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Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001 9B II n II BARENO COORDINATOR, DRUGDEPARTMENT Live Mentor- new program in ' that is up and all four communi- Lthe county. Thi men- toring program is unlike any other in the county in that this is a youth-to-youth pro- gram. We have 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students who vol- unteer to mentor junior high students (seventh- and eighth- graders). These high school students are required to fill out an ap- plication, which requires them to get three references. They must also participate in an oral interview. Once they are selected to be- come mentors, they then go through an extensive eight-hour training session. In this training they will be taught what exactly a mentor is and what their role will be. They will be trained to deal with sensitive situations and how to follow through with mandated reporting, should it become necessary. The prot6g6s or mentorees are referred to the program by teachers, parents or com- munity members who feel that being in a mentoring re- lationship will benefit the stu- dent. While this program is new to our county, it is not new to the state. The program has been up and running for the last three years, and this year we were honored to become one of the 25 counties to offer this wonderful program. The goal of the program is to pro- vide ongoing, mutually bene- ficial, caring relationships, which strengthen a young person's resiliency for the challenges they face in life. The program benefits partici- pants, both socially and acad- emically, and may ensure a student prot ge's graduation from school. This is strictly a reentering program, and it should not to be confused with conflict management or peer counsel- ing. With reentering, the men- tor and the proteg6 (mentee) strive to develop a meaningful relationship that is kept only U within the confines of the pro- gram, working on social and academic skills. There is no outside contact allowed be- tween the mentor and prot g6 while not in the weekly meet. ings. Mentoring is a relationship that takes time to grow and bloom. In conflict nlanaging and peer counseling, there is no personal relationship formed. The type of problems brought to the attention of the conflict manager or peer counselor are more severe, and they to help the student solve problems. With mentoring, the idea is not to solve the problem for the student, but to ask ques- tions and lead them to the so- lution they feel will best suit the situation. Mentors are a stone path on the way to solv- ing a problem, not the brick wall they run into until they get the answer. The program will officially start after winter break in mid-January, after finals. Training for all the mentors will be held on Dec. 15 and will be a countywide event. For more information or questions, contact Stephanie Barreno, program coordina- tor at Alcohol and Drug in Quincy, at 283-6111. ( STUDENT, QHS PLUMAS YOUTH COUNCIL k I was a freshman in I walked into the on an October af. an assembly. One friends dragged a table where her was sitting. That's Friday Night a )rgani- on youth development and leadership. I began going to meetings, but I mainly went for the.socializa- tion with my friends. We be- gan doing a haunted house and I was extremely involved with that. To this day, it is still my favorite activity. I was given the chance that March to attend a conference in Chico. I went to the confer- ence and was very surprised by the amount of emotion I saw people express. We did an activity called "Cross the Line." The leaders of the game would make state- ments starting with, "If you are..." or "If you have ever..." and if it applied to you, then you crossed the line. The ob- ject was to see that you are not alone in the world and that others have the same problems. By the end of the activity, everyone in the room was crying, and I had gotten more hugs from corn- plete strangers.than I could even unagme. For me, it was a complete wake up call. I realized that I wanted to make the right de- cisions in my life, and that I wanted to make a difference in my community. I took more away from that confer- ence than I have from any other trip I have ever gone on. When I came back, my Friday Night Live adviser and coor- dinator were shocked at how motivated I was. I was ready to go for the summer. That summer, I became the vice president of Friday Night Live. Through~ut my sopho- more year, I dl"d everything I could to make Friday Night Live excel. We did a number of activities, which I had a big part in planning. We had a very successful year. I also got involved with the Plumas County Youth Coun- cil that year and began at- tending many adult meetings. One topic we discussed at those meetings was the tobac- co settlement. In my junior year of high school, I was elected as president. I had a tough time getting used to be- ing in charge, but once I did, we had yet another successful year. It's now my senior year, and I am no longer the presi- dent of Friday Night Live. In- stead, I work for the county's Alcohol and Drug Depart- ment. I make things happen for all the Friday Night Live clubs in the county. I have seen many more youths in our cotmty attend that same conference