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6B Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Dream headline becomes reality The new year is a mere four days old and al. ready there have been some important devel- opments, Most notably, a federal court has granted a preliminary injunction to stop MediCal cuts to skilled nursing facilities from going into effect until the larger suit challenging the legality of the cuts can be heard. The court found overwhelmingly in favor of California hospitals, represented by attorneys for the California Hospital Association. One of our "dream headlines" for 2012 was "Court rules MediCal cuts are illegal." While we're not quite there yet, the injunction is an important fh-st step. We've won the battle; we need to win the war. CHA has said it expects the state to appeal the injunction, but has vowed to continue to fight the cuts. Regardless, the decision buys hospital dis- tricts like Eastern Plumas Health Care, where the cuts threatened the financial viability of the institution as a whole, some time to adjust. EPHC played an important role in the case. Four patients were among the plaintiffs and Chief Executive Tom Hayes riled a declaration. The judge cited both Hayes' declaration and Plumas County in her decision. In rejecting the state's analysis of MediCal beneficiaries' access to care, she said it was "unreasonable to expect that any capacity in Ventura County could offset DP/NF (distinct part/nursing fa- cility) closures in Plumas and Siskiyou Coun- ties." (That the state would even try to argue such a scenario shows it is grasping at straws, in our opinion.) The judge cited Hayes' decla- ration in her analysis of the "irreparable harm" standard. Speaking of the judge, we would be remiss if we did not praise U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder for her quick work. We understand the case rile stretches to more than 1,000 pages. The hearing on the injunction was Dec. 19. Snyder signed her order for the injunction Dec. 28. It's hard to believe she didn't spend some of her Christmas holiday working on her 28-page order. While it's much too early4o say what kind, of. ,, a year 2012 will be, it has certainly started on a good note. We look forward to crossing a num- ber of our other "dream headlines" off the list. At this rate, we should be done by the mid-year point. Our guess as to the next headline tobe crossed off: "State inks deal with park associa- tion to operate Plumas-Eureka State Park." Feat00ing 00spaper . Breaking News .... go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Edkor M. Kate West ............. Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Michael Condon Ruth Ellis Will Farris Barbara France Mona Hill Susan Cort Johnson Diana Jbrgenson Dan McDonald Brian Taylor Kayleen Taylor Theresa Humphrey Sam Williams Jason Theobald Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley . Record (530) 284-7800 Check Out Our PLUMASNEWS.COM 2012: Off-base or on-target? .... MY TURN MONA HILL mhill@plumasnews.com There's been a steadily building crescen- do for 2012 doomsday prophesies. It seems the end of the world, civilizationr the hu- man race -- depending on who you listen to-- is supposed to occur in a little less than a year: Dec. 21, 2012, the winter sol- stice. A 2008 History Channel delved into the coming end of the world. Combining a mishmash of astronomy, the Mayan calen- dar and Nostradamus' prophecies from "The Lost Book of Nostradamus," the His- tory Channel uses an earnest voiceover, talking heads and somber music to predict the end of life as we know it. It seems the sun's center is crossing the Milky Way's center, a-once-in-26,000-years event, a galactic alignment. Our sun rises directly in front of the center of the galaxy, this year. It's all a bit reminiscent of the Y2K bug that was going to wreak havoc on our com- puterized society, because none of the pro- grammers planned for dates beyond Dec. 31,1999. Aside from keeping the media and com- puter programmers busy for months, it didn't amount to a hill of beans, which is what most of us had stockpiled in our cup- boards against famine on the land. There are maps galore on YouTube.com depicting "safe" havens against the rising flood of melted icecaps. The good news is that homeowners in Plumas County ap- pear to have beachfront property. And we thought we were buying beachfront prop. erty because most of California was going to fall into the ocean. How silly of us. Yessireebob, it's clear 12/21/2012 must be some kind of code for the end of all we know. Looking at it numerically, I recog- nized it as base 3 from eighth-grade math. You remember base theory don't you? Our number system is based on base 10 that explains the placeholder thing,] relat- ed to borrowing and carrying in basic arithmetic. Because I'm math-challenged, I resorted to googling base 3 conversions to come up with 4,271 in base 10. I can't make any sense of 4,271 either. Is 26,000 divisible by 4,2717 Is it a prime number? Oh, it makes me dizzy! All that doom and gloom; is nobody satisfied with simple NeW Year's resolu- tions anymore? Life looked a lot brighter when we only had to worry about losing 10, 15, 50 pounds, stopping smoking or starting a regular exercise program. I used to worry about things like the sun becoming a red giant and scorching the Earth to a shriveled pea. While I do worry about the icecaps melting, there seems to be damn little I can do about that or nuclear winter. Those things are pretty much beyond my control. I can do my bit to recycle, repurpose and reuse. I can grow some of my own food and preserve it. We only own one car and, hassle though it is, we've been get- ting by for the last 6-1/2 years. I use pow- er-saving light bulbs and compost my kitchen waste. The point is that it starts with me and you. We should do our bit and live our lives according t 6 our lights. We should be striving to bloom where we are planted. I'd like to see us worry more about the quality of our lives today, instead of stor- ing up riches for a tomorrow that never gets here. Mainstream media is busily building a fear-based society. Maybe the sky will fall in 2012, but we should be busy living be- cause Henny Penny turned out to be a very dumb chicken. Where in the World? Dave Truax, of Quincy, flies helicopters for the U.S. Navy and recently reported for duty in Djibouti, Africa. Truax flies re-supply missions consisting of transporting people, parts and food to ships of the line that are combating piracy off the coast of Somalia. