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10R Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL ! Into whose hand will it fall? Eleven candidates. That's how many individuals are vying for one of four seats up for election on the Portola City Council this November. They met in a forum hosted by the Plumas County League of Women Voters last Thursday in Portola. It was an opportunity to get a closer look at a diverse group of individuals vying to represent the city. Portola's roughly 1,032 registered voters won't be able to say that they didn't have a choice. And their choice is important. As Plumas County's only incorporated city, sometimes it begs the'question: Why? Why does Portola exist? Are its citizens better off than their counterparts across the county? One could look at the fact that the city has no fn'e department, must contract with the sheriff for law enforcement, and its citizenry frequently complain about the state of its infrastructure. In fact talk of the city's failing infrastructure and f'we department dominated the evening's discussion, as well as the economy and opportunities for area youth. While each of the 10 candidates in attendance did their best to address those issues, there were few in attendance to hear. This was somewhat surprising given the number of candidates who are running for office. Based on the issues discussed at the forum, the city is at a critical juncture and this new wave of leaders could impact Portola's future greatly. The city incorporated in May of 1946 following a couple of failed attempts. Ironically, a few months after the city incorporated, its entire city council was recalled according to newspaper reports at the time. Quincy was also working to become a city during that period, but ultimately abandoned the effort. Over the years, and as recently as this past year, there have been quiet and not-so-quiet discussions about disincorporating the city. Those who most recently looked into it said that by the time special districts -- such as water, lighting and sewer -- replaced the city entity, it wouldn't represent a cost savings to citizenry and they would be relinquishing local control. But that's a discussion for another time. We applaud all of the individuals who have stepped forward and are willing to serve. Time and time ag in e h Ce this r ourag'e i eople - to become involved in their communities and to run for public office, We aren't sure if 11 candidates is unprecedented, but we can't remember the last time so many names appeared on the ballot for one entity. That said, with 11 candidates and 1,032 registered voters, this could be a very tight race and definitely a situation when every vote will count. Well done, Audrey This is a week for news from the eastern end of the county. Audrey Enis, the long-time director of the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Eastern Plumas Chamber), has announced that she is retiring from the position so that she and her husband, Les, can return to their native England and be near family. It's a loss riot only for the Graeagle-Portola area, but for all of the county. Audrey has spearheaded efforts to promote Plumas County from the Lake Almanor Basin to the Sierra Valley. Les is known locally for Sierra Park, a housing development that features Energy Star and solar electric homes. Both Audrey and Les brought a high level of energy and enthusiasm to their projects and to the community, and they will be missed. ishing paper 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 Will Farris Stacy Fisher Roni Java Kerry Johnson Susan Cort Johnson Victoria Metcalf Mad Erin Roth Gregg Scott Carolyn Shipp Meg Upton Sam Williams Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Indian Valley Record (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Westwood PinePress (530) 257-5321 Printed on recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. Kidney stones arejust plain mean They say it's like giving birth, but not as much fun. Instead of an 8-pound, 6- ounce bundle of joy for all your trouble, one only has the memory of the excruciating pain of trying to pass a kidney stone measured in mere millimeters. As I write this, I am preparing myself emotionally for tomorrow's kidney stone procedure scheduled for high noon in the town of Redding, approximately two hours away from home. I'll miss a day of work, but I have no choice in the matter. It has to get done. Kidney stones, if you're unfamiliar with them, are the result of a buildup of dissolved minerals on the inner lining of the kidneys. They can grow to the size of a golf ball while maintaining a sharp, crystalline structure. In my case, 14 millimeters is too large of a stone to pass on its own, thus the kidney operation, which as I recall from a number of previous bouts takes about an hour-and-a-half, but sometimes longer. A kidney stone usually remains symptomless until it moves into the ureter, the duct by which urine passes from the kidney to the bladder, when symptoms of kidney stones become apparent, accompanied by severe pain and intense nausea. According to years of research, people with