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lOB Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter ED ITORIAL and OPINION EDITORIAL The handwriting is on the wall- but it's not too late to act We have reported week after week on the tur- moil and controversy surrounding the dissatis- faction of parents, students and teachers in Greenville. These parents, teachers and students have been to school district board meetings month af- ter month, expressing their dissatisfaction and asking to ie included in discussions, asking for the matter to be placed on the board's agenda. We applaud Jonathan Kusel on his efforts to work with all stakeholders: the district, parents, students and teachers. He has met with students, parents, teachers and concerned Indian Valley residents. To no avail. The district's only responses have been care- fully orchestrated meetings that have offered lit- tle in the way of substantive dialogue. Such dog- and-pony shows have not provided any opportu- nities for constructive discussions and solutions. As he develops solutions to critical funding problems, we believe Superintendent Glenn Har- ris has an obligation to all stakeholders to listen to concerns and include the students and fami- lies the district serves in problem-solving discus- sions. The problem is not isolated in Greenville; the County's high schools face serious shortcomings, test score and academic performance indicators notwithstanding. All four high schools, indeed all the county's schools, are reeling from reductions in staff and faculty and in services because of the state's un- derfunding and across-the-board cuts. As unimaginable as it seems, the district clear- ly cannot sustain the number of schools it oper- ates something has to give. We have called upon Mr. Harris to be more in- clusive and responsive. He has not heeded our Call nor responded to the other district stake- holders. We point out to voters that Mr. Harris is.run- ning unopposed for election to the position of su- perintendent of the county office of education. While the filing date has passed, it is not too late to mount a write-in campaign. In Plumas County, with one school district, a single superintendent has run the office of edu- cation and the school district. In fact, they are two distinct positions, with the district superin- tendent "reporting" to the office of education su- perintendent. While having one person serve in both roles of- fers some efficiencies, we believe that in these contentious times some oversight would be pru- dent. Think of it as a kind of checks-and-balances system. Even if the campaign fails, it may serve as a wake-up call to a superintendent who appears to be disconnected and a school board that appears to be asleep at the wheel. a ,of " + Fea00+00g 00pape++++ B,+ News... r go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Will Farris ' Sam Williams Barbara France Susan Cort Johnson Cheryl Frei Ruth Ellis Brian Taylor Pat Shillito Linda Stachwell Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Lassen County Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Check Out Our The world according to lerill MY TURN DIANA JORGENSON Portola Editor djorgenson@plumasnews.com For the past week, I've felt a little like Alice in Wonderland. No, not the part where she runs as fast as she can with the Red Queen just to stay in the same spot. That's "Through the Looking Glass" and that's every week. No, I mean Wonderland, where she changes sizes at astonishing rates With the help of potions, biscuits and an odd fan; and, when small, things and creatures she never would have taken heed of as a largeperson suddenly become her equals. It began when I rented the movie "Earth," a Disney nature film with astonishing pho- tography. They have an incredible camera with a 180-degree panoramic range as well as up and down motion of 180 degrees and when mounted on the outside at the very forefront of a helicopter, there is nothing obstructing the view in any direction. It is like flying on Aladdin's carpet. No, it is like Aladdin without the carpet. It is like the flying of your dreams, only slower so you can retain what you are seeing. In "Earth" you fly over one of the largest waterfalls in the world, go down the fails, panning until you are upside down, and then somersaulted upright in one smooth motion. There is another camera that takes 15,000 (or 18,000) frames per minute. That's a lot of film so the photographer shoots, then checks the footage to see if he got what he hoped to get, and only then records the footage. The result of that is to see the powerful run of a leopard in a slow motion sequence of intri- cate rippling muscles, which give you a very real sense of the leopard's power and strength. You feel him run. Scientists