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Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001 911 II I. HOOVER !PRESIDENT, BUCKS LAKE ~'s note: This letter unzs sent to U.S. Senator Boxer: L writing you on this is- Lake Homeowners As- We have the credi- to be heardon this is- this association champion of Lake was a good idea ago, and we think it is a today. we are united in Lake Wilderness; the Wild and Scenic River and changing Creek area to put it simply, it !needed. proposed addition to Lake Wilderness i include almost all of Mountain. Last our association or- a cleanup of trash left by the US Forest Service on I have hiked that area, and I active all winter, this legislation always in- nation will make that all but the summit of Bald Eagle. can tell you that it is a de- It is now known that air cludes a provision for a For- impossible, except for one or At our annual meeting, I manding experience. If it is pollution produced by snow- est Service administrator to two spots on the entire river. asked for a show of hands of made into wilderness, a tiny, mobile engines is a fraction resolve conflicts with just his To sum up the thrust of this those people who had been to tiny fraction of the public of the fantasy numbers signature. We are certain the letter: we do not believe these the summit. I expected maybe that now can access it will be served up by the radical envi- environmentalists' strategy wilderness designations are 25 percent of the 200-plus peo- able to. It will become the ronmentalists years ago. So, includes waiting until after necessary. The air and water pie who were there. I was playground of the backpacker the impact of winter recre- the legislation is passed, then are pure. The Forest Service amazed to see a 90 percent elite, at the expense of the ation on the Bald Eagle complaining about conflicts, is managing all of these areas show of hands. Clearly, Bald majority population. Mountain environment is al- and getting all access cut off. for habitat, recreation, and Eagle is a major recreation That group further discuss- most zero. Certainly you can- Even the possibility of that scenic values. Resource ex- resource in the Bucks Lake es the need to protect clean not go there in the summeroccurring is unacceptable to traction is virtually nonexis- Area. It borders the Bucks air and water. Please remem- and find evidence of recre- those of us recreating in the tent and is not contemplated Lake Wilderness, and the on- her that Bald Eagle Mountain ation in the winter, area now. in the Forest Plan. ly road up the mountain pro- has been used for recreation Before you decide to in- The Middle Fork of the Recreational use of this rides the jump point to the for many years. While thatclude an expansion of the Feather River's Wild and area is very important to all trails into the wilderness, has been happening, the air Bucks Lake Wilderness in Scenic River designation oc- of California. For instance, I have driven the Bald Ea- there remains some of the your legislation, I am re-curred in 1968. I request that Bucks Lake is now the gle road with Forest Service cleanest in California. The questing that a person from your staff challenge the radi- busiest single snowmobiling employees who have de- water flowing into Bucks your staff make site visits in cal environmentalists to doc- destination in the state, and scribed the area as a "post Lake has been studied several the summer and winter, ument how that river has our homeowners association mature old growth forest, in times, and always found to be Those of us in the area will be changed since then. Tell them membership is composed of decline." That means corn- some of the cleanest in the happy to host such visits. The to show you how it has be-families whose main resi- mercial timber does not exist state. Mill Creek, which is the homeowners association's come polluted or is subjected dances are all over Northern in numbers high enough to main drainage out of Bald Ea- phone number is on our let- to development pressure. California (and they vote). justify logging, and the Forest gle Mountain, runs clear and terhead. The Middle Fork's Wild So if the forest does not Service is managing the area pristine all 12 months. For winter, which I feel is and Scenic designation is a need a wilderness designa- for its habitat, scenic, and A final word about winter,important, you may contactgreat success story. That riv- tion, why is it proposed? recreational values. This has Environmental groups have Steve Zeigler, President, er has been preserved exactly There has certainly been no been a highly successful targeted snowmobile recre-Bucks Lake Snowdrifters, 443 as it was in 1968, and it will ground swell from local resi- process for the last 30 years, ation as supposedly highlyCarol Lane West, East Quin- remain that way in perpetu- dents. Off the record, the For- In fact, the majoi" risk to damaging to the environ- cy, CA 95971, phone 283-0586. ity. est Service staff is opposed this forest is fire, and there ment, and one of the reasons I cannot comment on the The effect of a wildernessand say it is not needed and have been two major ones in to push wilderness designa- Chips Creek area with the designation will be to make will compromise fire protec- the last three years. All of tion. It is not possible for a knowledge I have of Bald Ea- one of the most popular and tion. Bald Eagle Mountain might snowmobile to go on the Bald gle, but I have been told its legendary fishing streams in The proponent is a national have burned, twice, had there Eagle Road until it is well circumstances are similar.California inaccessible to all organization that has figured not been road access and the covered by snow, usually sev- That