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6B Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 ~ Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL praise In an era where legalized marijuana is increasingly easy to fred, it might seem surprising that so much time and so many resources are dedicated toward the illegal stuff. But illegal marijuana remains the most-used drug in the world. The risks that people will endure to grow and distribute the drug are sometimes mind-boggling. The market for illegal marijuana remains gigantic. According to statistics, about $141 billion in illegal pot transactions take place worldwide each year. Those same statistics reveal that illegal marijuana is consumed by more than 180 million people worldwide. As long as there is demand, there will be people willing to risk their lives to grow it and sell it. Drug dealers and law enforcement are still locked in a deadly war over pot. It's a war that is sometimes fought in our own backyard-- literally. Last week's raid in the Feather River Canyon by the sheriff and the Forest Service is the latest example. Less than a few dozen miles from where many of us live, Mexican drug cartels were preparing to harvest a $9 million crop before they were caught. While $9 million is an enormous amount of money, it's doesn't even register on the global scale. It might not even account for a big percentage of illegal marijuana grown in our own county. The sheriff admitted that Mexican cartels have pot farms all over Northern California. It's easier and cheaper for the Mexican marijuana growers to farm the stuff in the United States than it is to grow it in Mexico and sneak it across the border. When it comes to drugs, marijuana is arguably one of the safest there is. People don't die from smoking pot. But the illegal marijuana business? It's deadly. Not just for the growers, sellers and law enforcement officers, but for innocent civilians who sometimes get too close. According to statistics, marijuana-related gang activity causes about 10,000 American deaths yearly. South of the border, the same number of Mexicans die in drug-war murders annually. The danger is also very real in our area. The pot farms hidden deep in the rugged terrain of our forests are often heavily guarded. That's because each mature plant can be worth more than $2,000. The pot farmers will go to extremes to protect their crops. They will set traps and even shoot at people who venture too close. It's important that we be vigilant when we venture off the beaten path during a weekend hike. If it looks like someone is camping where they shouldn't be, don't try to investigate. Head home and call the sheriff. In addition to remote campsites, some of the other signs include large amounts of unexpected trash, fertilizer, pesticides, tools and irrigation hoses. The grow sites also pose an environmental hazard as their chemicals seep into the watershed. This information isn't meant to alarm anyone. It's just a reminder to be aware when we walk into a part of the forest where we haven't been before. The fact is the growing conditions in Northern California are prime for marijuana cultivation. That's why the pot farmers are here. At the same time, it's nice to know local law enforcement is dedicated to finding these growing sites and catching the people who run them. We commend the 25 officers from the sheriffs office and the Forest Service, along with two private helicopter companies and the Quincy Fire Department, for their roles in last week's drug raids. 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. Feat Pfibhshmg wspaper For breaking news, go to 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 Debra Moore Carolyn Shipp Maddie Musante Michael Condon M. Kate West Makenzie Davis Aura Whittaker Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Will Farris James Wilsdn Susan Cort Johnson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Record Bulletin (530) 284-7800 (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood Lassen County Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Member, Printed on Califomia Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. Nothing can describe the birth of your child Where to begin? My beautiful baby daughter Marjorie finally arrived into the world July 15, instantly making me a dad and turning my world upside down. Before she was born, a lot of dads told me the moment you see your child born is a moment unlike any other. I tried to prepare myself for the accompanying emotions during the birth of my daughter, but there was no way I could've known what it would actually feel like. The second I saw Marjorie for the first time, my life as I knew it was over and another one instantly took its place. The feeling is seemingly indescribable, but I'm going to try to express it anyways. To ten the story of Marjorie's grand MY TURN JAMES WILSON Sports Reporter entrance into this world, I have to go back to the beginning of July, 15 days before she This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of August 7 1782 -- President of the United States George Washington ordersthe creation of the National Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle, later renamed the Purple Heart. 