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Record, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001 9B SPECIALIST make/model of nanufac- closed and not used. Health-based organizations, consumer protection groups and others act to insure public safety and security from poten- tiaUy harmful situations and events. Similarly, if you leave your residence or workplace and en- ter an atmosphere of polluted air, the local air quality man- agement district is the juris- dictional, designated agency part that caused vehicle accidents, the au- a recall of that them at no You are on a communi- r WeLl test- ell shows contamina- cor- or the well is for this problem. For approximately the past 10 years, the district has con- ducted air monitoring studies for particulate matter in sever- al communities throughout Plumas and Sierra counties. PM-10, or particulate matter that is 10 microns in size and smaller, has been measured in Loyalton, Portola, Graeagle, 9 Quincy, and Chester. Pollution values in most ar- eas have many times exceeded the health-based standard set by the state of California. And only once have we exceeded the higher PM standard set by the U.S. EPA. Why should we be so con- cerned with Particulate mat- ter? Particulate matter, which in- cludes dust, soot, smoke, dirt, and liquid droplets, can be- come lodged deep in the lungs causing decreased lung func- tion, aggravating existing res- piratory ailments, and prema- ture death. The young and el- derly are especially at risk, but PM affects everyone. Sources of PM in our area include smoke from outdoor burning and woodstove/fireplaces, road dust, construction activi- ties, and particles from indus- try and motor vehicles. Implications from exceeding the U.S. EPA particulate mat- ter standard would be vast. In- dustry and homeowners alike would be subject to strict pollu- tion standards, which would target the reduction of PM. Several years ago the EPA standard was exceeded in Quincy. The federal govern- ment was poised to re--desig- nate all of Plumas County to a non-attainment status for PM. The air district and our gov- ernment officials presented documentation that pro-active steps to reduce PM had been imposed. These included cur- tailing backyard burning in the American Valley and en- forcing a woodstove change-out program for homes at the time of sale. EPA, in an almost unprecedented move, elected not to re-designate Plumas County but instead put us on a 3- probationary period to allow for additional sam- pling. That probationary peri- od now ended, we have tem- porarily dodged the federal bullet. Even with moderate growth, the PM values in Quin- cy continue to drop. We are, however, faced with additional challenges in the City of Portola and, to a lesser extent, the Chester/Lake A1- manor basin. Recent housing starts and planned residential communities in those areas will only exacerbate the exist- ing PM problems there. if PM reducing actions are not undertaken, we anticipate that a federal exceedance will occur in eastern Plumas Coun- ty in the near future. Failing to take pro-active steps to reduce PM will result in mandatory PM mitigation measures. The air district could alone impose regulations to insure reductions in PM but we feel we are only a small part of this equation. Plumas County resi- dents need to realize this is not an air district problem but a regional pollution problem that is caused by and affects everyone that lives here. Community groups and civil leaders alike need to take a more active role in preserving the quality of air we breath and protecting the public from the effects of air pollution. Letters B must contain an address number. We publish per week, per per- letter per person, regarding the same do not publish third- letters. Letters must to a maximum of 300 letter in excess of 300 cut by the editor. is Friday at 3 p.m. be taken to any of ishing's offices, sent or e-mailed at doesn't Greenville yet? Is it be- courthouse doesn't one or is it be- can't afford it? wondering, be- did so much work, people, and of a petition and from lot of people Mills, had Petitions saying YOuth of Greenville towns want )ark built in My mom went trouble and Quincy is get- doesn't seem ITle. skateboarding, and lots of other what keeps most The kids like and they want to their best, so they to keep off if kids don't have to do they skate it isn't allowed, to trouble and arrest. Usually the to skate is where it regulations. We where we are going on so we hit people unless of control. If we nobody have those rules wouldn't need )Uld like you to re- message and re- Something nice to Josh Ebb Greenville ago, some Indian were dis- Indian Valley went into the e business, using funds from Tay- District. Some sewer residents than angry. Lree weeks ago in Record, a newer member stat- than What to do with or are at and didn't headlines with said, "Borrow- defaulted and no granted. Buy- confused about Thus, the ser- ends up with Commercial prop- to put a been in real of buying fore- over 40 if a lender, (Indian Valley to foreclose on a borrower, they would first have to post and publish a no- tice of default and election to sell! If at that time, the bor- rower failed paying, (I.V.C.S.D.), must publish a notice of trustee's sale, in a lo- cal paper of general publica- tion at least three times in a 90 day period. This gives the borrower up to 120 days mak- ing good on his purchase. More to the point, it gives other interested persons a chance bidding on the proper- ty. Many times, because it's like a public auction, it will bring more money than was owed. Not citing any particu- lar instances, I've seen a prop- erty bring as much as four times the amount of the fore- closure amount to the lender. It's your money! Seeing as how our services district good ole boys policy is what it is, why don't they Local business folks said it the USFS. For years, political- tivation. didn't impact their businesses ly driven management objec-The Fire Safe Council has enough, fives have altered our forest been established to protect How come the poisoning environment, creating condi- our communities, current did? tions we all disagree with in plans only include shiny And then there's the Call- one way or another. Currentbrochures which copy the Cal- fornia Dept. of Fish and management philosophy has ifornia Department of Game. led to dysfunctional forest and Forestry "Smoky Bear" ef- People said, "They don't communities, each being con- forts of years past. know Jack!" Well, they