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,BuJiein, Record, Vrogresswe, Reporter Wednesday, May7, 2014 i3B LETTERS, from page 11B know favors forest thinning, especially for defensible space, has monitored at least a few debris burns each year, and thinks that the installation of a biomass boiler would be a darn good idea. My hvpe is that the Board of Supervisors doesn't make assumptions based on one opinion, but considers multiple points of view. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Keep every cog and wheel Although I do not support how the Department of Fish and Wildlife unveiled their decision to remove brook trout from Gold Lake, I support the idea of managing Yellow-legged Frog critical habitat in Bucks Lake Wilderness. The mission of the Department of Fish and : Wildlife is "to manage California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment..." Note that managing habitat for ecological values comes before use and enjoyment. If the DFW can maintain diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources, they will provide use and enjoyment for diverse publics. Many people, like me, love to see all kinds of wildlife, including different species of frogs. Anti-frog perspectives expressed in this paper have come primarily from anglers who see their sport threatened. OHV enthusiasts expressed similar vitriol when a few user-created roads on the Plumas National Forest were closed because they were in critical Red-legged Frog habitat. I strongly believe it is in everyone's best interest, especially the Yellow- and Red-legged frogs, to manage habitats for diversity, as diverse ecosystems are more resilient than simple ones. As Aldo Leopold, the father of wildlife biology,idt "To.keep every cog and-heel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering." To let our native frogs go extinct, let alone actively drive them to extinction, would be the opposite of intelligent. Darrel Jury Meadow Valley Financial chicanery Whew! I am not the 0nly one with "imaginary friends." How many actual Wall Street bankers does my critic know who treat their employees and run their banks as he describes? Or is he,just parroting an opinion or point of view of like-minded media, politicians and pundits? It seems a stretch of the imagination that two bank employees could "crash the world economy." And the banker who gives his employees a "big bonus for doing a bad job," sounds more like the IRS than this imaginary banker, who doesn't understand what his people do yet gives a bonus somehow knowing they did a "bad job." To contend that "conservatives would defend financial chicanery as if insanely market destructive behavior were a good thing..." the writer should provide us with actual (not imaginary) proof of just what 'Tmancial chicanery" and "insanely market destructive behavior" are, how they are accomplished, and that only conservatives support such things. If you want to see "financial chicanery," perhaps Dianne Feinstein and Harry Reid, among others, can explain the contracts they or family members have gained and/or property acquisition and sales that have increased their coffers, resulting from their having the inside track on Congressional actions or regulatory requirements coming down the pike. (Does the Nevada solar farm ring a bell?) And what is "exploitation of financial expertise to cheat the world"? The whole world? Sounds ominous. Is it my imagination, or have we given up critical and independent thinking? _When we blindly follow and do not question, we might as well be dogs -- greet our owners at the door, lick their hand, wait for a pat on the head and a doggy treat, then go where they tell us, sit when they order, and roll over and play dead on command. Lynn Desjardin Portola Moving toward dictatorship Throughout my adult life I have advised those who would listen that there are two ways to throw the country into a dictatorship. One is government control of the defense industries ....... The Civil Rights Bill of 1964 is a step toward government control of the defense industries as are other civil rights laws, environmental laws and labor laws passed since then. Now, the President is taking further steps in the form of executive orders. It makes you wonder how much control the government needs before we, the private sector, are no longer able to effectively cut off the military. When this happens we may f'md ourselves being governed by the bayonet and the rifle butt. Jim CaldweU Doyle 10%off Garden & Gift Items * now through May 11 Great Mother's Day gifts for everyone r Lassen Gift Company & Soda Fountain Buy Mom the best gift ever... A Gift Certificate.*.* New Spring Merchandise has arrived! 25% off Jewelry Winter hours: Tues.-Sat. * lOam-5pm 220 Main Street, Chester, CA 530-258-2222 HEALTH, from page 11B can afford the gas. Kibble says the reimbursement rates they're seeing-- much lower than previous Medi-Cal rates -- are "pennies over net procurement cost." This doesn't begin to pay for his overhead, staff salaries and all the other costs of keeping a business open. Moreover, Express Scripts, of Anthem Blue Cross, not only seems unbending on their rates, but they've also told Kibble that if he refuses to fill Medi-Cal prescriptions at their low rate, they'll pull their other business from him. This leaves him with the choice to either "die now or slowly die on the vine," he said. At this point, Kibble has chosen to keep filling Medi-Cal prescriptions and keep taking the hit. Currently, the DHCS is soliciting input on access problems from the rural counties where the new Medi-Cal Managed Care system is seeing significant access problems. Eastern Plumas Health Care is involved in these sessions. What will happen, and if it will happen before Mike Kibble is forced to close his doors or before our patients suffer serious repercussions due to lack of true access to the specialty care they need, is