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Effort to create a new state is a waste of time

Feather Publishing
1/30/2015

In principle, the movement to make Northern California its own state makes sense. Our voices are but a whisper when compared to those in the urban south. Our lack of representation in matters that affect us is very similar to the injustices that prompted our forefathers to declare independence from England.

But the reality is much different. No matter how many small northern counties endorse the creation of a new state, it’s not going to happen in our lifetime.

While many of us might find it appealing to carve out a 51st state from the crags, buttresses and mountains many “Jeffersonians” call home, there are a bevy of factors those supporters are not taking into account.
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Where I stand; We should all support the president’s community college plan

Amy Schulz
Director of Career Technical Education and Economic Workforce Development
Feather River College
1/23/2015

Recently, President Obama announced a plan to provide two years of community college to all students for free. As a local education expert at a public, two-year, fully accredited community college located right here in Plumas County, I wholeheartedly embrace his proposition and I hope you will too. One of the biggest reasons we should offer this plan our support is the wage gap, which is made wider and more cavernous by the concurrent growing middle skills gap we face in this country.

At this point, most people have two questions: 1) What is the middle skills gap? and 2) How will making community college more affordable to a broader pool of students shrink it?
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The unending dilemma: Who knows where the time goes?

Sam Williams - My Turn
Managing Editor

 
Wow, the holidays have passed, and we’re off and running in a brand new year — 2015. It seems as if 2014 had just arrived, and now it’s already in the history books. I always thought time flies as we get older because we spend so much of our lives working for a living. Maybe I should long for the days before the Industrial Revolution when our lives were linked to the dirt rather than televisions, smartphones and computers. As I get older, I fear my understanding of time has abandoned me completely.
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The frog is our friend; policymakers trying to protect it are not

Feather Publishing
1/16/2015

Last week Plumas County realized its first tangible economic casualty directly related to the yellow-legged frog.

The popular Lost Sierra Endurance Run scheduled for early September was canceled. It’s canceled because the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship said it can’t afford to pay for a frog habitat impact analysis associated with the U.S. Forest Service’s special-use permit.

This is likely just the beginning of the economic collateral damage resulting from the frog being considered an endangered species.
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Proposed degree fills workforce need, builds on existing excellence

Where I Stand
Dr. Kevin Trutna,
Superintendent/President, Feather RIver College


With the passage of Assembly Bill 850 (Sen. Block), up to 15 California community college districts will be eligible to offer technical baccalaureate degrees. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office will select, through a competitive process, which districts and what degrees will be offered. Feather River College recently submitted an application to be considered as one of the 15 colleges in this unique pilot program. FRC applied to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in equine and ranch management to help supply an unmet industry demand for trained workers in this growing industry.
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