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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE It was a year of challenges at the DA's office It continues to be a privilege to serve as your district attorney. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with a talented and hardworking staff in serving the citizens of Plumas County. Plumas County remains a safe and beautiful place to live, work and play. During this remarkably challenging time for public safety, we continue to recognize the importance of putting forth the effort each day to assure we maintain a safe and just community. This goal is not without its difficulties. We are currently feeling the full effect of Assembly Bill 109 (criminal . justice realignment shifting state obligations to the counties) and are starting to see the impact of Proposition 47 (reducing the severity of theft and drug offenses) while navigating prior years of shrinking budgets. This past year brought the conclusion to a first-degree murder case broadcast on national TV, a conviction and _WHE00 I ST#_ND .... DAVID HOLLISTER DISTRICT ATFORNEY PLUMAS COUNTY 10-year sentence in the largest public funds embezzlement case in Plumas County history, and a just conclusion to Plumas County's second officer-involved shooting in the last 15 years. As we enter 2015, our challenges have not lessened. We currently are working on three pending murder cases while pursuing 10 pending sexual assault cases -- ranging from a forcible rape in Chester to a case involving unlawful sex with a 12-year-old in Greenville. In meeting these challenges, members of the DA's office continue to work hard and effectively to create an office and product of which our citizens can, and should, be proud. The Plumas County District Attorney's Office As your DA, I maintain the felony calendar, juvenile calendar, drug court calendar, in-custody and felony charging and administration of office responsibilities. This daily lead role as both prosecutor and administrator has included trying felony cases, maintaining 24-7 on-call availability to law enforcement, attending parole hearings throughout the state and serving as co-chairman for the California District Attorneys Association Elder Abuse Committee. 'Two longtime employees of the Plumas County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Gary McGowan and Fiscal Officer Barbara Palmerton, retired this year after serving with dignity and distinction for nearly two decades. More than 100 friends joined this past April to recognize their careers at a celebration in Quincy. Following their departure we welcomed Alexis Klein as a new DDA and congratulated Sheri Johns on her promotion to fiscal officer. Both Alexis and Sheri have done a tremendous job in meeting the high standards set by Barbaraand Gary. Deputy District Attorneys Joel McComb and Alexis Klein have set an outstanding example for our office and community with their dedicated work and excellent results. Both are passionate about improving our community by taking aggressive stances on quality-of-life crimes, driving under the influence and domestic violence. Our investigators, Supervisor Jeff Wilkinson and Specialist Jessica Beatley, continue to excel in their expanding roles. They have served as the primary investigators in a series of significant cases and provided outstanding work in an officer-involved shooting investigation as well as trial preparation in both felony and misdemeanor cases. The front office staff (legal assistants Kelly Wilkinson, Arin Meisenheimer and Julie Tanaka) continues to provide excellent support for the office and service to the community. Kelly, Arin and Julie have taken a lead role in keeping victims informed of the status of cases as well as continually improving our case management logistics. Sheri Johns, our fiscal officer, has proven a quick study in navigating the challenges present in the resources we receive from the general fund and a variety of grants. Maintaining the fiscal health of the DA's office during what continues to be a difficult economic environment has allowed our office the ability to maintain high standards in seeking justice for the citizens of Plumas County. Alternative Sentencing Manager Stephani e Tanaka and her team (Lori Beatley, Kristie Rood and Shaundell' Wingfield) continue to do an incredible job evolving the Alternative Sentencing Program to meet the increasing and changing needs of our community and the state's legal landscape. The ASP has proven successful in assisting court-mandated clients realize a productive and law-abiding life and, in turn, producing real savings for our community by lowering the recidivism level. Community outreach We are committed to the community in which we serve. We work with Plumas County youths through volunteering in activities, sports and specific programs such as the high school senior and law school mentoring programs; various guest speaker appearances and field trips, and the Every 15 Minutes program. For the community at large, See Hollister, page 11B 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 3 p.m,; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any o Feather Publish:ing's o'ffid,fedt V fax to 283-3952 or emailed to ...... "" CI {7: dmcdona/d@p/umasnews.com. Counting frogs Some thoughts on the yeilow-legged frog: I, for one, greatly admire those folks that dedicate their lives to counting frogs, etc., in the name of environmental protection, but really, it's time for a return to some "common sense." This county desperately needs events like the Lost Sierra Endurance Run; it's a shame to have to call it off due to an exorbitant fee of $6,000 in the name of studying how the run would affect the yellow-legged frog. I have to seriously doubt that the run could do any more than scare all the predators of yellow-legged frogs, i.e., cats, mountain lions, coyotes and other critters (read Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring") out of the area for the duration of the run. And that could be a good thing; and besides, who, and how, could anyone, or anyones, possibly count how many of these frogs were there before, 'or after, the rt!.n? The run area in question is but a small segment of the vastness of Plumas County wild lands. Nansi Bohne Quincy Pummeled earth With the release of the world Panel on Climate Change's newest climate report, world communities are more and more gearing up to stem the disastrous effects of climate change. The U.S. is committed, but many states have yet to do their part. South Carolina, for instance, has hidden a study Of its growing warming trend for some time. The head of the study, John Frampton, was ready to release the study's findings in 2011, but higher entities hid it until recently. In the meantime, according to the Post and Courier of South Carolina, Frampton was forced to resign his position. Had it not been for the Post and Courier, which got wind of the situation, the study would probably not have been released. The study shows a clear history of rising temperatures, warming waters and severe weather events in their state. The study goes on to show what continuing warming will mean for the future of South Carolina. Major impacts would include a detrimental change in habitat; detrimental change in the abundance and distribution of species; detrimental change in biodiversity and ecosystem services; detrimental change in the traditional use of : iaa[ura/i'esource;,' -,.." : . : detrimental change in the ' abundance and quality of water; and detrimental change in sea level. The report also lays out specifically how certain impacts of climate change could harm the health of humans in South Carolina., It is interesting to note that the Pope has endorsed any positive steps that might be taken at the coming worldwide convention that would arrest the warming. In so many words, man, he says, has pummeled the earth too long, Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Cowards John Kerry, to the French: "Just call out my name and you know wherever I am, I'll come running.., maybe in a week or so." Liberals are proof you can self-radicalize. Whether it's over tree hugging, owls, frogs, climate or the French, they'll find a way to personalize it. Their buttons stop, a floor short of the top. Remember, cowering before liberals or terrorists for fear of being criticized or killed isn't an option. Our print media and broadcast media are two-faced, likened to cowards. They abandoned their responsibility to print facts. Instead they print "politically correct" versions that coddle to the minority readers instead of the majority. Wanna bet I am right? I challenge this newspaper to reprint the cartoons that cost the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo 12 lives. The real war on Islamic terrorists was fought by those 12 employees. ChaHie Hebdo printed satirical cartoons rather than submit to extortion from terrorists or liberals that want to deny free speech. But it's OK to send "your" kids offto war. It's OK for others to die for freedom of speech as long as it's not those of the press. They don't wish to offend Muslims that pervert their Islamic faith or liberals that lie about the environment. The minority radicals win by intimidation, they have stopped freedom of speech and expression. It's been replaced with political correctness. Garbage. You've never seen a congregation of Muslims or liberals demanding "freedom"; it's always entitlements or submission to Allah. Why any liberals or Muslims would wish to live in a Western democracy that loves freedom and capitalism puzzles me. No one knows why Obama wasn't in Paris, he was just AWOL. Embarrassing. How proud our servicemen and -women must be of their commander and chief, i long ::f0r the good01d day,,of   ' Jimmy Carter. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Burn ban is coming There will be a "comment session" offered. Those aware will go to give their "comment," then they'll do what they planned,to do, regardless of the people's choice. "Oh, they couldn't do that. People would freeze in this cold climate," many say. What am I talking about? A countywide burn ban. Despite the fact that wood burning for heat is a renewable process that helps states keep their forests cleaner, many counties make it unfeasible to use wood heat by implementing a burn code. An article by Amy O'Donogue in TheDesertnews.com is titled "First wood burning ban hearing draws angry crowd in Tooele County." That's in Utah, where temperatures get much colder than here. The article states that wood smoke only accounts for 4 percent of total emissions in the area. Yet a strict "color code" will be enforced. So is it ' this year or next, supervisors? Will you paralyze the wood processors' business? Leave the forests to clutter? Make homeowners "chip in lieu of burning"? How will homeowners clear their propertyTAnswer. The fire safe council, which is staffed with people from Cal Fire and county "safety" agencies (conflict of interest) will get grant money from other taxpayers to "cleanly" chip wood debris. On top of enforcing "defensible space" which in most cases requires tree removal. Firewood will be useless, AB 32 requires us to reduce emissions by half in the next 20 years. If you think wood burning won't be at the top of the