as I at- tended my freshman year. I love to see them so motivated when they come back. I am also the president of the Plumas County Youth Council, and I get to see the youths grow from their expe- riences and see them learn how to talk to adults and how to get things done with a teen point of view. I am working on getting a youth center started right now. That's right. We have the opportunity to get the Na- tional Guard Armory. If the negotiations work out right, and we can find a way to re- pair all the problems with the building, it will be. great? I know that it will benefit our community greatly. I want other youths in my community to be able to have the same opportunities that I was given. Without those op- portunities, I would never have been able to come this far. I hope to come back and work for the Friday Night Live partnership and help youths realize that there are so many things that you can do with your life when you are young and motivated. I learned how to speak to adults in a way that earns me their respect. That is one of my most valuable assets, and I have Friday Night Live, the Plumas County Youth Coun- cil, Tim Ball and Virginia Ball to thank for that. This : week's question V~K~e io fT~m~ ~ Qn'One Most Plumas County resi- to Nov. 26, asked site visitors to dents---about three-quarters-- weigh in on the subject. The poll believe that the Plumas County was not scientifically conducted. Board of Supervisors has, at" Rather, site visitors were asked point, violated Catifor-to state thor on the top. some opinion ,----- nia's open meeting laws. ic, which has caused some con- An Internet poll was conduct- troversy. ed to determine whether resi- There is no way to verify -'-" dents think the board has vie- whether the poll actually reflects lated what is known as the community opinion. Ralph M. Brown Act. The poll showed that 73.9 per- -_.':" The poll, which ran at cent of residents believe the su- from Nov. 19 pervisors have violated the laws that govern when boards are required to conduct public meetings. In contrast, 26.1 PerCent sa}d : they did not bdlievd'fHb super-iJ'" visors have violated the law. The poll question did not make a specific reference to the board's decision to meet in pri- vate regarding the county fair manager without properly noti- fying the public and the fair manager. m Should the county's proposed anti-alcohol policy be revised? I for Letters ness areas.Recreational use continues to grow each must contain an address year. California's rural areas number. We publish once depended heavily on re- 'letter per week, per per- source extraction as an eco- ,one letter per person, nomic base. Today, many regarding ttte sameearn their living from do not publish third- tourism, recreation, and ser- OPen letters. Letters must vice activities that depend on to a maximum of 300healthy ecosystems. letter in excess of 300 In the Sierra Nevada, for ex- be cut by the editor, ample, recreation creates four is Friday at 3 p.m.times as much economic ac- lay be taken to any of tivity as does national forest dishing's offices, sent logging. And, while less than or e-mailed at 10 percent of California's un- protected wilderness areas are suitable for logging, they are almost all suitable for saved needs more of its recreational activities. wilderness, Healthy forests and rivers, Wilderness Act of plus economic benefits to our by President Lyn- rural communities are two Currently, there good reasons to establish a effort to add 7.4few more wilderness areas in of public land toPlumas County. existing wilder- Lane Labbe' Three of these ar- Quincy Plumas County: the of the upper Keep the coumty ork of the Feather In response to the article in Creek area, the Nov. 14 edition, regarding to Bucks the debate over use of off- premises business signs, I contributes to would like to express my of life by preserv- strong opposition to the coun- which are the ty's reconsidering its policy 60 percent of ouron this issue. Forests help As I understand it, the cur- tir quality by act- rent ordinance allows "direc- for pollutants, tional" signs, pointing the the forests with way to specific communities, designation, we which includes "resorts," but a major source prohibits advertisement of water, any particular business designation for name. This ordinance pro- most treasured tects us all from a potential also has recre- barrage of advertising and economic bene- "directional" signs and bill- Year, millions ofboards cluttering our beauti- anglers, hikers, fulmountainlandscape. ars, white water I believe that the existing horseback directional signs (four of and them), which are legal and, go to wilder- therefore, must fall under the current guidelines, are more than adequate for directing tourists to the Plumas Pines Golf Resort. The signs also in- dicate that a restaurant, cock- tails and pro shop are avail- able, without naming a specif- ic business, which I believe constitutes "advertising." Your article quotes the management of Plumas Pines Golf Resort as maintaining that they are "major employ- ers" and "contributors to the community" and "need signs to show tourists how to find the resort." As a business owner for six years and a resident of Plumas County for nine, I would like to assert that many, many