The Mountain Messenger is the oldest weekly, continually published newspaper in California and Mark Twain wrote for it, but that's not the reason why we read it and recommend others do, too!  The reason we read it is that Don Russell owner and editor has a unique way of presenting the news that one can only appreciate if they understand and love Sierra County as much as we do.

The newspaper comes out every Thursday and believe me it's worth a trip to town to pick one up.  No matter what the news is there are regular staples in the paper that are always worth reading like the "Sheriff's Blotter" and "Sourdough Jack" comic.  Don has a way of taking the Sierra County Sheriff's blotter and protecting the innocent and the guilty, while making it a hysterically funny read.  

When reading the blotter I am often reminded of these lyrics from Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree":

"I want to tell you about the town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where this happened here, they three stop signs and two police officers and one police car,  but when we got to the quote, "scene of the crime" end quote, they had five police officers and three police cars, being the biggest crime of the last fifty years, and everybody wanted to get a newspaper story about it.  And they was using up all kinds of cop equipment they had hanging around the police officer's station.  They was taking plater tire tracks,  foot prints, dog smelling prints, and they took twenty-seven 8 x 10's color glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one, explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against us........" 

If you've ever heard this song you'll understand, and if you haven't find 20 minutes of spare time and here's the link to the song on Youtube and you might understand why I always have these lyrics running through my head when I read the blotter with things listed like:

Barking Dog in  Loyalton
Cows on Hwy 49
Bears in Trees in Downieville

It is worth the read especially if you're from the city to see the biggest crimes of the week....hehe!

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To subscribe or for other questions or comments you can contact the paper directly by telephone at (530) 289 - 3262 and Jill who does most of the work will be happy to assist you.  Sorry, there is no website or Facebook Page as Don might lose his mind if there ever was one....hehe!  But you have to know Don to understand that as well.