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6B Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter D I T O RI AL AND OPINION EDITORIAL pi me re season CalFire inspectors begin visiting residents next month, and in their wake property owners will be trimming trees, removing debris and raking up pine needles. The inspections are part of CalFire's effort to make Plumas County communities more resilient to wildfire. But ticking off the items on CalFh'e's checklist might be an expensive and time-consuming process depending on the size and state of the property. The ability to meet CalFire requirements could be even more difficult and costly for Quincy area residents because Sierra Pacific Industries no longer accepts green waste as it prepares to build a new sawmill. That means the only remaining option for most Quincy residents is the transfer station, which will accept yard debris as solid waste, subject to the same fees as household garbage. Not only is it expensive, but the waste isn't diverted and used to produce energy or other products. The mill stopped accepting waste in November and the Plumas County supervisors immediately began discussing the need to find alternatives, not only for Quincy but potentially countywide. At the end of January the supervisors endorsed Public Works Director Bob Perreault's recommendation to issue a request for proposals to see what solutions might be out there. Nearly two months later, that request for proposals is being published. Once ideas are submitted they must be evaluated, and, all the while, the clock is ticking. Local, state and federal agencies are gearing up for a severe fire season. It's of paramount importance that homeowners do whatever they can to make their homes as safe as possible. Sparks and embers spread far in advance of a fire, and if they land in a vulnerable area, such as in a woodpile stored next to a house br a tree branch that overhangs aroof, the result could be devastating. But individuals need help. They need a place to take this debris. Backyard debris burning is not allowed in many areas, and isn't a preferred Solution. Others can't afford to pay transfer station disposal costs. Officials fear that could lead to illegal debris dumping, which only adds fuel to an already dry forest and comes with the risk of fines. We encourage the supervisors to make this a priority -- both for the short term and the long term. Fire danger is here to stay and to prevent the devastation that has destroyed communities throughout the West, we must be proactive, and minimize'the danger. A _ ~)~ y Feat mblishing wspaper 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 t 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 8arnantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Bulletin Record (530) 283-0800 (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter Chester Progressive (530) 832-4646 (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Westwood Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Member, Printed on California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express, yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Women suffer discrimination in tech industry Nearly two centuries have passed since Elizabeth Cady Stanton presented her ideas on equal rights for women during a women's rights convention held in Seneca, N.Y. This momentous occasion in history paved the way for equality for women in the areas of education, employment and voting. While laws today prohibit discrimination against the sexes in those areas, women in the 21st century continue to suffer abuse in certain "male-dominated" areas. In my personal experience, and as statistics show, the technology sector is one such male-dominated field. Last year, CNN Money uncovered the workforce diversity of five United States tech companies -- Cisco, Dell, eBay, Ingrain Micro and Intel -- and the statistics were appalling. The report found that women were highly underrepresented in areas of management for each of the investigated companies. Out of Cisco's 225 managers and officers, only 44 were women; Dell employed 27 out of 125; eBay had 10 out of 55; Ingram Micro had 47 MY TURN $AMANTHA P. HAI~rHORNE Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.com out of 236; and out of Intel's 41 high-level. earners only six were women. As if making an excuse for its shortcomings; in 2012 Intel reported that there were nearly 25 percent fewer women online than men. The small difference, however, is nothing compared to the fact it only employs 15 percent of women in management roles. Business Insider reported last year 45 percent of gamers are women; however, This week's special dws NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of March 19 1918 -- The United States Congress established time zones in the United State and approved Daylight Saving Time. 1931 -- Gambling is legalized in the state of Nevada. 1963 The Beatles' first album "Please Please Me" is released in England. 1964 -- Sea World opens on 22 acres in San Diego. 1970 -- The first official Earth Day proclamation is signed by the mayor of San Francisco, Joseph Alioto. 1997 -- American figure skater Tara Lipinski, 14, becomes the youngest ladies gold medalist winner at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. March 23 1775 -- American Revolutionist Patrick Henry declared, "Give me liberty or give me death," in Richmond, Virginia. 1987 -- Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as head of the PTL Club amid a sex scandal, handing over control to Jerry Falwell. March 24 1958 -- Rock 'n Roll musician Elvis Presley was inducted in the United States Army. March 20 Today is the first vernal equinox). day of Spring (the Today is International Earth Day. 1952 -- The novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe is published. 1916 -- Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity. March 25 Today is International Waffle Day which originated in Sweden to celebrate spring. Waffles are called Vaffeldagen in the Swedish language. 1939 -- Billboard Magazine introduced a billboard chart classification for "hillbilly" music. The classification later changed to "country" music in the 1940's. March 21 1963 -- The federal penitentiary prison Alcatraz on the island in the San Francisco Bay is closed. 