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8B Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Many obstacles stand in the way of proposed jail site Local leaders who thought they hit a home run when they decided to site the new jail on Quincy's Little League fields are instead facing three possible strikes -- from the baseball community, from the High Sierra Music Festival and its beneficiaries, and, finally, from its new neighbors. From the moment Sheriff Greg Hagwood told the Board of Supervisors about the proposed location, Supervisor Lori Simpson warned him and her fellow board members that there would be opposition and that she wanted to meet with all who would be impacted. She put the matter on the June 9 board agenda to update her fellow supervisors about discussions that had occurred and asked for more time. Instead, the board voted to move forward with the proposed location. Plumas County needs a new jail -- that is not up for debate. And the state of California could pay for it if Sheriff Hagwood is successful in procuring the $20 million that will be awarded to a small county in this year's grant funding cycle. Hagwood fears that this could be the last year for such grants; thus, there is a sense of urgency to submit the application by the Aug. 28 deadline. Others suggest there will be more opportunities, but no one knows for sure. Hagwood and other leaders latched onto the ballfield location for a number of reasons: it is county-owned property; it is close to the existing jail; and it's large enough to accommodate the new structure. He also found a location to move the three ballfields -- on more county-owned property near the fairgrounds and Pioneer Park. Siting the ballfields there could be a great fit -- certainly better than their current proximity to the solid waste transfer site and the existing jail -- but there are serious ramifications. First off-- who will pay to build the new ballfields? With estimates varying from $500,000 to a couple million, the county says it can't afford that price tag; Little League can't either. Before the kids suffer, the adults need to figure it out. And even if an entity steps up to the plate and builds the fields, there is fallout. The proposed ballfields would take up to 50 percent of the prime area that High Sierra campers use during the annual music festival. According to High Sierra's spokesman, if the camping goes, so does the festival. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said a four-day event shouldn't impact the decision and questioned how much the festival actually contributes to the county. The answer? Quite a lot, actually. The fairgrounds receives $75,000 from "Jg]'kJier't-hnd another $15,000 in f61bu6jniit!  >:':; The Central Plumas Recreation and Park DiStrict receives one-third of its annual revenue, enough to keep the swimming pool open for the summer, during High Sierra. Area merchants count on money the festival's 10,000 visitors spend coming, going and in between, and the county benefits from the transient occupancy and sales taxes. And, finally, there are the area residents who live nearby and would drive by the new jail on their way home. One could argue that there is already a jail in their neighborhood, but the proposed location is definitely closer to many homes. These are all the issues that Supervisor Simpson wants to discuss. She begged her fellow supervisors for more time, because all of this is occurring in her district, and they should have given it to her. The clock is ticking, but there is still time. Hagwood and other leaders have scoured the area looking for the best location to place a new jail and they believe this is it. They may be right, but before that can be decided, all of the ramifications must be considered and mitigated. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the appropriate staff writer or writers, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. paper g For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski ................... Publisher Keri B. Taborski .......... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ............... Managing Editor Jenny Lee ....................... Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ...................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Will Farris Ann Powers Michael Susan Cort M. Kate West Condon Johnson Aura Whittaker Makenzie Davis Greg Knight Sam Williams Ruth Ellis Debra Moore James Wilson 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 Printed on recycled paper Member, Califomia Newspaper Publishers Assoc. ,7i The military is a worse governrn, After spending Memorial Day with a . bunch of veterans, I began to reminisce . over my many years experience in the > military. My brother was born on :: Midway Island, a desolate hunk of sand  in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I spent ; first and second grades in Sasebo, Japan,  and we were always around ships and  stuff. As a kid it was just one big adventure. I sailed across the Pacific at 6 and flew back across at 7. We lived in Quonset huts at times and my mother would relate what it was like to go weeks without fresh produce while eating green, powdered eggs. The old man got MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer out of the Navy and became a cop, which generated the same kind of by-the-book This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. June 17 1994 -- Following a televised Los Angeles highway car chase, O.J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson was later found not guilty of the crime. June 18 1873 -- American social reformer and woman's suffrage advocate Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election. 1923 -- In Chicago, Illinois, Checker Taxi puts its first taxis on the streets. 1983 -- Sally Ride becomes the first woman in space as a passenger aboard the space shuttle Challenger. the sugar maple and the official state bird is the northern cardinal. 1840 -- Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. 1948 -- "The Toast of the Town," later renamed "The Ed Sullivan Show," makes its CBS television network debut. June 21 Today is Father's Day. Today is the first day of summer, the longest day of the year. 1788 -- New Hampshire, The Granite State, is admitted as the ninth U.S. state. The official state flower is the purple lilac, the official state tree is the white birch and the official state bird is the purple fmch. 1879 -- Frank Woolworth opens his second store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, leading to what later becomes the largest department store chain in the world. His first store, which opened the previous year in Utica, New York, failed. June 19 1885 -- The 151-foot-high Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, arrives in New York City harbor. 1934 -- The Federal Communications Commission is established. 