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8B Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL unenvla supervisors It's unfortunate that doing the right thing is sometimes prevented by the cost of doing it. That's precisely the dilemma the supervisors faced during yesterday's board meeting. The meeting took place after the newspaper's deadline, so we aren't able to report their decision. The board's dilemma centered around a nearly $97,000 request from the sheriff to pay for the excavation of an old well in Meadow Valley. The well is suspected to contain human remains after three different cadaver dogs zeroed in on the spot on three separate occasions. The abandoned well is very close to where Meadow Valley teenager Mark Wilson was last seen before he disappeared in 1967. There is no guarantee that the remains are Wilson's. But, according forensics experts, there is a strong likelihood they are human. It's easily the best lead the sheriff's off'me has had in 46 years. Sheriff Greg Hagwood said he is professionally and ethically obligated to excavate. "I'm gonna fmd out what's in that well, come hell or high water. That's just the bottom line," Hagwood said in March. But things have changed since then. The main change is the cost. Hagwood initially expected the FBI -- which is providing forensics experts -- to pay for most of it. He expected the county's share to be minimal. However, the sheriffhas since learned the county's cost could exceed $100,000. In a richer county, or even in Plumas County 10 years ago, the cost probably wouldn't matter. But with the county facing another multi-million-dollar budget deficit, every expense is scrutmLzed. The supervisors know that $100,000 would pay at least two county workers' salaries for a year -- maybe even pay for two badly needed new deputies. The sheriffprobably did the right thing by turning the decision over to the supervisors. And the supervisors did the right thing by postponing their decision by a couple weeks. A quick vote to' approve or deny the sheriffs request during the board's Aug. 5 meeting would have invited criticism. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said she wanted the public to weigh in. Even with two weeks to mull their decision, there likely will be criticism. This newspaper's editorial board is even divided on the issue. It's one of the toughest calls the supervisors have faced in a long time. What is the right thing to do? To the family and friends of Mark Wilson, the remains in that well could possibly provide the closure they have been s~eking for riearly halfa .: century. To the family of a county worker whose job could be in limbo, the $100,000 expenditure could mean unemployment. Perhaps the right thing to do would be to explore alternative ways to pay for the excavation. Maybe apply for a grant from the National Institute of Justice or one of the many missing persons organizations. Although he isn,t legally mandated to pursue the case, the sheriff said he was "duty bound" to help people get answers. "I didn't go looking for this," Hagwood told the supervisors. "it's a set of circumstances that landed in my lap." Yesterday it rested squarely on the supervisors' shoulders. 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 bl shing I wspaper I go to plumasnews.com 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 Wilson Susan Cort Johnson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Record Bulletin (530) 284-7800 (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Che~ster Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood Lassen County Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Member, Printed on California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. My latest addiction It's that time of year again when the bounty of nature bursts forth with abundance. Beautiful, plump, juicy berries cluster temptingly on their vines. After the recent rains, their shinyblack skins make them even more luscious than ever. I picked my first blackberries in mid-July. I've got Ill my favorite spots scoped out and I'm always on the lookout for more. There's nothing better than a plump, sweet, soft-enough-to-crush-under-your-tongue juicy blackberry- it's one of my favorite things about summer. --picking blackberries MY TURN LAURA BEATON Staff Writer " Ibeaton@plumasnews.com The end of July presented me with my first cupfuls of blackberries. The first week in August offered more and my first bag of berries went into the freezer. This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY 'DAY COMPILED BY KERI TAEORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. August 20 1866 -- United States President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil war over. 1909 -- Construction workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal. 1912 -- Alaska becomes a U.S. Territory. 1932 -- Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to cross America non-stop from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey. 1981 -- Mark Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering Beatle member John Lennon. 1991 -- Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. August 25 1916 -- The United States National Park Service is created. August 21 1959 -- Hawaii, "The Aloha State," was admitted as the 50th state of the United States. 1961 -- Motown Records releases what would be its first No. I hit: "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes. August 22 1851 -- The first America's Cup boat race was won by the yacht "America," winning the 53-mile regatta around the Isle of Wight in the English Channel. 1939 -- The movie "The Wizard of Oz" opens in theaters nationwide. 1950 -- United States President Harry Truman orders the United States to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike. 1964 The top television shows in the U.S. this week were Bonanza, Bewitched, The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. 