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61B Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter,: EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Agencies, volunteers drill down on fire preparedness While most Plumas County residents were enjoying a beautiful summer Sunday, others devoted their day to make everyone safer this fire season. The county's office of emergency services, the Plumas National Forest and the Meadow Valley Fire Department organized the largest drill ever conducted in this county. Six months of planning went into the June 1 exercise to ensure that it would yield a comprehensive opp,rtunity to test the county's emergency preparedness. Federal, state and local agencies worked alongside community volunteers in a drill that stretched from Meadow Valley to the county fairgrounds. The daylong effort revealed the county's strengths and weaknesses in responding to a wildland fire threatening a community, but the lessons learned can be applied to any emergency. Ironically, communication proved to be the county's biggest strength, but also its biggest weakness. Strength came in the ability of local agencies to work together, to communicate clearly what steps to take in fighting the fire, protecting structures and evacuating citizens and animals. Weakness came in the vulnerabilities of the infrastructure -- large swaths of the county experience intermittent or no cellphone coverage and sketchy Internet access. It wasn't always easy for those at the scene to share information. The organizations involved are developing plans to overcome that obstacle. Another problem uncovered is the growing shift from landline phones to cellphone use. County officials learned that 38 percent of the homes in Meadow Valley and approximately a third countywide do not have landlines, which means those residents won't receive an automatic notification during an emergency situation. During the drill, search and rescue personnel went from door to door contacting residents and checking to see who had received the emergency alert through the county's CodeRed system. The alert can save precious time during an emergency. Residents can do their part by registering their phone with the system by either visiting the sheriff's department or by going online to countyofplumas.com and following the CodeRed links. Anything that we can do to protect our families and our hom6s and make the job easier for emergency responders is a step that we should take. This is forecast to be a busy fire season. The Meadow Valley drill was well timed because the lessons learned will be fresh in the minds of those who will be called upon to save our communities. Some are paid for their services, but many are volunteers who give up their personal time simply because they love this area and want to protect it. We owe them a debt of gratitude, especially on a sunny Sunday afternoon. . .... Feat0000blishing /0000wspaper 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: Laura Beaton Carolyn Shipp Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Debra Moore Maddie Musante M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne , Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 ,r, nt00on ;I .eo00r 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 A America'shealth care system is a joke, and I am not talking about Obamacare. Rather, I am talking about the lengths that Americans have to go to in order to get proper treatment for their ailments. For the last three years I have been working with different providers, employed at different institutions and all with different specializations to address my 8-year-old's health issues. Among the list, we went to ear specialists, eye doctors, pediatricians, family practitioners and behavioral specialists, only to receive the same diagnoses each time but no viable treatments. Finally, three years later, my son is on the path to recovery; however, he has not yet veered onto the road of recovery. After receiving a diagnosis from two specialized health care providers, my son was recommended to see a third provider. This provider basically wanted to start from scratch despite the fact the last doctor's evaluation plainly stated that lack of merica struggles with ,qealth Ei .... 'i!!,ii "   MY TURN SAMANTHA P. HAWTHORNE Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.com treatment has increased his symptoms. This doctor, however, did finally recommend treatment, but it was only for one of his ailments. For the other, more serious ailment, he scheduled him another appointment two months out. At the time of the first recommendation I was told to wait for a call from his primary doctor in order to go over treatment plans, and to pick up a prescription. This week's special a, zys 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 18 1873 -- American social reformer and women's suffrage advocate Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 Presidential election. 1923 -- In Chicago, Illinois, Checker Taxi puts its first taxis on the streets. June 19 1910 -- The first Father's Day was celebrated at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington. 