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8B Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Crime reporting can be painful for the victim's family What is news? According to Merriam-Webster, news is "new information or a report about something that has happened recently." At Feather Publishing, we expand that defmition for our readers: The news is more important if it affects us locallyl A news story should answer more questions than it raises and it needs to come from reliable sources. A newspaper's reliability is what separates it from the ever-growing bombardment of information generated on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It's what separates a newspaper story from one you read in a blog. We realize that more and more people are getting some of their "news" from social media these days. Too often, what passes for news is sometimes second- or third-hand information. When information comes from anyone other than the source, it can't be considered anything more than rumor. Part of our job is to eliminate the rumors, Sometimes that means reporting disturbing or controversial information. We are often troubled by the news we report. Sometimes innocent people are negatively affected. But it's our duty to give you the information as quickly and accurately as possible. Our readers should expect that from us. Because this paper comes out once a week, we rely on our website (plumasnews.com) to bring you important developing stories. In many cases, the news is updating as quickly as we report it. In some breaking news stories, we might have information that we respectfully choose not to report. That's the case when someone dies from unnatural causes. When that happens, we won't report a victim's name until the family has been officially notified by authorities. Late last year, family members of a local homicide victim were hurt by a story we posted on our website. We didn't mention the victim's name, but the location of the alleged crime prompted the family to contact authorities. One of the family members recently contacted us to say how devastating it was to learn about the homicide on our website. It was a heartbreaking situation. And we were saddened that our story led the family on an agonizing quest for confLrmation. The family requested that we change our policy and not report about homicides -- even without mentioning a victim's name -- until every family member has been notified. We understand their reasoning. No one wants to - learn about a family member's death that way. But we have to stand by our policy. In the case of this crime, the person who allegedly committed it hadn't been caught when we broke the story. We felt a sense of urgency to inform local residents that a homicide suspect was at large in our community. Rumors were already spreading on social media sites by the time we posted our story. Part of our job was to replace those rumors with facts -- directly from our law-enforcement sources. Our report was disturbing. Innocent people were hurt by it. But we had to do it. It was news. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. Feat0000bllshlng /00wspaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Greg Knight Debra Moore Maddie Musante Ann Powers M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson , Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Printed on recycled paper ISOY INKI C=,orni, Newspaper Publishers Assoc. Our economy I bought 2 pounds of whole beans yesterday that were as pale as a buckskin pony so, coffee snob that I am, I decided to roast them a little darker myself. It worked pretty well, in the oven on broil, and I was grateful once again for the natural ingenuity I possess. A friend in my kitchen was inspired by my creativity, and asked, "Are there any local coffee roasters?" (This person, like myself, is often brainstorming ways to boost Plumas County's economy so we can stay here forever and ever'worry-free.) I Googled it -- There are a few small businesses that roast coffee. Coffee Tree Express in Portola is one, Burros Beans in Quincy is another. But these are very small companies that only employ a handful of people. We wondered if this industrial inspiration could be taken to an economy-boosting level. Why isn't there a coffee roasting company in Indian Valley or Chester? Or Canyon Dam? That sleepy town could use a factory, any factory. Why doesn't High Sierra Brewing Co. or some other beer bottler have a hub here? I see a lot of effort going into promoting tourism to Plumas County, but where are the pregnant start-ups that could actually create jobs (like, more than two positions -- I'm not talking about another soap shop) and bring new families to the area to stay? A coffee mill, a brewery, a thoroughbred breeding and training grounds, a hemp could benefit with MY TURN MIRIAM S. CODY Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.com farm and processing factory -- these are just a few ideas. Hemp can be used to make clothes, rope, fuel, paper, beauty products, medicine and much more, and is very economical to grow. Driving through Plumas County towns I see empty homes and storefronts, and even large, well-equipped facilities standing idle. There's an entire hospital in Greenville that hasn't been in operation for 15 years or so. Why doesn't the owner sell it to some big rehab corporation so they can get it up to code and turn it into a chemical dependency treatment center for the wealthy? The jobs created by the initial work on the building would boost the economy bigtime, temporarily, and then all the counselors and staff would come here to live -- and make lots of money, and spend it right here. Strung-out rockers and actors could This week's special days 1951 -- The comic strip "Dennis the Menace" debuts in 16 U.S. newspapers. March 13 1781 -- The planet Uranus is discovered. 