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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 7B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Entire region benefits from Good Neighbor Policy For over two decades, residents of Plumas County and other border communities relied upon the Good Neighbor Policy for a reciprocal reduced tuition agreement between California and Nevada colleges. This existing arrangement was voided in 2012 when Nevada officials no longer permitted reduced tuition for California residents, thereby canceling the reciprocity language that is required in California statute. As a result, residents from both border communities were forced to pay full out-of-state tuition even though they lived a few miles from the state line. California District I Sen. Ted Gaines has tirelessly promoted legislation in the past few years to reinstate the Good Neighbor Policy in an amended form that does not require the reciprocity from the state of Nevada. Feather River College commends Gaines for his efforts and fully supports reinstatement of the Good Neighbor Policy. FRC recently learned that Gaines and Nevada District 17 Sen. James Setteimeyer are currently developing joint legislation to reinstate the WHERe I STAND DR. KEVIN TRUTNA SUPERINTENDENT/PRESIDENT FEATHER RIVER COLLEGE Good Neighbor Policy on a pilot basis for a limited number of border towns in the Lake Tahoe Basin. While Feather River College is not part of this pilot program, FRC encourages elected officials from both states to support the proposed legislation so that the entire Good Neighbor Policy can be restored for all border communities. This is good public policy for colleges such as FRC who attract regional students to unique programs and for all border colleges that offer general education and career/technical education training for the greater region. It is ironic that the original Good Neighbor Policy with Nevada was initiated by the Academic Senate of the University of Nevada Reno in the 1980s as a public policy that benefits the region and promotes higher education opportunities for all area residents, regardless of home ZIP code. Public policy and collaborative educational offerings Taxpayers in both states benefited in multiple ways when the Good Neighbor Policy was in existence up until 2012. Residents of Plumas County shop, seek medical treatment, dine, visit and routinely cross the Nevada border on a daily basis. Some areas of Plumas County provide bedroom communities for Reno area employers. Due to the sparse population centers, residents of northern Nevada and Plumas County are limited in educational opportunities. Technical training in fields such as nursing, emergency medical technician certification and business provide an educated workforce to help meet the needs of all residents. It is not feasible for small coileges in northern California and Nevada to provide every educational program at every college. Therefore, partnerships have existed for decades through which students seek their desired field at colleges in both states and utilize the Good Neighbor Policy for tuition assistance. For example, in 2012, the last full year of the Good Neighbor Policy, FRC enrolled 185 full-time-equivalent students from Nevada. Over 126 of these students enrolled in a program not available in the state of Nevada. That same year, 48 students graduated with a degree or certificate from FRC and transferred back to a school in Nevada. All of these students benefited from the Good Neighbor Policy. Border colleges generally offer educational opportunities that complement programs at nearby schools. For example, with the cancellation of degrees in agriculture at both the University of Nevada Reno and Great Basin College in Elko, Feather River College provides the only agricultural degree between Chico and Salt Lake City. Further, FRC offers unique programs in fish hatchery management, environmental studies, rodeo, community college intercollegiate athletics and outdoor recreation leadership, all of which are not available in Nevada colleges. Conversely, Truckee Meadows Community College and UNR offer programs not available at FRC, such as engineering and social work. Some of the programs at FRC, like fish hatchery management, only exist in four other colleges in the entire West. FRC degrees in equine studies have a regional reputation and graduate top-ranked students. FRC students in Enactus and rodeo compete and win awards against four-year schools on a national level. Opportunities such as these are not available within Nevada, so students must enroll at FRC or similar border colleges to obtain their education. Upon graduation, students relocate and are employed in Nevada and California, as roughly equal numbers of students transfer from FRC to both Chico State and UNR, the two leading institutions for transfers from FRC. In the end, it is the entire region that benefits from an educated workforce, regardless of the state in which the degree was obtained. Critics of the Good Neighbor Policy point to border residents benefiting from reduced tuition compared to the regular out-of-state fees, given that they are not residents of the state. On the contrary, having an educated workforce regionally outweighs the minor loss of out-of-state tuition. Northern California and Nevada require trained fishery biologists, watershed