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815 Wednesday, May 30, 2001 Bulletin, ht idea, wrong place Nearly three years ago, we interviewed a hand- ful of Quincy teens about their enthusiasm for skatebOarding and their frustration about the lack of a quality place for them to pursue their passion. While describing the bliss of successful- ly sliding along the edge of a cement barrier, or completing the perfect mid-air leap, the teens al- so expressed their dissatisfaction with a system that seemed to seek them out and punish them for having fun. That was three years ago .this July. Some of those same teens are still looking for a place to spend some time rid- ing their skateboards. Others have moved on to other interests, but the numbers haven't dwin- dled. The ranks of those who like the feel of a board beneath their feet and an opportunity to test their abilities and endurance for skinned knees and elbows continue to grow. We still support the idea that there needs to be a place for those interested in skateboarding. But the current location being considered on Fair- grounds Road is not the right spot. We've heard the arguments by some---includ- ing Supervisor Ken Nelson that the skate park only takes up a third of the property being con- sidered. But right behind them are those who aren't content with just a skate park, but envi- sion basketball courts, a community center, a soccer field, bathrooms, showers and a whole lot more. You get the picture. While the skate park has been the main issue, the proposal now looks like a senate bill. It began with one idea, and then just kept growing as more ideas were tacked on. We don't believe the site on Fairgrounds Road is the right location. First of all, it's a choice piece of real estate. The county must have real- ized that when they blocked off Pioneer Road and built an RV park next to it a number of years ago. We wonder, if the county still owned that busi- ness, would the supervisors be considering the skate park next door to it? We also realize it's the last area left for the fair- grounds as it needs to expand. To meet future plans and designs, that area will be in much de- mand for camping and parking. It won't be long, according to the fair board, before vehicles won't be admitted to the fairgrounds. That makes a lot of sense for safety reasons and current access problems. County officials are the ones who told the fair- grounds to grow, to change its venue from a country fair to a multi-use center for year-round programs. Is the county now changing its mind? That would be the perception. Gansner Park was briefly mentioned as a suit- able location for a skate park. It is the better choice. There aren't many neighbors for the scrape and clunk of skateboard wheels to bother. It is a high-use area; in fact, the number of people who use the park is only a little bit less than that of the fairgrounds. One of the arguments against the Gansner site is that it's too remote. The distance for East Quincy skateboarders to Gansner, versus the dis- tance for Quincy skateboarders to the Fair- grounds Road site, appears about equal. So, that argument doesn't fly. Besides, what's wrong with a little additional exercise for those who are en- thusiastic skateboarders? Why can't they use the bike paths that exist right up to the site? As far as accessibility, the sheriffs department can include the park in its patrols, and it is a highly used park by goups and individuals. For some reason, the master plan designers got stuck on one site and one site only. That kind of narrow thinking does not help anyone. We realize there isn't any funding at this point for any of the projects. Certain members of the Quincy Rotary are chomping at the bit to begin their campaign to enlist support for the skate park portion, so it's just a matter of time until the rest of the needed money appears. With the current interest in the new master plan, and some of the ideas that have been put out by Quincy residents, it's just a matter of time before that entire area is filled, and then the bat- ties will begin about what's more important-- parking for the fairgrounds or youth events. Fe "a g /m++ewspaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicia Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Nacar Portola Editor Christi Sevtap Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenette Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gall Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Woody Morgan, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams. -- It usually takes a lot to change my mind. I'm stubborn. Last week, I was approached by a member of the community, someone I like and respect. This person wanted me to attend a meeting of the school board, which is considering a plan to reduce or eliminate welding and computer-aid- ed design (CAD) classes. I was skeptical. I didn't see any harm in dumping the classes. Still, out of respect for the person who encouraged my attendance, I went to the meeting to see what all the noise was about. But I've been transformed. I was wrong. The school district should do whatever it can to maintain the classes. KELLER ] STAFF WRITER At the meeting, retiring industrial arts teacher Wes Stoddard was honored for his years of dedication. The problem with Stod- dard's retirement is that it helps to clear the Photo courtesy of the Plumas County Museum Jennie and Edle Gill had their photographs taken about the time they lived in Johnsville. Edia was about one years old when the photo was taken, Jennie was ~ven. According to a note penned on the back of the photo, Jennie didn't care for the collar she was made to wear. way to cut back on industrial ar~s t At the same meeting, a dozen honored for their success at a dustrial Clubs of America At the meeting, I heard the industrial arts community's youth to learn that net them a decent salary. At the school I not every student in Plumas attend college, and not tends college is going to graduate. As a result classes such as others serve a genuine purpose. prepare But the meeting took on some meaning for me. As I looked at the: who attended the meeting in board, I experienced several eerie l saw many of the same went to school. I wasn't an industrial arts kind ofl school. I liked sports, writin stayed away from metal wood shop--as far as I could get. Those classes ing part of the building and nore. I was a member of three years in high school. window, you could see The news staff thought out that back window at make fun of them and call all, we were high school studentS, $ school students can be mean sometimes. Some of that old tributed to my at the students last week, I had These young ways for making our world live, a more efficient to live. The school district classes are going to lose money students are enrolled in them. While ffmancial tant, there are more sides to board member Kathy Price, as she does, had the right idea at she suggested that students should i that enrollment requirements are we should take it a step further bY way to encourage students to If we short-change our l their classes, we're short-changing c i. KERITAS(}R$1II HISTORIAN 75 Years &go ................. 