1965 -- "Eight Days a Week" by the Beatles is the No. 1 Billboard hit single. 2013 -- Pope Francis is elected to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. March 14 Today is Pi Day (3/14), when the date will represent the first digits of the mathematical concept of pi (3.14159...). Today is National Potato Chip Day, celebrating the No. 1 snack food. Plain chips are the most favored, followed by barbecue flavor. 1794 -- Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin. 19381 A patent fo the first grocery shopping cart is granted to the inventor, the owner of Humpty Dumpty Grocery Store in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 1964 -- A jury in Dallas, Texas, fmds Jack "Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of United States President John F. Kennedy. 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 11 Johnny Appleseed Day is today, honoring the American legend who died on this day in 1845, a nurseryman who started planting apple trees in western New York and Pennsylvania. 1993-- Janet Reno, the first attorney general of the United States, appointed by President Bill Clinton, is confwmed. March 12 ....... : 1894-- C0ca-Cola is bottied and sold for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by a local soda fountain operator. 1912 -- Girl Scouts of America is founded in the United States. 1918 -- Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after St. Petersburg held that status for 215 years. some re,hab escape to the plush facility for however many hundreds of thousands of dollars a month, sober up and return to Los Angeles without ever really being seen. Can you imagine? Miley Cyrus pouring her achy-breaky little heart out over coffee and Librium in her personal relationships group, right here in Greenville? Billie Joe from the band Green Day patting her knee with a shaky, middle-aged hand and reassuring her, while Keith Richards tells her, "It's OK, Miley. I've relapsed 800 times now, love." And when Robert Downey Jr. and Elijah Wood get the munchies, it's straight to Evergreen Market for candy bars. Again, these are just ideas. Nils Lunder, Plumas County Fire Safe Council coordinator, has been working with fire safe and the United States Forest Service on a collaborative effort to treat as many acres as possible of national forest and private land for wildfire danger. "Treatment" means reducing risk by removing excess brush and debris, "fuels" from the forest floor. This effort, once funded, could create many, many jobs in Plumas County. Those temporary jobs would become more permanent if some old, abandoned mill sites were put back in action. Paper and cardboard products made from forest fuels could be exported and sold. This would protect our forests while bringing in dollars from outside the county. While having too many people around drives me nuts and I can't bear to spend more than an hour in the city, I energetically support entrepreneurship and creativity to bring some pocketbooks to town. I even studied small business management in college, during a phase when I feared my writing wouldn't pay my future bills. (Silly me.) Maybe my friend-in-kitchen and I will pick up a smoker at a garage sale and turn my garage into the North Valley Java Club or whatever. Maybe it will grow into a bigger building and we can hire 10 guys or gals, then 20 more as distribution expands and our equipment gets bigger. With our business at factory status, our crews will all eat lunch at Anna's Caf6 or ' Mountain Valley Pizza every day, and keep the break room stocked with coffee and donuts from Evergreen Market. I am cautious on the subject of population growth because I love living in my cabin in the woods. I have more deer than people in my neighborhood, and I prefer their elegant, laid-back style. There is a delicate balance to protect when it comes to these things, and population does not always equal money, but an influx of hard-working people who want to raise their families in a peaceful, safe place and help rock stars get sober or help reporters get a decent dark roast in the morning? I can allow it. Creative, smart, entrepreneurial growth is industrial development I can support. REMEMBER WHEN armed deputies of the railroad company. .................................................................... Silk is worth $10.00 a pound KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 200 tons of raw silk from China, worth four million dollars passed through Plumas County on Tuesday on Western Pacific Railroad enroute from San Francisco to New York City. The train was made up of 132 cars and was carefully guarded by 12 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 The first annual Johnsville Snowshoe Races were held on Sunday with more than 100 contestants racing down the slopes of the two giant slalom courses. The races were sponsored by the Plumas Ski Club. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 The election race of the Plamas County District Attorney will feature the incumbent, Plumas County District Attorney Thomas Buckwalter against Plumas County Deputy District Attorney Michael Crane. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 The Plumas County Board of Supervisors has said "no" to the request of Plumas Corporation and the Plumas County Visitors Bureau of a total of $33,000 to promote tourism to make up for the 100 percent budget cut last summer. Progress-comes one stone at a time As I caught my breath, panting between hauling 100-pound rocks around, I thought tq myself, "This is not the vacation I had planned." ! took last week off work to get some R&R, but the restful vacation I had envisioned quickly turned into hard labor. I didn't have the vacation I had planned. I did, however, have the vacation my wife had planned for me. I planned to stay at home, get extra sleep, spend extra time with my daughter and drink extra glasses of wine. After one day of lying around, my wife sternly pointed out to me that the outside of our house needed some major attention. So much for my vacation. The first duty on my honey-do list was building a walkway up to our front door. Dirt lined the front of our house, ending at our porch. Due to a lack of a walkway, we constantly tracked dirt into the house, forcing us to sweep dally. I measured out the area where the walkway was going-- 5 by 16 feet. Should be easy enough, I thought. I'll just grab some flat rocks and lay them to make the walkway. By 5 p.m. that afternoon, I looked back at my progress. Or lack thereof. I spent the whole day gathering rocks, digging dirt and arranging stones to end up with a walkway less than half finished. What a gyp. All that effort and barely anything to show for it. As I dwelt on the negative aspects of the project, I felt an all-too-familiar feeling-- discouragement. That feeling was all too common for me, as I was hit with it just weeks before my vacation. MY TURN JAMES WILSON Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com I worked on putting together the third annual Groundhog Fever Festival, set for early February, and had to cancel the event at the last minute due to high winds. For months, the rest of the event's committee and I spent countless hours organizing and arranging what we hoped would be the most successful groundhog festival Quincy had ever seen. The day before the festival, a storm the media dubbed an atmospheric river hit Plumas County. Though we did get a good amount of rain, what really shook the county was the wind. The morning before the festival, I woke up to find my fence blown over. Just hours later, the power went out and stayed out for 30 hours. In good conscience, we couldn't hold the festival with the chance of canopies flying up and down Main Street lingering in front of us. So, after all the work we put in to holding the festival, we canceled it. I was disappointed, but knew it was the right call. What surprised me, though, was the feeling of discoagement that swept over me. The cancellation made me question whether it is even worth putting all that time into an event if it might not even happen. Flash forward to Day 2 of the walkway project. My wife woke me up early (did I mention I was on vacation?) and "encouraged" me to get back to work. I approached the walkway with a new attitude. I was going to lay larger rocks that take up more space. Though the rocks were heavier, it took a lot less time to cover the area. By the end of the day, I had a 5-foot-by-16-foot stone walkway laid out in front of me. Two days, a backache and 84 stones into it, the entrance to my house now looks pretty damn good. I decided to approach event planning, and community involvement for that matter, in the same way. Sure, I might get discouraged by a lack of results from time to time, but I'm not going to let that stop me. I can still put together the best groundhog festival Quincy has ever seen, it just might be next year. People all around town and all over the county face this same obstacle of discouragement. When they try to accomplish something that could benefit the community, hindrances often get in the way. Whether it's the weather, bureaucratic red tape, naysayers or people that like to rain on other people's parades, obstacles come up. To those trying to make a difference, I encourage you to get over that phase of discouragement. If you make it through that phase, you can end up with a pretty sweet walkway. Or more.