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lOB Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Pr6gressive, Rep6rter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL GED testing center needed to help fill our education gap Plumas County has its share of undereducated residents. For whatever reason -- economic hardship or circumstances beyond their control -- some young people drop outof school and fail to get a high school diploma. It's hard enough to land a job in the county with a high school diploma. Without one it's almost impossible. Until two years ago, those without a diploma could study for the GED (general education development) and take the test at Feather River College. Tests were offered about four times a year. Not any more. A couple years ago, due to changes in test proctor education requirements and other factors, the college quit offering the tests. Staff said that their test center no longer met test-site requirements and the college couldn't afford to designate qualified staff to proctor the exam. Plumas County Librarian Lynn Sheehy is a certified GED test proctor; she could give the test if the Quincy library had a certified test site. But it doesn't. Now that the GED test has changed from a paper-and-pen test to digital, the 10 recently donated library computers would be a perfect option for test-takers. However, the library doesn't meet test--site qualifications. There is too much (literal) writing on the walls and not enough privacy. Test centers must be free from extraneous people and words, posters, charts, etc. posted on the walls. Sheehy said that the literacy programs around the county offer tutoring for GED students. Right now the county's three literacy centers, located in Chester, Quincy and Portola, are gearing up to train volunteers willing to assist others in studying for the GED test. It is unfortunate that students who prepare for the GED have to get themselves to Susanville, Chico or Reno to take the test. A dearth of public transportation options, and the loss of the good neighbor program with Nevada, make traveling to a test center even more problematic. All 50 states and the District of Columbia use GED test results to issue high school equivalency diplomas. According to Plumas County Literacy, 98 percent of colleges and universities accept the GED test credential as equivalent to a high school diploma, as do 96 percent of employers. Literacy purchases pretesting materials in order to assist 0ttfers to"iehiee'their oa/s of improving their lives. We've got the people who want to take the GED test, we've got instructors willing to teach prospective test-takers and we've got the practice test materials available. The only thing missing is a place in the county for people to actually take the test. How hard can it be to arrange a place to t,ake a test? The college did it for years, allowing dozens of people the opportunity to improve their lives. As a community institution of higher education, being a GED testing center fits right into FRC's purpose. It's time to reaff'wrn the priorities of our community college and county. Certainly educating our residents, especially those who work hard in a quest to improve their position in life, is important. Let's not make it any harder than it already is to get a job and an income. Bring back the GED testing center to our communities. 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. Feat lishing 00g00wspaper / For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ......... ManagingEditor 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 Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Debra Moore Maddie Musante M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 What you seek is often right in front of you I was dead set on finding that plant. The search for it had become my Holy Grail. I knew it was out there, but not quite sure where, and I would stop at no expense to fmd it. Of course, I'm referring to the pitcher plant of Plumas County. Growing up in Quincy, I heard about the pitcher plant and knew it grew somewhere near Butterfly Valley. I didn't know exactly where, though. The area is pretty vast, so that didn't really narrow the search down too much. I remember first hearing about the pitcher plant in second or third grade. A carnivorous plant? I automatically envisioned the plant from "Little House of Horrors" that sings show tunes, or one of the plants from Mario Brothers that spits fireballs. I've had opportunities before to see the plants with people that knew the exact location, but I never went. I always liked my vision of the plant better. It wasn't until last week that I decided to actually check these things out for myself. I was at home having a relaxing night with my wife, Amy, and my cat, Bruce, when Amy sprang it on me. "Check this out!" she said as she forced her phone into my face. A picture of a weird tubular looking plant was on the screen. "What's that thing?" I asked. MY TURN JAMES WILSON Sports Reporter sports@plumasnews.com "It's those pitcher plants out near