Category: Ranch & Farm

Businesses Welcomed in the Small Town of Westwood

Westwood’s business community is well supported by the townspeople. The welcoming streets are named alphabetically by the names of trees. Streets are lined with old wooden homes, reminiscent of its early lumber days’ history. Retail businesses include three convenience stores, two with fuels, Lassen True Value hardware store, Now and Then thrift shop and Old Town Mercantile, an artists’ collective/Shabby Chic home furnishings & decor store which has been moving and expanding for its new early April Grand Re-opening. The town recently lost its grocery store, due to retirement, as was the...

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Exploring Our Local Winter Wonderland – Snowshoeing, Skiing, Sledding And More

By Mara Dobyns Photos by Jessica Compton- JCM Photography In this beautiful area of Northern California we are often spoiled with snow which means we have countless opportunities for fun in the outdoor world. In my opinion it would be pretty silly not to take advantage of it. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing, sledding, or just exploring your local backcountry, we’ve got something for everyone. When I was a kid having my birthday in January always meant one thing, going to our favorite local hill for play, Stover, celebrating with snow and sledding until our...

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Exploring Ice Caves In Lassen County

Photos and Article by Mara Dobyns “Life is an adventure. It’s not about the destination we reach that’s most rewarding, it’s the journey along the way. So write it down! & treasure the memory forever…” – Barlena Morina While exploring in Lassen National Forest, take highway 36 to Wilson Lake Road 29 & 63, then make a right onto the 29 N 19 road. Next, find the E. Spur Road off of 29 N 19, and if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon a tree marked “Ice” in blue paint. From there just ahead you will find an opening with a couch carved out of a tree, a trailhead, and a mailbox...

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New Map Points Out ‘Water Trails’ and Kayaking & Shore Fishing Spots

New Map Points Out ‘Water Trails’ and Finds Kayaking & Shore Fishing Spots A new waterproof map is now for sale at local businesses and is available from Mountain Meadows Conservancy (MMC), the group that recently published the informative map. The map points out shoreline public access locations, great shoreline and kayak fishing spots on Almanor, Butt Lake, and Mountain Meadows Reservoir. Picture yourself on these three beautiful lakes whose combined surface area is nearly half the size of Sacramento, according to MMC. Kayaking and shore fishing around the waters of the Lake Almanor...

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Pro Golfer Visits Westwood

Pro Golfer Visits Westwood by E. Majors In the area with his dad, Pro Golfer Phil Mickelson visited Westwood recently. Phil Michelson, Sr. attended school in Westwood and graduated in Chester. When their family arrived at the museum, Sheri Binswanger immediately called Terry Ferguson, a fellow board member for the Westwood Museum. He went to school with Mickelson, Sr. and the two had fun sharing old times. The Mickelson family also visited Buffalo Chips Pizza, where he may have gone unnoticed. The staff that was on duty enjoyed his visit and his compliments so much, they made a point to...

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Sharing The Experience: Junior Duck Hunt

Sharing The Experience: Junior Duck Hunt By Molly Barber Photos By Jeff Barber & Ronnie Theobald I come from a family of people who truly love the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were multigenerational activities along with most other outdoor recreation. Hunting isn’t something I got into but growing up with a grandfather, father, uncle, and brother who loved it, I participated in my own way. I remember riding on quads or in trucks looking for deer, walking countless miles with them while they chucker hunted, and camping with them before opening days. I loved the Jr. Duck Hunt for many...

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Ceanothus Silk Moth: A Beautiful Moth From A Color Changing Caterpillar.

Ceanothus Silk Moth: A Beautiful Moth From A Color Changing Caterpillar. By Melissa Wynn Moth Photos by Jim Moore, Entomologist Caterpillar Photos Courtesy of WhatsThatBug.com On a warm Spring morning as I reached to unlock the door of our Westwood office I saw a big beautiful, fuzzy moth basking in a ray of sun on the wall beside the door. I was so intrigued by it’s fiery orange head and the Nike swish pattern on her wings that I just had to find out what she was. I carefully captured my incidental treasure in a large plastic storage container and rushed it to the home of our local...

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Eagle Lake & Lake Almanor Fall Fishing’s on its Way!

By Dave Huhtala, Owner The Elegant Iris and The Men’s Den It’s been a long hot summer but fall is on its way. Eagle Lake fishing should start picking up. Low water again for this year. Well I  like to get out there around the end of September and early October with my jigs. First legal light and work the water with white, brown,  turkey, and olive colored Marabou Jigs. Don’t forget about the little white Paddle Bugs or small white Gitz Its. At this time of year the minnows are balling up around the shore line. If you find them you will have a blast with that bugfree 4-6 lb test line. Again...

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Meet The Artist- Herman Oswald and Catching Concepts Crankbaits

Growing up in an area like this offers so many blessings it’s easy to take them all for granted. We are gifted with four seasons and many activities to do in all of them. One of the activities I was raised participating in, as I’m sure many of you were, is fishing. I don’t think that a year has gone by where I haven’t gone out for the surface bite or another type of fishing. It seems as though coming from such an outdoorsy community, it shouldn’t have been a surprise to learn that a local is creating his own lures right here in Westwood, but it was. Herman Oswald, the creator of Catching...

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Roberti Ranch: A Time Honored Partnership with the Land

Roberti Ranch: A Time Honored Partnership with the Land By Debra Hasbrouck Living in the mountains can be an extraordinary experience—spectacular beauty is a daily standard, often accented with breathtaking seasonal changes. Although the volatile weather may be exciting, it can create challenges for the residents of these majestic environments. In the time that Sierra Valley was my home, I developed a deep sense of respect and admiration for the farmers and ranchers who live and work in the big, mountain valley. The level expanse sits at just under five-thousand feet elevation and the...

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DEXTER CATTLE: A Compact Version of the Old-Fashioned Family Cow

In recent years there has been a resurgence of backyard agriculture.  Gardens have always been a popular way to ensure that you have a healthy selection of vegetables available—but many people are looking for ways to expand homegrown food choices. Backyard chickens have experienced a comeback, allowing people to produce fresh, local eggs.  There is also a current trend to incorporate fruit trees and berry bushes into residential landscapes. However, when it comes to small-scale dairy and meat production, there can be many challenges.  Most dairy cows and beef breeds require more feed than...

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