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10B Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL A N D OPINION EDITORIAL They say nothing is certain in life but death and taxes -- and nearly 11,000 residents of Plumas County and 1,550 residents of Sierra County could soon find a new bill lurking at the bottom of their mailboxes for the state responsibility area fire fee many state and county officials say is really a new tax. For some state residents who already pay fire protection fees, this could even be a double tax. Those who already pay fees to a fire protection district will receive a $35 "discount" from the state. Believe it or not, as many as 825,000 state landowners may receive a fire fee/tax bill soon. In their oxymoronic wisdom and an eye toward a new source of revenue, the California Legisla- ture passed, and the governor signed, Assembly Bill 29X last year. The bill assesses a $150 "fire prevention fee" on each habitable structure -- in- cluding mobile homes -- on property within a state responsibility fire area. The California Board of Forestry adopted emergency regulations to establish the fee/tax. A private contractor will determine which landowners owe the fee and how much is due. The California Board of Equalization (BOE) will then collect the money. In his signing message, the governor wrote he hopes the legisla- tion will generate $50 million this year and as much as $200 million in general fund savings in the future. The website reported the Leg- islature approved $6.4 million in funding request- ed for the BOE to create the billing for and to over- see the collection of the fee.The bulk of the fund- ing will be used to pay for 57 new two-year posi- tions. According to the bill, "individual owners of structures within state responsibility areas re- ceive a disproportionately larger benefit from fire prevention activities than that realized by the state's citizens generally. It is the intent of the leg- islature that the economic burden of fire preven- tion activities that are associated with structures in state responsibility areas shall be equitably dis- tributed among the citizens of the state who gener- ally benefit from those activities and those owners of structures in the state responsibility areas who receive a specific benefit other than that general benefit." Really? Unfortunately, not a single penny col- lected through this fee/tax will go to firefighting operations. All the money collected will go instead to fire prevention measures, which somdinterpret as simply helping CalFire balance its budget. When the kettle boils over, residents should not direct their ire at any local county official or the local CalFire brass or firefighters. This scheme originated in Sacramento and is administered en- tirely by state bureaucrats. No one at the local lev- el played any role in creating, assessing or collect- ing this fire fee/tax Several watchdog groups and government enti- ties plan to file lawsuits over the fire fee/tax once state residents receive the bills. Since the state Legislature and the governor ap- parently are unable to move a coherent thought from one ear to the other, we hope those opposing this fee/tax are successful. The bright lights in Sacramento shouldn't be al- lowed to balance CalFire's budget by robbing the state's rural landowners, such as those in Plumas County who will be forced to pay this ridiculous fire fee/tax. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the appropriate staff writer or writers, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. Feting spaper go to Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor Ingrid Burke Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Jordan Clary Michael Condon Ruth Ellis DJ Estacio Will Farris Samantha P. Hawthorne Mona Hill Susan Cort Johnson Dan McDonald Debra Moore Brian Taylor M. Kate West Sam Williams James Wilson Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Lessen 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 New retu Allow me to introduce myself. As read above, my name is Samantha and I am the Chester Progressive's newest staff writer. Up until a few months ago, I had a hard time finding my bearings and deciding on a place to call home. Although I spent a good part of my child- hood in Oroville, the rest of my youth was spent moving to one place after another. You could say I lived a gypsy lifestyle, MY TUR N never staying in the same place for more SAMANlrHA P. HAWTHORNE than a couple years. Staff Writer Despite my nomadic tendencies, my roots have always been and will always be here in Plumas and Surrounding counties, nearby areas such as "The Big Hole," Those of you who are longtime residents "French Ravine" and "Missouri Crevice." of Plumas County are probably familiar During their early days of residency, with the rich history of the Feather River they discussed leasing the mining rights Canyon. on Rich Bar, and by December 1951, they What do I have to do with that history, made a lease option deal to purchase it for you may wonder? From an individual $5,500. standpoint, nothing at all, but if you pull My grandparents raised their family in apart the roots of my family tree, you may the Canyon, remaining there for 50 years be able to connect the dots. before moving to Oroville. Bill and Farmable Penland, my great- During their stay, they built up quite the grandparents, were residents of the legacy, collecting antiques, building Canyon during the Gold Rush. bridges and making lifelong friends. In 1936 my grandpa moved to Rich Bar, The stories I heard growing up revolved joining the 60 - 70 other residents. He and around the Canyon. his buddy, Geo Wess, started mining in Every year, my family and I would make a trip to "Ye Ole' Swimming Hole" down Highway 70 to go crawdadding. This was a tradition that has been passed on from my great-grandparents, and down to my own parents. It wasn't until I moved to the Basin when I discovered the background behind those trips. The crawdads were taken from Lake Almanor by my great grandpa, and planted in the Feather River. Several years ago, my parents had the opportunity to move to Lake Almanor, When I joined them in April, I realized where I was, and I began connecting the dots myself. Being in Lake Almanor has given me the privilege of a place to truly call home. The people I have met here have given me a new fondness for the area. This community is the kind I had al- ways hoped to raise my son in. The stories I heard growing up will now be a reality as I see first-hand what it's like to live in the Canyon. I am looking forward to meeting the peo- ple that contribute to the warm and hospi- tal environment that I could only dream of before. After 25 years of searching, I am finally home -- and I plan on staying here. 