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r 10B Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter D I T O RIAL A.ND OPINION Is EDITORIAL massive It's just a frog. That's a pretty blunt, and probably insensitive, statement in the eco-conscious world we live in these days. But it's the simple truth. Way too much time, energy and tax dollars are being dedicated toward making sure the yellow-legged frog has a comfortable place to live -- safe from predators and man-made threats that could potentially mean doomsday for the 2-inch amphibian. There is no doubt that times are tough for the few little yellow-legged hoppers that remain. The million or so acres in California that are considered the frog's critical habitat are indeed shrinking. Some of the best and brightest minds have been dedicated to making sure the frog doesn't join the woolly mammoth and passenger pigeon in the "extinct" wing of the museum. Millions of dollars and hours have been dedicated to studies and plans to save the frog. Biologists are examining the problem from every angle. But there is one simple question that should have been asked a decade ago: fftlre yellow-legged frog disappears, would anyone notice? Seriously. Extinction is a part of evolution. Millions of species that once inhabited our planet are gone. They were replaced with species more suited to the environment. It's called survival of the fittest. The strong adapt and survive. The weak? Well, you get the picture. The species at the top of the food chain (that would be us) has been disrupting the natural order of things since we realized we could. We've moved other species around to suit our liking. Hundreds of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, crustaceans, insects and plants didn't exist in the Americas until our European, Asian and African ancestors brought them here (see horse, rabbit, chicken, rat and domestic cat to name just a few). As a result, other local life forms were forced to evolve, adapt or die. So why have we decided to draw a line in the sand to save the spotted owl and the yellow-legged flog?. What makes them any different than the passenger pigeon? The impact of protecting the owl meant the decimation of the once-thriving timber industry in the West. The full impact of keeping the frogs alive is yet to be known. But it's already being felt locally. The first local victims are the brook trout in a sroaU plu~a3~Jil~t~ l'al~e R~id people who eiij0 1:~ ~ ~ ,The California Department of Fish and wildlife's plan to remove non-native brook trout from Gold Lake in the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area will mean the end of fishing in that lake. The brook trout thrive in the lake. But they aren't considered native because humans put them there a hundred years ago. Granted, not too many anglers fish in Gold Lake. It is a relatively small body of water that requires some hiking to reach it. Regardless, the brook trout's days in the lake are numbered -- because they eat the yellow-legged frog. If other local lakes are subject to the same fate, the ripple effect could result in yet another dent in our local economy. Imagine if the trout were removed from the much larger, easily accessible Gold Lake in Lakes Basin above Graeagle. Tourism is vital to Plumas County. And many of those visitors come here for the fishing.., not for the frogs. The chance of the state pulling the fish out of all our lakes is unlikely. It won't happen. But there is always the possibility that another yellow-legged frog will show up near a lake like Gold Lake. If that happens, will the government issue another eviction notice to the trout? We hope not. Seriously, we are talking about one weak little species of frog. Instead of removing the trout, maybe we should just add more frogs. And then let nature take its course. Fea llshlng Wspaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Debra Moore Carolyn Carter Maddie Musante Michael Condon M. Kate West Makenzie Davis Aura Whittaker Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Will Farris James Wilson Susan Cort Johnson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Bulletin Record (530) 283-0800 (530) 284-7800 J Portola Reporter Chester Progressive (530) 832-4646 (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Westwood Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Help is always on the way for those who ask When I was a 19-year-old aspiring horse trainer at Feather River College, I struggled with reaching my goals of horse training success, mainly because I was getting bucked off so much during my two years there I lost all familiarity with actually being in the saddle. Every quarter, the school hosted a different expert horseman to come for the weekend and teach the students. The clinician would address the 30 wiry horse students and try to help them fix all of the problems they were having with their horses. For a few weeks after the expert came, we would all ride around like mini replicas