by Judy Bushy
Grange Town Meeting 8/9/2018
Thursday many Happy Camp residents gathered at the Grange, just like in the old days. We were, of course, accompanied by a host of “Fire people!”Scott Blower, who is the Acting Happy Camp District Ranger for the Klamath National Forest gave a welcome and introduced dozen or so who would be available for questions. It is great to meet the personnel who are handling our Natchez Fire. I say “our” fire, but technically, it began in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and Merv George was here from the RR-S. Patricia Grantham, our own Klamath Forest Supervisor was also present and we’ve so enjoyed seeing her a couple times a week lately. Neal comes with her as the Public Information Officer and is helpful with questions as well.
Penny Bertram is the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 1 working on the fire and was facilitator to introduce Andy Huntsberger who is Northern Rockies Operations and has been “on the ground” up there at the Natchez Fire! On t he North end Division S is looking good. Originally it had jumped handlines painstakingly put in place but they did it again and the lines are holding. Across Division A (Alpha) there had been a couple area spotting the other day but now A to F were fully secured and looking good but the main concern is the Runaway Point at the South. Also most of the residences and the town of Happy Camp is on the south so of concern. They don’t want it to get south of South Fork of Indian Creek and are holding it ther. Division J (Juliet) very challenging as it has large trees, dense vegetation and challenging, steep terrain but they are trying to go right on! They were also putting in contingency lines, put in during the Eclipse fire a couple of years ago. So the Natchez hasn’t reached the place where we were beginning a couple of years ago when the fire threatened the town.
Hunter Bell continues his structure protection with the Contingency group.. One good thing they announced how important is is for people to put their house numbers plainly seen on their homes. I wonder if the Seiad Fire Safe Council still sells them. Perhaps they will have a booth at Seiad Days a week from Saturday on the 25th at the Fire Hall in Seiad Valley. With the Bigfoot Jamboree postponed from Labor Day Weekend, many people are planning to take the kids (and go dinner and dancing with their sweethearts) at the Seiad Valley Day a week from Saturday. The Parade starts at 10 o’clock but you need to be earlier to get a good “spot”, if you want a good “seat” bring your own!
Incident Commander Trainee with the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 1, Mark Goelier answered questions. Mark has been working his way up to this position for 17 years, so he has plenty of experience in fighting these fires! He mentioned that we are at Level five for Fire Season, with lots of teams and crews competition for resources! There are 21 large fires in Washington and Oregon and five large fires in California. Of most concern is 8,000 personnel on the Carr Fire of Redding and Mendocino Complex which are both south of us. Mark mentioned that this is a strong aggressive team and using every viable opportunity that is safe to stop this fire. He also mentioned that they greatly appreciate the work with cooperation of the locals who have been helpful information and resources. They all know what it is like to be in this situation with wildfire in our backyard!
It is so neat to see the Fire Fighters, especially when they stop by Marble Mountain Gift for coffee and we have a chance to chat. We usually don’t have so much traffic along Davis Road each morning and evening but it is heartening to see them going by, up to put in long hours of hard work on the fire, or returning tired from their labors and ready for food and rest! We appreciate that way they emphasize they “got to secure these lines” and recognize there may be latent fires we can’t see which is why they are flying every night with infa-red to get pictures of hotspots. Blue Ridge Hotshots came in Thursday and a couple more crews were expected Friday. Australian crew came in Wednesday.
It was good to have Merv George, Supervisor on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest north of us. Officer Monday with the California Highway Patrol was there, and Sheriff’s Deputy Garrison updated their actions keeping up on the fire. Tom Mopas had been to a previous Town Meeting and Eric Haskell , Happy Camp Volunteer Fire Chief has more face masks and they are also at Marble Mountain Gift Co. It is good to see so many taking part in the Town Meeting, and you know you can ask a question afterwards.
The only place evacuation warning thus far was Sunstar, a tiny community on the outskirts of Takilma in Oregon, and those on Happy Camp’s South Fork of Indian Creek left earlier to be safe. THANKS TO ALL THE HARD, AND CHALLENGING WORK OF THE FIRE FIGHTERS!!
by Judy Bushy, July 2018
July is a big birthday time for our family!! We just had my youngest son’s birthday, Linda my friend in Idaho, and even the Constitution of the United States! The biggest surprise was that the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce began on my birthday!
It was a hot evening, but the business leaders of Happy Camp enjoyed the cool breezes on the deck by Elk Creek. The Jones’ had invited them to discuss the prospect of erecting a billboard to bring people from Interstate 5 down to enjoy the hiking, camping, rafting, fishing and hunting in our wonderful town!
On July 8th, 1986 they collected $1,730.49 in dues etc. which were $50 each. August five more joined, September another and October, a couple three more. They began putting aside money for the Christmas tree fund as they wanted it not to be a collection, but a gift to the Community. They rented meeting space at the Happy Camp Lions and replenished the bar. They got popcorn from Coley and Pollard and Lights from Happy Camp Hardware, more party refreshments from Larry’s Market and prepared for a coloring contest at Happy Camp elementary. We had a total income of $2,585.06 for 1986.
