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Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001 Butlettn, Two words come to mind at the thought of In- dian Valley forming its own building depart- ment: sheer lunacy. And two words come to mind at the county's lack of action to this point: classic ineptness. Thanks to a few disgruntled individuals in Indian Valley and the inability of the county to react in a timely manner, confusion abounds. The Indian Valley Community Services Dis- trict is poised to offer permits to builders be- ginning Aug. 22. It will require all new con- struction applicants within its boundaries to apply for the permits. And, for those who think this mess only affects Indian Valley, guess again. The powers be- hind the movement to form the building department want to use the boundaries of the ambulance service authori- ty, not just those of the community services district, thus taking in the east shore of Lake Almanor, as well. Mark Delizio, the man spearheading the en- deavor, cites the government code which he says gives the community services district the authority to form a new building department. He is hanging his hat on: "...the equipment and maintenance of a police department, other po- lice protection, or other security services to protect and safeguard life and property." It's a stretch to think that establishing a building department is a safeguard to life and property and was the intent of the government code. This issue surfaced two months ago, when the services district sent a letter to the board of supervisors, announcing its intentions. It nev- er should have gotten this far. A quick, firm re- sponse from the county would have stopped the movement. Now, there have been several town meetings and a split in the community by those who favor a new building department and those who don't. Delizio wants an independent building de- partment to provide better service to the resi- dents and builders of Indian Valley. How? Delizio, himself, plans to be the inspector. He :and on Also, he won't ! charge forhis service. He will do all of this through his position as a director with the community services district. What happens when he's not a director, or if he's on vacation, or if he gets sick? Then, who will do the work and at what price? Delizio has prepared a bare bones budget, which probably will produce bare bones re- stilts. That would bring the residents and builders full circle to the starting point of their complaint-- poor service. The problem is not everyone believes they are receiving poor service. Contractor Jeff Glover admits there are some glitches, but overall, he ,works well with the county build- ing department, and has for nmre than 20 years. Glover sees Delizio's actions as less altruistic and more anarchistic. Glover would prefer to work to make the current system better, rather than establish a new one, which will have its own set of problems. It's a colossal waste of time and effort for everyone involved. The county needs to put a quick end to the discussion. Just two words: Do something. Fea g ewspaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicla Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terd Daoust Portola Editor Madan Liddell Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenette Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers Dave Keller, Gail Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Cassandra Hummel, Kelly Dachenhausen, Dale Defter Last week, we received a letter from an angry reader whose son was an athlete at a Plumas County high school. Because the letter was not intended for publica- tion, I am not publishing the name of the author. The writer attacked me for my sports coverage, calling me "an unprofessional reporter to the hilt. I also was called "one-sided" and guilty of"prejudiced re- porting." I also was criticized for my "lacking and biased reporting." Else- where, I was called "unprofessional" and "biased." The author also encouraged our sports editor and managing editor to pre- vent me from writing sports articles in the future. In another place in the letter, I was called "unprofessional" a third time. I've received this letter before, from other parents, and I understand their concerns. My philosophy about covering high school sports is simple. Most high school athletes will never play college ball. Even fewer will make it to the pros. As a result, high school sports genuinely represent their only moment in the ath- letic spotlight. I never want to cheat a kid out of that opportunity. That's especially true for me in Plumas County, where we have some really terrific kids. The parent who wrote me was angry that I had overlooked mentioning her (adult) child in a past article. It bothers me that the player was overlooked. It was not intentional. More importantly, it was not an act of unprofessional reporting, and it certainly was not an act of being biased, one-sided or prejudiced. The play- KELLER STAFF WRITER er was asked to join a team as a last- minute substitute for an injured ath- lete--an unexpected development that we had no way of knowing about unless the team's coach, or the player's parent, had taken one minute to notify the newspa- per. That did not happen and, thus, we never knew about it. The first time I ever was published in a newspaper, it was September of 1979. I was 16 and had been hired by the Ingle- wood Daily News to cover high school sports. For the next four years, I covered high school sports and, on occasion, the no.w-defunct USFL. For two years after that, I covered college football. My dream was to cover sports for a living. But, for a variety of reasons, including what I would later discover was the fear of flying and the ability to make better money covering city hall and govern- ment, I moved away from sports. Since moving to Plumas County during the early 1990s, I've had the chance to cover sports again, from time to time. I do not like defending myself in print, but occasionally I need to do it. It's an op- portunity to clarify and explain what !