Fun, Food & Live Music at the River Park Sunday

Therese Thomas in the beautiful tie-dye t-shirt available for sale as well as more from food to soaps, at the River Park event

by Judy E. Bushy
The River Park will be site of fun, food, music and good discussion on Sunday. Especially since her accident last Wednesday, Therese is looking forward to sharing with all those who have so generously helped her to her recovery and accomplishments since becoming a part of our community. This Sunday the Evergreen Enrichment Center will be sponsoring the “Original Jefferson Springtime JAM. “ The event will begin Sunday at 9 a.m. at the River Park in Happy Camp.

You Cribbage Players are welcome to come at 9:00 and play in the Cribbage Tournament. Best of three games wins the Happy Camp Championship and a cash award!!

“How one person can make a difference?” will be the first topic of the day at ten o’clock by Guest Speaker Terry Sheen? Terry has an outreach to homeless and incarcerated youth in Trinity County. (Did you know Happy Camp was originally in Trinity county but borders moved and Siskiyou County is the fourth it has been part of!)

At 11 o’clock Guest Speaker Dr. Ken Campos will be speaking at the Pavilion. He will be addressing needs of mentally ill family and friends and their caregivers most of all. Dr Ken Campos is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association Dr Ken Campos at this time in his mental health career is focused on Severe Mental illness and dual diagnosis care, treatment, and support of the family caregivers.

Dr. Campos studied and trained at Caltech in Pasadena to be a research scientist, then went to medical school in San Diego, followed by psychiatry residency training in Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic.
Before his 20 years in clinical work, he did basic research at NIH, National Institutes of Health. Then got into his love for the care of severely mentally ill patients.

He started a non-profit SchizoPhrenia Care Project organization to support and educate both people with severe mental illness and their caregivers. The SP-Care mission includes the second goal to provide holistic residential support for those living with schizophrenia and people who hear voices

As a podcaster for family caregivers of someone living with mental illness, his podcast is “HOPE: On the Other Side of the Door.” It is addressing needs of severe mentally ill and their caregivers.

One O’clock n the afternoon a forum will be held on Slater fire. Survivors will share stories of loss and our future steps for HAPPY CAMP! All Slater Fire Survivors will want to come to this forum!

There will be music, too! Todd Gilbert Local Happy Camp Jazz Musician will delight us with his Ukulele.
Arvel Bird, Native American Violinist and storyteller, in REGALIA is driving all the way from Arizona to Happy Camp. Her presentation will be at 4 p.m.

Raffle drawing will be held 6:15 just before the Sweet and Juicy Dance Band from Portland, for an ecstatic Dance Party.
Vendors and other opportunities will be available during the day, until t’s time for Park Cleanup and recycling.
For further information text 530-7398949 or email

Remembering; Memorial Day

Remembering those who gave their all

Kathy TOland posted that the Happy Camp Cemetery District would appreciate help on getting our flags and flowers to decorate graves Saturday May 29th.

Pastor Royal Blue is going to be one of the World War II veterans whose stories will be featured on a Memorial Day special on KVIP Radio Saturday at 11:00 a.m. In Happy Camp you can get that on your radio at 98.5

Pastor Blue brought youth groups from North Valley Church in Redding to helped out the log church on 2nd Avenue many years ago.. They gave Vacation Bible School for the children and engaged fellow teens with volleyball and activities on afternoons.

Now, at 95 years of age, Pastor Blue is retired. He is still followed on his program Morning Inspiration on KVIP FM radio 89.5 in Happy Camp each weekday morning at 6:55 a.m.. We find it a wonderful way to start the day each weekday.

Happy Days to Happy Camp’s Mothers!!

Returning the love and care out mothers gave...Thank you mother’s!!! Being a mother is the most challenging, the hardest job in the world, but the most rewarding!

Children are a blessing from the Lord, but raising them seems to take forever, but that precious time also flies by in the blink of an eye!

What are you doing for your mother this weekend? For a couple decades, a mother’s main concern is her children, and her love and concern follow them the rest of her life!.

Flowers and cards and breakfast cam be good ideas to show your mom love and appreciation, but the best thing is your time to be with her! Partner’s Deli in Happy Camp can help you our with breakfast Sunday morning for Mom, they’ll have Very berry French toast or Swedish Creme Pancakes, which Mom would certainly enjoy!
Or for a special dinner, Partner’s Deli invites you to take your mother to dinner (5 pm until gone.) They will serve a rib eye dinner, baked potato or rice pilaf, fresh vegetables, salad and drink for $30 for a special Mother’s Day dinner.

If you are on your way to the chainsaw carving demonstrations at the Siskiyou Fairgrounds, you can stop by the Klamath River Community Hall and have breakfast, or if you make it later, brunch! There will also be a Craft Show there

Abraham Lincoln said “No one is poor who has a godly mother!”

Happy May! Time to get back to work, gardening and planning!!