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then email the photo to smorrow@plumasnews.com. Include your name, contact information and brief details about your photo. We may publish it as space permits. R,_EMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO .......... 1937 J.F. Hoke, beginning his third four-year term as a Plumas County Board of Supervi- sor member representing Beckwith Town- ship, was elected chairman of the board this week. Arriving in Portola on New Year's day in a chartered train car, 23 winter sports fans from Stockton spent the day there tobog- ganing, skiing and snowballing and re- turned to their valley homes on the evening train, a tired and happy crowd. 50 YEARS AGO ......... 1962 Extensive smoke damage was done to Bob's Fine Foods on Main Street in Quincy Tuesday morning when fire broke out in the rear of the kitchen and spread in the direc- tion of the dining room and front entrance. Figures released yesterday by the Cali- fornia Highway Patrol show that the acci- dent rate within Plumas County increased but fatalities dropped by two.There were a total of 183 vehicular accidents in 1960 with ten deaths and in 1961 there were 209 total accidents with eight fatalities. Craig Dean Stapleton was the first baby born in Plumas County in the new year 1962, born on January 2. 25 YEARS AGO ....... 1987 Elected Plumas County officials sworn into office this week were: Ann Patton, au- ditor; Barbara Cokor, treasurer; Ernie Eaton, assessor; Ila Diggs, clerk; Thomas Buckwalter, district attorney; Don Wood- hall, Lake Almanor area Board of Supervi- sor member and Bill Coates, East Quincy area Plumas County Board of Supervisor member. Dr. Dave Pendray took over the Quincy veterinary practice of Dr. Hal Leigh this week, after 26 years. 10 YEARS AGO ....... 2002 Mary Jane and Greg Kubiak of Portola welcomed the first baby of the year born in Plumas County on January 3 at 1:50 p.m. A son, Ayden, was delivered by Dr. Jeffrey Kepple at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. Chester Chevron Station and Food Mart was the site of a fuel pump explosion on Wednesday afternoon. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspa. per archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. A new year inspires new intentions MY TURN THERESA HUMPHREY Staff Writer thumphrey@plumasnews.com This year has been an eventful one for me and the community at large. Looking through the camera lens and taking pic- tures of events in people's lives and re- flecting on my own life has been reward- ing, enlightening, interesting and some- times sad but those moments were snap- shots in time that will forever be imbed- ded in my mind. I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the spirit of the community and to be par- ticipating in it. This Christmas as I sat alone in my home enjoying the peace and quiet, I started to feel sorry for myself. My chil- dren and 4-year-old grandson had come to visit me Dec. 23 and then haddriven back down to Sacramento that night so I was all alone for Christmas. I remembered that I was having the same feelings of loneliness that I had had when my children were very young. As a single parent, I would put them to bed at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and then I would play Santa and feel totally alone. As I sat with these feelings, I decided to change my perception of things. I was no longer tied to the house or to small chil- dren and so I was free to create whatever experience I wanted this Christmas. Have you ever heard of the expression, "Change your mind, and change your life"? I am a firm believer in this and believe that intentions are everything in everyday life. It is our job as spiritual beings to find our joy and be thankful for all that we have. In focusing on what we want instead of what we don't have, we create more of what we want. So, I decided to make some New Year's resolutions and start them early... I usual- ly don't make resolutions for change but this year I feel the need to work on myself. My intentions for this year are to love everyone and to look for the good in people rather than focusing on what bothers me. My other intentions are to get rid of nega- tive and limiting thoughts. Each time a negative thought comes through I will re- place it with a positive thought and use my thoughts, words and actions only in love. It takes practice but I know it is possible be- cause I used to practice it daily. The last resolution is to spend time outdoors each day even if it is freezing to commune with nature and to begin a diet and exercise regime. This is my third day of my resolutions and I have to remind myself'throughout the day but I am happier, have a better out- look on life and feel better! On Christmas Day and the day after, I spent time taking beautiful pictures of the mountains and forests and the river along the River Walk in Portola, and on Christ- mas Day treated myself to a trip to Border. town where I gambled a little and came home with the same amount of money I had left with and had the good fortune to share stories and laughter with others at the casino. We are never stuck unless we are unable to create a new thought. Life is ever evolv- ing, ever unfolding and what we create in our minds, we create in our lives. What are you creating in your lives? Think about it!