1959-- The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation, replacing the "sheaves of wheat" design. 1981 -- The Washington Star newspaper ceased all operations and filed bankruptcy after 130 years ofcontinuous publication. The Washington Post purchased the land, buildings and printing presses. 2007 -- Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run. August 8 1876 -- Thomas Edison is granted a patent for the mimeograph, a stencil duplicating machine. have to offer. Local libraries are located at: 210 First Avenue in Chester, 204 Highway 89 in Greenville, 34 3rd Avenue in Portola and 445 Jackson Street in Quincy. 1930 -- Betty Boop made her cartoon debut in "Dizzy Dishes." 1944 -- The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release nationwide posters featuring Smokey the Bear for the first time. August 10 Today is National S'more Day. The origin of the campfire treatdates back to the 1920s and was believed to have been created by the Campfire Girls. The sandwich-like dessert consists of a piece of chocolate bar and a hot toasted marshmallow in between graham crackers and totals approximately 250 calories. 1793 -- The Louvre Museum in Paris, France opens 1821 -- Missouri (The Show Me State) was admitted as the 24th U.S. state. August 11 1929 -- Babe Ruth becomes the fn'st baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career. 1934 -- The first prisoners arrive at Alcatraz federal prison in San Francisco Bay. 1974 -- United States President Richard M. Nixon, in a nationwide televised address, announces his resignation from the office of the POTUS, effective noon the next day. 1981 --- The IBM personal computer is August 9 released. Today is Book Lover's Day. Today would be a good time to visit your local Plumas 1994 -- Major league baseball players go County community library and take on strike, forcing the cancellation of the advantage of the many resources they 1994 World Series games. August 12 1851 -- Isaac Singer is granted a patent ' for the sewing machine. was born. The story really begins with me hauling my mattress into my friend's yurt out in Butterfly Valley. For those of you who don't know, a yurt is a Mongolian-style structure. It is a portable dwelling made up of a frame and some canvas. Think of it as the Mongolians' take on a teepee. Months prior to this, my wife and I had the "brilliant" idea to move out of our comfortable house downtown into a new place in East Quincy. The new place needed some major work done to it before we could move in, however. Work on the house was supposed to be done by June 1, so we put in our notice to move out of the downtown house. Well, the construction team at the new place ran into a few problems, and the work which needed to be done before we moved in was taking a bit longer than expected. Our friends in Butterfly Valley generously offered us their yurt to live in until the new place was ready. Marjorie's due date was July 24, and the work was scheduled to be done sometime mid-July. Apprehensively, we moved into the yurt. I kept thinking there would still be time to move all our stuff into the new place and set up the baby room. Still, I was worried I would have to bring my baby home to a yurt, rather than a house. Before she was even born, I was making mistakes as a dad! On a scale of one to 10, my stress level was at a seven. For the next couple weeks, I tried to make the yurt as comfortable as possible for my extremely pregnant wife. We set up our bed, couch and coffee table to make the yurt feel more like home. We had running water and electricity in there as well, so it wasn't nearly as primitive as one can imagine. Our mornings were spent in the yurt, slowly getting ready for each day. By noon, it was too hot to stay in the yurt, so we generally stayed at the creek. In the evenings, we enjoyed the open, cool air that flowed through. By week two in the yurt, Amy's pregnancy started to take its toll and my stress level reached an eight. She was a lot more achy (and grumpy), and any sort of fun that came from living in a yurt went out the window (or hole in the canvas). Then, it happened. Amy was having contractions through the night. I was torn. On one hand, I wanted this baby out so my wife would feel better. On the other hand, it couldn't be time -- we still had to move out of the yurt and set up the baby room! Well, despite my plans, Marjorie was ready. At 5:15 a.m. on July 15, my wife screamed, My water broke.t Ready or not, here she came'. I got Amy into the car and we were at the hospital within 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes later, we were set up in the delivery room. Stress level nine. A nurse walked in and checked Amy. She was dilated at 2 centimeters. The nurse told us to strap in, because it was going to be a See Wilson, page 8B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian High School will officiaily be known as Portola Junior-Senior High School. In Quincy: Pioneer Elementary School and Quincy Elementary School will be known of Plumas County. The ll2th annual Plumas will begin Wednesday. County Fair 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 as Pioneer-Quincy Elementary School. 