-/ ......... Yesteryear / Mary Hal! was one of the par- flowers held on the Plumas County Courthouse steps in 1928. The pageant was an elaborate event involving many props, decorations and fantastic costumes. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum HISTORIAN 75 Years Ago ............. 1928 Fire of unknown origin Sunday night totally destroyed the Taylorsville store owned by G.R. Clark. The building and its contents was a total loss amounting to ap- proximately $20,000 with insurance of $10,000. 50 Years Ago ............. 1951 The first three days of this week saw 130 fires, all caused by lightning, start in the Plumas National Forest. Plumas County Supervisors approved a $2,071,833 budget for the year 1951-52 and set the general tax rate of $1.50, four cents less than last year. 25 Years Ago. ............ 1976 A $1.77 county tax rate--14 higher i~ ~,~'~ STAFF WRITER Who said it's easy being a reporter? While I won't deny for one minute being a photojournalist is an adventure, it does have its moments when I don't know what will happen next. For instance, just a few weeks ago, an innocent little routine interview turned out to be one of those adventures. While not on the edge of danger, such as cover- ing a fire, it was one of the more memo- rable interviews I've conducted in awhile. Invited to the home of Mildred and Red West to interview them as the grand mar- shals for the annual parade, I expected to meet some very pleasant people. That hap- pened, just as planned, but following the interview, things took a turn. For anyone who knows me, they know I like animals. So whcll Red asked if I'd ever seen a mongoose, I admit I was curi- ous and insisted I wanted to meet the little fellow. While Red fetched the critter, I mulled Over what I knew about mongooses. First of all, I thought they were too feisty to make a good pet. And secondly, I thought it was perhaps illegal to own a mongoose in California. I decided that was his busi- ness. Finally Red arrived, packing a large wooden cage into the living room. Pouring a little water into the front of the cage, Red said that always brought the critter out of his covered house. HIS tail showed, sticking outside the little opening, but the water didn't do the trick. As Red did his water bit, he mentioned that I was standing in his light, so I moved. He then insisted I was still in his light, so I was invited to have a seat in a nearby armchair. When the water didn't work, Red banged on the cage. Still no mongbose; just the tail showed. Finally, he announced that he really wanted me to see the animal, and despite having been seriously bitten by this pet, he would open up the cage. With this, there was a loud "bang," something whizzed past my head, and Red yelled out that it had escaped. Looking to my left, I saw the supposed mongoose, a stuffed bag with several pieces of fur at- tached. I think I may have been one of the few people in the long history of Red's mon- goose stunt not to overreact. As I learned, most people scream and yell, some nearly go into hysterics. I just sat there. With that behind us, I was then invited to visit their emus. The Wests are famous journalists do, or attempt to report and write. Also, I'm the author of the letter is not person who feels the way The number one to inform the public of what place in requires objectivity and I would include easier than other things we because the f'mal score is tive. In any case, I do fessional and objective, even comes to sports. Twice, as interim sports editor, awards from the California Publishers Association coverage. Among take into consideration professionalism, balance A year ago, I wrote a sports coverage. In that column, out how we cover the four In terms of articles we wrote school, here is how it Chester had 29 percent; percent; Quincy, 34 percent; and 35 percent. Numbers schools play each other in manY was troubled by the numbers. lated the number of athletic four schools actually had in: Chester was in 24 percent; was in 19 percent; Portola was cent; Quincy was in 29 percent. the numbers overlapped. bers tell a lot. Let's look at some intangibleS. past seven years, either as editor or as a reporter who sports editor I've cover which is not something I would done if I was not genuinely covering the team on those Same thing with Greenville and Last year, I even wrote a Portola's football team for a job when it won the CIF Division title last year. Further, it's sometimes er sports in Plumas County. some coaches who won't take call our sports department to , igr whowon't return multiple sages or who won't warn the schedule changes. Then to team supporters isn't interested in their bership in the Psychic Friends expired recently and we decided! renew. In closing, I want to thank allowing me to clear the ject. I know there are some whose minds cannot be all right. Whether you believe it, enjoy high school sports, athletes who do their best to ty to their schools, than last year--was adopted Plumas County Board of; week as it approved a $9,722,840 for 1976-77. This years highest ever ing guide tops the 1975-76 time" high budget by some NOTE: Items included in the member When column are taken bound edition newspaper resent the writing style of period. The spelling and grammar edited, so the copy is presented as it ly appeared for the number of birds, assortment of peacocks, they their ranch, so I was fairly ally had emus and I wasn't other trick. We all marched up to the there indeed were two was invited into the pen, where birds, which was just about started to size me up. And as looked me over, he turned h that long, long neck, first one then another, while its opened and closed. I was assured they didn't bite, i soon, the fatty part of my arm just right elbow and twisted. It wash the normal sense,--there teeth marks--just scratches tanned part. Moving away from the bi: checked me out for another secondebird was ready and didn't bite, but he attacked splatter that hit my right foot was wearing white sandals. I have to admit the more than kind, off my foot with a wet heard many apologies from all fore Red decided to tell a few j( I just chalked it up as one one of those places that I'll ber. / r