of our county's businesses are off the beaten track and have become suc- cessful without the help of di- rectional signs littering our roadways. (And we, too, are employers and contributors.) To change this law to ac- commodate only a few would be impossible, and to broaden its scope would open a can of worms. If one business, or even one type of business, is allowed roadside signage of any sort, whether directional or advertising, who is to say that other businesses should not be allowed the same ad- vantage? I am in agreement on one is- sue: No particular business should be singled out for non- compliance. All should be held accountable for the coun- ty ordinance. Hence, to grant any particular business a "variance" would equal "spe- cial treatment." As for the opinion that the county sign ordinance should reflect the federal statute re- garding signs, I fail to see how a restaurant falls under "nat- ural phenomena; scenic at- tractions; historic, education- al, cultural, scientific, and re- ligious sites; and outdoor recreational areas." I suppose that restaurants host wed- dings (religious site?), and food could be construed as a "cultural activity" or even a "religious experience" for some, but I doubt that the law" was written in this spirit and to debate this point is in fact "a stretch." As a business owner, I have the opportunity to speak with many local people. The gener- al consensus is that if a tourist-oriented business pro- duces a good product and a good value, people will find it without polluting our scenery with unnecessary road signs. Please keep Plumas County beautiful! Lynn Hagen Blairsden We can help In her letter concerning the Indian Valley hospital ballot issue (Nov. 14), Barbara McMillin poses the kind of question the League of Women Voters of Plumas County can answer. Since our formation in 1993, we have held regular community dis- cussions to help people under- stand election issues and make informed decisions as voters. The League welcomes invi- tations to host discussions that clarify local initiatives, as well as state and national issues. We have already scheduled forums for early next year to introduce local candidates to voters around the county. As part of the league's voter education mandate, we look forward to generating oppor- tunities for the public to dis- cuss the thorny issues facing our communities. We consid- er it our mission to direct good votes to the ballot box in- stead of the wood cookstove. Joyce Scroggs, President League of Women Voters, Plumas Sending am donation The Seneca Healthcare Dis- trict has the support of at least 62 percent of the voters in the Lake Almanor Basin. Congratulations, you have a wonderful hospital. It is a great, warm, friendly, and healthful place. I was thrilled to be able to have surgery lo- cally. It really helped to wake up to the same caring faces that I saw in town all the time. I have f'mally found doc- tors and surgeons I can trust. Since the tax did not pass, I will be sending a donation to the hospital so that they may continue the high level of ser- vice that they now offer. There is absolutely no reason that those voters who support the hospital have to wait for a tax. You can simply send money to the hospital. Those among you in the 38 percent who voted against the measure because you hate taxes, send a donation in- stead. If we prove that we are a generous community that can support a hospital when so many are closing, then we won't ever need a tax. This is a democracy, so you, too, are responsible for help- ing to keep the hospital open. Don't wait for your neighbor to donate, do it. Check with your tax man for the benefits of sending your donation be- fore the end of the year. I hope you will all join me in this. I will be sending more than $75 because I hope that, rather than doing an expen- sive retrofit in a couple of years, we will be able to build a bigger hospital where we don't have patients stacked high during flu season. Thanks everyone. Darrah Hopper Chester A woNI of alert You need to write your con- gressmen and senators con- cerning the Vargas bill. This bill will greatly expend the ex- isting wilderness areas, by as much as three times their ex- isting size, eliminating the multipurpose use of our forests. No timber harvests, no fire access roads, no use of bicycles, no firewood cutting, only a place where you can walk. We currently have plenty of wilderness on the Plumas. Make a trip to the forest su- pervisor's office and look up this bill and its maps.Then do not wait for someone else to do it; write your representa- tives now. The board members of the Bucks Lake Homeowners As- sociation have gone on record as opposing this bill. Jim Rutherford, BLPA board member Auburn Dedicated employees de- INH'VO ntoll I can't say that [ am a sec- ond-generation logger, but I can say that I am a second- generation Plumas County employee. Longtime employees, aren't they a treasure? Experience-- there is no substitute for a qualified, experienced em- ployee. Retention--that's a key word. Retention of experi. enced employees, doesn't that make good business and gov- ernmental sense? Less turnover means less training and hiring costs. In my 10 years, I've seen many department heads leave See Lotters, I)aUl O lOB