November 24, 2016

Jeanine Uruburu's Body Indentified

The body found at the Susanville Sanitary District sewage treatment plant Oct. 25 has been identified as Jeanine Uruburu, 48, of Susanville, according to the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office. Will the death of Jeanine Uruburu become another unsolved cold case for Lassen County?

November 1, 2016

Woman's Body Found At Sewage Plant

An unidentified body of an adult female was found at the Susanville Sanitary District sewage treatment plant, October 25th.   On October 16th, Jeanine Uruburu, 48 was reported missing on.  The Lassen County Sheriff is working on trying to identify any possible ties between the two cases.

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October 10, 2016


Rural America  Post

Harvest Time

Autumn in South-East Central, Illinois

Harvest 2016 began in the fields surrounding my house yesterday, October 2nd.  Once it begins, the farmers move almost non-stop and work well into the night.  Traffic on the roadways becomes Combines with corn head that look like spears, giving way to bean heads on these combines once the corn is out of the fields. 

It has been a dry fall, which has helped the farmers get into the fields and harvest; then move on.  Many are farming 3000 to 5000 acres; their own land, cash rented lands and most probably some done on shares. A lot done is already out of the fields surrounding my house at this time, yet many acres are yet to be harvested.

Corn and soybeans are the main cash crops for the grain farmers in this region now.  Years ago one use to see a lot of winter wheat being grown and used as a third crop in rotation in the.  There is still a bit grown, but nothing like what once was in the area.

Spring planting is always iffy based on rain.  Some dry springs, planting of corn can begin in April. Corn is the first to go in the ground due to the longer growing season.  Followed by soybeans which I have seen go in the ground as late as the first of July.  Early planting, one always runs the risk of torrential rains drowning out corn before it germinates or even after it is up by several inches.  It is not uncommon to see fields replanted partially or entirely due to heavy rains standing in the fields and killing the seedlings.

Fall harvest can equally be difficult if a wet fall.  More than one year, I have seen fields of corn and soybeans sit all winter long in the fields without being harvested as the soil is nothing but mud.  Even though most large farmers have tracks for their combines; sometimes that is not enough to get the crops in.  Of course, the farmers lose big-time in years such as I have just described.

2016 in this region of SE Central Illinois has been a great year for the crops.  Dry spring with rains occurring  when needed all summer long.   So far, it has been dry fall so getting in and out of the fields is easy.  This greatly helps with the grain crops drying and retaining less moisture in the corn kernels and soybeans; requiring less assisted drying in the bins or at the grain elevators resulting in a higher price for the grain sold by the farmer.

December 4, 2016

Rural America Post

Livingston, Montana

Livingston is a small railroad and ranch town that was put on the map by the direct result of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Livingston was the first gateway town to America's first national park, Yellowstone National Park. Approximately three miles from Livingstion is the Yellowstone River, a place for one to try their hand at  the popular sport of fly fishing. The International Fly Fishing Federation's museum is an extensive introduction to a popular game sport and hosts annual enthusiasts meetings. It had been used as a filming location for A River Runs Through It, The Horse Whisperer, and Rancho Deluxe.

Mit dem alten, mit dem neuen Jahr

31. Dezember 2016 wird das Ende der Chapman-Diktatur in Lassen County markieren. Langsam wird das Unkraut der Korruption entfernt, obwohl Chapman ein neues Unkraut gepflanzt hat, um seinen Platz zu nehmen, während viele in Lassen Grafschaftbewohner in die Grube der korrupten Presse fallen werden, beim Rauchen des Unkrauts .. Wer wird verlassen, um gesunde Entscheidung zu treffen Für Lassen County Verwaltung? Ein weiteres Jahr vergeht und die Morde gehen und gehen die Straßen in Lassen County. Sind sie alle blind nicht sehen das Motiv in Mienerts Mord.Es scheint, dass eine bestimmte Gruppe alle mit einem verbinden.

Con el viejo, con el nuevo año
El 31 de diciembre de 2016 marcará el final de la dictadura de Chapman en el condado de Lassen. Poco a poco se eliminan las malas hierbas de la corrupción, aunque Chapman ha plantado una nueva hierba para tomar su lugar, mientras que muchos residentes del condado de Lassen caerán en el foso de la prensa corrupta, mientras fuman marihuana. Para el gobierno del condado de Lassen? Pasa otro año y los asesinatos se liberan y caminan por las calles en el condado de Lassen. ¿Son todos ciegos no ver el motivo en el asesinato de Mienerts? Parece que un cierto grupo es todo conectar a uno.