May Baskets for our Klamath Neighbors

May Baskets for our Klamath Neighbors

Our previous year has been so unusual! It was different for us all, taking precautions for Corona Virus, of course. Then Happy Camp experienced the trauma of 260 families homes burning. One home burned with a family fleeing is a major disaster in Happy Camp.
Everyone being told to flee, is unimaginable. But Happy Camp is strong, and has come back together helping each other. The Karuk Tribe has been able to help so many with trailers or Recreation Vehicles to live in over the winter.
Now spring has come. Rain lets up for beautiful sunny days, although we are still hoping and grateful for rain. Last trip out to the Eye Doctor it was wonderful to see snow on Mt. Shasta!. It had looked awfully bare for this time of year!
The Madrones are in full bloom, some say that the smoke traumatized them last year as well because their blossoming forth is extraordinary this spring. The lilacs, and a bush I bought to plant that isn’t even in the ground is flowering. Deciding where to put it has postponed planting.
This was an especially beautiful blooming spring, from daffodils and tulips, to the lilacs and Redbud. The drive along the Klamath River a wonderful time! After an difficulties from September to Christmas, Christmas was such a peaceful time of joy! Then January, February and March made quiet interlude of staying home. Even doctor’s appointments were often by telephone.
When April hit, being able to go out even to the doctor appointments felt like a vacation, but there’s still good times ,quiet at home, But now it is time to get back to work.
One of the biggest “getting back to “normal” signs is the beginning of the Bigfoot Jamboree planning the big event. Past few years, fire camps changed things and then when Slater Fire hit last year it was completely put off. There’s always requests for the logging show and some of the old favorite activities to resume. Perhaps that will be possible, but only if there are volunteers and participants. So, you’ve had a good time being home but now’s the time to get busy again and make our favorite hometown festival fun for all again!

Scenic River Route: Environment for the Artist

By Diann Hokanson
The Scenic River is a painter’s paradise. Monet’s Giverney gardens with lily pones and Japanese bridge summoned the Impressionists no less than our Klamath inspires the Realist, Abstract, Representational and Surrealist artist.
The River itself with its deep emerald still places and raging white water rapids, travels both swiftly and lazily through narrow steep rock walls and wide open spaces. Edged with spiky river grasses, the smooth worn river rocks invite the graceful Snowy Egret. Blue Heron and the artist!
The Klamath is fed by bubbling streams and some pretty swift creeks. Down along their banks the temperature can be twenty degrees cooler.
Our own little Ferguson Creek isn’t even on the map. Walking under its conifer, oak and maple canopy is like closing a door, shutting out the noise of traffic from the highway, and opening into a world of quiet, cool and non-electric gurgle of the creek. Huge ferns grow here and moss covers the trunks of the Oaks and old fallen logs. N the middle of all these greens and earth tones are surprising brilliant reds, tiny fuchsia and delicate pinks and lavenders of wild flowers and trillium.
The landscape painter finds scenes of majestic grandeur. In the Wilderness area Ukonom, Sprit, Blue Granite and Cliff lakes, each set like a diamond in the Marble Mountains. Ukonom falls, a mile up Ukonom Creek from the other side of the river, is worth the hike. The beautiful double waterfall is much like the Wiamea Falls of Hawaii. From Greyback, the high country, you can see across thirteen different layers of mountains and hills, each a little fainter as if you could see to infinity. In the spring and fall, mists settle in below and between the mountains, and we feel like the very first human.
Pastoral Scenes are also available; cattle and horses in cattle in golden meadows as well as lovely old barns and cabins. Along Highway 96 are old communities left from the Gold rush. Klamath River, Scott Bar, Hamburg, Seiad Valley, Fort Goff and Happy Camp. We have our old buildings and small town atmosphere. It’s like stepping into a time warp.
The portrait artist is after my own heart. You would think living in all this would be pretty distracting but the closest theater is 75 miles and the closest shopping mall is 110 miles away! What makes our place unique are its people. Do you know a medicine man? Have you seen the expression on the face of the prospector who held two nuggets of gold in hand? I know a 63 year old lady who dredges underwater, A man who can fell a tree in a stand without hitting another, a doctor who came to retire and fish and has never worked so hard in his life, a woman who runs a publishing house, and people who really live off the land with no phones and electricity. There are river guides and wilderness packers who will take you into the wilderness and artists living here. We have lived here fifty years and haven’t made a dent!

Stories of Happy Times in Happy Camp

Shortly after the Slater Fire some people wrote all about their experience of the fire. Many more seemed unable to dwell on the crisis and instead wanted to go forward. Indeed, it was imperative as meals, shelter and other needs took precedence. Perhaps in the quietness of winter, with a shelter, while not what we would have called “home” last year, is home for now, there is time.

Have you had time to reminisce about happy times in Happy Camp?. If you grew up in Happy Camp, what are your best recollections from your childhood? If you came later to Happy Camp, what brought you to this little town in the big forest? If your family came generations ago, have they passed down what brought them here and what they thought about it in those days.

After a holiday season like no other and entering a new year full of new unknowns doesn’t it seem that connection feels more urgent and vital than ever. Connections with family, friends and neighbors-Connections with Happy Camp!

The best way we can connect with each other is through the simple act of hearing our stories!. We can share our pleasant memories, and our hopes for the future. Take time to cut through the noise of social media and news, to the truth of what brought happiness to the community of Happy Camp, and how we can build and improve on it for the future

We may have different stories and memories, but maybe we will discover how we’re not so different. There is a FB site, Growing up in Happy Camp,you can enjoy reading many old stories. At this time, after what we survived and are recovering from, we need to hear what happy thoughts you have. Thanks for mentioning what memories you feel should be saved in an anthology on Happy Camp, from earliest Karuk culture to this year, which we will remember, and be glad to see end. Email: klamathneighbors @ or send a note to P. O. Box 375, Happy Camp, CA 96039. Thanks for telling your story!

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