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10B Wednesday, April 8,.2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL State award will have far-reaching impacts on county The California Energy Commission's award of $2,6 million to the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment will provide benefits that will ripple through Plumas County and beyond. Sierra Institute applied for a grant to build a biomass boiler near the county's health and human services building in Quincy. The boiler will provide energy to augment the facility's heating system, saving the county an estimated $40,000 per year, and it will also heat the dormitories at Feather River College. The Taylorsville-based Sierra Institute has a vision for constructing small biomass boilers throughout the county. The installations will not only supply power and heat to various entities, but will provide jobs, an improved economy, more fire-resilient forests and enhanced water supply Local leaders have long addressed the benefits of forest thinning, but now, as the state is facing another year of drought and an increasing number of devastating wildfires, what was once considered by some to be a scheme to promote timber harvests is now being adopted as good environmental practice. There are those who argue that fire has always been part of nature and is necessary to promote forest health. That may have been true before the nation's citizenry began to aggressively fight wildfires. The result is overgrown stands that, when touched-by fire, erupt into something far more destructive to the landscape. Catastrophic wildfires devastate forests and destroy their ability to store the state's most valuable commodity: water. A market for biomass will also improve the local economy by putting people back to work in the woods. Even when the Forest Service puts up timber sales, some go unsold because of the requirement to remove biomass when there is no economical way to deal with it. The new Plumas boiler is timely because Assemblyman Brian Dahle has introduced legislation that would subsidize biomass, just as the state props up other alternative energy sources including wind and solar. Assembly Bill 590 would take $50 million from the state's Greenhouse Gas . Reduction Fund to support biomass. During a recent visit to the county, Dahle reiterated that biomass would generate power as well as improve forest health  provide more water for the state. Dahle, an oNgina] member of the Quincy  Library Group, understands the relationship between biomass and healthy forests. It benefits Plumas and surrounding counties to have someone Sb familiar with the area and its issues in Sacramento. We commend Dahle for his legislation and the Sierra Institute for pursuing and securing this grant, which will bring not only the county but also the state its first biomass plant of this type. The California Energy Commission ranked this project second among all of the proposals it received. The award notification has been made and is scheduled for confirmation in June. If all goes as planned, the biomass boiler could go online next year. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the appropriate staff writer or writers, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. Feat00Pfiblishing /0000wspaper For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Greg Knight Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Debra Moore Maddie Musante Ann Powers M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson . Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530).256-2277 Printed on recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. Hillary's 12 dirty words bad for Plumas County With Sen. Ted Cruz entering the fray of the 2016 presidential race last week, I took time to pause and reflect on what the 2016 candidate field may look like. At this early stage I would be willing to bet, for a number of reasons, that Cruz will not be the nominee and that whoever earns the right to run against the Democrat nominee will likely be far more astute and demonstrably conservative than the senator from Texas. That said, no matter who comes to the fore on the right, there will be hues and cries from the left going forward over the inevitability (and infallibility) of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic anointed one -- and the Clinton political machine i s already kicking into high gear over what it considers an "information war" in regard to how journalists cover her. Case in point: A group of Hillary supporters last week warned New York Times writer Amy Chozik that there is a list of "12 Dirty Words" that should not be used to describe the former secretary of state. GREG KNIGHT Sports Editor That group, HRC Super Volunteers, told Chozik, "We will be watching, reading, listening and protesting coded sexism." Last time I checked, there was this curious document, written long ago and far away in the cloisters of New England called the Constitution, which contains those pesky amendments -- with the first one promising the freedom to engage in dangerous, offensive speech. This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. April 8 1986 -- Clint Eastwood is elected mayor of Carmel. 2005 -- Over 5 million people attended the funeral of Pope John Paul H. April 9 1965 -- The Houston Astrodome, the world's first multipurpose domed sports stadium, opens. 1970 -- The end of the Beatles is announced by band member Paul McCartney. 2005 -- Charles, the Prince of Wales, marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony in England. April 10 1866-- The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is founded in New York. 1912 -- The Titanic leaves port from Southampton, England, bound for New York City for her first and only voyage. 1916 -- The PGA (Professional Golfers' Association) is founded. 1925-- The novel "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald is published. April 11 Today is eight-track tape day, bringing back memories of the music scene of the '60s and '70s. The eight-track tape cartridge was created by inventor William (Bill) Lear who also invented the Lear Jet. He died in Reno, Nevada, at the age of 75 on May 14, i978. 1976-- The first original Apple computer, the Apple 1, is released to the public by Apple Corp. April 12 National Library Week is April 12 - 18. Libraries in Plumas County are located at the following locations: 445 Jackson St. in Quincy, 204 Highway 89 in Greenville, 210 First Ave. in Chester and 34 Third Ave. in Portola. National Volunteer Week is April 12 - 18, recognizing, inspiring and encouraging people to seek out ways to engage in volunteerism in their communities. 1945 -- President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office and Vice President Harry S. Truman is sworn in as the 33rd president. ,195g = The polio' vaccine, deveioped by :; ' Dr?Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective. 