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lOB Wednesday, March 28, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, I / e Shootings at schools in the San Diego area and in other communities in recent years have raised awareness about the possibility of violence in our own schools. The prospect is frightening. Al- ready, during the past month, we've seen a few warning signs. Law enforcement has investigated several threats of vio- lence at local schools. The combination of factors under- scores the need for a method of protect- ing schools in Plumes County and their students. The Plumas County Sheriffs Depart- ment appears to be prepared for any outbreak of violence. The department's SWAT unit has trained time and time again for school shootings. Meanwhile, the district attorney's of- rice has put together a plan to try to pre- vent any outbreaks of viulence. District Attorney James Reichle has appointed an investigator to follow up on any threats to assess their authenticity. At the same time, the school district it- self has also taken measures to protect students and employees from violence. It also has recognized the need to make improvements. While the chances of a deranged stu- dent or other person using a gun or some other weapon to kill or injure oth: ers is unlikely, it's always a possibility. It's happened elsewhere, and it could happen here. Local officials should be applauded for trying to be prepared. While it does not guarantee that Plumas County will be spared in the future, such an effort cer- inly helps us breathe a little easier. Elected officials... PRESIDENT - George W. Bush, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202456-2461. U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D). 1 Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104. (415) 393-0707, FAX: (415) 393-0710 or:. 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841, FAX: 202-228-3954: E-mail: senator@feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR. Barbara Boxer (D). 112 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553, or: 1700 Montgomery St., Suite 305, San Francisco, CA 94111. (415) 403-0100. U,S. CONGRESSMAN. Wally Herger, 55 lndeImndencc Circle, Suite 104, Chico, CA 95973. (530) 893-8363 or:. 2433 Rayburn Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20515. (202) 225-3076. STATE SENATOR - Rico Oiler, State Capital, Room 2048, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 445-5788. E-mail: Senator.Olle~n.ca.gov. ASSEMBLYMAN - Sam Aanestad, State Capital, Sacra- menlo, CA 95814. (916 319.2003. GOVERNOR - Gray Davis, office of the Governor, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 445-2841. Fca g / vwspapcr Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Allele Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Nacar Portola Editor Christi Sevtap Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenetta Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gall Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Woody Morgan, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams. Several weeks ago, we conducted a survey on our Internet site that asked whether people believe District Attor- ney James Reichle should have his an- nual pay increased from about $71,000 to about $91,000 a year. About two-thirds of those who voted said no, and about one-third said yes. In addition, the issue also has been deliberated in letters to the editor. We had one reader note that, if Reich- le cannot get by on $71,000 a year, then perhaps he needs to alter his spending habits. Yet another reader endorsed a raise, noting that Reichle's performance has been excellent during the past 10 years. Reichle should be paid $91,000 a year. In fact, it would be a bargain. Here is why: In terms of his record as a prosecu- Print KELLER STAFF WRITER tor, Reichle has been successful. Even though Reichle's office has developed a reputation for over-charging defen- dants, such tactics have worked pretty well, since most defendants end up be- Lug convicted in most cases, even if it's a felony that has been reduced to a mis- demeanor. Very few cases actually go to trial--a sign that most of the crimi- nal complaints fried by the office are right on the money. In addition, Reich- le has personally tried, and won, two Pi {0 courtesy of the Plumes County Museum TIMe photograph was taken of the Gukllei family of Sierra Valley, after a return trip from Switzerland in 1904. Sfanding, from left: Irene Guidii Canonica, Rosalie Sofia Roberti-MalMpore (Suidii, Fred Guidii, Della (Suidii Hadinetti and Alex Guidii. Seated, from left: Frances Guidici Bony, Chester George Guidici and Alessandro Guidici. high-profile, complicated in recent years. Under Reichle's rice has also started an adult court that focuses on helping with drug addictions ly incarcerating them. In the such an approach is more the community--in terms saved lives---than jail. Now, he together a juvenile drug court that J designed to help the community's youth stay away from drug Several years ago, when Lake was poisoned by willing to try to prevent ment of Fish and Game the lake, even when everyone thrown in the towel. After poisoned, Reichle was willing to nally prosecute the officials dered the poisoning of the lake, when the state attorney general's threatened to assail his reputation. He assisted the 1999-2000 in attacking several problems in the courthouse, employee drug abuse. Reichle certainly has He's a love-him-or-hate-him kind of guy. But it's a larger issue personal feelings about the torney. The salary of the position of attorney is important. The require ments for the position are steep, hn- cluding legal skills and experience. The job also is one of the complex and serious positions courthouse. It's embarassing that ty's highest-ranking law official is among the lowest paid die trict attorneys in California. It does not matter whether the position is cupied by Reichle or someone else. Our district attorney should paid less than the sel, and he certainly should not be making less than any other town. It does make sense. When time is done, how in the world is Plumas County going to attract anY quality candidates for the position? Remember IRSRt HISTORIAN 50 Yeers Ago ................. 