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August 2020

In Celebration of the Life of Diana Malley

posted Aug 6, 2020, 4:55 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 5:15 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini & Kristin Snell

In Loving Memory

Diana Jayanthi Malley

Born March 27, 1942

Died July June 27, 2020

We offer these words to celebrate and honor the life of dear friend and neighbor, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, dedicated teacher and foundational San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center colleague, Diana Jayanthi Malley.

After homesteading, pursuing spiritual pursuits, raising her family, teaching at Camptonville School and tutoring at Sylvan Learning Center, Diana dedicated herself to community service through her work at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center. She welcomed visitors and helped them access services like computers and the clothes closet. She bravely drove a van round trip from the Resource Center to town and back to provide Ridge residents free transportation on essential errands. Among many other tasks, Diana also advocated to meet the needs of our community’s children and helped build enduring connections with other service organizations that strengthened the work of the FRC.

Diana served her community exceptionally well with an open heart and warm smile. Visitors were made to feel welcome and important when in her patient, grounding, and generous presence. Her sweet and gentle manner put everyone at ease. She was a calm and compassionate listener who made strong and lasting connections with people of all ages. Diana was intrepid. She took risks and was courageous.

Diana made a deep and lasting impression and her legacy lives on in many ways, including through the work of the Resource Center. Her contributions helped the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center grow from a mere idea to an established and trusted institution. We remember her well, are very thankful to have known her and are ever grateful for her contributions to the development of the FRC.

Photo caption: Staff trip to visit Siskiyou County FRCs, Winter 2009


posted Aug 6, 2020, 4:52 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 5:35 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Our world has dramatically changed so much in the past several months that the only thing of which we can be certain is uncertainty. The sun still rises and sets, tides ebb and flow, and gravity continues to keep us firmly rooted on the planet, at least for now. As summer winds down, our thoughts naturally return to the beginning of a new school year. Normally it’s time to shop for back to school clothes and backpacks, have fun at the Nevada County Fair, and savor a few more languid afternoons at the Yuba before classrooms beckon. That’s the old normal. The new normal is now determined by the existence of a miniscule invader species, the coronavirus.

Even the most mundane tasks seem to have assumed new layers of complexity and pose heretofore unthought of challenges. Maintaining a sense of normalcy when planning schedules, activities and interactions has developed a degree of difficulty that permeates our daily lives. Imagine the challenge encountered when planning a new school year in these crazily uncertain times! Such a task requires flexibility, determination, creativity and courage. Fortunately, Twin Ridges Elementary School District Superintendent/Grizzly Hill & Washington School Principal, Melissa Madigan has what it takes to meet the challenge of educating our children while keeping them safe.

When asked to define the greatest challenge posed by the coming school year, Ms Madigan (pictured above) replied, “Our biggest challenge is educating all students in the mode of education their parents ask for. Some have asked for 100% remote learning. Some have asked for part time in class and part time remote learning. Some have asked for 100% on campus learning. To meet the challenge is to adhere to the County health guidelines, to have the school open as much as possible, and to offer 100% online at the same time. I’m offering 100% remote no matter what. If Nevada County is placed on a (covid) watch list we must move to all remote learning.”

“Curriculum will be engaging and accessible to all students. We are going to have themes throughout the entire school based around a foreign language that will include a dance, a song, folktale or short story, and food based upon the language they’re studying. The entire school will do it at one time. This will be a new and community building activity for the whole school. I have hired a part-time STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) teacher to provide robotics and science experiments for all students. We will also be offering basic coding. Every teacher was present at a planning meeting and they are 100% on board to provide a fantastic education!”

All Grizzly Hill K-8 students will be divided into two groups, Group A and Group B. The school day will be 8:30-11:30am and will be only two days per week. There will be Monday-Tuesday morning classes for Group A, a school-wide deep cleaning on Wednesdays, and Thursday-Friday morning classes for Group B. Every Grizzly Hill and Washington School student will receive two chrome books for their own use, one to stay at school and one to travel home.

