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IOIB Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter E D I T O RI AL AND OPINION EDITORIAL ness will ) ime; Thanks to the effort and financial contributions of a local business and the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, the entire county stands to benefit. Earlier this month, the chamber joined forces with Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch to take the Plumas County tourism show on the road. During their two-day stint at the Travel and Adventure Show in Los Angeles, Greenhorn's Trish Wilburn and the Eastern Plumas chamber's Audrey Ellis set up a display booth in front of 32,000 potential vacationers. The Plumas ambassadors gave away every brochure and visitors guide that made the trip in the familiar Greenhorn Ranch SUV. Wilburn and Ellis came home with hundreds of contacts and about 11,000 email addresses. The future business to our county generated by this trip will be worth the expense. Trish and husband Ralph Wilburn, who regularly lend fmancial support to local causes, paid half the $4,000 fee for the booth. The self-funded Eastern Plumas chamber paid the other half. And they didn't just promote Greenhorn and the chamber's members. They answered questions about Plumas County and pointed potential visitors toward the areas, recreation and services they were looking for. For a county that relies as much on tourism as this one, having a presence at events like the Los Angeles travel show is extremely important. The Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau has represented the county at similar shows. People who attend those shows already know they are going to travel; they just haven't decided where. To a Southern Californian, our little corner of the state must look like Heaven. "It was absolutely awesome," Ellis said in a Feather Publishing story about the trip that was published last week. "I never expected to see so much interest in Plumas County. People didn't know where we were and now they do." Ellis said it was money wen spent. Since the county visitor's bureau was shuttered in 2011 because of budget cuts, individual businesses have been forced to take on most of the county's tourism advertising Lack of precipitation raises serious concerns As I look out our office window at the Chester Progressive I see the cottonwood trees are leafing out even as we are experiencing what has become a rare snowfall for this winter. It has certainly been a different season going into the first week of March. While I am long accustomed to the week or two ,d' ................. pattern is like comparing the dark of night to the brightness of day., I think in the world of opinions, one could find a plus or a negative for most any topic, our current weather included. The plus side of the lack of precipitation and extreme cold might include the continued opportunities for logging crews of false spring California can offer in MY TURN to keep busy, yet the downside might also February, it truly feels as though we have be that there hasn't been much need for been in an extended, but cooler fall season M. KATE WEST Staff Writer since September. The lack of snow has spurred many a community member to remember the As I was commuting daily to Quincy horrendous winter of 1992-93 when three to work, I too remember that time well. back-to-back storms dropped 23 feet of That past weather circumstance snow in Lake Almanor in a two-week compared to our current weather period. 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. ' March 5 Today is Ash of Lent. Wednesday -- the first day 1836 -- Samuel Colt patents the first production model revolver firearm -- the .34 caliber model. ', March 6 1899 -- Bayer registers'the name "aspirin" as a trademark. 1912 -- The Oreo cookie is introduced by Nabisco. 1981 -- After 19 years presenting the CBS television evening news, Walter Cronkite signs off the air for the last time. March 7 1876 -- Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for his invention of the telephone. 1985 -- The multi-performer rendition of the song "We Are the World," written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, is released internationally. I: March 8 1917 -- The New York Stock Exchange is founded. 1974 -- The renamed Charles DeGaulle Airport (originally named Paris North Airport) opens in Paris, France. March 9 Spring Ahead ! Set your clocks ahead -- Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. 1959 -- Today is Barbie's 55th birthday ! The Barbie Doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York City by the Mattel Company. March 11 Johnny Appleseed Day is today honoring the great American legend who died on this day in 1845, a nurseryman who started planting apple trees in western New York and Pennsylvania. snow removal crews to work. Instead of taking the time to imagine all the up@ides and downsides to our current weather pattern, I find myself more concerned with what the heat of the summer will bring to the Almanor Basin. I, like many others, have high hope that what precipitation we do receive will help to fill the water tables that contribute to the natural springs that flow in and fill our lake. I also have the hope that between now and summer we will receive enough moisture to avoid being surrounded by very dry forests. The drier the trees, the higher the risk of reliving the dangerous conditions so many experienced during the Chips and the Moonlight fires. Those catastrophic fires, in addition to devastating the landscape, also created tremendous hardships for families and businesses as and the smoke-filled skies ground tourism to a halt. With the economy still sluggish, absolutely no one needs the additional pressure that would undoubtedly rear its head in the face of a forest fire. I'm watching it rain how and sincerely hope that I have many more opportunities to do so as winter closes and spring begins. Most of my concerns are generated from the fact that I am a solid, active advocate for healthy families and healthy communities. While I believe we still have a wait ahead of us before we experience healthier economic times, I am hoping Mother Nature will be kind this summer so that Lake Almanor and an of Plumas County have the chance to make gains toward future prosperity. and marketing themselves, And they have stepped up to the challenge. The'trip to Los : ..... ' ' : ....... ' .... R F.MF.MRF.R WI-It NI ,: .urging the approvaLofa Senatebill 10 YEARS AGO: .... 