogedABCFAMDec 23, 12AM
A Very Brady ChristmasABCFAMDec 24, 7AM
'Twas The Night Before ChristmasABCFAMDec 24, 9AM
ScroogedABCFAMDec 24, 11AM
The Polar ExpressABCFAMDec 24, 1PM
A Christmas CarolTCMDec 24, 1:15PM
The Muppet Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 24, 3PM
The Santa ClauseABCFAMDec 24, 5PM
The Santa Clause 2ABCFAMDec 24, 7PM
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon)ABCDec 24, 8PM
It's a Wonderful LifeNBCDec 24, 8PM
A Christmas StoryTBS Dec 24, 8PM
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)ABCDec 24, 8:30PM
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseABCFAMDec 24, 9PM
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationABCFAMDec 24, 12AM
A Christmas Story all-day marathonTBSDec 25
Frosty's Winter WonderlandABCFAMDec 25, 7AM
The Year Without A Santa ClausABCFAMDec 25, 7:30AM
Santa Claus Is Comin' To TownABCFAMDec 25, 8:30AM
Disney Parks Christmas Day ParadeABCDec 25, 10AM
The Muppet Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 25, 11AM
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationABCFAMDec 25, 1PM
The Santa ClauseABCFAMDec 25, 3PM
The Santa Clause 2ABCFAMDec 25, 5PM
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseABCFAMDec 25, 7PM
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationABCFAMDec 25, 9PM
The Muppet Christmas CarolABCFAMDec 25, 12AM
Surviving ChristmasTBSDec 26, 2AM


Magnolia's 7th grade boys volleyball team continue in their winning ways over the weekend but fell short of their goal as they lost in 3 sets to Lymon Gilmore which was good for a second place finish at the 23rd annual Gilmore Tournament

Magnolia has defeated Pleasant Valley, Union Hill and 7Hills in the first round of regular season play. Noah Skaronski, John Pallinger, Daniel Tandem, Ethan Warner and Logan Jenkins have had stand out performances for the team.


Monday, November 18, 2013


Settlement Achieved

We have some good news for Alta Sierrans. Realizing that a prolonged legal battle was not good for the Alta Sierra community or any party to the conflict, we entered into a mediation to investigate an end to the prolonged conflict. On November 6th the case of ASN vs. ASPOA, Inc. was mediated under the apt guidance of retired Judge Albert Dover and an agreement was achieved. There were several issues that both sides rapidly agreed would benefit the membership. These solutions look to the present and future wellbeing of our community and are listed in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) and summarized below:

 Both sides value the importance of resolving disagreements with respect and civil dialogue. We recognize that we may reasonably disagree with one another and agree to avoid disparaging remarks toward each other. We are neighbors in a great community!

 The BOD will implement a Conflict Resolution Committee to receive, review, and decide issues presented to it by any member of ASPOA or any lot owner of Alta Sierra. The Committee will develop and use a fair, efficient, and reliable process for the resolution of conflicts so that members do not have to resort to more costly methods of resolving disputes.

 The BOD will survey members before undertaking “large” expenditures to provide members a voice in the financial control of ASPOA.

 The BOD will establish an “election protocol”, beginning in 2014 to ensure elections reflect the value of civility, honesty, integrity, and the need to use dialog as a way of exploring disagreements over direction for the association.

 The BOD will take periodic polls of the membership to ensure it is connected with the priorities of the membership.

Additionally, the lawsuit filed by the Alta Sierra Neighbors, as well as the counter- suit filed by ASPOA will both be dismissed.

There were two areas in dispute resolved during the mediation session by both of the parties agreeing to submit to binding arbitration for resolution before the end of November: First, the validity of the recall elections and, second, the authority of ASPOA to enforce Declarations of Restrictions for the Alta Sierra subdivisions.

With regards to the elections issue, there are three possible outcomes under arbitration:
1. The recall was invalid which will also nullify the election on November 2nd. In this event, the current Board remains and the December 2nd election for 3 board seats will happen as scheduled.

