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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 13B The Sierra Institute is offer- grade and is now capable of This daylong tour will begin privately owned forest prod- mixed conifer stand, where ing residents and visitors a producing almost twice thewith a presentation on the his- ucts business to be certified Collins Pine employees will tour Friday, Aug. 27, of the volume of the original mill. tory of the Collins Company, by the Forest Stewardship discuss forestry management Collins Pine Company mill Northern California and which owns and manages Council; the Almanor Forest practices, forest processes, like and the company's Almanor many other Western states forestland in Oregon and was the first of Collins' prop- carbon sequestration, and the Forest to learn how Collins have seen an increase in high- Pennsylvania, in addition to erties to become certified, ecosystems that thrive there. works to maintain a produc- severity fires over the last few its Northern California site. The FSC logo on a product After lunch, participants tive mill and achieve its dual decades. Plumas and LassenThe Collins timberlands provides consumers with an as- will put on safety glasses and objectives of economic andcounties have seen severalwere acquired in 1902, and the surance that the wood they use a hard hat and tour the mill ecosystem health, large fires in the last few years. Collins Pine Company lumber comes from forests managed in facilities, highlighting the 21st While other mills are Tour participants will hear mill in Chester has been a lo- an environmentally and social- Century technology and pulling out of rural areas, from Collins employees about cal institution since 1943. ly responsible manner, eqmpment. The tour will con- Collins has done just the oppo- their efforts to reduce both the The Collins forests have After hearing the history of clude at the Collins Pine mu- site by investing in its lumber size and intensity of fires on been managed on an uneven-the company, participants will seum to allow participants milland its community, their land through forest man- age, sustained yield basistake a driving and walkinga chance to explore the muse- In 2002, the mill underwent agement practices and sound from the beginning. The tour of portions of the Collins um and historic logging equip- a high-tech, state-of-the-art up- science. Collins Company is the first Almanor Forest, a 94,000-acre ment while answering any final questions. Morning refreshments,' lunch, and bus transportation are provided as part of the tour, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes by 3:30 p.m. Tour costs are $50 per per- son/S95 per couple. Reserva- tions, closed-toe shoes and an ability to ascend and descend multiple stairs on the mill cat- walk are required. Visit the Forestry Center's website ( or call Lauri Rawlins-Betta at 284- 1022 for more information and to reserve a spot. [ LETTERS, from page 12B more ideas instead of closed- door fast-paced meetings that change things at the last minute instead of dividing our small community. Art Vieiria Quincy Foundations One foundation of a sustain- able, thriving community is accessible, high-quality healthcare. The foundation of high-quality healthcare is a high-quality hospital. And, in my mind, the foundation of a high-quality hospital is a staff of .great doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Today, we are truly blessed with a great medical staff forming the foundation of quality healthcare in central Plumas County. While our talented doctors, nurses, and other staff are providing quality healthcare, they are doing so in spite of the aging, increasingly inade- quate hospital facility and mostly by virtue of their sheer talent and commitment to community. Our doctors have written and spoken to the community, unanimously in- dicating that a new hospital is needed and that the time to act is now. Some of Our doc- tors have told me in recent days that they may explore employment at other hospi- tals, in oth .communities, if Measui'e B lJhsses. My family and I have expe- rienced very personally what an incredible asset our doc- tors are. Dr. Jeff Kepple saved the life of my daughter when she was born with an undiag- nosed heart defect. Upon Em- ma's birth, Dr. Kepple imme- diately realized oxygen was not circulating through her body and skillfully performed the surgical and other proce- dures necessary to stabilize her condition until open heart surgery could be performed at Stanford Medical Center. Needless to say I am eternally grateful that doctors as talent- ed as Jeff Kepple work at PDH and that he was there to deliv- er and save my daughter. With your loved-one's life hinging on every precious sec- ond, you want the best doctor with the best equipment in the room with her. We are now faced with a historic opportunity to literal- ly build and sustain the future of high quality healthcare in central Plumas County, start- ing with the amazing team of doctors, nurses, and other professionals that form its foundation. Please join me in voting NO on Measure B. Paul Hardy, Quincy Stark truth I have been following the letters relative to Measure B with keen interest. Bill Coates wrote a letter suggesting that if Measure B is successful it would lead to a "downward spiral" which could result in the eventual closure Of Plumas District Hospital. It is quite easy to dismiss Bill's suggestion as "inflammatory rhetoric." Dismiss that idea at your own peril. I do not have to speculate what this "downward spiral" might look like ... I have lived it. In 