have submersibles that can go five miles deep onto the ocean floor where live creatures that have never seen sunlight, filtered or any other kind, and there are cameras that can record sharp, clear images of these unimaginable creatures using only the dim, canned light brought in by the pho- tographer. I saw strange creatures, ghostlike, others skeletal, but with unearthly beauty. Crea- tures with blinking "neon" lights that rival any Hollywood version of alien spaceships. I saw a worm that looked like a beautiful calla lily wearing a red feather boa. All this in one film? Not exactly, as I watched "Earth" on my 25-inch screen with the purple halos on the side (giving me no- tice that this TV is not long for this world), I was wishing I had seen this movie on the big screen, in the theater. Where in the world? / Maggie and Tom Rahn of Indian Valley took a trip to Provence, in south- eastern France on the Mediterranean. They visited the Vieux Port in Mar- seille, the oldest city in France. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local pewspaper along and including it in a+ photo. Then e-mail the photo to smor- row@plumasnews.co m". Photo submitted Lo and behold, another Disney nature film called "Oceans" was being released Earth Day 2010. That's now. I went. After that, it ws the six episodes of the "Blue Planet," two discs of National Geo- graphic's "Amazing Planet." And something called "The Privileged Planet," which is about the universe and the odds of other life in the universe. I have been to the ends of the solar system, rounded Jupiter, peered at Mars and seen the Earth from a great distance in space. I have watched a mountainside bloom in spring, deepen into summer, burst into flame in autumn and become the white lace of winter, all in the space of a few minutes, thanks to time-lapse photography. I saw a fungus pulse into being, like a heart, rather than unfolding smoothly like growing plants usually do in time-lapse sequences. I saw cells of plankton or algae blown up to twice my size, until they, too, looked like liv- ing beings and you could see with your own eyes their life and movement. I saw planet Earth small in the cosmos, a vibrant and living being in its own right. In one week, I have been massive and all seeing, a giant capable of holding galaxies in my hand and a second later, I am crawling along the ocean floor alongside a horseshoe crab. I have been Alice in an amazing wonder- land and some things stand out. For in- stance, a large part of the Earth's creatures are wanderers, nomads m search of food and a quiet, safe place to mate and have a baby. Whales, elephants, dolphins, sardines, polar bears, cranes all travel thousands of miles in a year from breeding grounds to feeding grounds. We creatures of earth live to eat. What most animals like to eat most are babies, oth- er creature's babies, of course. A pride of li- ons gang up on a baby elephant. A pack'of wolves hunt a caribou'calf. Sharks worry a humpback whale calf and seagulls feast on scrambling turtle babies. One animal's nurs- ery is another animal's delicatessen. Another thing that stands out is the in- credible variety found in nature, anything that canbe thought of is living somewhere on the face of earth and there is an even greater abundance of living creatures you would never think of, could never think of. The scientists interviewed on the "Privileged Planet" documentary have a "grocery list" of 10 or 15 things that must exist for a planet to produce life forms such See Kril., page 11B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 80 YEARS AGO... 1930 The Plumas County Board of Supervi- sors in session Monday authorized the is- suance of a soft drink license to Melvin L. Speagle and Mella T. Roberts, both of Chester. C. R. Clark, businessman of Taylorsvill e, plans to start erection of a 40 foot by 80 foot garage building upon a corner lot opposite of the Golconda Hotel. He is also erecting a 12.000 gallon capacity water tank in the rear of the hotel that will supply water to the hotel and provide a reserve for fire pro- tection. Also at Taylorsville at the hotel, new floors will be laid and walls covered. and painted. 50 YEARS AGO... 1960 Plumas District Hospital completed a full year of operation last week. During the past year there were 809 patients admitted for overnight care and 284 received out pa- tient services. 160 operations were per- formed, 66 babies were born and there were 19 deaths. The 25 bed facility employs 19 persons on a full time basis and seven part time. 30 YEARS AGO. 1980 Plans and specifications for the softball complex to be built at Feather River Col- lege were approved this week by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. The $95,000 project is a joint project of Plumas County, Feather River College and the Cal- ifornia State Parks and Parkways District, using grant monies. 