2. The recall was valid but the November 2nd election was not. All 8 recalled Directors would be removed from the BOD, and are unable to run in a valid election to replace them, to be scheduled as soon as permitted under the bylaws.

3. Both the recall and the November 2nd election are valid. Those candidates elected on November 2nd will immediately assume their eight seats as new members of the BOD and the scheduled December election will be cancelled.

The other conflict to be settled through arbitration is whether ASPOA has authority to enforce Declaration of Restrictions (DR) in the subdivisions of Alta Sierra. Both sides agree that authority to enforce the DRs was initially given to an Architectural Committee governing the DRs in the various sections of Alta Sierra. The conflict arises over whether this authority was appropriately shifted to ASPOA and the Architectural Review Committee that exists under the ASPOA umbrella. If the Ruling is that authority was shifted to ASPOA, then this Ruling, or abstracts of it, may be recorded against the 21 subdivisions making up the Alta Sierra Estates.

While we await the Rulings above referenced as regards the election, the “original board” will continue to conduct the affairs of the Board. However, no expenditures other than normal business shall be made. The estimated time frame for the arbitrator to determine the resolution to the above issues is on or prior to November 29th, 2013.

We are hopeful that the end of these conflicts will lay to rest the issues that have divided us, put our community back on the path towards peace, and that our agreements will enhance our ability to resolve any future differences in the fairest, most efficient manner possible.
To see the entire MOU go to www.ASPOA.org.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


On Sunday the Brown Sox 12u baseball team will be hosting its first annual wood bat tournament at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. The first two games (8 am) will pit the Brown Sox Gold team versus the Lincoln Outlaws on field #1 while the Brown Sox Brown team will play the Rocklin Pilots.

The winners of the first two games will play each other while the teams that lose will also play. This is a double elimination tournament.

The Brown Sox 12u team is made up of players from 6 different Little Leagues. It has been interesting to watch the boys grow as players as well as teammates.

The Brown Sox 12u Roster
Dustin Thompson - Nevada City Little League
Trevor Neilson - Nevada City Little League
Bennett King - Nevada City Little League
Tucker Ramos - Grass Valley Little League
Dominic Buendia - Grass Valley Little League
Kai LaBarbera - Grass Valley Little League
James Nolan - Penn Valley Little League
Carson Cullers - Penn Valley Little League
Nick Noll - Penn Valley Little League
Noah Sims - Penn Valley Little League
Nathan Van Patten- Bear River Little League
Brennan Schad- Bear River Little League
Ryan Bradford - Bear River Little League
Dean Hopper - Bear River Little League
Jake Walston - Lakeview Little League
Shawndell Williams - Lincoln Little League
Steward Eskridge - Lincoln Little League

Going into the Wood Bat tournament the Brown Sox 12u team holds an overall record of 21-7.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Dear ASPOA Member,

Just a quick reminder that the official ASPOA “Meet Your Candidates” event will take place tomorrow, Nov. 9th, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., at the Alta Sierra Country Club.

The candidates will give a short presentation, and will then be assigned a table at which you may join them to have your questions answered.

Your candidates, listed in alphabetical order by last name, are:

· Diane Coelho
· Gerald Gates
· George Horrigan
· Laura Rose McLeod
· Enid Powell

Official ballots have been mailed, as well as copies of the candidate summary. A limited number of these candidate summaries will be available at the event, as well. If you plan to take notes, please bring paper and a pen.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

The Nomination Committee:

Julie Siegenthaler
Julie Reaney
John Ford

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


I will not attempt to show Michael Wilson of Colfax as a better passer than Jake Browning of Folsom but I will note that Wilson is having a great year in his own right. Wilson is a senior while Browning is a junior. Look out Sierra Foothill League teams as you will have to play against what I will call the 2013 National Player of the year in his final high school season. 

Below are a series of charts which compare Wilson and Browning head to head.

Yards per game, only in week two did the Colfax senior have more yards than Browning.

Browning has 49 touch downs on the season which is off is 2012 total of 69. Also in 2012 Browning threw for 5,238 yards. That is what Wilson has done in two seasons.

