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8B Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND, OPINION EDITORIAL Editor's note: Often someone lives in our midst, but we don't have a true appreciation of their life's work until after they are gone. Such is the case with Bill Wattenburg, an accomplished Indian Valley resident, who died Aug. 2. Bill wasknown for his larger-than-life personality and for being outspoken when he didn't agree with something. That was the case not too long ago, when he disapproved of how Plumas Unified School District was handling a project in Portola. We knew that Bill was a scientist and a radio personality, but the following letter provided further insight into the man, and we thought it worthy to share. It was written to his widow, Carole Wattenburg, after his death. We are reprinting it here with her permission. As director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, I would like to express my sincere condolences on Bill's passing. He was a true American patriot and dear friend of the Laboratory with a strong passion for our mission. Bill was never timid about taking on the toughest challenges related to riational security, law enforcement, and the most pressing local or national "problems of the day" across a wide range of topics. His solutions were always practical, simple by their elegance, and eminently executable. Bill made important contributions to the nation's nuclear deterrence mission during the period when the Laboratory was conducting underground nuclear tests. In a manner that was to become a signature approach throughout his career -- Bill solved a challenging diagnostic measurement problem with a solution that was extremely clever and elegantly simple in application. He also worked closely with our weapons designers on complex modeling and simulation problems, which contributed to our knowledge of weapons physics. More recently, Bill's interest in education and providing opportunities for students to acquire hands-on experience resulted in a long-running program between California State University, Chico, and the Laboratory. Engineering students from Chico worked on myriad projects relevant to our Laboratory over the years while acquiring the skills and experience necessary to enter the workforce or continue their studies in graduate school. "=: As recently as .three montlis ago, Bill reached out to the Laboratory to offer his thoughts on solving a serious national security challenge receiving attention in the news. Frequently, the Laboratory would provide the proof-of-concept experiments that could turn his ideas into reality. Bill never asked for recognition and he had a great respect for our scientists and engineers -- a respect that was mutual. It bears repeating that Bill was a true American patriot. He will be missed by all our scientists and engineers who knew and worked with him. With deepest sympathy, William H. Goldstein Director Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ishing Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Co-publisher, Historian Debra Moore Managing Editor Jenny Lee Photo Editor Nick Hall Copy Editor Staff writers: Makenzie Davis Victoria Metcalf Will Farris Mad Erin Roth Stacy Fisher Gregg Scott Roni Java Carolyn Shipp Kerry Johnson Meg Upton Susan Cort Johnson Sam Williams Feather River Indian Valley Bulletin Record (530) 283-0800 ,(530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter Chester Progressive (530) 832-4646 (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Westwood Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 257-5321 ,n,e on Cahfomia Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. 1 .~ :, ' ~ ~ ~ ~~." Did you know dinosaurs had feathers? At nearly 63 I'm learning a lot about dinosaurs. They're fascinating and made more so by relatively new changes based on what paleontologists have learned and visualize. They're no longer pictured as being gray or brown or green like many members of the lizard family. They're colorful, they're striped and spotted. Some, like the spiky-thumbed iguanodon could have been a purplish gray. And many, including the terrifying T Rex -- the king of the dinosaurs -- had feathers. I've been wondering how paleontologists could possibly know that the Tyrannosaurus and some other dinosaurs had feathers; like skin or hide, feathers probably wouldn't survive the test of time. On my recent Google search I just learned that most dinosaurs were more closely related to today's birds than lizards, or so said Mark Norell, chair of paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. But that still didn't explain why some thought the T Rex had feathers. It wasn't believed to be related to birds. I learned that the sinosauropteyx was discovered in 1996. It was believed to be the first feathered theropod that had nothing to do with birds. The feature "Finally, you can see dinosaurs in all their feathered glory," in the April 16 issue of National Geographic, about a new display by Mark Norell at the museum, shed a little light on my questions. The feature, however, didn't say why scientists thought that some theropods were feathered. It did say that the discovery changed the way they think about dinosaurs and how they looked and that the original "Jurassic Park" probably got it wrong. One of the changes that came about was with the tyrannosaur. Paleontologists now believe the 23-foot-long, 9-ton beast was feathered. And right there in my grandson's up-to-date "Children's Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs," it states they were feathered to help keep them warm. But I didn't know any of that when I was a kid and didn't really ponder it until more recently. I went through the usual kid-phase when dinosaurs were just the greatest. I believe I still have a book about dinosaurs that my sister gave to me. She also took me to the Geology 1 MY TURN VICTORIA METCALF Assistant Editor vmetcalf@plumasnews.com Museum at the School of Mines in Rapid City, South Dakota. I hadn't started school yet, but I still remember seeing a fully constructed display as we entered the room. Dinosaurs are a big deal in South Dakota, mainly because so many fossils have been found there. Of course, my 4-year-old grandson is the reason my interest in dinosaurs has been recaptured. His knowledge of dinosaurs far surpasses anything I remember from childhood. I was pleased that I remembered the triceratops, the brontosaurus, stegosaurus and possibly a few others. As Caden and I discuss dinosaurs on a dally basis, I've been careful not to mention the brontosaurus -- that was of major importance when I was young. At some point in the last 100 years or so scientists discredited the mighty brontosaurus and decided it was really an Apatosaurus. On a recent vacation to Rapid City, we took Caden to the must-see dinosaur display on Dinosaur Hill. This is a display of concrete dinosaurs created in the 1930s and now a historically registered site. I was both disappointed and yet delighted that no one had changed the name of the giant brontosaurus to an apatosaurus. Caden didn't care. Since we haven't discussed the brontosaurus or the apatosaurus he decided on his own that it was a brachiosaurus and was perfectly happy climbing around on its huge green and white concrete tail. But then I just learned that more recently paleontologists came to believe that brontosauruses did exist, that they were enough different from the apatosaurus to go back to their original name. Hurrah! At any rate, neither is listed in Caden's encyclopedia. The real reason why I purchased that book was that it appeared to contain the most recent theories and I liked the highly detailed pictures. And, most importantly, it told me how to pronounce their names. I don't like stumbling through them. I want to get it right, especially when I quickly discovered this little boy was rapidly learning all the names and some facts about each dinosaur. To date he has all of them memorized, but gets confused between Edmontonia and Edmontosaurus. He also rolls over with a groan when we come to the picture of euoplocephalus. He got tuojiangosaurus right off, so I'm not sure what the stumbling block is, but then I still have to glance at the pronunciations of some of them and he doesn't read yet. Dinosaurs have been a great connection for us. We study them almost every night. And we got to take him to the Geology Museum in August when we visited my home state. Dinosaur Hill was free, but the museum was a big thrill for him. When we walked in, he immediately told me that one of the huge displays was that ofa mosasaurus. I had to read the display card and learned that he was dead right. He was just so excited. There was the skull of a T Rex, a giant bone he could touch, displays of prehistoric shells, fish fossils and leaf impressions When we left the gift shop, he was holding a very good Ukeness ofa T Rex-- complete with color and feathers -- in each hand. It's a good learning experience for both of us, each in our own ways. He's thrilled to be learning about something he fmds so interesting and he relishes all the praise he gets for being so smart. I enjoy our time together, watching him grow and learn, and believing that he is a smart little boy. Now begins my quest for yet another up-to-date book about dinosaurs, complete with pronunciations for myself and feathers for the fun of it. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Guidelines for letters die. What does that say about commercial cannabis growers, coffers to the degree that we will All letters must contain an : 6ur eo~ity?~ ; :, Their ordinance is 45 pages of hay~ no problem hiring enc~ugh . address and phone number. Only ~- ~' ~ ~ ~u ~" Brenda'Lantow pro-cannabis advocacy tailored to deputies and administrative staff one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may - not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at noon; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmoore@plumasnews.com. Curious about community I find it curious that there is a sign in East Quincy that sports the word "Community" in huge bold letters, curious that Plumas Bank and the Quincy Chamber give Community Service Awards, and curious that Feather River Bulletin editorials frequently espouse the value and importance of community while a valuable, successful program lauded nationally has not been supported. Community Connections is gone, not because it failed in its mission: it succeeded way beyond expectations, but because no one has stepped up to prevent its demise. Community Connections is an organization that has been a valued force for community in our county for over 10 years. Many people have given hundreds, sometimes thousands of hours to help others. Community Connections has been successful in bringing people together. How shameful that a proven, valuable, nationally recognized organization has been allowed to Quincy Vote no on Measure B There are a lot of reasons why you should .Vote No on Measure B. Let's focus on one reason