list soon, get ready to see the brief "opportunity to comment" posted in the paper. See you there when the time comes. Robert Milne Clio t Paper's actions irresponsible After learning of the Feather Publishing publisher's vendetta against the yellow-legged frog, and his wish that this amphibian be wiped off the face of the Earth by 2016, this week's letters from people who actually study the environment were refreshing. While protecting an obscure creature seems foolish to some, knowledgeable people know that amphibian populations worldwide are declining due to exposure to toxins that permeate their delicate:skins. While many people see this as a tragedy that could imperil human health eventually (and likely already has), our paper chose to misinform the public while ridiculing science. The paper tipped its hand last April 18 with its literary masterpiece "It's Just A Frog" editorial. I've come to expect this from some of the uninformed folk who write to the paper, but I consider the paper's actions to be irresponsible at best. Could Feather Publishing have studied the issue and learned that creatures such as the yellow-legged frog and other vulnerable species are analogous to the canaries in coal mines used to detect poisonous gases within the Earth? Did they know the frogs were here first? They chose to ignore the threat in favor of homespun hogwash, complicit in the ongoing decimation of Earth's ecological balance. If the yellow-legged frog goes extinct, will we soon follow? As the newspaper pointed out last April, correctly I think, probably not. It's possible, however, that the business-as-usual crowd is wrong on this, as it so often is. The question is what will we do? Perhaps the yellow-legged frog is a goner, and efforts to protect it are like tilting at windmills, but if we say "It's just a" enough times, we will either be alone on Earth with our teeming billions and concrete nature, or we'll be gone too. Paul Cavanaugh Quincy Remember Ahmed. Merabet I read a lot just now about the pride of free thinkers that the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo would again publish an image of Mohammed after the massacre of its Paris staff. True to their faith, Muslims again object because of their long tradition that the prophet be remembered for words and action, not turned into an icon. This divide is sincere and respectable on both sides. It should not distract us. Many years ago, a janitor in Paris with no religious training persuaded a group of young Muslims to stop attending their mosques. He started a sort of cult around himself, exploiting the religious ignorance he had inspired them to embrace. On Jan. 7, several gunmen whose fanaticism is traced to that group murdered a Muslim policeman on the streets of Paris as the officer walked guard in front of the offices of the magazine they went on to attack. At services for officer Ahmed Merabet, My family has lived and worked in this state since before the gold rush. I love California. I love it for its beauty, its diversity, its opportunities, its power. I'm angry that there are people who want to tear this state apart and destroy it. The advocates of the "state of Jefferson" claim that their interests aren't represented. Maybe their interests are so out of line with the public good, they don't deserve representation. If they are dissatisfied with things as they are, they should work constructively men in skull caps and women to improve them, not destroy i inveils saw h"t:his r:f " ' hat Blers have built. with the Frencla tricolor and a Legion of Honor on his coffin. In France there were 16 non-Muslim victims. Globally, the ratio is very much the opposite. Extremists probably kill thousands of believing Muslims for every non-believer they murder. We know that as a cold statistic. But this time we can watch that officer dying for his country right in front of our eyes, over and over on the news. We should let that sacrifice affect us. Everyone fond of bigoted reactions to terrorism may now take a large step back. Differences of faith are real. The enemy is shared. Scott Corey Quincy Say 'no' to Jefferson I am a native Californian. Steve Ward Quincy Don't divide us On Jan. 201 attended a Board of Supervisors' meeting where the subject Of discussion was the state of Jefferson. There are several things that bothered me about this meeting: The agenda for this item said "discussion and possible action in support of the state of Jefferson." No speaker or presenter was listed. Despite this, a speaker from outside Plumas County was invited to address the board and speak in support of the state of Jefferson for 20 minutes. No backup material was provided either before or at the meeting. Anyone wishing to oppose this idea was limited to just three minutes See Letters, page 10B Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofphmas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofphmas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ U.S. SENATOR- Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C: 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 5011 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563. 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.House.gov.; Facebk'cndRepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. -Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. E1 Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center: 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225- 3142, FAX (530)225-3143'. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR- Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca,gov/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.