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Safety must be top priority on winding winter roadways

Feather Publishing
Editorial Opinion
11/15/2013

 

Two big-rig crashes in the Feather River Canyon in successive weeks underscore the dangers we face when driving that very scenic, yet extremely treacherous, stretch of Highway 70.

Last week, a big-rig driver from Newman was lucky. He suffered minor injuries after his tractor-trailer veered off the road, struck an embankment and overturned near the Paxton bridge. The accident sent his cargo of scrap metal flying in all directions. Luckily, there were no other cars in the vicinity or it likely would have been a tragic encounter.

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Learning from the trip-ups on the trip of a lifetime

Feather Publishing
 
James Wilson
11/8/2013
 

It was 10 years ago exactly that I took the trip of my life. Two of my friends, Brett and Lindsay, took off with me on a year-long trip that took us to 25 countries and six continents. We were young, reckless and ready for anything: the perfect combination for a year of shenanigans.

Since it was exactly 10 years ago, I’ve been going through my old emails recently and reading about what we were up to 10 years ago from the day, each day. Ten years ago from the day of writing this, for example, I was picking fruit on an orchard in New Zealand. 

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It is good to see county support Plumas Arts

Feather Publishing
Editorial Opinion
10/25/2013
 

For a small rural county, we have an abundance of cultural events. A glance at this newspaper’s Arts & Entertainment page or the events calendar offers a weekly glimpse of events that dwarf the listings of most communities our size. It’s one of the reasons many of us choose to live here.

Much of the reason the arts are flourishing in Plumas County is because of the contributions and influence of Plumas Arts and the hundreds of residents who support the nonprofit organization.

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County leaders set good example in local budget process

Feather Publishing
10/18/2013
 

For the past five years, the Plumas County supervisors seemed to be in the headlines almost every week as they sliced away at the county budget.

Facing multimillion-dollar general fund shortfalls, the board agonized over some pretty drastic cuts. When it was all said and done, the county looked a little different than it had when the Great Recession began. The supervisors were forced to furlough, slash benefits and even fire some county workers. County departments were cut to the bone and funding for some institutions, once considered sacred, was eliminated completely. Funding for law enforcement, chambers of commerce, tourism and the arts was slashed. The Plumas County Visitors Bureau was shuttered.

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No child in the world should have to suffer from polio

John DeSelle - Where I stand
Quincy Rotary Club
 

Every child deserves the right to walk, run and play without fear of paralysis. Although polio is largely unknown in developed nations, it is a disease that still robs children of that right in some parts of the world. It is transmitted via contaminated water and food supplies, enters through a child’s mouth, and then multiplies in the throat and intestines. In a matter of hours, the poliovirus can enter the brain and spinal cord, destroying the cells that enable muscles to contract and causing paralysis. In 5 to 10 percent of cases, the child dies.

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