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MI Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, ,e usln e Nothing was clearer during the coun- ty's recent budget hearings than the pointlessness of the Plumas County Visitors' Bureau being answerable to Plumas Corporation. Say what you want about Plumas Corporation and its efforts at economic development-- and plenty of people have--but the Vis- itors Bureau has become a shining example of a pub- lic-supported agency that has shown a high degree of effectiveness. During the 2000.2001 fiscal year, the Visitors Bureau received $211,000 from the county. In theory, the money is de- rived from the motel and lodging tax revenue. In the fiscal year that just concluded, visitors paid in nearly $1 million in motel and lodging tax rev- enue-,an all-time high for the county. Residents are getting an excellent re- turn on their investment, and the tax does not take into account revenues for restaurants, retailers and other busi- nesses. Despite this success, the Visitors Bu- reau has been hampered by its connec- tion to Plumas Corp, which actually supervises the agency and, to some de- gree, manages how it spends its bud- get. If the Visitors Bureau wants to change how it allocates funding on Plumas Corp's approval, which seems' incomprehensible if you consider Plumas Corp's track record. The Visitors Bureau has been a great success stow. It is one of those rare public agencies that is able to show tangible results to the public for the tax money it receives. In addition, it has donemore for economic develop- ment than any of the agencies that are expected, by decree, to improve eco- nomic development. That's why the Visitors Bureau should be cut loose of Plumas Corp's strings and be treated as its own inde- pendent agency, answerable only to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. Under such a plan, taxpayers will get better and increased service, and the Visitors Bureau will get an opportuni- ty to produce without Plumas Corp in its way. Fca g / ' spaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicia Higbee indian Valley Editor Terri Daotmt Portola Editor Marian Liddell Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor _ Jenetta Me ,n ly News vroon'eader, Kid s Page Editor Staff wrlters Dave Keller, Gail Brown, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Cassandra Hummel, Kelly Dachenhausen' Dale Defter I was working at my desk on a Mon- day morning, while my husband was a thousand miles away scouting ell in Idaho, when the call came in. Unbeknownst to me, my husband had hired a contractor to add a railing to the bottom flight of stairs leading to the front door. (Apparently, my months of nagging had paid off.) But, there was a problem. The con- tractor said the bottom stairs were rotted out and should be replaced. Well, they were crooked anyway. "Re- place them," I said. Later, a second call came in. "The landing is rotted out too," he said. "Replace it," I responded. This was fun, men were actually do- ing what I told them to. The next morning, a third call came. "The stairs and landing rotted out because water is getting under the staircase. We should really pour a concrete pad to protect it," the con- tractor explained. "Do it," I said. At lunch time, I went home to in- spect the work. It looked great. I couldn't believe how much had been accomplished in such a short time. And, because the new railing didn't match the old, the contractor and his assistant were in the process of re- placing that as well. Saws hummed and hammers pound- COATES MANAGING EDITOR ed. This was great. I had to fight back the urge to ask them to craft the shut- ters I wanted for the windows and to start on a new addition I envisioned for the back of the house. I restrained myself. I figured my husband was going to be in for enough of a shock when he came home and found a completely refash- ioned front entrance and the bill that went with it. That's what happens when you're a thousand miles from home and leave the wife in charge. Since I was in charge, my youngest daughter brought me her obviously flat volleyball to inflate. I looked around the garage for a hand pump, but came up empty handed. Then I re- membered that my husband always used the air compressor to inflate the basketballs. I dragged out the air compressor, ad- mittedly somewhat intimidated. It Little infonnaUon was included about this was the Mechanic's Pavilion in September Photo courtesy of the Plumas County Museum exhibit, oUmr thmt to say that it 1888. The exhibit was supervised looked like a big red torpedo. started looking for a needle t{ into the end of the hose. Our garage is a tool cabinets, a work table saws, and shelf upon ties of every nut and bolt one imagine. But, I I suppose it was just as I'm not sure what I would have with it if I had found it. Power tools frighten me. I fer the tools in my small, that I keep