Ut med det gamla, in med det nya året

December 31, 2016 kommer att markera slutet av Chapmans diktatur i Lassen County. Sakta ogräs av korruption tas bort, men Chapman har planterat en ny ogräs att ta hans plats, medan många i Lassen County invånare kommer att falla i gropen av korrupta pressen, medan rökning ogräs .. Vem kommer att lämnas för att göra bra beslut för Lassen County regeringen? Ännu ett år går och morden gå fria och gå på gatorna i Lassen County. Är de alla blinda inte motivet i Mienerts murder.It verkar som en viss grupp är alla ansluta till ett.

2016年12月31日將標誌著查普曼在拉森縣的獨裁統治的結束。 慢慢地,腐敗的雜草被清除,雖然查普曼種了一個新的雜草取代他的位置,而許多拉森縣居民將落入腐敗的新聞界的坑,而吸煙雜草。誰將被做出正確的決定 拉森縣政府? 另一年過去了,謀殺案自由地走在拉森縣的街道上。 他們都是盲目的沒有看到Mienerts謀殺的動機。看起來某個群體都連接到一個。

Ewasko Timeline

by Tom Mahood

June 27 (Day 2)

6:50 AM A Verizon cell tower at 58399 Serin Drive in Yucca Valley receives a very brief ping from Ewasko’s cell phone. The tower records the handset distance as being 10.6 miles from the tower. Due to the antenna configuration of that tower, no bearing information is available. A Verizon technician told RSO Martinez that the length of the ping was extremely short, although the quality was good. Martinez asked specifically regarding the accuracy and was told it was 90% accurate.

October 22, 2016

District 1 Assemblyman Race, November 8th

Donn Coenen, a Liberaterian from Nevada County, CA, who is Brain Dahle's opponent in the November 8th election for District 1 Assemblyman's seat. Coenen worked at several jobs before retiring as a locomotive engineer for 43 years at the Southern Pacific Railroad, also has sat on the Board of Directors at the Western Valley Federal Credit Union and owner of a Christmas tree farm. Incumbent Dahle a Republican has been on the  public pay system for several years as Lassen County Supervisor and as California State Assemblyman. Dahle is also a third generation farmer in Northern California

Coenen is more outwardly spoken on his position on the State of Jefferson, stating that if he was elected to the Assembly, he would focus more on pushing the State of Jefferson initiative forward. Dahle on the other hand has been more in the closet on his position about the State of Jefferson, although he did make a statement announcing he will run for the highest office if the 51st state is created. It appears Dahle is carefully riding the fence on this issue to protect his Assembly seat. 

In June 2016, Dahle refused to support Assembly Bill 2757 in favoring California farmworkers  entitlement to extra overtime pay. This bill would have expanded upon that to bring agricultural overtime rules in line with other industries, eventually guaranteeing laborers 1 1/2 times their normal wages for every hour they work over eight in a day or 40 a week. Working more than 12 hours a day would have meant double pay. Though, District 1 Assemblyman Dahle chose to ignore fair wages  for farmworkers, in which would also effect employees in the logging industry, stating at the debate,  “My dream is to leave a flourishing farm to my children. You stand in the way of allowing my children to continue their great-grandather’s aspirations.” Sierra Pacific Industry have been one of Dahle's big donors, which would have been effected by the AB 2757.

Source: Merced Sun Star, The Union, Sacramento Bee

December 7, 2016

People Magazine Investigate, Cabin 28: Horror in the Woods, aired November 28, 2016 on the Discovery Channel. Plumas County Sheriff Hagwood and Investigator Gamberg discused their investigation into the 35 year old unsolved quadruple murder case and a hammer recently discovered that is thought to be used in the murder.

Robert J. Silveria

Silveria lived in Plumas County during the early 1980's. He was about 21 years old,  he started dating his first wife, 14 years old. They later married in Plumas County in 1984.  During that time, he worked at an airport in Plumas County.  It was reported that he killed his first victim at the age of 22 that set him on a 15 year killing spree, while riding the rails all over United States claiming his victims, until he was arrested in Roseville, CA., in 1996. The Plumas County cops were the ones that tipped the Roseville police about Silveria.

While incarcerated, Silveria told investigators that in 1993, he was involved in a murder of an older couple in Havre, Montana. As he told the story, he became very upset and cried. He aslo said there were other homicides that occurred in Keddie, California in the early 1980's that were related to the homicides in Havre. Plumas County Sheriff Department were contacted and Detective Larry Rives, Detective Hitch and Assistant $heriff Rod Decrona, who had been acquainted with Silveria while in Plumas County, who came to interview him. Hitch said, Silveria was in custody for auto theft at that time and couldn't have done it. Silveria said, he gave a false confession to bring the Plumas officers around, who knew him and that he wasn't a horrible person that he was being made out to be and added that he wanted to talk to someone from law enforcement that could understand him.

