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.
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.