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8e Tuesday, May 1,2007 Lessen County Times/Westwood PinePress I Lassen County has not been forgotten Living in Northeastern California has its advantages such as not much traffic, quiet nights, a low crime rate and beautiful scenery It also has its disadvantages. For instance it is a long way from the seat of California government. To remedy that for at least a couple of days, the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District will bring its proceeding to the Veterans Memorial Hall tomorrow, Wednesday, May 2, and the.public is invited to attend. The doors open at 8:30 a.m. At i0 a.m. the three of 11 justices who come to visit will hear arguments in the Lassen County case of Pit River Tribe vs. Milford Donaldson et. el. At 10:30 a.m. the justices will be available for a ques- tion and answer ses- Editorial sion, except they will : : not answer questions about the two cases before the court that day It is the first time the Court of Appeal has held a session in Susanvitle, and it is a perfect opportu- nity for local citizens to learn how the appellate court process works." We encourage everyone to try to attend the proceedings and experience history Not many people get the chance to watch the appeals court determine the fate of groups or indi- " vidual. What is also noteworthy and commendable is the fact Lassen High School students will get a chance to meet with the justices and discuss the appellate process. The justices seem to be eager to teach young people how it all works. After the Wednesday cases are heard, copies of the opinions will be forwarded to the high school so students can further discuss the issues and the justices' opinions. Contact your elected officials PRESIDENT - George W. Bush, the White House, 1600 Permsylvania Ave Washington, D.C. 20500. (202)456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: UoS. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841, or: 1 Post St #2450, San Francisco, CA 94105; (415) 393-0707. E-mail: U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer. 112 Hart Senate OfficeBldg Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553, or: 1700 Montgomery St Suite 305, San Francisco, CA 94111. (415) 408-0100. E-mail: senat r@B xensenate'g v U.S. CONGRESSMAN- John. T. Doolittle 2410 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 2{~515. (202) 225-2511. " E-mail via Web site STATE SENATOR- Dave Cox, State Capital, Room 2048, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 445-5788. E-mail: Senator.Cox ASSEMBLYMAN- Rick Keene, State Capital. Sacramento, CA 95814: (916) 319- 2003. E-mail: assemblymemberKeene GOVERNOR - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Office of the Governor, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 445-2841. E-mail: gover Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the news editor, and should be consid- ered the opinion of the newspaper. LASSEN COUNTY TIMES A Fea ! ing d Michael C. Taborski, Publisher Barbara France, Managing Editor Sam Williams, News Editor Jill Atkinson, Advertising director Staff writers: Shayla Ashmore Alicia Knadler Ruth Ellis Will Farris Anthony Larson Victoria Metcalf Pat Shillito Susan Cort-Johnson Ben Wilgus Shannon Morrow Pare-Phillips-Hunt Kate West Terri Daoust Susie Wilson Delaine Fragnoli Lyn Waiters 100 Grand Ave Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5321 Change b inevitable but it can be j ustrating One would think by now, I could han- dle change. I have been experiencing it all my life but change still stresses me out. I think I am like most people who like their world to be constant and content. Yet, my life is not constant; it is like a rollercoaster and something I can't, always control I am working on the con- tent part no matter the circumstances around. I wouldn't mind someone saying that I was a strong anchor in a strong wind. Maybe it is the fact that I am going to see another daughter graduate soon and I am helping my married daughter and her husband resettle 10 hours from here that I really didn't want to hear City Attorney Kathleen Lazard and City Administrator Luann Rainey tendered their resignations to the city of Susanville. By the time this is read, Lazard will have had her last day at work, Thursday, April 26. She has a new job and will be reunited with her husband Ridgely. Rainey will not leave until June, which gives me time to get used to her departure. On a personal level, I am very happy for both women. They are going to pur- sue new dreams and new challenges. They both face learning new jobs, mak- ing new friends and starting fresh in a As I See It Barbara France Managing Editor new place, Under the surface I envy them but if I really consider what their plans are, I would be terrified. If change is going to happen, give me a chance to become familiar with it. When my family moved here, my hus- band went on ahead for nearly a year, giving me a lot of time to realize I was mo,~ing to a whole new world. And, honestly in many ways, Lassen County holds no resemblance to my for- mer hometown. On a professional level, it has been a pleasure dealing with Lazard and Rainey. They are patient and discreet. One of my jobs, an obvious one, is for me to ask lots of questions and get the story to the reader. After years of reading agendas, I knew that both women were resigning on good, pleasant terms. I just needed to know why Boy, did I ask, but no one said a word until after the Wednesday' April 25 closed session City Council meeting. As a.reporter and managing editor, I have been able to form a good working relationship with both ladies. They have always treated me with the utmost respect and I hope I returned the favor. When a reporter hasiniportant sources to gather information from, such as the city attorney and city administrator, it is important to keep the lines of communi- cation open and friendly. Neither woman has ever ignored me, put me off or been rude to me. Yet, I sometimes did not get the story. Lazard and Rainey always protected what needed to be protected and dis- cussed what needed to be discussed. However, even though I am comfort- able with my working relationship with both ladies, I know soon I will be seeking the news from a new city attorney and a new city administrator. The tough part comes when I have to build a relation- ship with the new attorney and adminis- trator oncb they are hired. Maybe I will get lucky and it will be someone [ already know. All I really know is that the five councilmembers have a tough job ahead of them, but I am sure they will choose well. In the meantime, I wish Kathleen and Ridgely well and Luann, we will have to get together for lunch before you leave the area. Many memories surrounding Livestock pavilion With the loss of the Lassen County youth involved in 4-H and FFA. The ani- into grooming their steers was obvious. Fair Livestock Pavilion, Lassen County mals they have poured their lives into are One resident commented about how he has lost a little bit of its history put on display" judged and made available has sat in the same spot for 31 years and Before writing thi~, I was looking at the for public viewing, watched his children and grandchildren picture of the burned building on the Despite the hot weather that usually show animals. Lassen County Fair Web site and was Another resident commented on how saddened by the destruction the ffwe he would bid for animals in that building. caused. My Wl~t~[l But with the loss of the building and as I commented to a co-worker about the with many crisis and emergency situa- photo and then trying to put things in tfons, our community has stepped up and perspective said, "Maybe I shouldn't feel Ruth Blis the fair staff has said they have received that way about a building." StaffWriter calls from people in the community will- But the truth is, I would be upset i the ing to help. house I grew up in burned down because Others have stepped up by organizing a there are many memories surrounding accompanies fair week, residents have fund-raiser dinner to help the fair re- that house, filled the building every Sunday during build a new pavilion and meet its $15,000 And for many people in this County, fair week to support the local youth, deductible. they have a lot of memories about the watching as they showed off the work, The fair is also dedicated to do what it Livestock Pavilion. time and effort put in to raising an ani- has to in order to have a livestock auction According tO, the real, while others place high bids for good this year. pavilion was built in the 1940s and has quality meat. These kind of efforts show dedication not only provided a place for families to I admit, I have only been to one live- to our youth, community and tradition, show their animals, but is also where the stock auction. And I stayed for f'lve~ min- and this is what makes living in a small Jr. Livestock Auction is held. utes. But the kids all looked so sharp in community great. Fair week is a big deal for our local their uniforms and the effort they put t