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llllB Wednesday, June 6, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, The Northern California drought, which is wiping out farming towns in Modoc and Trinity counties, is the best argument for revising the antiquated Environmental Species Act (ESA). It needs to be changed so that it is fair and beneficial, rather than unjust and [i damaging. Today, it hurts workers and the economy and does very little to actually protect the species it was intended to shield. This needs to be changed. In April, growers were told by a federal judge that they would not be receiving any irrigation water because the ESA requires the water to be used to protect fish that may or may not be threatened. As a result of the ruling, more than 170,000 acres of pasture and farmland in the region have gone dry, with the lost income topping $100 million. In addition, more than 1,500 farming families are facing certain f'mancial doom. This problem is not confined to the two counties in question. Besides the fact that the economic woes in other communities will inevitably affect its neighbors, Plumas County is not a stranger to the harmful side effects of the ESA, as anyone who has seen logging decline during the past eight years can confirm. Bolstering this concern was a May 31 U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that halted two dozen timber sales in Oregon and plans for 170 more in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, primarily in the same geographic area as the farming com- munities affected by the other decision. Talk.about a double-whammy. Like the oth- er decision, the court's ruling was designed to protect fish, including salmon. U.S. Rep. Wally Herger, who represents Plumas County, and is one of the sponsors of the Quincy Library Group plan, is trying to help out the farmers. The representative is calling for a revision of the ESA, which is one of those laws that has spun wildly out of control. Herger calls the problems in the region "a government-caused disaster that is bank- rupting entire farming communities" and an "unspeakable tragedy." Herger places the blame for the area's woes on an outdated ESA, which has al- lowed species to be protected when there is "nothing more than incomplete data, specu- lation and guesswork" about the species' sta- tus. Apparently, Herger is not a lone wolf. He was able to convince the U.S. House of Rep- resentatives' Committee on Resources to hold a hearing on the ESA in Klamath Falls June 16. Herger's efforts to change the ESA need to be supported. It is important to provide some protection for species, since many Americans are convinced it is a priority. But the law needs to be changed to reflect reality. The technology and science isavail- able to protect species-and to determine whether they need to be protected--without Last week, I had the once-in-a-life- time opportunity to cover what is known as a four-county meeting. It was one of those meetings in which the supervisors from four counties--Plumas, Lassen, Modoc and Sierra--got together to discuss common issues. I don't want to say that the meet- ing was boring, but there's a reason they're called the board of supervi- and silly Nearly 90 minutes of the was devoted to discussing which has nothing to do drinks, but probably been more interesting. Instead, RCRC is the Re Council of Rural Counties, nization that tries to re state's 28 rural counties on level. The proponents of the tion, which er as president, say good job of representing the that are near and dear to munities such as If you need proof of the tion's effectiveness, look no than the fact that RCRC re tives attended last week's and handed which are designed to munity awareness of: tence. We were told the toys passed as gifts to members of the community county fairs throughout the this summer. As a sample of the passed out by RCRC reps at meeting last week, some pervisors were so excited at the Beanie Babies, they were! injured as they patted on the back for a job well Nothing says We represent yO needs better than Beanie Moments earlier, these e pervisors were raising about the lack of effecl federal government at problems like droughts. Wonder if any of them irony. KELLER sors. Also attending the meeting was the legendary Don Russell, the jour- nalism guru and operator of the Mountain Messenger. As the meeting dragged on and on and on, Don and I tried to come up with ideas for writing meeting sto- ries. Here are some suggested first paragraphs we developed: Trying to disprove Einstein's the- ory that time is relative, the boards of supervisors from Plumas, Lassen, The Western Pacific 254 Portola between 1930 to pany. STAFF WRITER Sierra and Modoc counties met last week .... Trying to show that the state leg- islature made a mistake with the Brown Act, the board of supervisors from Plumas, Lassen, Sierra and Modoc counties subjected local citi- zens to an open meeting last week. Although the four boards dis- cussed a drought that is threatening to damage the local economy. While it was not very interesting, it was important. But the four boards did manage to set a new standard for bland, boring America's 200th birthday at the al Ball held at the Plumas grounds in Quincy. Music was A1 Shay's 15 piece 10 Years Ago ................. 