2004 Angeles is the latest example, but many local ....... .......... : which would xempt small California - There are 13,124 registered voters in businesses have been contributing to the marketing effort. The privately funded Tourism, Recreation and Hospitality Council is an example of the local teamwork. The council, relying on donations, has been able to keep the website alive. And there are other websites as well, includingthe county-sponsored The county used to spend several hundred thousand dollars a year promoting tourism through the visitors bureau. Today the county's tourism website is all that remains. Hopefully, as the local economy improves and the county has more money to spend, the supervisors will renew the county's commitment to promoting our vital tourism industry. But until that time comes, the local tourism businesses -- led by people like the Wilburns and Ellis -- should be commended for their efforts to attract visitors and dollars to Plumas County. wspaper g For breaking news, go to' 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 Debra Moore Carolyn Shipp Maddie Musante Michael Condon M. Kate West Makenzie Davis Aura Whittaker Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Will Farris James Wilson Susan Cort Johnson Sarnantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Bulletin Record (530) 283-0800 (530) 284-7800 Plumas County but only 7,358 cast ballots in last week's election. Rose Comstock is the new Plumas County Board of Supervisor member of District 4, garnering more votes than Terry Reeson and Rodney Tibbitts. District 1 Supervisorial candidates Bill Powers and B.J. Pearson will face a run-off election in November. KERI TABORSKI counties such as Plumas County from Historian the requirement to join a junior college district. Otherwise, Plumas County would see a sharp rise in taxes. 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 The mid-winter drought in Plumas County came to an end when the heaviest 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 snow storm of the year broke Tuesday An Oregon prison escapee confessed night. The snow is very wet and is Sunday to setting fire to Village Market packing down to depths of up to 23 inches in Chester to hide a burglary. The fire in some parts of Plumas County. Power gutted the building that houses the has been interrupted and schools have supermarket and La Comida Restaurant closed, and Dell before dawn Sunday morning, causing $1 million in damage. Market 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 owner Dennis Durkin will rebuild the The Plumas County Board of store with construction to begin as early Supervisors has adopted a resolution as June., Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. Crafting talent doesn't necessarily run in the family I come from a crafty family. Almost leak when you shake them, to canvasses an annoyingly crafty family, with hot-glued burlap, arm-knitted When just my mom, sister and I were scarves that do not require too much together, my mom would often sell patience and infinity scarves with handmade Santas, dolls, quilts and unfinished seams made from scrap fabric; anything else that could be made on a and, after I finish my somewhat sewing machine. My grandmother also haphazardly assembled crafts, I feel a sold quilts, dolls and,various crafts, surge of pride. Sometimes, they even had booths at MY TURN With each craft I snap a photo and send crafts fairs, it to my mom showing her that she did I grew up immersed in a world of MAKENZlE DAVIS indeed raise a child capable of gluing fabric, and I am pretty sure my mom Staff Writer things together. And my mother, being believed every time I saw her sewing I supportive and nurturing to any sign her would somehow magically absorb the youngest child is following in her ability to glue things together in a way When I first moved here my mom took footsteps, praises my feeble attempts and that is aesthetically pleasing, me shopping at a local fabric store and encourages me to open an Etsy store. Nope. let me pick out any fabric I wanted and I am not fooled by my mother's good I have tried and failed numerous provided me with an easy chevron intentions but I know better. I know some times to be crafty'. I long to have the pattern. As I walked out of the store, I people just have a true talent to make talents of my mom, grandmother and started convincing myself I would Start beautiful things. sister. They are all blessed with magical using the piles of crafting materials I've I will always admire people who hands that can construct beautiful things accumulated over the years: fat quarters, construct beautiful items from fabric, out of nothing, and minds with attention a half-finished rag tie rug. This was it, paper and metal. I know how hard some spans that last longer than an episode I lied to myself. I would use all the things, crafts can be to make, and I admire the of BBC's "Sherlock" ( atch it, seriously). Nine months later, I Pinterest. dedication and creativity each artist puts I, on the other hand, have a box full It's not that I hate sitting down and into his or her crafts. I love attending of fabric, thread and a sewing machine putting different objects together to craft fairs just to see what other people sitting there, alone, wondering what it make one pretty thing, it's just that are capable of. did to deserve a life of useless existence, halfway through I give up and just It takes guts to open a store on Etsy or I have lived in Susanville for almost want to do whatever it takes to finish host a booth at a craft fair, and their work nine months, and I have used my it as quickly as possible, should be recognized! So keep doing what sewing machine twice. Now, I have tried my fair share of you're doing, and know you are inspiring crafts. From mason-jar snow globes that , to me. Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. 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