1969 -- During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "Bed-In-For-Peace" demonstration at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. only 11.5 percent of developers in the gaming industry are women. Statistics aside, my personal experience in the technology sector has proved that a large amount of men display sexist attitudes toward women who have an interest in technology, and even toward women in general. Rather than thinking of them as knowledgeable counterparts, they are often thought of as dimwitted eye-candy. The first two examples that come to mind are how women are represented at tech trade shows and events. During my trip to Texas for the Big Android BBQ in 2011 it was interesting to see that the majority of women in attendance were either there as arm candy or "booth babes." One booth employed two attractive young women to run around in skimpy clothes shooting foam darts at each other. This was an obvious attempt to attract the male audience to their booth -- and it worked. During my recent trip to Las Vegas for the International CES it was a common tactic for booths there to also employ "booth babes." Despite the cold weather and huge show floor these women were dressed in miniskirts and "hooker heels" while they pranced around booths, just there to look pretty. One booth babe even resembled June Cleaver, with an apron delicately placed over a skimpy "modern housewife" wardrobe while she cavorted around a booth made to resemble a 1950s home. In some cases, women were hired to speak on the companies' behalf about the products but when asked a question, they had no answer. In those cases it was apparent that they were there just to attract attention from the predominantly male guests. On the contrary, there were some companies whose female assistants knew what they were talking about, but this was a rare occurrence. It is sad to say that in the online world, women who actually have a passion for technology and who are hired for their knowledge in the field are often insulted with accusations that they were only hired for the company's seemingly sexist agenda. A friend of mine who is very skilled in tech reporting has had to deal with just that since starting her career several years ago. As a YouTube personality she has been belittled and disrespected with negative comments about her appearance, what she wears and how she speaks. They speculate that she was only hired to look pretty and attract viewers, when she was really hired for her advanced knowledge of all things tech. Her experience and professionalism recently landed her a job with the popular tech site, CNET, but the snide comments continue. Her negative experience is only one of many I have been a witness to and not only is it degrading to women, it stands against everything this country represents -- freedom to be who you are and enjoy equal rights, equal pay and protection against discrimination. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Four new cases of Scarlet Fever were reported in Plumas County this week. A seven man committee to carry out an advertising program for Plumas County on behalf of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors was appointed this week. 50 YEARS AGO...,.1964 "Bottles, Corks and Cures," a paperback book includIng references pertaining to old bottle collections. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 A California state cloud-seeding project over the Feather River watershed has taken the l lame for contributing to the extensive flooding and storm damage throughout Plumas County last week. To date, Plumas County has had precipitation for eleven straight days, causing flooding to bridges and filling the Chester flood canal to capacity. Feather River Canyon resident Belle 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 Penland has authored a new book: A project bid of $169,860 has been awarded to refurbish the Greenville High School track and football field by the Plumas Unified School District board. Harvey West Jr. has stepped down as a board of director member of the Graeagle Volunteer Fire Department this week after 43 years. The Graeagle Fire District was founded in 1960. 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. History lives in an ice creamparlor, antique shop Every year during my high school career ~., However, in the midst of bookshelf my friends and I had our haunts that hosted ~ blockades, we were detained long enough us during the after-school hours. ~~ notice a plaque on the right side of the man, Because our high school was so close to who had not moved an inch. downtown, we always ended up roaming "1849 Tuolumne County Miner," it read. the streets of little historic Sonora, and Then it continued On to explain historical perching at the local Mexican restaurant or facts about searching for gold in the the sandwich shop. ~ foothills during the gold rush. One year we inadvertently chose He was a diorama. A single light bulb Legends, an ice cream parlor, antique store MY TURN swung above the man's head. His black felt and museum of sorts, as oUr after-school CAROLYN SHIPP hat covered his eyes and his red shirt was home. Staff Writer dusty and faded. He was kneeling so we This shop was farther down Main Street cshipp@plumasnews.com could not see his face. Behind him was an than the rest, but somehow we discovered infinite cavern that disappeared in it and claimed it as our own. circulate from the bar to the tables darkness. Like old men in a donut shop, four or five throughout our stay. ' As we looked closer we saw he had a gold teenage girls spent hours inside the On the top floor was the antique shop. pan in his hands, and a speaker that confmes of the aged brick building, whichThe open room was full of pink rose china resounded with the sound of echoing water ~melled of dust and old things, and sets. and rusty tools. Generally, we stayed drops was playing behind him. The infinite discussed the complexities of life to the lady clear of this room. Antiques bored us, and cavern was, in fact, a wall painted black. who served us ice cream, things looked too breakable for us to beAfter our fright, we didn't feel the need to We were all on the verge of our 16th comfortable while hovering up there, spend much time with the miner, and we birthdays, and there was something about It was the basement, however, that had quickly filed out the room. Legends, and the ice cream lady, that made grabbed our attention. When we clambered back up the stairs, us feel like we could do whatever we Our first time down the steep flight of the ice cream lady had our milkshakes wanted, as long as we stayed inside the stairs bordered by shelves of dusty books, waiting. shop. we discovered a dark room that echoed with After a while, we grew comfortable with Despite the ice cream lady's outstanding the sound of dripping water in a cave. the miner. Actually, we liked the coolness of Moose Track Milkshakes, business was The room guided us via its many his room so we'd often take our ice creams always slow at Legends. This gave us free bookshelves and brick walls, and as we down there. roam throughout the corridors and rooms wound around the large basement, we For no particular reason, we stopped in the store, stumbled on an opening, going to Legends. But, we always looked The shop, once a saloon, had three floors. Much to our alarm, there was a man thereback on the place where youth and the aged On the ground level was the bar, made of sitting on a rock. met in a shop, and the place where history dark wood and antique mirrors. There were We immediately screamed and darted hid in the rooms and the walls, waiting to a few tables and unstable chairs, and.we'd toward the direction we had come. be discovered.