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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporterr Wednesday, April 2, 2014 91B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Plumas Arts, Town Hall Theatre face the digital challenge Movie businesses have WHERE I STAND greatly reduced. Where a heard over the last couple of Western States area once decades that the day was E VALLADAO circulated 50 film prints per coming when movie DIRECTOR movie, there are now fewer projection systems would all PLUMAS ARTS than 10. be digital. Projection systems - 10 reels. This requires a The Town Hall Theatre cost more than $150,000, projectionist to pay attention does well with attendance making the decision for most to make those changes on because we are literally the small theatres to wait it out. cue. (Many of us are old only show in town in a And so we have. enough to have been at the 70-mile radius, actually. In While we waited we movies when those cues are places with more people embraced the romantic missed.) there are more theatres with notion of screening films on a Just as we began to wonder many screens in most, so for two-projector change-over if that mattered to anyone any single film showing our system, meaning that film else, we faced the reality that numbers are pretty reels (20 minutes long) are 35 mm film prints really are impressive considering our spooled on two different being phased out. Paramount population. For this we thank projectors. The projectionist was the first to stop releasing a devoted patronage. watches for cues then "closes movies on film. No other People might not know that down" one projector and major film distributor has an film companies make "opens" the next for the end date yet, but the number theatres g ve back between 40 following reel. Films have six of film prints has beenand 65 percent of ticket sales for every film. That is why concessions are priced so high and the reason that theatres do not want drinks and candy brought in. The grim reality is that without concession sales our theatre could not afford to stay open. We get films "after the break." To get films the day they are released they need to be kept for two - three weeks. After that "break" films become available to theatres in a hierarchy of how much money you can make. With more film prints we could get the new releases within a month. With fewer prints in because we get the same attendance we would in seven days while cutting operating expenses. We schedule monthly so we, and our patrons, can plan ahead, With fewer prints, monthly scheduling is getting harder. We sometimes don't know if we are getting a movie until the Monday before it is scheduled to screen on Friday, Multiplexes can work that way; single screen houses like ours cannot. We are also an independent theatre, choosing movies that give our patrons more choices (instead of a menu set circulation we get films later, by big film companies): By It works for us to be open doing so we can appeal to a four or five days a week variety of tastes. Working this way has made it possible for us to keep our doors open far longer than most small-town theatres. This new pressure for a digital conversion will be the death knell for more. We do not want to be among that group, so we are facing the inevitable decision to "go digital." As we debated the digital conversion, we asked ourselves: Will it sell one more ticket? How can we possibly justify the expense? (Let alone pay for it.) Will people still go out to see movies? Will sophisticated home systems and digital See Valladao, page 11B More than cotton candy. Fairs play important local role Editor's note: This articleis WHERE I STAND barbecues and community reprinted with permission ................................... pledge drives. from the Cali.fornia Farm BRIAN DAHLE Burea u Federation. ASSEMBLYMAN Along with being fun and educational, county fairs worth the public's support, provide commercial that our tax dollars repay opportunities for small rich dividends when they businesses and a venue for invest in the infrastructure outreach from farmers to that supports and generates urban and suburban business. residents. And yet, state agencies that We don't ask Caltrans to have been critical hold bake sales so it can commercial hubs for more repair highways. We don't than a century, that generalte force the Port of Long Beach some $3 billion in annual to sell raffle tickets to buy business and support more new cargo cranes. California than 25,000 full-time jobs, recognizes that the critical these days are keeping the backbones of commerce are lights on with tri-tip What are we talking about? California's fairs and expositions. In 2011, at the worst of the state's budget crisis, the Legislature eliminated funding for the Division of Fairs and Expositions. This arm of the California Department of Food and Agriculture oversaw and promoted the 78 fairs from small fairs in Tulelake and Bishop to the California Exposition -- and provided critical base funding to the smaller rural fairs. The result of this cutback? Fairs have laid off staff. They've slashed maintenance -- a short-term economy we know all too well will bite us in the long run. They've spun off management to volunteer-driven community groups, whose members have an inspiring enthusiasm but operate on shoestring budgets that leave fair operations at risk of abrupt collapse. Despite these efforts, at least one fair, the San Joaquin County Fair, has been canceled for 2014. More are almost certain to