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Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001 Feather Riga i i with tiex Last week, Rex babbled on about the $650,000 poodle palace proposed back in 1998. A project that ran into diffi- culty when the voting public got wind of the cost. Then, for some reason, the board began to have second thoughts about spending this much money on an animal shelter. So what did they do? They had already hired a con- sultant who helped lead them into this quagmire. So what next?. To make sure they did not come up with the wrong deci- sion, they appointed a corn- mittee to come up with recom- mendations on how to meet state requirements, while at the same time saving a few bucks. So the committee met, and then met some more. Some in the group felt that nothing was too good for our furry friends. Others believed there were alternatives to building another magnificent edifice in the county, especially when the primary intent was to pro- vide humane ,temporary housing for wayward pooches and felines, not to house them for ever and ever. After much wrangling, the committee did some downsiz- ing on the original design and arrived at a building alterna- tive. Discovered there was a company out there called Hounds Quarters who special- izes in building animal shel- ters and kennels. They would design the shelter to our spec- ifications and provide the nec- essary building mate~mls. All we would need was a ctm ac- tor to put it up. Total estiniat- ed cost of everything, with the exception of the land and site preparation, would be less than $300,000. If you wonder what one of their facilities looks like, the next time you are in Ft. Bragg, Rex suggests you take a look at their Mendocino County animal shelter. The committee made their recommendation to the board, and then the politics began. A couple on the animal shelter committee were so sure that a contracted, architect-de- signed, stick-built shelter building was the only way to go that they went full press on the then county administra- tive officer and our guiding county fathers and mother (we had one back then). They needed to get the board to change their collec- tive minds on the committee's recommendations. L and be- hold, before long, our leaders came up with a new solution: ignore their committee's rec- ommendation on both the lo- cation of the shelter and the suggested builder. The board had already spent thousands of dollars on an animal shelter study which, in part, stated ff the travel time to an animal shel- ter was more than 15 minutes, people would find reasons not to go looking for their "lost" animal or adopt a new one. The study went on to recom- mend the shelter be put in a population center on or close to a major highway. So the fab five decided to ig- nore their committee's sug- gested Quincy location and put it in Greenville.--a loca- tion with a significantly lower population than most commu- nities in the county and a long drive from any town other than Greenville. Shortly thereafter, they even discov- ered the selected Greenville site was owned by someone they couldn't find. But at the time, Rex felt the Greenville location was the right kind of politics needed for the Indian Valley board member who was battling for reelection. Then, based on stories from very active, poor-loser shelter committee members, the board threw out the recom- mendation for the less expen- sive shelter and immediately spent $62,500 for an architect to design o.ur new facility-- Something Hounds would have done at no c But "serious" doubts been put in the board about the tion for However, no attempt made to contact Hounds Quarters, their concerns. Rex says, you must understand It is not as important to! good decisions as it making bad ones. dom remember go right. decision and they to forget. Yet the big red wonders what would have had been else's. Next: Want to hear more about the shelter?. I Ya know, I been doin' this for a spell. Like many other things that come about in a person's life, as the years pass they pass faster..When I was n9 years old, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was at least an eon. Of course, I didn't have to buy anything but what Dad told me to get Mom and the re- verse parental gender of the same mission. And, they gave me the money to get the job done. But these days, the tin- sel, red and green go up right after Halloween and I still run out of time to get it all done. But Christmas 2001 has had its day and we now look for- ward to another New Year with all the promise that year holds for us in our hearts; or not, depending on the half full/half empty nature of indi- vidual personalities. This column has, in the past, always looked back at the dawn of the New Year in an attempt to recognize those people who work for us, and who have touched me person- ally in the year gone by. I see no reason to change that, and look forward to applying a lit- fie pat on the back to those that serve. First off, I'm in love and due to get married shortly. My f'mncGe is everything I was afraid to ask for and more. She sees my faults as at- tributes and gives me what I prize more than anything else in this world--honesty. I don't know exactly how this jewel