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Opinion

There will be fire — are communities ready?

Where I Stand
Dale Knutsen, Former Chairman, Almanor Basin Fire Safe Council
Board Member, West Almanor Community Services District
4/11/2013

    The history of Plumas County has always included episodes of wildland fire. Some of it has been the result of lightning strikes, while other fires were the result of human activity, planned or otherwise.

  Long before the settlers arrived, the native Maidu used fire as a tool for understory clearing. Accidental fires became more frequent as greater numbers of humans interacted with the forest. Along the way, most of us lost our understanding of the beneficial natural role of fire in our environment. Instead, we embarked on a century-long campaign to eradicate all wildland fire, as quickly as possible, while minimizing any compensating activity to reduce the inevitable buildup of understory fuels in the forest. Our intentions were good, but the result wasn’t.

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Volunteering — it’s good for you and your community

Feather Publishing
4/11/2013
 

  Living in small-town America is a choice most of us make for specific reasons.

  We would rather avoid the hustle, bustle and traffic of busy cities. We prefer to greet the people we meet on downtown streets or while out shopping, instead of averting our eyes. We wave and give a friendly smile as we approach people or cars in the country — whether we know them or not.

  And we actually know who our neighbors are and look out for and interact with them on a regular basis.

Read more: Volunteering — it’s good for you and your community

  

Our future depends on the national forest: It’s not the time to drop the fight

Feather Publishing
4/4/2013
 

  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 could only muster a handful.

Read more: Our future depends on the national forest: It’s not the time to drop the fight

  

Ground squirrels: just one of the signs of spring

Feather Publishing
4/4/2013
 

  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.

Read more: Ground squirrels: just one of the signs of spring

  

The Quincy Crusader strikes again

James Wilson
Sports Editor
3/25/2013
 

  When I was a child, my parents always told me I had too active of an imagination. Now, it’s usually my wife that tells me that. I’m often caught spacing out, daydreaming of all sorts of ridiculous ideas and scenarios.

  Ever since I can remember I loved to draw. Any piece of paper I could get my hands on turned into little doodles of whatever was happening in my life. My family was one of my favorite subjects and my parents still have stacks of cartoons I drew of them.

Read more: The Quincy Crusader strikes again

  

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