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  • 10/20/2010 3:17 PM | Deleted user
    The busy summer season is coming to a close and we’ll all soon be getting ready for the winter ahead. Its time to stop, reflect and take stock of what happened during the season, what can be done differently & better, but most importantly it’s a time to celebrate! All business owners, make sure you pat yourself on the back for all the hard work you do every year.

    The chamber has also been busy this past year. And we want to share in our celebration of a few of our accomplishments:
    • In July we attended the State Fair in Sacramento for the first time in a decade & received a silver award undefined and prize money!
    • We sponsored a very successful Wine in the Woods
    • We launched a new website with a new membership management tool, simplified ways to manage site content & membership records. The site includes a blog!
    • We started tweeting! Follow us at @SierraCountyCA
    • We published a significantly overhauled version of the Visitors Guide, keeping the great format but rewriting a lot of the copy, reorganizing content, fact check information and redesigning the look and feel quite a bit.
    • The chamber was represented at the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Tour and reception, as well as their board meeting the following day
    The summer coming to an end and autumn all around us means the new year is approaching. That also means it’s soon time to renew your Chamber membership. We usually collect dues the first couple of months of the year. But for some that is not a good time to pay dues and for those who winter elsewhere it’s logistically hard to manage. So this year we decided to try something new:  we want you to renew now, before the end of the year!

    As an incentive to renew early we’re offering a discounted membership and visitor guide ad. Renew by 11/15 to take advantage of the special early bird pricing!

    We are also on a membership drive and offer incentives for bringing in new members to the chamber. If you know a business that is not a member, tell them about us, what we do, and, when they join, you’ll get a business card ad for free in the visitors guide.

    You can sign up if you're a new member, or if you are an existing member you can renew online with a credit card or paypal account. For new members, go to the membership application page. For existing members, login to your account and renew in a few simple steps. If you need help with accessing your account, email us at info@sierracountychamber.com

    We hope all you existing members renew your membership, and  bring in a new member. We hope those of you who have been thinking about joining take the opportunity to do so now.

    We are here to support your needs so never hesitate to reach out to us. We may not always be able to solve your problem, but we’ll do our best.

    Hope to see you at our meetings!
  • 09/14/2010 12:03 PM | Deleted user

    From Tom Stienstra's Outdoor Vacation Awards:

    Best chance at vertigo:
    At the end of the 2.5-mile hike to the 8,587-foot Sierra Buttes in Tahoe National Forest, you climb three exposed stairways that jut out over the canyon. A lookout station is perched on a crag and you walk atop an open-grated deck that feels like you are walking on air. The only sensation I've felt that is more dizzying .....

    Read more, and about many other interesting places in California: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/29/SP0H1EK90R.DTL&feed=rss.tstienstra#ixzz0y9nrLGMB

  • 08/31/2010 9:56 PM | Deleted user

    Thanks for everyone who sent this link along: Sierra City and surrounding areas is getting a great write-up by the San Francisco Chronicle -- check it out: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2010/08/29/TRBP1E4CFR.DTL

    Nice shout-outs in the copy to chamber members Herrington's Sierra Pines Resort, Sierra Country Store, Miner's Emporium and Big Springs Garden, and as part of the recommendations as to where to stay and eat, in addition to the mentioned members the Buttes Resort, Mountain Creek Restaurant & Buckhorn Tavern, Herrington's Restaurant and Bassets Station are all mentioned.

    Our beloved Kentucky Mine Museum is featured as the lead-in topic of the piece.

    A few other non-chamber member businesses get a mention as well.

  • 08/25/2010 5:23 PM | Deleted user

    The National Geographic Society is developing a series of localized geotourism websites and map guides of different regions. The Sierra Nevada now has its own project and NatGeo is looking for a network of contributors. The Interactive Map Guide will be a resource for residents and visitors alike, and reaches a LOT of people.

    This is an opportunity for all residents and lovers of the county to promote our amazing area in the Sierra Nevada. 

    NatGeo wants you to share your knowledge and experiences about our region to create a very rich section about Sierra County in the Interactive Map Guide and geotourism website.

    It can be about locations such as the Sierra Buttes, the Lakes Basin, Loves Falls, the dendroglyphs in the Aspen Groves, etc., or events like Pioneer Days or Sierra City Oktoberfest -- it's up to each one of us to nominate unique places in Sierra County.

    If you are a business owner, this is your chance-- for you to promote YOUR business, write your OWN description, get the photos YOU want on this map.

    Don't risk Sierra County staying a blind spot on this map and in this interactive directory. Nominate your favorite location or your business today!

    This is a time to step up to the plate. 'Oh someone else will nominate the Buttes ' gets us nowhere in the directory or on the map. It's like yelling 'someone call the police' and then nobody does as we all think someone else will.

