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8B Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL A. N 1) OPINION EDITORIAL Our We must The key to solving the problems that plague Plumas County is visible from virtually every vantage point in the county -- our national forests. Twenty years ago a group set out to grab that key and open the door that would protect the long-term viability of our ' communities. But many in that group are tired. Last week, the group that used to draw dozens to its monthly meeting couldonly muster a andful. "Everybody should be here," Indian Valley resident Mike Yost said following last week's Quincy Library Group meeting "Seventy-five percent of the county is national forest. Our economy is based on it. Without proper management, it will burn up and then where will we be?" Indeed. From our doorsteps we can see the trees -- a renewable resource. Trees can be grown and harvested, supporting an entire industry and the surrounding communities. Not only does that put private foresters, loggers, truck drivers and mill workers on the payroll, it provides timber receipts that bolster the federal treasury, and also paves our roads and funds our schools. Harvesting trees and thinning the forests in a strategic manner promotes forest health and helps the landscape become resilient to fire. During last year's devastating Chips Fire, a Forest Service review showed that areas that had been managed according to the QLG strategy stopped the fire's spread. In addition to providing a renewable resource, the national forests provide recreation that local residents and visitors alike can enjoy. But no one enjoys picnicking, in an overgrown thicket where the sun can't penetrate, or on scorched earth dotted with burned trees. Neither scenario improves the watershed, and the latter certainly can't provide a home for wildlife. The QLG earned bipartisan support in Congress, drawing a 429-1 vote to enact its pilot projeCt But lawsuits decimated the legislation's intent, forcing a series of extensions to try to accomplish the work that should have been completed in five years.'; : "It's expensive and it's draining," QLG co-founder Bill Coates said last week. Environmentalists filed suit as soon as timber sales were advertised, thus delaying, halting and dragging out the process so that it was difficult to accomplish anything. All the while, salvageable timber rotted and healthy forests burned. Is that what the environmentalists wanted? Twenty years ago, Plumas County's staunchest environmentalist, Michael Jackson, said that it wasn't and he joined forces with Coates, then a county supervisor, and Tom Nelson, a timber industry representative, to protect the forests and sustain our communities. Yost is right. It's time the rest of us stand up and demand what is really just a matter of common sense. t Fea ing , spaper J , go to plumasnews.com Michael C Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Alicia Knadler Carolyn Carter Debra Moore Jordan Clan] Maddie Musante Michael Oondon M. Kate West Ruth Ellis Aura Whittaker Will Farris Sam Williams Susan Oort Johnson James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Bulletin Record (530) 283-0800 (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter Chester Progressive (530) 832-4646 (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Westwood Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Printed on Member, California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. LaMalf a fails First Amendment test Sometimes my morning gets off to a really steamy start, and my blood pressure soars right off the chart. I generally begin my day at the newspaper with a quick review of items reported by several news outlets -- regional and national --just to get a feel for what's happening out there in the real world beyond Susanville. Last Tuesday was no exception. Then I came across a story from the Redding Record Searchlight regarding a townhall meeting the night before featuring our congressman, Doug LaMalfa, at the Destiny Fellowship Church that really got the veins on my forehead bulging. According to the story, the Redding Tea Party had arranged the townhall meeting with the congressman and then announced its membership had adopted rules regarding what the media could report. Yes, that's right. Elizabeth Woodward, a volunteer and organizer for the Redding Tea Party, said members of the group had recently voted to make the question-and-answer portion of all its future meetings off the record for the press. As incredible as that seems, in subsequent stories later in the week they proclaimed they intend to continue that policy. Onan audio recording of part of the event included on the group!s website, a tea party MY TURN SAM WILLIAMS Lassen News Editor swilliams@lassennews.com organizer identified only as Erin explained what she called the "media issue." She said members of the group voted to make the question-and-answer portion of its meetings off the record because of press coverage in which the