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8B Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001 Bulletin Progressive, I I mail It was refreshing to see the Plumas County Board of Supervisors apply some common sense for a change. Alot of the credit .... ::. : must go to new su- pervisors Ken Nel- son and B.J. Pearson, who vowed during their campaigns to get a handle on the supervisors' undisciplined spending. An excellent example of this new pru- dence was evident during the Jan. 9 su- pervisors' meeting. Before the board were issues about Plumas Corporation and the commencement of a new depart- ment. A proposal to spend $53,000 for an out- of-town consultant for Plumas Corpora- tion was put on hold. The consultant, as proposed, would have developed a set of guidelines intended to spark economic growth in the county. But Pearson, knowing that the county has been down the high-priced, no-results consultant road time and time again, told the board he was willing to work on a plan with Plumas Corporation. If it works--and there's every reason to believe it should--the board's decision will save the county $53,000. Pearson's proposal was backed by Nel- son, who exclaimed that previous con- sultants' studies "go down the tubes." The other three supervisors---Robert Meacher, Don Clark and Bill Dennison-- had previously backed the plan for the consultant, but they had enough sense to get out of the way. Pearson and Nelson again stepped up and called a halt to the position of a nat- ural resources specialist. But the battle over the issue appears to be just start., ing: Nelson said he refused to expand gov- ernment his "f'u'st day on the job"--sen- timents backed by Pearson. For several months, the supervisors have discussed the need for a natural re- source specialist--someone who could assist various department heads with resource-related issues. Most of the indi- vidual's work would focus on water. The new position would pay about $30,000 a year, with the potential to grow to $70,000. Pearson correctly pointed out that the county should not be spending money on such a position when public safety and health should be top priori- ties and are not completely funded at this time. But the argument is not over by a long shot. The only reason the measure did not pass was the absence at the time of the vote of Dennison, who backs the po- sition. Clark and Meacher also appear to support its creation. When the issue comes to the board for further discussion, the other three su- pervisors need to fall in line behind the reasoning displayed by Nelson and Pear- son. Pearson summed it up best when he said, "This might be something we want, but is it something we need?" It's a good time to establish our priorities. I look forward to the daily mail. Sometimes, my bundle is just a dozen or so white business envelopes con- mining mundane, governmental press releases, but usually, there are items that are far more interesting. What do I consider interesting? Handwritten letters from loyal read- ers, hate marl, advance notice on up- coming performances in San Francis- co or Reno, glossy media kits on a wide array of different subjects. Last Friday's mail was particularly interesting. An envelope addressed to the "travel editor" landed on my desk. The great thing about working for a small newspaper is that I get to be whatever editor I want. The envelope contained a brochure for a Victorian bed and breakfast in Napa, and an in- vitation to come and stay (of course, the invitation didn't say whether it was complimentary). But, 'it was fun looking at the color pictures of roman- tic rooms. Ironically, in the same bundle of mail was a press release from xan- The suggested headline for the company's news story was: "As middle class as the minivan; Sex toys outgrow the taint of pornography, and An early photo of Lake Almanor at Big Springs HISTORIAN 75 Years Ago ................. 1926 Great Western Power Company of California is actively undertaking the enlargement of its Big Meadows (Lake Almanor) dam in Plumas County at a cost of approximately $2,000,000. This dam, when completed, will enlarge the storage capadity of Lake Almanor from 300,000 to 1,300,000 acre feet. Tuesday at a meeting of officers and directors of the Plumas County Bank, held in Quincy, J.N. Stephan, businessman of the Plumas Coun- q ing at you with his huge Inside is a black and white shot, his autobiography and news articles about him. I have a bright red folder with slides of some of its produC ' and a.folder for Chevy's stuffed recipes for their "Fresh-Mex" c . pl MANAGING EDITOR ,, I have also received mini pickleF . intrigued ------enough to e:lm ehn o iPlz Sa :Yp unac c ko n r emerge as home entertainment. Though I was y gu and tiny samples of new producl t read on, that's as much as you'll read Irom me press release in this family But, what I get in the mail, is newspaper. One of my all-time favorite pieces of mail came from the state. It was a g]ossy green folder embossed with gold letters heralding a new conserva- g tion and recycling program. In this are appreciated with a token top-quality folder was a single piece of subject of the story. These have1 paper enumerating ways to conserve, from flowers, plants, books, post ' i So much for conservation, candy' baskets of toiletry items, On a bookshelf behind my desk, I artwork, photos, tickets to event so have acquired quite an assortment of gourmet food, and the list goes beautiful folders. Though I have no even got an advanced box of Girll' use for the contents, they are too well cookies last week. done to simply throw away. Meanwhile, Dave