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lOB Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND OPINION ............. .EDITORIAL ............ ! in everyone Rappelling from a helicopter. Scaling a rock wall. Scouring remote wilderness areas. Diving into the Feather River. Comforting victims. These are just some of the actions performed by members of Plumas County's Search and Rescue Team and they are looking for a little help. In this week's newspaper, we are printing the in'st of a two-part piece submitted by the county's search and rescue team. This first article discusses what search and rescue does and the desire to recruit more members, while next week's piece looks at what specific steps need to be taken to become a member of the team. It's a job that requires both physical and mental preparedness. During the Christmas Eve accident that claimed the life of a 2-year-old girl, emergency personnel from a host of local agencies arrived on scene -- the California High Patrol, Plumas District Hospital, Sheriff's Office personnel, Quincy Fire and Search and Rescue. Scaling the embankment, retrieving the vmtnns and transporting them to medical care took the concerted effort of all involved. It's the sort of work one would expect to encounter as a member of a Search and Rescue Team. It requires physical agility and strength, but also mental toughness. One responder described the dilTmulty of listening to a mother ask about her family while carrying a gravely injured toddler from the scene. All of those who responded to the scene on what should have been a joyous day had to deal with the same emotional tugs. It was heard in the voices of those at the CHP office when this newspaper called for an update on the accident. No doubt as you read this all of these same entities will have been at the scene of incidents across this county as the predicted storms hit over the course of the past few days. Some of those who respond do so as part of their work, others as volunteers. Such is the case with the Search and Rescue Team. Becoming a member takes approximately a year and entails a variety of training designed to test the mett!e of those who want to join the ranks. Not everyone who begins the training completes the effort. We can't thank the men and women enough who volunteer their time to serve their fellow residents -- whether it be on the Search and Rescue Team or a local volunteer fire department. We also appreciate the work of our local CHP off'lcers and SherifFs deputies who respond to calls for assistance no matter the elements or risks to their own persons. Included in this list should be the crews from Pacific Gas & Electric and Plumas Sierra Rural Electric who brave the elements to keep the lights on throughout this county. This could be shaping up to be a long winter. Let's make all of their jobs a little easier by taking precautions while driving or venturing out in the elements. And let's not take their presence for granted. Feat lishing spaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews,com Michael C. Taborski ............ i .Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Debra Moore ............ Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Nick Hall .................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Makenzie Davis Mari Erin Roth Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Susan Jacobsen Jake Jacobsen Ashley Arey Lauren Westmoreland Delaine Fragnolli Gregg Scott Maggie Wells Sam Williams Michael Condon Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 283-0800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 283-0800 Pflntod on recycled paper Member, Califomia Newspaper Publishem Assoc. fectplace live and work I find Quincy is a beautiful location to live. For many, it is a vacation dream spot for both winter holidays and summer fun. Actually, it is hard to beat spring in the Sierras, and fall seems to combine the best of everything. For the truly fortunate who have chosen their homes here, a scenic wonderland waits each and every day of the year. One thing that really struck me when I came to Quincy in early 2007 was that I was offered a job making more than what I would have madedoing the same thing in the city. In the metropolis from which I came, I remember going to an accounting interview in 1992 and the interviewer said, "I received 1,000 applicants for this job, why should I hire you?" I'm pretty sure that was an exaggeration, but the point was not lost on me. In Quincy there is defmitely less competition for positions and employment comes with the added bonus of being able to live in what I deem to be a vacation destination. A new world unfolded before me. To accommodate a random kayak paddle or spontaneous telemark ski day, people in Quincy have taken on a variety of multiple, part-time jobs. People juggled very interesting combinations of work in their lives. I was fascinated to learn the mail carrier doubled as the college math professor. A retired principal tutors academics, music, teaches jujitsu and conducts a flight school. On the