1986, I accepted a posi- tion at Indian Valley Hospital. It did not take long to realize that the crumbling, outdated infrastructure wasa huge im- pediment to the practice of standard-of-care medicine, translating into increased costs and decreased produc- tivity. An antiquated physical plant made equipment up- grades nearly impossible to get approved through state regulatory agencies. Suffice to say that no rep- utable physician is willing to attempt to practice state-of- the-art medicine without ade- quate diagnostic equipment. At one time, the only two practicing physicians at IVH were two retired pathologists. A pathologist~ education and If you have time on your hands, would like to be involved in something that has meaning to you, or feel the need to support your community, please call the PCIRC Office at 283-5515 for information on community volunteer programs. We need your support and so does the community. Crisis Line Resource 283-4333 . Center or 1-877-332-2754 283-5515 II k A program of Plumas Crisis Intervention [[ ~ & Resource Center .. m~lm years experience with Social Security lit and SSI cases at all levels of appeal NO ITS If you're totally disabled and expect to be out of work 12 months or more, you may merit Social Security Disability even if you've been previously denied. Any reason may qualify: accident, (775) 825-1616 1-877-832-8757 se habla espadol career are based upon looking people were not willing tohomes and thus no longer be at tissue slides and conduct- give unlimited funds that the paying property taxes. ing autopsies ... not practicing threat of closing the hospital I've heard that the plans for clinical medicine. So to feel came up, obviously a scarea new hospital do not include reassured (per Julie Cole's let- tactic by some people much in the way of caring for ter of last week)that there are who want to get their own older people, but the popula- "four physicians willing to way even if they have to lie. tion here is definitely aging, ff come to PDH" is to be falsely Next. if Measure B passes, it the "No on B" people want to reassured. Not all physicians doesn't mean the hospital will see an influx of wealthy re- are created equal. The med- get no money, It just means tirees they'd better start plan- ical staff at PDH has taken that they will not get unlimit- ning for geriatric care. great care to only approve for ed money. Also, I hear we have two, hire the caliber of physician Third, if the unthinkable possibly three riew doctors that this community deserves happened and the hospital coming. If that's true I guess and has come to expect, closed (I don't believe that it they aren't too worried about Your vote on Measure B will) it wouldn't be the very the hospital. may be the most important next day. It would be years Judith Parks-Stevens vote you ever cast. For when down the road and a lot can MeadowValley it is all said'and done it will happen m that time. not matter who the adminis- I had a conversation recent- Cautionary tale trator or board of directors ly with Bill Coates. He kept Some years back my mother were and whether your agen- saying what if the hospital was an active and healthy per- da and theirs was in perfect closes and you have an emer- son when she was rushed to alignment. For there is nogency and you have to drive the hospital in another corn- starker truth for a community all the way to Reno? I guess munity. On arrival, the two to process than the realization Portola and Chester are clos-, emergency rooms and two op- that they no longer have a full ing too? They are both a lot erating rooms were filled with service hospital. Just ask the closer than Reno. the victims of a serious traffic folks in Indian Valley. I urge I asked what if the mill clos- accident that had happened you to vote No on Measure B. es? His response was that the shortly before. Carol Viscarra company that owns the millShe waited about four hours Greenvillewould stillhave to pay property to be admitted to an emer- taxes, but that's not the point, gency room to learn that:she Some thoughts If the mill closes (and there had suffered a strangulated Just some thoughts: First of are predictions that that could hernia and needed immediate all, when Measure A was happen within the next five surgery. passed I don't remember any years) then the people whoShe had to wait another six talk of the hospital closing, work there will lose theirhours before an operating Seems to me it wasn't until jobs, probably lose their room ,was available and she was finally able to have surgery. By that time gan- grene had started in the stran- gulated intestine and contin- ued after the surgery. Two days later she had a second surgery for it. A few days later, she passed away from the infection. The doctors told us it was a very unfortunate situation that she had arrived when the hospital was so busy from the accident. If she had been able to have surgery within a few hours af- ter arrival, the gangrene would not yet have started and it would not have been fatal. I do not want to see someone lose their life in this communi- ty because our hospital is inad- equate or no longer exists. We have a capable medical staff that is well aware of the problems and needs of our hospital. I think we need to listen to them and support them. I do not want to pay more on my tax bill either, but I value our health care more than a nominal annual hit on my pocketbook. I have already voted No on Measure B which was brought forth by the Gang of Five Heartless Horsemen. James F. Bequette Quincy 7 5 \ OLD COIN COLLECTIONS... 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