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6B Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION Worst to first: High-flying FRC football team to play in bowl game Resort developer buys former Indian Valley Hospital County breaks ground on new jail after state awards $20 million grant after all Record Sierra snow pack signals end of five-year drought New county mental health director boosts morale, improves services State mends MediCal reimbursement; Local hospitals actually paid for services rendered New county CAO inherits $2.3 million budget surplus Gates Foundation to fund PUSD as part of rural schools initiative Endangered no more: Discovery of unknown populations prompt delisting of yellow-legged frog Jefferson fails: More than 70 percent of voters reject creating a new state Adele's "25" tour to play county fairgrounds High-speed Internet now available to all county residents Former QHS star Cody Anderson named American League MVP Chair lifts carry first skiers at Johnsville ski hill Tesla owner to build 500-home master-planned community in Beckwourth County fair, Portola Railroad Days report record attendance County home sales increase 30 percent Frequent Lake Davis, Taylorsville letter writers meet, hug, wish each other well New PUSD superintendent says he turned down nine offers to take Plumas job Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. , Feath ishing spaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Nick Hall .................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Susan Jacobson Jake Jacobson Debra Moore Josh McEachern Delaine Fragnolli Gregg Scott Maggie Wells Sam Williams Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Pdnted on recycled paper Member, Pul~shers /L.~soc. Here's why Scouting is so important In the last My Turn, I mentioned several very time youth organizations that are always in need of adult volunteers. Programs like 4-H, Little League, soccer, church youth groups and Boy and Girl Scouts are just some of the groups that offer healthy, educational and life skill lessons to our children and grandchildren. Throughout my adult life I have been involved in all of the above-mentioned programs to one degree or another with both my time and money so I am fairly well acquainted with them all. Today, though, I would like to focus on the benefits of just one group due to what I consider a unique quality that sets it apart and, in full disclosure, because it is an organization that I have been dedicated to for quite some years now. For those of you who know me you have already guessed; I'm referring to the Boy Scouts of America. "Why Scouting?" you might ask, "All these programs teach values, teamwork, responsibility and leadership skills." Yes, they do, but scouting adds a different specific dimension: citizenship. Three of the 13 merit badges required to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout are specifically about citizenship. Those are Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World. One of the main goals in scouting is to instill a sense of citizenship, tradition, history of our country along with the values of the scout law and personal responsibility. No more Ordinary Days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of To my Not Just An Ordinary Day readers: After compiling this column for several years, it is with much consideration that I have decided to put this column on hold though 2016. I felt it was becoming repetitive week after week, year after year and so my last entry was last week. Happy New Year. ~ ~Keri MY TURN GREGG SCOTT , Staff Writer gscott@plurnasnews.corn That is what sets Scouts apart from those who have never known the Scouting experience. In this day and age, with its changing social and political atmosphere, I truly believe that teaching the ideas that our country was founded on is a vital component for any young person. As I have stated many times, I believe Scouting is the single best experience a young person can have especially when they share it with their parents. Another unique aspect about Boy Scouts is that it is a worldwide organization. The basic tenets we call the Boy Scout Oath and Law are the same in every country that scouting exists. No matter where you are in the world, these are not just words to memorize, but guidelines by which to live your life. If you are a part of Scouting, you have a great common bond with other Scouts around the world. It follows then that there is, of course, a common bond with other scouts in our nation, state, and in our own communities. Since the inception of Scouting in 1907, there have been millions of boys and men involved in Scouting. I, for example, was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout in my youth. And every time I come in contact with a current Scout, I feel an immediate common bond and connection with that young person no matter where he's from. It is also not uncommon for an adult, learning I'm involved with Scouting to exclaim, "Oh! I was a Scout!" and we will then share our memories of our scouting days. Lessons that I learned as a scout have lasted and benefited me for a lifetime. The lessons taught in scouting include outdoor skills, leadership skills, communication skills, and they teach the basic ideas of good living based on the Scout Law: "A Scout is: trustworthy, loyall helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." Any person learning these tenets and living by their values is destined to be a better person and a better citizen in his community, in his state, and in the nation. It certainly doesn't stop with youth. Any adult, man or woman, can also learn by being involved with their children and sharing the Scouting experience. What really makes the whole thing successful are the adults who are willing to spend time and energy to guide young people through their time in Scouting. You don't even have to have children in Scouts to be a valuable contributor to the program. Community leaders, veterans, grandparents and educators -- anyone and everyone who is interested in the welfare and future of our children should be involved in Scouting. The fact that we live in a geographical area that is overflowing with mountains, rivers and scenic vistas is just an added dimension to the unlimited possibilities for fun, adventure and learning for the scouts. There is no easier way to learn than when you are having fun in the process. The area we call the Lassen District is made up of Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties. There are numerous small communities in that district that would benefit by having a Scout unit and there are many youth who