Sixty is the new forty but who knew that Thursday could be the new Saturday?

Lessons learned last week in Plumas

From Chester to Portola, last Thursday was a busy one for Plumas County residents. From the festive to the serious, a host of events prompted people to brave the lingering traces of yet one more winter storm and go out.

The Chester area hosted its community supper, while in Greenville, residents were invited to a supper to learn about and discuss mental health services that are available.

In Quincy, a trio of three events competed for attention. Plumas Arts and the Common Good Foundation hosted a screening of the film “RBG” at the Town Hall Theatre with guest of honor Wendy Webster. Webster is a 1962 graduate of Quincy High School and one of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s biographers. Meanwhile at the library, there was a presentation about wildfires and climate change organized by Portola resident Robbin Anderson. Anderson is a member of the group Citizens’ Climate Lobby and an ardent advocate of taking action to reverse the trend. Just around the corner, a local musician performed.

In Portola, the Plumas County Republican Women met at the Log Cabin Restaurant and listened to their guest for the day, Sheriff Greg Hagwood. The public is always invited to attend these monthly gatherings.

Although we live in a small county, there seems to always be an event or meeting to attend. It’s unfortunate when some end up competing for attendance, as was the case in Quincy. Both the RBG events and the climate change presentation were very informative.

With regard to RBG, it was interesting for attendees to hear of a local’s interactions with the famed Supreme Court justice and amusing for many of them to have their former classmate re-sign their high school yearbooks. A lot of talent comes from Plumas County and it’s good to hear their stories.

As for the climate change presentation, it was compelling to hear what a grassroots effort hopes to accomplish. The presentation was made even more note worthy as one of the speakers, a Paradise resident, shared his personal story. As a journalist, he penned an op-ed piece for the Chico News & Review that ran last summer and is hauntingly prophetic.

At the time of publication the Carr Fire was raging in Redding, and, within just a couple of months Paradise and his home would be threatened. Here is the beginning of his piece: “It’s Redding’s turn to burn, for its citizens to flee and, tragically, for some to die. Last year, fires swept through Sonoma, Napa and Santa Barbara counties, killing dozens. Chico’s turn will come, and Paradise will burn again. Portola, Quincy, Truckee — all the small, wonderful mountain communities are sitting ducks. Our national parks and forests will continue to be consumed at unprecedented rates. Wildland firefighters will die — more than 300 have since 2010. Homes by the hundreds and the thousands will be destroyed. Why?”

Gregory answered that question in his opinion piece and in last Thursday’s presentation. Simply put it’s a combination of poor forest management and climate change. Both issues are now at the forefront and are finally receiving the attention they deserve. Local John Kolb weighs in on the topic in his Where I Stand on the facing page. Expect to read much more about these subjects in the upcoming editions of this newspaper.

There’s always something to do in Plumas County — from the frivolous to the serious — and that includes learning what we can do to protect ourselves from a devastating wildland fire.

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