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8B Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL A. IN D OPINION EDITORIAL Forest Service should assist trail project or get Out of the way It's no secret: Plumas County has reached a tipping point. Schools once full stand empty and closed, boarded-up businesses haunt our streets, and the roar of the railroad has all but faded to a distant memory. The numbers tell a similar story. Plumas Unified School District enrollment -- almost 3,400 students in 2000 -- now stands just above 2,100. According to state statistics, Plumas County's population decline of 3.9 percent between 2000 and 2010 was the second highest in the state. From 2010 to 2013, a population drop from 20,007 to 18,859 means an exodus of 5.7 percent at the rate of 382 people per year. And with an unemployment rate of 17 percent in 2010, it's hard to blame those who leave. These aren't just statistics. These are parents and students, coaches and athletes, business owners and artists. Thcy are neighbors, friends and the fabric of a community. But hope remains. People like Tim Rhode and the other members of Trails for Recreation and Community want to not only stop the drain of residents leaving the county, but reverse it. To the town of Oakridge, Oregon, our story sounds all too familiar. Following the collapse of logging and the railroad in its region, the community of 3,000 rallied to transform itself into the mountain-biking capital of the Northwest. As noted in last week's paper, 14 businesses have opened on Main Street since Oakridge installed a new trail network in 2010. Under TRAC's Mohawk Rim Trail Plan, new trails would be built to connect Portola, Graeagle, Lake Davis and Mount Hough, placing local communities as hubs for tourism and recreation. The trails maximize Plumas County's location near Reno, Tahoe, Sacramento and the Bay Area to create a draw unrivaled in Northern California. With each biker, hiker and kayaker who comes to our region there arrive more families, business and exposure. Some recreationalists will recommend Plumas County to their friends. Some may even decide to stay. TRAC has the plan. It has the people. It even has the fundraising capacity to make the dream a reality. What it doesn't have is an easy path through the U.S. Forest Service's bureaucracy. It's hard to accomplish a grand project when even small trail efforts remain stalled. Almost a year has passed since two nesting bald eaes Were discovered near the proposed ,.  singletracktrail circling Lake Davis. A representative from the Beckwourth Ranger District said that Phase 2 of the trail will move ahead in October after a re-route but that Phase 3 will not happen next year. We understand the need for building trails in a sustainable and conscientious manner. We understand that the Forest Service needs to protect itself against lawsuits. We understand that lack of staff and funds will slow trail projects. We don't understand how a simple re-route of a single traii has taken a year. The district ranger said that despite her wishes to support more recreation infrastructure and work with TRAC, her office's priorities are handcuffed to an outdated forest plan scheduled for an update in three to five years. Even if the Beckwourth Ranger District receives funding for multiple projects one year, it may not receive it the next year. Plumas County may not have three to five years. Sure, the towns will still be here, scratching out an existence from a few government jobs and retirees. But if current trends hold, over 1,000 more people will have left our county in five years' time -- the equivalent of hundreds of students and professionals vanishing from our towns. The Forest Service can do better. We can all do better. Imagine if Forest Service employees volunteered to join with TRAC and the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship program to build trails outside of work hours. Imagine if they started more outreach programs for elementary and high school students -- including guided walks of our county's historical sites -- to ensure that citizens utilize trails and care for the forest in a responsible way. Imagine if they put down the cups of coffee and picked up a shovel: There's no reason why Plumas County can't become the next Oakridge. Our biggest challenge is government complacency and our own apathy. This isn't the fault of the district rangers. The forest supervisor's office should immediately begin consolidating efforts among the different districts to prioritize a trail network for eastern Plumas County. Oakridge was able to join with the Forest Service to create its trail system, eventually receiving a $400,000 grant from the International Mountain Biking Association. Why not us? Drawing people to Plumas County als0 extends beyond the Forest Service. We can all attend TRAC meetings and continue to urge the forest supervisor's office to prioritize trails. We can all call our congressional representatives and encourage them to vote for the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, which would direct the secretary of agriculture to increase the role of volunteers and partners in helping the Forest Service build and maintain trails. A major outdoors attraction in one community will benefit all communities. We can either act now to hold the Forest Service to its mission of "listening to people and responding to their diverse needs" or sleepwalk to our self-destruction. