Eulogy for QLG: its name may be dead but its legacy lives on

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 — Twenty years. That’s how long it took the Quincy Library Group philosophy to permeate forest management practices. What was once considered a radical concept is now accepted as the best approach to preserve our resources.

Governor Jerry Brown embraced the idea in his just-released Water Action Plan, which reads in part: “Restore forest health through ecologically sound forest management. Overgrown forests not only pose a risk of catastrophic fire, but can significantly reduce water yield.” How often did we hear QLG members articulate those sentiments?

By now most are familiar with QLG’s story. Tired of the fighting about timber harvests, an environmentalist, Michael Jackson; a timber industry executive, Tom Nelson; and a county supervisor, Bill Coates; decided to seek common ground. They met on neutral territory at the Quincy library, hence the name. Like-minded individuals from the private and public sectors, including the Forest Service, joined them.

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The time has come to address the mess on my desk

Feb. 18, 2014 — My desk is a mess. If I actually worked in an office building perhaps it would be clutter free, but as a resident editor for Feather Publishing I have an in-home office.

Mainly the problem is the notes I take for article writing. They seem to form piles on all the available surfaces of the desk. But they are not the only source of the problem. Therefore I decided to make desk clutter the topic for My Turn. My hope was to clear my desk and help others who struggle with the same problem.

I have found the Internet a good source of information on such non-technical topics. Its benefit is that you can quickly cull tips, pinpointing those strategies that will most likely work for your particular case.

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SPI’s vindication won’t end bounty hunter mentality

February 18, 2014 — Misguided. Deceptive. Not truthful. Corrupt. Tainted. Egregious. Systematic misdirection. Reprehensible conduct.

Those are some of the words Judge Leslie C. Nichols used last week to describe the tactics of CalFire and two of its lawyers. Nichols threw out the state’s $8 million lawsuit against Sierra Pacific Industries; and then ordered CalFire to pay SPI and its legal team $25 million for wasting their time.

We were pleased to hear about the judge’s ruling. It is vindication for the family-owned timber company with strong connections to Plumas County.

Sierra Pacific Industries has argued from the beginning that it had nothing to do with starting the 2007 Moonlight Fire.

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Recreation authority continues to move forward

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 — The recently formed Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority, funded by both the city of Susanville and Lassen County, continues its efforts to bring a community pool to the residents of Susanville and Lassen County.

Three members of the authority’s governing board and a few members of the public and the media visited the top three proposed sites as well as a proposed site at the Sierra Pacific Industries property near Riverside Park last week.

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Celebrating 50 years of Beatles’ country music

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 — It was 50 years ago this week The Beatles made their first live appearance on American television on the Ed Sullivan show and changed the music world forever.

But here’s one you haven’t heard. For years, one of my favorite baits to cut has been, “The Beatles are a country band.” Now informed folks readily admit The Beatles played some country music, but they argue their catalog includes many more styles. I have to agree with that assessment because it’s absolutely true, but I continue to set the hook with the anecdotes and song citations that reveal the band’s country influences.

I know it sounds crazy and outrageous— The Beatles as a country act — but don’t just take my word for it. Here are the words of some music biz insiders who agree with me!

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