is, a destination area but the most healthy and out how to ride environmen- ability for the firefighters to eral feet. By then, the deer with one road in, and an im- hardy of our population, tal issues to political power use all of the tools in their in- have migrated to lower eleva- portant recreational re- Miles of hiking, and thou-and financial success. That ventory, tions, along with the major source, sands of vertical feet of climb- would be,a very weak reason, The group pushing the predators who feed on them; At both Chips Creek and ing, will be required to access indeed, for you to include wilderness addition says it the bears areasleep; and the Bald Eagle, the environmen- it. these areas in the legislation will be available for back- only critters you ever see are talists say they are proposing Access now is difficult you are considering. packing, hiking, and hunting, the squirrels, who seem to be to leave a road corridor, but enough. A wilderness desig- Following are nine tips an achievable goal. Recent from Weight Watchers to help medical research indicates ward your weight goal. Don't make that diet resolution" that a sustained 10 percent fret about the weight that you stick in the New Year: weight loss can reverse the haven't shed. Keeping a posi- Just getting started is the negative effects of obesity, re- tire, balanced perspective is key; don't worry about every suiting in lower blood pres- .key. detail of a weight loss pro- sure and cholesterol, and a Give yourself breathing gram. longer and healthier life. room--take simple, small Stay focused on the steps Portion size is a corner- steps to improve your you've lost as you move to- and continue with your immediately before you. Don't stone to successful ~ght 1Eestyle ...... be overwhelmed by the loss. If you know you need to be Weight Watch- weight you feel you must ulti- You can avoid those extra eased into a routine, then dieting suc- mately lose. Remember, just pounds, while still enjoying change your habits gradually. less about willpower getting started is an impor- each morsel of food you put in For example, walk an extra it is about having the tant accomplishment, your mouth. Weight Watchers five minutes a day, and in- structure and sup- Set your first major goal at stresses that the amount you crease the pace gradually. while making losing 10 percent of your cur. eat is even more important Accept that you will make in eating and rent body weight, than what you eat. mistakes along the way. activity that are theNot only has a 10 percent Learn to count your suc:What you do about any mis- weight weight loss been proven to be cesses, take is what's important. Pick healthy lifestyle, medically significant, it's also Celebrate every pound yourself up, dust yourself off, healthy eating habits. Dieting and deprivation don't have to go hand in hand: You don't have to give up your favorite foods. Many of the foods you love--and that you may have thought of as diet breakers-- ca~,.~ earn in good con: sciefice and good health. If buying a big jar of your fa- vorite snack leads to tempta- tion, Weight Watchers recom- mends you buy single serving sizes instead. Even if you lapse in your di- eting, don~t give up. If you succumb to that pile of French fries or that dish of chocolate mousse, don't de- spair and give up. Lapses are normal. Knowing y.ou can get back on track is an empower- ing skill to learn. Recognize that new habits need practice, practice, prac- tice until they become your own. Give: yourself time for' lifestyle changes to feel natur- al and automatic. Research shows that people who go to Weight Watchers meetings are much more like- ly to lose weight than people who try to lose weight on their own. To learn more about Weight Watchers, visit or call 1-800- 651-6000. to must contain an ad- a phone number. We one letter per week, and only one letter per month regarding subject. We do not third-party or open let- be limited to a of 300 words. Any let- will be editor. The deadline is 3 p.m. Letters may be any of Feather Publish- sent via fax to 283- or e-mailed at | shame when personal- t petty jealousy become in terminating a per- his employment. I heard anyone, in the otherwise, say that wasn't doing chief exec- of the county ,. He did things the and the supervisors done at the fair- It was a place the county can be proud was he fh-ed? Per- r people said, "I don't " but none said he doing a good job. Mike did things that he in the faiffs best in- and, in so doing, some people the So what? Was he !good job? Yes. Should been fired? No. supervisors con- the fate of Clements' over job perfor- !but over personality. should be bringing old per- grudges into the My own supervisor ignore the majority and other lard members. I en- countered a similar fate estly run for Plumas County cause the letter came from when coaching at the highSheriff exposed more of our the district, that they had school, present county sheriWs col- used taxpayers' money. What I wasn't fired for my jobors. I believe his colors are else can I say? performance? No. It was for running, and he should not. Floyd Austin personality. I also believe that our Greenville I moved on, and I'm sure board of supervisors should Mike Clements will, too. have (if they have the power) M~e dittos What's too bad is that the su- demanded Mr. Bergstrand'sIn response to John Fuller- pervisors didn't get it. They stripped authority be re-ion's letter to the editor of took away a good man's job turned to him. Dec. 5, "Tax or syntax?": and ruined his reputation, Then they should have tak- Ditto. not because of job perfor- en the current sheriff into a Walter arid Blanch mance or the petty cash secluded corner and whis-Shipman, Chester funds, but because of person- pered