Foghorn Express


June 7, 2017

Nevada County’s Yuba Village Building Convergence, founded by local resident and musician, David Sugalski, known as The Polish Ambassador, launched last spring in Nevada City with a weekend workshop given my Portland Repair Founder, Mark Lakeman; in preparation for their upcoming 5-day event, the 1st Annual Yuba Village Building Convergence, Planting Seeds of Community.

April 14, 2017

Leptospirosis is a very contagious and potentially fatal bacterial disease. There are a variety of animals including livestock such as buffaloes, horses, sheep, goat, and pigs, and wildlife such as raccoons, deer, skunks, and rodents that are common carriers of leptospires.

April 3, 2017

How would you feel if you knew that an untested technology is being deployed across America with no government oversight, no transparency, no public input, no regulations, and no long-term studies on health and environmental impacts? How would you feel if you knew sensors are rolling out to be installed in everything, from clothing, appliances, building materials, automobiles, cosmetics, toys, computers, furniture, etc, turning our world into the Internet of Everything, as a component of this untested technology?

March 24, 2017

If SB 649 goes through nearly every single lamppost and telephone pole along your street is going to be strapped with a 5G antenna and nobody will have any say about this. It is the actual intention of the telecom industry to install these “small cells” along all of our roads and on structures including commercial and even residential buildings. With the passing of SB 649 you and I will have no choice in having one of these cell antennas attached to the exterior of our very homes, possibly right next to our beds, and without our consent.

March 21, 2017

The level of activism we have witnessed in just the last two months since the election of Donald Trump is unprecedented.  Our country will never be the same. There is a tsunami heading towards Washington. Our elected officials do see it, but they simply smirk at it. From their vantage point it looks as if the sea is gently pulling away from their political shoreline and they simply can’t imagine the wall of highly charged water coming their way.

March 17, 2017

How are feeling about all the changes coming our way? Are you satisfied with your representation in Washington? Are you going to find yourself uninsurable after the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act? Are you one of the homeowners that got “notified” of the potential submersion of your house if the 275-foot Centennial dam goes through? How about getting food in your mouth in the form of Meals on Wheels? Do you really need that? Seems like a luxury to our leaders in Washington. How about low income assistance to heat your home? Do you really need to stay warm? Hit by a mudslide? How about a forest fire? Don’t think for a second you are going to get any funds for disaster recovery. Lost your home? You-are-on-your-own.

March 12, 2017

The local timebank, Hour Nevada County, currently has 216 members and continues to grow with over 1,600 hours exchanged. Members are required to attend an orientation to better understand how to best utilize the organization.  “Timebanking literally keeps an accounting of your good deeds, down to the minute,” stated Senum, “ultimately translating that into an international currency.”

March 8, 2017

Many in America saw the suffrage movement as the antithesis of the “natural order” and women involved in the movement were considered unladylike and anything but “normal,” failing the ultimate goal in life: marriage and motherhood. Instead they were seen as spinsters, masculine, plain, and bitter. Their presence, alone, was considered an influence that would ultimately feminize men.

March 6, 2017

While controversial to a few, theses lights have been overwhelmingly supported by the public. We removed these lights last October after a yearlong test pilot was completed. Since then the Nevada City City Council has unanimously approved a permanent installment. It is the objective of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and surrounding businesses and residents to get these lights installed permanently. But in order to do this we have a few steps we need to take in this process.

March 4, 2017

“A Day Without A Woman” and “International Women’s Day” in Nevada County will be celebrated in our own unique way, highlighting the power of women in our local economy, recognizing female owned businesses in rural counties, and stepping up for the rights of all.

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“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” 

-Joe Klaas, 

Twelve Steps to  Happiness

Reinette Senum

Foghorn At Large



In 1994 Reinette Senum would become the first woman to cross Alaska alone. It would be during this isolated winter solo trek, filmed by Reinette for National Geographic, that she would learn, of all things, the power of community. Ultimately, lessons learned along the trail would become the catalyst for Reinette's community work later in life.


For the last 15 years Reinette's focus has been on building her hometown, Nevada City, California, as a more resilient community through creative and unconventional means.  Through risk assessment, public outreach, and a daily hands-on approach, Reinette has been on the forefront of curating Nevada City towards a more sustainable and connected future. Whether as a city council member, mayor, or community activist, her community-changing projects such as the city-sanctioned sustainable vision, the organic Nevada City Farmers Market, construction of 40 portable micro-houses for the homeless, launching a county-wide TimeBank, or a fostering a test-pilot for a town square, Reinette has changed the conversation while reweaving community for a more challenging and unpredictable future.

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This blog isn't just about talk. It's about action as well. Check out a short list of personal community projects undertaken by this blogger-at-large.

Listen to my monthly KVMR radio program, Heads Up, ever 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12:05pm following the BBC News on 89.5fm. Check out my past podcasts here as well.

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"5G Network: What Don't Know May Kill You" blog post headlines international news magazine, Nexus.


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The opinions expressed by The Foghorn Express are Reinette Senum's, alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the City of Nevada City, its council members or staff, any associations, organizations, boards, commenters, their pets... any bodies of any sort, whatsoever. 


The Foghorn Express is a forum that is open to debate and hypothesis, but believes it is up to each and every citizen to draw his/her own conclusions. This blog is simply a launching point for resource sharing, contemplation, and intelligent dialogue with the objective to move its readers/commenters towards deeper awareness and active solutions.


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If a commenter cannot maintain the highest standard while in dialogue he/she will hear the first shot across the bow in the form of a formal warning. If another offense occurs,Tonka Toys will promptly be removed and said offender will be banned from the sandbox.... and, sorry, no more invitations to my birthday parties. 


Please note, I have the right to change my opinion according to information received; I am a woman.

There are many different paths to the same mountain top, so please be mindful of our respectful paths!


Understanding and compassion is a process.

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