came to me, but I ain't askin' no questions. Debra Coates and the en- tire staff of the Feather River Bulletin continue to support me in my work. Especially De- bra who didn't miss a beat last January when I suc- cumbed to the double blast of post-holiday and wartime blues. She just told me to pick it back up when I was ready. Steve Grosse has always been a favorite target of mine, and hopefully will always re- main so. Man of the Year last year, he still provides me with relief from my aching back and salts it with his own brand of wry advice. The Plumas County main- tenance crews provide me with that wonderful serenade of metal on asphalt after every snowstorm, clearing my avenue of escape. I bless our local Caltrans crews each time I pass a big bunch of boulders that have just been scrapped off the road. These folks also provide instant services to any acci- dent or mishap along the highway. All weather and all times, they are there. The CHP also works around the clock, keeping our roads safe, providing assis- tance to stranded motorists and generally fulfilling their mission of public safety and concern. The Plumas County Sher- iff's Department deserves our thanks for their efforts in pro- tecting and serving us. They have proved to be a dedicated and professional group of peace officers and their pres- ence helps me sleep at night. The men and women in our armed services, i those that are serving far from home, deserve our thoughts, prayers and big ole "Thank you." all firefighters, local and l ported, for the critical vices they emergencies, that we have had our those in the last few Finally, I would like to thank my readers. For kind comments feted, and their loyalty. I I sit down umn and the words don't come, you are the get me going. I Like a hot knife through warm butter, the team of J.D. Blesse and Norm McQuarrie won six out of seven games to win the 2001 Holiday Cribbage Classic. By besting a field of 12 teams this year, the two split the first place prize purse of $180. rounded the annual event. It had to do with the final game being played to deter- mine what team finished with the worst record for the day. The last place team had to chip in for the steak lunch and organize next year's tour- nament. A protest has been filed , Unfortunately, for.the first with the tournament commis- time fin the to ent's his- sioner, this year, Clay Dyrr, tory, which dates back to the on what is being called "un- early 1970s, controversy sur- scrupulous play" on the part of a team made up of Steve King and Stan CarT, a former tournament champion. With their final game well in hand, Cart and King's trouncing of opponents LeRoy Austin and Bob Phelps would have sent them to the cellar. But for some unexplainable reason, and as the spectators watched in disbelief, Carr and King, both excellent cribbage players, were accused of in- tentionally throwing their fi- nal game, causing the team of Mike Taborski and Bob Wright to finish in last place, a point behind Austin and Phelps. After witnessing the specta- cle, Taborski and Wright said they were shocked "After our final game we walked over to watch the finish of their con- test when we noticed their score card was worse than oUrs.We suddenly realized they (Phelps and Austin) had absolutely no chance to win the game, so we started an early celebration," Taborski tried to explain. "While we continued to celebrate, we no- ticed Cart and King wink and smile at each other like they had nothing to lose. Then they intentionally and carelessly played card after card right in to their opponents' hand." "We looked into allegations that the two (Carr and King) were involved in some sort of questionable play in nal match," Commissi~ Dyrr stated. looked, the less we obvious that Taborski! Wright and Austin are all losers, so ed our investigation," he: The annual event was at Ferkins Sports with the lunch DaveOott. ~ " : V unot I. "s email: krealtor@jps.net Kay Farris HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? In the distant past, real estate the amount of money is negotiable buyers and sellers were said to between the buyer andscllcr, most bargain in "good faith" or "in agree that the larger the deposit, earnest." Them was little nccd to the more serious the buyer's inten- write down the details of the tions. After all, a genuine buyer, agreement since, as they said then, who sincerely intends to complete "A man's word is his bond." a sale, has no qualms about mak- Probably no money changed ing a substantialdeposit. hands either until the saic was If a buyer willfully defaults and consummated, fails to complete the transaction, Later, it became common prac- the deposit may be forfeited. From rice for real estate agreements to that point-of-view, sellers may be in writing. Buyers offered look with suspicion upon buyers "earnest money", as a visible sign who refuse to provide a deposit or that the buyer intended to corn- insist on a very small one. plete the sale. The amount was When selling a home, ask your usually small, but its significance Realtor for advice about the was great, amount of deposit you should Today, an "earnest money" require from buyers. deposit is commonplace. 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