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8B Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Award-winning paper is a reflection of the community it serves We don't publish this paper each week with the goal of Winning awards. Our job is to be the newspaper of record in Plumas County and to keep our readers informed of important events in the community. That doesn't mean we weren't,thrilled when we learned the California Newspaper Publishers Association voted Feather Publishing the best weekly newspaper of its size in the state last month. To receive the award for general excellence from our peers is quite an honor. The recognition has special meaning because it comes from professional journalists who work day in and day out striving for the same high standards that we do. Everyone likes to be recognized for the effort they put in to their job, and that includes us. But a good newspaper is really a reflection of the community it serves. We wouldn't be as good without your support. The general excellence award is a reflection on all of us. This isn't the first time Feather Publishing earned the CNPA's top award. We received the general excellence honor in 2002 and 2004, and have received positive feedback from the CNPA many times since then. This year the paper received recognition in several categories. In addition to general excellence, the paper took home two second-place awards and three certificates of achievement. It takes a lot of effort from scores of dedicated employees to bring you the news every week. We are proud of the award-winning team we have assembled. A good newspaper is made up of much more than just reporters and editors; the general excellence award wouldn't be possible without a talented sales, graphics and front office staff. Your paper wouldn't look as colorful and sharp as it does without the skills and years of experience of our plate making and press operators. And we wouldn't be here without you, the valued advertisers and readers who contribute stories and ultimately help us pay the bills. Everyone who reads and contributes to this paper has played a role in its success. All of us at Feather Publishing want you to know how much we appreciate your support. And we pledge t o cpntnue qur quest for general 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. Feat ubhshmg 00/0000wspaper 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 Ingrid Burke ................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Debra Moore Michael Condon Ann Powers Makenzie Davis M. Kate West Ruth Ellis Aura Whittaker Will Farris Sam Williams Susan Cort Johnson James Wilson Greg Knight 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 Pri0,eon California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. BE HEARD Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR There's no liberal bias in this sports section During a drive to Reno recently, I had  somebody calls me or emails me and says the chance to listen to some talk radio  I'm in trouble for anything I say about and was enlightened by what I heard as I I Roger Goodell, because if one person says cruised over Beckwourth Pass on the way  that to me, I'm going public. You leave me to the city. alone." One of the hosts I listened to, on an If that argument seems a bit tame for ESPN radio affiliate, was making the you, how about when conservative talk argument that the mainstream sports host Rush Limbaugh was dropped from media is generally biased to the left, with MY TURN the group seeking to buy the St. Louis much ink and the airwaves dedicated to Rams back in 2009? GREG KNIGHT pushing an agenda that has little to do Sports Editor The story made major rumblings in the with brawn or the sporting life and quite , gknight@plumasnews.com sports and news media after a more to do with pizzazz and image -- and contingency of black players accused a political agenda attuned to liberal Limbaugh of being a racist, much less a philosophies. In the words of my Irish grandfather, I conservative. On the other side of the Take for example the case of(slightly say, "gimme' a break, pallie." spectrum, you have the vile, crude and cloistered, but well-known) conservative Or maybe it was how Simmons disgusting "comedian" Bill Maher (this is ESPN commentator Bill Simmons. criticized NFL Commissioner Roger the same jackass that is quoted saying Simmons, who has enjoyed a long and Goodell about the handling of the Ray "We have the Bill of Rights. What we need storied career as a sports critic, has Rice issue, where he called the commish a is a Bill of Responsibilities") becoming a endured more than his fair share of bias liar, outright, on his show. part owner of the New York Mets. -- like when the network barred him "Goodell, if he didn't know what was on Riddle me this, dear reader: How can from interviewing then-candidate Barack that tape, he's a liar. I'm just saying it. He Limbaugh be roundly derided and denied Obama on the grounds that ESPN did not is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you an opportunity at ownership, yet Maher interview candidates until the put him up on a lie-detector test, that guy is given a pass? Democratic nomination was sewn up. would fail." Simmons said. "I really hope The answer, at least in my opinion, is that the sports media, with its penchant for bling, image and style over substance, This week's special days has been taken over by elements that are loyal to a liberal ideology like Maher's -- one that claims tolerance for all but then NOT JUST 1914 -- "Tarzan of the Apes," by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is published, screams the loudest against an opposing AN ORDINARY thought when conservatives even utter a DAY 1925 -- Chrysler Corp. is formed, peep. Thankfully, most coaches, athletes and COMPILED BY 1933 -- The first drive-in movie theater athletic directors I know at the high KERI TABORSKI opens in Camden, New Jersey, with the school and college level are fairly advertisement: "The whole family is conservative in their thoughts, actions Not just an ordinary day..., a sampling of welcome, regardless how noisy the kids and politics. As well they should be; I weekly notable special days and facts are." believe one of the fundamental throughout the year. differences between liberals and June 7 conservatives is that the latter believe in June 4 1982 -- Priscilla Presley opens Elvis' working and sweating for what they earn, 1912 -- Massachusetts becomes the first 13.8-acre Memphis, Tennessee, while the former seek a U.S. state to set a workers' minimum Graceland mansion residence estate to government-sponsored nanny state in wage, but it only covers women and the public, which everyone is equal, there are no