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I,~ Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, II~-~ I I I II I I II I II II irm I , i , nntn, rn,,,,,,, ir,lr,, IM Questions are being raised about Sheriff Len Gardner's conduct re- garding a police car engine. It is crit- ical for the public to know whether the sheriff has done anything wrong. Here is what is known: A Quincy business owner told an investigator, hired by the district at- torney's office, that Gardner asked him to be a surrogate buyer for a po- lice car engine that the sheriff, un- der county and state regulations, is not allowed to buy. Sources inter- viewed by the newspaper allege that Gardner has talked about buying the engine for himself, not for the sheriffs depart- ment. Gardner denies he bought the en- gine for himself. The sheriff declared that a wrecked police car, containing a perfectly good high-performance engine, was surplus equipment. It was sold to the Quincy businessman. Then the sheriff bought it back in or- der to obtain the engine, which should never have been sold in the fhst place. The sheriff donated it back to the sheriffs department, but decided to keep it at his home in Meadow Valley. The district attorney decided that Gardner's actions were not a crime, but was concerned enough about them to refer the matter to county counsel, which saw nothing wrong in Gardner's actions ....... ...... So, what happens now? "' On one hand, it would be easy to forget about the whole episode and try to pretend it did not happen. But that would not make sense. The residents of Plumas County need to hold Gardner to a high standard. There is a way to ensure that Gard- ner has met that standard. The grand jury, a 19-member cross- section of the county, needs to exam- ine what has taken place. Under the supervision of the district attorney, the county counsel or both, the grand jury should call in witnesses from the sheriffs department, as well as any other key players, and de- termine what has happened. That is the only way this matter can be cor- rectly resolved. The odds weren't good:" three to one. I was outnumbered, outweighed, but hopefully, not outsmarted. My mission: to feed two horses and a mule, while my husband was on his two-week hunting trip in the wilds of Idaho. Normally, he takes the four- legged creatures with him, but this time, the going would be "too rough" for the horses. On the scouting trip, on- ly my husband and the mule survived unscathed. Note the similarity. So, there was nothing to do but leave the animals in my expert care. We went on a training run and my husband led me through his daffy steps. He opened the pasture gate, walked through their midst, opened a barn gate and began doling out hay in three sepa- rate areas (otherwise, they fight over it). Right away, i knew his system wouldn't work for me. No, I needed a diversion--something to draw them away from the pasture gate. I bought a huge bag of carrots. I planned on throwing them out into the Editors COATES MANAGING EDITOR pasture; then, when the horses ran after the carrots, I'd run for the barn. That was the plan. Nobody told me horses were stupid. They only recognize a carrot when it's in your hand. They don't grasp the con- cept of going to fetch it. So, even though the carrots were lying out in the pas- ture, they were convinced they were still in my hand. As I tried to ease into the pasture, they were all around me, nuzzling, looking for carrots. I pan- icked. Knowing they saw my fear, I tried a different approach. I wore sunglasses. I was hoping they wouldn't see my eyes; A pie eating contest had these boys vying for achs, not to mention messiest faces. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum the top honors and fullest stem- HISTORIAN 75 Years Ago ............. 1926 On Monday the Plumas County Board of Supervisors granted Gould and Ely, contrac- tors constructing the new Portola-Mohawk county road, an extension of 30 days and grflnted a sum of $300 to apply on account. The Eyrauds at Rich Bar are producing some extra large apples of excellent flavor and cooking quality. One of the apples was exhibited this week in Quincy that weighed one pound. The average weight of each apple is 14 ounces. 50 Years Ago ............. 1951 Advertisement: Travel by Greyhound. A lot more travel for a lot less money. Routes from Quincy: to Oroville $1.35, to Chico $2.30, to Sparks $2.60, to Sacramento $3.85, to San Francisco $4.80. Advertisement: Hats, Hats, Hats. Dozens of new, exciting styles. Hats full of flattery and fashion news. Felt pillboxes, off-face bonnets, profile berets with rhinestones, rib- ben and veil trim, $3.00. 25 Years Ago ............. 