Cruise on an aircraft carrier brings a new perspective

Carolyn Shipp - My TUrn
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A metal giant floated before me the night of Dec. 13. I stood at the harbor, heaved my backpack onto my shoulder and kept my eyes on the 950,000-ton ship that would be my hotel for the next four days.

The USS Nimitz towered over crowds of civilians, casting shadows in the night over my new family. After weaving through fellow travelers and Navy sailors, climbing a flight of aluminum stairs and crossing over onto the aircraft carrier, the Shipps found themselves on a ship.

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A quick look at a year that was hardly ordinary

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It’s hard to believe that another year is drawing to a close. For the next couple weeks, the Feather Publishing staff will be turning the pages of our 2013 editions to compile our annual Year in Review feature.

The Year in Review will be part of your regular newspaper scheduled to hit the newsstands on New Year’s Eve.

Sifting through a year’s worth of papers is almost always enlightening. Looking back sparks memories. Like turning the pages of a family album, we laugh at one page only to cry at the next.

But one thing is certain: No year is ordinary. And 2013 was no exception.

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Where were the boards of directors in recent scandals?

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It has been a frustrating and embarrassing year for two services districts in Plumas County. Alleged criminal acts involving fraud and embezzlement have left ratepayers stunned and angry.

Last week’s report that former Indian Valley Community Services District general manager Leanna Moore is accused of stealing more than $380,000 from the small district comes on the heels of a similar report in Chester earlier this year. Former Chester Public Utility District general manager/fire chief William Turner is accused of charging $1,720 on the district’s credit card at a Reno strip club.

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Support the local community through the $100 challenge

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As we prepare to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday this week, the Christmas shopping season begins in earnest with a mad rush to buy all those colorful presents we stash under our brightly decorated Christmas trees to surprise our family, friends and loved ones.

This holiday season, we once again challenge each of our newspaper readers — yes, you — to spend at least $100 shopping at home this holiday season. If we all did that it would pump more than $1.8 million into Plumas County’s economy. And that’s based on a conservative average of just two readers per newspaper.

It’s a simple concept that we first introduced four years ago. We also mentioned it last week in the Business Scene column of this newspaper — and that is because it has proven to be worth its weight in gold.

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The prospect of consolidation has never been better

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It’s time for the American Valley to consolidate its two water and sewer services districts into one.

The idea isn’t new. The East Quincy and Quincy districts have been talking about it for more than two decades. Unfortunately, the talks sometimes resembled bar-room brawls more than genuine negotiations. For years it seemed the districts’ respective boards of directors simply didn’t trust each other.

But times have changed. The two boards are no longer made up of Hatfields and McCoys.

The attitudes and makeup of the current boards have never been better for making this important change — a change that should have happened years ago.

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