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8B Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Here's to a fun, safe Fourth of July we will always remember The next few days are going to be a lot of fun. Parties, community gatherings, festivals, barbecues, boating, hiking and swimming. The Fourth of July weekend is the real kickoff to our summer in Plumas County. This is a great place to be this time of year. That's why our stores, restaurants, motels and campgrounds will be filled to capacity as more than 20,000 visitors flock to our little piece of paradiseto celebrate our nation's birthday with us. But that celebration includes a potentially deadly combination: Booze and fireworks. According to police statistics, most of the problems over the long Fourth of July weekend aren't caused by the thousands of visitors. They are caused by us -- the people who live here. There are more DUIs by locals, even though the visitors outnumber us almost 2-to-1. The same statistics apply to accidents and fn'es caused by fireworks. The sheriff knows from experience that people setting off fweworks around their homes present a great danger. And we are living in one of the driest years on record. It's a scary situation. "The sanctioned events that include fireworks don't cause me as much concern," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said. "We know that the individuals involved in the sanctioned events are very, very cognizant of the conditions. It is the individuals looking to celebrate in an unsanctioned or illegal way that really does pose the greatest threat for fh'e. And that goes for any year. But this year is acutely problematic because of the bone-dry conditions that we are dealing with." When it comes to drinking and driving, or vehicle crashes caused by careless driving, once again it is the county's full-time residents who cause most of the damage. Local Highway Patrol Commander Joe Edwards said research supports the statistics. But when asked why local drivers cause the most problems over the holidays, Edwards could only speculate. "Perhaps it is because they are just comfortable with their surroundings. It must be a human-nature aspect to our lives," Edwards said. "Every time we start doing a little research-- and it has been that way in every office I've worked in -- we realize it's us (local drivers)." It also adds a level of stress for local emergency responders. "Unlike L.A., when we get a call for a crash here, it makes you stop and think 'I hope it's not someone we know ... because it usually is,'" Edwards added. The statistics really tell the story. :  : So let's try to be smart and careful this weekend. Let's beat the odds. We want to see the front page of the paper filled with fireworks and smiling faces next week. We want to have a fun-filled weekend we will always remember, not a tragic event that we will never forget. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. .7::_f Feat00bhshlng 006wspaper For breaking.news, I 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 recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. Silly mistakes that last a lifetime I did something stupid more than 40 years ago and I am still dealing with the aftermath. My fourth-grade sell should have been doing homework, but instead I slipped out Of the house and walked to a nearby playground, lured there by the types of play equipment not available at my Catholic grammar school. The monkey bars and jungle gyms were far more alluring than whatever schoolwork I had, and it was all fun and games until I slipped through the bars on an apparatus banging my two front teeth in the process. I tried to find the shattered pieces in the bark below the equipment, a MY TURN DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.corn ridiculous and impossible exercise. Thus began my odyssey with my two front teeth that led to root canals, caps, This week's special days 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. July 2 1962 -- The first Wal Mart store opens in Rogers, Arkansas. 1964 -- United States President Lynd0n B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act prohibiting segregation in public places. July 3 1852 -- The U.S. Congress established the second U.S. mint in San Francisco. 1864 -- The motto 'In God We Trust' first appeared on the American two-cent piece. 1886 -- The New York Times becomes the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand. 1890 -- Idaho, (The Gem State) is admitted as the 43rd U.S. state. July 4 Today is the Fourth of July-- Independence Day, 1831 -- Samuel Francis Smith wrote "My Country 'Tis of Thee" for the Boston Massachusetts Fourth of July festivities. 1865 -- "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll is published. 2009 -- The Statue of Liberty reopens after eight years of closure following the September 2001 attacks. July 5 Today is Free Fishing Day with no California fishing license required, offered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. 1937-- Spare, the canned luncheon meat is introduced to the marketing public by Hormel Foods, Inc. 1946 -- The bikini swimming suit debuts at a fashion show in Paris, France. 1975 -- Arthur Ashe wins the Wimbledon singles tennis tournament. July 6 Today is National Fried Chicken Day. 1785 -- The dollar is chosen as the monetary unit for the United States. July 7 Today is National Chocolate Day. 1907 -- Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. stages the first Ziegfeld Follies on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City. 1928-- Sliced white bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicoth Bakery Company in Missouri. 1930 -- Construction of Boulder Dam (nov known as Hoover Dam) begins. 