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"IBB wednesday, June 3, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Award-winning paper is a reflection of the community it serves We don't publish this paper each week with the goal of winning awards. Our job is to be the newspaper of record in Plumas County and to keep our readers informed of important events in the community. That doesn't mean we weren't thrilled when we learned the California Newspaper Publishers Association voted Feather Publishing the best weekly newspaper of its size in the state last month. To receive the award for general excellence from our peers is quite an honor. The recognition has special meaning because it comes from professional journalists who work day in and day out striving for the same high standards that we do. Everyone likes to be recognized for the effort they put in'to their job, and that includes us. But a good newspaper is really a reflection of the community it serves. We wouldn't be as good without your support. The general excellence award is a reflection on all of us. This isn't the first time Feather Publishing earned the CNPA's top award. We received the general excellence honor in 2002 and 2004, and have received positive feedback from the CNPA many times since then. This year the paper received recognition in several categories. In addition to general excellence, the paper took home two second-place awards and three certificates of achievement. It takes a lot of effort from scores of dedicated employees to bring you the news every week. We are proud of the award-winning team we have assembled. A good newspaper is made up of much more than just reporters and editors; the general excellence award wouldn't be possible without a talented sales, graphics and front office staff. Your paper wouldn't look as colorful and sharp as it does without the skills and years of experience of our plate making and press operators. And we wouldn't be here without you, the valued advertisers and readers who contribute stories and ultimately help us pay the bills. Everyone who reads and contributes to this paper has played a role in its success. All of us at Feather Publishing want you to know how much we appreciate your support. And we pledge to continue our quest for general Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, trmtmging editor and the appropriate staff writers. Fea blishing 006wspaper / For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Greg Knight Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Debra Moore Ann Powers M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Printed on California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. BE HEARD Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR There's no liberal bias in this sports section MY TURN GREG KNIGHT Sports Editor gknight@plumasnews.Com In the words of my Irish grandfather, I say, "gimme' a break, pallie." Or maybe it was how Simmons criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the handling of the Ray Rice issue, where he called the commish a liar, outright, on his show. "Goodell, if he didn't know what was on that tape, he's a liar. I'm just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie-detector test, that guy would fail." Simmons said. "I really hope During a drive to Reno recently, I had the chance to listen to some talk radio and was enlightened by what I heard as I cruised over Beckwourth Pass on the way to the city. One of the hosts I listened to, on an ESPN radio affiliate, was making the argument that the mainstream sports media is generally biased to the left, with much ink and the airwaves dedicated to pushing an agenda that has little to do with brawn or the sporting life and quite more to do with pizzazz and image -- and a political agenda attuned to liberal philosophies. Take for example the case of (slightly cloistered, but well-known) conservative ESPN commentator Bill Simmons. Simmons, who has enjoyed a long and storied career as a sports critic, has endured more than his fair share of bias -- like when the network barred him from interviewing then-candidate Barack Obama on the grounds that ESPN did not interview candidates until the Democratic nomination was sewn up. This week's special days somebody calls me or emails me and says I'm in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell, because if one person says that to me, I'm going public. You leave me alone." If that argument seems a bit tame for you, how about when conservative talk host Rush Limbaugh was dropped from the group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams back in 2009? The story made major rumblings in the sports and news media after a contingency of black players accused Limbaugh of being a racist, much less a conservative. On the other side of the spectrum, you have the vile, crude and disgusting "comedian" Bill Maher (this is the same jackass that is quoted saying "We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities") becoming a part owner of the New York Mets. Riddle me this, dear reader: How can Limbaugh be roundly derided and denied an opportunity at ownership, yet Maher is given a pass? The answer, at least in my opinion, is that the sports media, with its penchant for bling, image and style over substance, has been taken over by elements that are loyal to a liberal ideology like Maher's -- one that claims tolerance for all but then 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. June 4 1912 -- Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to set a workers' minimum wage, but it only covers women and children. June 5 Today is National Donut Day. 1893 -- The trial of Lizzie Borden, whose parents were axed to death, begins in- New Bedford, Massachusetts. She is acquitted 15 days later. 1956 -- Elvis Presley records and introduces his new RCA single record "Hound Dog," shocking the public with his suggestive hip movements. 1968 -- United States senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan, dying the next day. June 6 Today the final horse race in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, is held in Belmont, New York. 1914 -- "Tarzan of the Apes," by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is published. 1925 -- Chrysler Corp. is formed. 1933 -- The first drive-in movie theater opens in Camden, New Jersey, with the advertisement: "The whole family is welcome, regardless how noisy the kids are." June 7 1982 -- Priscilla Presley opens Elvis' 13.8-acre Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland mansion residence estate to the public. June 8 1937 -- The world's largest flower, a giant calla ]fly, is grown at the New York Botanical Garden, measuring 8-1/2 feet high and 4 feet in diameter. 