1988 -- Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs. 1992 -- Euro Disneyland Resort opens and is subsequently renamed Disneyland Paris. Also, the last time I went to civics class I recall that the president was supposed to support, protect and defend the Constitution. So here is a little experiment in how a journalist can use 12 "dirty" words to describe Hillary Clinton -- and what her election might mean for the residents of Plumas County. As a candidate, Clinton brings a polarizing list of past foibles to the table -- most of which happened during her tenure as in'st lady and secretary of state. Whether it was the smear campaign she launched against Monica Lewinsky on behalf of the president, or the Whitewater debacle that saw the calculating and possibly illegal shredding of documents, or even the disingenuous way in which she has handled the Benghazi affair, she has shown she is insincere, ambitious to a fault and believes she is entitled to the inevitable crown of leading this great nation. In truth, I believe Clinton to be an over-confident and secretive aspirant to the concept of a New World Order that would see the next world war fought in our backyard. She is aligned with the neo-liberal wing of political ideologues that want to rule the world and will pay for it with youn tax dollars and submissionto what the media tells you. Moreover, using her past foibles as a map, Clinton will do anything to win and represents the past, She is desperate to keep a grip on the baton of power that was handed to her husband in 1992. Anyone with half a brain will realize she is out of touch with any level of what we do in our dally lives in Plumas County-- another Clinton administration would welcome not only more war, pestilence and famine, but would also see our beautiful lands cut off from public use, development of natural resources curtailed to even greater lengths and an assured influx of illegal immigrants that don't speak our language and don't respect our culture. Every word that was italicized in that missive above denotes the words HRC volunteers want taken out of the debate on Clinton, should she run for the presidency. I call foul on this because, as a journalist, ifI am critical of Barack Obama, in any way, the popular consensus is I have to be a racist and should lose my job. Now, with the Clinton machine firing up, any criticism of Hillary will likely be labeled as sexist and relegated to the fringe. Jeurtialists anti, eVery her type of truth.' seek6r should be free to say what is ' unpopular -- as long as it is true. There is only one truth and it cannot be put asunder by political hacks and operatives who seek to push an agenda. If it starts with 12 words now, what will happen if she makes it to the Oval Office? REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 72 year old William C. Ward, former editor of the Plumas National newspaper arrived in Quincy this week. He worked on the first newspaper established in Quincy--the old Mountaineer in 1856. He was also employed on the Plumas Argus and later on the Quincy Union Shortly after the establishment of the Plumas National in 1866, he became the sole owner in 1869 until 1884. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 There will be 14 teacher vacancies in Plumas County schools next school year and some 200 prospective teachers have been interviewed thus far. Mrs. Mary Ellen Garrett of Chester was far ahead of the nearest candidate as she, Richard Rutherford of Meadow Valley (588 votes) and Dr.Maynard Christian of Quincy (680 votes) made successful bids in the recent school board election. Mrs. Garrett received 921 of the total 1,289 votes cast. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 Bill Cottini of Quincy will challenge current Plumas School District Superintendent Floyd Warren in the upcoming June election. Warren has held that position since 1986 and has been in administration with the district since 1966. Cottini came to Quincy nine years ago as principal of Quincy High Local songwriters just as likely to If most people were to run their grubby little paws through my music collection, they'd probably end up wondering who the heck are all these people? Truth be told, I collect songwriters, the real artists behind the music. Oh, I've got some popular stuff, too. Why, I even bought a copy of Taylor Swift. 's recent CD "1989" -- not because I thought I'd enjoy another edition, of her teenybopper country pop, but because, frankly, the 20-something songstress turned more than a million copies of that CD the week it came out. In fact, it was the best-selling album of the entire year. Very impressive, especially at a time when the public just doesn't buy that many records anymore. While.I fired Swfft's yet-another-guy-did-me-wrong confessions totally boring (not to mention, oh, and wow, I'm so glad I finally discovered New York and New York likes me), I was still curious about her big-selling album. It's all about the songs and thus my collection of songwriters. Even though most of her stuffs not my cup of tea, she can write, and she deserves a place in my collection. But in case you haven't noticed, we have a bunch of talented musicians and some pretty darn good songwriters in our little corner of Northeastern California too, and I'm singing the praises of one of them today. I first heard Stone and Straw at a Words & Music event at the Lassen County Arts MY TURN SAM WILLIAMS Lassen News Editor Council, back in 2011. I had happy ears and even grabbed a copy of their first CD. Last week I ran into Rob and Heidi Steen, the husband and wife duo at the core of Stone and Straw -- a bluegrass-country-Americana outfit with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, standup bass and lots of nifty vocals -- and they gave me a copy of their new CD, "Biscuit & Gravy," with a dozen new original songs from Rob. Hey, I'm in songwriter heaven! Chris Retallack and Holly Sternberg join the Steens with some admirable playing and arrangements. The recording and mixing work well, and the simple production suits the bluegrassy material perfectly. It's an easy joy listening to this CD. Now any reaJ songwriter will tell you there are only three kinds of songs -- bad songs, good songs and great songs. Every songwriter writes plenty of bad songs, School and became director of special education last year. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 The Plnmas rCOUnty Board of Supervisors presented a resolution of appreciation to Linda Warndorf commemorating 26 years of service at the Plumas County Sheriffs Department. Upon retirement, she will continue to volunteer time to the dispatch center when needed. 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. create great songs especially at fn'st as they struggle to learn their craft. (The conventional wisdom in the business is the first 100 songs one writes don't count!) Eventually, with practice and persistence, one can write good songs with some regularity. But every once in a while there's a magic moment, and a great song takes shape, a song that makes the listener keep hitting replay -- you know, a song that touches and moves you so much you just can't get enough of it. "Biscuit & Gravy" features a bunch of really good songs, and at least one great one -- "Baby, Hold On" -- a song about thosetroubling moments we all face in our romantic relationships. To me, a great song captures a complex emotional moment with a few words in about three minutes time, and "Baby, Hold On" completely succeeds in that regard. It also features a catchy melody and some pretty harmony. It made me want to turn it up and sing along out loud again and again and again. Let me tell you, if there were any justice in songwriterville, we'd all be listening to the honest simplicity of Stone and Straw's new CD instead of, yikes, Taylor Swift's overly sampled, synth-drenched angst. So if you see the Stone and Straw folks boppin' around town, get a copy of their new CD. I hope you'll enjoy it-- and "Baby, Hold On" -- as much as I do.