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6B Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITOKIAL ............................. _.,...._..,....,...,..,.._..,.,.,.... .......... , .................. Better times ahead with housing uptick, high-speed Internet After more than haft a decade in the dumps, Plumas County might be ready to emerge from the depths of the Great Recession. At least it looks like we have hit the bottom. A story in last week's Sacramento Bee offered a ray of hope for our local real estate market. Granted, it usually takes time for surging housing prices to reach rural areas, but the housing market in California cities is red hot. And no city is booming more than Sacramento. The Bee's April 18 story reported the median home price in Sacramento County jumped more than 31 percent in March compared with the same month last year. The median price of $205,000 broke the $200,000 barrier for the first time since 2008. Last year at this time, the median home price in Sacramento was $156,000. A survey of Realtors in Plumas County revealed a situation not nearly as rosy as Sacramento's. But they agreed the worst may be behind us. The higher-priced second homes-- which constitute a significant Chunk of our market -- are still empty. And offers are few and far between. But the market for lower-priced starter homes is showing signs of life. Some of the homes are selling for the asking price, which hasn't happened since the real estate bubble burst five years ago. With an improving job market statewde and mortgage interest rates at an all-time low, it is just a matter of time before the second-home market regains some traction. We could begin to see signs of recovery this summer when more tourists start showing up to play and relax in our forests, lakes and rivers. Gas prices, which traditionally rise during the summer driving season, are actually expected to fall by about 30 cents in the coming weeks, according to several reports. Cheaper gas could prompt more people to make the relatively short drive from the greater Sacramento Valley, Bay Area and Northern Nevada regions. Some local resorts are already reporting an increase in summer reservations. News that things are getting better in the big city is good news for us. They are the people who will be spending their recreational dollars here and buying our vacant vacation homes. We are still a long way from the prosperity we enjoyed a decade ago. And, as much as we would like to see job-producing businesses move here, the reality is we still rely heavily on tourism and recreation to pay the bills. That being said, we could see a surge in job growth when the installation of the fiber,optic Internet transmission lines is completed this summer, thanks to Bob Marshall, general manager of Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative, who began working on this project several years ago. His foresight, determination and hard work will make high-speed broadband Internet availability become a reality throughout the region. Not only will it fill the immediate technological needs for many in the public and private sector already here, but should create a new market for those who work from their homes. Marshall, along with Audrey Ellis, executive director of the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, recently formed a recreation and technology team (rec and tech) that has been busy planning strategies to promote the quality of life we all enjoy here with this new, very fast high-speed Internet service. It might take some time before we feel our share of the good times. But it certainly feels like better times are on the horizon. Feat00ing /00mwspaper 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: Laura Beaten Carolyn Carter Jordan Claw Michael Condon Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Alicia Knadler Debra Moore Maddie Musante M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Bulletin Record (530) 283-0800 (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Westwood Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Printed on I'ISOY INK I ' California Nspape recycled paper Publishers Assoc. just call me Sp Racer -- sort of a few times. That was one opportunity I wasn't going to pass up. When I first started covering the races, I took special note of the drivers' eyes after a race. They all had a slightly glossy look to them with dilated pupils. You can tell that racing stirs up their nerves a bit. favorite types of food. It somewhat confused me a bit at first. I Conversely, trying new foods hasn't always rewarded me with pleasant experiences. Some Australian friends once got me to try Vegemite. It looks and tastes like something you would find in between your toes. When I took the job as the sports reporter for the paper, I made it my goal to go out of my comfort zone and try sports I hadn't tried before. There are so many sports and recreational activities available in Plumas County that it seems impossible to try every one. The only activity I've had a Vegemite-like experience with so far is ocean fishing. Apparently I don't have sea MY TURN ..... ' ........... : ........................... ............................................ Sports Reporter legs (or a sea stomach, for that matter). Well, recently, the chance to drive a race car was presented to me. My friends Jesse and Jason own a car they race at the American Valley Speedway. The "Play Day," a time when all the drivers test out their cars to make sure they're ready for the season, was coming up and Jesse told me I could take his mini dwarf for a spin around the track 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 24 The first continuously published newspaper, a single page weekly, the News-Letter, was published in Boston, Massachusetts in 1704. In 1913 the 57-story, nee-Gothic designed Woolworth Building skyscraper opens in New York City. April 25 In 1901 New York becomes the fi/'st U.S. state to require automobile license plates. April 26 Today is National Pretzel Day. Pretzels are believed to be the world's first snack dating back to 610 A.D. in Southern France where monks baked dough in the shape of arms folded in prayer. Today is Arbor Day, celebrating the first Arbor Day which was held on April 10, 1872, where some one million trees were planted in Nebraska City, Nebraska. In 1865 in Virginia, Union cavalry troops corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln in Virginia. April 27 Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City in 2006. Today is National Prime Rib Day. I have to dedicate this day to my husband, Mike, who is an ardent fan. April 28 In 1969 Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France. April 29 In 1968 the controversial musical "Hair" debuts on Broadway in New York City. In 2004, Oldsmobile builds its final automobile, ending 107 years of production. The Royal wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey in London in 2011. April 30 In 1789 on the balcony of the Federal Hall in New York City, President George Washington took the oath of office to become the first elected president of the United States Louisiana Purchase -- In 1803 the United Sates purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $1.5, doubling the size of the nation. In 2009 Chrysler Automobile Company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. mean, I drive all the time, but I don't get wrecked nerves every time I go to the grocery store. I wanted to see what all the hubbub was about. I arrived at the track with my wife Amy and my friend Big E in tow. They were there for moral support, but mainly to see whether or not I was going to crash. Jesse showed me the car and the first thing I noticed was how small it was. It was only about 6 inches offthe ground and looked like it would be a tight fit for a jockey. I'm kind of a bigger guy, so I had no idea how I would fit into it. Well, the steering wheel was removed and somehow I squeezed myself in. Jesse quickly explained how all the gears worked before letting me drive over to the track entrance. Once I got to the entrance, I was informed that Chase Neiman, an experienced driver, wouldbe on the track too. That freaked me out a bit. I was OK with putting myself in danger, but another person? Before I knew it I was cleared to go. I took the first lap a little slower to get my bearings. I was about half-way down the first stretch when Chase zoomed by me. After the first lap I decided to let loose. It was a rush. I felt like I was in a high speed pursuit. AC/DC was playing in my head as I spun around the corners and rocketed down the straightaways. My heart was racing and my worries about crashing the ca r evaporated and I just went for it. After about five or six laps the checkered flag was waved, so I slowed down and drove back to the pits. Jesse and his crew, along with my wife and Big E, all surrounded me as I got out of the car. "So, did you have fun?" asked Jesse. "Yeah buddy!" I exclaimed. "How fast was I going?." "Well, your best lap was 42 seconds," Jesse informed me matter-of-factly. "Jason's average lap is around 20 seconds." I was stunned. I thought I was giving the Flash a run for his money, but apparently I was crawling in comparison to all the other racers. "Sorry, baby," consoled my wife. "Not all of us have what it takes to be the next Marie Andretti." "Yeah, there goes the hope for the first Jewish race-car driver," added Big E. My respect for those drivers shot up exponentially that day. My nerves were shot, and they go twice as fast as I did. I really don't know how they do it. That day in the race car truly showed me where my place is at the speedway: in the grandstands with a corndog. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO .............. 1938 Walt Disney's feature film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" will be at the Gilda 'Theater in Portola this week and the Town Hall Theater in Quincy next week. See Snow White with Dec, Grumpy, Dopey, Sleepy, Happy, Bashful and Sneezy. Fencing located at the right of way of the new Vinton-Loyalton Road was started this week with grading to begin next week. 50 YEARS AGO ......... 1963 It is estimated that some 30,000 people visited the Chester-Lake Almanor tourism booth at the Los Angeles Sportsmen's Show held there last week. A 10 by 20 foot booth with materials donated by Collins Pine Company of Chester and a team of 13 representatives from the Chester Chamber of Commerce handed out some 25,000 printed brochures. 25 YEARS AGO ........... ;1988 The "Couch Trip" the movie now showing at the Quincy Theater is adapted from the 1970 novel of the same name written by Cromberg resident Ken Kolb. 10 YEARS AGO ........... 2003 The Feather River Land Trust, a local conservation organization, recently purchased the 575 acre Maddalena Ranch property located in Sierra Valley. The property will be managed to continue cattle grazing and to conserve the wetland resources to the more than 100 native bird species. 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. Building strength and losing weight " After a six-year-long excuse of carrying my "baby weight," I have finally made a commitment to get back on the treadmill and start toning my tender spots. To do this, I decided it was time to get my "cake" into the gym and begin a strict workout routine. Lucky for me, my co-worker M. Kate West has recently joined the same gym, and is helping me commit to a scheduled routine. Dieting and exercise is nothing new to me, but as a single woman who is not getting any younger, it is becoming increasingly important that I revitalize my "girlish figure." Aside from trying diets such as Weight Watchers, South Beach and Julian Michaels, I have tried solo exercises such as yoga, Wii Fit and bicycling. I was able to lose a substantial amount of weight on Weight Watchers, but I have not been able to stick to an exercise routine. This is something that has me quite taken aback; when I was younger I dedicated every morning to one exercise program or another. I was focused; I was motivated; and I was determined. Why is it now that I am 261 cannot wrap my mind around those same philosophies? I know that my body is not nearly the same as it was 10 years ago, but I would expect my mind to be as determined, if not more so, than it was before I hit my 20s. 4ii;,i , MY TURN SAMANTHA P. HAWTHORNE Staff Writer shawthorne@plurnasnews.corn Perhaps by writing this article and making people aware of my goals, my mind will stay focused on the task at hand -- to build the body of an Adonis and the energy of a 5-yearld. OK, so the Adonis part is a little farfetched but I think you get the picture. I want to be able to have the energy to run around with my son,.and look good while doing it. Is that so much to ask? I think not, and I am sure many of you women out there feel the same. So what exactly will I be doing to accomplish this goal? For starters, I have taken a measly one hour out of my schedule for three days a week and given it to the gym. As of the date of this writing, I have only let the sweat drip from my face once and already I am feeling it; I can feel my muscles tightening and my perseverance increasing -- it's a great feeling. My personal trainer said that in as little as six weeks my body should be showing signs of improvement. All I can think of is, "Why didn't I do this sooner?" If six weeks is all it takes to make a difference, why has it taken six years for me to step foot in a gym? Of course this is only the beginning. My next step is to change my attitude about food. This may sound strange to some of you who have never battled a weight problem before, but I do not eat enough. It's not on purpose, I just forget to eat. More often than not, by the time dinner comes around all I have consumed during the day is coffee. I know this is detrimental because when I do sit down for a meal, my belly wants to devour all the wrong things and all the wrong portions. Since most of my efforts in the past have been focused on dieting, however, I am going to stay one-track-minded for now, and focus on building strength and muscle. In the meantime, I will do my best to steer clear of the chips aisle, and try to cut down on the mixed beverages. I am trusting that by the time my next opinion piece comes out, I will have a few more words of wisdom and a little less "extra baggage."