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6B Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter ED ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL put s ent agencies Plumas County can be proud Three cases m the news this week put Plumas County's law enforcement in the spotlight: the People magazine Coverage of the Keddie murders; the 0ne-year anniversary of the rescue of an abused child; and the parole hearing for a convicted murderer. And all three cases shine favorably on our locai agencies. Let's begin with the Keddie murders that have gone unsolved for 35 years. When Sheriff Greg Hagw0od took office he used his new position to renew the investigation. He had known the victims as a high school student and he, along with the rest of the community, remained haunted by the brutality of the crime. People magazine spent months working on its story and television show, exposing the decades-old slayings to an entirely new -audience of viewers. Hagwood, who has received many requests for in-depth stories and television shows, chose People because of the wide audience it could capture. He doesn't plan to do more because of limited resources and knowing that People has cast a wide net for new information on the case. And it's precisely because of those limited resources that not all of the responses to Hagwood's investigation into the Keddie murders have been positive. "Some people say, 'Let it go; it's a waste of time,'" Hagwood said. "But for those children who grew up without a mother or their siblings, time doesn't toll on that pain." We like his response. So often crimes occur and go unsolved. People move on with their lives. But the victims' friends and families face lives that are forever altered; forever filled with questions. We applaud the sheriffs philosophy and his efforts. The second case, the rescue of the abused and battered 9-year-old girl, is fresher. One year ago on Dec. 11, she was rescued from a locked car by the sheriffs office and social services. Their response undoubtedly saved her life. Social Services Director Elliot Smart said he reminded his staff of that fact as the anniversary approached and told them that every year as Christmas nears they will remember that they saved a life. His department of Child Protective Services continues to oversee the child's wellbeing. They should be applauded for their efforts then and now. Unfortunately her two younger siblings weren't saved; their bodies were found in a storage unit in Redding. The children's aunt, Tami Joy Huntsman, and her companion, Gonzalo Curiel, were arrested on a host of charges including murder. Because the abuse.occurred in Salinas, the accused will be prosecuted in Monterey County. Prosecutors there have lauded Plumas County -- from the sheriff to the district attorney to child protective services -- for their work on this case. It's difficult not to speculate that if Plumas County Sheriffs personnel and child protection workers had responded to the child welfare calls in Monterey County, something could have been done sooner to protect the children. And fmally, there is the parole hearing for Darrell Welch who is serving a M-years to life sentence for the murder of 30-year-old Stephen Kordalewski on May 16, 1991. District Attorney David Hollister has committed to attending hearings such as this one scheduled for Dec. 21 as they occur across the state. "I make an effort to attend every 'lifer' hearing," said Hollister. "I recognize the importance of those hearings for the surviving family members and the cominunity." In all of these cases what shines is our local officials' work. They exemplify a commitment to serving this community, pursuing justice and ensuring that victims aren't forgotten. eat shing fispaper go to plumasnews.com I For breaking news, Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Debra Moore ............ Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................... Photo Editor Nick Hall .................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Makenzie Davis Mari Erin Roth Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Susan Jacobson Jake Jacobson Ashley Arey Lauren Westmoreland Delaine Fragnolli Gregg Scott Maggie Wells Sam Williams Michael Condon Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 283-0800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 283-0800 Pdnted on recyded paper Mefllbef, California Newspaper PuNistmrs Assoc. much to be grateful for this year As the year draws to a close, I am filled with equal portions of nostalgia for the many valuable experiences I have had this past year, living in an area as grand as the Sierras, while also looking with anticipation toward 2017, a year that hopefully promises to bring a wonderful series of new adventures as well. Every day as I leave home to drive to work, winding through rich forest enclaves and admiring the picturesque mountain views, I feel deeply thankful that I had the foresight to leave the smoggy bumper-to-bumper traffic and shoulder-to-shoulder masses of an utterly congested city like Los Angeles, to spend these fmal productive years surrounded by abundant beauty. Mt. Lassen and Lake Almanor have replaced the towering steel skyscrapers and