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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, July 1, 2015 13B Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com The discovery of gold in Northern California led to the largest human migration in U.S. history. The Plumas Eureka State Park Association would like a repeat of that action for the upcoming Gold Discovery Days July 18 -19. The Plumas-Eureka State Park's signature event offers modern-day pioneers time travel back to the mid 1800s where they can meet the metal and miners responsible for putting Plumas County on the map - literally. When nine miners discovered gold on the east side of Eureka Peak (Gold Mountain) in 1851, numerous communities soon emerged followed by 30 miles of mine shafts. Eventually, it also became the key reason for establishing the historic state park in 1959. The 4,500-acre high Sierra park's focus remains the same nearly 55 years later: hard-rock mining history and nature. PESPA's Kit Vercelli said Gold Discovery Days embodies that commitment. "The pioneering spirit comes alive with a bonanza of activities for the whole family," he said. Event festivities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days including Moriarty House Museum tours, wagon rides, blacksmith demonstrations, children's activities, period costumes and music. There's also the acclaimed pancake breakfast at 11 a.m., Sunday, July 19. A hearty breakfast may come in handy. After all, gold was the original Plumas County cornerstone. And while searching for gold is often viewed as a recreational pursuit in i today's world, many geologists agree twice as much gold remains than was ever taken out. By some accounts, more than $25 million in gold was mined from the area in the mid and late 1800s. In Plumas-Eureka State Park Association Treasurer John Sciborski delivers a Nikon Total Station to Associate State Archaeologist Denise Jaffke in exchange for a token $1. The Degger family, of Graeagle, recently gifted the surveying equipment, valued at $10,000, to the association. Photo by Tim Hardie today's dollars, that translates to about $565 million. PESP$ was established in 197"7 to support the interpretive and educational programs a the historic park nestled in a high Sierra setting. The nonprofit has approximately 140 members and relies on membership fees, museum sales, donations and docents to keep its programs, and the area's history, alive. Lifetime PEPSA members, Nancy fi-nd,RU ly Degger, are perfect examples of the kind of selfless stewardship on which the nonprofit depends. The couple owns Rudy Plumas-Eureka State Park allows visitors to see life circa 1850 through a gold miner's eyes. Photo courtesy Plumas-Eureka State Park Association Degger and Associates providing'traffic accident analysis and reconstruction with locations in Graeagle and the Bay Area. Both former police officers, the Deggers recently donated a Nikon Total Station to the association they no longer use for their business. The electronic surveying equipment, valued at $10,000, helps archeologists prepare baseline studies. "These studies will aid the historical interpretation and understanding of the mining background of Plumas Eureka State Park during the 1870s to 1890s as we try to imagine what life was like during that era," said Tim Hardie, PESPA vice president. Plumas-Eureka State Park is located five miles west of Blairsden on County Road A-14. In addition to Gold D '65very Days, visitors can also enjoy fishing, nature study and hiking within the park. For more information visit the PESPA website at plumas-eureka.org. RUNNER, from page 11B corruption, allowing for a more effective use of limited law enforcement dollars. Local governments would be able to better respond to complaints related to cannabis grown and sold in their communities. One irony of the status quo is that tax evasion deprives governments of the funds it needs to enforce laws already on the books. As an elected tax official, it's my job to ensure the collection of taxes owed the state. Cash-based businesses are very difficult for BOE to audit, especially when we can't get records of their wholesale transactions. It's also a huge safety risk to have dispensaries pay their taxes by carrying duffle bags into state offices with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. A new BOE effort, the Cannabis Compliance Pilot Project, aims to determine the scope of noncompliance and develop strategies to address compliance barriers. A report is due in November. We won't solve this problem on our own. The good news is state lawmakers appear ready to do their part. A recent bipartisan vote for Assembly Bill 266 is a sign that lawmakers see the need for a regulatory structure. The federal government must also act. Under current federal law, it's nearly impossible for those in the medical marijuana industry to have bank accounts. Some fear that regulating the medical marijuana industry will pave the way for full legalization of recreational marijuana -- l disagree. One can oppose recreational marijuana, as I do, while recognizing the reality of the current situation. To improve public safety and tax compliance, we need greater state structure and oversight. George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a taxpayer advoca te and elected member of the State Board of Equalization. Brought to you by: Dr. Gregory Sawyer, DDS THE TOOTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH The Truth About Fluoride Part I We all know that fluoride helps prevent tooth decay, but how does it all work? It's important to know all about fluoride because it is an in- gredient in many products and most of us are ingesting it on a daily basis. First, a little history: Many years ago it was observed by researchers that people in certain parts of the American Southwest had a lower incidence of tooth decay than the rest of the American population.It was also found that there were extremely high levels of fluoride in the ground water. The correlation was made that the fluoride ion in the water was deposited in these people's teeth from drinking the water. As it turns out, verified by much research, fluoride will incorporate itself in the molecular structure of the tooth enamel as the tooth de- velops in childhood and the resultant changed molecule is more resistant to demineralization from the acids in dental plaque. The down side, however, is that it also deposits in other areas of the body. We will talk about safety concerns of this phenomenon next week. Family Dentistry and Orthodontics 2034 E. Main St., Quincy, Ca 95971 (530) 283-2811 OH, SOFTLY, SOFTLY Oh, softly, softly, memories intrude Into the idleness of summer eve, And with the music of an interlude, Some peaceful scenes from long ago they weave. Appearing from the doorway of their house Where honeysuckles frame her silent way All dressed in white with loosely fitted blouse, She steps into the light of waning day. Together, then, they sit beside their pond, And, mesmerized, they watch their golden koi. As from the magic of a waving wand, He lives the beauty of nostalgic joy. An owl in a neighbor's eucalyptus tree Proclaims a "Who" and breaks into his reverie. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano June 18, 2015 pH VoL 1&2 All other titles will be available for signing. (530) 283-BOOK (2665) 373 W. Main St., Quincy www.283book.corn Wed-Fri 1 l:30am to S:30pm Sat 12pm- 4pro info@283book.com AIRLINE CAREERS START HERE Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. 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