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IN Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, A plan to field a football program at Feather River College was presented last week to the board of trustees. The plan is designed to stabilize declining enrollment at the college and broaden the school's mar- keting potential. Even though the proposal has its opponents--which isn,t exactly a sur- prise when you consider the can't do attitude of some of the instructors there--the plan looks like a winner. The trustees appear to agree. Even though they will not officially vote on the plan until later this month, the trustees indicated their support for it last week. After'all, this isn't some haphazard attempt by a handful of zealous foot- ball buffs to impose Saturday gridiron action on the community. Quite the contrary. The plan, which has been more than two years in the making, is a thorough and thoughtful blueprint, intended to liberate the college from enrollment woes. College officials are seriously concerned about the decline in enrollment at the college, and intro- ducing football is considered the best way to immediately stop the bleeding. Opponents of the plan argue that a football program is not a good idea, at least for the fall of 2002. Wait a year, they argue. They say they are worried that the college has shifted its empha- sis from academics to athletics. Some instructors also are troubled that they will be asked to alter their schedules to accommodate practices. And others simply are offended that football is be- ing used to boost enrollment at a col- lege that has historically survived on its academic reputation. Their concerns are unfounded, or to'/' use a Latin phrase the instructors would understand, their concerns are a collective non sequitur. They operate from the assumption that athletes are not interested in learning and that their presence would dilute standards at the college. That assumption needs to be corrected. The facts---such as the academic success of the college's base- ball players and surveys that show that student athletes actually are more likely to be responsible and loyal to the school--show their concerns are not accurate. The goal that the college needs to stay true to----educating people--is re- al. Not only will football not compro- mise that objective, it will contribute to it. The sooner the nay-sayers under- stand this, and accept it, the sooner the college can move forward. It was 3 p.m. and time for my after- noon trip to the candy machine. I rum- maged through my desk looking for the 55 cents for a Snickers. Headed toward the break room, vacillating between the Twix and the M&Ms, I stopped. Why settle for the everyday when I could have the exquisite? An about-face and I was headed for the Feather Publishing foyer and the stash of See's Candy stacked there. Di- anne Kleine, our office manager, is also a Soroptimist charged with selling See's Candy for a fund-raiser. She also uses our office as one of three retail lo- - cations to buy the candy on site--the other two being Great Northern and Quincy Lumber.- I thanked God for my good fortune--I didn't even have to venture out into the cold. But then the decision. The diminutive $4 box? What about the full pound? Truffles or chews? I was crav- ing pure, creamy chocolate. Mmmm, soft centers. A check for $12 and I Editor's COATES MANAGING EDITOR clutched my afternoon delight, wrapped in its signature holiday paper. I am quite capable of eating an entire 1- pound box of chocolates at one sit- ting. So, to remove some of the tempta- tion, I strolled through the office offer- ing everyone a chocolate. Who can re- sist chocolate on a cold winter after- noon? More people than I thought. With still more than half a box, I returned to my desk. Dark chocolate or light? Round or square? I carefully made a choice. But I don't know why I bothered with all that decision making, because in the next few minutes, Iconsumed all four. idea of a perfect afternoon is snoW{ side, and me inside on the couch front of a warm fh'e, with movie in the VCR (you know thing like "Sleepless in Seattle") heart-shaped box of chocolates me. I love the day after Valentine'Si because I can indulge in all shaped boxes I desire, without the J er shock. Sugar shock is More sugar was on the lowing day. As one of the School Boosters concessions, it was time to stock snack bar. Laura Goss, my cohort the concessionaire profession, and] made out,annual pilgrimage dy, chips, hot dogs, chili, Gatorade, Of course., we started with box upon box, discussing the each, ultimately gers for Almond Joys. appointment availability of Red favorite. And so it begins---the next three Postcard courtesy of D~:~ne Kleine and gumballs. But when you dren, it's important to do support their school and their ties. I am lucky that I work for a ny like Feather Publishing, which lows me the flexibility to leave early to turn on the and get the hotdogs spinning. I have rarely had to miss an basketball games, volleyball 1 nis matches, track meets---home away. Award nights, plays, open es, even a weeklong field trip Valley. I arrange my work week my daughters' activities--that mean working late the nights they4 with their dad, or on Sundays, but i works. The single most consistent ! vice I have ever received is that grow up too fast and it's important make the most of your time do and I am so grateful that I have t that allows me to. Andfl job that "" b'e' ' yffc ess Remember HISTORIAN 71 Y rs 44o ............ 926 The California Fish and game Commis- sion, in conjunction with the Western Pacif- ic Power Company and representatives from the Associated Sportsmens Club of Califor- nia, have completed arrangements for the screening of the Prattville outlet from Lake Almanor so that fish may be prevented from passing through out of the lake and will re- suit in a considerable increase in the num- bers of fish inhabiting the lake and thus ben- efitting sportsmen. 