concreted waterways that carried away the effluvium of a polluted metropolis. Here, the crystal clear alpine lakes and meandering rivers are plentiful, with ample recreational opportunities year, 'round that offer something fun to do for young and old alike. During the winter, snow-crested Mtl Lassen is a magnificent spectacle, and for a prior flatlander like myself, always spellbinding as I drive on the causeway on my way into town. I never get tired of looking at and exploring one of California's most famous volcanoes -- and it's in my own backyard! During the warmer months I am confronted by deep blue skies, mostly MY TURN STACY FISHER Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.corn devoid of air traffic and contrails; while in the winter-- well, I deal with the snow like everyone else. The clear nights reveal the sparkling stars and the Milky Way galaxy that remain forever hidden behind the light pollution that I've left far behind. The Chester community has shown nothing but open arms during my tenure at the Chester Progressive, with new friends warmly accepting this once city slicker as one of their own. Being employed in my field is a joyful bit of luck in a small town setting, where writing jobs are far scarcer than in the Big City. (Thanks Mike and Keri!) I am grateful for possessing reasonable health (given that I just turned 60!), having friends who care about me, a roof over my head and a bed to sleep on with plenty to eat. The list goes on and on. I am appreciative for living in a country that has sheltered me from the ravages of war and hunger, as millions around the globe have fallen victim to both. Our courageous veterans have made many sacrifices to defend my freedoms, even though I myself have never been called to duty. For your service, I thank you. TO the police and firefighters who potentially risk their welfare to guard my own, I am indebted to you as well. And I am thankful for the care providers in Cllester, Westwood and nearby Susanville who have worked tirelessly treating any number of my aches and pains, and who put up with my complaints and amateur diagnoses. And yet, as grateful as I feel for all that I have during this holiday season, I can't help but feel to a certain degree a tad downtrodden, too, calling to mind how many around the world face a much more difficult reality than I. As I wax philosophical, I can't help but contemplate the question: why me? I am no more or less deserving than anybody else. How is it that I have been favored by the fates? Perhaps this isn't the time to try and divine an answer to why I've been so lucky in a world so torn and tattered. I'll ponder that question on another day. In closing, I am grateful for the prospect of many more years living and working in this beautiful place I now call home. To all, may this be the happiest of holidays, however you choose to celebrate them. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at noon; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283- 3952 or emailed to drnoore@plumasnews.corn. Once Upon a Time Once upon a time, in the tiny economically depressed town of Taylorsville, there was a thriving business run by a charming talented woman. This woman was able to turn the nastiest hair into lovely tresses that impressed all of the villagers. All of the elderly residents of the town flocked to her salon for upgrades on hair and nails, chit chat and locally made items. They were able to walk on canes, crutches and walkers to the salon since it was right there in the center of the tiny town. One day the salon was gone. Where did it go? Where is the charming talented woman? Is there an evil villain or a wicked witch who is responsible? Did she leave of her own volition? Why, we ask, did this happen? It's not as if the tiny town has too many beauty salons or too many thriving businesses. What possible reason could there be for this to occur? Now all of the elderly women of the village are ashamed to be seen, as their lovely tresses have turned back to nasty. Many of them have to cover their heads, beg for rides or try to drive across the valley in search of the charming talented woman, thereby causing a grave hazard to innocent drivers and animals. Let us hope that the charming talented woman will be found so we can all live happily beautified ever after. Anne Ruffner Taylorsville I see the problem I've fmally figured out what the Lake Davis blowhard's problem is: He has "principals." Maybe if he had principles, he wouldn't be so bitter, hateful, and clueless. .... Terry Southworth C-Road Hangs her head Spoiled three-year-old at a friend's birthday party, watching the friend open gifts. Three-year-old is kicking, crying, banging her head on the wall, screaming "Mine, mine, mine." Embarrassed, mother hangs her head in shame. Spoiled Democrats after the election results are announced -- kicking, crying, banging their heads on the wall, screaming "Mine, mine, mine." Embarrassed, America hangs her head in shame. ' Lynn Desjardin Portola Wildlife biologists on notice Everyone that wants to see wolves migrate into California must be vegetarians. Wolves have decimated the elk herds in the Yellowstone, killed hundreds of sheep in Idaho and cattle in Montana. Are