children, losers, marriage is a social justice issue June 8 and money or other benefits are nearly June 5 1937 -- The world's largest flower, a free for the taking. Today is National Donut Day. giant calla lily, is grown at the New York To highlight my opinion brightly, I Botanical Garden, measuring 8-1/2 feet offer you this: When you need yard work 1893 -- The trial of Lizzie Borden, whose high and 4 feet in diameter. parents were axed to death, begins in or other labor done around your house, who would you rather hire from the local New Bedford, Massachusetts. She is 1949 -- George Orwell's novel "1984" is community -- a Feather River College acquitted 15 days later, published, athlete who buckles down and works 1956 -- Elvis Presley records and June 9 his/her hind off with the team and in the introduces his new RCA single record 1934 -- Donald Duck makes his film classroom, or a stoned out hipster that "Hound Dog," shocking the public with debut in "The Wise Little Hen." Another sports an Obama 2012 sticker on his/her hi s suggestive hip movements:.  Donald DucR fact; His middle:name is VolksWagen and i-s majoring in an 1968-- United States senator and Fatmfler0y .... ' earti-blshit greendgree at the college? There is no space for liberal bias in the presidential candidate Robert F. 1968 -- United States President Lyndon sports section of this paper. I am Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador B. Johnson declares a national day of unapologetic in my conservatism and, if Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan, mourning following the assassination of anything, I always try to tell it like it is. dying the next day. U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. That said, aside from the Giants and 49ers, does anyone really care about the June 6 1973 -- Secretariat wins the Triple national sports media here in Plumas Today the final horse race in the Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, the County? Does it really make a difference Crown, the Belmont Stakes, is held in Preakness Stakes and the Belmont at all in the scheme of sports fans' lives? Belmont, New York. Stakes horse races. One has to wonder. REMEMBER WHEN 80 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 ......................................................... The 1965 Plumas County picnic to Members of the Plumas County KERI TABORSKI be held this weekend promises to be the Auditor's Office recently won about $3,000 Historian best in 25 years that this annual event in the California Lotto 6/49 lottery game has ever been. Fourteen candidates are by correctly picking 5 out of 6 numbers. 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 entered in the Sweetheart of the Picking the winning ticket and sharing the winnings were Auditor Ann Pattan, A few weeks ago, on the afternoon of Mountains pageant which will be held assistant auditor Manfred Endres, Linda May 22 at 4:30 p.m., Mt. Lassen volcano in conjunction with the picnic. Those Williams, Mary Mooney, Faye Behrens erupted, the most violent eruption in vying for the title are: Susan Caudil, and Deborah Ehlers, all of that office. its history, belching an immense cloud Janet Reid, Vonnie Perkins, Diana of smoke, steam and ashes. While the Lindsey, Kaye Galon, Linda Varner, Pat Note: items included in the weekly Remember volcanic mountain peak itself is not Strang, all of Quincy; Linda Welbourn of When column are taken from our bound visible from Plumas County, the Caribou; Dianne Perkins, Karol Nosek, newspaper archives and represent writing styles smoke column was a spectacle, of that particular period. The spelling and resembling a giant cauliflower for the Carol Ede, Pam Whitcomb, all of Portola; grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented first ten minutes and then drifting Cathi Graham of Graeagle and Karen as it actually appeared in the original away to the east. Alexander of Greenville. newspaper. New reporter fills big shoes on Chester news beats There's a changing of the guard at and I'm grateful for their support. Chester Progressive. As the new kid on the block, I recognize Although change can be unpredictable, that it will take a while to cultivate a it can also present opportunities, comprehensive knowledge of the Lake My name is Stacy Fisher, and I'm Almanor Basin region. There's a lot to originally from the San Fernando Valley, absorb in a relatively short time. So Southern California. I decided to move to please bear with me. Westwood 2-1/2 years ago to enjoy the I'm definitely looking forward to advantages of mountain living, and leave getting to know the movers and shakers, behind the smog and bumper-to-bumper MY TURN as well as the everyday people who make traffic of the big city. STACY FISHER the wider community the special place I have 20-plus years of experience in Staff Writer that it is. reporting for various news publications chesternews@plumasnews.com I expect the summer season to be as well as feature writing, filled with a plethora of news stories: I have some big shoes to fill with the witnessing her professionalism, I know Chester students will soon be graduating, recent retirement of Chester she's been instrumental in its success, and the Fourth of July and the Fun Run Progressive's intrepid reporter Kate Without a doubt, she'll be greatly are just around the corner, to name just West. Replacing such a well-informed and missed as she begins a new chapter in her a couple of the special events that will be detail-oriented individual as Kate is no life. I suspect I speak for everyone at covered. small feat. Feather Publishing in wishing her the Finally, I'd like to invite members of Truthfully, Kate is irreplaceable. Her best in whatever new endeavors she the community at large to feel free to vast knowledge of the area and personal elects to embark upon. contact me with news stories, social connections are extensive and run deep . As to be expected, the learning curve occasions and upcoming events by in the community, can be steep when familiarizing oneself emailing me at chesternews@ For nearly two weeks I shadowed Kate with the requirements of a new job. plumasnews.com or by calling 258-3115. around town learning the ropes. Her That's why it's been heartening that the Also, if you have any exceptional photos training was indispensible, and her staff at Chester Progressive has been so to share depicting something special infinite patience much appreciated! ready to lend a hand in offering any going on in Plumas County, please feel I understand that Kate has been at the assistance I may need in covering my free to send them in. I look forward to paper for more than 10 years, and after beat. They've been especially gracious hearing from you!