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lOB Wednesday, June 23, 2010 ]00,DITORIAL and OPINION Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL Group puts its money where its mouth is In a year when the big story among tourism and economic development outfits has been a battle to keep getting assistance from the county, the Plumas County Museum Association should be commended for some- how managing to reverse the trend; paying for over half of a county position's annual cost with non-profit fundraising. Every year, Supervisor Robert Meacher counters public outcry about cuts by basical- ly asking people to put up or shut up, bring- ing up the point that no one wants to raise taxes or send in money to fund their favorite position or program, but everyone gets upset when their favorite county employee or pro- gram gets the ax. The association answered the bell this year, not only generating a boatload of letters of support to convince the county that the as- sistant museum director position was worth saving, but also picking up $34,000 of the tab, making it easier for the county to justify funding the remaining $24,000. It was a big commitment for a non-profit that could empty much of its $50,000 check- book on the position and that has already picked up the museum's phone bills in the current fiscal year. Assistant director Paul Russell must be do= ing something right, as he earned a huge vote of confidence, with the county supervisors reporting that hundreds of letters were sent to them arguing for his position to be main- tained. The association's unprecedented decision to fund over half of a county position with less than an hour to consider the idea also speaks to their confidence in him. Finally, the Board of Supervisors should be commended for accepting the association's offer and anteing up the remaining $24,000 to keep the position. In these tough economic times county de- partments are often held together by grants, county funds and chewing gum. The supervisors made the right move when they gras.ped onto a creative solution and a good deal when they had the opportunity. The museum will likely be sharing more responsibilities with the visitor's bureau this year and will be busier than ever with a resurgent tourism market (finger crosed)2 i' meaning the assiStant'director Wiffhave " more than enough opportunities to prove he's worth all the fuss. We wish him good luck in that endeavor. As if to draw home the importance of tourism to the county's economy, two cham- ber-supported events proved hugely success- ful over the last weekend. The Chester-Lake Almanor chamber set new attendance records for its Mile High 100 bike ride, rais- ing $15,000 in the process. In Quincy, the chamber's inaugural crawdad festival drew a huge crowd, with lines of cars parked along the highway. Here at Feather Publishing we work close- ly with and recognize the value of all our tourism entities -- the visitors bureau, the chambers, Plumas Arts, the county museum. We look forward to creative collaborations with each and every one of them to continue to meet the challenges of today's economy and to grow our tourism economy. Feathe il 00{ghing per go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill ................. :Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Will Farris Sam Williams Barbara France Susan Cort Johnson Cheryl Frei Ruth Ellis Brian Taylor Pat Shillito Linda Satchwell Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Lassen county Times (530) 257-53211 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Who'd a thunk.it? She's a b.ea21er now MY TURN ALICIA KNADLER Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com I blame my parents, not a nice thing to do since they're both gone and can't argue the point. I've just come to the conclusion that they never should have told me that I could do anything I set my mind to. I've just gotten in way over my head with that. There are just too many things I want to do, more than I have the time or ability to accomplish. I thought my newest venture would get me out of the house, away from the clutter I've created with all the other "things" I want to do, like redecorating, scrapbooks, sewing, knitting and other crafts. Being outdoors would also get me off my butt and away from the computer-- and it worked for a glorious two weeks, except for the hours and hours of driving it took to join up with our newest friends. Beaglers who hail from Southern Califor- nia all the way to northern Washington con- verged in Castle Rock, a great little town at the base of Mount St. Helens, where people have survived and adapted to the changes wrought by the catastrophic eruption 30 years ago. Hills of volcanic ash now rise along the banks of the Cowlitz River, where it runs through the town. The hills are 30-feet high in some places, and covered now by vegeta- tion, including trees and lots of Scotch broom. And what looks like