dosumed by firestorms kindledMillions of dollars are being now, 'cause Jack Herzbergby mismanagement and un- spent to increase fire suppres- just got a judgment against certainty, sion manpower at the federal Fish and Game that says Fish A proactive approach must level, but, when fires become and Game has to call Jackbe taken to revitalize our re- large and conditions unsafe when they want to go potty! source based economies, mod- these resources cannot be de- You 'da man Jack! ify our forest management ob- ployed, air attack must then Ed Laurie jectives and correct this con- be utilized, making ground Portola dition. Walking away from suppression useless and this our problems as current man- investment a waste. Ehe letter agers prescribe is the worst Wouldn't these millions of This written insult was possible solution, tax payer dollars be better from our county administra- Government solutions have spent treating the source of tor, and by their silence, was been conceived to resolve the the problem by creating fire approved by our elected offi- problems government creat- safe environments around our rials. Please! Spare me any ed. The QLG was designed tohomes, within our forests and further comments! sustain the economy and treat communities rather than pro- Red Perkett our forests, but nothing is be- viding more government "ed- want abiding by the law and Crescent Mills ing done due to conflictingucation" or employment. making money for you and .: : la , hndbase restrictions, Let's treat the pr .b! m tgt our district? : l mmon, :: political opinion,throw dollars bagk nto gov.. If you question my opin- right " Ia k hi* timber managementernment programs. My point personnel, leadership and too- is this, forest management ions, please consult your own real estate lawyer or even a professional real estate bro- ker. Floyd Austin Greenville Cel dxate ro,wding On March 2, many schools across the U.S. will be cele- brating Dr. Seuss' 97th birth- day, in an event called "Read Across America." The goal of the day is to have every child read to by a caring, respected adult, and to have those adults share with students just how and why reading is important in their lives. At Carmichael Elementary, we are inviting parents and community professionals to help us celebrate this event, by joining us in reading to children. We are encouraging parents who read in more than one language to share with us their multi-language talent, so students will have the opportunity to realize that printed words tell a story in any language. We would like to invite you to join us also, either in per- son, or perhaps with an edito- rial as to the value of reading in your professional life. To quote Dr. Seuss, "You're never too old, too wacky or wild, pick up a book, and read with a child." Jo Ann Johnston C.R. Carmichael Elemen- tary I agre with supervisor Pearson and Dennison's oppo- sition to county general fund money being used to build and maintain Dame Shirley Plaza. Aside from a parking lot it will mostly benefit the resi- dents of a Quincy neighbor- hood at the expense of all the taxpayers in the county. Quincy has its own recre- ation district that receives property tax revenues. If these residents feel they need another park then they should petition their recre- ation district to purchase the property, build the park and maintain it. Quincy residents receive many benefits that are funded by taxes raised countywide. Feather River College is sup- ported by the taxpayers throughout our county. Why does our college feel compelled to provide QHS with a free football stadium, and why is our college district giving Quincy developers a sweetheart deal on land for a golf course? While some Quincy resi- dents feel an urgent need for a county-funded skateboard park, other residents outside their town have no fwe protec- tion. Michael Jackson accuses Portola of "sucking off' coun- ty money. I think Mr. Jackson and his fellow activists should look in a mirror. Martin Schafer Beckwourth w rs Several letters, and news stories as well, seem to bode ill will and miscontent among us Eastern Plumas countians, us on the lower rung of the so- cio-economic ladder, as they say. There's the woman in Sier- ra Valley, who has hers, but doesn't want anyone else to have any--trailers that is! The Chamber of Commerce is giving up Railroad Days be- cause they're getting too many calls from people who wish to come here. What? Someone fears that Bob Pearson is going to sell the Sierra Valley to the Arabs, when all he really wants is a 3.5 mile super speedway with 45 banking and seating for half a million people. The Fishing Derby is a done deal. Lack of interest they say. Thougt mill iomere Thinking about the Loyal- ton SPI mill closure and the hard working people affected gives me a sick feeling in my stomach. This sickness stems from three things: 1. Misguided environmen- talism. 2. Knowing raw material needed to operate Loyalton is available. 3. Federal regulation and the lack of federal leadership has failed us again. The lives of many Loyal- ton/Sierra Valley families will be greatly disrupted by the unnecessary action of pub- lic servants whose employ- ment objective is to manage our forest resources. We live in a highly produc- tive forest region. Unfortu- nately, the lion's share of this timberland is controlled by must again generate forest products and productive pri- vate jobs which sustain our lo- cal economy while providing effective environmental pro- tection. Managers must enter our forest to modify the unhealthy situation we created by thin- ning overcrowded stands, un- derburning as needed while producing products that sup- ply private jobs and tax rev- enue. My hat's off to SPI for in- vesting in Loyalton's sawmill and the future of Loyalton by trying to accommodate QLG logs and its legislated promise of community stability. This proves the private sector can and will rise to meet the needs of our communities. I'm truly sorry our govern- ment let you down. I'm sure they're all talking about this loss at their daily meeting in the coffee room. .... Br!aa W tylaI Qum y You'll find happy hunting grounds in the classified pages. From home to condos to empty lot, from car to trucks or horses to llamas. It's all there, so before running all over the woods, check the classified section. Call one of our offices to place your ad: River 2B3.0000 Lassen County 3lines, 257.5321 Cllester Pmgm tve, 258.3115 Port Re r r, a m46 Infmn Valley Record, 284-78OO Westwood IqnePre 256-2277 II