1951 The Twain Lumber Company has been sold by A.C. DeUinger of Quincy to High Sierra Pine Mills of Oroville. The Twain Lumber Company, located in the Feather River canyon was built by Dellinger in 1942. It has a present normal ca- pacity of some 75,000 board feet per day. 25 Years Ago ................. 1976 Earlier this month marked the 122nd birth- day of Plumas County. March 18, 1854 was the 75 Ifemm Ago ................. 1926 day California Governor John Bigler signed a Plans are being made for the establishment of bill creating Plumas County. a resort and campground on the north east shore of Lake Almanor to be operated by C.B. A copy of the Voter's Sample Pamphlet out- Utz. It is his intention to have cottages and tent lining the 15 state propositions that will appear sites which he will rent and lease and which on the June 8 ballot arrived in the Plumas will be equipped with electric lights and water County Clerk's office this week. Over 1,700 piped to each unit. There will be plenty of water pounds of pamphlets arrived from the Indiana from Big Springs for irrigation of lawn and printer and will be sent to the some 7,500 regis- flowers which will be planted, thus making the tered voters in Plumas County at a cost of about grounds very attractive. $300. 10 Years Age ................. 1991 Bev Woods, Plumas County's new er will perform her responsibilities for year as the salary set by the Plumas Board of Supervisors this week. that pay range which recognized her ence with the county fair and her 15 as a county employee. More than five feet of snow has higher elevations of Plumas County in days with Quincy receiving 24 inches over the past weekend and Lake ceiving four feet of snow. The heavy caused power outages in Meadow an Valley and Lake Almanor West. NOTE: Items included in the weekly When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent the style of that particular period. The grammar are not edited, so the copy as it actually appeared in the original pers. II I El ifiMS STAFF WRITER Winter gives way to longer days, warmer weather and another season of the greatest game in the history of the known universe. It,s a cycle that's repeated itself throughout my life, although my ever- increasing age, my incredible girth, and a silly elbow injury have probably ended my serious days of playing the game. When I was a child the longer days fingered for after dinner discussions about spring training, the young, up- and-coming fastball pitchers, the aging sluggers with slower bats, the Red Sex' chances in the pennant race. I wish I would have paid more atten- tion to those talks about the greats of the game. But the truth is, I didn't want to talk about baseball. I wanted to play. I had what I recognize now as the great good fortune of growing up in the North Park district of San Diego, an area where the weather allowed us to play baseball all year long. For those of us old enough to remem- ber those days of the 1950s, baseball was the only game back then. And we played it constantly. We even took our gloves to school so we could properly field a hard-hit grounder to short dur- ing recess. After school and after dinner when we took the field at the University Heights Playground, we learned and lived the great lessons of life as we played this kids' game. We learned the pain and inevitability of equality as we dug our spikes in the batter's box. We struggled to accept grim-faced adversity when a bigger and stronger kid stomped on the rub- ber or when; in a cloud of dust, we failed to beat the tag at second. We struggled with the frailty of ego- less teamwork as we figured out how to keep the ball in play and force an out. We were bludgeoned by fair play be- cause cheating always stole the very soul from winning. And with those broad, little-kid grins, we savored the sheer, unbeliev- able joy of an inning-ending 6-4-3 ble play. My brother and I, Scooter, Pete, all the other North Park kids discovered and absorbed truths without adult supervisors influences. They taught us how to the game, but we learned meant all on our own. I'm sure none of us left that field touched. I'm sure those lessons with the/n as they have with me. To those who don't know and understand, it's probably for me to explain the beauty fection of America's grand old So I won't even All I can say is that I know they: play baseball in heaven because ! an almost religious experience time I visit a ball yard, even here sanville. As I brush back my graying let my gradually-aging eyes past the batter's box and home through the infield to the mound, across the basepath to rious expanse of bright, green and the unflinching finality of the' field wall, I always know God is ing, too.