of the clinician until our horses finally protested enough to show us there was more to it than just imitating good training. I can't speak for every student, but after ending up on the ground multiple times a week, even after an expert came and "fixed all my problems," I started to wonder what it was I wasn't getting. The program was great. The teachers MY TURN CAROLYN SHIPP Staff Writer cshipp@plumasnews.com were top notch. The horses were not fire breathing dragons and we got the best of the best in our clinicians. But something just couldn't click for me. So, I vowed that the next clinician who came to the school was not leaving until I understood what it was I was missing. The next clinician happened to be a man named Bryan Neubert. He was a soft-spoken cowboy who liked to tell stories, and rode a horse like it was This week's special days NOT JUST 1906 -- An earthquake and fire destroys AN ORDINARY much of San Francisco. DAY 1924 -- Simon and Schuster publishes the COMPILED BY lest crossword puzzle book. KERI TABORSKI April 19 1956 -- American actress Grace Kelly Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of marries Prince Rainier of Monaco, weekly notable special days and facts becoming Princess Grace. throughout the year. April 20 Today is Easter Sunday with lots of candy in those Easter baskets. Each year 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are manufactured along with 16 billion jelly beans and 700 million marshmallow Peeps. April 16 1962 -- Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of CBS Television Evening News. April 17 1964-- The Ford Mustang automobile makes its debut at the World's Fair in New York and in Ford showrooms nationwide with the starting price of $2,300. 1969 -- Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy. April 21 1952 -- Secretary's Day, now known as Administrative Professional's Day, is first celebrated. first Earth Day April 22 Today is Earth Day. The was celebrated in 1970. April 18 Today is Good Friday. Today is National Columnists Day, recognizing the importance and value of newspaper columnists. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists was founded in 1977. . T0day is National JellyBean Day~ . . ~ The first jelly bean dates back to the 1860s, however the first mention of the jelly bean in the news occurred in July of 1905 when they were advertised in the Chicago Daily News for nine cents per pound. attached to him. He made good horse training seem real and attainable for a wiggly thing like me. As promised, I literally stole the man all weekend long. I asked questions and I had a few different horses to use for ammo. Part of me felt bad because the other students where not getting an opportunity to consult with him. However, after the clinic I felt a little better. I felt like I had some good things to work on, but I still didn't feel like I had mastered my problems. I wasn't entirely confident I was going to be able to help my horses. Pensive and a little bit worried, I went up to Bryan to say thanks. Ialso apologized to him for stealing him the whole time. His response rang clearer than anything else he said to me the whole clinic. "That's OK," he said, "I pet the barn cats that come up to me." Those. simple words, which would only come out of a cowboy's mouth, resonated like a nun singing on a mountaintop. I realized then that my goals had nothing to do with getting help So I could be a better horse trainer; it had everything to do with flat out needing help. If I didn't make the effort to ask for help then I would have lost the opportunity to spend a weekend with Bryan Neubert. I might have taken time away from the other students, and maybe that was selfish, but I think there is never anything selfish about asking for help, and we have no control over just how much help we get. Five years later, I'm sure Bryan wouldn't know me from Adam, and that's OK. Truthfully, it doesn't seem like that statement should have hit me so hard. However, the fact is that most of everything I've done in the last five years was possible because I asked for help. Like a stray, mangy barn cat, I approached people not knowing if I was going to get a pet or not, and what is really cool is that 99 percent of the time I got more help than I could have ever hoped for. Now because other people helped me, I want to help other people. Suddenly, we've all turned into a hgr of barn ats chasing our metaphorical ~E#, just hoping to get a few pets from those who could help us obtain our goals. Admittedly, it sounds a little chaotic, but if you think about it, it's pretty nice to know that help is always on the way. P EMEMBER WHEN family for Easter dinner at Hotel Quincy ....................................................... Dining Room. KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Advertisement: Easter bakery specials at Wonderland Bakery include cream puffs at 5 cents each, potato dinner rolls 15 cents and cream pies 25 cents each. Advertisement: Plumas Meat Market features Easter specials including leg of lamb for 28 cents a pound, roast beef 15 cents a pound, pork roast 15 cents a pound, Easter ham 29 cents a pound, rolled veal roast 20 cents a pound. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 Advertisement: The perfect spot to spend the perfect Easter-- Keddie's Back Door Chuckwagon smorgasbord. Easter is family time so plan to take the whole Advertisement: Grocery store Easter dinner items featured this week: Ham 55 cents per pound, fryer rabbits 69 cents per pound, eggs 47 cents a dozen, leg of lamb 69 cents per pound, avocados 9 cents each, asparagus 20 cents per pound, butter 74 cents per pound. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Advertisement: Eat out for Easter: Timber House in Chester features an Easter dinner including ham, vegetable, salad, coffee and dessert for $11.50. The Beckwith Tavern features roast leg of lamb dinner for $10.95, Plumas Pines in Blairsden is serving a champagne brunch for $9.95, Cottenwood Club in Greenville Easter Sunday special offers an open faced prime rib sandwich for $6.95. Advertisement: Easter grocery items featured this week: Ham 97 cents per pound, cream cheese 68 cents, butter $1.65 per pound, celery 69 cents a bunch, yams 3 pounds for $1.00, avocados 49 cents each, strawberries 69 cents a basket, six inch potted Easter Lily $5.98. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 A California state inspector has closed the grandstands and family gardens at the Plumas County fairgrounds due to public safety concerns and emergency funding is being sought from the state to repair the the areas as early as May, well before the Plumas County Fair in August. 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. Music education should be mandatory at schools I've played some kind of musical becomes a diminished fifth. instrument most of my life, so no one ~i~"' .... ~ When a third note is added -- say 1-3-5 Should be surprised I believe music ...... . -- we now have formed a chord. In this should play a role in every student's case a major chord. If we lower the third education. And in that regard I'd like to ..... a half-step we have formed a minor chord. congratulate the Susanville Symphony Many guitar players like me use a Society's Academy of Music for providing ..... similar system to keep track of the chords virtually free instrumental music in a song we're playing, but we use instruction to everyone in our MY TURN Roman numerals to keep track. So the community, but most especially the ...................................... : ........... most basic rock and roll chord young people. SAM WILLIAMS progression is called a I-IV-V progression. Lassen News Editor Now to some people, the study of music swilliams@lassennews.com Those cool Nashville cats have their own has no practical application beyond version of this numbering system that making a joyful noise. They're completely allows a player who understands chord and absolutely wrong, and here are some and B steps in the C major scale. There progressions to almost instantly thoughts on why I say that. Have you ever are no sharp or flat notes between E and F transpose a song from one key to another. considered how much math is involved in and B and C. Guitar players who hate math working with the simple Now when a musician (or a group ofabsolutely hate this approach and refuse Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do major scale? musicians) plays more than one note in to learn it. They say they want to play Now the tones in the major scale can be the scale at the same time, it's called an music, not study math. Fair enough, I numbered as Do, 1; Re, 2; Mi, 3; Fa, 4; So, interval. Play 1 and 3 together and the guess, but this system really works. And 5; La, 6; Ti, 7; and Do, 8. This numbering interval is called a third. Play 1 and 5 that comment kind of makes my point. system continues into the next octave, so together and the interval is called a fifth. I can tell you this -- if-I were king of the next Re would be 9. The fourth and fifth intervals have the music education world I would insist All the steps in the major scale are their own curiosity, in that they are every student in every school learned whole steps (made up of two half-steps) called "perfect" intervals. Take a fourth about music. Not only do the young except the intervals between 3 and 4 and 7 interval (1 and 4) and reverse it (4 and 8, students learn something about other and 8, which are half-steps. If you were to which is 1 an octave higher) and it disciplines, they also satisfy that elusive look at a piano keyboard you would becomes a fifth interval, and important creative urge. notice there is no black key between the Raise that.4th tone a half-step and the Kudos to the Symphony Society's notes E and F and the notes B and C. interval becomes an augmented 4th and if Academy of Music. Keep up the good That's because they are the 3 and 4 and 7 you reverse as we did above the inversion work.