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1011 Wednesday, April 25, 2001 II BB i ~ess~ve, Bulletin, Progressi~ ~.=dl#', e e Plumas County is beautiful and that beauty is enough to draw people here. But, it's not enough to keep them here or make them want to return. That's where people come in. More and more the Plumas County econo- my is focusing on tourism and recreation. New golf courses and resorts, improved ski- ing, better lake access and more opportuni- ties for whitewater rafting are drawing tourists to the area. But once they get here, we need to make them feel welcome and ensure that their stay is comfortable. Two recent events have served as a warning. First, there was a complaint about the con- dltions of a motel in Quincy. In a letter to the editor printed in this newspaper, the writer enumerated a number of deficiencies with a local facility. He felt that very basic services were lacking. Second, there was a letter and video sent to this newspaper, as well as other entities in the county, which described and showed an utter lack of hospitality on the part of a motel owner in Chester. In fact, the writer accused the motel owner of being a racist. It is highly unlikely that either gentleman will return to this county, nor is it likely that any of their friends will venture here. There are too many places to spend vacation time and money, other than at a location where you feel neither comfortable nor welcome. In both instances the Plumas County Visi- tor's Bureau is stepping forward to try and rectify the situation. In the case of the man who had anuncomfortable stay in Quincy, the bureau is trying to contact the man to ask him to give Plumas County another chance. $uzl Brakken, the director of the visitor's bu- reau, said another Quincy motel has stepped forward to offer free lodging, and the bureau will ?ffer free meals. Bra Rken knows t e i po i de of h dsp tal- ity and it's the subject of her coiumn we business section of this newspaper this week. As for the provider in Chester, Brakken will contact the motel owner to hear his side of the events. Shesaid if she is dissatisfied with his explanation, then the visitors' bu- reau will no longer recommend the establish- ment. This is the beginning of the tourist season and the perfect time to take stock of what we as a county must do to make our guests feel welcome. And it's not just the job of the motel owners or the restaurant owners. Every busi- ness has to make an effort, as does every indi- vidual. It's the tourists who make it possible for local residents to eat out at restaurants or shop at stores. Could the Iron Door in Jolmsvtlle continue to operate without tourists? No. Local businesses cannot sur- vive on just what Plumas County,residents can purchase, they need the visitors' buying power. So, the next time you see a tourist struggling with a map, or he or she stops to ask you a questioh--smile and help. Our economy depends on it. The other day the newspaper re- ceived a letter from a Los Angeles man who reported a racially moti- vated verbal attack, which took place in Chester. ! was surprised, since my experi- ence of residents here is the oppo- site. The man, a highly successful businessman in Los Angeles, re- cently visited Plumas County. The visitor went sightseeing, tak- ing pictures of the scenic beauty that attracts many of our visitors. When this visitor returned to the place he was staying, he wanted to take a photo of the lodging facility. The owner of the facility ap- proached the visitor and confronted him, asking "Why are you taking pictures of my motel?" When the visitor explained he wanted a photo to show where he had stayed, the business owner asked again, angrily, "I want to KELLER STAFF WRITER know why you're taking pictures of my (expletive deleted) motel." The owner then angrily threat- ened to throw the visitor out of the motel before storming off. The visitor, worried that the own- er was retrieving a firearm, decid- ed it was time to leave the motel. He went back to his room and prepared to leave. When the visitor went to the mo- tel business office to check out and get a refund, the business owner continued to speak to the visitor in an angry tone, using profanity. Photo courtesy WeStern Pacific Railroad 210 operated between Crescent la 19 3. It w=s al=e found as e wo tbeuml extra train. of the Plumas County Museum MiUs and Ih, eenville Rem6mber KERITABORSKI HISTORIAN 75 Years Ago ................. 1926 Jenkins and Elton, constructural engineers and builders were this week awarded contracts for the construction of three bridges in Plumas County. One, crossing over Clear Creek is to cost $4,865. One to be erected in Stampfli Lane in Indian Valley is to cost $4,490 and the third, the Pocket Ranch Bridge is to cost $2,883. 50 Yeats Ago ................. 