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4B Wednesday, Feb 21, 2001 Bulletin, About filtering: Government takes control, but libraries take stand against COUNTY LIBRARIAN What do Amnesty Interna- !!) tional, the Aids Quilt Project, the FBI and the Chicago Public Library have in common? All their Web sites have been blocked by popular Inter- net filters. : If this doesn't immediately : make you nervous, consider i l that a new federal law, the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA), demands that all pub- :: lic libraries and schools install :" filtering software if they want : to continue receiving federal : funds. Our library receives federal funds in the form of e-rate dis- counts. I could write a whole column just about e-rate, but : suffice it to say it is a discount ! on the library's phone and In- !: ternet costs that requires only slightly more paperwork than filing taxes for a multinational corporation. Nevertheless, : Plumas County Library bene- i fits greatly from the program. The Feds have never put constraints on what libraries can collect. This has always been an issue of local control. ? Now, the government is dictat- ! ing to all libraries, regardless of size or community makeup, that they filter all their corn- !: puters, for all users, all the time. :: The American Library Asso- : ciation and the California Li- : brary Association are opposed ::- to Filtering software in public : libraries, and are challenging the constitutionality of CIPA. Does this suggest, as Dr. Laura has alleged, that ALA is in fa- ' vor of pornography? Absolutely not. Libraries have worked hard to create welcoming environ- ments for children, and have provided age-appropriate books and programs for decades. Our library has an In- ternet Usage Policy, approved by the Board of Supervisors, which is posted in every li- brary. We have designed a Web site ( with appropriate links for children, and we have numerous educa- tional computer programs for children provided through the Gates Foundation. We do not support use of our computers for viewing pornography. So what's the big objection to installing filters? They don't work. None of the filters currently available can distinguish between illegal sites and information protect- ed by the First Amendment. A federal commission, which studied child safety on the In- ternet, admitted that not only do filters block useful, consti- tutionally protected informa- tion, they do not block all ob- jectionable content. There's no guarantee that someone won't bring up a brand new porno- graphic site that the filter missed. Most ffilters work by Filtering out "bad" words, and by creat- ing "denial lists" of unap- proved sites. No Filter manu- facturer will give you a list of sites they include because they want to protect it from other manufacturers. "Bad word" til- ters have blocked access to sites about breast cancer, rape and sex education. The government identified libraries as key providers of online information in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Regardless of your ability to pay, or your isolation from a large urban center, libraries provide democratic access to information. The amount of in- formation available on the In- ternet is staggering, and in a small library, the Internet is the sole source of much of that information. Mandating filter- ing is essentially the same as banning books. Unless we want to change the First Amendment, both should be unconstitutional. Feather River College and lished in the Feather River the Plumas County Arts Com- Bulletin. mission are co-sponsoring the All Plumas County residents third annual Women's Poetry are welcome to attend the re- Contest, open to all Plumas ception March 22. Contest en- County residents, ages 16 and tries must be received by older. March 2. There will be a reception The topic of your poem may March 22. Kathryn Wilder will be anything concerning worn- read a portion of her latesten's history or women's issues work. in today's society. For contest The first place poet will berules and details, call Mar- awarded a $50 gift certificate to garet Munoz at 283-0202, exten- The Bookshelf in Quincy, andsion 266. the winning poem will be pub- }1 Get the satisfaction of building your own home, or subcontract the project out. We supply all the building materials. "We'll help from finance "We Hdp From Finan~ to Finiah " Rough plumbing & foundation not included of the Plumas County Museum Odd an lnusual Artifacts Here is this week's look at one of the treasures not normally on display at the Plumes County Museum. Our featured artifact Is stainless steel with wood handles. When held with both hands and operated, the handles slide back and forth. The end is pointed and very sharp. What is it? The answer will be In next week's paper. If you think you know what it Is, call the museum at 2834320. Last week's answer. The objects are an oak mallet end a froe. The froe Is a handled blade that is used to split shakes from a block of wood called a "shake bolt." The oak mallet was used to ham- mer the Woe into the wood to start it in the splitting process. We received an overwhelming response of cor- rect answers from: Vivlan Hansen, Jim Bridges, Ed Reents, Larry Trotter, Juvenal Garcia, Cliff Brood and Jim Atcher. Guitar Heaven Lassen County's Arts Coun- cil is presenting the return of Jim Earp and Dave Howard of Guitar Heaven fame and Dani Carroll, who is new to the Su- sanville stage, Saturday, Feb. 24, for one show only. