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6B Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter r esidents encouraged to return U.S. census survey promptly In the coming days, resi- dents will receive a U.S. survey in the mail asking them about their house- hold. State Senator Dave Cox and other state officials are encouraging members of the public to fill out the survey and return it in the mail. "It is vital that residents return a completed census survey," said Cox. "Federal funding for roads, programs and services are deter- mined by the results of the survey." Cox added, "If California residents are not accurately counted, our state could potentially lose out on millions of dollars each year for the next 10 years." An accurate count will secure federal money and representation in Congress, according to the California Complete Count Committee. More than $435 billion ($4.45 trillion for the next 10-year cycle) in federal money is doled out each year. Con- gress and federal officials use data collected from this census to calculate the distribution of federal dollars. Federally funded pro- grams in California provide essential services, benefits and educational opportuni- ties for Californians. State officials are also concerned that California could lose a congressional seat for the first time in its 159-year history. Election Data Services predicts that California could lose a con, gressional seat if all Califor- nians are not counted. There- fore, it is more important than ever for all residents to complete the census survey. To encourage more partici- pation, the census form will be the shortest in history, with only 10 questions. For more information, go to ........ ht n w r i 00Adapta Sami was recently spayed and a little sore today. Yet this Siamese cross domestic short hair would love a good home. Please come and take a look. Juliet is a white and brown Pit cross needing a good home. She is a friendly spayed female with vaccinations up to date. She is great with other dogs and cats. Shelter hours are Monday and Friday 8am - 5pm, Wednesdays 10-7pm, closed 1-2pm for OO lunch and closed weekends. Plumas Animal Services $10 fee charges a and license fees are $5 per year. An officer will deliver a pet to the adopting party's veterinary of choice to have the animal altered in completion of the adoption requirement. For more information, call  O 283-3673 or visit Sponsored by: ,{'!l.J IN CY" 283-0480 Your local downtown full service pharmacy including veterinary compounding .g. *gg, Newspaper advertising works! CHAMPIONS PIZZA & WINGS 60 E. Main St., (in the Plumas Pines Shopping Center) These are just a few of the coupons brought back each and every week. Having your own business for the first time, thinking that you already know everything, and being thick-headed can create a very large learning curve. It has been my experience, having spent my childhood and most of my adult life in Quincy, that word of mouth would be sufficient. I knew that when a new business in town opens its doors everybody is excited to try it. I thought all I had to do was put out a superior product at a reasonable price and satisfied customers would continue to return. Then the economy turned for the worse and people started to really look for deals; my competition was quick to put out a value menu, but ! still held firm to my thinking (see thick-headed above) that consumers would still pay a little extra for a good product. Once sales slumped and the economy was driving consumers to really stretch their budgets, I had to play catch-up to get back in the game. I created specials and $5 lunch deals and turned to the Feather River Bulletin to help me to get my message to the people. It was Karen's advice to start using coupons in the local paper, and I was shocked at the response. I am now committed, with the help from our paper, to do my best to help you, the consumer, by offering more specials and coupons and great food. Look in this week's Bulletin for our latest coupons! Tim Schooler Let us help create your own success story. Give one of our sales reps a call today. 287 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA 283-0800 135 Main Street, Chester, CA 258-3115 REUOIII Greenville, CA 258-3115 [ITOU IIIIYII 133 W. Sierra (Hwy 70), Portola, CA 832-4646 Iun and games at CliP camp teaches a serious lesson R_EPORTEP.VS NOTEBOOK JOSHUA SEBOLD Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.corn Simply spending a day at a California Highway Patrol Academy would give the average person an idea of what it's like to be an officer in about the same way that watching a Japanese game show would teach him about that culture. That isn't to say you can't learn something from either, but the experience tends to drag most people toward the entertainment aspects as op- posed to the educational ones. I think during my recent visit to the academy in Sacra- mento, attending a "CHP Media Boot Camp," I man- aged to skirt the line between baseball fantasy camp and my weekly county Board of Supervisors meeting relatively