The ever so popular QB rating is also in favor of the Bulldog's signal caller.

Michael Wilson is a very skilled D-4 high school quarterback and very well may play in the college ranks in 2014 but one thing is for sure for Browning he will be playing at Folsom High next season. He is a must see player. If you would like to see a modern day gunslinger, then click here for his next show down.


    Bear River Little League is asking for a little help on Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm
    at 10286 Braemar Way, GV 95949. They will be holding a Holiday Open House fundraiser where vendors will be lending support to our local Bear River Little League. A few of the companies who will be in attendance are Mary Kay, Thirty-one Gifts, Tupperware, gold canyon candles, Jamberry, Silpada, Pamper Chef, + more.

    Its not too early to do some Christmas shopping while helping the Little League.

    Monday, November 4, 2013


    The official list of ASPOA candidates are:

    Diane Coelho

    George Horrigan

    Gerald Gates

    Enid Powell

    Laura McLeod

    Ballots will be mailed to all members this week, and are due back by December 2nd. There’s a “Meet Your Candidate” night on Nov. 9th.


    The Bear River cross country team's two top ten finishers, Sierra Mitchell (2nd) and Viviana Chavez (5th) earned All-PVL honors.

    The cross country team raced in Lincoln this past Wednesday. In the Varsity Girls race, Sierra Mitchell was the first Bruin to cross the finish line in 2nd place with a time of 20:23 for the 3 mile course. She was followed by Viviana Chavez in 5th, Jessica Meylor in 11th, Cecilia Malik in 18th and Olivia Kirks in 34th, Taylor Autrey in 38th, Olivia Scinto in 44th and Amanda Beardsley in 52nd. 

     Lauren Wegner took 8th in the 2 mile Frosh/Soph Girls race. On the boys side, Brandon Murphy placed 14th in the Varsity Boys 3 mile race. Racing Frosh/Soph Boys was Patrick Gillis in 5th and Justin Dooley in 10th. Overall the Varsity Girls were 2nd place in the PVL.
    The team will race at Subsections in Angels Camp November 9th. (Mitchell)

    Friday, November 1, 2013


    From an email from the ASPOA Board of Directors.

    Dear Alta Sierra Resident,

    The ASPOA Board has received many inquiries regarding confusion over the two upcoming elections. We hope to clarify the issue for you.

    The official ASPOA election takes place on December 2nd, and ballots for that election will be mailed to members. There are a total of six candidates presented to fill 3 open director positions. There has not been a balloted election for many years; due to increased interest and participation this year, there are more candidates than vacant positions.

    Here are the important official election dates for you to remember:

    Monday, Nov. 4 The last day to join ASPOA to vote in the official election (visit

    www.aspoa.org/membership to renew online)

    Wednesday, Nov. 6 Ballots mailed to all ASPOA members

    Saturday, Nov. 9 (9-11 AM) The “Meet Your Candidates” event at the Alta Sierra Country Club

    Friday, Nov. 29 Mailed ballots must be received at: ASPOA, P.O. Box 2749 Grass Valley, CA 95945-2749

    Monday, Dec. 2 Board Meeting / Election Day, Ballots must be dropped off by 10AM

    We encourage you to participate in this official election, and to carefully review your list of candidates. The candidate statements will be available online next week at www.aspoa.org.

    Tomorrow’s (11/2) election sponsored by RecallASPOA, with 11 candidates on the slate, is unsanctioned by ASPOA and any results will not be valid unless a court order is issued in their favor. They are attempting to fill 8 board positions they believe were vacated with their recall efforts, despite the lack of a ruling in their favor by a judge. The hearing to resolve this matter has been postponed until November 21st, though we cannot be certain there will be a decision made until after the official election.

    Thank you for your continued support and participation!

    The ASPOA Board of Directors:

    Paul Hoefler
    Lee French
    Kathy Carey
    Jim Barrilleaux
    Don Bessee
    Dave Johnson
    Gene Jovich
    John Keefe
    Julie Siegenthaler