Another week has come and gone and we still have no rain.  I hate to keep harping on this but it really is a big topic of conversation out here in Bitterwater these days.  It’s not just in Bitterwater though, even Governor Jerry Brown is finally beginning to understand that we are in serious trouble as he finally has declared a State of Emergency in California due to drought.  Come on Mother Nature, please bring us some rain!  There’seven been a new statement circulating in the social media network, “Keep calm and pray for rain”. I don’t know about the “keep calm” part, but we are certainly praying for rain!.

    Big birthday wishes go out to Bitterwater resident Jeff Schmidt who celebrated the big 9-0 on Monday. A birthday celebration took place at the home of Jeff and Jean’s last Saturday.  Hosting the bbq was Jeff’s daughter, Shari Popnoe and her husband Jeff and granddaughter Melissa.  Attending included Steve Schmidt, Sue and Matt Supancic of Visalia, Jeff’s 100 year old brother Bob from Hollister and his caretaker Maggie, Agnes Smith, Jason Burlingame of Roseville and Lynn and Doug Dodge of Bitterwater.  Before dinner, they all had a lot of fun shooting Jeff’s black powder gun, 9 times, once for each decade of Jeff’s life.  After dinner, Vern and Jo  Ann Scattini stopped by to wish Jeff happy birthday as well.  Happy Birthday Uncle Jeff, and here’s wishing you many more!

    Vern Scattini’s sister Gracie and her husband spent a few days in Bitterwater last week.  They are from Arizona and they were passing through so they spent a few days with Vern and Jo Ann.

    Megan Jones and Emily Brewen spent last weekend in Sanger representing Bitterwater 4-H  at a leadership conference.  They learned lots of new and exciting leadership skills that they could use back here with the Bitterwater 4-H Club.

    The Topo Ranch branded some more calves last Saturday at the Peachtree Ranch while John Wooster branded another set of calves as well.

    Vickie Sabin and I spent last weekend secretarying a big barrel race at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City.  Over 250 contestants competed throughout the weekend.  Colleen Sabin, Taylor Hurley and Patti Raine were a few of the locals who participated in the event.  Many Hollister residents participated as well.  Some of those competing from Hollister included:  Tona Andrade, Kelsee French, Madison Hawkes, Cynthia Fancher and Melissa Perry.  Cynthia made the mistake of bringing the office crew some of the most delicious cookies I have ever had the pleasure or eating.  She made a mistake by bringing us those cookies as I told her she couldn’t enter any more barrel races unless she brought us more cookies!  I have officially named her the best cookie maker ever!

    The First Aid/CPR class being held at Bitterwater School has been rescheduled from February 1st to February 8th.  It is open for anyone who would like to attend but there is a small fee to take the class.  If interested, contact Candace Brewen,

    Have a great week and be sure to give me a call or e-mail me at with any news you’d like to share.  Until next week, remember, “keep calm and pray for rain” and GO BRONCOS!