Sierra College hosts “American Dreamers” on Wednesday

The Nevada County Campus of Sierra College will host a screening of “American Dreamers” as part of the Sierra College Latino Film Series on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The film will be hosted by Dr. Reyes Ortega, who will introduce the film and encourage discussion following the screening.

American Dreamers follows the journey of group of five undocumented youth and an ally who risk their freedom by publicly coming out as undocumented and walking 3,000 miles across America’s heartland to organize for immigrant rights.

Five people killed, 10 hospitalized in Tehama shooting

“Five people have been killed, including the shooter, in a mass shooting in a community about 15 miles southwest of Red Bluff,” the Redding Record-Searchlight is reporting.

“Undersheriff Phil Johnston with the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office said the victim toll may rise. He confirmed two children were also shot and wounded, and the shootings happened at seven or more different spots.

“It all started shortly after 8 a.m. when a lone shooter opened fire at several locations with a rifle and two handguns, according to a Tehama County sheriff’s deputy at the scene.

“‘It’s a very sad day for us in Tehama County,’ said the unnamed deputy, who was visibly shaken by events.

“There were at least 100 law enforcement officers at the scene, the deputy said. The FBI also ‘is sending some teams up to assist at the request of Tehama County authorities,’ said Jason Wandel, chief division counsel at the FBI’s Sacramento field office.

“‘Multiple shots were fired in Rancho Tehama. That evolved into multiple victims and multiple shots at the school,’ said the deputy. ‘I am told the suspected shooter is deceased from law enforcement bullets.’

“Ten shooting victims were taken to various hospitals around the North State. Three were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Redding; two were taken to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff and five were taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.”

The rest of the article is here.

The Union’s “roofied” article is podunk journalism

There’s an old journalism expression “if it bleeds, it leads,” referring to sensational journalism. On Tuesday, The Union is touting an article, “Patron reports being ‘roofied’ (her drink surreptitiously drugged) at Nevada City bar.”

But there is not enough proof to justify such prominent placement of this report.  It is a one-source article from “A.Y.,” (“who asked that her name not be used”), who said she “suspected” this. It stemmed from her mom’s comments on Facebook. It’s an ongoing investigation, the police said. The article did not mention important details, such as whether there was a blood test to confirm the presence of this kind of drug. In lawyerly terms it is “hearsay.”

To be sure, this is a serious issue and there is no reason to doubt what “A.Y.” said she experienced. But there needs to be more reporting to show how it might have happened — and where. That part is open to widespread speculation.

The Union claims it is “above” the “news gathering” on Facebook. But it is not. It should have waited for more information before it published this article. There was no rush to publish this claim. Podunk.

Will The Union’s George Boardman match my $100 donation to Bear River High journalism?

As regular readers here know, George Boardman sold stock when Donald Trump was elected president. He wrote: “After learning Sunday that the Trump mask is the most popular political mask this Halloween, I sold the rest of our stocks this morning. We decided around Labor Day that if Clinton wasn’t a clear winner two weeks before election day, we would sell our stocks so that we are in cash election day. I hope I’m not in a position to say I told you so when the markets close Nov. 11.”

Ouch! As Jim Cramer of notes: ” the S&P 500 index is up 21 percent since Trump’s election.” (Though he correctly notes, “None of these moves are about Trump.”)

So much for George’s financial acumen!

Still, I was glad to see him make a plug for Bear River High’s effort to take students to the National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco next April.

I donated $100 to this cause, wrote about it on my blog, and — when contacted — suggested to the journalism teacher that she contact Publisher Don Rogers or Editor Brian Hamilton to write about it in their columns.

So lo and behold, it appeared in Boardman’s column. Whatever. So here’s my challenge  to George Boardman: Match or exceed my $100 donation! I’ll match whatever you contribute over $100 up to $3,500. (The goal of the campaign is $8,820 and $1,050 has been raised so far).

This should be a “no brainer” for George, because he lives in Bear River High “territory,” that is Lake of the Pines. He should want to donate money to help make his local high school sustainable.

Come on, George, we’re counting on you!


Veterans Day 2017

Veterans Day is a United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. Here’s to all veterans, including Joseph E. Pelline (dad) and James J. Durkin (Shannon’s dad) and all the others. In late October, 2017, Amy Grant visited Washington, D.C to remember our veterans. This is a thoughtful tribute.