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8B Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 EDITORIAL A N D OPINION Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL Plan to house sheriff, CHP, jail under one roof a brilliant idea . Sometimes the best ideas are so brilliant that our only response is "What's the catch?" That's the feeling we have after hearing the plan proposed by Sheriff Greg Hagwood and local California Highway Patrol Commander Lt. Joe Edwards. The county's two top law-enforcement officers want to combine the local sheriffs office, jail and California Highway Patrol under one roof. They envision a 10- to 15-acre campus somewhere in the greater Quincy area along the Highway 70 corridor. The Board of Supervisors was so impressed with the idea that members sent a letter to the governor last week. Let's hope the governor feels the same way about the no-brainer idea• He said he wants to consolidate government efforts whenever possible. Here's the perfect chance to make it happen. The sheriff and CHP commander separately mulled the idea of a joint facility for months. About two months ago, Edwards reached out to Hagwood. The sheriff called it one of those "Ah-hah!" moments• This is not a far-fetched concept. On the contrary, it makes perfect sense. There are dozens Of logistical reasons why the plan is perfect. At the very least, it would save a ton of money. The CHP, which is currently dispatched out of Susanville, could have a dispatch center here. Having the two law-enforcement agencies under one roof would facilitate a free flow of idea and information. The county would receive better service and, ultimately, we would all be safer. But Hagwood and Edwards envisioneven more. The sheriff said the new facility could be used as a training center for officers from around the region. Officers would be here for weeks at a time, staying in our motels and eating at our restaurants• There is absolutely no doubt our law-enforcement infrastructure needs to be upgraded. The sheriffis office in East Quincy is old. The jail next door is even older. For 20 years Plumas County grand juries have said the jail is in such bad shape that it's dangerous -- dangerous for the inmates; dangerous for the corrections officers; dangerous for visitors. Throw in dozens of new inmates from AB 109 and it's way too small as well. The tiny CHP office in Quincy isn't much better. The state recognized the local CHP dilemma years ago and placed our area near the top of the list for a new office. The sheriff and CHP have glaring individual needs. Hagwood and Edwards said they have a better chance of fixing their problems by working together. Hagwood realizes his department can't just piggyback on the state-funded CHP on this deal. • 'Plmitas.oim wmld eexpected to pay its share: "We would definitely have to have some skin in the game," he said. Coming up with the cash has been an ongoing obstacle for the county. The sheriff has offered several plans for a new jail over the years, but hasn't had the money to back them up. A year ago, the county couldn't come up with a $1 million matching check for a chance to win a $20 million state grant for a jail. The joint proposal by the sheriff and CHP commander is refreshing on another level• For years, the CHP has been viewed as being too aggressive in Plumas County. But that perception has changed. The credit goes to Edwards and his squad, who are visibly making an effort to have a kinder, gentler presence in our rural community• They are a totally different crew than they were even two years ago. Hagwood and Edwards are cut from the same mold• The sheriff said he knew that the moment they. met last year. "Joe and I have a wonderful working relationship. And I mean that, very sincerely," Hagwood said. "We have comparable backgrounds and the same kind of mindset in the way we deliver services." If Hagwood and Edwards can deliver on this plan, they will both deserve credit for being visionaries• ...,..fAi!ff; Fea00P00blishing 00@00wspaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ...... . .... "• .Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Carolyn Shipp Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Debra Mooe Maddie Musante M. Kate Weit - Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Pdnlod on  Mombor, California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. Preparing for a new life ahead...literally One. Two. Three. Breathe! One Two. Three. Breathe! Lately this has been my mantra. I've been doing this ever since I was little. Any time I feel overwhelmed, I count to three and take a deep breath. Lately, it's come in handy a lot. When I first started working here I wrote a My Turn about taking on multiple life events all at once. I moved, got married and changed jobs all in the same week. Now, that week seems like a walk in the park with a piece of chocolate cake compared to the adventure I'm about to embark on. I am going to be a dad. One. Two. Three. Breathe! It wasn't like this was unexpected. My wife, Amy, and I planned on having a baby, but the fact that we were planning didn't stifle the surprise I had when I saw that little plus sign appear on the pregnancy test. Instantly, waves of emotions rolled through me. Thefirst was ecstatic happiness. i!i!! iii!!i!!ii ¸iiill iiiii:iiii!i!iiii! MY TURN JAMES WILSON Sports Reporter sports@plumasnews.com I was going to be a dad! The second was extreme fear. I was going to be a dad[ These currents of emotions have been taking turns surging through me since I found out. Though I'm looking forward to being a dad and raising a mini version of an amalgamation of Amy and me, I'm equally freaked out. This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. January 29 1845 -- Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" is published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. 