are missing a great opportunity due to the absence of scouting in their community. The only requirement for a community to have a Scout unit is to have a group of boys with adults who are willing to be trained to lead them. The BSA has a training system for anyone who'd like to be involved in Scouting and prior knowledge or experience is not a required. Do you want your son to have a greater opportunity to learn life skills and to gain leadership experience while having a ton of fun? Do you want to have a positive impact on your neighborhood and community? Then you are probably a perfect fit to either join a scout unit in your area or start a new one. For those of you who have made it all the way to this ending, you may think this sounds more like recruitment than an opinion. Well, it's both. With all the wonderful organizations I've enjoyed working with over the years, it is my opinion that the Boy Scouts of America offers the premiere overall program to prepare young people for adulthood and the responsibilities of citizenship. Over the years, the pleasure and fulfillment experienced while watching children grow and mature into successful, contributing young adults beyond my ability to express in mere words. I EMEMBEt( WHEN dumping some five inches of snow on ................................................................. Christmas Eve and another layer a few days KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ... 1915 Advertising: New Year's Eve Ball sponsored by Quincy Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West Friday night at the Plumas Town Hall. Tickets, including supper: $2.50. 50 YEARS AGO ... 1965 The first severe storm of the season hit Plumas County during the past five days later. 25 YEARS AGO ... 1990 Advertisement: Peace in the New Year from your Plumas County elected offmials: Ernie Eaton, assessor; Judy Wells, Clerk; Mary Mooney, auditor; Barbara Coates, tax collector; Don Stoy, sheriff; Roger Settlemire, superior court judge and Board of Supervisors: Don Woodhall, Joyce Scroggs, John Schramel and Bill Coates. 10 YEARS AGO ... 2005 The 90 employees of the Feather Publishing Company family hope that all your news in the year is good news. *To my weekly and occasional readers: thank you for reading Remember When. I enjoy compiling this column for you. I wish you a great New Year and I look forward to providing you with Plumas County history of years gone by in 2016. -- Keri Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. Breathing rather than howling over wolves Wolves. Say the word and the human howling begins. On one side are the folks who see the animal as nothing but a pest that should be exterminated. On the other are folks who see the animal as a kind of mystical being, an emblem of the wild. In "Howl: Of Woman and Wolf," Susan Imhoff Bird criticizes those whose default setting is the former. But it seems to me the latter position is equally unthinking. Both are knee jerks, just in opposite directions. Why is it, I wonder, that women always run with wolves; they never, say, scavenge with vultures? Oneness with nature appears to have its limits. I think one thing is clear: Wolves hold our imagination, for ill or for good. And that is what makes public discourse on the topic so diffmult. People are reacting from a not fully conscious place. I think Bird is on to something when she says that anti-wolf folks scapegoat the animal, finding in it a convenient target for general anti-government sentiment. On the other hand, advocates use the wolf to play out their archetypal psychological dramas, "acknowledging the beast within, celebrating the positive aspects of this wildness, and taming the harmful," in Bird's words. Both sides resort to folklore and anecdote to substantiate their claims. Think "Little Red Riding Hood" versus "Dances with Wolves." It doesn't help that the science on wolves includes a whole lot of"we don't know." For the first time in almost 100 years, we have a wolf pack in California. The state had not even released its draft plan for conserving the species before it was investigating its first likely case of livestock and the environment. Given the divisiveness of the topic, I was touched by something a local cattleman told me. He said he wanted to be the kind of person who could accept the presence of wolves and let nature take its course. But there was the practical matter of losing valuable livestock. I appreciated both his self-awareness and his,honesty. I think we need more of this MyTun kind of discourse. ............... _____r ................ In addition to covering the wolf story this DELAINE FRAGNOLI Staff Writer dfragnoli@plumasnews.com depredation. Investigators concluded the pack probably killed a calf and possibly a COW. When I saw that headline in the Sacramento Bee, all I could think was: Those are not very politically correct wolves. Rhetorically speaking, it might have been in their best interests to lay low. They didn't. So they are here, and likely to behave in inconvenient ways, ways that do not accord with human intention. I admit that my gut reaction to their presence is a feeling that they belong on the landscape. I think it would be a thrill to hear them howl. However, they are unlikely to kill my computer and eat my newspaper. In other words, they're not taking a bite out of my livelihood. I think we should exhaust non-lethal means of coexistence before we start killing wolves. I'm nota fan of trapping; I consider it unnecessarily cruel. I think both trapping and poisoning would likely cause collateral damage to other animals week, I researched a story on mindfulness for our upcoming Health Mind Body supplement. Mindfulness is about opening some space between reaction and response, between sensation and action. Most mindfulness techniques rely on breath awareness to cultivate that opening. when we hear the word wolf, instead of immediately howling, we can pause, take a few breaths and consider. Yes, this is easier said than done. Particularly if someone is yelling at you. It takes practice. In its draft plan, Fish and.Wildlife says it does not know where and how wolves will reestablish themselves because California's landscapes have changed so much since they last occupied the state. Livestock producers, wolf advocates, scientists, hunters, wildlife officials and the general public -- we're all going to have to sit with some uncertainty, at least for the foreseeable future. It's my hope we can use that time for some self-examination, so our conversations on the topic can be more informed, nuanced and respectful. I hope we can create enough space for all of us to breathe, rather than to howl.