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Plumas County had better brace for the worst wildfire conditions on record

Feather Publishing
7/18/2014


California is burning.

That might sound like an alarming statement, but it’s a fact. Take a look at any of the various state maps that indicate where wildfires are currently burning. The maps are dotted with red. And we haven’t even reached the peak fire season yet.

That, however, is not entirely true. In 2014, fire season arrived early. Actually, it never left. After two years of record drought we are living in the middle of a tinderbox. Our forests are so dangerously dry that the governor declared a state of emergency in early June. In May Gov. Jerry Brown told us to brace for one of the worst fire seasons ever.

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Survival of theatre is up to us

James Wilson
Staff Writer

“Here's $10. That should be enough for admission and some candy,” my mom said as she handed me a crisp bill, dropping me off on the corner of Main and Bradley. “I'll pick you up right after the movie.”

And like that, she was off. My 10-year-old self searched around until I spotted the group of friends I was meeting up with. I still couldn’t believe it! My mom let me go to the movies with just my friends — no adults!

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Life is too short to put off fishing with friends

Michael Condon
Staff Writer
5/30/2014

For pretty much all of my life I have been out-fished by some of my good friends. Who needs friends like that?

It seems like I should have dropped the sport or those friends in favor of maintaining my personal dignity a long time ago.

But I didn’t. My friends and my fishing have always been too important to me.

My fishing humiliation started with my best childhood friend, Tom. Tom and I fished together a lot starting in grammar school. We would fish the same water using the same bait. And he would out-fish me. He did it consistently. It was rude.

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Congratulations and our best wishes to the Class of 2014

Feather Publishing
6/6/2014

 

Every story you’ve ever connected with, every leader you’ve ever admired, every puny little thing that you’ve ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.

Emmy Award-winning actor Bradley Whitford said those words during his commencement speech for the University of Wisconsin in 2004. Whitford isn’t known for his sage advice. He’s probably best known as the fictional White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman in the former NBC drama “West Wing.” But his words of advice can apply to all of us — especially young people about to embark on their adult journey.

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Little frog hardly worthy of massive effort to protect it

Feather Publishing
4/18/2014
 

It’s just a frog.

That’s a pretty blunt, and probably insensitive, statement in the eco-conscious world we live in these days. But it’s the simple truth.

Way too much time, energy and tax dollars are being dedicated toward making sure the yellow-legged frog has a comfortable place to live — safe from predators and man-made threats that could potentially mean doomsday for the 2-inch amphibian.

There is no doubt that times are tough for the few little yellow-legged hoppers that remain. The million or so acres in California that are considered the frog’s critical habitat are indeed shrinking. Some of the best and brightest minds have been dedicated to making sure the frog doesn’t join the woolly mammoth and passenger pigeon in the “extinct” wing of the museum.

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