1926 Frank C. Pazour, Plumas County Assessor, has announced his candidacy for re-election to office. Pazour has served as assessor for a num- ber of years and has given general satisfaction. It is not expected that any opposition to his re- multi-purpose building. : tention in office will develop. ~ lO Years Ago ................. 1991 50 Years Ago ................. 1951 Wildwood, Chester's new Saturday the Twain mill burned to the and senior center has passed its ground and was a $250,000 pile of ashes and tion and final approval twisted metal. Lost in the fire, along with the given by the Federal Housing building, were expensive band saws, lumberprovided the majority of the carriage, resaw and trim saws and all the lure- facility located in downtown bet on the loading docks were burned. NOTE: Items included in the 25 Years Ago .... . ............ 1976 When column are taken from our Dedication ceremonies for more than $1 mil- newspaper archives and lion in new Feather River College facilities will style of that particular period. be conducted Friday. Newly completed facili- grammar are not edited, so the coPY. ties include a student center, warehouse facili- as it actually appeared in the ty and also nearing completion is a $1.9 million pets. SBITAP CHESTER EDITOR a "Forty-five dollars," he repeated. Humph. "Will you take a check?" No. "Credit card?" No. But, the man explained that there was a bank past the booths that will give an advance. All I had to do was get bythe guards. I gave the man an exasperated "Thank you," then turned and walked to the two uniformed men on the far side of the checkpoint. ' Hello, I'm sorry," I said. "I don't have enough money for the visa. That man said I could go to the bank." e ner: ary as A TMs ? Not only was I saved, but now ers would be kept to a minimum. I rushed to the machines, with this ordeal. It was very the familiar little screen and the buttons that all ATMs share. I with a sigh of relief. "Turkish ...... > English ...... >" "Thank you, God, for English!' "Please enter the amount in I wrote this nonfictlo~ travel account for a+ Blank stares. , rr~,,nts.'" class I took in Octobe 999. I came across it ',Do you speak English?' . _. _ What?" I slapped my hand while going some of my old papers and One of the men rattled someming on m Turk- head and tried to remember the thought someone out there might enjoy my fol- ish. I showed him my credit card. Maybe because of the 14-hour fli ,Remember, it's a true st, ' " tm to theknew,Card I re Dry. ' Para yok, I said, poin " g i, - rent stress level, I simply could ly. C .......... a" + peated the two words of Turkish ! Para how to get twenty dollars. ikis, Girts, Bag j --huh. yok.' No money. 600,000,000. I stood at the mouth of the gate and gazed at Still nothing, w "Amount exceeds available. the innards of Ataturk International Airport. "Visa," I tried. " + -n one .... as nothing new to me. I tried How was I going to get through this airport, let "Ah." Understanding dawnea, u i" "u~ the The ATM blinked and ~ hi alone Turkey, all by myself?, men. He turned and explainea my s tuation to machine and soon spit out a I joined the flow of passengers leaving the his coworker, who in turn, said something to bills, which I immediately plane and followed them down a long, sparse me. bank's counters. corridor. As we neared the bewildering signs, I "What? I don't understand," I said. "An- "American dollars, please!" I realized that--thank God--there were English lamidim." The man behind the plane translations, and-that, yes, I was being herded in He pointed to my purse. I opened it, thinking ed out loud as he placed the the right direction. they needed to check my baggage. Instead, he "Ten, fifteen, sixteen. Thank you The passageway opened onto a small passport p ,u~, ed out my passport. I stared at my hand in checkpoint made up of several booths and a Peki, the guard said. ,,Gidebilirsiniz." I fi- Money exchanged hands. "Welcome to Turkey. Next!" Uh oh. Did he say forty-five dollars? I ap- proached the counter in a jumble of carry-on items. Backpack, camera bag, oh, there it is! Purse! "Hi," I said. "Urn, did you just say forty-five dollars?" I reached into my purse and pulled out my money wallet. "Yes." No matter how I thumbed through the bills, they still added up the same. "I only have twenty-seven..." I tried to ex- plain to the man behind the counter that I had just checked the Turkish Consulate's Web page, and it had said visas were only $25. He assured me that the Web page was wrong. enough. counter. The throng separated as ff by magic nally grasped what he meant when he pointed "Thanks," I said sullenly. and the olive-skinned travelers crowded up to m ' the booths, while I found myself drawn to the r hhave to come back ifc I n Walking back to the check 100,000 Turkish note and some counter with the other foreigners, passport. Darn, no running . ry lz e a had in my wallet, I might be The line was surprisingly short in a few maniac without my passport. Tins system works, one off. a"---tight smile and pushed minutes I was cl0se enough to hear a visa trans- I gave the guards After passing back through action, past them into the main lobby. . . picking up my hostage "Forty-five dollars, please." Smoke stung my eyes and invaae my lungs, the man behind the visa They were everywhere, these Turks with their money down. cigarettes and cell phones. When he saw my American The men all had dark hair and mustaches, shook his head. a,a *we tvves of women: the ones ................... ads ~. "Please!" I begged. "This is all l who wore scarves over thezr ne aria tong He looked at the money, overcoats, and the ones wno were meached at the money. blonde and sported the latest European fash- "Please." ions. a m "OK," he sighed. He ' he vulgar, swe ty ob I had It wasn t at all t . _ .... -- left the coins on the seen in the movie ,,Midmght Express. . y. couldn t believe it. n,~ ,,,,, e~.+ ++,~,. of the lobby, two banks vzed Turke " I ....... =" ' .... ~'ri"'t ": " In my passport, stamped it, tion "rnetr u ~, =agns m for customers atten - " Credi - - mrough. vited me to choose between yapt and Ak- This time, when I passes bank. holes in the wall next to very impressed with myself. I But wait, those little impression that I had " t"-' Oh my tma. are those the banks, uouta ,~, I've got this traveling thins