1861 -- Kansas, "The Sunflower State" is admitted as the 34th U.S. state. Today is National corn chip day -- Fritos were first marketed in 1961. January 30 1847 -- Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco. 1969-- The Beatles made their last public performance, an impromptu performance on the roof of Apple Records in London, and was stopped and broken up by the police. Constitution (abolishment of slavery). 1920 -- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police begin operations• February 2 Today is Groundhog Day. It was first observed in 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, as it is today. Folklore dictates that when the groundhog emerges from its burrow today and sees its shadow, he will retreat back to his burrow, indicating six more weeks of winter. Today is Groundhog Day...Today is Groundhog Day...Today is Groundhog Day...Today is Groundhog Day...Today is Gropndhog Day...Today is Groundhog Day...Today is Groundhog Day...Today is Groundhog Day... Today is Super Bowl XLVIII (Super Bowl 48) to be held at MetLife Stadium at Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey. Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos. February 3 1690- The colony of Massachusetts issued the first paper money in America• 1918 -- The Twin Peaks tunnel in San January 31 Francisco begins service as the longest street • I Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year car tunnel m the world at 11,920 feet long. 4712, the year of the Horse, begins today ................ v, Ha--- Ne- Ye^r v "o ..... Fa  "'-o- T Ana tmmiy toaay, Nappy mrmaay to me... 1930" 3M Corporation begins marketing :!February 4 .... c :: {.  ,.,,  i:9,r ,:,., ", 1789 -- George Washington is elected as Scotch tape. 1990-- The first McDonalds fast food restaurant opens in Moscow, Russia. 2010 -- "Avatar" becomes the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide. February 1 1865 -- President of the United States President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the United States the first President of the United States• 1938 -- The Film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is released nationwide in the United States as the first-feature length Film to use cel animation• 2004 -- FaceBook, the mainstream online social networking site, is founded by Mark Zuckerberg. I've lived my whole life pretty footloose and fancy-free, trying to stay in the moment for the most part. I started to question: How can someone with so many child-like qualities raise a child of his own? I'm not going to lie, I was nervous. The baby hasn't even been born yet and my life was already changing• I began to question every little thing I do in my daffy routine; from whether I should still grind my own coffee beans in the morning (it might wake the baby!) to whether or not I should keep my cat (what if the baby's allergic?). Another change that took place is evident in the increase in my book collection. My wife and I now own about 15 baby books ranging from the classic "What to Expect When You're Expecting" to my personal favorite, "Dude, You're Going to be a Dad." I took all this nervous energy with me to the 12-week doctor's appointment with my wife. It was a pretty basic appointment where the doctor asked Amy how she felt and went through the next steps of the pregnancy with us. Then at the end of the appointment, the doctor said, "All right, let's hear the baby's heartbeat." Amy and I looked at each other in surprise. We didn't know this would happen at this appointment, and honestly, I didn't even know a 12-week-old fetus could have a' heartbeat. All of a sudden, through some speakers in the room, I heard a boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom. I was blown away. "Wow!" the doctor said. "Your baby has a very strong heartbeat." That was when all the anxiety I had evaporated and turned into something completely different. Pride• "Hell yeah my baby has a strong heartbeat!" I thought to myself. I felt like bragging to whoever would listen• I wanted to walk up to another pregnant woman and tell her my baby's heartbeat was stronger than her baby's. It's true, I don't know anything about being a dad. I've never been one before, but I'm a quick learner. I know that I'll figure things out, whether it entails changing diapers or handing out discipline. Whether it's a boy or girl, it's going to be one cool kid and eventually one cool adult. I also keep reminding myself that I have a secret weapon on my side: my wife. Amy is the strongest, most caring and loving person I know. She's going to be a fantastic mom and she's going to make sure. that I'm a great dad. With her by my side, I can't be too big of a screwr9 with our child. Whatever anxiety about raising a child I had before is for the most part gone. Sure, there's going to be a lot of changes, but I'm ready for them. I'm ready to take on this new journey with the woman I love and married. This summer, I'll be in the delivery room with my wife as she works on pushing this kid into the world and I'll get to be the lucky one who first meets this gem. In the meantime, I'll be right next to my wife helping her with her breathing exercises. One. Two. Three. Breathe! REMEMBEP,. WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 The California Newspaper Publishers Association last week recognized the Feather River Bulletin as one of the six best weekly newspapers in all of California at the CNPA annual meeting held in Fresno. Advertisement: Winterfun !!! Rent or buy skis, skates, toboggans for your winter fun at Quincy Hardware. Telephone 67. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 In one of the worst snow storms in ten years, Plumas County was buried in up to three feet of snow. The wet snow toppled trees down, downed elecffic and telephone lines and hampered traffic countywide. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Four new deputies, all Plumas County residents, have been hired by the Plumas County Sheriffs Department upon their graduation from the police academy in spring: Don Sheffield of Greenville, Greg Hagwood of Quincy, William Turner of Chester and Clarence Angel of Portola. The Tridentine Latin Rite Church of Plumas County, a splinter group of the Catholic Church, has Filed a claim against the Plumas County Sheriffs Department office for $3,705 in damages of property including books, furniture and electronic equipment removed from three Greenville residences during a raid in May of 1987. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 A group of travel writers representing several publications visited the Lake Almanor basin area and environs this week. A six month $27,500 agreement has been signed that Plumas District Hospital in Quincy will manage Indian Valley Hospital in Greenville. ut00t00z00ng My first venture in professional journalism was for a mobile development website called XDA-Developers. A friend of mine initially offered me the position after reading and enjoying a few passages on my personal blog; I accepted it because I was passionate about technology and wanted to share that passion with others. Prior to my blogging gig, I wrote poetry and journal entries for myself and posted them on my personal blog that only my close friends looked at. I have to admit that with my limited experience, I was very hesitant to open that part of me up to a wider audience• Since I have a tendency to pour myself out in my writing, it meant I would soon be wearing my heart on my sleeve. I was afraid of scrutiny, afraid others would criticize my opinions and, worst of all, I was afraid people would not like what I had to say. Compliments from my friends, the communities I write for and my editors helped give me the confidence to pursue writing on a deeper level, and eventually I ventured into the real world of journalism -- newspaper reporting. Now, two years later, I have widened out even more and have delved into freelance journalism. My current project is for a blog called Android Headlines (AH) that receives approximately 1.3 million unique views per month. Under press credentials of both AH and XDA, I was recently able to attend InternationalCES in Vegas -- a consumer electronics show that features new and talents leads to exciting new opportunities As a person who does not get her jollies from dancing in a room full of strangers, I skipped the after parties and focused my energies on the show floor-- that is where my jollies came from. I was rushing from appointment to appointment and booth to booth from the moment I woke up every day until the second I laid my head down to sleep. My feet' MY TURN were killing me, my stomach was empty and ........... S-A'I-A-II-T-fI:i'A-tIRNE ............. my body was aching -- but I was energized! ! Staff Writer met wonderful people, played with amazing. shawthorne@plumasnews.com toys and had the time of my life! As a member of the media I was given upcoming technology ranging from hundreds of dollars' worth of products to artificial intelligence to battery-operated review, including elaborate Bluetooth buddies• headsets and speakers, portable battery As difficult as it was to ignore the packs, mobile phone accessories and much plethora of exciting new technologies more. I made contacts with dozens of speaking to me at every turn, I focused my industry professionals who have since sent sigs on a}lything Android related• I me more review products, including smart' attended press conferences with LG, watches, fitness trackers and kid-friendly Huawei and Epson; attended scheduled tech toys. booth tours for startup companies and The experience gave me enough writing ' well-established companies; had breakfast material to establish two new columns on cooked on a smart grill by "Rock 'n' Ron" Android Headlines that include reviewing celebrity chef Kerry Simon; dined at the technology from a women's perspective, Bouchon Restaurant in The Venetian; and and kids-tech reviews from the perspective . even went to parties hosted by HTC and of me as a mom, and my 7-year-old son as a Lenovo. kid. I was scheduled for, but did not attend, a This week-long experience would never load of other events including a special have been possible if I didn't take a chance reception hosted by the WWE; live on myself and my talents. I am not just a performances by Rev Run and DJ Ruckus reserved, inexperienced mother who has from Run DMC, and Fleetwood Mac; and nothing to offer the world• I am an several late into the evening parties hosted, intelligent geek. I am a woman with an at exclusive Vegas nightclubs, opinion. I am a writer and I have a voice.