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10B Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL and OPINION EDITOKIAL When it comes to forest policy, we're all in it together As Plumas braces for the layoffs at the Sierra Pacific Industries small-log mill in Quincy to take effect next month, community leaders are not standing idly by. A group of concerned business people and public officials have begun roundtable discussions about how to respond not just to the immediate layoffs, but also to the larger issues af- fecting the economy of Plumas County. The group is currently calling itself the Plumas Economic Recovery Committee. It has divided in- to a number of somewhat overlapping subgroups: one will craft a legislative approach to breaking the logjam of lawsuits that has stopped the full im- plementation of the Quincy Library Group pro- gram of work. Another will focus on helping to meet the immediate needs of laid-off workers and their families. The third will craft a public educa- tion and outreach plan. Group members felt the last one was necessary not just to reach out to a larger public outside of Plumas County, but also to educate folks within Plumas County. In some quarters within the county, there seems to be the impression that the Quincy Library Group is all about Quincy. This is simply not the case. Members of the QLG come from across Plumas County and from neigh- boring counties. The pilot project encompasses all of the Plumas National Forest and the Lassen Na- tional Forest and parts of the Tahoe National For- est. While the biggest beneficiary, economically speaking, may appear to be SPI and its mill in Quincy, when you consider all the log-truck dri- vers and other forest workers, and then the busi- nesses that support them, we're talking a wide swath of the Plumas economy not just the Quincy economy. Also, the forest thinning delineated in the act promises to help communities become fire safe throughout our county; or, conversely, to threat- en them if the work is not completed. If Quincy sees an exodus of working families following the mill layoffs and the school district suffers a further decline in enrollment, the fallout will not be contained to Quincy. You will see the effects in schools in your area, too. We all stand to win or lose if the QLG pro- gram of work is not implemented. Members of the QLG will meet with Senator Di- anne Feinstein this Friday, April 10, in San Fran- msco to see how we might proceed on the legisla- tive front. The group will be carrying a letter from -the Plumas Economic Recovery Committee invit ..... ing the senator to come to Plumas County to dis- cuss how we can move forward to make our forests fire safe, provide clean water to the rest of California and reduce carbon emissions ecosys- tem services whose benefits spread well beyond the borders of our county. Current PERC members are: Jack Ingstad, county administrative officer; Jared Smith, busi- ness owner; Doug Biddle, president, Plumas Bank; Sherrie Thrall, county supervisor; Ira Kauf- man, Superior Court judge; Lori Simpson, county supervisor; Dr. Ron Taylor, president, Feather River College; Mike Taborski, publisher, Feather Publishing; John Kimmel, certified public ac- Countant; Chuck Leonhardt, Plumas tax assessor; Dick Hathaway, CEO, Plumas District Hospital; Charlotte Smith, business owner; Ken George, business owner; Mike Wood, union representa- tive, CIC, UBC; Johnny Mansell, Realtor; John Sheehan, QLG member, Plumas Corporation exec- utive director; James Reichle, acting county coun- s.el; Mike Beatty, general contractor; Mark Lath- top, Sierra Pacific Industries; Delaine Fragnoli, managing editor, Feather Publishing. A paper Breaking News .... go to g Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... S ports Editor Mona Hi I .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Ruth Ellis Will Farris Brian Taylor Sam Williams Pat Shillito Barbara France Jeanie Jones Susan Cort Johnson Traci Bue Cheryl Frei Feather River Westwood Bulletin Pin ePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen Coun t  Chester Progressive (530) 257-53211 Indian Valley Portola Reporter Record (530) 832-4646 (530) 284-7800 {'_)ne-woman effort redefines 'bag lady' MY TURN CHERYL FRIE Staff Writer cfrei@lassennews.corn The other day, my boyfriend and I took advantage of the longer hours of daylight and decided to go for a hike after work. We wandered up the Bizz Johnson Trail for an hour or s decompressing from the day, tak- ing in the spring air and pausing every once in awhile to enjoy the sections of the Susan River running along sections of the old rail line. It wasn't long before we noticed several crumpled beer cans, crushed and discarded next to a rock spray painted with someone's