restoration technicians, trail builders, horse trainers, ranch managers and certifled recreational guides for the viability of the entire region. All of these programs are available at FRC and not in Nevada or regional California colleges. Training for such positions cross border boundaries as the entire region benefits. The Good Neighbor Policy currently being proposed by Sens. Gaines and Settelmeyer will enhance the economic success and quality of life in the Nevada-California border region. Feather River College urges elected officials from both states to support this important proposed legislation and to support all border colleges with inclusion into a full restoration of the Good Neighbor Policy. Communities .must be involved in forest management For several years now, the focus of national forest management by the USDA Forest Service has been collaboration to restore forests at a landscape scale. Congress passed the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program legislation in 2009. Meetings hosted by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council and the Plumas National Forest to discuss the CFLR program me scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Greenville Town Hall and March 4 at the Chester Memorial Hall. When the CFLR legislation became law the Quincy Library Group, one of the first collaborative groups to focus on national forest restoration, had already been influencing landscape-scale efforts in the Northern Sierra Nevada for 17 years. After 15 years the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest WHERE I STAND MICHAEL DE LASAUX NATURAL RESOURCE ADVISOR UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION Recovery Act ended in 2013 and while the QLG continues to meet monthly, Forest Service restoration results on national forests have decreased dramatically with management efforts now largely focused on work in the Storrie and Moonlight fire areas as a result of millions of dollars in settlement funds. In California the Forest Service is now largely reacting to past fires instead of proactively trying to restore fire-resilient forests and reduce the severity of the next fwe. Sensing the need to continue to provide local input on national forest management in Plumas County, the Plumas County Fire Safe Council requested Secure Rural Schools Title II funds through the Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee to develop a proposal to the CFLR program so that we are prepared when the next Forest Service request for proposals is announced. Even if another CFLR request for PrOPOSalS does not happen, our collaborative work can serve to positively influence national forest management, as demonstrated by the Quincy Library Group and other collaborative groups in the Sierra Nevada and across the West. During February and March the Plumas County Fire Safe Council is conducting a series of community outreach meetings in collaboration with the Plumas National Forest and the Almanor Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest. We have already had meetings in Quincy and Portola with good participation at both, The goals of the meetings are to promote the need for local citizen involvement in national forest management,, to describe the benefits of the CLFR process and to learn what is being done now to restore local national forests. A new website has been created to support the Plumas County collaborative effort: plumascoUaborative.org. As a participant in the QLG process when I contemplate another citizen-based community collaborative effort to engage in national forest management, I have to reflect upon that once-in-a-lifetime experience. The QLG process was not without controversy. The QLG members were trailblazers who had the foresight to recognize that our forests were at increasing risk of high-severity wildfire. They understood the need to thin the forests that had grown overly dense as a result of decades of landscape-scale fire suppression. The QLG was among the first to promote a "strategy at an appropriate pace and scale." They recognized that restoration work will require a wood products industry infrastructure and fought to preserve it. Rather than reiterate the saga here I recommend that readers review the Pinchot Report at qlg.org. A side issue of great relevance to the issue of forest management is the recognition that the hundreds of thousands of acres thinned as part of forest restoration on both public and private land can't happen today with the loss of several northern California biomass electrical generation plants that created 50 megawatts of electricity each hour. This green energy infrastructure was and is critical to forest restoration. Without it the Plurnas County Fire Safe Council fuel reduction program and the Forest Service ability to create resilient forest landscapes is greatly challenged. National forest direction and management are the responsibility of all Americans; after all, we all own the land. The various federal laws that guide national forest management create a complicated bureaucratic landscape that a former Forest Service chief suggested has led to "analysis paralysis." Citizen engagement in national forest management is not for the impatient or weak of heart. It is downright frustrating, to put it mildly! But if we are going to restore the national forests to a fire-resilient condition it is up to us to be involved. 