Jose Delos Santos II was convicted for the murder of the older couple Havre, Montana. In 1993, Santos was 24 at the time, who came  to Havre, Montana by train. He was homeless and not properly clothed for the cold weather in Montana. The older couple, Walter and Thelma Gebhardt took him in and a few weeks later, they were found murdered in their home. Walter was beaten to death with a hammer and Thelma was killed  with a hammer and choked.

Silveria most usually killed his victims by beating them in the head. He often would cover his victims up with, cardboard, sleeping bag or whatever was around. Sometimes he would go back to make sure they were dead and steal from them. Silveria said, "People always said I looked like the devil when I was beaten...(someone).

Robert Silver known as the "Boxcar" serial killer is currently serving a double life sentence.  He confessed to killing 28 people. He  was moved from the Salem, Oregon  State prison to Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington, Wyoming. He is the head cook there and involved in a support system for other inmates.

Tony Garedakis Wins a Smoker

Livingston Ace Hardware congratulates Tony Garedakis, winner of a smoker,  October 2016  in Livingston, Montana.

December 17, 2016

Ewasko Went Missing, 2010

Missing Person: William Michael Ewasko
Location: Joshusa Tree, California
Date of Occurence: June 24, 2010

Synopsis: William Ewasko last seen, June 24, 2010, Riverside County, California. He was reported going on a solo hiking trip in Joshua Tree National Park, temperatures near 100 degrees. He packed a lunch, water and snacks for his trip.  According to Mary W., his girlfriend, he was to return to his vehicle and call her at 5:00 pm, but never did. Mary W. did not report him missing until the next day that afternoon. An extensive search turned up on signs of him, not even his backpack.
Ewasko, at the time of his disappearance was living with his girlfriend in Marietta, Georgia  in 2010. He served in the Vietnam, an army veteran, who was an experience hiker and in physically good shape with no medical problems.

According to  The Charley Project, his sons were attempting to have him declared legally dead. A United States Social Security death record was found for William M. Ewasko, born October 31, 1943  in New Jersey, last known residence, Cobb County, Georgia, date of death June 24, 2010, age 67. There appears to be some discrepancy in his date of birth and age. The Riverside County Sheriff Department and other websites have his date of birth, October 31, 1944, age 65. Not all of our findings will be published at this time.

October 20, 2016

Rural America Post

Cataloochee Valley, NC

The Cherokee first discovered the valley when they came through the Smokies hunting and fishing, but they never settled permanently in the valley. When the first Europeans arrived in the valley in the early 1800s, all of the land belonged to Colonel Robert Love. Colonel Love was a post-Revolutionary War speculator who granted land and homesteads to families to develop. By 1850, the Big Cataloochee valley was well populated, but not full.
The lives of the Cataloochee residents were similar to other mountain communities. Women's time was occupied by raising the children, mending clothes, cleaning the house and cooking meals. Men and boys would work out on the farm tending to the livestock, sowing, and harvesting crops. Some residents ran businesses on the side like a blacksmith shop, gristmill or commercial apple growing.

The plan to create a national park left few people living in Cataloochee by 1938. Only bits and pieces of the community remain, with the forest reclaiming much of the old farmland and orchard land. Today, you can see a handful of the buildings in the valley, such as the Beech Grove School, Palmer Chapel and numerous frame houses that help us imagine what life might have been like in Cataloochee.

- written by Jen Smith

Source: Great Smoky Mountain

October 11, 2016

by HD

Rural America Post


July 2012, the Moonshine Store celebrated 100 years of continuous operation, located at the intersection of 600th Street and 300th Road in Moonshine (Population 2), Johnson Township, Clark County, Illinois.   And still going strong in 2016.

Initially, the Moonshine store was a true country store with a variety of food items, a gas pump and bulk motor oil dispenser.  Later, the owners established a griddle and lunch menu for the local farmers and oil field workers from the surrounding area.  Today and for the past two decades a destination point for tourists by the car and bus load; road-rally of antique car, street rod, corvette and motorcycle enthusiasts.  Open Monday thru Saturday; the grill shuts down at 12:30 PM and the front doors are locked at 1 PM unless a special event (rally is happening).

Walk in the front door and to the back of the store building, past antique display cases and memorabilia on the outer walls to the griddle area to place your order.  Hamburgers, 1, 2 3 patties; or cheeseburger.  As an adult male, I can tell you a 2 patty cheeseburger or hamburger is more than you might be able to finish!  Tell the ladies what you want and give them a name.  They will call out your name when it is ready; you load it from the centrally located table of condiments and toppings as you wish.  Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup, pickles, onions, tomato and lettuce.  Yes, they do have a more diverse menu of sandwiches but the hamburger or cheeseburger is the Moonshine store  menu item that most all order.