1991 Entertainment for the Fair in August has been Kershaw, "the ragin' cajun," rodeo, logging championships races are on the five-day fair lineuP. NOTE." Items included in the weekly ber When column are taken from edition newspaper archives writing style of that particular spelling and grammar are not copy is presented as it actually the original newspapers. Staff writers Dave Keller, Gall Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Woody Morgan, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams. Jenette Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Big thanks to Feather for taking me in and being and also to the local showed me life on the a blast and look forward to again, only next time pen and notepad, and one days with my truck. If you are searching for a my article, I am not sure one. Though I suppose it it possible to be a er fit the description? I am glad I didn't listen to but my heart, because I been so content in mY coworkers have been not kind and conside: for me from the start. I preciative for what I have your town continues to Thank you. Christi Sevtap Chester Editor Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicia Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Nacar Portola Editor friend, his dog and he, hit the road. They traveled through states I still dream of seeing, and then he moved to Washington to continue iron work. It had been a dream of mine for a long while to live in a little house in the mountains with my dog. After seeing this,young man make it look so easy, I couldn't help but take his advice on decision making, "Go big or go home." I did both. I went big and moved to a new home. After two and a half years of full- time work, part-time school, and four part-time jobs, I am writing this article. The new year of 2001 brought with it many things I never imagined pos- sible. The first day back to work af- ter an extended New Year's week- end, I got the news that 80 percent of beautiful stomping grounds of- Plumas and Lassen counties are still unknown to many flat-landers. "Quincy? Where is that?" was the most common response. Others, who had a good idea of where it was said, "That's in the middle of nowhere!" or, "There's nothing out there." My response to this was always, "Exactly," with a nod of my head and a smile. It amazes me, the diversity you will see in people when the thought of living in the mountains arises. Everyone has their own opinions, and most false unless they have lived there. The most accurate description came from a former Quincy local. I only knew her for a short time, but she was among the.few I made a point of saying goodbye to. hurting hard-working Americans who de- I move, since Feather River College the one moving here. pendflies and on naturalsupportresources the economy.tfeed Bo theirsides faro- STAFF WRITER , would was beginning also giveitS me schoolthe year chanceand toit toIcome am very up glad here,I made because the i can achieve their objectives, but it s not pos- Three years ago in September, I spendAlthoughOne lasti hadnSU -'mert plannedn thetoriVer.move right.nothingIbuthavebeautifulbeen intrOCland sible under the current ESA. . was camping in the Sierras and met until sometime in August, I consid- derful people since I came h this awesome young man. ered the layoff a golden opportunity Although I attend Lasser The thing that was so special and a kick in the pants, instead of FRC, and live i about him was his lifestyle. I found Now that I look back, I suppose it wood instead of Quincy, I ha' FC g it so admirable that he lived in the was a lesson in playing the hand grets (except for that time mountains and did so through mostthat the game of life deals to you. fill up my gas tank before /A y spaper of that winter. Six months ago, when I mentioned Highway 70). Michael C. Taborski High on life, I assume, and with a that the town of Quincy was a possi- Publisher feeling of invincibility earned after bility for relocation, the variety of As long as the mot taiJ spending a winter 30 miles from the responses I got was quite interest- to stand all around me, I Keri B. Taborski nearest signs of civilization, his girl- inC. Rest assured that to some, the happy camper? the company was going to be laid off. After two months of things being up in the air, it was final: I was in- cluded. I figured fall was a perfect time to t Photo courtesy of the Plumas County Museum is shown from a side view. It ran from Oroville to 1952. It was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Cons- She was so excited for me nothing but awesome things about the large chunk of lived here. In fact she envious that she HISTORIAN 76 Years Ago ................. 1926 The new social hall at Greenville was the setting Thursday night for the commence- ment exercises for Greenville High School. It was the largest graduating class of a high school in Plumas County and consisted of 14 students: eight young men and six of the prettiest girls in the county. Twelve students were graduated from Quincy High School Friday night at the com- mencement exerczses. Spring Garden School closed Friday for the summer vacation with a community pic- mc attended by about 70 people consisting of pupils, parents, teachers and friends. 50 Years Ago ................. 1951 Official estimates place the attendance of the Plumas County picnic last Saturday at over 5,000 persons. 4,168 meals were served and the menu included a ton of barbequed beef and 500 pounds of beans. 25 Years Ago ................. 1976 Some 400 people representing all commu- nities of Plumas County gathered to salute n