Author: marsha

Meet the Artist ~ Glenna Lee

By  Marsha Street [media-credit name=”Marsha Street” align=”alignnone” width=”285″][/media-credit]   Glenna Lee comes from a long line of artists, writers and musicians. Her grandmother was a prolific painter, writer and actress. Her uncle and aunt, Bob Cole and Chris Stevenson, are professional Bluegrass musicians, who tour frequently and have appeared in many movies including “Back to the Future”. Her mother, a retired RN, enjoys working with charcoal drawings. Glenna first encountered Mountain Valley Living many years ago when she and several members of her family moved from the San Joaquin Valley to the Susanville and Westwood areas. During this time, she...

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Keeping Your Campfire Safe

By Melissa Wynn 1) Choosing Your Fire Site DO NOT build a fire at a site in dry, dangerous conditions. DO NOT build a fire if the campground or area does not allow campfires. Check to be sure than burning is allowed on the days of your trip. Campfires are often prohibited on high risk days. Choose a site that is at least fifteen feet away from your tent or camper, shrubs, grass or trees. Also beware of low-hanging branches overhead. If you’re looking for more elaborate setups – you can find more outdoor fire pit ideas here. 2) Making Your...

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Getting Wet on the West Shore

Lake Almanor, CA [media-credit id=1 align=”alignnone” width=”300″][/media-credit]We took the drive around the west shore of Lake Almanor to find our destination. Majors Outpost is located at Plumas Pines Resort off Highway 89 near the town of Pratville. We spotted the big green tent we were told to look for on the beach and the kids immediately turned into high gear. We could see wake boards stacked up and two of the SeaDoo watercraft were waiting on the beach. We had booked a ski boat first and later we would be jet skiing while the remainder of our family reunion...

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Working Dogs at Five Dot Ranch

By Michelle Wolf [media-credit name=”Jennifer Ward” align=”alignnone” width=”300″][/media-credit] Man’s best friend.  The tradition of cattlemen using dogs to help them with their day to day activities on the ranch continues.  Coming into the 21st century what has changed with tradition is the variation in breeds.  You could ask several different ranchers from California to the Midwest what is the best breed of dog to work livestock and you would not get the same answer twice.  Over the past 10 years, mixed breed dogs have become more popular with livestock owners.  It is due to the fact that ranchers are...

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Garden Sanctuary by Barbara Allen

By Barbara Allen    When I first bought my Clear Creek, CA home in 1989, the back yard was very close to natural, with 18 large conifers, some spruce and a cedar tree. Mostly, there were manzanitas and indigenous plants from the surrounding forest; Coral Bells, and Indian Rhubarb along the creek.  The deciding factor, the one that cinched the deal for me, was the pond and the creek that ran across the back yard.  A bridge crossed the creek from a wood deck to more wooden paths all the way back along the 3/4 acre parcel.  I immediately...

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