1976 A petition from more than 500 residents protesting the closure of the Chester jail was submitted to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors this week by Supervisor Larry Dean of Chester. He said his constituents were concerned about a possible cutback of instead, they didn't seem to all. When I opened the they tried to squeeze out by I quickly closed the gate. going well. The situation was i rating. They needed to eat. er they got, the more The more they needed to eat, aggressive they got. I put on my husband's worki maybe they'd think I was him. course, the jacket didn't good, when one of them foot and removed his big ing to remove the ima foot from my mind, I moved gate. That's another thing stand. They have three acres around, but, whenever I want t them, they're gate. But this time, I was not to be In fact, I was getting more annoyed by the whole situati me better things to do than "horse .get I had a dog kennel to clean andP rit out. (Life just doesn't I boldly approached the time armed with some dumped some over the fence. bent to munch, slipped the chain from and squeezed in. The horses tracted, but the mule saw get those carrots. I was mule in pursuit. Just in the time, I got to the barn, and door. I cut the bale of hay as pulled a part toward me. looked easy when my husband it over the barn gate, it disintegrated all over me. hair, in my mouth, down m stuck in my boots. The second try was better. 1 i from the security get three piles dispensed. As munched, I planned my escap er I eased out the barn door, arl ctu he, wide circle around the outer 1 1 Unfortunately, at that momellt, id h en t. die horse lunged for his pile. g n e. reared back,' narrowly missile. I: ,en'l scrambled for the fence. I had- 'i ' c, One feeding down, 13 to go. It to be a long two weeks, for =clud ' ien the 24-hour level of law enforce ons they have had in the past, due to prc of jailers who have manned the tion in Chester transferring to headquarters in Quincy. 10 Years Ago ............. 1991 California is too big and semblyman Stan Statham wants1 thing about it. Statham said he duce legislation in January northern California as the 51st ing an advisory measure to be ballot. NOTE: Items included in the ber When column are taken edition newspaper archives writing style of that particular i spelling and grammar copy is presented as it actually the original newspapers. Fca g /.4 spaper Michael C. Taborski Publisher Kefl B. Tabomki Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor AIIcla Higbee Indian Valley Editor Terri Daoust Portola Editor Marian Liddell Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor denette Meneely News Proofreader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers: Dave Keller, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Kelly Dachenhausen, Dale Defter, Melinda Visser, Barbara France, Tom Frederic'ks, Susan Cart Johnson MARIAN[Ig . ,. ~i~i:~-~ STAFF WRITER The recent events in New York caused all of us to become reflective of its person- al impact on our lives. My parents, both gone now, were World War II survivors. All over America, the men went to war and women took over the home front. After the war, the women went back to the home and the men went ack to work. Or so it seems. Actually, the women's movement had begun. Not all women went back to the kitchen and not all men went back to their old jobs. My mother was a teacher in a small, rural community for awhile and then taught four children at home. My father used the GI Bill for some of his college ed- ucation and eventually became a teacher for the state of California. It seems that the entire generation from World War lI instilled into the next gener- ation the value of a good education and work ethics. World War II veterans, from previous generations of non-degreed par- ents and grandparents, were suddenly professors, doctors, lawyers, etc. Our parents' expectations were no less needed to find a wife us. College and career ideas were handed What?! down from one generation to the next. The dictionary defines a During the '60s we heard about college woman united to a man in and Vietnam. They both seemed to go to- lock." Any woman gether. Go to college, stay out of Vietnam. work knows there is a lot Get out of Vietnam and go to college, that. The wife is, I started a family early, worked, and like the housekeeper, cook, went to school. It just seemed the thing to child care provider, shopper, do. I never questioned it at all. taxi driver, volunteer, coach I read success stories of other women to the coach, technical balancing home and work. Newspapers torian, second income maker and magazines seemed to thrive on this to everything no one else kind of information---quick meals, child I told my sister, if your care alternatives, correspondence college ing for Afghanistan the classes, new appliances, and the comput- home just reduced a er-- helped figure it all out for us in our fifth. With him out of the homes! awhile, you can forget the ha Then Sept. 11, 2001, happened, s-ix, let the dust pile up, and i My sister, a Marine veteran, married to food. an active duty Marine stationed at Camp If you get lonely, find Pendelton has three children, one with who is husbandless special needs, and is working a three week man, according to my substitute teaching assignment and her nary)and "spouse-up" for regular clerical part-time job. She was the load, do laundry, falling apart. Her husband was shipping ing, bookkeeping, child out. scheduling, ride-sharing, In preparation, he had updated the coaching, advising, and home appliances, fixed the garage door, gether. It will take half the put a new transmission in the van and people, you get lots of was catching up on his part-time job be- can come visit me with fore he left. Bring the fast food, 'cause "So, what's the problem?" I asked her. shortage here in Chester! - She was worried about handling the load It's a world than alone for an undetermined amount of parents knew time. lutions to pass on to the Well, I laughed and told her she just