1551 Census figures showing populations of Plumas County communities are: Quincy and immediate areas: 3,794. Greenville and immedi- ate areas: 2,525. Portola incorporated: 2,237. Chester and immediate areas: 1,610. These fig- ures were tabulated and released by the United states Department of Commerce. 25 Years Ago ................. 1976 Plumas County voters will have the opportu- nity to decide in November whether they want their Supervisors to be paid $1,000 per month. "Give him his money back," the said. On three occasions, owner called the old African-American I'm not making this up. The visitor, sensin with the business owner, the conversation inside ness office on video tape. I have watched the heard the language by the business owner. mistake: The business haved like a bigot. I'm not using the business or its owner. cause, as an owner of a ness, he can run his way he wants, although tion reminds me of the lawsuitagainst the rant chain, which was hand over $46 million for l the civil rights of many American customers. The reason I write that the remaining racism in Plumas be eliminated. I suspect that the tacked this visitor knows and I suspect he conduct his motel as he But the problem with ior, especially when it is at a business that is visitors, is that it taints What is this visitor think? It would be able to suspect that is home to a whole bunch idiots. ::: "Now, you and I the case, but as long as we! challenge our ne" they act like uneducated treat our visitors the waY t nessman treated the tion, we're all hurt by it. The Board of Supervisors voted place the measure granting the increase on the ballot. 10 Years Ago ................. 1991 A single engine Mooney from Washington state to bad weather near La Porte .killing all four NOTE: Items included in the When column are taken from our i newspaper archives and style of that particular period. TM grammar are not edited, so the as it actually appeared in the pets. Fea g / 2 vspaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicla Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Nscar Portola Editor Christi Sevtap Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenette Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gall Brown, VictoriaMetcalf, Will Fards, Woody Morgan, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams. SEVTAP CHESTER EDITOR To: Debra Coates Managing Editor Feather Publishing Dear Debra, It's all your fault, you know. Well, it will be, as soon as I run off to become a photojournalist based in Paris. You sent me a book, "Shutterbabe," by Deborah Copaken Kogan, and it's going to utterly change my life. I was perfectly content, minding my business and covering the news in our little town, then WHAM! You provide me with the one thing I'd never had be- fore: a role model. I read Kogan's book, all 270 plus pages, in two days, glued to every word, every ordeal, every adventure. That's what I want, I realized. I want to spend a month trekking through the mountains with Afghani guerrillas, just like Kogan. I want to fly off to Zimbabwe at a me- ment's notice to search for rhinoceros poachers, to capture their f'mal fate on film. I want to climb on top of a Soviet tank for a better view, for a better pho- to. I want to live in Paris between jobs, speaking French in a cafe populated by other photojournalists, trading war stories and proving myself among ray peers, just like Kogan. She's my role model, not Sally Ride or Madeline Albright. She left Maryland to live in France when she was 22, my age exactly, learned the language, convinced sexist French editors to let the little girl take a few photos of war and made a living at it. She was strong, brave and persistent, the things I want to be. It maims me glad that we're a small paper, that I have to take my own pic- tures. Otherwise, I may never have known how natural the camera feels in my hands. I like the point and click of it. In her book, Kogan says that if she were to en- vy any journalist, it would be the newswriter, because she can stand back from the action, think about the issue as a whole and digest it into a sto- ry. But, I envy the photojournalist- To be Christi able to lose oneself in the moment, to Photoj just aim the cam'era and shoot and shoot, gles and light, not she's asked the right whether she'll misquote whether she'll acc: the bias. And, there's a certain taking a picture that's not and well-shot, but tells a self. Not only do I admire Profession, but also because independent at such a It really is possible to plane, charter a flight into jungle, hop off in the nowhere and all by yourself the lions and monkeys) a camp where no one's and maybe won't even let know because Kogan did it. What do you say, Debra? I'll brush up on my a seedy little studio until we can sign on with then we'll get down and the horrors of war and the mankind. Thank you, thank you, Sincerely,