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~IOB Wednesday, March 25, 2009 " Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL and OPINION EDITORIAL mar The newest group of Plumas County supervi- sors has survived nearly three months together without a single outburst or overly contentious argument occurring in the boardroom, a rare feat of crowd control in a county where such oc- currences were far too frequent in the last tense months of 2008. This accomplishment of keeping staff, board and members of the public within the confines of polite discussion has been no mean feat, par- ticularly since there has been no shortage of contentious issues to discuss in the opening months of what promises to be a difficult year. This injection of civility and order-- a credit to the entire board -- is surely due in large part to Sherrie Thrall's steady hand on the gavel and ranks as one of many important accom- plishments of the new board. The supervisors have successfully selected a consultant to work on the General Plan update, a decision that had eluded prior boards for years, and are on the verge of selecting a new fair manager, leading us to hope that the other board known for drama in the past year will see brighter days ahead as well. The board also eliminated an unsustainable drain on the county's coffers by replacing the Cota and Cole law firm with Acting County Counsel James Reichle. Reichle, who works for considerably more reasonable fees, has thus far defied his critics by providing sound advice and avoiding controversy. Reichle has departed greatly from his prede- cessors by becoming an active participant in board meetings. The local attorney seems to have given staff prompt replies when asked for legal opinions and hasn't hesitated to tell the supervisors when they stray from the agenda. Whereas the past county counsel often ap- peared to wait for the board to ask a direct question during meetings, Reichle has shown a sense for timing and a willingness to interject when the board might be misinformed on a le- gal aspect of the topic under discussion. The two new board members have also ex- ceeded the expectations of their critics. Al- though they have not always demonstrated an instant mastery of all issues affecting the coun- ty, both have exercised patience and avoided partisan bickering. Last year we told the outgoing board it need- ed to listen more and pontificate less. The mem- bers of this new board seems to have taken that advice to heart by asking questions when dif- ferences of opinion arise rather than giving partisan speeches or making disparaging com- ments about those who disagree with their views. Overall the new board has accomplished what few politicians seem capable of grasping: They have worked together towards solutions that make sense to reasonable people, not party line zealots, and have addressed old problems without allowing new ones to stack up unat- tended. Now if they could find a way to teach mem- bers of our state and federal legislatures how to accomplish that feat, we might be getting some- where. We hope our local leaders can continue to work together productively as they move into their second 90 days in office, when budget is- sues are likely to grow increasingly urgent. A g / Breaking News .... go to I Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... S ports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Ruth Ellis Will Farris Brian Taylor Sam Williams Pat Shillito Barbara France Jeanie Jones Susan Cort Johnson Traci Bue Cheryl Frei Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Chester Progressive Times (530) 258-3115 (530) 257-53211 Indian Valley Portola Reporter Record (530) 832-4646 (530) 284-7800 orter finds old trash makes useful tool Back in the living room I thumbed d " through the owner's manual for the truck and discovered the complicated procedure required to make the plug : work: Push the appropriate button on the dashboard. Armed with this new and startling in- formation I once more positioned the MY TURN truck, pushed the button and com- , menced to whacking blackberries. WILL FARRIS All was going well, the bigger canes I Staff Writer cut with hand shears, and the trimmers The sun be shinning and the morning took care of all the smaller and dried chill gone: What better time to trim the canes. blackberry vines along the fence? I Right in the middle of a nasty bunch loaded up the trusty, electric hedge of berry stickers, which were attempt- trimmer, donned a pair of leather ing to suck the blood from various gloves, old clothes, a dash of resolve parts of my body, the trimmers quit. and drove the truck to the bottom of the "What the beck?" The cord is still driveway, plugged in to the trimmer, but no juice. The truck has this handy outlet inAs I lifted the trimmer for a close exam- the inside sidewall of the bed for which ination I realized that my 50-foot cord to plug in things, like electric hedge was now four feet long. trimmers. Plugged in the trimmers, did Back at the house I cleaned up the cut I, unraveled the 50-foot cord and pulled ends, twisted the wires together, sol- the trigger nothing, dered them and taped the whole mess up. That part of the cord looked like a t This debris-catching structure was in- stalled after the flood of 1997, when the bridge below was buried under several feet of rocks. What creek is it in? E-mail mysteryphoto@pluma or call your local newspaper office listed at the bottom of this page. Answers must be re- ceived by Friday at 5 p.m. All correct an- swers will be entered into a weekly draw- snake that had just swallowed dinner. It wasn't alone; there were three more such lumps in various parts of the cord. Back before I made the Can ,on home, I used to throw'things away. You know, a project is completed and you toss all the old stuff in the garbage. All because the hardware store was only a couple blocks away. Now I closely examine the old stuff and save whatever isn't too damaged. The need for a part or tool