    If you don't nominate locations and businesses here in Sierra County nobody else will. Visitors will pass us over to visit Nevada or Plumas Counties just because people in those counties took the time out to nominate their businesses, and locations in their areas, and we did not!

    GAME ON!

    Here is a link to the sign up page: http://www.sierranevadageotourism.org/participate.php

    Check out the Sierra Nevada site at: http://www.sierranevadageotourism.org/

    All content will be reviewed and approved by an Independent Project Editor, in order to maintain high standards of credibility and integrity.

    For a definition of geotourism see: http://www.sierranevadageotourism.org/about_geotourism.php
  • 08/19/2010 11:15 AM | Deleted user

    Sierra County has joined the social media (r)evolution and are now on twitter. Follow us to find out about what's happening, interesting facts about the county, up-to-date information on local weather, road conditions and events and much more.

    If there is any type of information you wish you could get quickly in a short form, let us know at twitter@sierracountychamber.com and we'll start tweeting about it!

    Twitter page: SierraCountyCA

    If you don't have a twitter account, it's free and really easy to create one and you can then follow updates and info on any topic you can imagine. Go to twitter.com and click on sign up.

  • 07/12/2010 8:50 AM | Deleted user

    Please be sure and mark your calendars for our Wine In The Woods event being held on Saturday, August 7TH.

    This year it will be hosted by the Sierra County Chamber and held jointly at the Mountain Creek Restaurant and Sorracco's Saloon in Sierra City.

    Tickets are available now at 49 Wines in Downieville, the Mountain Creek Restaurant, Sorracco's Saloon, the Sierra Country Store and Miners Emporium in Sierra City.

    Bring your friends, neighbors and twice removed cousins for a fun afternoon of great wines and delicious hors d' oeuvres.

    For more information go to our event calendar.

    See you there!!

    Kathy Breed, Chamber President

  • 07/07/2010 6:19 AM | Deleted user
    Sierra County will be at the California State Fair July 14th – Aug. 1st, 2010 at CAL EXPO in Sacramento.

    This has been a very big (and fun) undertaking, and thankfully made easier by the many fantastic volunteers from throughout the county.

    People from both the east and west side of the county have come together to make this happen. The backdrop in the booth is a beautiful, huge mural depicting the whole county that was painted by Lola Owen's art class and enhanced by photos of local residents engaging in the many kinds of outdoor recreation activities available in Sierra County, generously taken and donated by Darby Hayes. A beautiful sign for our booth was painted and donated by Leland Cross. To finish, Mike Terwilliger did a a great job on the front of the display.

    This has been a collaborative effort with the East Sierra Valley Chamber of Commerce, and a HUGE  thank you to East Sierra Valley Chamber President Bob Macey for showing up in Sacramento with his son to build the booth itself. I am so thankful for all of Bobs construction skills. He truly made the job enjoyable.

    Also a big thank you to all of you, from all over the county who have volunteered to man the booth every day throughout the whole fair (M-Th Noon- 10 PM, Fri-Sun 10 AM- 10 PM).

    And, thanks to the Board of Supervisors who have strongly supported this effort.

    Look for our Sierra County Display. Be sure and stop by to vote Sierra County as your favorite county exhibit! Your vote helps us win votes for the peoples choice award and you too can win a prize!


    Kathy Breed
    Sierra County Chamber of Commerce
  • 07/02/2010 2:19 PM | Deleted user

    Highway 49 in Sierra County is one of the most scenic and historically rich sections of this beautiful highway. The National Forest Service has a brochure for a driving tour called 49 Miles Long Highway 49 which is available for free in most businesses in Sierra County, the Kentucky Mine Museum or any Tahoe National Forest office (Sierraville District 530-994-3401 or Downieville District 530-288-3231). The tour takes you to stops  in quaint, small towns, historic mining areas, along one of the most beautiful rivers of Northern California, and shows you some of the rich history contained within the hills and mountains of rural California.

    There are 12 stops total described in the driving tour, 10 of them in Sierra County, and they are, starting from the southern end:

    » Jouberts Diggings
    » Indian Valley
    » Indian Rock Picnic Area
    » Goodyears Bar
    » Downieville
    » Loganville
    » Sierra City
    » Kentucky Mine and Museum
    » Bassetts Station
    » Yuba Pass

    Many of the stops are located at or near archaeological sites within the Tahoe National Forest, and are protected by the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and other federal laws. Removal of artifacts or damaging, defacing, or destroying any parts of these sites and their features is a felony.

  • 06/12/2010 5:19 PM | Deleted user
    From Sierra County' website:

    Election Update - Unofficial Final Report
    The final update of election results are in with 73.26% turnout. We did it again. Highest voter participation in the state! Congratulations.

    Sierra County Unofficial Final Results
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