well. I felt like puking for about an hour at one point; I was having a bit more fun than I would on your average work- day for most of the time, but most of all I confirmed my earlier suspicions that I've never been cut out to be a cop. I will admit right away that I spent almost as much time studying the other media personnel at the event as the peace officers. Seeing a couple of my big city "peers" pant into a camera and moan about how excruciating the morning exercise routine turned out to be was one of the high- lights of the day. It's not that the workout wasn't tough, as I mentioned before I felt like puking for about an hour afterwards, but I had to wonder how a viewer at home would react to that kind of report. I'm assuming the reporters who took this approach didn't spend the day before explaining how they faired when running six miles, how much they could bench press or what their 40 time was. It seems that lack of context would make it impossible to judge how hard the CHP workout was simply from seeing a person panting on TV. The right kind of fitness I will tell you the workout seemed to be calculated to go on just long enough to impress and embarrass every media lJarticipant, and the man in his 40s who led the CHP cadets in their workouts seemed to be doing just fine. Granted, it kicked my rear end, but I was surprised most people's views on the subject seemed to end right there. Particularly interesting to me were the types of exercises the cadets focused on. I climb Spanish Peak and ski down in my free time; I play full-speed touch football with friends for hours on the weekend; I feel like I could survive any of the activities I did in high school right now without too much trouble, but most of those skills are worthless to a CHP officer. Their exercises to me seemed very similar to what I imagine mixed martial arts athletes undertake. The workout consisted of a series of explosive muscle move- ments in succession. When I work out, I'm usually focusing on form. I do a slow motion push-up in the time CHP officers do two or three. I also take a five-minute break between repetitions to let my muscles recover because that's what you do to stay in shape for normal physical activities. CHP officers aren't in- terested in being in shape in the sense of looking good or being generally fit; they're focused on being able to fight for their lives in a short span of time. One of the close combat instructors we worked with later in the day said if his officers are suddenly hit in the face during a traffic stop he wants there to be abso- lutely no quit in them until their bodies are physically incapable of moving. CHP officers don't need to run marathons; they need to be able to put all they can into a fight to the death in close quarters. That further demonstrates the ridiculous nature of the reports that "CHP officers are in good shape because I'm tired after doing their exercises." CHP officers are in good shape, no question, but what's more interesting is how specific their workouts are. Practically nobody else, except for boxers, wrestlers and mixed martial artists train to go nonstop in a short- term engagement. The officers' workout consists of doing 10 quick pushups, 10 leg lifts, 10 sit- ups, 10 pushups again, and on and on with about six other types of exercises mixed in at random. The point is to use any muscle in any awkward position in close combat upon command within a second's notice. That means your average person attacking a CHP officer, even an assailant who may be in shape and See Fun page 7B The Plumas Superior Court is looking for A FEW GOOD PEOPLE Soon the Plumas Superior Court will be choosing 19 county citizens to serve as members of the 2010-2011 Plumas County Grand Jury. Do you have what it takes? The Grand Jury is a critically important element in our county. It is authorized by law to investigate all branches of local govemment to be assured that they are being administered efficiently, honestly, and in the best interests of its citizens. To serve as a grand juror, you must: Be a US Citizen Be 18 years of age or older Be of sound mind and body Be able to understand and speak English Have not been convicted of a felony or malfeasance in office Not now be an elected public official Be a resident of Plumas County for at least one year Be able to maintain confidentiality Grand Jurors will be expected to meet one day a month as a group. In addition, thcy may be required to attend sub-committee meetings more frequently. They should plan on devoting several hours a week toward Grand Jury business. How much time each juror spends on the Grand Jury will depend on their assignment and the amount of time they are able to offer. If you have some free time and would like to contribute your services to our county, please send your name, address, phone number, e-mail address if you have one to: Ms. Therese Phelps, Deputy Jury Commissioner Plumas Superior Court 520 W. Main St., #304 Quincy, CA 95971 E-mail: therese.phelps Tel. (530) 283-6297 All responses must be received by April 9, 2010