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ea Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001 Bulletin, Progresstve, l I osure. went wron: The closure of the Sierra Pacific Indus- tries sawmill in Loyalton is a painful re- minder that the Clinton administration's environmental policies were a tremen- dous failure on all fronts. Not only has the environmental movement's increased in- fluence recklessly ravaged the economy in natural resource- dependent commu- nities, but the envi- ronment has ar- guably grown worse. It certainly has not improved. The rise of the environmental move- ment was given credibility by former Vice President Gore's unsophisticated, the sky- is-falling approach to protecting birds, trees and streams. It has emphasized a hackneyed, feel-good approach that goad- ed urban residents, with visions of Smokey Bear and Barbara Streisand i dancing through their heads, to donate money and good wishes to the Sierra Club and other enviro groups. It gave environ- mental lobbying groups unprecedented clout in the U.S. Congress, the White House and, more importantly, inside the Department of Agriculture. Lost in the shuffle, however, was sci- ence, reason and simple solutions. It may sound like the beating of a dead horse, but let's consider the Quincy Library Group predicament. A large group of residents-- industrialists and environmentalists alike--from Plumas, Lassen, Sierra and other counties came together to work on the ultimate forestry plan. It expertly combined several elements. It was good for the economy because it allowed the timber industry to cut timber. It was good for the environment because it empha- sized an authenticated scientific ap- proach that actually improved the fitness of the local forests by decreasing fire dan- ger. In other words, it made a lot of sense. To everyone except the national envi- ronmental movement, which spent years and money fighting the Quincy Library :(}rouplegislation. Once the plan some- how tnade its way through the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and President Clinton signed it into law, the administration still found a way to in- capacitate the program by failing to fund it and by shuffling paperwork. Meanwhile, mills have closed and jobs have been lost. This is compounded by the fact that other countries, largely free of the extreme environmental constraints that have gelded industry here, are meet- ing lumber needs at cheaper prices. The fallout includes a probable downturn in the economy. At the same time, the envi- ronment is terrible, the wildlands in Cali- fornia and other areas devastated by fires that are so hot that they ruin rather than renew the earth. What's truly amazing is that things are not worse. The new administration in place ap- pears to be friendlier to the natural re- sources industries, while having genuine, rational concerns about protecting the en- vironment. In other words, it appears to a balanced approach that allows everyone to come out a winner. As a result, it is time for the local communities to look ahead and determine how they want to move forward. No one is pleased when a sawmill closes; it's a sorrowful day. But it's also an opportunity to prepare for the future. Featl bi ishing spaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicla Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Nacar Portola Editor Christi Sevtap Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gail Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Dave Moiler, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams. In 1981, several months after I finished high school, I went to a party with some of my former classmates. In those days, I was always responsible for bringing the music, due to my impeccable ability to bring new records that were on the cut- ting edge. To this one party, I brought a new record by a new recording artist. It was "Dirty Mind" by Prince. The record went over pretty well. You could dance to the music, and the songs were instantly con- tagious. But, after a while, folks started to catch on to what he was singing about--adult themes so explicit I can't really list them here. I was strongly urged to remove the record and take it away. Around the same time, Prince performed at the Los Ange- les Coliseum, as the opening act for the Rolling Stones. He was booed off the stage, which shocked me because Prince relied on some of the same contraband themes that so many fans prized in the Roiling Stones. I was thinking back to those times in re- cent days, prompted by two events. The f'n:st was the controversial appearance of Eminem on the Grammy Awards telecast. The second is my upcoming high school KELL[[ STAFF WRITER reunion. It seems so odd that, in 2001, someone such as Eminem can cause such a debate at this stage in the game. But that's what makes pop music so appealing--its ability to renew itself. Every few years, an artist will emerge with a fresh sound, message or ability to touch a generation. In the 1950s, it was Elvis. In the 1960s, it was Bob Dylan, Bri- an Wilson and the Beatles. In the1970s, it was the Sex Pistols. In the 1980s, it was X, Prince and Bruce Springsteen. In the 1990s, it was Nirvana. It's too early to say whether Eminem is the type of artist who can redefine the essence of pop music. An artist must ac- complish more than merely instigate a discordant reaction from folks who are Plumas County Museum Director Scott Lawson hasn't or the home in this photo, recently received as part of the museum. He said the Iocadion is mud Crombeq Photo Ptumas County Museum identified the three women a new collection donated to HISTORIAN 75 Years Ago ................. 