name in long, sweeping letters, a name ap- parently so important that everyone needed to know that person was there and he liked to drink Coors Light. As we picked up e cans, I couldn't help but think about another trail we had been on a c Ul le of days before, where by the time we left, there were no fewer than four dis- carded beer bottles rattling around in my backpack-- not to mention all of the goodies that can be found on any given day in the Susanville Ranch Park. Just ask County Trails Coordinator Joel Rathje, who has re- covered everything from beer cans to dirty diapers and filthy mattresses in areas of the park. It is not all bad, and there are many peo- ple here who do respect the outdoors and are conscious of how important it is to keep these areas clean. To those people I want to say thank you. It was a spring day last year, much like the day Matt and I walked down the Bizz, when we went for a leisurely bike ride through town and up the short length of the Susan River Parkway. It was hard not to no- tice the discarded vodka bottles, shopping carts and other items littering the river adja- cent to the trail, including an entire vehicle propped up on the facing bank, half-sunk in the river. We were talking about what a shame it is that more people were not clam- oring to have the trail extended and cleaned up a bit, when both of us slowed to a stop. Looking down the bank of the river, we saw a woman dressed in faded blue jeans and a white T-shirt, one gloved hand holding a large garbage bag, the other meticulously picking up trash along the shore. She was a middle-aged-looking woman, shoulder length blond hair secured in a haphazard ponytail atop her head, humming to herself in a barely audible sing-song way. Just go- ing about her business, humming and smil- ing, cleaning up a neglected riverbed. That section of the bike path runs along- side Pat Murphy Field, and we could see one lonely white mini-van parked near us in the Mystery photo contest Where is this lumber- jack located? E-mail mysteryphoto@plumas- or call your local newspaper office listed at the bottom of this page. Answers must be received by Fri- arY at 5 P.m- AI correct swrs'wll bentered a.weekly drawin for a free four-week classified ad valued at $28. To learn the loca- tion of this photo, see Section A of next week's newspaper. Pho- to by Kate West parking lot. With the seats folded down to provide more room, the van was crammed with neatly tied garbage bags filled with lit- ter to the point of near explosion. It was as if she drove around for hours, maybe days, simply picking up other peo- ple's ignorance. "Hey there you are doing a great job," Matt said, waving to her from up on the bike path. I was hoping she was not going to say she was only doing it to fulfill the community service portion of her probation and was re- lieved when she flashed a wide smile and said, "Oh, thank you very much. It seems a shame to me that people throw all this junk in here for no reason." Her name is Gabrielette Peters, she said. She was born and raised here and just can't bear the way some people seem to have lost respect for her little town with the beautiful mountain views. No, she doesn't work or volunteer for anyone else; she has done this a few days a week for the last 10 years. Yes, she is doing it out of her own free will. Her only reward is knowing she is try- ing to clean the place up, and the 90 or so bucks a month she usually gets from the re- cycling center helps out a little bit too. "You know, for gas money," she said, winking and pointing to the white van packed with garbage bags. Gabrielette said the staff at the local re- cycling centers all know her by now, and the local gas stations as well, offering to recycle the jugs of oil she has pulled out of the river in the past. Wait a minute, I thought -- oil? Are you kidding me? People actually dump full jugs of used oil into a natural body of water? "I know unbelievable," she shrugged, responding only to the disbelief on my face. She went on, talking about how she sometimes finds clothing that can be reused, which she takes home and washes before do- nating to the homeless shelter or one of the local thrift shops. Gabrielette is on disability, she told us. She can't work anymore, but she figures it just gives her more time to give back. She said it makes her sad to see kids playing in garbage. Matt and I were both touched and in- spired by Gabrielette, an average woman who makes an honest, unpaid and un- prompted effort to humbly make the envi- ronment and the community a cleaner and more desirable place A woman who takes tme to notonly clean up something we are -all supposee-share, but also selflessly and anonymously picks up the trash discarded by others, so those who want to appreciate the area may do so. As we rode offI thought about how great it would be if everyone were like Gabrielette, who lpoks at the environment as something to be respected, not trashed. But this, of course, is an almost impossible goal, so I reconciled myself with the thought that as long as thwe are people silly enough to throw gai'bage in rivers, there will always be a Gabrielette Peters somewhere to help try to clean it up. R..EMEM_R WHEN !a-Bii/iski- .......................... Hii;torian I00 YEARS AGO .... 