group felt it was "characterized poorly or cast in a bad light." Erin said the group also considered a couple of other unworkable options -- closing its meetings to the public or asking to see news reports before they were published or broadcast. She said," ... When it gets to the Q and A, then people who come should be able to ask their questions, get their answers and not be afraid they're going to show up on the news and look like a dummy because that,s This week's special 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 April 3 The first successful U.S. Pony Express run from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, begins in 1860. In 1882, Jesse James is killed by gang member Robert Ford in St. Joseph, Mo., at the age of 34. April 4 In 1850, Los Angeles, California, is incorporated as a city; ' The World Trade Center in New York is officially dedicated in 1973. April 5 In 1955, Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health. April 6 In 1893, The Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is dedicated. The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement in 1947. The awards were named after Antoinette Perry, co-founder of the American Theatrical Wing. April 7 Today is caramel corn day. Enjoy! In 2005, over 5 million people attended In 1964, The Beatles occupy the top five the funeral of Pope John Paul II. positions on the Billboard 100 pop music chart. April 9 In 2005, Charles, the Prince of Wales, In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. is married Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil assassinated by James Earl Ray at a ceremony in England. motel in Memphis, Tenn. not why people come here, and that makes it difficult for folks. So, if you've taken the time to come here, you want to ask a question, and you're afraid you're going to get singled out and made fun of, we're not doing that because we're asking the people in the media -- I don't care if you're print, computer, camera, whatever your. thing is -- we'll take a break after the presentation (and) you guys can go if you need to or stay if you like, but that's the off-the-record part. OK? So if that shows up in the news, then we have a different discussion next week, and we'll begin to vote on different options." She asked if "everyone was cool with that" and then she said, "So the presentation part, you're on. The Q and A from the folks in the audience, not on. OK? So that way you can ask what you like and not have to sweat that. It's kind of gotten progressively worse, so if you're new here, we're sorry. Welcome to our world." A Redding television station's reporter apparently also caved to the Redding Tea Party's request. According to the Searchlight's report, "Asked after his meeting whether he had any issues with the media quoting him on his responses, LaMalfa, who was autographing a 'Don't Tread on Me' flag, said he liked to adhere to a group's rules and declined further comment." But the congressman's camp in Washington, D.C., put a whole different spin on the story. "The congressman was a guest at that event," said Kevin Eastman, LaMalfa's press representative. "He did not set those rules, and was not aware of that prior to the event .... So, if there's a misunderstanding,: it's between that group and the media. The congressman was a guest at the event." Eastman also said the newspaper's reporting of what LaMalfa allegedly said while he was autographing the flag was inaccurate. "I don't believe that's accurate," Eastman said of the published report. "Did he say it was the group's rules? I think so." Erin announced these restrictions as part of LaMalfa's introduction, and the issue of the television station reporting being banned from the Q and A session was also discussed immediately after his presentation after someone tweeted the story had already made the airwaves. Shouldn't a United States congressman recognize the freedom of the press being trampled in his presence when the organizers announce "OK, we're going off the record now, and thepreSs WOn't report it"? '' Let me be clear. The desire of tea party members to speak off the record beyond the public's hearing and awareness can easily be understood, and it can easily be accomplished. All they have to do is hold their meetings in private without the See Williams, page 12B R EMEMBE1K WHEN Mrs. McNab, who has cooked for the ........................................................................................................................................................ prisoners for the past four years, has KERI "rABORSKI resigned her position, so the restaurants Historian will alternate in serving meals. Commerce was relocated this week by Sierra Pacific Industries in Quincy to its new permanent location at Pioneer Park in East Quincy. 75 YEARS AGO .......... 1938' Construction of the Plumas- Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative's new electrical system will proceed this month when weather and ground conditions permit. The system will consist of 229 miles of line and will serve nearly 700 50 YEARS AGO ........... 