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lOB Wednesday, May 19, 2010 EDITORIAL and OPINION Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL !0 Our Regional cover story this week high- lights the good work done by Feather River Coordinated Resource Management. At 25 years, CRM has the longevity to have amassed an impressive portfolio of work work that is recognized regionally and na- tionally for its exceptional quality and inno- vation. In "Hope and Hard Times: Communities, Collaboration and Sustainability," author Ted Bernard cites four reasons for the CRM's longevity and success: a high level of collabo- ration; an ability to learn and adapt; a sup- portive home base in the local community development organization (Plumas Corpora- tion) and exceptional leadership in the per- son of program manager Jim Wilcox. Wilcox was recently recognized at the national level for his work (see related story). If the first 25 years have been successful for CRM, the next 25 promise even more. As demand for water increases in California, the watershed work of the group will grow more and more important. The trick here is to convince downstream water users of the need to invest in the Feather River water- shed. Navigating those political waters will be essential if the group is to continue and ex- pand its work in the nest quarter century. One of the reasons the CRM has been so suc- cessful, according to Bernard, is that, unlike the Quincy Library Group (another local col- laboration he analyzes), the CRM has stayed out of the political and litigation crosshairs. The recent research that suggests water- shed restoration has a significant impact on carbon sequestration (one way of mitigating the effects of global warming) will likely also play an important part in CRM's future. Discussions of carbon sequestration often focus on forest management. People think of trees, not riparian areas. But, judging from the number of lawsuits that have already been filed over forestry plans that purport to sequester carbon, the same forces that have hamstrung the QLG will likely thwart such efforts. The CRM's work offers a more politically feasible alternative to the timber wars. It may be the better ecological alternative too, given the research which shows that mead- ows sequester most of their carbon under- ground, where it can not burn or wash away. While we think a balanced approach that incorporates both proper forest management and watershed restoration is the best way to go, we might not be able to win on the forestry front. We think CRM can. And should. And will. Happy anniversary and many more. A .......... +:~,~::~i~!~~ Feathe i:i: hing S+paper 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 Cheryl Frei Wil Farris Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Brian Taylor Barbara France Pat ShiMito Susan Cort Johnson Linda Stachwell Feather River Westwood Bulletin Pin ePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Chester Progressive Times (530) 258-3115 (530) 257-53211 Indian .Valley Portola Reporter Record (530) 832-4646 (530) 284-7800 Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR .d i + "{~;+.,+++ MY TURN M. KATE WEST Chester Editor chesternews@plumasnews.com After a week of chillier spring weather, last Friday offered late afternoon warmth and an opportunity for my husband and me to saddle the horses and hit the trail. Because of the lateness in the day we chose to ride a little closer to the pasture and headed for the eastern end of Walker Lake, which is on the outskirts of West- wood. Riding along we witnessed new grasses growing tall with the continued rains. We also witnessed how great the ruts in the dirt road have become as what used" to be a light-on-thd-land, slightly indented road- way has become a heavily bariked track for motorcycles and quads. As we traveled about 100 yards further we had the opportunity to observe another change in the landscape a dumped camper, not a pickup shell, but a whole camper! Calming horses who wanted no part of the monstrosity, we continued our ride to- ward the levy. We soon faced another riding challenge, another odd-looking structure dumped on top of the levy trail. I have no idea what it was supposed to be but it was at least three feet tall, made of substantial wood, a flat surface sitting on a carved column. Ly- ing on its side forlornly, its mate had been rolled down the hill and was laying half in and half out of the water. When trail riding one always expects Bill and Jennifer Seibold of Quincy traveled to the Cook Islands, where they visited the local newspaper office on Rarotonga. Jennifer, right, is pictured with an employee of Cook Islands News, who "was very taken With the way the Quincy paper was put together." Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspa- per along and including it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to smor- row@plumasnews.com. Photo submitted challenges. You look for holes, the poten- tial of barbed wire, anything that could po- tentially cut or lame your horse. I~ this older part of Westwood you know about and expect to see rusted metal springs and barrel rings, lengths of old ca- ble, bolts and even remnants of concrete foundations, all things from when man worked the land. What you don't expect to see is some- one's discarded floral couch forming an unnatural barrier in two feet of fast-mov- ing water. Ah...we now have "springs" runoff, which I suppose can only be described as melted snow turned to clear, mountain wa- ter flowing in and around a dilapidated piece of furniture toward a picturesque reservoir. While I have never been an owl-over-the- livelihoods-of-families kind of person or one that would want to block man's right to recreate on the land, I am really having a tough time dealing with the nerve of some people. Not the kind of nerve where one is brave but rather uncaring or cheap or lazy or any other type of adjective that describes a person who litters or vandalizes property not their own. And the littering or vandalism doesn't. have to be as big as a couch to be offen- sive. Last year I followed a very nice truck down the street loaded with garbage cans full of newly raked leaves. An hour later when riding my horse down the gravel road leading past the Mt. Lassen Co-Gen- eration Power Plant what do I see? Very neatly aligned rows of leaves alongside the road and nary a type of tree in sight that would actually shed a leafi Mind you this was all 1,000 yards from the place that would have, last year, accepted a whole truckload of yard debris for less than $5. As I said before, people and their nerve! I think this was a perfect example of n~y def- inition of uncaring, cheap and lazy. While these examples were found in the community of Westwood, I could have found much the same thing riding at the end of First Avenue in Chester, which has, for many years, been the favorite dumping ground for furniture and large appliances. I would be willing to bet, whether in Lassen or Plumas counties, every commu- nity has a dumping ground. Times are hard enough in today's world. On top of an unhealthy global economy, Mother Nature herself ha s dealt harshly with the landscape of late. Hard times call for changeand this is.a time when'we all need to be better neigh- bors and learn to walk kindly upon the land. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 80 YEARS AGO .... 1930 Census figures made public today give to Plumas County a total population of 7,909 as against 5,681 in 1920. This is a clear gain of 228 over the last ten year period. At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Plumas County High Schools, W.A. Kingdon of Crescent Mills was elected president for the ensuing year with E.I. Lane of Portola vice president and Mrs. A.L. Bar of Quincy secretary and clerk for the fourth consecutive year. 50 YEARS AGO .... 1960 Mrs. Ida Hogan Gronvold, Plumas Coun- ty Recot'der was elected president of the State of California's County Clerk's/~ssoci- ation at the group meeting held last week in Visalia. Census figures were announced this week indicating a decrease in population in Plumas County since 1950. The current 1960 count shows 11,519 residents com- pared to 13,519 in 1950, a drop of 2,000. On the other hand, Plumas County Clerk Lois Kehrer reported 6,084 registered voters in Plumas County. 30 YEARS AGO .... 1980 Quincy Elementary School principal Wendell Guess will retire his.position this June after a 30 year career within the Plumas County school system. He began his te~Iching career in Chester in 1948 as a teacher there for 13 years followed by the principal position~ln Chester for an addi- tional 17 years. In 1963 he assumed the principal post at Greenville Elementary School where he worked for two years pri- or to taking the helm at Quincy Elemen- tary Schoor. James Marsten of southern California has signed a five year lease with Plumas County to operate a restaurant at Quincy's Gansner Airport at a monthly rate of $175.00. 10 YEARS AGO ....2000 The Plumas County Board of Supervi- sors made a ruling on Dame Shirley Park, located adjacent to the courthouse in Quin- cy. It will be 60 per cent park facilities and 40 per cent parking. Portola City Council announced the sale of the Portola Business Park and about 323 acres of land located behind Portola High School to Gold Mountain developers Dariel and Peggy Garner. They are designing plans for a nine hole golf course and club- house. Note: items included in the weekly Remem- ber When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy zs presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. MY TURN LINDA SATCHwELL Staff Writer tsatchwell@plumasnews.com Once again it's My Turn to turn my at- tention to the thoughts jingle jangling around in my head. In my business, of course, I spend a lot of time wrangling with words. I'm aware that there are a plethora of them out there. That even this newspaper will, at best, be around for a few days before it sees the bottom of a cat box or it goes up in smoke. Still, words have the power to influence nations and to sway the human heart. We attempt to use them with care during rites for th "' of passage, from birth to death. Just now, I've been given the task of choosing some words for a "celebration of life" which, translated, means the death of someone who seems to have left us too soon. Like the right and the left hand, balanc- ing, two very different sets of words came to.mind, quite unasked for--one for the dead, and one for the living. One is elo- quent, unique, some of the best prose writ- ten in the English language, to my mind. The other is simple and universal. The first comes from Irish author, James Joyce's wonderful story, "The Dead." It reads this way: A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the news- papers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead. " I'll end, on the other hand, with three of the simplest, most life affirming words I know: I love you. +1