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SPI deserves a full refund for Moonlight Fire settlement

Feather Publishing
10/24/2014

Sierra Pacific Industries has insisted from the beginning that it played no role in igniting the devastating Moonlight Fire in 2007. Two weeks ago, the company took the next step in an attempt to clear its name and get some more of its money back.

We cried foul in 2012 when SPI was forced to hand over $122 million ($55 million in cash and 22,500 acres of prime timberland) to the federal government.

Even if the family-owned timber company was responsible for starting the Moonlight Fire, the penalty was beyond excessive. And it could have been even worse — the government was seeking more than $700 million. Some said it was the result of a growing bounty hunter mentality by prosecutors and the courts. It was the largest settlement of its kind in U.S. history.

Read more: SPI deserves a full refund for Moonlight Fire settlement

Domestic violence affects millions of Americans each year


Feather Publishing
10/17/2014

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — a public campaign that began in 1981 with a Day of Unity and then morphed into a month-long event in 1987.

Although awareness of domestic violence is growing, more than half of the violent acts still go unreported. Worldwide, at least one in three women has been beaten or abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.

The experts tell us domestic violence knows no boundaries and can touch anyone regardless of their social, economic, racial or cultural background. Most domestic violence victims are women, but men, children and teenagers also can be victims, especially when the abuse is emotional or psychological rather than physical.

Read more: Domestic violence affects millions of Americans each year

County leaders need to make the most of a rare opportunity


Feather Publishing
10/10/2014

A proposed joint venture between the sheriff and the California Highway Patrol appeared to be dead last spring. But after last week’s visit by CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow, there is a glimmer of hope.

We emphasize the glimmer part.

Everything will have to come together just right to make the collaboration a reality. The plan — devised by Sheriff Greg Hagwood and local CHP Commander Joe Edwards — is to build a shared office for the sheriff and CHP on a campus that would include a free-standing jail and possibly even the fire department.

Read more: County leaders need to make the most of a rare opportunity

Two dreamers arrive in Plumas County and love what they find

Feather Publishing
Miriam S. Cody - My Turn
10/3/2014

I’ve always been a dreamer. I am willing to push the limitations of convention to discover what I am capable of, to learn what I really love, and to change things that I am not satisfied with.

Six months ago, my boyfriend, Larry, and I packed up all of our belongings and headed for California with more faith than actual plans. I just wanted to write. Larry wanted to mine for gold and realize the dream he’s had since he was a little boy, of being an independent miner. I challenged myself to learn more about gold and become a better miner myself. Our day jobs back in Montana fed our bellies, but did not fulfill our hearts.

Read more: Two dreamers arrive in Plumas County and love what they find

Taking advantage of opportunities to do good works

Susan Cort Johnson - My Turn
9/26/2014

Today I am thinking of a favorite Scripture passage from the Book of Ephesians in the Bible that states while we cannot work for our salvation because it is a free gift from God received by faith, our salvation leads to good works (Eph. 2:8 – 10).

Ephesians 2:10 reads, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Read more: Taking advantage of opportunities to do good works


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