50 Years Ago ......... ;...1951 By action of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, Plumas County now has seven additional voting precincts. They are located in Quincy, American Valley, Chester, Greenville and Storrie. Plumas County shared a rough time with the rest of California at the hands of the weatherman in a storm which hit Friday night and continued until Tuesday. During the height of the storm electric power was off in Quincy and both telephone and elec- tric service was disrupted in Chester. 25 Years Ago ............. 1976 A proposal to lease the old Quincy Hotel site for a parking lot was shot down this week by the Plumas County Board of Super- visors but they did agree that it proper county expense to maintain as a public park area. 10 Years Ago ............ .1991 Former Plumas County District Thomas Buckwalter has fried a claim ing that a grand jury indictment for has cost him over $11 million for his reputation and related damageS. June indictment on one jury "was done with malicious claims. NOTE: Items included in the member When column are taken bound edition newspaper archives sent the writing style of that od. The spelling and grammar are not d so the copy is presented as it peared in the original newspapers. Fea g spaper Michael C. Tabomki Publisher Keri B. Tabomki Legal Advertising Department Debra Coates Managing Editor Alicla Higbee Indian Valley Editor, Terri Daoust Portola Editor Marian Uddell Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenette Meneely News ProofTeader, Kid's Page Editor Staff writers: Dave Keller, Victoria Metcalf, will Farris, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Kelly Dachenhausen, Melinda Visser, Barbara France, Tom Frederick, Susan Cort Johnson STAFF WRITER Life as a reporter is exciting, but it is also frustrating and troublesome--usual- ly all within the same day and sometimes the same hour. I admit I'm not at all good about leav- ing the job at work. I take it home with me. In fact, that's just what I did last Thursday night. Because of a visit and tour of the Plumas Animal Welfare Soci- ety (PAWS) facility for an open house promotion story, I took home one of the cats. My fh'st-time visit to the new PAWS fa- cility started with the nursery. There, a very dignified and exceptionally good mother cat held court with her litter of four. "I want a kitten," I thought as I watched them climb across mama in their elevated basket. There's nothing cuter than a kitten. Then we moved on to see the room dominated by adult cats. Immediately, I was drawn to a huge yellow and white tiger, PAWS had named Chat, which is French for cat. Opening the cage, my tour guide and PAWS President Stephanie Leaf lifted out this incredible animal for a photo op- portunity. It was more than that as I watched the pair through the lens of my camera. It was an opportunity to capture my heart. "It's harder for adult cats to get a home," I reminded myself just moments before Leaf informed me of that fact. Everybody wants a cute little kitten. Before I knew it, I had my brand new, red boiled wool sweater off and a size or two too small lab coat on backwards and was holding Chat for myself. He's a versatile cat. He likes people. I had noticed that and photographed him as he had nuzzled the side of Leafs face as she cradled him in her arms. He purred, and yes, there was a definite smile, or at least a certain smugness. When I held him, I didn't miss out on a single moment of being granted the same treatment. He was wonderful. I knew then that I wanted this large yellow cat, but my thoughts were at war. "I should keep an open mind and meet all the cats." "We don't need another ani- mal, we already have a houseful." "Some- one else will snap him right up during the open house. To know him is to love him." I already knew that from the re- sponses of Leaf and other volunteers-- Chat was a charmer. But, attempting to keep an open mind, (while repeatedly telling myself we didn't need another cat) I allowed Leaf to intro- duce me to nine or 10 other animals. Only one of this group was a kitten, a cute little black and white one, with a high-pitched meow, and those little-but- so-very-sharp claws. I don't remember the kitten's name, but a big tabby named Gato (cat in Ital- ian or Spanish, I've forgotten) held my interest. I loved his well-defined face, the natural artwork around his eyes and nose. Then it was on to meet a large male who dances. Actually, her quite interesting. When I was up, my cat would shake her tail the same way a male cat does spraying something, but it was that she was happy. That's the this kitty, except she adds a special' step to the act while she purrs. great cat. I can't begin to remember the and all the varied personalities cats, but each was charming in way. Before I leR, I stopped to take of mama cat and her children. there's nothing cuter than a kittens, as they romp together. BUt thinking about Chat, Gato dancer. I took my husband back later noon and he had an opporttmitY Chat. My husband isn't the cat am, but he's the one who has the special feeding ritual with all mals--you know, so much drY one particular dish, so much in every dish. Tom also thought of Chat's net when we decided to adopt him. izing someone in our office named MacGregor (and I'd Tom decided the big yellow definite Scottish roots. Last night was Mac's first us. He moved in and took over. adores him and calls him MaC purrs for us all. No destroyed No pitiful cries for mama in Just a definite, smug cat smile.