weekends he plays in a band. Now that's entertainment, I thought. As I got to know people it was not uncommon to run into them during the week working at multiple places of business, the way I had seen small town life portrayed in the movies. Considerable creative measures have been taken to fund a life in such an isolated jewel, but many good, and even Natural Foods receive above minimum wage along with a benefit package that includes a monthly massage, free attendance for all QNF workshops and free yoga. Who wouldn't enjoy those benefits? Jobs at restaurants, motels, the U.S. _____ Post Office and even the newspaper MY TURN regularly open in Quincy. There is plenty ....................................................................... to do for those seeking gainful MARl ERIN ROTH Staff Writer eroth@plurnasnews.com great, jobs are already tailor-made in the American Valley. Employment opportunities offering a livable wage can definitely be found locally. The toughest challenge seems to be for the employers these days in finding solid persons to employ. Some of the largest collections of employment offerings in Quincy are from the U.S. Forest Service, Feather River College, Sierra Pacific Industries, Plumas District Hospital, Safeway, Sav Mor, Rite Aid, County of Plumas, Plumas School District and Plumas County Sheriff's Office. Many even offer training for the right candidates. These larger employers offer competitive salaries and great benefit packages that include all those great paid holidays. One advantage is employees don't need to spend hard earned wages to travel to distant lands to enjoy those days off, they already live in one of the best vacation destinations. Almost all of those big employers currently have openings and are investing in their Quincy workplaces. According to Sierra Pacific Industries, the company just invested $20 million to improve the Quincy mill to help keep it competitive. Good paying jobs that include attractive benefit packages can be found at many smaller, less corporate, businesses as well. For instance, workers at Quincy employment in the scenic American Valley. Quincy Workforce Alliance is right downtown Quincy across from the High School and offers assistance with resumes and connections for local jobs via caljobs.org or by calling 283-1606. The trend seems to be that there are jobs, but no workers. Abundant opportunities can be found for gainful employment and a life in the scenic Sierras. This is a puzzle for which I have no solution. I wondered at one point if perhaps Quincy is a perfect destination for refugees seeking a new start and a new home. However, it's possible that, like farm labor, no one wants to do it, but we don't want anyone else to come in and do it either. I guess if employers do not find workers, they will have to reduce the hours that they are open for business. It seems like a wonderful thing that there are so many jobs available. Any hard-working man or woman could come to Quincy and make a start for a successful life. "Transplants" can f'md employment, be self-supporting and enjoy fresh water, clean air, wildlife and the great outdoors. Oh, and the great 10-car traffic jams at noon and 5 p.m. in downtown. The American dream is alive and well in Quincy. Perhaps we all should be making a real effort to encourage our choice friends and family to come live, and work, in Quincy. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Guidelines for letters- All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at noon; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to drnoore@plumasnews.com. Would like that headline In your editorial of Dec. 28, "Headlines we would like to write in 2017," you listed "Former Indian Valley Hospital becomes Calistoga-like resort spa." I could not help but chuckle at the remembrance of just such a resort spa being across the street from a vacant lot that much later became the home of Indian Valley Hospital. There was a huge building with pipes that ran under the entire floor with water from hot sulfur springs, heating the entire building in the winter months, and a very large, year round, hot sulfur water swimming pool that was partially covered. There were two areas with sitting tubs, one for men and one for women, individually enclosed, for soaking in the hot sulfur water. There was a huge dance hall for Saturday night dances, with an overhead, revolving, colorful light display; the hall was also used as a skating rink during the day. There was a soda fountain and small corner cafe area that was converted to : a bar on dance nights; a bar-b-que area next to the pool; and just outside was a horse corral with rental horses. People came from everywhere and the pool was almost always filled with locals and visitors alike. I was just 5 years old and it was my parents, Bill and Hazel Wattenburg, who managed the property. It's where I learned to swim, ride a horse, indulge in root beer floats and toasted cheese sandwiches and enjoy the sound of meadowlarks early every morning, too, hope you might write that headline as you have it