that is among the most important. It's pretty simple. If it passes it will become the law of the land in Plumas County. No matter what kind of negative consequences occur because of the introduction of commercial cannabis activity in Plumas County, there will be no way to change, amend, alter, or rescind any part of the ordinance short of a legal challenge as to the constitutionality of the ordinance itself. Negative consequences that are likely to occur, such as an increase in crime, damage to our environment, and an increase in behavioral social costs to our population, especially our youth, will not be possible to mitigate. Our local county government, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, will be prevented from taking any action to undo the consequences that will come with the passage of Measure B. That is because the authors of Measure B went around the normal county process, the Planning Commission, and drafted their own ordinance. Proposition 64 gave local government the power to determine how cannabis would be regulated locally. The process of creating a rational cannabis ordinance by our BOS was frozen when the proponents of Measure B qualified their ballot initiative. Our supervisors are now waiting to see whether or not Measure B passes. Measure B was written by commercial cannabis growers for specifically provide special treatment for a select group of growers who have previously been growing in Plumas County. We need your help to defeat Measure B and keep commercial cannabis out of Plumas County. Please stand with us by going to plumasgrow.com/#team. Vote No on Measure B. Kathy Felker Quincy Measure B too risky I just read an article in the SF Chronicle about a suit filed by "frustrated residents of a Sonoma County neighborhood," who are suing a neighbor for growing cannabis in 40 greenhouses adjacent to their homes. The grower applied for a permit on his one-acre operation, but it was rejected. He appealed and has in the meantime ignored the county's order to cease operations, says Sonoma County's cannabis program manager, Tim Ricard. There are several disturbing points in this article, beginning with the plaintiffs' complaints that "we cannot swim, barbecue or enjoy our back yards" because of the smell. This is an indoor grow, mind you. Further, the grower runs a "huge" generator 24/7, which means the neighborhood is never quiet. The plaintiffs' attorney says that the county doesn't have enough enforcement officers to shut down the operation. He's quoted in the article as saying, "The (county) supervisors adopted these rules, but they don't have the resources to enforce them." Measure B proponents make the case that licensing commercial cannabis and collecting taxes on profits will swell our county to enforce their ordinance. Based on accounts from other jurisdictions (Calaveras County being just one of them), I fear that no amount of commercial cannabis-derived revenue will be sufficient for that purpose. I am also concerned that even in jurisdictions where commercial growing is legal, illegal growing can proliferate, Why? Because it takes more law enforcement to visit grows and determine if they're licensed or not. "Hiding in plain sight" makes sense if you know it's unlikely you're going to get caught. Measure B is risky in multiple ways. I'm voting no. Susan Christensen Quincy Out with the old I am glad to see attention is being paid to our local elections. I think that those serving on the board at Seneca Hospital have been doing us all a disservice for far too long. How can they justify keeping a CEO who is doing nothing to meet the needs of the district, doesn't live in the district, and is driving staff away from the district? And while they profess transparency, where is it? Look at the district website. Find board agendas. In 2018 there are 12 agendas listed on the website; you can see what the board was supposed to do yet there is only one set of minutes. The format on line is poor, to read and understand, you must print. What is the district trying to hide? Of further interest, the minutes report that in closed session the CEO was given a $2,000 bonus, ifa See Letters, page 9B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO 1918 Among some of the remarkable items presented to the Memorial Museum at San Francisco Golden Gate Park is a portrait of Peter Lassen, the pioneer after whom which Lassen County's Lassen olcanic Park and Lassen Peak is named. Lassen was born in Denmark in 1800, coming to California in 1840. He participated in the Mexican War and was the man who brought the first Masonic Lodge to California. He was killed in Nevada by a Paiute Indian in 1859. His grave is in Susanville. 50 YEARS AGO 1968 Six courses will be offered by the newly established Feather River College to be held at the four Plumas County High School facilties next week. The curriculum will include forestry, biology, agriculture, business, accounting, French and health. 25 YEARS AGO 1993 Former Plumas County Fair Sweetheart of the Mountains and Miss Nevada Mitzi Cox is this week off to compete in the Miss America pageant at Atlantic City, New Jersey. 10 YEARS AGO 2008 A group of 126 people attended a meeting at the Beckwourth Tavern in Beckwourth to meet with California Victim's Compensation Board representatives and fried 164 separate claims worth $52.5 in damages that they say resulted from the 1997 Department of Fish and Game pike eradication project at Lake Davis. 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.