these people insane? Government wildlife biologists want these killers reintroduced into our habitat because it gives them something to do. Their livelihood doesn't depend on flocks of sheep decimated by big cats; or calves pulled down by coyotes. They haven't witnessed wolves slaughtering elk or cattle for sport, leaving them to rot. Hey, biologists, get a real man's job as a rancher, you'd stop this nonsense. You can't hunt mountain lions in California and along with bear, coyotes and now wolves; protecting livestock is a 24-hour job. Limp-wristed biologists, are putting ranchers out of business. Here's a notice for wildlife biologists. We will kill wolves as easily as we kill coyotes. If environmentalists Can accept aborting babies without a second thought, killing wolves without a second shot will be just as easy. Thanks for the opportunity to hunt wolves; SSS. I've studied coyotes and wolves for years. The Gray ....... Wolf, biologists reintroduced into the Yellowstone, now migrating to California, is not indigenous to that region. This larger species of wolf was never in California, Wyoming, Idaho or Montana; look it up. The Farm Bureaus of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana opposed the reintroduction on the basis that the wrong subspecies of wolf -- Canis lupus occidentalis (northwestern wolf (Canada)) instead of Canis lupus irremotus (Northern Rocky Mountains wolf) was selected for the Yellowstone. Occidentalis can stand 40 inches at the shoulder and weigh 180 lbs. think on that. I'll be in Canada hunting wolves soon, keeping America safe; one wolf at a time. Funny, since Trump won, liberals are buying guns, which is hilarious. No foot will be safe. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Editor's note: According to the author "SSS" is a term used by hunters -- "shoot, shovel and shut up." An equal voice? A recent writer suggested that the electoral college votes for president be allotted by county with each county having one vote. This would actually result in more inequality in the worth of each vote than the present system does. For example, Alpine County with a population of 1,110 would get one vote as would Los Angeles County with a population of over 10,000,000. Plumas County (population 18,409) would get one vote, the same as San Diego County with 3,300,000 people. In fact, the 48 counties with the lowest populations would each get one electoral vote, the same as LA's one vote. In the Electoral College each state gets one vote for each member of Congress, both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House always has 435 members, and the districts are adjusted after every 10-year census so they all have approximately the same population. Some states will get more representatives while other states will lose some depending on population growth. So each of these votes has about the same weight. The problem with the Electoral College is due to the fact that each state has two senators no matter their population. California with 39,144,000 people gets two votes, the same as Wyoming with only 586,000 people. Texas, 27,469,000 has two votes as does Vermont, 626,000. This disparity is what gives the smaller states more influence than the larger states in presidential elections. Bob Kimberling Portola Resistance The pugnacious future occupant of the White House continues to promise cuts in vital programs, and protest as he may that he is friends of African Americans, he is stocking his cabinet with known white supremacists; and his pick for Education Secretary favors the voucher system, which was specifically designed to resegregate our schools. Luckily, there is a growing tide of resistance welling up throughout the nation. Salvatore Cataiano Simi Valley Brooklyn Well I sure bought the wrong bridge that time. Mistakenly, I named the Brooklyn Bridge as connecting Fort Lee N.J. with See Letters, page 7B REMEMBER WHEN donation to be giventoselected ............................................... Taylorsville community projects. KERI TABORSKI Historian I00 YEARS AGO ... 1916 Advertisement: The Plumas County Bank extends compliments of the season to its customers and all the people of Plumas County. We solicit your business. 50 YEARS AGO ... 1966 Plans have been made for the construction of a community Christmas card in Taylorsville where residents are urged to include their names on the giant greeting card with proceeds from the $1.00 25 YEARS AGO ... 1991 A cooperative investigation between the United States Forest Service and the Plumas County Sheriffs office have led to the recovery of several pounds of marijuana stolen from the USFS compound warehouse November 14 and two arrests have been made. 10 YEARS AGO ... 2006 OPEN HOUSE--Join Us at the Quincy office of Feather Publishing Company Wednesday evening as we say goodbye to our Quincy managing editor Debra Moore who is pursuing other endeavors.(Note to readers: Debra has since returned to the Quincy news office of Feather Publishing and currently resumes the duties of managing editor.) Robbie Cassou has been named as the new Quincy Fire Department fire chief, succeeding Andy Anderson, who has retired after 50 years 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. t )