1982 -- John Hinkley Jr. is found not guilty by reason of insanity at a trial for the attempted murder of President Ronald Reagan at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1981. , Today is Chocolate Iclair Day, P, clairs ....... originated in France in the 19th century and are considered part of the pie family. 1870 -- Congress establishes the Department of Justice. 1944 -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the adoption of the GI Bill, providing benefits for war veterans. June 23 Today is National Pink Day. 1978 -- "Garfield," now the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut in U.S. newspapers. June 20 1782 -- Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States. 1863 -- West Virginia, The Mountain State, is admitted as the 35th U.S. state. The official state flower is the rhododendron, the official state tree is ent bureaucracy mentality. Then, at age 20, I got the letter I had been dreading: Greetings from your friends and neighbors.., you're screwed. When Mom got the news, she was incensed. Not so much that I was drafted because we all knew that was going to happen, but because of the draft date- the day before Thanksgiving. "Just like the military," she ranted, and Dad retreated to the garage before he became a target. For me it wasn't such a shock being in the Army. After all, I grew up in the Navy and it's all the same ole bullpukky (for want of a better word). Being as I was a lineman when drafted, I figured they would make me one in the Army, but I should have known better. What you got here is a couple of clerks going over the paperwork of the new recruits and trying to outdo each other in assigning military careers that have nothing to do with background. "Hey we got one here what was a carpenter," says one. "Make him a clerk," says the other. "And I got a guy that was a garbage collector, let's make him a cook." "Hows about we turn this accountant into a rifleman and make the hunting guide a tank mechanic?" "That works and I got a lineman here, he can be a medic." The average citizen can understand when they have to deal with an agency like the IRS or EPA or any of the other paper-shuffling outfit government agency that can tie them up for years before forgetting they even exist. The military is 10 times worse. If a square peg gets delivered to the round hole people, it gets tossed in the corner until someone comes looking for it. It's an unwritten law that military clerks don't ever listen to the folks that are actually getting screwed by all this because they are completely unreliable being the victims and all. At one point I begged Mom to send me a dozen Easter eggs, But as an ex-Navy wife she knew exactly what would happen to eggs in a tropical environment and didn't want to subject the mail people to the stench. I tried to convince her that mail people were the real enemy but she didn't buy it. HEARD Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you, Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 The big box factory which is being completed by the California Pine Box & Lumber Company at Delleker, located one mile from Portola, will begin operations in August. The 500 X 60 foot building will use 120,000 feet of lumber daily. The lumber used there is from Truckee, Loyalton and the Feather River Company's mills. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1968 Linda Varner, 17, of Cromberg was crowned Sweetheart of the Mountains Sunday at the highlight of the Plumas County picnic. Four theme girls were also selected: Pam Whitcomb and Karol Nosek, both of Portola; Cathi Graham of Graeagle and Vonnie Perkins of Quincy. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 A non-smoking ordinance proposed nearly one year ago by the Plumas County Supervisors prohibits smoking in county-owned vehicles by the Supervisors have not yet restricted smoking in county-wide county-owned buildings. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 Recent plans to develop the Delleker area located west of Portola may be delayed as Holiday Market may not be ready to build the proposed market until 2007. 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. Summer is a time When I was growing up, summer was a time when you rarely wore shoes; it was a time to make homemade ice cream; a time to drive to the Cosumnes River about three miles from home to swim after dinner; it was fair time, and we would go as a family to the E1 Dorado County Fair and the California State Fair. Vacation from obligations at school creates a perfect opportunity to schedule family activities that result in special memories that last a lifetime. I was reminded of the importance of family time while reading a few essays penned by students at Fletcher Walker Elementary School for a writing contest. One author remembered a long drive to grandma's for Thanksgiving and waking early to the smell of waffles and bacon; another wrote about a trip to the San Francisco Zoo; a third had camped by the ocean on California's north coast. My grandparents had a cabin on the American River near Strawberry, not too far from Lake Tahoe, when I was a child. Each of their adult children got to have a few weeks at the cabin during the summer with their families therefore my father got a turn. I have many wonderful memories of time spent at to make memories MY TURN SUSAN CORT JOHNSON Westwood Editor that cabin. We would take long hikes -- a favorite was to Lover's Leap. One hot day my father treated us to root beer floats at Strawberry Lodge after hiking. There was a swimming hole in the river below the cabin and we would go there in the afternoon playing in the icy water until we turned blue. Sometimes my father would get up Very early to fish and bring back fresh trout. We need to step outside the norm every so often and summer provides the opportunity. It's not difficult for we have many inexpensive choices where we live. For a quick swim on a hot afternoon or after dinner Lake Almanor is nearby. There are a multitude of " a00ith your children camping choices in our area. I know Westwood residents who camp at Rocky Point on the West Shore of Lake Almanor for a week or two each summer. We are surrounded by public lands that have a variety of campgrounds operated by the U.S. Forest Service. In addition we are near several parks for either day trips or extended camping adventures. Both Plumas-Eureka State Park near Blairsden and McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park near Burney have hiking trails and picnic areas. A national park is also in our backyard -- Lassen Volcanic National Park. Have you climbed Mt. Lassen yet? Soon the park will release a schedule for summer ranger-led programs. Of course, every week the community newspapers produced by Feather Publishing have calendars of events and articles on upcoming festivals and activities. So do something unexpected with your children this summer. Pack a picnic lunch and surprise them with an adventure. We have many ways to create a special memory with little expense or travel time.