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Sierra Theatre, 819 Main Street, Susanville,. Tickets are on sale now at the Lassen County Arts Council Office/Gallery, 807 Cottage St. Daily Grind, and Sierra The- atre. General admission is $12, for LCAC members $10, and for students $6. Four school performances are available for booking at Lassen County schools, Fri- day, Feb. 23. Contact LCAC Arts In Education Liason Julie Roney for scheduling details at 257-5222. In addition, a guitar work- shop will be offered Sunday af- ternoon, Feb. 25 at The Sound Room in Susanville 1-3 p.m. Admission is $6. performs Sat. Dani Carroll "I write music because I have to, I don't think I have a choice." Dave Howard This San Diego-based singer- songwriter performs at coffee houses and concert clubs. He is recognized as one of San Diego's premier performing song-writers. A group of seven wild horses has completed a training pro- gram at the California Correc- tional Center near Susanville and will be available for public adoption Friday, March 9, at the prison corrals. The Bureau of Land Manage- ment adoption event gets un- derway at 9 a.m. on the prison grounds, nine miles east of Su- sanville on Lassen County Road A-27. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Inmates will demonstrate the capabilities of each horse, and Chenoweth will describe the animals' behavioral char- acteristics beginning at about 9:30. Adopters will then submit sealed bids for the animals of their choice. Bidding starts at $125, the BLM's minimum adoption fee. Winning bidders will be required to transport their horses from the corrals by 3 p.m. adoption day. Because the adoption event takes place on the grounds of a California state prison, several security rules must be ob- served: Blue jeans, blue denim shirts and sweat clothes are Jim Earp displays a dynamic gui- tar style and technique. He be- gan playing fingerstyle acoustic guitar in 1973. By the early '80s, he was playing elec- tric guitar in rock bands, and by 1990 he was immersed in guitar synthesis. His acoustic compositions are performed in a variety of tunings. His musical influ- ences range from a folk, jazz, blues, and California freestyle to Celtic, which are united through Earp's solo guitar or- chestration, fluid technique and personal style. We'll help you from planning to painting. Save 81,000's in Sweat Equity to finish." or 1-888-299-3227 Home Office P.O. Box 156, Adln, CA not allowed. Weapons are prison grounds, are kept inside cle. Drugs, alcohol are prohibited. drugs are allowed are inside the tainer and tional officers on Adopters must a resident of the and have no mistreatment of Horses must be with a feet, surrounded bY pipe or board fence, are fully gentled. adopted wild the property of ernment. tle after I good care. For more upcoming event requirements is the Bureau of ment's Eagle Lake in Susanville formation is also the Internet at horseandb I:)OLI=II:II " Late snow means a longer riding season Now Is the time to bUY upgrade Into a NEW 2001 ARCTIC CAT or POLARIS SNOWMOBILE. models to choose from. All In stock. Lowest prices of the year! Power Tool .... HWV 70 Quincy, CA (530) 283'2136 or 1-88-88-2-RIDE-1 State of California Department of Transportation AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT INITIAL STUDY AND NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE PROPOSED REHABILITATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF STATE ROUTE PLUMAS COUNTY, IN AND NEAR QUINCY F.IO QUINCY EAST ~UINCy \ 4x' "" '. "T'" WHAT'S BEING PLANNF.0 The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with the Federal Highway the Plumas County Transportation Commission, proposes to rehabilitate State Route 70 from Purdy Street. The pro~ect includes new pavement; widening to provide eight foot wide roadway Creek Bridge; various types of improvements to sidewalks, curb, gutter, and blcycte lanes; sidewalk on the north side of the highway between Quincy Junclion Road and Fairgrounds Road; drainage facilities thro~ the project limits; signalization of the Mill Street intersection; to lighting, sigtmge and landsGaptng within the OuJncy business district. - The proposed project may result in the following: temporary road closures, parking restrictions, and traffic and pedestrian detours which temporary increases in noise and dust acquisition of new highway nght-ofoway temporary and permanent encroachments wit~n the floodplain of Spanish Creek and temporary and permanent effects on wetlands and ripanan vegetation adjacent to the highway Caltrans has completed a Draft Inttial Study for ltm project PUrauant to the California Envi~ Qualtty, Stud'm6 ~dicate that the pro~ pro~ will not have a significant ao~ effect on the environment. proposes to adopt a Negative Declaration for the pro~lct. The PtO~ qualifies for ~ to the Na~onai Environmental Policy Act. The Draft Initial Study is available for review at the Quincy Ubrary, 445 Jackson Street in C~mcy, and District O~ce, at 1657 RiversideDriva in Redding, weekdays from 8".00 a.m. to 3.'~ p.m. An open house public information meeting is scheduled for ~j~~ 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meeting Hail, 445 Jackso~ Street. Th0 meeting is for the public to revtew and discuss the draft environmental document WHERE YOU COME IN Would you like to make comments on the project? colm Ptease sul0mtt your omw, s tn w ng no later than to: Caltrans, ~2 Attention: Jonathan Oldham, Chief, Environmental Management P.O. Box 496073 Redoing, CA 96049-6073 For more information about this project, you may contact Chris Quiney at (530) 225-3174 TDD:(530)----225 20z~