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 pubUshed. 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 of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmaionald@plumasnews.mr President doesn't speak for us Recently, I wrote to the editor that regardless of the many issues that may divide the American people, when it comes to good or evil, Americans choose good. I must have been fanaticizing about the America of old. Back when we learned to protect the underdog and take the moral high ground. When honesty, integrity, character and compassion were . respected. We learned the Golden Rule to treat others as we want to be treated. We were fiercely loyal to our friends. We supported those visited by ailment or misfortune. Sometimes we had to roll up our sleeves and fight for right, even when the odds were against us. And we found out the hard way that not everyone was our friend. Apparently President Obama missed out on those lessons. He is abandoning our friends, embracing the enemy, turning a blind eye to evil for the sake of political points, and quibbles over terminology so he won't offend the jihadists. He responds to the beheading of an American by going goifmg and releases terrorists from captivity so they can strike again. He refuses to supply arms to those fighting to save themselves and their children from rape, slavery, crucifLxion, butchery, and being buried or burned alive. After the horrendous burning of a Jordanian pilot he promises to be more "vigilant." The terrorists are net presently on our doorstep, but as with all bullies, they will conquer the weakest and continue to harm until they are defeated. And by increasing our f'mancial debt to enemies and reducing our military who protect us, we are inevitably becoming weaker and more vulnerable. The president represents America to the world, and it assumes he speaks for all of US. It is wrong. Americans still choose good over evil. It's just our president whodoesn't. Lynn Desjardin Portola A guinea pig indeed Regarding us frogs that are being cooked: The Community Green columnist gave us specifms on parts per million. Most of us have learned to count our pollutants in terms of billions; nowadays millions are far too hard to find. But still, old statistics can be used to illustrate a point. That is something that politicians do all the time: take stuff out of context, modify the numbers, swear it's the truth, then blame others when it turns out to be false. Statements like "seeing chem-trail jets pouring out chemicals in the sky to try to make it rain." Wait a minute. Whose jets? What does a "chem-trail jet" look like? Who owns them? Who is filling them up with chemicals? where do the chemicals come from? China? Are they foreign jets? Can a guy shoot 'era down? How much does it cost for a good load of rain? Who pays? why do we want rain? "Using us as guinea pigs"? Really? They might be using the Community Green columnist as a guinea pig, but I buy my rain and my food in a different state. And I know what to buy, also. And giant corporations having their way with her as well. No wonder she feels so helpless. Come on you guys. You are starting to sound more like Brian Williams than John Muir. Virtual destruction of this planet is imminent. The only thing that will save us is for the "experts" to get real.., not virtual. Reality may suck, but a least we the people will know what's ahead. Have any of you been to the disappearing Arctic? Careful, with all that rain a-coming; someone could fall through the ice. A guinea pig indeed. But who needs them? Ed Laurie Portola Jefferson a state of mind The idea for the state of Jefferson was conceived at a happy hour lasting several. Those involved were under the influence. Later, with clear thought, added details of how it would be run and left it at that. It was in limbo. Presently it has emerged from its dormant state. It is short with details about it. There is a whole list of promises. Promises that seem too good to be true. They are of little merit to spend time considering. The time to resolve the issues and establish needed infrastructure would take years. It would never happen in my or the reader's lifetime. Like Rome, it wouldn't be built in a day. It would be made up as things went along. The state of Jefferson would still be part of the United States and would be subject to federal law. There wouldn't be exemption. This includes EPA and others. No need to spend taxpayer money on an election to fred out what people want. They don't want this unrealistic pipe dream that will waste time and money. There are other worthwhile things. The idea of Jefferson should be a state of mind. James I. Overstreet Quincy See Letters, page 8B .... L_ _ [ I I I I I II II II II I 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: whitehonse.govhontact/ U.S. SENATOR - Uianne 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, IST DIST. - l}eeg LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOK Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.House.gov.; Facebook.com/RepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 9@65, (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. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359Town 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. ii ii iii i i i i i i i ii ii