in the laundry the necessities---a hammer, some pliers and drivers. ! grew up around tools. the ultimate handyman. I that people actuall) When something broke, my say, a tractor--he built it. Recently somebody gave+ ond-hand garage door couple of pieces missing. No he simply fashioned parts. Now that man knows how air compressor. When I was 16, bought a salmon-colored '65 convertible. When it painted a year later, dad compressor, and presto, lic root beer brown. My dad has every tool but his favorite present is stilla tool. Last Christmas, I went to the hardware store to for gifts. He disappeared into section. After I had browsed tire store, I came back to he was still in there, racks. I waited and waited. man approached and asked ffl something. "My husband," pointing to the tool aisles. "Do you want me to go asked .... "No, he'll just make up for it' we go to Macy's later," I said. The salesman immediately toward the tools and yelled, there's a woman out here that if her husband doesn't he's going to Macy's." A surge of men aisles, including my shaking his head, but his of power tools. Remembol' KEmTABORS|{+ HISTORIAN Ago ............. 1929 Henry L. Cate, Plumas County Recorder; A.J. Watson, Plumas County Surveyor and F.W. Hogan, Plumas County Coroner were defeated Tuesday in the primary election. The Ssuccessful contenders being: Mrs. M. Peter, Allen C. Miller and J.F. Moody. SO Yomm Ago ............. 1951 Tim Strong on Harbisor First day enrollment in all Plumas Unified 10 ........... Schools elementary and high schools First day attendance figures reached an opening day high of 2,771, and in- percent increase in student crease of 79 pupils over the first official the Plumas Unified School District count last year. Enrollment at high schools first day of school last year. For within Plumas County are: Greenville 235, school year enrollment on the Portola 260, Quincy 420 and Chester 141. school was 3,688 students. For school year that number has 25 Years Ago ............. 1976 Safeway Stores, Inc. opens its newest facil- 3,787., ity at 20 East Main Street in Quincy at NOTE: Items included in the weekly Plumas Pines Shopping Center Sunday ber When column are taken from morning. 43 employees will man the newedition newspaper archives and Safeway store, increasing the staff of 35 that writing style of that particular maintained the old store, spelling and grammar are not Dr. Jeff Hurst, a veterinarian from copy is presented as it actually Danville has taken over the practice of Dr. the original newspapers. Labor Day: Is it time VICTORIAP + T+ STAFF WRITER My daughter gave me a gift for La- bor Day. Arriving home last Monday night, after a visit with her aunt and uncle, she proudly presented me with a gift box of rose-shaped soaps. I could see in her expression that it was the finest gift she could have found. And in many ways it was. After admiring it, hugging her and kissing the top of her head, I told her it's the first Labor Day present I can remember anyone giving me. Before the giR, however, I think it must have been Sunday night during one of our bedtime chats, Stephanie asked me if there was going to be a pa- rade for Labor Day. "No," I replied, at first puzzled about where a nine-year-old would come up to start writing books and features with that idea. school sets in. Camping is "Well, so what do we do?" she asked, lot of people. "Nothing," I replied. But is that why we have a "So why do we get the day off?" she holiday? To go camping?. persisted. She had already heard her I understand the concept dad and me talking about how great it bor Day, honoring our working was to have a three-day weekend, but when it came time to do a i But really, what do people do on La. ry on the meaning of the bor Day? Most holidays--presidents' couldn't find anything. birthdays excluded--we know what Here at Feather Publishing we're supposed to do. Halloween, it's fair amount of canned prescr. bed that many of us decorate ing written by some agency the house, dress our kids up in out- let us use it, or press releases landish costumes and turn them loose ganizations that wafit to on the neighborhood to seek candy, event or day. Nothing this time" Christmas is a big deal that now So Stephanie, I guess yoUr starts at least a month in advance. We has to do a little more know to put up the tree, again deco- can provide some sort of a rate the house (sometimes finding a answer to your quest for few missed Halloween decorations), I'm usually equipped with put up lights, go into a shopping and usually stored away from cooking other words it's with someone. down pat for us. As for the question about Other holidays are the same. But we supposed to do for the when it comes to Labor Day, what do just have to leave it alone we do? A lot of people use it as the last trate on the holidays that big chance to do something fun (or traditions. seemingly so) before the routine of !