in his ear, "Len, old alities, buddy, we thinks that with Have you heard? Mike Clements will be diffi- what the public has learned There is a new community cult to replace. I, for one, will about your unprofessional ac- radio station in Quincy-- not forget his being fined, es- tions in the last couple of KHWG at 100.3 FM. Real mu- pecially when it comes time months, you ain't gorma even sic for real people. Something to reelect our supervisors, get 100 votes. And also, Len, we have needed for a long This was a terrible injustice, you got any more rules time. Baitinger you've broken? Don't worry, You should be able to hear Quincy we won't do anything to it from Meadow Valley to you.., we never do." Crescent Mills and Cromberg Maybe Mr. Gardner was to Twain. I even got it in Boy, Plumas County publicwho let D.A., J.R.., use that Onion Valley. You may need officers sure leave me won- certain county car a while a good antenna. Tune in! dering how in the beck they back! Bruce Livingston deserve any authority at all. Grant Appley Indian Valley Let's admit that D.A.J.R. Cromberg shouldn't leave the county in P.S. Me hopes no harrass-Those Junipers any county vehicles, and I ment arises from this father's This statement is a rebuttal pity the resident who runs response, of the article published in the against our sneaky, sneaky newspaper Dec. 19, and some sheriff. My ap~t~lsu of the comments made by the I always thought that theMy most sincere apologiescity manager, Jim Murphy. American way was to honest, to the Indian Valley Commu- The article titled, "Ju- ly run for a public office with nity Services District for my nipers costing the city," was the importance of said office last letter, "...saying they written by Terri Daoust, Por- to protect people and possibly spent $3.60 of taxpayers' mon- tola Editor. make our county a little bit ey, sending special invitation First, the issue began when better when one is done. by certified mail to thisthe city contracted to have Mr. Gardner has been in writer, with invitation for water meters installed in the the public eye a bit lately, meeting Dec. 12, 2001, at 6:30 city. I contacted the contrac- Don't you just wonder what p.m." Others and I arrived at tor at the time of installation he's done that we haven't6:25 p.m., as it was being ad- and was told that my junipers found out about?, journed and going into closed would be replaced as soon as One who bypasses the rules session, possible! of such an important office We were promptly in- The city manager was well probably realizes that Mr. formed that the secretaryaware of this situation. After Bergstrand is a man who had personally advanced some time had passed, I put- wouldn't have approached a $3.60 for the certified letter, sued the replacement of ju- Quincy resident to buy an en- then was reimbursed by the nipers near the water meter. gine that was removed by a chairman from his wages at I contacted city hall and was quite happy inmate. Evergreen Market, not using told that four or five junipers But then again, Mr. taxpayers' money. I'm terri- would be planted to help the Bergstrand's attempt to hon- bly sorry for assuming, be. looks of my hole in the ju- niper area of the meter. The cost of the plants was absorbed by the city. Howev- er, they did not cost $91 each, as was reported in the news- paper. The second time the ju- nipers were replanted, after the city personnel repaired a water leak at the meter, these also were replaced at city cost, but were planted by a professional from Village Green at a very reasonable cost. These junipers were growing well, but still did not cover sufficiently. I was in error when I asked Village Green to plant anoth- er juniper and send the bill to city hall. I did so without first discussing the matter with the city manager. Secondly, an error was not- ed, that the Weavers had landscaped the side of their house. Not a true statement. The junipers were planted in the front area of property and were planted some 23-24 years ago, by Charles and Pauline Boardman, who also had the house built. The ju- nipers were planted so that snow would not be a problem in front of the house. Yes, it is true that the en- tire front of the house was f'dled with junipers, but they have never been a problem for the city until water me- ters were installed. Even then, I was told by a city offi- cial that junipers were not re- ally obstructing meter main- tenance. William Weaver Portola III the super- vi mcs I am very disappointed with the action of our board of supervisors last Tuesday in firing our fair manager, Mike Clements. I have known Mike as a friend for over 15 years, and he has always been trustworthy, responsi- ble, generous, considerate and extremely hard-working. I find it incredible that three board members, includ- ing my own supervisor, voted to fire him without good cause. Mike has done a terrific job as fair manager. He has brought diversity to the fair- ground activities, which has benefited this entire commu- nity and helped support busi- nesses. There have been nu- merous improvements to the grounds and facilities. He has been supportive of our youths, and provided jobs. Did the board even consid- er public opinion? Janet Hilde Quincy During the month of De- cember, my husband and I have traveled with the girls basketball team to tourna- ments. During our travels, we have hit every type of weath- er. Living in Chester, we are used to having to deal with snow, but we have learned to appreciate our snow plowing crews. When you see how other towns/cities plow their streets, or should I say, what they call plowing, it becomes apparent that we have a great crew working for our local county and state divisions. Cheri McIntire Chester at plumasnews.com