The Kenwood Press
Publishers' Corner: 11/15/2018

The love in the air…

All this smoke in the air is really disturbing, and hearing about the Camp Fire in Butte County and how quickly it spread – at a rate of one acre per second – is flat-out terrifying.

One way to manage your fears and feelings of post-traumatic stress is to take concrete steps to prepare for an emergency. At our house we got started a couple months ago, but as is often the case, efforts stalled about halfway to preparedness. We talked to our insurance agent and found out how woefully under-insured we were, which we’ve now fixed (although the new bill gave us sticker shock). We got a big wrench for shutting off the gas line. We have a pile of supplies on the dining room table just waiting to be put into bags and stowed in our cars, or in the garage for easy access. We started taking pictures and making an inventory of our possessions, but there’s still more to be done. We figure some preparation is better than none at all.

You can find all sorts of information on emergency preparedness on our website at Search for “Ready, Set, Go.” Other helpful sites are, and for pet and livestock preparedness,

Over and over again, we see that people can’t always count on first responders to get to them in time. In Butte County, the power went out and people did not receive phone alerts or even text messages telling them to evacuate. Once again, it was neighbor helping neighbor, and the lesson here is get to know your neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled who may not be able to evacuate on their own. Put together a phone tree, and have an evacuation plan with two ways out. Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us. This year, why not make your neighbor a “go bag” instead of a fruitcake?

Thanksgiving, our favorite holiday, is next week, and we have much to be thankful for. We’ve made it one year past the fire without another local disaster. Some new construction is underway. People are taking the initiative to establish a Fire Safe Council for the Mayacamas area, and Oakmont is now an official Firewise USA Site. These designations allow each group to seek grants that will help them make their communities safer from fire. To say we’re thankful for our local fire departments and first responders doesn’t do them justice. Everyday when we see a fire truck or ambulance speed by on Highway 12, we think about the men and women who devote their lives to keeping all of us safe. You are simply heroic, despite your “Just doing my job” demeanor. We love you!

And something we’re thankful for here at our office is the fact that the Kenwood Press turned 30 on Oct. 1. That’s right, our first issue, edited and published by Jay Gamel, was Oct. 1, 1988. We’re celebrating with an Open House at the Kenwood Depot this Saturday from 3-6 p.m. If you’ve got nothing else to do, please stop by!