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Run for office: make a difference

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — The deadline to run for some elective offices may be extended an extra five days until tomorrow, Wednesday March 12 because some of the incumbents apparently are not going to seek re-election in the county and city races during this June’s Primary Election.

At the county level, assessor Kenneth Bunch and district attorney Robert Burns have announced they will not seek re-election. Auditor Karen Fouch and district 3 supervisor Larry Wosick are not expected to seek re-election this June. City councilmember Cheryl McDonald is not expected to seek re-election either.

So for those local folks who have the gumption and desire to throw their hats in the ring, it’s not too late. You still have an opportunity to answer that calling and scratch that irresistible itch for public office.

Supervisor needs to answer new residency question

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — Lassen County District 3 Supervisor Larry Wosick may be his own worst enemy right now, and statements he and county officials made to the newspaper last week beg the real question that needs to be answered — Where do you live, Mr. Wosick?

When asked last Thursday morning about rumors he had sold his ranch in Milford and was no longer living in his district, he provided the newspaper with two differing accounts of his residency status.

First Wosick acknowledged he had sold part of his ranch and no longer lived here. He even said if the matter became an issue he would resign and save himself the trouble of driving into Susanville every day.

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.

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.

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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