kidney stones have a significantly higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease; a fact that makes me wonder when that shoe will drop next. But I digress. The leading cause of kidney stones is a lack of water in the body, say experts. Diet is also a factor. Stones are more commonly found in individuals who drink less than the urologist, an old hand by now at removing stones big and small from both of my duplicitous kidneys over the years, ~,~ ~, , knows what he's doing. To reiterate, the stone he'll be zapping with a laser is too sizeable to pass by itself, perhaps requiring the addition of a stick or two of dynamite to help fmish the job. MY TURN STACY FISHER Staff Writer chesternews@plu recommended eight to 10 glasses of water a day. When there is not enough water to dilute the uric acid, a component of urine, an excessively acidic environment in the body can lead to the formation of kidney stones. The problem for me personally is that I already know all this stuff. Apparently I am genetically predisposed to forming kidney stones despite a healthy intake of water. They just seem to keep forming regardless. Kidney stones are mean. If only they were made of gold nuggets instead of calcium oxalate, I'd be rich by now. Instead it's my doctor who's getting rich. By the way, this isn't my In'st rodeo when it comes to kidney stones. Since 1997, when I had my first attack while living in Santa Cruz on the shore of Monterey Bay, I've probably suffered through at least 15 episodes or more, requiring four or five operations over a 21-year period -- but then again I've lost track of the exact number by now. I have all the faith in the world that my I've also had stones chiseled away using ultrasound or Shock Wave Lithotripsy, a treatment that causes the stone to fragment into small pieces that can more readily pass through to the bladder and then painlessly out of the body. I'll spare you the gruesome details and you can thank me later. Suffice it to say that I'll be knocked out for a few hours from the anesthesia and none the worse for it, except that I have to return a week later to have the stent removed. One of the happier aspects of the situation -- and I admit this freely -- is looking forward to the drugs. At 62 years of age, I could use a deep, sound sleep for a change. I prefer being thoroughly unconsciousness until the dirty deed is done anyway. By the time you read this, I will have presumably recovered enough after spending the weekend in bed watching reruns and consuming gallons of water to return to work. In conclusion, perhaps one day -- the sooner the better -- researchers will discover a drug that dissolves kidney stones without all the fuss. Until then, be sure to drink plenty of fluids. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only 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 representative of the Grow some stones Bridge inquiry on Nov. 2, 2011. anti-measure B at the VA The Editor makes it sound We are unclear about the other Stand Down. like proponents of measure B incident thatyou are I .was told the tax revenues should just pack it in and go referencing in your letter. As for promised by the pro-measure B home. Never mind that their the stones, it would be a folks will never be as much as effort to get Measure B on the physical impossibility for this they claim. Here is what I ballot produced over 1,100editor. found in an article from Forbes registered voter signatures. does notprint third-party, magazine in May 2018. SinceThis committed group of Even-handed anonymous or open letters. Californ, ia!eg ized sales of Plumas County Farmers I've been impressed with the Letters must not exceed 300 ecreat T hq-arij uafia ifi'2012, managed fo make hiSto'ry even-hai ltt dcoverage y" words. Writers responding to the total of sales revenue is becoming the first group to Feather Piiblishing in previously published letters may $2.75 billion dollars (at the successfully place an Initiative reporting on the race between not mention the author by current taxation rate of 15 on the ballot in Plumas name. The deadline is Friday at percent, the tax revenue equals County. noon; deadlines may change due $415.5 minion dollars). I fired I'm sorry but running an ad to holidays. Letters may bethat to be a significant sum. It with a bunch of names which submitted at any of Featheris pretty obvious that cannabis even if valid, represents only Publishing's offices, sent via fax agri-business is already a7.5 percent (not 10 percent as to 283-3952 or emailed to multi-billion dollar business you claim) of registered voters., and that can only grow (for Looking at it another way, more information on this see some 92.5 percent of registered Beautiful declaration Time Special Edition, voters are not on the list. Regarding "My Turn," by Marijuana Goes Wall Street). why don't you just come out Meg Upton, in last week's Below is the link to the against Measure B? If you had paper. Forbes article, any stones you would just do it. I thought it a beautiful Can this newspaper just be declaration of a woman's form, ro/2018/05/04/how-much-mone honest? It seems to