Grab a bottled drink from the coolers and a bag of chips from the display racks if you want.  Take a seat on the benches and wait for your name to be called.  Pay as you leave the store; just tell the cashier what you have and it’s a done deal.  If no one is manning the cash register leave your money on the counter!   Outside are picnic tables to sit down and enjoy your Moonburger!  The number of picnic tables available has grown exponentially over the years.

The Moonshine Lunch Run is what I am most familiar with occurring at the Moonshine store these days.  Though, each summer I am there at least twice with a group of friends for a Moonburger.

The Moonshine Lunch Run is a gathering at the Moonshine Store on the second Saturday of April, annually.  Some 14 years now.  Attracting motorcyclists from LITERALLY across the United States, Canada; and Yes, even some from Europe.  It is not uncommon to have well over 2000 bodies converge on the Moonshine Store on that Saturday in April.  On an event such as this, grills are added and the grills stay on later than 12:30 PM. 

The organizers of this event host a two plus day event culminating after the Moonshine Run on Saturday.  A chili supper to support the local volunteer Fire Department of Casey, Illinois; a banquet dinner at a local restaurant that has the space to contain them all.  Additional proceeds from across the event are donated to local public charities as decided upon by the masses in attendance.

We have to arrive at Moonshine on the Saturday of the Moonshine Lunch Run by 7:30 AM as people start arriving by then!  A local Amish community sells huge cinnamon rolls and homemade ice cream too.  Look for their booths in the parking area south of the store!  And please, don’t run into the horse and buggies that may be there!

November 24, 2016

by HD

Rural America Post

Putnam, Tennessee

 Putnam County was the site of several saltpeter mines. Saltpeter is the main ingredient of gunpowder and was obtained by leaching the earth from several local caves. Most of the saltpeter mining occurred during the War of 1812 war and the Civil War. The county is part of the greater Cumberland River watershed. Cookeville, the largest town in Putnam County, is the home of Tennessee Technological University, known for engineering, education, business, and the arts.
#1.  Driving force for me to have bought land there to build on is the exorbitant property taxes in Illinois.  When I moved here, I sold my place (built by me,  10 years of age on six acres in NW Ohio) for over $230K.  I bought this place for $146K on once acre in Crawford County IL…a new build in the country.  The annual property taxes on the place in Ohio were $1800.00,  I asked at the closing what I might expect in annual property taxes on this place with the new house on it. I was told double the $1800 per year.  They were not wrong!  They are now, 15 years later over $6K annually.  I did some research and found that property taxes in this area of Tennessee were 1/3 of what I am paying on this place…with homes/properties three times its value.  You can retire here, but you can’t afford the property taxes.
#2.  Family history ; Our fourth great-grandparents moved their brood of some 9 kids from SC to Jackson County TN in the 1815-1818 timeframe.  Jackson County TN boarders Putnam County to the north.    From that family point… thru Dad’s father was born there…as well, my great grandmother's family had been in this immediate area from about the same time…1815-1818 also coming from South Carolina.
#3.  We were born in the flatlands of Illinois, then moved  to California, then to Missouri and then back to Clark County, Illinois within a mile of where the four of us were born.  I first visited the Jackson and Putnam Counties of TN in May of 2012 to find out who our great-grandmother’s family was.  Up until that trip we were not sure of her maiden name as she died when our grandfather was 9 in 1886.  I loved the mountainous terrain, waters of the Cumberland River etc.  Visiting it, also TOLD ME why when our great-grandmother died there…our Great-grandfather William moved the younger five of the six children to SW Missouri.  It looks very near the same.  Dad was born and raised in Ozark County, MO; Mom was raised there from the time she was 11 or 12.
So, for me it is a mixture of economics and family history.  No further of drive from here to Putnam County TN than it was during the 20 years I lived in NW Ohio; and interstate highways all the way if one chooses to use them.  My land is outside of Cookeville, TN by eight miles.  Cookeville being a sizeable city with Tennessee Tech located on the north side of it.  From my property, it is only 6 miles to I-40 which connects Nashville to the west and Knoxville to the east by almost the same distance to either…80 miles.  International airport conveniently located on the east side of Nashville and just off I-40.  I’m looking forward to living so very close to a city of this size again…Findlay Ohio and Cookeville, TN are almost the same size.
Lastly, there is not much else I can do to this place.  I become bored if I run out of projects!  Granted, I don’t do home projects like I used to…leaning more to hiring them done than DIY these days.

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