uncertain. In the SNF battle, EPHC presented its research to a department head that listened and told us exactly what to do to stop the reimbursement cuts. I'd like to think we were both smart and lucky. But how often will we have to put up this kind of fight for the survival of our patients and our essential institutions? I think we've learned that when the rural counties band together, we're more likely to be heard. We've learned that making sure we have well-researched, factual information helps. But none of these things guarantee that fairness will prevail; none of this ensures our survival. How long will we have to fight for basic rights and services? Is there a way to get the state and even the country to see that rural America is an essential and . iconic resource? Can we convince them that even people who don't own lobbyists and aren't connected to huge voting blocks deserve to be heard and cared for? Is there a way to get our elected officials to see that leaving the weak and the voiceless behind is simply morally wrong and that a society can be judged by the way it cares for its most vulnerable members? I don't have the answers. For now, we'll keep fighting and keep hoping we will be heard. But what needs to occur is a sea change, a different way of thinking that allows that the values held for the many are also the values required by the few and that smaller, rural communities have the same right to essential health care that is granted to their urban counterparts. FRC, from page 11B to Indian Valley shows that local students are progressing and earning similar GPAs when compared to the entire campus (2.68 Vs. 2.78 in 2013-14). Since 2008-09 for Indian Valley residents, an average of two degrees and/or certificates have been awarded yearly in addition to the students who transferred to a four-year university. Upon further examination, of the 22 Indian Valley students who graduated during the 2013-14 year and are currently attending FRC, 16 have completed pre-college mathematics, two have completed college-level mathematics and three have completed pre-college English courses. Having only one full semester at FRC, these statistics show that Indian Valley residents are progressing toward degree/certificate requirements and are on track for university transfer. The second question answered in the report deals with economic development and community connections. FRC provides multiple activities to help businesses and community development in Indian Valley: Three current high school students are practicing with the FRC rodeo team so that they can compete in high school rodeo competitions. Environmental studies classes utilize the'Crescent Mills Wetland Mitigation Site as a laboratory experience and anthropology students are helping to preserve the Maidu culture through oral history projects. FRC athletes have made presentations at Greenville High School this year where the most common questions involved living in a dormitory with a roommate. The AccuPlacer placement test is given to all juniors and seniors to assist in college planning. The recent Plumas County Business Summit and Plumas Unified School District Business Plan Competition are further examples of FRC leadership to develop entrepreneurs, create local businesses and produce jobs in Plumas County. Speaking in my role as superintendent/president, Feather River College takes our responsibility seriously to support all residents of our service area. The full Feather River College Report to Indian Valley can be obtained by contacting the FRC President's Office. Community colleges exist as an avenue for social change and upward mobility through an educated workforce. FRC is proud to serve all of Plumas County, and, in particular, offer the above noted activities, opportunities and services for Indian Valley residents. Railroad repair work to clos,00 portions of Lassen highways The California Department of Transportation, Caltrans District 2, will temporarily close portions of two Lassen County highways in May to assist BNSF Railway with railroad repairs .... :: State Route 36 in Westwood, at the railroad crossing, will be closed from May 12 through May 15. Traffic Willbe detoured from the SR 36/147 intersection, onto SR 147, continuing onto County Road A21, and returning to SR 36 at the 36/A21 intersection. This will add about five additional minutes for ,motorists, This,work ........ precedes a project expected to take place in summer 2015 designed to adjust the highway crossing at the railroad tracks. State Route 44, near the Bogard Rest Area, will be closed from May 19 to May 22. Traffic will be detoured from the SR 44/A21 intersection, onto A21, continuing onto SR 36, to the 36/44 intersection. This will add about 25 additional , minutes for motorists. BNSF will completely replace the tracks, ties, ballasts and panels at these locations. Caltrans maintenance crews will then repair the pavement leading up to the crossing on State Route 44 and the pavement immediately adjacent to the railroad crossing on SR 36. Both areas will be clearly marked with closure and detour signage. Caltrans reminds the traveling public to move over if safe or slow down when they see Caltrans vehicles flashing warning lights along the side of the highways. It is the law.  We've got the gifts she'll adore!  ' o g o Hand Crafted Jewelry o o Gemstones * Gold / Silver O O o Crafting Supplies Lotions / Soaps* o O O g *madefromlocalhotspringsminerals i Custom designs, repairs & ring sizing done locally Receive FREE Money in May! $5 Mohawk Bucks O O O O can be used toward any purchase at the Jewelry Center o Mohawk Trading Company o o Iew fry o o e Center o 0 o 417 Hwy 89 Greenville 530-284-7312 o O ooo oooo OooOOoo ooo oo0OOooO ooo oooooo ooooo ]Iron ]Door .... in Historic Johnsville ' " " 0PENING Friday, May 9, :, for the season Don't Forget Mom! 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