1981 -- United States President Ronald Reagan appoints Sandra Day O'Connor as the fn'st female member of the United States Superior Court. July 8 1889 -- The first issue of the Wall Street Journal is published. chips, and, most recently new veneers. My husband says I have a "bionic" mouth, and at times I feel like I have poured $6 million into it. In reality, it's been thousands of dollars and soon to be more -- all because of one absent-minded moment. But I need to be grateful. Many attention lapses lead to much more profound injuries and losses. Every summer there are stories of parents who forget to drop off their children at daycare and return to their cars at the end of their work day to discover that their babies succumbed to the heat. I've heard people ask, "How is that possible?" It's verY possible. More than once, while driving to work, I heard giggles in the backseat as I drove past my daughters' daycare. If they had been younger, with their car seats facing backward as they are required to be today, there could have been dire consequences. Or there was the bride who was paralyzed from the shoulders down when one of her bridesmaids playfully pushed her into a pool during her bachelorette party. How many times did my siblings and I push each other into the family pool? We have all read stories of people who were killed or severely injured while driving and texting, talking on their cell phones or putting in a CD. We are human and we make mistakes. All we can do is hope to minimize the damage that we do to ourselves, and potentially others, by paying attention. If I could, I would go back to that sunny afternoon decades ago and do my homework. I miss biting into crisp apples and eating fresh corn off the cob, but rather than lament those rather trivial losses, I should be grateful for all of the times, that despite inattentiveness, I walked away unscathed. This morning I watched a Today show segment featuring Amy Van Dyken Rouen, an Olympic gold medal swimmer, who was recently paralyzed in an ATV accident. Her attitude and commitment to adjusting to her new life, while fighting to walk again, are inspiring. I am grateful that thus far my life-changingmoments can.dnly be described as trivial, but I hope that if ever faced with something similar I would react with as much grace and strength as she is demonstrating. Monkey bars are no longer in my future, but life is, so I need to pay attention. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Ribbon cutting ceremonies otftcially opened and dedicated the new Greenville Bridge and Western Pacific grade separation last Saturday. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 Janet Folla of Twain, Linda Wurtzinger of Greenville, Paula Smalley of Quincy and Anthea Taylor of Quincy are competing for Queen of the Taylorsville Silver Buckle Rodeo this weekend. Charles M. Bird was sworn in this week as'a Deputy of the Chester substation of the Humas County Sheriffs Department by Plumas County Sheriff W.C. Aberrnethy, replacing Walt Hansen. Advertisement: Have dinner, Have fun: Greenhorn Guest Ranch in Spring Garden dinners for $2.85. Plumas Pines Resort in Lake Almanor is pleased to introduce Chef Joseph, formerly of Alameda. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Screen, television and stage actor and part-time Lake Almanor resident Richard Crenna will be the Grand Marshall at the Chester Fourth of July parade and celebration this weekend. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 The building of the former home of Nifty Thrifty Thrift Shop and the Portola Reporter located on Commercial Street in Portola came down and was hauled away this week. The building was gifted to the Eastern Plumas District Hospital Auxiliary by Feather Publishing Company owners Everett Bey and Mike and Keri Taborski in 2001. The new two-story hospital auxiliary Nifty Thrifty Thrift shop will be rebuilt at that site. Plans are underway to transform and develop 1,640 forest acres in Grizzly Ranch, a development that will construct 380 homes, an 18-hole golf course and a lodge. 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. Ground squirrels are digging up the place When you walk outside you can feel them staring with their little beady eyes. Sometimes one will pop out in the open, do a little two-step and dive down a hole. Or perhaps it will run a while, taft in the air, playing "catch me if you can." I had a fox for a bit, that at least kept the little beggars out of site, but she moved on. There are some, of the female persuasion, that would call them "cute" but to me they have become extremely ugly. Once upon a time I had this dedicated, kinda rebel cat, Tonto by name. There were no ground squirrels on his watch. Neither were there gophers and very few mice. Tonto was a friendly soul who just couldn't get the rules of inside, so for 12 years he reigned in the outside boundaries of the property. But alas, he grew a little too fat and lost a step with age: He finally became prey himself and is no more. His demise eventually brought about the present conditions. First there was one or two, glimpsed occasionally mostly as movement out of the corner of my eye. Then there was a dozen or so, and they became bolder as their numbers increased. Whole cities sprang up and they would come out to enjoy the sun and chase each other around. what's the problem? MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer \\; Ranchers can tell stories of cattle or horses suffering injuries by stepping in the holes they leave - and they leave hundreds. I don't got no cattle. Livestock and me don't get along, mainly because I know nothIng about them and I'm allergic to hard work. Seems like there is always something when ya got cows, and horses are a painful means of transportation. What I do got is buildings and a driveway. These critters must come from hell because they are always digging in the ground trying to get closer. Holes appear under cement slabs that support sheds; they also spring up on the paved edges of the driveway headin' for the middle. They seem to prefer a solid roof in their homes. when searching for advice on ground squirrel eradication a number of people suggested the lawn-chair-ice tea-rifle approach. That is, find a nice spot in the shade on a sunny day, kick back and shoot the little beggars as they appear. This system gives one the satisfaction of seeing the pests eliminated. It also requires a certain amount of patience that I lack. Another ploy is the old hose-from-exhaust-pipe trick. While this method has proven to be successful when dealing with gophers, for ground squirrels one must close all the other holes - where does one start? Holes is what ground squirrels do. Finally, you can buy some stuff at the feed store that is labeled "ground squirrel bait." In other words poison. Unfortunately me and you are subject to California regulations which have forced manufacturers of pest bait to leave out the stuff that works. Last fall I went about filling holes with this stuff and crossed my fingers. This spring I made a deal with the Fire Safe Council for to clear the high grass on the property. They were about a month later than scheduled and by the time they got here my four foot green grass had become four foot brown grass. I hadn't seen any ground squirrels, but the grass was high. This morning there was a pair of the critters courting right outside my bedroom window, which means an unblessed event will soon follow.