Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: September 4, 2013
Joint juvenile hall
In these times of economic hardship for municipalities and counties, it's nice to see Colusa join together with Yuba and Sutter for a 48-bed juvenile hall in Marysville.
Chief Probation Officer Bill Fenton said in last week's report that it would cost about $1.5 million to run such a facility in Colusa County.
Although the hall would be about 25 miles from Colusa, it seems to be the most prudent option.
Now, here's to hoping legislators in Sacramento OK the transfer of the Colusa County-awarded grant to Yuba County so the project can move forward — and that future discussions between counties yield similar results.
Teaching grain safety to youth
Just like we need to teach youth about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, it's important to focus on agricultural dangers in our area.
The recent Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in Colusa helped introduce students from Arbuckle, Grimes and Maxwell to the dangers of playing around grain silos.
A person can be engulfed in grain in a storage facility in just a matter of seconds, Pacific International Rice Mills of Woodland employee Jesse Gonzalez said.
"Never walk on grain," he cautioned.
Firefighters aiding the cause
The Rim fire near Yosemite is about three-quarters contained, and we can all thank local hands for playing a role.
A strike team coordinated by Williams Fire Chief Jeff Gilbert deployed Aug. 22 with five engines and 18 firefighters from Colusa, Williams, Sacramento River, Willows and Maridian Fire Departments.
The crews recently returned home, succesfully having defended iconic American landscapes like Hetch Hetchy.
The deaths of 19 Hotshot firefighters fighting an out-of-control blaze in Arizona served as a solemn and tragic reminder of just how dangerous the profession is.
We owe them all our gratitude.
Taking water for granted
As detailed in last week's paper, officials like Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, discussed the controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan at a recent forum.
As the story notes, a number of attendees voiced concerns about Northern California water rights and related issues.
Good for them. More people need to step up and realize the importance of our natural resources — before they disappear.