The Union’s new Visitor Guide: Snafus galore

You can’t make this stuff up! Among other things, The Union’s new Visitor Guide introduces its readers to “Wine Country of the Northern Sierras (sic).”

It is Sierra, not Sierras.

But wait, readers can get $5 off a pizza from Little Caesers Pizza chain.

So much for eating pizza at Three Forks or Pete’s Pizza.


Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

9 thoughts on “The Union’s new Visitor Guide: Snafus galore”

  1. BTW, on this map, Avanguardia’s tasting room in Grass Valley is in the wrong location. It’s on another street, 163 Mill St.

    1. These Union-produced “welcome guides” are an embarrassment to our towns. No wonder we’re viewed as podunk.

  2. Mr. Cotrell,

    Good article.
    I am working on a film treatment to submit to the Sundance Institute.
    It’s the story of the second “Forlorn Hope” expedition and the fates of Luis and Salvador,
    the rarely mentioned Indian boys in the employ of John Sutter, who were sent up with the rescuers to bring the Donner party out of the mountains.
    CHIRP ‘s research believes they may have been Nisenan-Miwok and their story is now coming more into light, from several reliable sources.
    Reading deeper into the Donner Expedition story one can see that under certain stressful conditions, civilization will rapidly dissolve into the unimaginable.

  3. Judith:

    Sounds like a great project. That Luis and Salvador were killed and consumed after doing what they did to help, is truly one of the saddest stories of all. Like Michael Wallis, the author, my favorite person from that horrible experience was James Reed. But Luis and Salvador deserve their due –– and you’re just the person to do it.

    Good luck!

  4. Thank you for your vote of confidence, at my age it’s a little daunting to start something new.
    I have been working on the concept with other native artists because we feel that our perspective is important to the telling of this story.
    Yes, James Reed was an extraordinary person, but no less so than his wife Margret.
    They were smart and strong and kept their heads during that awful ordeal.
    I can’t imagine how Margret carried on without him up there, when he was sent away.

  5. The morons who comment on Todd’s blog remain ignorant that Avanguardia is relocating to Bent Metal’s space on Mill St, and this map will be out of date. What a hoot!

  6. One of the morons writes: “Wife and I are at the Thursday Night Market right now. We can confirm that Avanguardia’s tasting room is 209 Main and 163 Mill is an empty store front that was Bent Metal winery. We have visited both in the past.”

    He and wife ought to look in the window of 163 Mill, where there’s a sign that Avanguardia is coming there.

    You can’t fix stupid!

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