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My latest addiction — picking blackberries

Laura Beaton - My Turn
Staff Writer
8/29/2014


It’s that time of year again when the bounty of nature bursts forth with abundance. Beautiful, plump, juicy berries cluster temptingly on their vines. After the recent rains, their shiny black skins make them even more luscious than ever.

I picked my first blackberries in mid-July. I’ve got all my favorite spots scoped out and I’m always on the lookout for more.

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Setting the table brings great rewards

Debra Moore - My Turn
Staff Writer
8/29/2014


The girls standing in front of me at the Dollar Tree carried handfuls of pinwheels, candy and sodas. They were decorating their animal stalls for the county fair.

A few doors down, a mother and daughter were cutting yards of fabric at American Valley Hardware. They were building a tent for their garden at the county fair.

Me, I was scooping up plates, vases and candlesticks. I had entered all four days of the table-setting competition at the county fair.

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Forest Service should either help TRAC or get out of the way

Feather Publishing
8/15/2014
It’s no secret: Plumas County has reached a tipping point.

Schools once full stand empty and closed, boarded-up businesses haunt our streets, and the roar of the railroad has all but faded to a distant memory.

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Forest management policy affects crucial water availability

Bill Wickman
Spokesperson
Sustainable Forest Action Coalition
 
The impacts of California’s historic drought are becoming clear with each dry month. The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences recently estimated the ongoing drought is costing our state a staggering $2.2 billion and the loss of over 17,000 jobs. As our elected officials look for solutions, it’s critical they look to the forests and reconsider well-intentioned policies that are reducing the quality and quantity of our limited water resources.

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Law enforcement deserves praise for pot seizures

Feather Publishing
8/8/2014
In an era where legalized marijuana is increasingly easy to find, it might seem surprising that so much time and so many resources are dedicated toward the illegal stuff.

But illegal marijuana remains the most-used drug in the world. The risks that people will endure to grow and distribute the drug are sometimes mind-boggling.

The market for illegal marijuana remains gigantic. According to statistics, about $141 billion in illegal pot transactions take place worldwide each year. Those same statistics reveal that illegal marijuana is consumed by more than 180 million people worldwide.

As long as there is demand, there will be people willing to risk their lives to grow it and sell it. Drug dealers and law enforcement are still locked in a deadly war over pot. It’s a war that is sometimes fought in our own backyard — literally.

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