In addition to frequently deep cleaning and disinfecting the campus, the utmost precautions will be taken to protect the health and safety of all students. When each student arrives on campus, he or she will receive a digital temperature reading and be asked several health-related questions before embarking upon the school day. Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer will be stressed throughout the day. Whenever possible, campus areas will be utilized for outdoor classrooms; and when indoor classrooms are in use, doors will be kept open to improve ventilation. T-K, 1st and 2nd grade students will be strongly encouraged to wear masks when at school and 3rd-8th grade students will be required to do so. Although social distancing will be encouraged, Melissa Madigan stressed, the importance of a positive approach. “It’s really important to me that if children have to socially distance, social distancing will be achieved by stressing the positive and presenting only positive choices.”

Understanding that all students may not have adequate transportation to and from school or reliable internet access in their homes, Grizzly Hill is actively looking to provide bus transportation, as well as an on-campus tutoring program to those students who need it. All students will be provided with a breakfast and lunch daily, whether they are on campus or not. In fact, Twin Ridges Elementary School District has been providing meals to kids aged 18 and under ever since mid-March.

At a special TRESD Board Retreat, board members Malik Goodman, Hilary Hulteen, Rachel Kozloski, Mindy Morton and Lorien Whitestone communicated their support and dedication to providing San Juan Ridge and Washington students a safe and excellent education.

To enroll a student or gain further information on what is happening at Grizzly Hill School this year, please call 265.9052. FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL THIS YEAR IS AUGUST 17, 2020!

Community Library Update

posted Aug 6, 2020, 4:50 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 5:27 PM ]

by Roo Cantada, SJR Community Library

It’s Cool at the San Juan Ridge Library!

How much have you missed fresh reading material? How desperately do you want a new DVD to wind down after those hot days outside toiling towards the unforeseeable future? Never Fear! We are here! Finally opening on Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-5 with STRICT guidelines. We are admitting 2 people in at time, must be masked entire time. Hand sanitizer at door prior to entry and 15-20 min limit. I also can help you print from your laptop or phone and our Wi-Fi is on and available during park hours (dawn to dusk /7 days/week). Now you can peek in for a minute and enjoy the AC while perusing our shelves. Since our collection isn’t online (yet!) this is the only way to get books into the hands of the residents of the San Juan Ridge. While most of our programs are on hold, we are holding an informal toddler drop in storytime on Tuesdays around noonish. And of course our outside space at the park is a lovely place to relax!

On another note, we are beginning demolition and construction of the Annex this August. Please contact Roo if you’d like to pitch in. The Annex will be a space for extra internet users, classes, workshops, art receptions, public meetings, etc! It is hard to wrap our heads around meeting face to face indoors, but hopefully by the time we are done, we will be able to gather again.

We miss you all and want you to come and get books for you and your family. Look for the sandwich board on Oak Tree!

Please call 292.3008 for additional info.

Ananda Living Wisdom School News

posted Aug 6, 2020, 4:48 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 5:19 PM ]

by Hridaya Atwell, School Principal

Dear Neighbors, We wanted to let you know that our school will be opening on Sept. 9 for in-class instruction. Of course this situation could change if our numbers hit the threshold that would make Nevada County join the counties on the state "watch list." In that case we will need to move to a distance learning model. We will be following the county and state protocols. Our classes are small and we do have the ability to have some outside instruction in some beautiful airy spaces.

Our preschool will be open, and we currently have 2 other combined classrooms that we are offering--a TK through 2nd grade class, and a combined 3rd grade through 8th grade class with a main teacher and a helper. We also have an on-line high school. If you are interested in finding out more about our program, please email: Thank you!

Food Distribution at Oak Tree School

posted Aug 6, 2020, 4:47 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 5:19 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The Food Bank of Nevada County, the County of Nevada, Twin Ridges Elementary School District, and the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center are working together to provide food to the San Juan Ridge Community. On Tuesday, August 11, from 10am to noon, there will be a drive-thru food distribution on the Oak Tree Campus. Although the FRC’s food pantry has been feeding the community for years, this drive-thru distribution will make it possible for people to access far larger amounts without ever having to get out of their vehicles. We hope that as many people as possible will be able to take advantage of this event.