The next year they really got busy. They helped the Happy Camp Boy Scouts do town cleanup, paid Naturegraph to do printing, and got the telephone line (530) 493-2900.
Fundraising began in order to get a Deputy Dog for Siskiyou County Sheriff and a Reno Night helped that project.
They paid for an ad in the Pioneer Press fun Guide, and contributed $1100 for the Colliers Rest Area information to the Associate Chambers of Commerce of Siskiyou County. When Carol Jones and Mary Lee Adamson audited the accounts they’d taken in $5,867.80 of which they donated $4,766.50 for the Deputy Dog. The rest went to office supplies, signs, advertising, promotions, brochures, phone, Christmas and meeting expense and a memorial to J.R. to the Hospice Center.
In 1989 they paid $15 for a booth at the Bigfoot jamboree. That was one of my favorite Bigfoot Jamboree events when James Cook had the Youth Group from the Bible Church dress up as clowns for the parade.
Jim Jones took brochures and community information to the Reno Boat Show, Ron’s used Cars, Thompson Creek Guide Service and Peachey Clean launderette were members, Hair we Are, Joan Rogers, River Country Rafting, Sears,
In 1971 Dianne Hokanson painted a mural on the side of Larry’s Market. Napa and Pences’ Hardware provided some paints and total costs for the Chamber were $1,590.76
Thirty-two years, and we still get calls every day asking about Happy Camp. Seems like many people dream of coming here and we are happy to welcome them. How wonderful for us to be able to live here always, not just vacationing!!
by Judy Bushy
Last Wednesday we were able to go to the Bi-mart Amphitheater in Central Point to hear Franklin Graham in his Northwest Tour.
We were among about 8, 750 people of all ages in the gathering. A grandmotherly lady invited us up to two seats near the front. We were sitting next to a young lady who was so excited to deliver an envelope to Jeremy Camp whose music was a hit with the younger set.
Franklin Graham, like his father, Billy Graham, declines to be involved with any political party, but encouraged those in attendance to pray for their mayor and those in Salem and Washington. I’m sure he didn’t mind our also praying for Ray Haupt. He emphasized the country’s political divide is a problem beyond mere mortals and needs prayer as only God can fix it!
Franklin emphasized, “We are so divided, I believe that if the churches would pray, then God would heal our land,but it’s going to take God to do that.”He also mentioned the wildfires in Oregon and northern California, and the “all-hands on deck” mentality fighting them, as an example of how our country can work together to bridge the political divisions separating us. Wildfire burns homes without political or other prejudice, but people come together to help in times of crisis.
“That’s what we need in this country! We need to come together to build this nation and to help this nation. If President Trump succeeds, we all succeed. If the next president comes down the road and does a good job, we all benefit.”
Volunteers are the life of Happy Camp! July has been really busy, but in the meantime a couple dozen or more Happy Camp citizens are busy learning “The art and science of grant writing” for their favorite Happy Camp volunteer activities. What would Happy Camp do without volunteers to make the community so much better?!?!
For a couple dozen Happy Campers studying grant writing for community projects, we are 60% completed the course.
This week is Session 6 of The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint that deals with the daunting area of budgeting. Financing the project is important so it takes us on a deep dive into the heart of our proposal planning: The budget – the plan for managing all the resources we need to successfully complete the work we want to do … and to achieve the results we want to see. Maryn Boess is such an enthusiastic teacher, and she keeps us involved and illustrates the work to be done with Logic models, chocolate chip cookie recipes and similar helps.
Plans are for grant applications for many projects from trees, trails to kids sports programs to …well, the sky is the limit. Having once had the only licensed day care center in Happy Camp, I’d love to see child care a priority if I could find a suitable facility! There’s a lot of work to be done to make our community work better, and our volunteers are busy at it! Remember the words of Maryam Kazmi!
One song can spark a moment, One flower can wake a dream
One tree can start a forest. One bird can herald spring
One smile begins friendship. One handclap lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at the sea
One vote can change a nation. One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes all the darkness. One laugh will conquer gloom
One step must start each journey, One word must start each prayer
One hope will raise our spirits, One touch can show you care
One voice can speak with wisdom, One heart can know what’s true
One life can make a difference; You see it’s up to you!
by Judy Bushy, printed in SDN Klamath Views July 24, 2018
It was great to see Patti Grantham, forest Supervisor Friday. Of course, from 8 AM the previous Sunday morning we’d heard the thunder roll. When you hear the thunder, lightning isn’t far off. When there’s lightning, it’s likely to cause the fires, no matter how much we wish it wouldn’t. There were probably 28 lightning strikes or could have been fifty, but a dry forest means a lightning strike is likely to spark a wildfire!
After days of smoke in the air, we met at the Grange. There were a lot of people at the Grange for that meeting and in an official capacity from Klamath National Forest as well as the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest since the biggest share of the local fires is over the hill in the Oregon sector. That is the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Region 6, whereas we are in Region 5.
