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6B Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL AN D OPINION EDITORIAL The fate of the Plumas County Visitors Bureau has been up in the air for some time now, and will likely be for a bit longer. As many of you know, one of Feather Publishing's premier prod- ucts is the Plumas County Visitors Guide, which we produce in partnership with the visitors bu- reau. The bureau's limbo position has prompted a number of you to ask us about the status of the visitors guide. Let us be clear: We will produce the visitors guide, with or without the visitors bureau. The guide is an ongoing project for us. We work on it year-round. Much of the work for this year's guide has already been completed, with the assis- tance of the visitors bureau staff and volunteers. While we value their expertise, Feather Publish- ing does have the resources to produce the guide on its own -- and we will if we have to. We believe the guide is the single most power- ful marketing tool for our county, and we are committed to it, come hell or high water. This year's guide is particularly sigqificant be- cause tourism experts are predicting travelers will be looking for more day trips and weekend jaunts. Those seeking full-blown vacations are opting to stay closer to home. That's good news for Plumas County because we are perfectly situ- ated to capitalize on the San Francisco, Sacra- mento and Reno markets. Annually, 90,000 copies of the visitors guide are distributed free to hundreds of locations in our region. The entire publication is posted to, and updated on, our website, plumasnews.com. The guide receives an average of more than 300 view. ers monthly. As tourism continues to grow and to play an ever more important role in our economy, we will do our part to promote the beauty, culture, local businesses and amenities that Plumas County has to offer. As for continued funding for the visitors bu- reau, we've argued this before: Tourism is an economic engine for the county it's the second largest industry in Plumas. In the "California Travel Impacts by County" study, Dean Runyan Associates calculated that travelers spent $98.4 million in Plumas in 2009, placing us third highest in the state percentage-wise with just over 25 percent of our sales tax being visitor- related just behind San Francisco's 29 percent and Sierra County's 33 percent. The survey also put us third in the state for tourism related em- ployment, with 14 percent of our jobs dependent on visitors. All things considered, we actually think that number might be somewhat higher. Yes, our chambers and Plumas Arts provide an important function by producing quality events. The visitors bureau performs a complementary function by packaging and marketing those events. Our county can't afford to destroy haft of that partnership. In these challenging times we again urge coun- ty supervisors to consider all options, including the financial benefits of consolidating depart- ments and functions, like combining the visitors bureau and fair operations in one location, with a single manager and staff. Fea ng spaper Breaking News .... go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor M. Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Michael Condon Dan McDonald Ruth Ellis Brian Taylor Will Farris Kayleen Taylor Barbara France Theresa Humphrey Mona Hill Sam Williams Susan Coil Johnson Jason Theobald Diana dorgenson Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Chester Progressive Times (530) 258-3115 (530) 257-53211 Indian Valley Portola Reporter Record (530) 832-4646 (530) 284-7800 lun MY TURN SUSAN CORT JOHNSON Staff Writer wp@lassennews.com Ask around any community, and you will hear many people voice a need for vol- unteers. I have been creating a list of orga- nizations in my area that need help in or- der to write a series of articles on volun- teerism, and the opportunities for volun- teering are great. Local fire departments, community li- braries and museums operate with volun- teers. The schools need volunteers and many of the sports programs and activities for children, such as Cub Scouts, can't be offered without volunteers. However, the need is not a reason to step forward. I did some research via the Inter- net on the qualities of a good volunteer that you can review as a guideline to un- cover what work you might do in 2012. Yahoo listed five characteristics of a good volunteer: passion, commitment, positive at- titude, dependability and punctuality. First, find something you are passionate about. For example, if you like animals, find a cause that benefits them. This will keep you committed and dependable. Vol- unteers need to abide by the requirements of the position, whether committing a cer- tain number of hours or serving on a par- ticular day, attending training sessions or finishing tasks. They also need to arrive on time. Most volunteer positions require timeliness such as opening the museum or library according to the hours posted or driving children to a sporting event. Finally, volunteering isn't a half-hearted endeavor, according to Yahoo. It requires enthusiasm and energy, no matter the task. A website, called "Voluntary Worker," posted an article written by Jeff Durham in which.volunteers were described as "Regu- lar people who give up some of their time to help individuals, organizations and causes out of choice and for no financial gain in return." Webster's Dictionary describes a volun- teer as "One who enters into or offers him- self for a service of his own free will." According to Durham, volunteering is "expressing concern about something or somebody other than oneself. It's about putting in the time, effort and commitment to help fellow men, women or animals or to contribute towards a cause that you feel passionate about." Often people have skills that can steer them toward the right volunteer position. For example, Adele Emershaw, superinten- dent of Westwood Unified School District, mentioned people with knowledge about plants and gardening are needed to develop the area around the outdoor classroom re- cently installed on the playground at Fletcher Walker Elementary by Learning Landscapes. Of course, history buffs will enjoy volun- teering at the museum and those who un- derstand and love baseball may want to coach a Little League team. At other times, people may be passionate abouta cause but require training to fill a volunteer position. For example, if you wish to volunteer for a crisis hotline you may need to work with another volunteer and study a manual. Anyone with a passion for politics will have an opportunity to volunteer for a campaign because 2012 is an election year. Or you might consider running for a board. In Westwood, three seats on the school board are up for election. This year, assess your interests, skill and passion and invest in your communi- ty. It will make a difference by improving quality of life and/or circumstances. Where in the World? Quack-Pa McNett and Beeze Batson, with grandson Myles Trujillo, view the Wright Brothers exhibit at the Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along andincluding it in a photo. Then email the photo to smorrow@plumasnews.com. Include your name, contact information and brief details about your photo. We may publish it as space permits. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO .......... 1937 The Portola Fire Department has new of- ricers and were installed at the annual ban- quet held at the Red Feather Cabaret. In- stalled was Chief James Johnson, assistant chiefs Andy Freeman and Jesse Roberts and secretary/treasurer J.M. Turner. Plumas County old timers who talk about the winter of 1889-1890 have another one to talk about and it is the current win- 50 YEARS AGO ........ 1962 Carol Bellamy of Quincy was named president of the board of directors of the Plumas County Fair, replacing Archie Hamlin of Blairsden. Other fair board offi- cers are Roy Carmichael of Delleker, C.L. Peckinpah of Quincy, John Hardgrave of Taylorsville, Marcel Bony of Sierraville, Fred Guidici of Chilcoot and Arthur Peter of North Arm. The population of Plumas County was 12,000 on January 1, 1962, according to the California Taxpayers Association, showing an increase of 360 over the April 1960 census. 25 YEARS AGO ........ 1987 Plumas National Forest supervisor Lloyd Britton retired this week after 15 years in that position and a 43 year career with the United States Forest Service. 10 YEARS AGO .......... 2002 Plumas County Clerk Judith Wells un- veiled the county's new voting machines, which will be in place for the March pri- mary election. The $297,000 Accuvote Touchscreen voting systems includes 55 units which will be disbursed throughout ten Plumas County polling places. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspa- ter which recorded the lowest tempera- Three years ago today, the body of 13 per archives and represent writing styles of that ture in history 28 degrees below zero on year old Heidi Fredette of Portola was particular period. The spelling and grammar Friday and 22 degrees below zero on found in Tehama County. The investiga- are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actu- Thursday morning, tion still continues, ally appeared in the original newspaper. On balancing the ballot.process ~~ Jan. 9. These would be the same candi- another day. . ..... dates that just departed Iowa to jump into While I'm thinking, and from the mind- ~i2 a short week of stumping before the New set of a semi-retired journalist, I know :~:: Hampshire primary. ,, there is no way I would consider walking a ~y While Rove did say things like 500 sig- mile in any of the candidate s shoes. ~~ii~ .......... natures are required in each of the 19 Campaigns are, idealistically, probably precincts and,another 5,000 in XXX state," pretty darned good training for any person the facts didn t linger because the daunt- running for the office of president of the MY TURN ing glimpse into the realities of a national United States. While keeping 50 state brief- .................................................................................................................. campaign just wowed me. ing books might be quite a task, it certain- M. KATE WEST Wow again. While on the road for hkely ly doesn't stack up to the heavy responsi- Chester Editor chesternews@plumasnews.com 16 hours a day, speaking in back-to-back bilities and hourly tracking required of the townhall meetings, participating in orga- commander-in-chief. It's amazing what you can learn if you nized debates and stopping in cafes, county The processdoes, I would hope, teach just stop what you're doing and listen to fairs and numerous other venues, the dan- the values of teamwork and trust, two what is being said. I found this to be the didates must additionally keep themselves traits we expect from our future leaders. case Jan. 5 as the network pundits contin- apprised of the ballot processes, including Even though it's a job I can't fathom any- ued to rehash the Iowa caucus results, timelines, of 50 different states, one in their right mind taking on, I can un- In the midst of their circling dialogue a While it's not likely the candidates have derstand at least three of the purposes be- new fact emerged from guest Karl Rove, the same opportunity we do locally -- hind the effort: thinking you can make a the former senior advisor and deputy chief where you can just stand outside the post difference, meeting the traditionally of staff to former President George W. office and gathera signature from nearly taught value of public service above self Bush. every registered voter in town -- it still and then, of Course, owning for the term The discussion was about the number of means they have to coordinate a reliable limit the chair to what is often referenced states in which candidates were required volunteer or paid staff to meet those indi- as "the most powerful position in the to turn in signature sheets in order to ap- vidual state mandates in their absence, world." )ear on the ballot. Talk about a juggling act! That sounds As to this current crop of hopefuls, we What really caught my attention was the like one too many balls to keep up in the will each have to wait to see what the fu- white board Rove was holding up that had air at the same time. ture brings. the names of five or six states written on Rove also said something to the effect They too, like the sitting president of the it. Then he talked about the number of that the lack of an official presence on a United States, will in time be judged by precincts and number of signatures re- state ballot would negate delegate votes at history as to whether they are marathon quired from each state that the candidates the national party convention but the fact fit to care for the people of America or sire- would have to gather before Monday,finding into that tidbit will have to wait for ply tottering on feet of clay.