1934 -- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is established. 1978 -- "Garfield," now the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, made its debut in 41 U.S. newspapers June 20 1782 -- The United State Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States. 1863 -- West Virginia, (The Mountain State) is admitted as the 35th U.S. state. 1840 -- Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. 1948 -- "The Toast of the Town," later renamed "The Ed Sullivan Show," makes its television debut. June 21 Today is Summer Solstice, the first day of summer, also known as Midsummer, the longest day of the year. 1788-- New Hampshire, (The Granite State) is admitted as the 9th U.S. state. 1982 -- John Hinckley Jr. is found not guilty by reason of insanity at a trial for the attempted murder of United Sates President Ronald Reagan at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 30,1981. June 22 Today is Chocolate Eclair Day. Eclairs were originated in France in the 19th century and is considered a member of the pie family. 1870 -- The United States Congress establishes the Department of Justice. 1944 -- United States President Franklin D, Roosevelt signed the adoption of the G.I. Bill, providing benefits for war veterans. 1984 -- Virgin Atlantic Airlines begins its first flight from London Heathrow Airport. June 23 YIPPEE! Today is National PINK Day! 1926-- The College Entrance Examiners Board administers the first Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). June 24 1916 -- Hollywood actress Mary Pickford becomes the first film star to sign a million dollar contract. 1939 -- The country of Siam is officially renamed Thailand. 1949 -- The first television western "Hopalong Cassidy" is aired on the NBC television network. care inadequacies Three weeks went by and I had not received a follow-up call so I called the clinic. Employees there were not even aware of a treatment plan so passed the buck on to someone else. A month later and my son fmally started benefiting from the recommended treatment, and that was only because I complained and brought my son to a different primary doctor. Another month passed before my son was offered treatment for the area of our highest '" concern. This time, however, we were given .' a new diagnosis for a different set of symptoms. For this diagnosis, we were told to come back in two weeks for further review. Since treatment was finally offered, however, I was not too concerned about having another appointment to go over another issue. ' At the time of this writing, one week has passed since being handed a new prescription. Unfortunately, I misplaced the '" paper prescription and had to request a new " one. When I called, they said the best they ' could do was leave a message for the doctor. An hour passed and I had heard nothing back so I called them again. They admitted the doctor was at lunch and she would '. return in another hour. I called back over an hour later and they ' said she probably wouldn't get to it until '. that night, and they are closed the next day ." so I wouldn't get to pick it up until the middle of the week. By that time, I would have to wait until the following Monday to pick up his prescription because I was only able to get to Susanville on Monday. I was adamant that my request was filled before closing, especially since it only takes a minute to print a prescription. By 3:30 p.m. they had it ready for me to pick up. I " arrived an hour later to pick it Up.  By the time I got to Susanviile to fill the ' prescription I was told the doctor had not " signed it and so it couldn't be f'filed. After all my son and I have been through to get on a treatment plan, only to have this happen, I was, and still am, irate. Because she did not sign the piece of paper, I will not be able to fill the script until next week. ff only Medi-Cal paid small-scale pharmacists ' ; enough money to fill a prescription this would not be an issue. But since the nearest pharmacy does not accept pure Medi-Cal, it , makes things that more complicated. Although America is supposedly a progressive nation, there seem s to be no end in sight for its citizen's health care woes. Obamacare, in my opinion, is just another way for the country to get money from its , middle-class workers who still cannot afford insurance. And the current medical system makes it so difficult to receive treatment that many go without.  '  7':, The World Health Organization ranks America's health care system as 37th in the world, and the Commonwealth Fund ranks it last. Again, as progressive as it is said to be here, how is it that so many countries can outrank us in medical care? The universal health care system of Australia, Sweden, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and , Canada proves that a simple, inexpensive and efficient system is possible. So why is it that the United States is still struggling with keeping its citizens healthy? REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Gus Mann this week arrived at the Feather River Inn in Blairsden where he begins his 3rd year as manager of the Inn. The golf course is in prime condition. A new lawn has been placed at the swimming p0ol and a new artesian well has been installed on the grounds to provide drinking water. Arrangements have been made for securing pasteurized milk from the Inn's dairy. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 George Palacin of Chester was named president of the Plumas County Chamber of Commerce. Other newly elected officers include Bill O'Brien of Chilcoot, vice president; Gladys Mansell of Quincy, treasurer. Directors are Bill Davis of Lake Almanor, Carl Furrer of Greenville, Irwin Joy of Portola, Jack Stack of Bucks Lake, George Standart of Greenville, George Wilson of Belden and Harvey West of Graeagle. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Opponents of the proposed minimum security work camp prison here in Plumas County have collected more than the required signatures (708) to put the issue on the November ballot. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 The offices of the City of Portola, Plumas County and all state and federal offices located in Plumas County were closed June ' 11 as a day of mourning for the death and funeral of former United States President Ronald Reagan, 93, the 40th President of the United States and the 33rd Governor of the State of California. He died June 5, 2004 in Bel Air, California. The state funeral was held in Washington, D.C. t" What's a dog to do w,Sen little Fluffy runs?, We don't need another stinking cat! Let me be right up front from the start, lest anyone get the wrong impression. Cats are OK, I guess, but deep down inside, I'm just a big-time dog guy. We recently had an abrupt change in our animal family when Trouble, our 8-year-old cat, passed unexpectedly. He was acting funny, so we took him to the vet who treated him for ear mites But obviously he had something else very wrong with him we didn't know about because he died five days later. It was a sad day, and upon our return, we buried Trouble near his favorite spot in the yard. I have to admit he was a mighty cool cat, and I will miss him, even though I'm not the proverbial cat person. Ah, but Trouble's passing was only the beginning of our kitty woes. Trouble had a cat friend who shared the digs -- Chaos. With Trouble gone, Chaos seemed lost. He wandered up and down the house allegedly looking for Trouble. My girlfriend, Cindie, determined Chaos was sad and lonely. Cindie went a-searchin' all across the Internet lookin' for another tuxedo cat that looked like Trouble and Chaos, and the pick of the scratchers seemed to be one of a pair of cat sisters in the shelter in Grass Valley. That's right, I said Grass Valley. If you think we've got characters in Lassen County, you should check out the scene at the pound in Grass Valley. First, there was the family waiting in the MY TURN SAM WlLMAMS Lassen News Editor swilliams@lassennews.com parking lot to adopt a mastiff named Bruiser. Three of the boys were playing football with a tennis ball while morn and sister sat on the hood of their 4x4. Tell me, who plays three-man football with a tennis ball? The animal control officer left on a call but neglected to lock the building, so we could have helped ourselves to anything we wanted. Mr. Animal Control realized he blew it when he got back and discovered me wandering through the building looking at the dogs. While Cindie filled out the paperwork on our new cat, Mischief, an elderly woman and her dog arrived outside. The woman wanted to adopt another dog, but the animal control officer wouldn't let her bring her dog inside. "I'll watch your dog while you're inside," I offered, trying to be helpful. She scrunched up her eyeballs beneath her pink hair and gave me a long stare -- "Are . you sure you're not trying to steal my dog?" Despite my assurances, her eyeballs Still . twitched. "Cindie," I finally blurted out, "tell this woman I'm not going to steal her dog!" We got our cat, drove back to Susanville, and introduced Mischief to Chaos. There was a little hissing and spitting, but they were getting along fine, until we let Ike, our 140-pound malamute, in the house. Well, Mischief took one look at Ike and bolted. Ike saw the cat on the run, and a high-speed chase involving several laps around the hallway, through the living room, across the kitchen floor, over the mess in the music room and back down the hallway ensued. Now, a couple of days later, Mischief will venture out from under the bed for brief periods, but I don't know how long it's going to take for her to get along with Ike. That could be a challenge. If she runs, Ike will chase her. Everysingle time. Hey, that's just what dogs do, and I guess the new ' cat in our house now has a purpose in life. ' The animal control officers at the shelter showed how much they care about the animals entrusted to them. Let me share my admiration and appreciation for all those folks everywhere who take loving responsibility for these little creatures. Well done.