follow if something doesn't change. And even as the state has eliminated funding for the fairs, they remain public agencies, subject to the state's many regulations and restrictions such as public meeting notice requirements, special audits, lengthy reports and unfunded inspections. As a business proposition, the fairs have all the costs and burdens of operating as a state agency but none of the critical fmancial support to meet their legal obligations. With California emerging from its financial crisis, the $32 million that the state used to spend supporting fairs is entirely affordable. It's also worth it. Californians will more than earn our money back. Fairs aren't just cotton candy and coin-tossing contests on the midway. They are serious business. The most recent economic report from the Division of Fairs and Expositions -- published in 2010, and naturally the agency hasn't had the means to update it since -- says fairs generated $2.85 billion in spending, nearly $900 million in wages and $127 million in state and local tax revenues. Trade expos associated See Dahle, page 10B LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week per person and only one letter per person per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open.letters.. Letters must b lirnited to a maximum of 300 words. The editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words. The deadline is Friday at 3 p.rn. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed to dmatonald@plumasnews.m Editor's note: With election season in full swing, letter writers who submit negative comments about a candidate can expect a phone call from the newspaper's managing editor for verification that they in fact authored the letter. Last week, a person wrote a letter critical of Supervisor Jon Kennedy's conduct during a recent public meeting that we took for face value and published. Subsequently, Feather Publishing learned the person who wrote (submitted) the letter did not attend the meeting as its content inferred. Had we known or had reason to suspect anything to the contrary, the letter would not have been published. Deputy did outstanding job I am writing to commend one of Plumas County's deputies, Steve Clark, for helping me deal with a difficult, and potentially dangerous situation, when a friend who was visiting me became extremely inebriated. I tried to convince my friend to remain in my home to sober up, but he insisted upon being free to walk around town, and probably purchase more alcohol to consume. My friend was literally "falling down drunk," was a threat to his own safety and to the safety of any other person he might encounter. Out of desperation, I dialed 911 seeking help, and Officer Clark was dispatched to my place of business on Main Street in Greenville. From the moment Officer Clark arrived, the situation improved. Officer Clark's manner was so calm that my friend also became more calm, and completely co-operated as he was handcuffed and taken to the jail in Quincy towant to yell. It's not only to million lives a year are saved sober-up overnight. At the alert the horse, but- ifby guns? same time Officer Clark necessary - the rider can take Verified occurrences of exhibited such a calm manner', precautions also. For example, killings by guns can be he was also extremely turning the horse towards you quantified and are reported cautious to not expose himself, to let it see what is coming almost daily. or my friend, to any potential from behind. The Constitution guarantees danger from a sudden outburst Some pedestrians think they the right of the peopleto bear of wild behavior as drunks clo their best by stopping and arms, but it is because a often exhibit. Officer Clark's standing still; but the horse "well-regulated" militia is every move was well might see them too late and get desirable; and all militias are announced (to not surprise my spooked. The best thing to do under the control of the friend) and calmly, carefully is keep going, even say Commander in Chief, the executed, something if you feel like it. A president. Living in a community friendly "hello" will do. Salvatore Catalano where the local police force Barbara Schoepp Taylorsville can both protect me and Quincy protect my misbehaving Project builds self-esteem friends is a quality of life asset Social media influences our that I value as priceless. My Shady statistics lives daily. It affects how we deepest thanks to Officer Steve And the killings go on. think, feel, and make Clark, and thanks to Sheriff The fact that guns are decisions. As a senior at Greg Hagwood as the leader of harmless sitting in a closet or Quincy High School I found such a flue group of lawlocked in a gun safe is the opportunity to do my enforcement officers as we irrefutable, and I like to think senior project on the basis of now have serving the that most gun owners are very this idea. I decided to work Greenville area. responsible, like my neighbors with seventh-grade girls along Ken Donnell who take care to keep their with my mentor, Trine Ritter. Greenville guns locked away and out of My goal was to change the way harms reach, these girls perceive social You can keep him That should be true of any media and changeits The latest news is that our potentially harmful object or influence on them. fearless leader is going to person. We held "Girls Group" with Holland to discuss more That's why we lock up those them every Friday. Each week sanctions against Putin.who kill with whatever we discovered a different Hopefully, all the people