1909 The Plumas Meat Market will soon move into its new quarters in the Clinch build- ing on Main Street in Quincy just in time to order your Easter lamb or ham, W.J. Clinch is putting the finishing touches on the walls of his big fire proof building on Main Street, Quincy. 75 YEARS AGO .... 1934 Advertisement: Easter meat specials at Plumas Meat Market this week include ham 18 a pound, prime rib 20 a pound, milk fed spring leg of lamb 33 a pound. Phone 14 to order. Free delivery. 50 YEARS AGO .... 1959 Advertisement: Easter dinner items ad- vertised this week at local Plumas County grocery stores include eggs 40 a dozen, ham 47 a pound, fresh asparagus 19 a pound, yams 15 a pound, 1/2 gallon ice cream 79. Advertisement: Quincy House open all day Easter Sunday. Dinner served at noon on. Located across from the Courthouse in Quincy. 30 YEARS AGO .... 1979 Advertisement: Grocery items for Easter dinner featured in this week's grocery ad- vertisements throughout Plumas County include ham $1.19 a pound, yams 39 a pound, fresh asparagus 39 a pound, eggs 89 a dozen, canned olives 59, marshmal- lows 33 a bag, crackers 59 a box, cheese $2.09 a pound. Advertisement: Local Plumas County restaurants featuring Easter dinner this week. Easter Sunday buffet with baked ham, roast beef and much more $4.25 at Stone House, Quincy. All the baked ham you can eat with scalloped potatos, veggies, soup and dessert $7.95 at St. Bernard Lodge. Baked ham dinner with all the trim- mings $5.25 at Fire Mountain Lodge, Chester. Family Buffet with 25 salads, five entrees, rolls and dessert $5.00 at Mohawk Tavern in Mohawk. Note: items included in the weekly Remem- ber 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 t)resident Obama: Keepin2 thin2s real? .... 71 MY TURN M. KATE WEST Chester Editor Would someone, for Pete' sake, hide every single ink pen within a 125-mile radius of President Obama and hide the helicopter keys while you're at it! I have got to say, a s a baby boomer wRh only 18 months left before I'm eligible to re- tire, the man is starting to scare me witless with his thoughtless actions. One of today's main reported stories is the "sweeping legislation" he just signed that now protects 2 million acres of wilderness land across nine stateS. How very "Clin- tonesque." Called the 2009 Omnibus Public Lands Act, the legislation is touted on CNN as "one of the most significant victories for conser- vationists in the new administration." Considering the responsibilities that have been sitting on his shoulders since the presi- dent was sworn in, like the need to fix a tanking economy, the mortgage crisis, the war in Iraq and the dying car industry, there is absolutely no way, repeat no way, he could have read the pounds of docu- ments, offering thepros and cons to the deci- sion-making process, in the short time he has been in office. If he hasn't had time to read it, how can he sign off on such critical legislation? Legislation that brags about the level of federal protection it offers against logging or any other commercial endeavor, both of which supply jobs with a trickle down effect that supports children, families and commu- nities. Never mind the fact private sector em- ployers and jobs pay for health nsurance, potential car payments and monthly mort- gages -- all things that stabilizd the econo- my and are claimed as goals of the current administration. I am not against protecting our heritage; I am personally against signing contracts that haven't been read and come back to haunt you. Oh, I get it. I am having a dub moment. These documents are exactly like the bailout documents he didn't read either the ones he was going to go through line by line to mark out the pork. And darn! I forgot he doesn't have to read anything--everyone he's hire( and put into power has either worked for a or a lobbying firm before. Thin for him and they all know how men and women who can quict sensus to the party line. You know, like give him wha when he says things like, "I wa lation by President's Day." Fin tial, nice sound bite too. So what's changed in Washir with this new administration? ast president 're readingit o be "yes" ly bring con- t he wants t that legis- t, presiden- gton, D.C,, See Real, page 11B