Keller gets If anybody out there is a Toby Keith mail and I get letters from guys iJ fan (I've never heard of him), I have a folder with his face on the cover, star- Photo courtesy Plumas Count'~ Museum Resort. No date included. prison. I used to get gifts, but then, I be editor. Luckily, Vic doesn't gloat; shares her goodies. (I highly mend the Girl Scouts' low fat a cinnamon cookies.) Though I may not receive the ble tokens of appreciation f :om ers, I think I receive the best gifU all--education. It is incredible th4 knowledge one gains in this job. I don t have an MBA, but I can rea budget--after years of studying t county's, the school district's, a ious hospitals'. I've become knc edgeable on forestry issues, the cacies of California's water lF the energy crisis, education, environmental laws, gov . rm health and social issues, and goes on. While many professions focus one field of expertise, a jollrnali in particular an editor, must bet conversant in many different are, aa love being a student and in this never stop learning. Now, let's see what lesson todaYI mail, will bring. J Abby s short retirement in December 1974 der to draw .... ' pension_ while still drawing, as Plumas County s top law enforceme cer. 10 Years Ago ................. 1991 A long-xange airport master plan of de ment of three Plumas County airport adopted this week by the Plumas County of Supervisors. This will allow for count cials to apply for federal funding to imprO ports in Beckwourth, Chester and QuincY. It also established land use guidelines t would determine locations of future and hangars. NOTE: Items included in the weekly When column are taken from our bound v~ re t newspaper archives and represent the style of that particular period. The spelli . grammar are not edited, so the copy is as it actually appeared in the original per& ty seat, was unanimously chosen as a director, joining other directors W.J. Clinch and W.J. Miller. 50 Years Ago ................. 1951 Fire, which did an estimated $13,000 worth of damage, struck the industrial arts building at Portola High School Tuesday morning. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors this week adopted resolutions on recommendations of the grand jury to raise Supervisor's salaries from $200 to $250 per month and to increase Plumas County Clerk-Auditor renumeration from $4,190 to $4,790 per year. 25 Years Ago ................. 1976 Fire of an unknown origin completely leveled the Belden Resort early Monday morning. Owned by George Wilson of Belden and Novato, the building contained a bar, dance hall, restau- rant area, store and federal post office. A petition containing over 530 signatures to recall Sheriff W.C. "Abby" Abernethy was fried this week. The recall petition is based around Q .i Feather Publishing Newspaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicia Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Nacar Portola Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gall Brown, Christi Sevtap, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Dave Moiler, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Mary Kathleen West " Being a relative newcomer to Plumas County and coming from the road con- gestion, population concentration and apathy of the Bay Area, I am constantly faced with pleasant surprises provided by my new home. The most positive of those surprises is the interest that the people in this county demonstrate on local issues. Nowhere is that interest more evident than in the editorial section of our lo- cal newspaper, except perhaps the won- derful voter turnout in the last elec- tion. All of those who take the time and ef- fort to write an editorial letter deserve our thanks. It takes a certain kind of courage to step up, to proclaim your views to the world and to expose your- ..." self to criticism from those who might Infallible? Of course not. not agree with your views, prone to the same failings that It takes even greater courage to mon- - are. But, he is verv conscious of thel itor, investigate and report on various pact of his work his responsi people and issues within our local gov- to the public. ernment. Dave Keller has that courage, and he tempers it with his high person- al standards of professional and civic commitment. It is one thing to report misdeeds or write blistering editorials for a news- paper that services millions of people. But, Keller sticks his neck out every time he denounces a supervisor, or ex- poses a case of malfeasance or'miscon- duct, and he does so in a very small community. I don't agree with Keller's conduct in every instance. And, I also take excep- tion when he writes a negative article about someone who is a friend or whom I admire, but I have learned from working with him that he doesn't go off on these ventures without a great deal of thought and investigation. He also has a nose for smoke and we all know that, "Where there is smoke The most precious right we enj01 Americans is the one covered First Amendment to the Constitu It is the "In'st" amendment beca free press is essential to a free soC and, in fact, it was the press.! launched our figh( for indepena p way back then. Keller deserves and even expectS negative comments he receives ha torial letters. As a professional nalist, he reviews such commentS learns from each one. What he doesn't deserve are ening phone calls at home and on his character that have no basPJ iP fact. The man is doing his job. As resentative of the press in AmeriC ts ms Job to inform his readers comment on issues as he sees there. J I, for one, sleep better at night ing that Dave Keller is on the job.