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lOB Wednesday, Aug. 1,2001 The Stream Fire near Antelope Lake filled Indian Valley with smoke last week, but as thick as it was, it wasn't the cause for the tears that frilled many eyes--those were for Bill Hunter, the son of a longtime Indian Valley family. Plumas County was in the news twice last week--first for the fire, then for the death of Hunter, a Butte County Sheriff's Deputy, killed in the line of duty. While.the forest will re- cover, the loss of Hunter is perma- nent. Hunter, the son of Tom and Barbara Hunter, was born and raised in Greenville. He graduat- ed from Greenville High School. His father is the county's public works di- rector, as was his father before him. He was married to the daughter of a prominent ranching family in the val- !eY. The ties run deep. : Hunter's death led the news on Sacramento-based television stations, and it was the front page story in the Sacramento Bee. He died in a shoot- out in a remote cabin in Butte County. For many who never knew Hunter, his death was a tragic story. For the peo- ple of Indian Valley who watched him grow up, it's a tragic reality. When a death occurs in a small com- munity, almost everyone is affected. They knew the deceased or his family or his friends. Indian Valley residents recall watch- ing Hunter play on the football team, hang out with his brothers, or walk with his class in 1993. They sat next to his parents at these events and saw them in the grocery, store. ,And they vill see:them again this time toaC ........ knowledge the loss of their son, which will be felt for the rest of their lives. Death is always tragic, but even more so when death takes someone young and with much to look forward to. A stand-out athlete and scholar, Hunter was recently married and was establishing himself as a law enforce- ment officer. Now his dreams, and those of his family, are gone. There is no comfort for the loss of a child. But the Hunters need to know that a community is mourning with them and would do anything to help ease their pain. The Hunter family can take pride in their son--in his life, as well as in his death. The days to come will bring an outpouring of support--from the law enforcement community arid from the local com- 0 / The death of newspaper publisher Katherine Graham prompted as ghoulish a spectacle as anyone has try to accomplish Just consider Water Pentagon Papers. Just ever seen. At her memorial service last week, Henry Kissinger eulogized Graham. Kissinger is regarded by most journalists as one of the most despi- cable public officials ever to hold off fice. Some consider him a war crim- inal. The idea of the diabolical former secretary of state saying kind words about any journalist, or anyone oth- er than Nixon, turns one's stomach. After all, Kissinger was a central Bulletin, Pr0gress~ !~ figure in the Nixon administration, one of the most corrupt administra- tions in history of the presiden- cy One of Nixon's primary goals was to obstruct the First Amendment however he saw fit. Nixon often used Kissinger's irrational advice to Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum Young women from around the area lined up with their bicycles near Quincy Elementary School in the 1930s. The building is now the main administrative offices for Plumas Unified School District. Kissinger's role in the ._. tion. Just consider what 11J Charles Pierce observed 4 presence of Kissinger at and the journalism ind ingness to allow him Graham. ,D=T te Pierce wrote, "To watch in that portentous and sillT: :. ne, and to watch the cream of (the newspaper) r) bob their heads like a htt - i pets, knowing full well lugubrious mountebank wiretap their phones, rui . utations and clap them l- it meant a nickers worth was to see corruption complete." It's interesting how Ame whether they're journali m are willing to look the otl j__ compromise their ethical when they re uncomforta It's a survival mechan ing the boat makes people and jitter , and it's easier mise than to speak up. As a culture, we revel ill others feel bad and badly just don't like to be the ories _ people to feel bad. We doCt finger pointing to us, as the the bearer of bad blower or In many ways, that s what news media have become. J Afraid of raising questiO Kissinger or anyone else power or perceived power, ists tend to look the other too often rather than ch status quo. Otherwise, it sj* _ much of a hassle. ::~ !!i HISTORIAN 75 Years Ago ............. 1926 Big Springs Camp is the name of the sum- mer resort and hunting and fishing lodge be- ing established by L.B. Utz upon the east- shore of Lake Almanor, 15 minutes from Westwood. He expects the clearing of land and the construction of 10 cottages to be completed this fall. The new resort will be the headquarters of the Westwood Rod and Gun Club, an organization of about 160 members. 50 Years Ago ............. 1951 Genesee Lumber Company's $100,000 mill east of Taylorsville and 500 acres of timber in the area was destroyed by fire Sunday af- ternoon, presumably started by welding op- erations on the mill green chain. 