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lOB Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL New supervisor could also mean new county CAO Supervisor Jon Kennedy's recent announcement that he won't seek a second term could mean a change in the way Plumas County operates. In particular, it could mean the return of a county administrative officer. Kennedy is an intelligent and tireless guy who prefers a hands-on approach to running the county. His strong will and outspoken management style-- some considered it micromanagement -- earned the supervisor praise from this paper. But sometimes it provided fuel for his critics. One of Kennedy's stated beliefs is that the county can be run without one person in charge of day-to-day operations. In other words, no county administrative officer. And -- partially thanks to Kennedy -- the county has indeed functioned OK without a chief administrator since former CAO Jack Ingstad was Kred more than two years ago. But managing the county is a complicated, multilayered job. The duties should be handled by a battle-tested administrator with a solid grasp of law, finance and personnel management. Currently, the county is forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars on consultants who handle CAO duties that the supervisors and county counsel don't have enough time or expertise to deal with. Instead of relying on a CKO's research and recommendations to make informed big-picture decisions, the supervisors are spending a lot of time dealing directly with department heads. The supervisors sometimes use boardroom time to hear grievances and make minor decisions that a CAO would handle. It's not the ideal use of a supervisor's time. Opportunities are sometimes lost and time and money wasted by not having a CAO to lean on. Very few counties operate this way because it simply isn't efficient. The two men running for Kennedy's seat on the board, Jeff Engel and Jim Judd, have publicly endorsed hiring a CAO. They are both businessmen who understand that running a county is a lot like running a business. Judd even stated during a recent forum that county department heads shouldn't be attending Tuesday Board of Supervisors meetings. He said they should spend those hours running their departments. The new District 5 supervisor could represent the deciding vote that would bring a CAO back to the county. We have said it before and will emphasize it again; the Board of Supervisors has done an admirable job managing the county without a CAO. When they decided to take on the extra duties themselves, they did it to save money. The county's fmancial picture was bleak in 2011. The money the supervisors saved by not hiring a CAO probably saved a few county workers' jobs. The county's financial landscape is much greener today. Thanks to painful budget cuts the current board has made the past several years, the county is in better fiscal shape. The sitting supervisors deserve a lot of credit for that. But now that things are better, it's time to build on that success by running the county like a successful business. It starts with hiring an experienced CAO. That doesn't mean we need to fill the position tomorrow. The supervisors should crunch the numbers during the current budget process to see how much we can afford to pay a CAO. The money obviously won't match big-county compensation, but should be relative to that of other counties our size. Our county has a lot more to offer a prospective CAO than money. Many Plumas County professionals have passed up a big-city paycheck to enjoy our quality of life. No doubt there are many experienced CAOs who would love to join us. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. Feat00!;00blishing y00Newspaper 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 Carolyn Carter Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Debra Moore Maddie Musante M. Kate West ' Aura Whittaker Sam Williams' James Wilson  Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Community support makes a big difference Hope springs eternally and in Lake   Almanor that certainly is true, especially when talking about the Almanor Recreation , and Park District. i .... Little could anyone imagine that when the voters went to the polls in 2000 to form an unfunded district their vision would lead ::: to how the district operates today. ::: i :!;ii! : Despite the passing of 14 years, with no : , sustainable funding base, the district has MY TURN continued to thrive and this is solely due to the sweat equity of many dedicated volunteers. For the first years it was all about discovery and the middle years brought state funding for capital improvements and the recreational landscape of Chester began to change: first with the building of the Truman Collins Sports Complex multipurpose field and then with the collaboration and joining of Proposition 40 M. KATE WEST Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com dollars to build the Almanor Recreation Center. In these latter years, when funding ,sources decreased, volunteerism surged to an all-time high. As a founding board member of the recreation district, a Feather Publishing staff writer and the current 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. MAY 7 1847 -- The American Medical Association (AMA) is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1998 -- Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler Motor Company for $40 billion and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history. 2000-- Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as President of Russia. MAY B 1886 -- Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patented medicine. 1912 -- Paramount Pictures, then known as Famous Players Film Company, is founded in Hollywood. The named changes to Paramount Pictures in 1916. 1976- The roller coaster "Revolution," the first roller coasterwith a vertical loop, opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. MAY 9 1949 -- Rainier Grimaldi III becomes the Prince of Monaco reigning until his death on April 6, 2005 at the age of 81. 1958 -- Alfred Hitchcock's fim "Vertigo" has the world premier in San Francisco. 1974 -- Watergate scandal. The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opens formal impeachment hearings against President Richard M. Nixon. MAY 10 1908 -- Mother's Day is observed for the first time in the United States in Grafton, West Virginia. 1924 -- J. Edgar Hoover is appointed as Director of the FBI and remains so until his death in 1972. 1954  Bill Haley and the Comets release "Rock Around the Clock," the first rock and roll record to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. 2013 -- One World Trade Center or the Freedom Tower becomes the tallest skyscraper building in the Western Hemisphere. MAY 11 Today riS Motler's Day 1858- Minnesota, "The North Star State" is admitted as the 32nd state of the United States. 1927 -- The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences is founded. MAY 12 Today is Limerick Day, celebrating the birthday of writer Edward Lear, who popularized limericks, although he :did not use the term. The origin of the name of the five stanza poems that rhyme is debated but its usage was first documented in England in 1898 and is a reference to the City or County of Limerick where it was a common parlor game. Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland. MAY 1 1994 -- Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. sitting district president, I have continually been in positions that have provided insight to this organization over the years. In my opinion, volunteers have been equally as important as capital improvements in the district's forward momentum. In looking back I can recite the credits of many individuals for their valued contributions to recreation and the community. John Goolsby is a good example. Even after retiring from the district's board, he continued to manage the sports complex project to completion. High credit also goes to past ARPD board member Cheri McIntire for taking over ahd coordinating the Chester Classic Fourth of July Fun Run up through its 25th year. This event continues to fund over half of the district's annual budget. But even more than her coordinating efforts, I would have to give the highest marks to Cheri for her actions in what I would call the turning point in making the district what it is today. When she felt her time for coordinating the event was coming to a close, she did what we all do; she went forth and found her replacement in the team of Eric and Aletha O'Kelley, a couple who later went on to become the volunteer leaders of the district's first youth sports program., The program was soccer and it has become so much more than a youth sport; it is the continually renewing catalyst that drives the district's successful programming and volunteerism. And, while I don't have awareness of everyone who has given of their personal time to make the soccer league a success, I do know that without parent coaches and community support, this program wouldn't have endured. As I mentally leap forward in time to 2014, all I can say is the express train has left the station and it's traveling so fast it's almost a blur! There is an amazing energy surrounding the district and it is so positive and so productive it's darned near scary. Working for years with no sustainable funding, the often-spoken mantra of the volunteer board members, when approached by others with ideas, has always been, "If you can think it up and you want it to happen, then you are responsible for finding the money and the labor to mike it happen." As new faces and ideas with solid foundations greet the board of directors frequently, I have no doubt whatsoever that the community has certainly taken that much-repeated statement to heart. Even as I have given much credit to the community for the district's ongoing success I must say, when all is said and done, how proud I am of the dedicated efforts of all ARPD board members, past and present, for the district's good standing in the community. While it is most flattering for Almanor Recreation and Park District to be referred to as the "new economic engine" in theBasin, what touches the heart the most is the well-earned trust given by the people we serve, their confidence that their ideas and opinions will be welcomed warmly and the resulting steady growth of our recreation family. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Mother's Day advertising: Lynn's Beauty Shop featuring machine permanents $3.75, machineless permanents $5.00. Lovely linen handkerchiefs, 5 cents each, silk hose $1.00 a pair: available at Ayoobs. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The Governing Board of the Plumas Unified School District agreed to close Grays Flat School in the Feather River Canyon with the students being transferred to schools in Quincy. The closure effects a total of eight first, second and third grade students. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 The Whitehawk Ranch Equestrian Center will celebrate its Grand Opening Saturday offering trail rides, buggy rides and horse arena activities. The 950 acre ranch is located south of Graeagle. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 Some 200 people in historical attire attended the 150th birthday party of Plumas County held at the Feather River Inn Saturday night. The Plumas Unified School District currently has 2800 students and 17 schools in the district and seeks to consolidate some sites including Feather River Middle School with Portola Elementary School, Greenville Elementary School with Taylorsville Elementary School and East Quincy's Pioneer School with Quincy Elementary School. The closure of the continuation schools in Greenville and Quincy with the continuation schools in Chester and Portola remaining open is also being considered. Motherhood. the The phone rang at 9 p.m. on a Thursday evening. "Morn, my water broke." Thus began the 12-h0ur odyssey that would lead to the birth of baby Carter on April 4, exactly two weeks before his due date. Just a couple of hours earlier I had been sitting in the Plumas District Hospital .meeting room, furiously taking notes as Board Chairman Bill Wickman announced that Dr. Jeff Kepple would be the new interim chief executive officer. Dr. Kepple assured everyone, including me, that his new position would not interfere with his patients. True to his word, he arrived at the hospital at 5:30 a.m. the following morning to help my daughter deliver baby Carter. Last night, four weeks to the day from my daughter's phone call, I was back in the PDH meeting room, where in addition to hospital business and discussion surrounding Dr. Kepple's first month in his new role, people wanted to know about baby Carter. That is what I love about living in Plumas County and why I returned home two years ago -- the unique way relationships transcend traditional boundaries and how our lives are linked in ways they never are in large communities. It's what prompted Supervisor Lori Simpson to announce my new status as a call that changed everything MY TURN ............................................................................. '2, ........ DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com grandmother at the start of the April 8 Board of Supervisors' meeting. I am a grandmother. It's still a little surreal. My daughter is now a mother. And my mother is a great-grandmother for the first time. This Mother's Day we will have much to celebrate. Carter's birth prompted me to open the photo albums. Who does he look like? Why would his parents, who are both blond, create a baby with dark hair? I looked at the pictures of me holding Carly in my Portola hospital room. How could I forget that she was born with dark hair, but had turned blonde by the time she was a year old? As I flipped through the album's pages, I relived 1987. Her big sister had just turned 2 and her dad and I had relocated to Plumas County only three months earlier from Walnut Creek. We were both 29, but look young in those photos. (Compare that to the photo of us taken with Carly just after Carter was born. She is radiant and we look like the ones who had been in labor all night.) It's cliche, but where has the time gone? On the one hand it seems like decades ago, and on another only yesterday. People told me to savor the moments, that they would pass too quickly, and I truly tried to heed that advice, but that didn't stop the passage of time. Before Carter's arrival, I struggled with becoming a grandmother; I truly liked the role of mother. I was besieged by women, but particularly men, who touted the joys of grandparenthood. One man, an avid fisherman, said he would rather spend time with his granddaughters than go fishing any day. These individuals routinely whipped out cellphones to show me pictures and videos. I had no choice about becoming a grandmother, but I certainly could choose not to become baby-crazy like them, I thought to myself. Then I saw Carter. So if you are already one of the people that I have made look at the tiny images on my cellphone, I truly apologize. But in my defense, I think it's a force beyond my control.