Butterfly," she explained. "Mike just came across them and posted these pictures on his Facebook wall." Well, my childhood version of what the pitcher plants looked like was ruined. They didn't have mouths, and they certainly wouldn't be singing. I couldn't quite fall asleep that night. I was thinking about how another one of my childhood dreams was gone. I was tossing and turning, trying to fall asleep, when it dawned on me. The plant itself wasn't that special. The hunt for it would be! Suddenly my sense of adventure and wonderment were back to their normal level. I woke Amy up the next morning and told her to get ready, we were going to 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 21 1881 -- The American Red Cross was established by nurse Clara Barton in Washington, D.C 1914 -- What would eventually become Greyhound Bus Company got its start when a single Hupmoblle car transported iron mine workers between the Minnesota towns of Hibbing and Alice. The round-trip cost was 25 cents. 1921 -- Wonder Bread was first distributed to consumers in Indianapolis, Indiana after a blind advertising promotion that only stated that a "Wonder" was coming. The logo of red, yellow and blue balloons was inspired by the International Balloon Race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that year. 1979 -- Riots were sparked in San Francisco following the manslaughter murder convictions of Dan White for the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. May 22 1906 -- The Wright Brothers are granted a U.S. patent for their "flying machine" invention. 1915 -- Lassen Peak (Mt. Lassen) erupts and is the only mountain besides Mount St. Helens to erupt in the contiguous United State during the 20th century. 1992 -- After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosts the Tonight Show for the last time. May 23 1788 -- South Carolina (The Palmetto State) becomes the eighth U.S. state. 1934 -- Bank robbers and outlaws Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana. May 24 1883 -- The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn spanning the East River, is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction. May 25 1968 -- The St. Louis Gateway Arch is May 26 Today is Memorial Day. Americans will consume more than 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 1989 -- The film "Pink Cadillac," filmed in and around parts of Plumas County, starring Clint Eastwood and Bernadette Peters, was released in nationwide theaters. May 27 1927 -- The Ford Motor Company ceases manufacturing the Ford Model T and begins to retool its manufacturing plants to produce the new Ford Model A. 1930 -- The 1,046 foot Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opened to the public. search for the pitcher plant. Being six months pregnant, she wasn't as enthused with the idea as I was. After promising Amy we would keep the hiking to a minimum, we drove out there and came across the "Botanical Area" sign. We kept driving along and saw a small opening in the woods to the left. The area looked boggy, and according to Wikipedia, pitcher plants love bogs. I parked the car, jumped out, and headed into the area. "No way it's here!" yelled Amy from the car. "I talked to Mike and he said it was going to be on the right-hand side." "I don't know, Ames," I replied across the small meadow. "This looks like the spot. I can feel it." There's no sense arguing with a pregnant woman. After receiving a nasty glare from Amy, I jumped back in the car and we continued on. I'm sure we went way farther than we should have. The road got bumpy, and my poor little Toyota Corona was bouncing all over the place. There were a couple spots where I was surprised we made it through. The ride ended up being really fun, however. We saw a bear, took in all the greenery, came across an old abandoned truck and all in all had a good time. The next day we went out determined, and with directions this time. We circled the same area probably about 15 times, and still to no avail. The pitcher plant was nowhere to be found. After getting home, I decided I would give it one more shot. I was heading to Greenville later in the day, so I figured I would head out there an hour early to look some more. I went back to the first place we stopped, the boggy opening. I went deeper and deeper into the area until all the trees cleared out and I was standing in the middle of a pretty sizable meadow. On the far side of the meadow, I saw some guy walking around. I started toward him and he toward me, until we met at a randomly placed pond. "HowdyP' I exclaimed, so he'd know I was friendly. "Are you looking for the pitcher plant?" "Yeah." he replied. "Are you a botanist?" "No," I said, kind of shocked. "Are you?" "Yeah." I knew this would be the time. I was searching for this plant with a bonafide botanist now. I kept looking, and looking, but despite my optimism, still couldn't find it. Eventually, time caught up with me and I had to head to Greenville. I said my goodbyes and started to head back to the car. I got about 30 feet away when I