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 In readiness for the Plumas County Fair Portola High School'principal Jim Lake A sufficient water supply to enable the opening day next Wednesday, many has resigned to take an out of area ore mill at Standart Mine in Indian Valley projects at the fairgrounds have been position and assistant principal Rex to operate 24 hours daily was assured this completed. A new water system has been Coffman win be interim principal when week by the completion of a supply line installed, the rear exhibit building has school opens in September. from Round Lake Reservoir. The pipeline been refurbished, the art barn has been will deliver up to 250 gallons of water per painted and the petunias have been minute, planted and distributed. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 newspaper archives and represent writing styles A $152,000 bequest from the will of Faye Some schools in the Plumas Unified of that particular period. The spelling and Miller was received to fund a Plumas School District will have new names when grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented County museum in or near Quincy to school starts in September. In Portola: as it actually appeared in the original preserve material relating to the history Feather River Middle School and Portola newspaper. Fly on wall,spends two days with CHP SWAT team I never dreamed I'd have a chance to be a fly on the wall (make that a rock wall) during a two-day SWAT training at one of my favorite places in the world -- Lakes Basin. But last week I found myself standing very close to precipitous dro, poffs, snapping photos as men in cam- ouflage rappelled down the sheer rock faces. These guys were not the SWAT team hulks I had anticipated -- big, burly, hardened men with grim faces and calculating eyes. These men were the boy-next-door, want-them-for-your-neighbor-type guys: Barely a cuss word was spoken even as the dozen men participated in some tense, hairy situations. They started off easy: rigging anchors to support their ropes -- padding sharp edges on rock faces that could damage the ropes, and rappelling down a 15-foot face before tackling a 60-foot face. Then they practiced different techniques, including passing a knot and rescuing your buddy in a move called a pick-off. At the end of the first day they rappelled down Frazier Falls -- a 176-foot drop -- in the flow of water! Next day they had to set up an intricate rope and pulley system for a pseudo rescue of a victim trapped in a canyon. This involved climbing trees, tying and of them, and was familiar with each man's smile. They shook my hand when I left to go back to the office (the ones who weren't involved in manning a station for the high-line access scenario), and thanked me for coming. One of the guys, Timmy, told me no one MY TURN else had ever taken an interest in what ................................................... they did. LAURA BEATON Maybe that's one of the many Staff Writer advantages of living in a sman town; we actually have time and energy for real untying knots, referencing a manual, human interaction. We can afford to make using lots and lots of climbing gear -- and time to meet new people and learn new all of this the men did with mutual things. We're not so caught up in the rat respect, care and skill, race that we don't take time to talk to our Aside from being an impressive exercise neighbors. in its Own right, the whole experience Someday, someone we know will be once again reminded me not to assume helped by guys like the ones I met on the anything-- for example, that someone on SWAT team. I-appreciate the hard work a SWAT team is going to be a certain way. they're committed to, the good cheer they These guys were kind -- they offered me maintain while straining their bodies in food, water and even the chance to rappel stressful situations, and their willingness down the cliff (maybe next time). They to put themselves at risk. showed an interest in me: asked how long I know it's a job they have chosen and I'd been writing, where I was from; what one they enjoy and probably wouldn't my climbing experiences were.., they trade for anything. Still, I want to say were nice to each other, serious about thanks, guys -- Austin, Nick, Jimmy, their work, yet able to joke and have fun Timmy, Andy, Jason, Matt, Tyson, Sal, when it was appropriate. Norm, Brian and Josh -- for letting me be After a day and half I knew all of their a fly on the rock wall. I hope to see you all names and something unique about each again someday soon.