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lOB Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL A IN l) ('00PINION CORRECTION In Mona Hill's My Turn column "Dear PUSD trustees, an open letter," published March 7, 2012, she wrote, 'q.. the state suspended the current su- perintendent's credential on grounds of sexual mis- conduct or harassment." In fact, the credential was suspended pursuant to Education Code section 44421, which reads "... for immoral or unprofessional conduct, or for persis- tent defiance of, and refusal to obey, the laws regu- lating the duties of persons serving in the public school system .... " Hill and Feather Publishing Co. Inc. regret the error. EDITORIAL How to get in the newspaper Service organizations can find support in the pages of Plumas County newspapers because we un- derstand and appreciate your place in our communi- ty and your valuable contribution to our greater• good. Community newspapers deliberately focus their attention on local events and happenings. As a gen- eral rule, we don't try to cover what's happening in- , ternationally, across the nation or even in the state capitol. You won't find stories about Israel and Iraq, the Republican primaries on Super Tuesday or speeches by the president. Unless the news from those areas directly affects our corner of Northeastern California in a veryspe- cific way, we leave that coverage to the internation- al, national or state media that are in position with reporters, photographers and newsgatherers to bet- ter cover those stories. For the most part we simply don't have the resources: to generate our own inde- pendent stories on these matters. There's simply no reason for us to reproduce the stories you can find in daily newspapers or on television. We're not the source for that kind of news. But one of the things that makes community news- papers so different and vital is the coverage of local events they provide. Sure, we attend a number of meetings every week that the big daily newspapers would never cover. No other papers would cover the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, the Portola City Council, the Quincy service districts, the Local Agency Formation Com- mission, the Plumas Unified School District, the transportation commission, etc.. Oursmll newsgather, i ngstff isspl:ead across Plurnas County. Still, we,an'.tpossibly attend every meeting, event or function in the county. So, how can your service organization and the newspaper work together to get the word out? First of all we can help publicize your event in ad- vance. Plan on submitting your press release or in- formation to us at least two weeks in advance. Our deadline is Friday at noon for the paper that comes out the following Wednesday. Of course, we'd appre- • ciate getting the information sooner than the dead- line so we have an opportunity to better process it. If you provide enough information, we frequently can work that information into a full-blown story. Photographs go a long way in sellinga story to read- ers. Please use a real camera, as cellphone photos frequently don't meet the standards for publication. We'd like to receive the photographs just as they come off the camera without being retouched or modified in programs such as Photoshop. Our photo editor is skilled in manipulating the photographs to make them suitable for publication. Please understand we may not be able to send a re- porter to cover your event. We're still happy to pro- vide coverage if you can help us with some informa- tion. Again, photographs will help catch readers' at- tention. If you have any questions about getting your story in the paper, or if you want to discuss your submis- , sion, call Managing Editor Delaine Fragnoli at 283- 0800. You may drop off information at the Feather Pub- lishing office at .287 Lawrence St. in Quincy between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email the information to I hope we can work together to get your story in the paper soon. 00wspaper Breaking News .... go to Michael C. Taborski ............. :Publisher Keri B, Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor . Staff writers: Michael Condon Ruth Ellis Will Farris Barbara France Mona Hill Susan Cort Johnson Diana Jorgenson Dan McDonald Brian Taylor Kayleen Taylor Theresa Humphrey Sam Williams Jason Theobald M. Kate West Longtime re i00(}rter comes home MY TURN DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer d On March 3, 1993, Mike Taborski hired me to be a part-time employee for the Feather River Bulletin. Now, 19 years later, he has hired me to be a pa.rt-time employee for the Portola Reporter. It's good to be home. Though I must admit that yesterday I was having second thoughts as I eyed the white expanse that was my driveway. About midway through shoveling the ac- cumulated snow, my husband (who was at our home in Redding) called to say that it had been windy and he was thinking about skimming the leaves from the pool. Hm- mm ... leaves vs. snow ... I must admit to having a brief moment of "What was I thinking?" What I have been thinking since I moved to Redding five years ago is that I missed Plumas County -- a lot. Though I made fre- quent return visits, it Wasn't the same. I missed the obvious things such as my friends, my work and my home, but I also missed the challenges of rural life -- sur- viving power outages, hauling wood, and, yes, .even shoveling snow. Most recently I was given an even greater incentive to return -- my youngest daughter (who couldn't wait'to move away after she graduated from high school) has decided, with her husband, to make Quin- cy their home. They purchased a house and installed the proverbial, but in thiS case literal, white picket fence. As a bonus, it just happens to be walking distance from my house! For those of you who remember my last tendre at the hewspaper, you may recall that I had a penchant for writing about my daughters, or, as my husband likes to refer to them: Tier One. During my Feather Publishing, when I went from part-time reporter to managing editor, they went from grade school to college, learning how to drive, surviving the teen years and navigating other life lessons along the way. Now they are adults. Carly is a teacher at Quincy High School and Kristin is just a few months away from ob- taining her doctorate in'psychology. A lot has changed. But a lot hasn't. During my last stint at Feather Publishing, covering the school board was part of my regular beat and it was rare that there wasn't a divisive issue -- deunification, budget Cuts, underground tank removal, budget cuts, declining en- rollment, budget cuts, school closures, budget cuts. Now, I'm back just one day, and what am I writing about? You guessed it. When I first moved to Redding, I Worked for its daily newspaper -- the t%cord Searchlight. Initially, I was responsible for producing a new publication called Tehama Today, which was a Sunday sup- plement focusing on the city of Red Bluff. Many articles focused on its high school, which was the heart of that small commu- nity. WhenJ became an editor and moved