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 ),ear. of Aug. 8 -- Plumas-Sierra County Fair opening day The first Plumas County Fair was held Sept. 9 - 11 in 1859. In America, the coun- ty fair dates back to the early 19th centu- ry when agriculturalists in the north- eastern part of the country organized ex- hibitions to promote farming. ~:g. 9 -- Book Lovers Day day would be a good time to visit your local community library and take advan- tage of the many resources they have to offer. Plumas County branch libraries are located at 210 First Ave. in Chester; 204 Highway 89 in Greenville; 34 Third Ave. in Portola; and 445 Jackson St. in Quincy. Aug. 9 -- In 1944 the United States For- est Service and The Wartime Advertising Council released posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time. Aug. 10 -- The state of Missouri (The Show Me State) was admitted to the Unit- ed States in 1821. Aug. 10 -- National S'mores Day The origin of the campfire treat dates back to the 1920s. It was believed to have been created by the Campfire Girls. The sandwich-like dessert of a piece of choco- late bar and a hot toasted marshmallow in between graham crackers possibly totals more than 250 calories and 14 grams of fat, depending how you make it. Aug. 12 -- In 1994 Major League Baseball went on strike, forcing the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO 1937 The largest newspaper in the history of Plumas County -- 44 pages and 4500 total printed copies of the Feather River Bul- letin -- the voice of the Feather River Wonderland, produced a Feather River Highway dedication souvenir edition and includes data and history of the comple- tion of the major highway project. The Diamond Match Company an- nounces the completion and opening of its lumber yard and building supplies store serving Quincy and all of Plumas County. Located on Lawrence Street, Quincy Tele- phone #4. 50 YEARS AGO 1962 The annual Plumas County fair will open Wednesday for a five day run with at least 4,000 exhibkts an4 slate of events. The Friday night feature attrac- tion will be the Western Regional Ap- paloosa Show with the Pacific Coast Log- gers Show on Saturday, both in the grand- stand area. Where in the World? 25 YEARS AGO 1987 Construction of the library addition at Feather River College began this week and will double the size of the current li- brary plus add on an audio-visual center. Jennifer Thompson was named 1987-88 Sweetheart of the Mountains at the Plumas County fair this week. Runner-up was Rhonda Garey of Quincy. 10 YEARS AGO 2002 Thanks to a grant from the Federal Avi- ation Authority, the Nervino Airport in Beckwourth is getting new runways, taxi- ways, lighting and fuel tanks. Former Plumas County resident Alicia Marshall will appear on the television game show "Who Wants to Be a Million- aire?" daytime version. The Indian Valley native was born and raised in Greenville, lived in Portola for a time and is currently Ann and Gordon Milldrum visit Mount Nemrut in Eastern Turkey in May. They have a residing in Nashville, Tennessee. house in The Pines on the Lake Almlinor Peninsula. tion on my tri In i I just returned from a two-week mission athletic shoes. Nearby there was a park de- trip to India. It is not a country I thought signed for exercise with a group doing yo- much about before booking the flight with ga and a few walking along a trail around Singapore Airlines, but now that I have the perimeter. visited, I would be delighted to return. While cultures differ, people are When I told my mother I was going to In- always so similar. Because I was working dia, she asked if I had seen the movie "The with an organization called FiftySfive Inc Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." I had not, but . which provides instruction on how to set watched it on the flight to India. In fact, I MY TURN up a good children's ministry and out- watched two movies on the flight among reach, I interacted with children in many other activities because it is a long jour- SUSAN CORT JOHNSON areas. I find them to be the same no matter ney, I flew from San Francisco to Seoul, . Staff Writer the setting. There are the chatty best Korea, on a 12-hour flight; from Seoul to friends that cannot stop talking, the little Singapore on a six-hour flight; and from boys who have to poke and prod the per- Singapore to Chennai, India, in about four night at the YMCA where the mission son next to them, and all want to know hours. There was a 10-hour layover at the team stayed while in Chennai. I used that they have immense value. This was Singapore airport. I left California at 3 earplugs to soften the noise, but with a the case at Steps Children's Home run p.m. Thursday, July 5, and arrived in In- population of 6.4 million it is not surpris- by Isaac and Tara Manogaram, a couple dia at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7 (please re- ing the city never sleeps. Although India is who rescues abandoned and abused little member India is about 11.5 hours ahead), one-third the size of the United States, it girls; at the Ullalu ministry center run A character in the movie about seven has the world's second largest population, by Karnataka Evangelistic Association British senior citizens moving to the but my uncle told me before I left that it (KEA) in Bangalore where FiftySfive Marigold Hotel mentioned drivers honked was on the verge of passing China in popu- conducted a two-day Vacation Bible their horns a lot in India. True, and it is lation, the country that holds the record. School; and at Hosamane where the one of the first things you notice. Howev- One morning we got up early to see the children came to the church to learn er, it is a language that orchestrates the sun rise on the Indian Ocean, since Chert- about Jesus. seamless flow of traffic where autos, mo- nai is a seaport. Even in the early morning A visit to a foreign land is always about torcycles, trucks, vans, buses and toot toot hours the beach was not deserted. Many interactions with people whether the trip cars maneuver lanes void of accidents, al- Indians were power walking along the as- is a vacation or mission work. That is not though to those who do not understand the phalt parking lot. What was striking is surprising, because God created us for feZ- language it seems ever so similar to a de- they did not wear special clothes but lowship with Him and other people. Per- molition derby, regular street outfits with the women haps that is why my favorite photos are Horns could be heard throughout the dressed in a sari and flip flops or sometimes portraits of the people I met.