in weapon, topic. The girls were always Holland will meet him. That's why, though they very honest about how the If you like our president, encourage gun ownership, the things we were learning about you can keep him. Period. Swiss require that guns be made them feel and I couldn't Jan Klement locked up, all ammunition have asked for more. Quincy accounted for and targetI learned so much. We practice strictly regulated, learned statistics about many Be safe around horses onIf the NRA would really like of the girls' childhood toy, the road to make us believe that they Barbie. For example, if Barbie Thank you for being are on the side of life, they were a real person she would cautious when approaching a would go on a vigorous be anorexic, wear a size 3 shoe, horse with a rider or a horse ( mpaign of self-regulation, and would not have enough being led on the road. The problem with that, room in her body for a kidney. It is also for your safety to however, is that the NRATeaching the girls about how make a wide berth, drive in would be resisted by gunabsurd this was really opened the opposite lane at 10 mph manufacturers and domestic their eyes and my own to how and keep an eye on the horse, hate groups, which are unrealistic obtaining a body Since dealing with traffic l ,robably among a gun store's like our favorite childhood doesn't come natural to best customers -- if notdoll would be. horses, they eventually need to actually members of the NRA Another project we did was be trained not to get spooked a:s a body image collage. The girls by a car, truck or motorcycle. EIartmann suggests, went through several different But even experienced horses It seems to me that the NRA magazines and took out the might get scared by sudden c].aim that guns save more images that made them feel events a bird flying out of a people than they kill cannot be bad about themselves, like bush on the side of the road, a quantified. I cannot see how they needed to change, or that strange noise or smell near one can accumulate such they were not good enough. them, a cat or wild critter st atistics of non-events. After they made their collages, jumping out of the ditch next Of course, I am aware that they presented to the group to the road. Onwindy days it yo,u can accumulate statistics why they picked those images might be a plastic bag that for non-events that have some and how they made them feel. tumbles in their direction, sort of reference or structure. The common message through And, believe me, horses can For instance, if a baseball the presentations was that jump sideways, right in front team has a schedule of games none of the ideas of products of you. Thank you again for an,d it does not play two of that were being portrayed to thinking twice, those games, the non-played the girls are necessary- you For the quiet bicycle riders, games can be quantified as do not need a perfect body, approaching from behind a non-events, clothes, or hair to be a person horse, my suggestion is to What is the structure orwho is loved. announce their presence early mechanism that the NRA is The amount of knowledge I by calling out, "Hi, I am using to quantify their claims gained from this group of girls behind you" or whatever you that approximately one and my project is something I never expected: The girls taught me so much about myself and how to love my own self. Self-esteem and insecurity is something we all deal with and by working with these girls I got rid of a lot bf insecurities. Being able to be completely vulnerable in front of a group of girls without being judged is a rarity. I was lucky enough to be spending my senior project working with amazing young girls while educating myself, and building my self-esteem. The fmal outcome of my project will be held April 5t at the Drunk Brush from 4 to 5 p.m. I will be holding an interactive art show with wine specials and appetizers. I hope to see a good turnout for myself and the girls. My fmal outcome will tie together all of the themes we have focused on this year. I am very excited to share my outcome with the community and I hope to see a positive turnout. Kathleen Morrison Quincy Internet quotes A quick note regarding a letter in the March 26 paper. While I agree with the writer regarding Ukraine's nuclear disarmament, I have to point out that the George Washington quote he provided is entirely bogus. Washington never said those words or anything quite like it, although that quote appears on the Internet now and again. The Ben Franklin quote on the other hand was a paraphrase of something Franklin did write in 1756: "They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." As the wise Abraham Lincoln said once, "Not all internet quotes are dependable." Tom Heaney Quincy Support Measure A A recent letter writer is misinformed regarding the necessity of Measure A. The district has done an exceptional job of making the information available regarding its necessity. If the measure fails, the residents will lose their fire See Letters, page 11B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@county0fplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-maih whitehouse.gov/contact / U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 22843454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3075. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 Churn Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center. 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Reddirig, CA 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. t