requires a trip to town. That's an hour's round- trip in driving time alone, not to men- tion the loss of momentum, which can amount to days of delay for a natural born Procrastinator, depending of course on how critical the project is. The result of all this is that now things just don't get thrown away if there is any question they will be need- ed in the future. A neighbor had acquired a wooden box kind of thing, which had been used to house some sort of critter. It sat in his yard'for a few years, taking up space, until his wife decided she was going to raise rabbits. As he began to modify this thing into a rabbit hutch he realized that it had begun life as the frame for a kitchen sink. I looked out my kitchen window awhile back to discover a small pond right where the distribution box for the septic tank was. This wasn't good con- sidering how expensive septic repairs can become. I called my buddy and asked him to come up and advise me. First thing he says is get down and start bailing out the pond so we can see what js going on. Once that nasty little job was done, we lifted the lid to the distribution box and bailed some more. What we discov- ered was the outlets from the box were completely plugged. And the flow from the tank itself was a trickle. What kind of tool did we use to clear the obstruc- tions? Tent poles. I had this old tent that had long since given up any pretense of shelter. But I inl for a free four- I" had saved the poles because they ~ j~i~iJ:) . +~+.~i.+.i;~ ,':+0~.+ weeK classmea aa :i i6ok6d handy. They were rigid but valued at $28. To learn the location of this photo, see Sec- tion A of next week's newspaper. Photo by Alicia Knacller could be bent to provide access in tight spots. Once more, old trash had become a useful tool. There is a downside to all this saving of old stuff: storing it and trying to re- member where it is when needed. I of- ten come across a stash of maybe-useful stuff and think that I have to remember where this is. But memory is such a slippery thing KERI TABORSKI Historian I: ,_EMEMBER WHEN Heavy rain this week throughout .................. Plumas brought to an end a drought that had been uninterrupted since February 1. 100 YEARS AGO... 1909 Mrs. Summers will be in Quincy this week with a full line Of the newest and best spring hats including dress hats and tai- lored hats. 75 YEARS AGO... 1934 50 YEARS AGO... 1959 A sharp earthquake registered 6 1/2 on the University of Berkeley Reichter scale was felt in all parts of Plumas County yes- terday. Damage was done in the eastern part of the county--two chimneys toppled in Loyalton and several windows were bro- ken in Chilcoot. Users of the coumy-owned memorial halls will taste a little of Proposition 13. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors this week decided to impose a fee on most users of the halls throughout Plumas County in an attempt to defray mainte- nance costs and utility bills. All groups and individuals except veterans and gov- ernment agencies must pay fees ranging from $2.50 an hour to $50.00 a day. The Quincy Lumber Company will oper- Note: items included in the weekly Remem- ate its Sloat mill this vear af r Y .AR AO.n avQ ber When column are taken from our bound year shutdown of" ' -" "'T ........ " "" , 'ESrnP;? m ! :ffW2TiiF:athnegr'T: li: ringcaftep:yth placeana racy. men will be furmshed total The Sloat mill move to our new P will operate two eight hour shifts daily ing on the cornerbo l a21 r:er :rbctlds Po; e.ntedas itactuallyappearedinthe gram newspapers with 150 men on the payroll, cent Street in Quincy. " " O 0 O ducatlon cuts could equal a failed natlon MY TURN JEANIE JONES Staff Writer jjones@Dlumasnews.c0m I have been hearing tales from friends and neighbors and reading stories about how California state budget cuts are affecting the public education sys- tem. Currently in our region of Lassen and Plumas counties, teachers have been given "pink slips" which means that many teachers in our area may be in jeopardy of losing their jobs. What I see happening now, and in the future, are more crowded classrooms and more mixed-grade classes. The problem? More and more kids are going to get lost in the cracks of a faulty education system, the algebra stage, yet he was never Does the government not realize the taught basic math skills in his early worst thing it can do to this country is grades. His teacher is now too busy skimp on education? teaching an overcrowded classroom to The children who are in our already give him the extra help he needs. failing education systems are the future Where does this leave him? He gets as- leaders of this country, sistance at home, but he is so far be- Personally, I want our potential gov- hind, he'll never make it back up to his ernment officials to be well educated grade level. and not pushed through a crowded I now understand why so many of my classroom with an overworked, under- friends and neighbors home school paid educator, their children. The government needs to find other The California education system is ways of"cutting the budget" and to dis- falling short, and the government, with cover a better alternative to the deficit its cuts, is facilitating that failure. than hacking into our future. Something has to be done about this Where did all the lottery money go educational crisis and it needs to hap- that was supposed to be going to our ed- pen now. ucation system? Is this not the reason You may think that if you do not have California voted for "legalized gain- a school age child that it is not your bling," to ensure our children and problem, but it truly is, just think about grandchildren would be properly edu- it. cated? Thi3 is the future of our country I am My son is in a school that has passed talking about and if we don't try and do him into the seventh grade, although he something about this, it is not just the is failing math. At this point in his in- children we will fail, but ourselves as struction he should be midway through well.