heard the : bO'..t yell, "Eur!' ,,,., , i; .... '. ..... I turned around and saw him pointing, i followed the direction of his finger and, lo and behold, there it was! And -- they -- were -- everywhere. Once I saw them, they couldn't be unseen. I have no idea how I missed them before, as I walked right past them to get to the meadow. I stuck around for about five minutes, then headed out. As I retraced my steps back to the car, I passed one pitcher plant after another. As I drove out of the botanical area, they were all over the side of the road. I have no clue how I missed them so many times, but I did. It always amazes me how often what I'm looking for is right in front of me. It's a good reminder that sometimes you don't need to look more so much as you need to pay attention to what's right there. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 The Quincy Fire District has acquired a 103 x 65 foot lot on Lawrence Street in Quincy where a newly constructed fire house is proposed to be built to include a garage room for an ambulance and two trucks, a three-room dormitory and a meeting room, all estimated to cost $5,000. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 Plumas County Clerk Lois Kehrer reports the following voter registration totals for the upcoming June election: Democrat 4,236, Republican 1844, Decline to State 171. Barry Goldwater of Arizona is the front running candidate for the Republican nomination for United States President at the Republican convention held in San Francisco. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Despite last years drought, the total value of livestock and crop production in Plumas County increased eight per cent or $1,164,600. The three year renovation of the When information What do you do if you have a problem to solve? Most, as I do, "Google it." Consistently, answers to questions; directions to destinations; tips on places to vacation; best methods to accomplish.a task; or instructions for making something can be found on the Internet through a search engine. While Google isn't the only search engine -- other familiar names include Bing, Yahoo, Ask and WebCrawler-- the company name "Google" managed to become synonymous with the act of doing a computer search for information. Thus it has gone the way of Kleenex, often used in reference to a facial tissue; or Xerox, a copy machine brand used to describe the act of making a photocopy. Just this afternoon I heard the term "Google it" used by a member of a news panel on television and last night while watching a movie I heard it used in the script by one of the characters. Have you become dependent on computer search engines? When my husband, Terry, and I purcliased a new stove with a glass top cooking surface I found it very difficult to keep it clean. Items burned onto the glass Greenville High School library will include books, shelves, walls and a microfiche system. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 Nick Tucker of Greenville has produced and directed a DIY Institute award winning fiim "Fandom" and will be attending the Newport Beach International Film Festival. Feather River College will establish a rodeo program and will receive support from a community advisory committee made of Danny Leonhardt, Ralph and Trish Wilburn and Ellie Lewis. Jesse Segura was brought in as the head rodeo coach. is neededwe tend to "Google it" MY TURN SUSAN CORT JOHNSON Staff Writer wp@lassennews.com would not come off no matter how much cleaner I applied. So Terry "Googled it" and found a cleaning kit that included cleaning pads, a razor blade scraper and a cooktop cleaner designed for tough stains: We ordered it online and it arrived a few days later-- problem solved. When an armload of wood resulted in pitch on my shirt and a cup of Coffee was knocked from a table onto the rug, I learned how to remove the pitch and coffee via an Internet search. When I wasn't sure how to paint my Adirondack chair and Terry needed to build a planter box, we found instructions online by "Googling it." ' While it can be helpful to seek answers to problems via a search engine, it may inhibit our willingness to think in some cases. Recently we couldn't recall the band singing a song titled "Brothers in Arms." Terry said his first instinct was to "Google" the song, but he resisted the urge because he was sure he knew the band and wanted to recall its name on his own. A day later, the answer popped into his head-- Dire Straits. Perhaps it is good we cannot quickly search the Internet for the name of that person we run into in the vegetable aisle of the grocery store. The one we know but can't recall his or her name. Those awkward social situations will make us search out steps for improving memory. So how do you do this? Well, I "Googled it" and found one method was associating the names of people we meet with things we know about them as a person, such as their career or hobby. The term is now so common I found it in the Urban Dictionary -- it means to search for something in general. As if we didn't already know.