listed in your editorial. I can't begin to imagine a better New Years, 2017, wish for Indian Valley. Nansi Bohne Quincy Let it snow This allegedly human-caused global warming/climate change stuff is wreaking havoc with Plumas County's winter recreation and tourism. The Longboards meet in February was very good, however both the January and March meets were run in the rain. A tribute to the tenaciousness of the Longboarders, but not ideal ' conditions. In the 1960s, eight out of 10 years were stellar for the snow pack, and for the ski conditions from late November to April. There was also more than sufficient water for the field crops and orchards in the Sacramento Valley. Some years the Middle Fork of the Feather River froze over to yield great skating conditions for weeks. Legend has it that 1952 set some snow depth records that aren't likely to be broken. From the 1800s we have some photographic and more anecdotal evidence, that they enjoyed an abundant snow pack back in the day. Consider that Snowshoe Thompson paid a visit to the area, and that many of the houses in Johnsville were built with an entry and/or exit on the second floors. All I can say isi ease up on fossil-fuel consumption and save-our-snow. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Revitalization From where the UC Phi) stands the economic focus on forest-related issues will benefit the Northern Sierras. He is asking the community to get behind the UC's Loyalton Initiative for a cogen facility and the development of the site for a range of other purposes. He admits the initiative is incomplete and there is very little public information about the progress of the Initiative. It could lead to the revitalization of poor little Loyalton. From where I stand the initiative to eradicate northern pike from Lake Davis and the State of California has not helped the revitalization of the poor little city of Portola. It did not restore a sustainable trophy trout fishery but poisoned our state water system based on information from the PhD's at UC Davis. The State did notpay damages for its economic impact on the City. The initiative was successful. It denied California fishermen a popular game fish, which was considered an alien and invasive species by the UC expert biologist and trout lovers who supported stocking hybrid hatchery trout in reservoirs that have a history of not sustaining their beloved species. Policies are changing. From where I stand Plumas County communities need to begin a bolder initiative to utilize our renewable resources. We need to support our community college in locating property to expand their teaching of water quality supply issues, fishery management issues and forest management issues. The first step is to follow Quincy Library Group's example to bring stakeholders together and get the support of our U.S. Senators. We can become another pilot program for the nation. Our clean water, healthy forests and fisheries with sustainable wild game fish can revitalize our communities, and more. Larry Douglas Portola Strengthen the programs instead Ever notice how Republicans boast that government can't do anything correctly and that 'government is the problem,' and then run for office to ensure their mantra comes true? The first thing the new Republican Congress and President will do is 'repeal and replace' or 'repeal and delay' Obamacare. Republicans have had six years to produce a See Letters, page 11B REMEMBER. WHEN Plumas County District Attorney Stanley ........................................................ Young, Jr., Plumas County Board of KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ... 1917 Crescent Mills is having an awakening. R is reported that the old mining town is giving promise of a boon. The Indian Valley Railroad is about completed to that point and a company of eastern capitalists have bought the Crescent Quartz mine in which they will install electric pumping equipment and an underwater shaft which will be 400 feet deep. 50 YEARS AGO ... 1967 Three new Plumas County officials were sworn in this week: Newly elected Supervisors members Larry Dean of Chester and Robin Jeskey of Quincy. Young and Dean are newcomers to their respective positions, while Jeskey has served as a Supervisor previously in 1958 through 1962. 25 YEARS AGO ... 1992 An open house reception to meet the newly hired Plumas Unified School District Paul Hewitt is scheduled Friday. Hewitt is replacing Floyd Warren, who is retiring. Joyce Scroggs was this week appointed as the new Plumas County Board Supervisors chairperson and will be assisted by Supervisor John Schramel, vice president. 10 YEARS AGO ... 2007 Most Plumas County, State and city offices were closed last week as local officials joined United States President Bush in declaring Tuesday January 2 as a day of mourning for former United States President Gerald Ford. The 38th U.S. President died December 26, 2006 at his home in Rancho Mirage. He was POTUS from 1974-1977. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper 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. r