1949 -- George Orwell's novel "1984" is published. June 9 1934 -- Donald Duck makes his film debut in "The Wise Little Hen." Another ' :, Donald Duck fact: Hismiddle name is Fauntleroy. 1968 -- United States President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a national day of mourning following the assassination of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. 1973 -- Secretariat wins the Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes horse races. screams the loudest against an opposing thought when conservatives even utter a peep. Thankfully, most coaches, athletes and athletic directors I know at the high school and college level are fairly conservative in their thoughts, actions and politics. As well they should be; I believe one of the fundamental differences between liberals and conservatives is that the latter believe in working and sweating for what they earn, while the former seek a government-sponsored nanny state in which everyone is equal, there are no losers, marriage is a social justice issue and money or other benefits are nearly free for the taking. To highlight my opinion brightly, I offer you this: When you need yard work or other labor done around your house, who would you rather hire from the local community -- a Feather River College athlete who buckles down and works his/her hind off with the team and in the classroom, or a stoned out hipster that sports an Obama 2012 sticker on his/her VolksWaRen and ismajoring in an earth-biscuit green degree at the college? There is no space for liberal bias in the sports section of this paper. I am unapologetic in my conservatism and, if anything, I always try to tell it like it is. That said, aside from the Giants and 49ers, does anyone really care about the national sports media here in Plumas County? Does it really make a difference at all in the scheme of sports fans' lives? One has to wonder. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 A few weeks ago, on the afternoon of May 22 at 4:30 p.m., Mt. Lassen volcano erupted, the most violent eruption in its history, belching an immense cloud of smoke, steam and ashes. While the volcanic mountain peak itself is not visible from Plumas County, the smoke column was a spectacle, resembling a giant cauliflower for the fn:st ten minutes and then drifting away to the east. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 The 1965 Plumas County picnic to be held this weekend promises to be the best in 5 years that this annual event has ever been. Fourteen candidates are entered in the Sweetheart of the Mountains pageant which will be held in conjunction with the picnic. Those vying for the title are: Susan Caudfl, Janet Reid, Vonnie Perkins, Diana Lindsey, Kaye Galon, Linda Varner, Pat Strang, all of Quincy; Linda Welbourn of Caribou; Dianne Perkins, Karol Nosek, Carol Ede, Pam Whitcomb, all of Portola; Cathi Graham of Graeagle and Karen Alexander of Greenville. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 Members of the Plumas County Auditor's Office recently won about $3,000 in the California Lotto 6/49 lottery game by correctly picking 5 out of 6 numbers. Picking the winning ticket and sharing the winnings were Auditor Ann Pattan, assistant auditor Manfred Endres, Linda Williams, Mary Mooney, Faye Behrens and Deborah Ehlers, all of that office. Note: items included in the weekly Remember 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 is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. New reporter fills There's a changing of the guard at Chester Progressive. Although change can be unpredictable, it can also present opportunities. My name is Stacy Fisher, and I'm originally from the San Fernando Valley, Southern California. I decided to move to Westwood 2-1/2 years ago to enjoy the advantages of mountain living, and leave behind the smog and bumper-to-bumper traffic of the big city. I have 20-plus years of experience in reporting for various news publications as well as feature writing. I have some big shoes to Eft1 with the recent retirement of Chester Progressive's intrepid reporter Kate West. Replacing such a well-informed and detail-oriented individual as Kate is no small feat. Truthfully, Kate is irreplaceable. Her vast knowledge of the area and personal connections are extensive and run deep in the community. For nearly two weeks I shadowed Kate around town learning the ropes. Her training was indispensible, and her infinite patience much appreciated! I understand that Kate has been at the paper for more than 10 years, and after big shoes on Chester news beats MY TURN STACY FISHER Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com witnessing her professionalism, I know she's been instrumental in its success. Without a doubt, she'll be greatly missed as she begins a new chapter in her life. I suspect I speak for everyone at Feather Publishing in wishing her the best in whatever new endeavors she elects to embark upon. As to be expected, the learning curve can be steep when familiarizing oneself with the requirements of a new job. That's why it's been heartening that the staff at Chester Progressive has been so ready to lend a hand in offering any assistance I may need in covering my beat. They've been especially gracious and I'm grateful for their support. As the new kid on the block, I recognize that it will take a while to cultivate a comprehensive knowledge of the Lake Almanor Basin region. There's a lot to absorb in a relatively short time. So please bear with me. I'm definitely looking forward to getting to know the movers and shakers, as well as the everyday people who make the wider community the special place that it is. I expect the summer season to be f'filed with a plethora of news stories: Chester students will soon be graduating, and the Fourth of July and the Fun Run are just around the corner, to name just a couple of the special events that will be covered. Finally, I'd like to invite members of the community at large to feel free to contact me with news stories, social occasions and upcoming events by emailing me at chesternews@ plumasnews.com or by calling 258-3115. Also, if you have any exceptional photos to share depicting something special going on in Plumas County, please feel free to send them in. I look forward to hearing from you!