into the Re'dding office, I wa's impressed by the coverage devoted to the high schools. Even in that •community of 80,000, students and alumni eagerly anticipated cross-town rivalry matches, with many column inches devoted to the subject. School issues fre- quently hit the front page. . After I left the Record Searchlight, I worked for former Assemblyman Rick Keene when he was running for a state senate seat. Education was one of his five core issues and he advocated strongly for vocational classes and charter schools. Those topics always resonated with mem- bers of the public, whether they had school-age children or .not. When we moved to Graeagle in 1987, schools and health care were two major factors in making our decision. When it • came to the local schools, what impressed us most was the relationship between the teachers and their students. There wasn't the anonymity associated with schools in larger cities. We would know the teachers • in a way that extended beyond the class- room. We would all be part of the same community. That desire to be part of a community is whfit drew me back. For a while I will be dividing my time between Plumas and Shasta counties, but eventually I will be able to put away the suitcase. It's good to , be home. Where in the vc,rld? Judy Story, of Graeagle, enjoys a month visit with daughter and. son-in-law Jennifer and Dan Haverfield and friends Rebecca Dewhirst and Sam Dewhirst (not pictured) on the big island of Hawaii in Kailua Kona. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along nd including it in a photo: Then ea'il,thephoto to ; Include your name, contact information and brief details about your photo. We may publish it as spac e permits. REMEMBER WHEN ................................................................................................................. 2 ......................................... KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ........ 1937 The question of the possible incorpora- tion of Quincy was put to 30 random resi- dents this week by the Feather River Bul- letin's inquiring reporter drawing 17 affir- matives, 4 opposed, 5 undecided and 4 indif- ferent. The topic was raised in observance of the possible incorporation plans posed by the Quincy Chamber of Commeffce for the past two year s . 50 YEARS AGO ........... 1962 Advertisements: St. Patricks Day dance in Taylorsville Saturday: Music by Paul Larios at the Grange Hall, $1.00 per person admission. St. Patricks Day dance at Feather River Hot Springs located three miles west of the "Y". Dance to music by Joe Wade and his Westerners. Dinner and sandwiches available at the St. Patricks Day dance at the Quincy Veter- an's Hall. Music by the Swingin' Strings of Reno. $1.00 admission. 25 YEARS AGO ......... 1987 The Plumas County Board of Supervi- sors flipped a U-turn in their controversial opposition of paving a 16 mile stretch of road between Bucks Lake and Oroville. The board action is expectedto trigger negotiations with the USFS to also pave the 35 mile century-old Quincy-La Porte wagon road. Spring enrollment at Feather River College is up to 1,300, some 200 more than the Fail semester. 10 YEARS AGO ........... 2002 Plumas County has a new Sheriff and a new District Attorney as challengers Terry Bergstrand and Jeff Cunan upset incumbents Sheriff Len Gardner and District AttorneyJames Reichle. Assistant Clerk-Recorder Kathy Williams defeated challenger Dorothy Miller and Assistant Treasurer Ginny Dunbar defeated Susie Grant. As predicted, there will a run-off in the District 5 supervisoral race between Graeagle residents Ole Olsen and Ken Barnard. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspa- per 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. /00Iake frienas and share the wealth MY TURN M. KATE WEST Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.c0rn In these times when our country is fight- ing for its very way of life, and the same with our local school system, it's been a tough job this week to choose just one is- sue on .which to express an opinion. Term limits, the state of the California budget, to partner with Israel or not or even what appears to be a bogged down Re- publican candidate process. The winning topic, if you can call it that, was the March 8 Senate 56-42 vote down on the amendment that would have bypassed the White House administration and al- lowed forward movement on the Keystone Pipeline. While I can find some common ground with both the pros and cons that have swirled around the issue, my blood pressure did rise a bit when one of the journalists reporting on the issue said something to the effect of, "The pipeline project might still get the green ligh.t from the president after November..." As in after the elec- tion, I have to ask? Adding to my internal spike was the fact that President Obama personally speed-di- aled fellow Democrats to insure the vote went his way. Although I acknowledge pressure calls are a fairly common political practice, I lack trust in his motives. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the possible delay was timed to allow for the environmental green that will be filling his war chegt between now and the election. Past arguments from the president on the issue have ranged from the need to have more time to study the environment to "it won't impact gas prices." Well, the latter was a "duh" if ever I've heard one. Of course; constructing a pipeline won't ease gas prices today but you can bet it will in the t6morrows to'come. As to the environment, I have to wonder if he has ever been afforded the opportuni- ty to view the map that reveals a surpris- ing amount of different pipeline structures currently, in operation under that very same dirt? Bottom line, I don't see much difference between the political timing of this issue and his oft-spoke plans to make program changes that won't show monetary results for at least 10 years, or worse yet, those . that offer some benefit for today but put the tab offfor another 10 years. Doesn't the basic theory boil down to the same point? Don't you have to at least start something to effect change? Unlike his many pie-in-the-sky propos- als, the pipeline project presents positive tangibles to me. I see a long line of people going to •work, the potential of states col- lecting different property tax revenues during the downward housing market trend and local businesses experiencing work related transient consumer boom. I also•favor a stronger bond with our "friendly" nation to the north, the hope of less dependency on foreign oil and perhaps even a less volatile stock market as a by-result. And last, but certainly not least, the po- tential of reducing the national debt with the annual dollar deal America should be making for allowing the passage of this transcontinental system makes goo4 sense to me. Being allowed a smoother route across America rather than incurring the in- creased construction costs inherent to the rougher and colder landscape of its home turf, Canada will undoubtedly benefit; I believe our economy and unemployment rates should too. I J