Siskiyou County Sheriff Office was represented by Deputy Tygart and I believe Deputy Garrison popped in part of the time. Our local Volunteer Fire Departments, Eric Haskell for Happy Camp and Tom Mopas for Seiad Valley Fire Fighters were there. Eric was handing out masks to wear when the air is smoky. Josh Veal came as Public Affairs officer with Patricia , Klamath Forest Supervisor. Our own District Ranger Jeff Marszal has moved on to Gasquet and our new District Ranger arrives in September.
Fire Fighters Spike Camp is up at the Page Mountain Snow Park, so that’s a busy place right now. Traffic can go over the hill to Oregon from Happy Camp, but check because Fire Situation is apt to change “with the wind” and public safety concerns. The Pacific Trail is closed, so if you wanted to hike that way, you’ll have to wait until it is deemed safe by the Rangers to open it up to hikers again.
When and if the Sheriff’s department calls the Red Alert List, it is imperative that if it’s a warning, you prepare to leave. If it is evacuation, leave right away. There were a number of questions as to when warnings versus evacuation would be announced, but the answer in most cases is “it all depends.” So many factors may be involved in the desire to keep people safe. In the meantime, keep your property clear of brush in an approved perimeter. That’s always important and we appreciate the work of the Fire Safe Council who helps in that regard.
Think ahead about what you will take, how you will move livestock and pets, and where you will go in case of evacuation. It is always wise to have a plan in place that all the family understands and can put into practice if needed.
Siskiyou County has a Red Code Emergency System. According to Siskiyou County, “This service can be used in case of fires, chemical spills, evacuations, lock downs, downed power lines, lost individuals, natural disasters, abductions, water system problems, bomb threats, or other emergencies. Calls can be geographically targeted for localized messaging. If widespread, the entire community could be called within 20 to 30 minutes. The system also reports who did not get a call so that they may be contacted by other means.
“Siskiyou County residents are welcome and encouraged to enter their contact information for home, business, and mobile phones so they may be contacted by the system in the event of an emergency. It is important for residents and businesses customers to register, especially if they use unlisted numbers, cell phones, or VOIP. Those who do not register their address and phone number may not be notified with CodeRED in the case of an emergency. Registration is confidential, free, and easy at www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.
In the meantime stay cool and take precautions about this smoky air. Drink plenty of liquids to keep hydrated and if you are a praying person, include the fire fighters in your intercession. Remember the Karuk Clinic and Senior Nutrition has hours for elders who need it to escape the heat and smoke.
by Judy Bushy
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
They concluded writing, “For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
When these men, 56 of them, signed their name, King George ordered his soldiers to find and execute them all. He felt this would put an end to the “foolish” rebellion.
They all suffered for their stand! Five who signed were tortured as traitors by the British after capture. Nine fought in the Revolutionary War and died of wounds or hardships. Their families suffered also, two lost sons in the Continental Army and two had sons captured. A dozen had their homes pillaged and burned.
We think of them as heroes, but they were working men, 25 were professional lawyers or jurists, 11 were business men, nine were farmers or had plantations, one taught school, one was a musician and ol’Ben was a printer. But despite their backgrounds, their diversity in occupations and parts of the country they came from, they discussed and debated, and, yes, they prayed for understanding and wisdom, and founded our Republic, not a democracy.
Today, it is sad we see so little cordial discussing with others of various viewpoints to know their views and the things that we have in common. We might be able to make decisions with more wisdom if we did. That’s what it takes to build a new nation together; perhaps that’s what it takes to keep it together as well.
Remember the days in Happy Camp when Hazel Joyner said everyone got together for a big picnic and games and fun, or start a new tradition. Whatever you do, rafting, boating, family picnics or ball game with friends, renew your commitment to making our country a better place by throwing out the hate, committing to care about others, so that we get the best wisdom from all sides.
Some of our neighbors have lost their home this week. Some of our neighbors have sorrows, and some of which we may not know anything about, but together we can set about to work together to make a better country for us allRoyal Blue shared this poem on Morning Inspiration
I know these things must always be
To keep a nation strong and free;
One is a hearth stone bright and dear
Where busy happy loved ones near.
One is a ready heart and hand
To love and serve and keep the land.
One is a firm and beaten way
To where the people go to pray.
So long as these are kept alive,
a Nation and people will survive,
Go keep them always everywhere
the home, the heart, the place of prayer.
Don’t forget the Happy Camp Farmer’s Market Thursday at Gail Zink Park from 5:30 – 7
Saturday is Karuk Reunion. Starting with the 5K Run, there are activities all day long.
August 10-14 is the Siskiyou Golden Fair and then it is time for getting ready for back to school. Seiad Day will be August 28th and August 30, September 1 & 2 is our Annual Bigfoot Jamboree.
Let’s work together and have a wonderful summer!! In the meantime, have a happy Fourth of July!