10 YEARS AGO... 2000 Twelve jurors and five alternates were selected Monday to sit on the murder trial of Michael Franklin which is expected to begin in June. The 22 were selected from a jury pool of 1600 Plumas County residents. Superior Court Judge Alan Thieler denied a requested change of venue motion. Rocky Horror  ::!i ..... MY TURN MONA HILL Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com There seems to have been a gap in my countercultural experience; I have no idea how that happened. Oh wait -- yes, I do -- I was busy working my way through college. If I never eat Top Ramen again, it will be too soon. I sort of made up for the gap later when I lived in San Francisco, on 19th and Castro, pre-Harvey Milk, before the baths were shut down, and when Cliffs Hardware still held Halloween costume contests for small children instead of grown men. I may have missed the Summer of Love, but I was there for Gay Pride. The City is where I first heard of"The Rocky Horror Picture Show," but I never attended a showing there. I waited until I was old enough to know better to see "TRHPS;" I went with my then-16-year-old daughter Sara, when we lived in Incline Village. Her friend, Tavia, worked at the local theater as projectionist and talked Monte, .the theater owner, into running the show one Halloween evening. All of that should have been a massive clue. So I meet Sara at the theater: People had umbrellas, rolls of toilet paper, gloves and revisited: 'Doin' the toast. I knew TRHPS was a cult classic (in- sez:t "stupidly weird," or more fashionably, "campy") akin to "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes," (Another big clue that zipped past me without recognition). I didn't know any of the cues and I cer- tainly hadn't brought toast. Usually Monte was at the dora: strip-searching people for contraband candy bars; now he was letting people bring toast! The idea behind TRHPS is audience par- ticipation, not the film itself. Audience par- ticipation evolved over time; rather like the vaudeville comedic line "It was so cold ..." and the audience shouts back "How cold was it?" Someone shouted out some- thing, others liked it and it spread like a virus. Die-hard fans know exactly when to do what with their assorted props -- and, dammit, Janet, what to say when -- plus, they improvise. So there's a 40-something morn of two wondering why everyone has newspapers on their heads, totally bewildered, wonder- ing when she got so old. Being a TRHPS virgin, I and other vir- gins in the audience came in for some light hazing-- something to do with whipped cream. When the recent invitation came to my friends Tom and Joyce's TRHPS party, I immediately said "Yes!" My poor husband went along for the wine. The party includ- ed the usual suspects, many of whom were TRHPS virgins and two particularly manly men. Somehow, I just knew Tim and Lonnie were not candidates for fishnet stockings and bustier. I thought my husband, being British, might be up for a spot of cross- dressing, but itwas not to be. That left me to keep the side up. time warp again' Shunning the horror of me in bustier and fishnet stockings, I went for raccoon eyes, black fingernail polish and a stupid hat. We all received party favors that includ- ed ridiculous sunglasses, latex gloves, toi- let paper, noisemakers, light sticks and wa- ter pistols. Again, the manly men seemed to hang back while all the women "went for it." After liberal applications of food and drink, we all settled to watch the movie. Old hands, Janet and John, cued the less au faR. But, sadly, Tom had nixed the rice and toast -- something about cleaning up was given as the excuse. I'm happy to report everyone did the "Time Warp" again. I of course jumped right when it should have been left and couldn't get the gestures down, but I was enthusiastic.. The water pistols degenerated into water fights. Leila cheated with her 300-gaUon "mister," complete with blow torch-like nozzle: Steve was soaked but dried out well by the end of the night. As the credits rolled, Lonnie said to Tim, "We have to have a pact: we can never tell anyone we sat through the entire movie." Well, my two manly men, you've just been outed. My dear husband asked me what the movie was about. I looked at him blankly while I cast about for an answer. I settled on telling him it's not "about" anything; it's just a send-up of every science fic- tion/horror B movie ever made. If it's about anything at all beyond that, it's about being silly and having a good time with friends. I came into work Monday, sans raccoon eyes and black fingernails, singing "doing the time warp, again." It was, after all Monday.