25 Years Ago ............. 1976 Former Plumas County Deputy District Attorney Peter Shutav broke several records when he won the high point trophy in the adult class gymkhana event held during Gold Digger Days in Greenville. Tulsa E. Scott, Plumas County fair manag- er for the past 34 years announced his offi- cial retirement as manager effective Decem- ber 31, 1976 to the Plumas County Fair Board of Directors meeting this week. 10 Years Ago ............. 1991 The Plumas Unified School embarked on a unique $2.27 struction program that will affe ll elementary schools. The unique the program is that the district its own general contractor for jects and save about eight per struction costs. Refurbishment P.hl planned for Portola, Chester, Quincy's Pioneer Elementary SclWl NOTE: Items included in the her When column are taken fro$ edition newspaper archives and writing style of that particular spelling and grammar are not. copy Ls presented as it actually aff] the original newspapers. t munity. We hope the family can take ,, fore the return of the fish. visor in the district, would some solace in these gestures_ The emotional toll was as devastating one to sit on the existing as the economical toll. Unfortunately, he is the ....... I saw the creation of the Lake Davis posed the idea of a new cong Task Force Steering Committee, madewhen asked ff he would consla [ up of city, county, and state agencies, ing and poisoning the lake, and business owners who representedthat no decision had been Fea g STAFF WRITER not only those in business, but the resi- thing. --------------- dents who depend upon those business- That statement leads me1 / ewspaper As of es. that draining and poisoning most you know, the California Department of Fish and Game poisoned I have seen the amount of work this an option for this new commi Michael C. Taborski Lake Davis in 1997 to eradicate the group did to i'md a way, not to eradicate, I know the people in Po ' I Publisher Kerl B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicla Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Daoust Portola Editor Christi Sevtap Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenette Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gall Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Cassandra Hummel, Kelly Dachenhausen, Dale Defter -- northern pike which, had been illegally but to control and manage the pike in introduced into the waters, the lake. I was there at the first scoping meet- The plan they came up with may not ing, when Portolans first heard the state work in the long run, and as they work was considering poisoning the lake. with the measures set forth in the plan, I heard the emotional pleas from resi- they continue to research other av- dents not to use dangerous chemicals, enues. for fear of the safety of present and fu- All the while, their major focus has ture generations and the economical im- been what is best for the residents and pact it would have on the area. businesses in the area, so that they will I was there at every meeting, the trips not have to suffer as they did after the to Sacramento, the first court hearings, treatment. listening to and seeing what a toll the Now it seems that the county wants to fight was taking on the residents, reconstitute this committee and has re- The lake was eventually poisoned and fused to appoint a county representative as locals had predicted, it didn't work. to the committee until this is done. All the fish that had been present in Reconstituting means to bring in new the lake before DFG's treatment were people, who have not previously been back. close to the issues, and begin all over Although we lost the fight, we won the from square one. war with the state, saying in the future, It seems to me that this would set us the Department of Health Services back in our attempts to keep the pike population at bay. would have to review and okay any use What would the new group believe of toxic chemicals in a drinking water supply, would be the best solution? I wrote about the settlements between Speculation is that draining and poi- the residents, city, county and the state, soning the lake would be brought back I saw what happened to the area be- to the table. Supervisor B.J. Pearson, as the super- strong and have overcome cles and challenges in the pa , lieve the emotional toll on nity would be more devastati last time. Emotions could boil over of violence, something I pray ! here. I agree that something done with the pike problem, it should be something we with and I don't believe poiSO :i end time is the answer. It didn't work the first ti e is no guarantee it would end time. What is guaranteed is th t, would again be spending m'll gamble and that the commtU _ suffer both emotionally and lYAs long as the current tinues to work hard to fred lutions, using short-term while they research, then the isn't broken. And ff it isn't broken, it.