pristine white sand along the water's edges is also ash, which is rather grainy and not like the soft, powdery ash from one's campfire. Other signs of the devastation are mostly gone now, covered by time and the efforts of the people, including Washington beaglers who have set up camp at the Castle Rock Fairgrounds each May and September for many years. What a great little fairgrounds it was, too, about one-tenth the size of our own, with freshly painted buildings and barns, and with volunteers who show up to work there almost every day on projects, and local truck drivers who make deliveries of fresh, aromatic cedar chips for use later by the 4-H kids. The beaglers there were of three kinds: the ones who raise kennels of champion field tri- al beagles, the ones who have other working dogs as well, and then those of us who have house hounds. And even though I wasn't the only one with house hounds, I was the rookie of the bunch, which resulted in much hilarity and a few wrinkled brows from the hardcore guys. Where in the world? Centella Tucker of Greenville attended Tuscan Women Cook along with former Greenville residents MaryAnn Kearns and Terri Stiles The cooking and touring week was centered in Montefollonico, Italy Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to smorrow@plumasnews.com. "I never heard no one'scream cause they saw a rabbit before," said one of the men around the rat cigar in his mouth. Yep, the ex- citement of the moment got the better of me. "You are lucky I didn't see a snake," I told him with a smile, as if I hadn't forgotten to holler out "tally ho" instead. "Your ears ' " w k " would still be rmgmg next ee . Folks have to picture it in their minds to get the full value of that moment. I mean, there I was, a goofy grin on my face, and standing there on a brush-covered hill wear- ing a dark pink, semi-dressy blouse that was mostly covered by a Sea World rain poncho, except for where the brambles had torn a few strips from it. And to top it all off, I couldn't get the leash off my dog by myself-- one of the men had to reach down and help me get the clunky thing off when it was time to set him loose on a rabbit track. "Oh," I said with wrinkled brow of my own when we were both bent down trying to get a hold of him. "Those are blackberry vines." "He's never been in those before," I added after a funny look from him that I still can't find the words to describe. "Just give me some grease paint and a red nose," I said later. The other beaglers were much better pre- pared, with rugged rain gear, dog leads with quick-release snaps and broken ski poles they call tally-ho sticks. "I'll try to get outfitted better by next time," I said with a laugh later to one of the few women there with beagles. Until that moment I hadn't really beensurelfmy gimpy self could actually do the field trials, but a few as- pirin solved that problem, mostly. ' So now I am the proud new owner of some real working-dog leads, and I'm on the look- out for rugged rain gear, some briar-resistant chaps and a way to carry my camera that doesn't include a strap around the back of my neck. But I think I'll keep the cane for now, instead of a tally-ho stick, either that or I need two beagles to help pull me up some of those hills, in tandem like a pair of draft horses. I still can't get over how different the field trials are, compared to what I thought they'd be. I thought they'd be more like eoonhound trials, where the dogs are on the run, hunt- ing a varmint. These beagles are trackers, they don't usm ally see the rabbits they're after, and they don't really run, so it's not too hard .keeping up with them. It's just a shame I've discov- ered the joy of beagling when the sport is in decline :-- not that many peqpId!l/dft doing it - " -VV .*Z " ' " ' anymore. I'm just glad that the trials are held in places we have family nearby like River- side in midwinter, Vaeaville in March and up there in Washington. Those who have beagles and want to try a field trial can search for an event at akc.org or e-mail me. I'd be happy to forward information about upcoming trials when the dates are set. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 80 YEARS AGO... 1930 Advertisment: Attention June brides: Our bakers, skilled in the art of baking and decorating wedding cakes of any size or de- sign are available at Polly Ann Bakery, Portola. 50 YEARS AGO... 1960 A 55 foot flagpole from the 1960 Winter Olympic Games held in Squaw Valley last winter was permanently erected in the park at Graeagle near the Herb Rowe iueniorial "* --:" " ....  ... ,,, e^, ^ _^_: Jtt  111 11y CLll U u y 1 ,LUUL IIIL 1" can flag. Eleven Greenville women working to- gether one day a week have competed 62 quilts in their first year of organized quilt- ing projects. Twenty five of the double bed sized quilts were given away to burned out and needy families in the area. 30 YEARS AGO... 1980 Endeavoring to hold a $15 and a half mil- lion budget for 1980-81 the Plumas County Board of Supervisors eliminated eleven coun- ty jobs at this week's budget hearings. Two employees were chopped from the Social Ser- vices and Welfare department with one each being eliminated from the following offices: Treasurer-Tax Collector, assessor, building inspector, annex building maintenence, dis- LI l,t CIILLUI 11, lJl UUOtLI'JII, blbL  I VUI Ubl, health department and library. 10 YEARS AGO... 2000 The cost of trying Michael E. Franklin topped the $825,000 mark but about $717,000 of it is being passed on to the state because Plumas County is obligated to only pay for the first $108,000 under a formula applied to small county courts. Franklin is being tried for allegedly killing his wife in a snowmibile incident at Bucks Lake in 1996. Note: items included in the weekly Remem- ber 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 Lou, t on the way in, quiet on the way out .... MY TURN JOSHUA SEBOLD Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com By now I'm assuming most of you have heard about a budget fix the state Legisla- ture employed last year that essentially changed laws regarding prison sentences, allowing inmates to be released at a rate of about 40,000 more per year than previously. Most people don't seem to realize that the 40,000 people being released each year are the tip of the iceberg in terms of the implications of that specific law, and local law enforce- ment experts anticipate it will soon be joined by a few siblings with similar implications. But let's start with what's already in place. Your average person's take on the early release law seems to be focused entirely on the people coming out of prison, but that's only half of the picture, at best. The Legislature's alteration of release laws led to a corresponding change in the game plans for deputies, detectives and dis- trict attorneys all over the state. Law enforcement officials aren't blind to the fact that putting someone away for a non-violent theft charge will no longer keep that person in prison for as long as it would before. They're changing their enforcement. strategies right now because of it. They're focusing less on the crimes with shortened sentences because they're getting less bang for their buck than they were before. Your average person looks at this as a law that just impacts when people come out of prison, but it's also changing who goes in. A cop walking down a street in today's Golden State is less likely to arrest someone for public intoxication than he was before the new law was passed because the incen- tive system has changed. Similarly, district attorneys are less likely to spend time on cases that will now result in less-strict penalties. At the same time, someone facing one of those charges is now more likely to go to tri- al because the difference between the deal they're getting to plead and the punishment they get if convicted is shrinking. Over the years; large legal trends like the war on drugs, DUI enforcement or Megan's Law have launched in a very public way. The difference with this change is that the law is being enforced differently but not in a way that is obvious to the public. , For instance, the Legislature didn't publicly vote to make meth possession les onerous than before, but in essence the incentives cre- ated by making the punishment for that crime smaller has that same effect without announc- ing it to the public in so many words. The second piece of this legal system shakeup is the anticipation by local law en- forcement agencies that this law will not be an only child for very long. At a recent Board of Supervisors meeting, the heads of the probation and sheriffs de- partments predicted that upcoming changes by the Legislature will send more prison in- mates to county jails, putting the burden of incarceration on counties instead of the state. This will also shift priorities, leading county jails to put the local drunks and punks on electronic surveillance programs to clear out room for more serious offenders. At that meeting, the sheriff and the proba- tion director added that there was a signifi- cant chance that the state would also allow counties whose jails were already full to send prisoners to places like Plumas. All of these changes do the same things: They shift priorities up the ladder, giving less incentive for cops around the state .to ar- rest people for crimes that carry a sentence of less than three years and less reason for district attorneys to prosecute those crimes. California created many of these laws in a very public fashion, but on the way out they are on the verge of fading back into half en- forcement without making a sound. It's another classic example of indecision making our decisions for us in this state. Instead of publicly choosing which laws to enforce and what programs to fund, we're once again watching as the interactions of disjointed systems of incentives choose for us.