1926 Advertisement: Ranch for Sale. Known as the Solon Jacks Upper Place, Indian Valley, 333 acres, $4,500. Small down payment with balance to suit purchaser. Interest fwst two years: five percent; thereafter six percent. Plumas County Bank. 50 Years Ago ................. 1951 This week Plumas County employees were given a fiat $20.00 monthly pay increase by the Board of Supervisors. It is estimated that some 55 county workers will be affected by the pay hike at an additional annual cost to taxpayers of $13,500. The raises are effective April 1. 25 Years Ago ................. 1976 The State Supreme Court this week ended a long withstanding feud over whether or not in- cumbent non-attorney judges could seek re--election. The answer was No. This means that Roger Settlemire of Chester and Alan Thieler of Quincy will automatically become judges in Plumas County's two consolidated justice courts, disqualifying Elmer Hoskins. 66 STAFFWRITER I don't get it. One of the most watched television programs to come along in- volves a lot of people who willingly put themselves in impossible and phony sit- uations, and then spend much of each episode bad-mouthing one another. I think it says a lot about our society when one of the top television shows, "Survivors," spends a small amount of time on action, ability and brains, and the majority of the time on candid mo- ments with each and every participant as they build themselves up and tear most of the others down. The producers seem to encourage pairs who come together like geese and then squawk and hiss at others throughout the program. Although team effort seems to be to everyone's advantage, the only time it seems to be exhibited is for a brief time when the teams are waged in athletic competitions. And then, the losing team turns into something from Roman times, where the ideals of survival of the fittest come into play, coupled with survival of the best liked. Who thinks up these shows? Obviously, someone who understands what people will watch. But why? Money? Ratings? A sense of the absurd in seeing what they can get people interested in? The drama aspect is clearly appealing to most--sitting around in the darkness with symbolic torches--and once again getting ready to do one of their own in, just like some primitive tribe. I'm certain there will be spin-offs of likely to be troubled by their way. After all, there have of recording acts who have to many people, or who were tery but had nothing creat tive to offer. Similarly, an artist must more than merely produce projects. After all, people such Mann, Sheryl Crow and John among the best in popular music, l not pioneers. It's a rare recording artist can deliver a ventive and so astonishing alters the course of popular musiC. happened only a handful of times. Although his creative instincts to be indisputable, the situation inem may be an entirel3 His themes mortify people not he's breaking new ground but they're savage, barbaric and Today, it's easy to look back about the apprehensive Prince in 1981. Today, it's d ahead and gauge Eminem's pop music. The other thou about my high school reunion. MYI union is planned for July in Los I'm not sure what I think about it. , I wrote a friend of mine last week! her thoughts on it. "I have some reservations about J I told the woman, a published my oldest friend. "It seems like it's comparing scorecards. There people I do not want to see cumstances, much less at my reunion. And I can only think ple I would to like to see. You've some reunions. What do you She wrote back, "I went to union (in the mid-1980s) and it waS fun. I enjoyed not being the people who were high school. Most of the football were bald and the cheerleaders ried, divorced and mothers vans. It was good to go because some of the mystique out of the ence. ' lso, it was fun to see the' ly liked and to find out the people I didn't know well but ways admired from a distance. like reading the last page of a want to find out what happens ry of a good book; so it is friends. You people, even if they were not close to esting to find out what happened Go. You'll enjoy it. "I really didn't see a lot of ning around trying to impress with what they had become in life. more of a stereotype of reunions the truth of them. I think the tru them is that it's just fun to people you grew up with for enjoying the fact that people in cliques or groups, and are 10 Years Ago ................. 1991 Heavy precipitation and high variety of problems throughout late last week and early this week. ages topped the list of annoyances series of nine inches of precipitation in some saw winds gusting up to 60 miles times. NOTE: Items included in the weekly When column are taken from our newspaper archives and represent style of that particular period. The grammar are not edited, so the copY is as it actually appeared in the pet's., this program. We can have Scouts or Girl Scouts do one another. Of course, have to give up the scan wardrobe choices the but then maybe we can antici on the farm wearing bibbed holding their voting in the barn. Instead of extinguishing the loser can leap from the The possibilities are endless. be fodder for sequels for years Complaining to a colleague program, he said something you can't wait for the next Actually, I've come across the while channel flipping to a watch every week. I have to something so bizarre about the: that I can't help but stop and few minutes, shake my head, I guess the lesson here is like it, I don't have to watch change the channel and move