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinioti of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor: and the appropriate staff writers. Time to change state of confusion We uns in Northern California and "Southern Oregon have attempted to form a separate, sovereign state since 1850. The reasons in those days weren't too different than the ones we hear today -- little representation from the capitols of both states. In 1859 the state Legislature actually passed a bill to give the counties of Southern California independence, but the U.S. Congress voted it down. In the years since there have been various attempts to form an independent state in Northern California and Southern Oregon, building the state from various counties of both. In 1941 a strong effort was launched for independence, mostly in an effort to get decent roads and bridges built in the area. The proposed name for MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer this new state was "Mittelwestcoastia" until someone with sense settled on Jefferson. Unfortunately, Dec. 7, 1942, the Japanese 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. August 13 The Plumas County Fair opens at noon today at the fairgrounds in Quincy with the theme: "Fun and Games." The fair continues through Aug. 17. The first Plumas County fair was held 155 years ago -- Sept. 9 - 11, 1859. 1918 -- Women enlist in the United States Marin Corps for the first time. 1942 -- Walt Disney's full length animated film "Bambi" was released in American theaters. August 14 Today is V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day), representing the day Japan surrendered in 1945 and ending World War II. 1935 -- The United States Social Security Act was enacted, creating a government pension system for retired persons. 1959 -- The founding and first official meeting of the American Football (AFL) was held. 1975 -- "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," the longest running release in film history, opened in Los Angeles. August 15 1914 -- The Panama Canal opens, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. 1939 -- The film "The Wizard of Oz" premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. 1965 -- The Beatles played to an audience of neariy 60,000 at Shea Stadium in New York, an event regarded as the birth of stadium rock concerts. 1969 -- The three-day outdoor Woodstock Festival opens in New York. August 16 1954 -- The first issue of Sports Illustrated Magazine was published. August 17 Meadow Valley Schoolhouse celebrates its 100th anniversary with a reunion and celebration this afternoon. The schoolhouse was built in 1914 and was used for classes until 1973. 1907 -- Pike Place Fish Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, Washington, opened. 2008 -- American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympics game. August 18 1868 -- French astronomer Pierre : Janssen discovers the inert gas helium. August 19 Today is National Aviation Day in honor of the birthday of aviation pioneer Orville Wright. National Aviation Day was created by Presidential proclamation by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. 1934 -- The first all-American soap box derby was held in Dayton, Ohio. bombed Pearl Harbor and the nation's attention focused entirely on WWII. At the end of the war various efforts were made in the same areas to form a state separate from the two mother states. Today the state of Jefferson is once more on the minds of citizens in the same area. Several counties have passed resolutions to form a sovereign state. But now we have a guy from Silicon Valley who has managed to get enough signatures to put a six-state California on the 2016 ballot. The premise of this thing is that California is not governable in its current size. "Maybe so," says I, but it kinda takes the attention off we uns and our long-time problems with Sacramento lawmakers -- perhaps that is precisely what it is meant to do. Me and many others in Plumas County are livid when Sacramento passes these one-size-fits-all laws, most of which originate in the metropolitan area of Southern California: A waste treatment plant in So Cal fails -- a law is passed to require those with septic tanks to have their tanks inspected annually and pumped every five years. But there ain't no money from the state to carry out the charade. A state representative in Manhattan Beach gets a law passed to forbid using dogs for hunting bear -- apparently there is a lot of bear hunting in his area. Property owners in rural California are assessed a tax/fee of $150 to balance the state budget -- the only thing that's unbalanced in this state is the lawmakers. We can't use lead bullets for hunting anymore in order to protect the California condor -- them things don't travel this far north. Cal Fire launches a mandatory inspection program and threatens to cite any property owners if they violate defensible space requirements -- fortunately our law enforcement community publicly announced that they would not honor such citations, partly because the inspectors stood the chance of facing a deadly misunderstanding from irate landowners. Just recently the California State Board of Water Resources threatened to cut off the water of an entire community that was drawing from a spring, all in the name of water conservation -- as if there aren't enough areas to conserve in the heavily populated area s. Dur!ng the 1970s drought I was forced to Iive 0tl 25 gallons a month. But on business trips to So Cal fountains were fountaining and gutters running from folks watering their lawns. Califorriia lawmakers pass approximately 800 laws a year. They appear to assume that we all earn six-figure incomes, and they could care less if those laws hav e a negative impact on those of us living in "rural" areas. It is way past time for a change. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 A second blow was dealt to the Feather River Lumber Company this week. Last week, 6 million feet of dry lumber was destroyed by fire at the company's plant at Delleker and on Monday of this week, fire broke out in the loggingarea on Nelson Point Road, damaging 300 acres of standing timber and 600,000 board feet of logs down and ready to haul, 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The last half of our in-house bound :, newspaper volumes in our archives for the year 1964 (August through December) is missing and those historical news items are not available to include in the remainder of this year's 1964 Remember When column. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Hannah Kolz of Quincy was named 1989 Sweetheart of the Mountains at the Plumas County Fair Wednesday night. Christina Kleinhans was first runner-up and Crystal Gichun was second runner-up. The old Greenville Western Pacific train depot will be moved to its new location at the Greeriville Community Park in the spring of next year. 10 YEARS AGO .... .2004 The Plumas-Sierra County Fair will open a five-day run this week with the theme "The Best Five Days of Summer." Plumas County's new one-stop permit center has been evolving for the past five months in the former Feather Publishing Company brick building in Quincy adjacent to the county courthouse. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors were led on a tour last week to observe the renovations on the building. The first and second floors will be used as offices of the planning department, the engineering department and the assessor's office but the use of the third floor cupola is undecided as of now. 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. Knowledge, motivation Throughout my life, people who know just what buttons to push in order to diminishmy feelings of self-worth have surrounded me. By the time ! reached adulthood, I had such low self-esteem that I didn't know how to accept a sincere compliment. In the last few years, however, that aspect of my improve ..... ;ii  i:. ! .... sense of self-worth self-worth. Instead, I focus on the areas I am good at, and work to improve those I amnot good at. I am a slob. I do not like to clean, but who does? I tend to procrastinate until I have company coming, but when motivated, I excel. That goes for tending my house and maintaining my career. There are many areas in my life that personality has begun to change. I bite my tongue when it tries to disagree with heartfelt accolades; and I am nearly to the point where I am thankful for their praise rather than ashamed that I could do better. For the most part, those who worked to bring me down have been intentionally removed from my life. I've realized my strengths and now recognize attempts to devalue me. As such, it is mucheasier to let insinuations that I am not good enough roll off my shoulders. While the negative words of others still affect me, as they do any person with a semblance of emotion, I am less likely to take them to heart. Sure, I may stew over them for a few days, but in the end, I rerriember that I am good enough. I am a good morn. I may not be the most organized or adventurous mom, but I am a devoted, hard-working mom. I've raised a MY TURN could be improved upon, and I know it. I SAMANTHA P. HAWTHORNE also know that if I let other people's Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.com respectable, loving and smart young man without help from his father, which, as many of you single parents know, is no easy feat. Rather than continue on in a career I simply landed in, I pursued a career I could be proud to call my own. This career, journalism, helped me also pursue my passion in photography. In both areas I used to avoid sharing my work with others, thinking doing so would only be returned with criticism. While there are definitely things I could improve upon -- such as spelling and principles of lighting-- I do not let those issues stand in the way of my feelings of perception of me dictate how I do things, I wouldn't be who I am today. I wouldn't have custody of my son. I wouldn't be doing what I love. I wouldn't be happy. Over the last few years I have realized that if I am to get anywhere in life it is important to trust in myself. I know what I am good at and I know what I am not good at. Allowing others to step on my accomplishments would only get in the. way of the person I want to be and the things I want to do. After all, where would the world be if every naysayer had his or her way? The world would be flat; America would not be the "land of the free"; women would not be pursuing higher education; and an Apple would be just a piece of fruit. y