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Indian Valley’s 2019 Year in Review

Well that year went by fast! If you blinked, you missed it. Here’s some highlights from our year in Indian Valley.

If there’s one thing you can always say for Indian Valley is that the community creates its own everything.


In January there were sweet sounds that started wafting through the doors of Taylorsville Historic Hall as Dan Kearns began coordinating Open Mic Jam Nights every other Friday night. What to do on the other Fridays? Why hang out at Gigi’s Market for that open mic night, too.

The horn on the fire station finally was replaced.

Indian Valley Academy’s Diego Garcia-Couoh won the countywide Poetry Out Loud recitation contest and was chosen to represent Plumas County to the state in Sacramento.

Greenville High School’s Madelyn Fitch was chosen for the Nor Cal High School Honor Choir.

The decision was made by community members attending the PUSD sponsored Community Cafés to change the name of Indian Valley Elementary School back to Greenville Elementary School.

There was also snow. A good deal of it. More than we’d had in a January in quite awhile.


In February, it was time for the annual Crab Feed at the Greenville Town Hall.

The Indian Valley-based Rural to Rural program geared up and began planning their trip to take high school students to Uganda. Students began fundraising for service and business projects that would take place on the trip.

And still? More and more snow.


In March the snow turned to rain — and lots of it. Familiar areas flooded and Lake Indian Valley reappeared on the edge of Mt. Hough Estates.

GHS held its annual science fair and also received a tractor for its gardening and natural resources programs.

The merger of Indian Valley Health Care District and Plumas Hospital District was first discussed publicly with the Indian Valley Ambulance Association surmising a change in service by the end of the year.

With help from a grant from Indian Valley Thrift Store, Pachuca Productions cleaned and repainted the Greenville Town Hall lecture stage, built and hung curtains on the stage donated by a theatre in southern California.

Littering seemed to have a moment but social media and this newspaper helped to curtail it at least a little bit.


In April, events picked up here in Indian Valley! Pheasants Forever had a sold out dinner at the Greenville Town Hall.

Easter events took place all over the valley and Pachuca Productions debuted their first production at the Greenville Town Hall Serious Moonlight featuring Indian Valley Academy’s drama class.

Indian Valley proved to Taste of Plumas that Indian Valley is the place to be with entries from Evergreen Market, Young’s Market, and the Genesee Store.

Indian Valley Academy’s annual student Showcase event was a hit in Taylorsville. Anna’s Café shuts its doors.


In May, local author Ginger Gramm celebrated her new book with readings and book signings at Crescent Country and other places.

The Spring Shindig brought some fun to the Indian Valley Community Center.

Both PCS and GHS had their proms in Indian Valley.

The Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum had its fundraising tea with a transportation theme.

Indian Valley-based student Harlan Savala was accepted to the American Legion’s Boys State Conference, Olivia McIntyre was accepted into the California State Summer School for the Arts, and Maudesty Merino who was nominated by a teacher for the Ambassador Leadership Summit at UCLA.

At the end of the month, Century Ride brought visitors to Indian Valley—alas in the rain.


June saw graduations, the Taylorsville Pool opened once again, and Crescent Country began its Saturday markets — opening up the parking lot to local vendors.

Sierra Institute sends their first of two crews of students out on P-CREW.


July brought the Taylorsville Silver Buckle Rodeo, Gold Diggers with Judy Dolphin as this year’s Grand Marshal. This year there was a Pirate and Faeries in downtown Greenville.


In August local residents gathered funds to treat local beleaguered Frontier servicemen to thank them for their service.

Running with the Bears had a brilliantly sunny day for the race.

Local band Jackie Lee and the Coyotes saw an increase of gigs and popularity.

The summer ended with the Taylorsville Pool’s annual Luau event.


In September, the IVCSD was awarded the Transparency Award and the IVASA began the process of contracting with Care Flight to be the new ground ambulance carrier.

Local residents found themselves heading to Quincy for the first annual Pride Festival and the Veterans Stand Down Event.

And the Greenville Park gets its first new playground equipment in decades.

Jose’s Tacos temporarily closes making Indian Valley residents nervous.

The Papenhousen Pit Stop opens next to Mohawk Trading Co.


In October the rumors of the Solar Cook Off coming back turn out to be true. Sierra Institute is taking it on for summer 2020.

Greenville Town Hall gets a night of Spooky Vaudeville and the annual Halloween carnival delights the elementary school students.

GHS Makin and Bakin Café opens.


In November, Sheriff the Dog makes waves with a day in court that pits neighbors against neighbors.

The Laramie Project plays two shows in Greenville.

Greenville brings out a very well attended Veteran’s Day parade.

The annual Turkey Trot brings out runners on a snowy and icy Thanksgiving morning.


In December we rounded out the year with some hope. Jose’s Tacos re-opens. The building where Anna’s Café once was appears to be getting ready to open as something.

The holidays in Indian Valley begin with Festival of Trees and continues through out the month with the American Legion and Roundhouse dinners with Santa visits.

GHS and GES deliver their holiday concerts. It again begins to snow.

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