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lOB Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Bulletin, Progre'ssive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL A IN 1) OPINION, EDITORIAL Couldn't have said it better ourselves The chief topics of conversation this winter have been the weather, the schools, and the shadow of oil. Quarreling over the schools has split the town wide open, as it has neighboring towns here on the mainland and over on Deer Isle. Feeling ran so high some people stopped speaking to each other --which is one form of discourse. Forty years ago, when I landed here, we had five one-room or two-room schoolhous- es scattered at strategic points. The scholars walked to school. We also had our high school, which was a cultural monument in the town along with the two stores, the Baptist church, the Beth-Eden chapel, and the Rockbound chapel. Times have changed. All through New England, the little red schoolhouse is on the skids, and the small high school that gradu- ates only four or five seniors in June, in a gym- nasium decked with lilac and apple blossoms, is doomed. The State Board of Education with- holds its blessing from high schools that enroll fewer than three hundred students. Under mounting pressure from the state, the town or- ganized a school administrative district, usu- ally referred to as SAD. Sad is the word for it. A plan was drawn for an area schoolhouse at a centralpint near the Deer Isle Bridge, but it was voted down. Too much money and too many frills. Another plan was drawn and failed. Meanwhile, schoolchildren were shut- tled around, here and there, in an attempt to close the gap. We no longer have a high school in town; the building is used for the junior- high grades. Most of the children in the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades are carried by bus across to the high school in the town of Deer Isle. A few travel in the opposite direction to a nearby academy. Sending their children over to an island irritated a lot of parents; some disapproved of the building, some had a ',dlfeeing.th.whea yz leave the mainland,   andheadfor an island in the sea you are&ead'- : ed in the wrong direction -- back toward prim- itivism. Other parents were violently opposed to dispatching their offspring to the academy town, on the score that the place was a citadel of evil, just one step short of Gomorrah. (There was also an ancient athletic rivalry, which left scars that have never healed.) The closing of our high school caused an acute pain in the hearts of most of the townsfolk, to whom the building was a symbol of their own cultural life and a place where one's loyalty was real, lasting, and sustaining. All in all, the schools are a mess. "The Winter of the Great Snows" by E.B. White from "Essays of E.B. White" Fea ....... ishing /00mwspaper Breaking News .... I go to plumasnews.com I Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Alicia Knadler ....... .Indian Valley Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Jordan Clary Michael Condon Ruth Ellis Will Farris Mona Hill Susan Cort Johnson Dan McDonald Debra Moore Brian Taylor Kayleen Taylor M. Kate West Sam Williams Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Chester Progressive Times (530) 25.8-3115 (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 The times, are 00.hey changing? the school board have come to a parting of the ways. While that's the "The more things change" part, many residents are already critical of the newly responsive board of trustees. Seemingly, residents want our schools to go on as they did be- fore Mr. Harris arrived. Given the state's financial picture MY TURN (that's the "the more they stay the same" ............................................................................................................................................................. part), that isn't likely to happen. Our dis- MONA HILL trict simply has too many facilities for too Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com I can never pronounce the famous and oft-quoted French proverb, "plus a change, plus c'est la mme chose"; my French always comes out sounding like Spanish and my vocabulary is extremely limited: "bon jour," "merci," "s'il vous plait" and "au revoir." ! do a lot of point- ing in France. Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, French novelist, journalist and critic, coined the epigram in his satiric monthly journal, Les Gupes (The Wasps), in 1849. Critics everywhere have embraced the English translation, "The more things change, the more they stay the same," usually in cause of decrying the govern- ment officials. There seems to be a lot of that going around in Plumas County. After a long and sometimes bitter grassroots campaign, Glenn Harris and few students, whether in unoccupied or occupied buildings. Composition of the board of trustees has changed; president Chris Russell and newer members Bret Cook and Robert Tuerck are asking questions, taking names and paying attention to the district they serve. When I covered the school dis- trict, it was clear that the board of the time was merely a rubber stamp on Har- ris' agenda. It's refreshing to see the change. Although it was through Harris' insti- gation, this board appointed 7-11 commit- tees that have more than fulfilled their re- sponsibilities. They committed to find a way to keep K-12 education in each of our communities. Committee membei's asked questions that demanded answers and challenged assumptions that needed verification. They saw gaps in the district's argument and timeline and brought those gaps to the public's attention. The members talked to friends and neighbors to find a middle way between the former superintendent's draconian and ill-conceived plan and residents who would not change a thing. Handed a thankless job with an impos- sible timeline and conclusion-driven data, committee members gave freely of their time and expertise for the sake of our chil- dren's education. The entire county owes them our sincere thanks. After the hard work put forth by the committees, it would be a shame to let those reports sit on the shelf gathering dust. The reports contain creative and vi- able options thoughtfully presented. To their credit, the trustees are making use of all the research and planning that's been done. Carefully and consciously, they are studying the problem before thero -- and it is a big one: How to get the biggest bang for our buck. Karr may not have known or acknowl- edged it but his epigram is a reworked biblical proverb, "There is nothing new under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:19) However -- and this is another "stays the same" -- there will be those in the community who will not be satisfied and will not contribute to the problem-solving process. That's a shame, because we need everyone's input and cooperation to keep K-12 in all four communities. Where in the World? After spending three days in Vienna, Lester Premo, of Blairsden, travels on a river boat up the Danube and Rhine rivers to Amsterdam, passing castles, forts and charming villages. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper a!ong and.inlj[ing it, =c, in a photo. Then email the pho,.te smorrow@plumasnews.com. Include your name, contact information ancJ brief details about your photo. We may publish it as space permits. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ....... 1937 The Quincy Fire Department was called to Keddie when fire broke out Tuesday evening on the roof of the Keddie Hotel. Damage accounts for about $1,000. Manag- er of the resort, Mr. Rihm says he appreci- ates the efforts of the QFD and plans to de- liver members a free dinner to the fire- house soon after repairs are made. An overflow crowd was present at the grand opening of the Beckwith Hotel Sat- urday night under the new management of Victor Colombo. The Wright Sisters of Reno were featured in the floor show. 50 YEARS AGO ......... 1962 * More thanl5 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Trigg Yonge took over the old miner's boarding house at the foot of Eureka Peak Park and converted in into the Johnsville Lodge, now a museum and headquarters for the Plumas Eureka State park. Last year they created the Iron Door dining room in the old Johnsville Store and now they have remodeled the Pesseta House, converting it into a hotel. 25 YEARS AGO ........... 1987 Advertisement: Take out mother for Mother's Day... The Log Cabin in Portola featuring veal cordon bleu $10.95, crab stuffed chicken breast $10.95. Morning Thunder in Quincy prime rib $6.95. Sierra Valley Lodge--roast beef with fresh asparagus $7.95. Timber House in Chester--eggs benedict and champagne brunch $7.95, pork roast dinner $9.95. 10 YEARS AGO ......... 2002 It was 25 years ago today that Edgar and Carol Wilson and their daughter and son-in-law Centella and Ken Tucker took over what is now know as the Ever- green Market in Greenville. Previously the 4500 square foot market was known as Curriers or Zee Market. Note." items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspa- per 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. Mou:00lain lions run out of naturalprey f MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer For the second time in six weeks a mountain lion has been killed on Rush Creek Road. On Saturday, May 5, Jon and Julie Cappleman were alerted by a skunk- like stench and a commotion in their goat corral. They armed themselves and rushed out to the abandoned mine pit next to the goat enclosure. There they found one goat in the water and another already eviscerated by a lion that was feeding on the corpse. The couple separated and stood on ei- ther side of the pit. Julie fired at the lion and it bolted towards Jon who finished it with a shotgun. When all was done they had one dead goat and another that sport- ed bite and claw marks around her head and neck. The lion was a young female that weighed about 80 pounds and appeared to be undernourished. As neighbors gath- ered around and rehashed the event, the conversation eventually came around to the topic that has been ongoing for months -- there are no longer any deer in the area. In the past, it was rare to drive 'up Rush Creek Road without sighting a deer. They were a common sight year-round. In the last couple of years they have disap- peared. One could, always find plenty of tracks right after a snowfall; those too havegone. Cappleman was especially con- cerned that the predator's natural prey is no longer around. Twice, while he herded his animals out to browse, a lion has stalked him. All of the residents have had lion encounters in broad daylight, despite assurances from naturalists that these animals are noctur- na.1 hunters. Another "known fact" is that mountain lions are solitary hunters; their territory is large and they don't tolerate other lions in their range. In the last few months eight mountain lions have been killed in Plumas County: six in Indian Valley and two in the Feath- er River Canyon. The Indian Valley inci- dents were all in the same area, as were those killed in the Canyon. The consensus reached by the Rush Creek crew is that there is an overpopulation of mountain lions who have wiped out their natural prey, forcing them to target other food, i.e., livestock, chickens and pets. The major fear expressed by residents is that these apex predators will begin targeting human prey. The area around Twain in the Feather River Canyon has always had mountain lions and there have been incidents where pets and livestock have fallen prey to these big cats. But never has there been so much lion activity over such an extended period of time. All agree that it is time to remove these creatures from their protected status. For once they would like state lawmakers to heed the needs of rural California, as opposed to the feel-good city folks who pass laws that make our life here in the mountains that much harder. n overpopulated wild species will upset the ecology of an area and eventual- ly be subject to disease and starvation. It may be proved that the local deer herds have been decimated by disease, but giv- en the number of lion incidents, that sce- nario is unlikely. We need to encourage our state lawmakers to open a limited season on mountain lions. Perhaps then, problems can be taken care of before the fact and the bloody cleanup job these creatures produce can be avoided.