1963 ' Sales of the Paul Sobrero Ranch and the 400 acre Pecks Valley Ranch, both located in the Greenville area, were announced today. The new 14,653 square foot Safeway Store will be constructed on the corner of Main, Lawrence and East Streets in 10 YEARS AGO .......... 2003 The Plumas County Clerks office has been partially reimbursed by the state of California for the $300,000 Accuvote touch screen voting machines that were implemented in January of 2001.Plumas County was the first county in the state to receive the modern voting equipment. customers in the Mohawk and Sierra Quincy, The 95by140 foot building will be Note. items included in the weekly Remember Valleys located in both Plumas and Sierra of rustic design with a stained redwood When column are taken from our bound Counties and Honey Lake in Lassen~ exterior and a gabled roofline, newspaper archives and represent writing County. The project will take styles of that particular period. The spelling approximately four months 25 YEARS AGO 1988 a d rammar are no .......... n g t edited, so the copy is Plumas County jail prisoners will be fed The Union Pacific Railroad. caboose that presented as it actuall:yppea areal in the original hereafter by the restaurants of Quincy. was donated to the Quincy Chamber of newspaper r " " " t.~.' " G ound squzrrels. Another szgn tha..rrzng zs here Afternoons in the 60s, fruit trees beginning to bud and light rain showers all hail the coming of spring, and we got 'em right now. These false signs are all precursors to a few days of freezing temps, or a sudden and heavy snowstorm. Never have my tulips managed to finish blooming without becoming sno-cones. What happens next is a period of not-so-bad weather but too wet to do the annual grass cut-down stuff-- that chore won't happen until the weeds are at least 3 feet tall. When the time comes to start trimming things up, we enter the phase of another spring ritual, string pullin'. We have been blessed with all these labor-saving devices that cut, mow and Whack various species of vegetation. All of them (at least the ones that do the job) are powered by a small gasolifie motor. These miraculous machines work best when they are in continuous use. They are notoriously stubborn after having sat for a winter and asked to start tip again. Even when they have been put away properly with the gas drained and run out. One never knows ira mower is going to start right up or provide an unlooked-for arm exercise. The owner's manual gives very specific instructions on how to start these little beasts up. The instructions usually work after modifying them from experience. Sometimes one has to pulYthe spark plug iil , Cadillac in the driveway. The car was painted a beautiful burgundy and still had : the dealer sticker on the window. Standing atop the beautiful car was a goat; ( coming out the front door was a man with i a rifle in his hand. . :il:iii ....... *** ____ Last year about this time I noticed a couple of ground squirrel holes. One of MY TURN them was goingunder the foundation of ............................................................................................................................................ my work shed. I took appropriate action WILL FARRIS with a ground squirrel last supper and Staff Writer assumed that the job was done. This year I out, clean it, say a little prayer and try realized that I had a ground squirrel again multiple times. As a last resort there metropolis. The mounds and holes are is also something called quick start, which everywhere and I guess that next year will works to supply memory to the machine bring even more. about running again. Pete Dryer had the same problem But if this little thing called a primer around his store in Twain. He began by bulb has a crack in it, you can pull the setting live traps for the little critters and string until your arm falls off or place a driving up the mountain to let them go. As quarter stick of dynamite under it and buy time went by, he realized that the problem a goat. But then you have the job of wasn't getting even a little bit better. owning a goat. The common wisdom about Finally he began to put a dab of red paint goats eating anything is not true; there are on the rodents before letting them go. at least two or three things they won't eat. Within days he had a whole collection The real problem with these critters is of ground squirrels sporting red paint. they are smart. Just smart enough to drive The only solution he could come up with their owners crazy, was stalking the pests with his pellet gun, This friend of mine owned an apple While this proved to be effective, the time orchard by Sebastopol and I was returning involved is huge. Personally I would like home after giving him a hand with the to come up with a plan that is more spring chores. Just down the road there time-friendly and wide-spreading. I'll let was a little farmhouse with a brand new you know when I find one.