For more info please call 292.3171.

No Donations, Please!

posted Aug 6, 2020, 4:46 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 5:20 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Although very grateful for the generosity of our community, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is not accepting any clothing donations at this time. There is simply no way for us to process clothing at this time; and we wouldn’t know where to put new donations, no matter how fabulous they may be. As always, we do not accept donations of housewares, furniture, toys, etc. We still have plenty of clothing to share with our community but will not be accepting more until further notice. Thanks for your continued support.

Clothing Distribution Underway

posted Aug 6, 2020, 4:45 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 5:22 PM ]

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center remains CLOSED for all other services until further notice


Call 292.3171 with any questions or contact us via email at


The Diggins Are Alive! Art show examining Malakoff State and the surrounding Diggins at N. Columbia Schoolhouse

posted Aug 6, 2020, 4:43 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 5:24 PM ]

by Molly Jochem, Artist and Executive Director—North Columbia Schoolhouse

The ageless trill of birdsong, creaking timbers of a collapsing mine shack, sun-soaked strata of an ancient river — these are layers worth listening to. With ears and eyes open to stories and cycles beyond boom and bust, artists Molly Jochem and Kelly Sinclair engage Malakoff Diggins as a complex, living landscape.

Molly grew up amongst the mine’s crumbling clay pyramids and gravel piles, admiring their other-worldly quality and awed by their immensity. Hydraulic mining had blasted away the land, devastating the area’s life forms and simultaneously creating one of the largest sculptures in history. There are many facets to the Diggins; many viewpoints evoking a myriad of emotions. Molly explores these dichotomies through the mine’s dilapidated structures, which are both mirror and measuring stick of their environment. Visit her webpage: molly

How does one draw what isn’t there? Kelly Sinclair encounters Malakoff as a literal, metaphorical, and perceptual void — an earthen absence where not just land but native lives, lifeways, and ecosystems were extracted and disappeared. Using all of her senses, she listens with the mine and paints what she “sees” using a symbolic, synesthetic language of sound. Working with handmade charcoal, foraged pigment, reclaimed plywood and upcycled acrylics, her abstract paintings open portals to a vibrant and resilient living landscape.

To see these paintings in their natural environment visit

Visit her webpage:

The works in the exhibition unsettle colonial attitudes that maintain Gold Rush mythologies through the preservation of an extracted landscape and ethnocentric history frozen in time. Molly and Kelly’s field-based paintings encounter the Diggins’ as a place engaged in processes of decomposition and recomposition, decay and regeneration, erosion and re-growth. ‘The Diggins’ are Alive!” opens other ways into an extracted landscape, unearthing and acknowledging layers of life - indigenous Nisenan, native plants both surviving and lost, and animal communities, banished and returned - beneath the indelible scar gouged by the beginning stages of the global extractive economy.

The paintings and associated media of The Diggins Are Alive! will be on display at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center with limited open hours or by appointment beginning July through August 2020. Come join the conversation of ‘The Diggins Are Alive!’ Mondays and Wednesdays 12-4pm. To make an appointment call (530) 265-2816 or email

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NSJ Farmer’s Market

posted Aug 6, 2020, 4:41 PM by Kristin Snell

San Juan Ridge Counts! It’s Time to Complete Your Census

posted Aug 6, 2020, 4:40 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 5:25 PM ]

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Once each decade, an effort is made to inclusively count all residents of our nation and gather demographic information on our population. The resulting Census data informs important budget decisions for disaster preparedness, education, social services and public infrastructure among other issues for the next ten years.

Information collected in the 2020 Census is safe and secure. Your personal information will not be shared with anyone including landlords, law enforcement or your employer.

For the first time, the Census form is available to complete online in 13 languages. Visit You can also complete the Census via phone by calling 844-330-2020 for English or 844-468-2020 for Spanish (other languages available as well, please see the website for the full list).

For more info, please visit:


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