1902 -- Cadillac Motor Company was founded in Detroit, Michigan. August 26 Today is National Dog Day to honor dogs as pets as well as working assistance animal and {o advocate the rescue of dogs from homelessness and abuse. August 23 1966 -- The robotic spacecraft Lunar Orbiter One takes the first photograph of the earth from orbit around the moon. 1920 -- The 19th amendment of the United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote. August 24 1891 -- Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera. Suddenly it seems like thousands of berries are hanging plump and purple on the vines just asking to be picked. I don't go anywhere without a container. Who knows where a previously unknown patch of berries might be lurking, ripe for the picking? Any walk is bound to be delayed by the temptation to strike while the iron's hot. Picking berries is like eating potato chips: once you start it's almost impossible to stop. I say to myself, "I'll fill up this one yogurt container and then quit," but then I'll reach a big clump of. berries, easy to access, and I get the second yogurt container and start filling. "Okay, one more, but then I'll stop, really I will." My new addiction is bad enough to where I'm late for appointments on account of being sidetracked by picking berries. I already have too many berries in the freezer. It is a good way to clean the freezer out, though. But now I have to make a big decision: which is more ' important, blackberries or ice cubes? Even though I know I don't need any more berries, I can't stop myself from looking. I tell myself, OK, I'll loo but I won't pick. But the berries will be so big and plump and juicy and I'll just happen to have a baggie in my pocket and there I am again, delicately reaching through the thorns to pluck the juiciest fruit off the vine. I guess there are plenty of addictions that are way worse than mine. So ifI have to have an addiction (and apparently I do) picking berries isn't all that bad. Unfortunately though, it's just a seasonal addiction, and pretty soon the season will be over. Then what will I do? Apples and pears aren't quite the same. Even though they're easy to pick and abundantly plentiful, I don't savor them the way I do a berry You can't freeze a bag of apples and put them straight from the freezer into your oats or pancakes the way you can berries. And it's so satisfying toeat the fruits of nature's bounty -- especially when they're free. I can undersfand how gold miners get gold fever. The search for berries is my version of gold fever. Someday soon I know I'm going to frmd the mother lode! So if you see me out there picking berries in a furtLve~marmer, just ignore me. Pretend you don't see me and pass on by. There are plenty more berries out there, and you'll have the satisfaction of finding your own mother lode. Good luck, btlt watch out for bears. R_EMEMBE1K WHEN the year 1964 (August through December) ...................................................... is missing and those historical news KERI TABORSKI items are not available to include in the Historian remainder of this year's Remember When column. 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Commemorating the second anniversary of the opening of the Feather River Highway, the 3rd annual Portola Rodeo will be held Sunday. On Saturday, Dollar Days and Value Round-Up Days will be held in Portola with the merchants cooperating with the chamber of commerce offering prizes and free movies at the theater downtown. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Plumas County Goes Hollywood -- Shooting is scheduled to begin on a horror movie to be filmed in Plumas County. The movie will mostly be Filmed in the Gold Lake area but a few shots will be f'timed at Pioneer Pool which will be converted to a murky pond and a picnic scene at Gansner park, both in Quincy. officer, replacing Tom Frady who retired earlier this month. Lifelong Portola resident Ray Donnenwirth was the grand marshal of the Porto!a Railroad Days parade last weekend. He grew up in Portola, graduated from Portola High School in 1950, later taught and coached sports at Portola High School and was vice principal there for 20 years. 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 50 YEARS AGO .... .1964 10 YEARS AGO, .... 2004 not edited, so the copy is presented as it The last half of our in-house bound Reginald Valencia has been hired as actually appeared in the original newspaper volumes in our archives for the new Plumas County chief probation newspaPer. .... adults all mature Buzldzng new memorzes as kzds, m, and me. , is,s avery '" i! ................ ot er never been oIthmk this oyous time as parents. Wearemuc w bea ea uturecho ce ort e older and so are our children and I think , family. there's pretty equal parts of maturing in We also take joy in activities that don't both generations, require special planning. Among our As happens with so many families, favorite activities are movie matinees. focus in the early years seems to be on ............... We try to get together for a movie at least establishing careers, long commutes and :~ ~: once a month; however, if the selections purchasing the family home. MY TURN are good, we've been know to do Many extra hours go into those goals .................................................. back-to-back weekends! and, oftentimes, the money necessary to M. KATE WEST We also do the holidays, taco nights and take quality family vacations. Staff Writer my favorite, the telephone c .al_l from my chesternews@plumasnews.com While not necessarily ideal, it can be son that asks, "what are you cooking for evaluated as either a pitfall or a treadmill followed in September by our outing to dinner tonight?" That one makes me that many of us couldn't avoid. Virginia City for the camel races. Neither laugh because it either means he's Years have passed, we are settled in of the kids have had the opportunity to missing his mom's home cooking or his jobs, been in the family home for many visit this historical town. pockets are fairly empty. years and now we are doubling down onOur adult children are enjoying this so while the new destinations are fun, our efforts to build even more wonderful, much that they have already decided that traveling to and from adds a whole lasting memories, the letter of the alphabet for next year dimension to our relationships and The real joy in what we are doing is should be "S" for San Francisco and conversation. making it a game of choosing destinations Santa Cruz. I know everyone laughs at the old adage that are based on either a place where We are all in favor of that because "The older I get the smarter my parents neither child has been or offering them a many of the places on their wish list in are" but there is a truth there that is new life experience. San Francisco will be new experiences for rooted in maturity. Last year it was the beaches of San Luis my husband and me as well. The children outgrow their teens and Obispo, the annual Harbor Festival inI think the kids are even plotting out their authority complex and the adults Morro Bay and a trip to Hearst Castle. what they want to do in the year 2016 and realize they are now talking to This year, choices were made from they have dropped hints around the "D" interesting and thinking younger adults. letters of the alphabet that matched well letter. Now I'm thinking I don't have to While our memories are being built on with our destination criteria, strain my brain too much to figure out destinations and occasions, we are also The "V" of this year included the July they want to go to Disneyland. One of the learning to capture as much as we can in trip to Six Flags in Vallejo and will be kids went while a toddler in a stroller and our journey through life. J t !