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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 9B Ao00adical solution: Cozy up to solve energy problem a friend recently told me. As I i  i thought about what he said, i his statement sounded of revolutionary. This was a great idea that spice up  the soup of sustainable television and movies at some people need to work at up late, and doesn't get to response. This can lead to living. What if everyone on the planet went to bed when it was dark, and got up in the imorning when it became light? The revolutionary part of 'this is that this one action imight solve a major part of our energy problem. Imagine, no one using electricity at .night. Think of all that would .be saved. No Las Vegas :extravagance. No Times : Square excess. Just plan our lives so that everything is icompleted by nightfall. We ,tuck our kids or other loved :ones into bed, read tlqem a story, and go to sleep. I realize this is radical. And what it might take at some COMMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL point is a few radical ideas to solve our energy problems. I suppose we could wait for someone to "technology" our way out of our coming energy dilemma, but what if we could just take the situation into our own hands and go to sleep when the light goes away? Now, there may be a few unintended consequences. First, our health could improve because we are getting more sleep during the dark winter days. Enhancing our immune systems in this way can't be a bad idea night, couples and families would talk more together and play games, thus communicating more directly with one another. We could also turn down our thermostats, as we would be cozily in bed, saving even more energy. This would obviously mean ridding ourselves of some of our addictions. Watching "Grey's Anatomy" would have to wait to a different hour -- before dark. My personal addiction to reading would need to adjust to an earlier time. Perhaps, instead of engaging in our usual couch potato evening behavior, we would stretch night in order to keep certain infrastructure and services operational. But that could be kept to a minimum, and the rest of us would sleep: Another friend recently told me of his sleep experiment. He goes to bed 30 minutes before dark, letting the birds, crickets and other natural sounds lull him into dreamland. I decided to try the same. However, I decided to read instead, as it is getting too chilly for me to sleep with my windows open. And yes. It worked. I was indeed asleep by nightfall, and had a better night's sleep than I have had in a long time. Continuing this for sleep until after midnight. This sleep deprivation happens because of the various sleep cycles. Early in the night, our sleep cycles consist of what is called "non-REM" sleep, the nondreaming sleep that actually helps to restore us by releasing certain hormones. Later early morning sleep is the "REM" sleep, which is when most of our dreaming occurs. That is why we often remember our dreams in the morning, because this is the last type of sleep we experience before we awaken. Various research shows that a lack of this early increased pain and soreness (Nurses' Health Study). In addition 100,000 car crashes a year are attributed to "drowsy driving," according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thus, there are two benefits to the energy issue here -- saving electricity and saving our own energy by having a better quality of sleep earlier in the evening. So, as the colder nights become darker earlier, cozy up with your favorite snuggle item (human, animal or other) and do your part for our energy picture ... and your own. Plumas youths take pledge against drugs for Red Ribbon Week issue of illegal drug use by showing educational videos to their peers about alternatives to drug use, hosting theme days to encourage schoolwide participation, and holding rallies. Plumas AOD asks local residents to join elementary and high school students, leadership class students and Friday Night Live chapters in Red Ribbon activities around the county. When asked why students in the Portola High School Friday Night Live chapter believed it was important to spread awareness about illegal drug use and abuse, and why they were involved in Friday Night Live, students had a wide array of reasons but all were similar in their desire to better their community and the lives of all who live in it. "I think it is important to spread awareness about drugs because I feel that a lot of people aren't aware of the consequences that drugs can cause," said Chelsea Roosenschoon. "I also think that drugs affect not just one person but a whole family or a whole group of friends. Instead of using drugs I think that people should read, you can escape into another world without the consequences drugs can cause. Therefore, reading is a healthy escape." "I always knew how bad intoxicated driving could be. But it wasn't until this summer when it really hit me," said Hope Gallup. "I lost one of my good friends in a head-on collision caused by an intoxicated driver before his 17th birthday. I'm not only doing this for him, but also to put awareness out there for others to think before they drink. Many people are not aware of how many lives are in their hands when they make the bad decision to drink and drive." Plumas Friday Night Live activities are part of a statewide program for youth engagement and leadership development. 2014 marks the California Friday Night Live Partnership's 30th year of youth development and community change across the state. Plumas FNL provides opportunities for youth involvement in activities that are positive "Love Yourself. Be Drug 'Free" is the 2014 Red Ribbon theme for National Red Ribbon Week, celebrated Dct. 23 - 31. In Plumas ounty, youths are showing support for a drug-free lifestyle by wearing red during Red Ribbon Week, land encouraging family and friends to do the same. The Red Ribbon Week campaign was started in response to the murder of Drug Enforcement Agent Kiki Camarena by drug traffickers in Mexico City in 1985. The tradition of displaying red ribbons as a symbol of intolerance toward the use of drugs continues and supports the campaign's mission of a unified and visible commitment toward the creation of a drug-free America. Plumas County's Alcohol and Other Drug Services Department is engaging youth across Plumas County to spread awareness about illegal drug use and sign a pledge to "grow up safe, healthy and drug free," Junior and senior high school students decided to build awareness around the Before Winter alternatives to alcohol and other drug use, or that work toward the creation of positive, healthy environments. Currently, Friday Night Live chapters are being implemented in all Plumas County communities. To learn more about Friday Night Live or to become involved, contact Meagan Miller, Plumas County AOD prevention coordinator, at 283-6118 or by email at meaganmiller@countyof plumas.com. To show support for living a drug-free lifestyle, says Plumas AOD, wear red throughout the week of Oct. 23 - 31, and encourage family and friends to do the same. Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. For more information on National Red Ribbon Week visit redribbon.org. For more information on Plumas County's Red Ribbon Week visit http://bit.ly/ PlumasCountyAOD, call 283-61i8 or like the Facebook page at facebook.com /PlumasCountyAOD. COUNTY OF PLUMAS NOTICE OF SOLICITATION FOR REQUEST FOR BIDS The Plumas County Public Health Agency (PCPHA) is soliciting bids from automobile dealerships for one (1) midsize sedan and one (1) minivan, new or late model used and low mileage. PCPHA is seeking vehicles that either meet or exceed the specifications provided below. The full Solicitation for Request for Bids is available from PCPHA, 270 County Hospital Road, Suite 206, Quincy, CA 95971,530-283-6086, FAX 530-283-6425. PCPHA will accept sealed bids through October 31. 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Bids may either be delivered in person or via US mail to the following address: PCPHA, 270 County Hospital Road, Suite 206, Quincy, CA 95971. It is PCPHA's intent to review bid documents by the close of business on November 3. 2014. It is expected therefore that any successful bidder(s) would be notified by November 7, 2014. The projected time period for delivery of selected vehicles is by November 14, 2014. Sincerely, Mimi Hall, Director Plumas County Public Health Agency. New or late model used (under 35,000 miles) Automatic transmission All-wheel drive Traction control Air conditioning Antilock brakes Vehicle Specifications: Power steering Power brakes Power windows Power door locks Cruise control Rear window defroster Four doors Call us today for a free estimate/ To send a legal: @eLX typesetting@plumasnews.com To send an advertisement: mail@plumasnews corn 'il, (plumaspub@aol.com is NO LONGER IN USE