be sorely and particularly from her point y-states-make-cannabis-sales/# lacking as evidenced by what of view. Meg, I applaud you for 3800f05bf181 often goes unreported or sharing your experiences and Looking at the printed info "buried" somewhere in the feelings, the Cannabis Citizens Group is paper where no one will notice. I just want to put this outdistributing, I see "up to 182 Remember when one of your there, as well. growers, etc. licensed." I find ~ronies was burying toxic Conversely, I am quite petite, this confusing given there are waste behind his building in Enough so that I have had only 50 licenses available. It is our pristine meadows? I many people over the years also stated there will be "up to believe CalEPA showed up, say, "Are you anorexic, are you 250,000 pot plants grown." That locked down the building and sick, why are you so skinny " means that each of the 50 heavily fined this business? My answer has always been licensed growers would need to why didn't that make the no answer, produce 5,000 plants. Thatpaper? Or when another crony Why should we, as women, would require an enormous was criminany.investigated by have to explain away our amount of labor and is unlikely the US Department of beautiful forms? Shame on to be the case. I would like to Transportation and the State people that try to peg-holeknow how the CCG arrived at Contracting Board for someone, man or woman, due these numbers, submitting false documents to "societal" norms? Why can't My point here is, do not take related to material supply for we all just love and acceptthe claims of either pro- or the Spanish Creek Bridge? people forwho they are, andanti-measure B advocates. It is what we need around here is a not the "container" we comevery easy to give subjective newspaper that will honestly into this world with? opinions too often rooted in report the events in our It's the heart that matters, hearsay, bias and fear. I urge community, no matter the people you to investigate for yourself consequences. Crickit Smither and separate facts from Lane P. Labb~ Portola myths/propaganda/lies. Be an New England Ranch informed voter. Editor's note: Checking our Be informed Larry McNeill archives, the newspaper ran a I recently spoke with a Quincy story about your Spanish Creek the incumbent, Doug LaMalfa, and the challenger, Audrey Denney. The packed houses in Anderson, and in Blairsden are strong indicators of voter interest. The photographs, which accompanied the coverage of the latest forum, were nearly even; the panorama of the crowd slightly favored Congressman LaMalfa only because he was standing, one photo shows the challenger, Denney, listening, (a good sign, I trust Congressman LaMalfa also listened). The handshake photo shows both smiling, a rare sight in this day and age: My favorite part was where Supervisor Lori Simpson told the crowd to hold applause etc, and "for the most part the crowd complied." Checking Audrey Denney's website confwmed that she taught Ag. Ed. At Chico State for about six years, served a year as a volunteer working with rural youth on agricultural projects in E1 Salvador, and another year working for a non-profit doing Ag. Ed. In West Africa, living in Ghana. She is in her third year working as a Senior Learning Designer at Vivayic, designing curriculum for worldwide Ag companies and non-profits. Some of Congressman See Letters, page 11B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO 2018 Forty pack mules which have been corralled at Schneider's barn will soon be carrying chrome from chrome mines on the Middle Fork of the Feather River to Quincy where it will be shipped to Ohio via Western Pacific Railroad. 50 YEARS AGO 1968 Advertisement: Announcing Lee Howell, formerly of the Almanor Iun; will be playing nightly at the Maple Leaf piano bar, located one mile below Belden. And for your relaxed enjoyment and good food try Marge Thompson's $1.50 specials or if it is a steak that you would like there is none better to be found for miles around at $2.25-$3.95 depending on cut High Sierra Pine Mills of Twain will cease milling operations, according to James Bloom, general manager, and he cites the closure due to the lack of logs. Formerly known as Twain Lumber Company, it has been in operation since 1957. 25 YEARS AGO 1993 Portola and Chester area schools have seen an increase in student enrollments while Quincy and Greenville classrooms have seen declining enrollments for this fall season. The Plumas Unified School District cites the reason for the decline to the poor economy and lack of available jobs in those areas. Quincy area public schools saw a decrease of 50 per cent while Greenville public schools have seen a 57 per cent decline. 10 YEARS AGO 2008 Citing a dramatic downturn in market conditions driven by a weak housing market, Sierra Pacific Industries in Quincy is shutting down its small and large log milling operations for two weeks. The cogeneration power plant, planer and maintenance crews will continue operationsas usual. The downtime will affect less than half of the 280 employees. 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.