Saturday there was a Mardi gras gathering in Happy Camp. The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors decided to close our Happy Camp Airport due to lack of maintenance and user fee income. They have applied to the State of California for abandonment of our Happy Camp Airport as well as the Butte Valley Airport.
This did not set will with some of the Happy Camp Community. Katherine Dagastino is the Executive Director of Hope for Happy Camp, a new nonprofit organization in Happy Camp. She invited the community to the Mardi Gras Dinner Party and Silent Auction Saturday. Jeff Ellison and Francine Banzali, were serving the red beans and rice with andouille sausage, salad as well as beverages and desserts for purchase. There is usually nothing so effective to getting a gathering than serving food!! Wonder why that is.!!
The purpose of the benefit was to Save the Happy Camp Airport, providing the committee with funds to begin the process of legalities and Federal Aviation Administration requirements, such as the airport being too short for commercial planes, which would pay the fees to use the airport for coming in. There is also no lighting for evening use. Those who have been researching the issues causing this action mentioned that some trees may need to come down in adjoining properties, weeds and the runway maintenance issues. The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States is a national authority with powers to regulate all aspects of civil aviation
Wendy Beth Buchanan said that in a town full of loggers, it shouldn’t cost us $150,000 to get some trees trimmed. Many residents use firewood and could use the wood as well as being experienced loggers. There was a signup sheet for community members to help remedy some of the problems such as removing sprawling shrubbery and overgrown trees too near the runway. The runway itself may need a total resurfacing which may cost at least $150,000.
The information which Katherine printed out mentioned that our community has few ways of accessing the outside world. In major calamities, when roads may be closed by flood or fire, Katherine feels the airport serves as the only link to help citizens in need. It is true that when Greyback Road to Oregon is closed due to impassable snow, and there is flooding of the Creeks and Klamath River over Highways, or fire, smoke, mud and rock slides, when traffic may be diverted, it can be difficult getting out of town by driving on Highway 96. . If you wish to volunteer to help in the labor of making the Airport more welcoming or to donate to the expenses give Katherine a call at 901-679-6192
We have great appreciated the helicopters from Mercy Flights who can come to take injured or ill patients to medical treatment. During the infamous, 1964 flood the Red Cross brought in food and necessities by helicopter as well
When Larry Wright lived at the airport he mowed lawns and had a campsite available.It was always fun to see the fishing enthusiasts fly in and come down past our cabin to fish in the Klamath! Of coursE, Lairy Dobbins ran a shuttle service up to the airport to the Dunaway House, which tells you it was long ago.
A reminder that the Happy Camp Library has book, magazines, DVDs Books on CD, VHS, Books on cassette, internet and wireless, what else could you want!!
Tuesday is the day from 12:00 to 5:00 PM at 143 Buckhorn Road. To ask a question give the volunteer a call at 493-2964.
Dennis Day of Happy Camp stopped by to share the letter that he received from President Trump. He also received a photograph of President Trump and Vice President Pence in the Oval office. The letter was addressed as well to the W O L F, Web of Life Foundation, Dennis’ philosophical philosophy which can be seen on his website.
Dennis is back in Happy Camp after some months away visiting the further south areas of the country. When he was here before, he was the planner and builder of the large Dreamatcher at the end of Davis Road.
Hope that the weather is great for the Greatest Fishing contest on the Mid-Klamath River, the Top Dog Fishing Derby!
All Fishing fans are invited to join the fun and the competition and earn bragging rights, glory and dollars as well. They split the money collected with the winners and a fun for youth and baseball in Somes Bar. That event is planned for February 18th if the weather and river conditions permit. If the weather and river conditions do not permit, Sunday Feb 25th or March 4th will be the 1st and 2nd back up possibilities.
The Top Dog Fishing Derby begins with check in at the Salmon River Outpost 7:30 to 9:30 on the morning of the event, no earlier.
The Checkout deadline is 5:30 at the Salmon River Outpost. There is a $100 per boat entry fee with one to three per boat. Those who fish from the bank only pay $50 per person. Prizes are based on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd length of the fish. The contestants must have a digital camera and tape measure to record catches along with assigned card which must be included in the fish picture. The competitors must follow all regular fish and game regulations, drift boats only, no motors.
Dr. King is probably, to my recall, the only Christian Pastor that is honored with a National Holiday in the United States, and in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on August 28th, 1963, he reminded his audience of the Emancipation Proclamation of Lincoln.
“But he also said, “But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro (sic)is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition. In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…
“Today, we have a nation where African Americans have attained vast material prosperity, as president of the United States, another candidate for president who is a world reknown surgeon, and leaders in many areas besides the political. This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!…From every mountainside, let freedom ring. When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Billy Graham had gone to Dr. King a decade earlier when their was unrest and protests in the streets. Billy often said, “God does not look on the outside appearances, He looks on the heart” so how to reach red, yellow, black, brown, and white. We all have the same heart underneath and have the same Creator. Dr. King advised Billy about the segregation of the Crusade meetings that he held and thousands came, and sat next to each other, for the first time in many of the areas. King also said that he would continue to work “in the streets, and maybe die there,” as came true April 4, 1968.
Happy Camp is a rural, almost frontier, area with about 980 to 1,190 population or 96.4 persons per square mile, Of that population 62.9% is white, 23.4% is Native American, 6.5 Hispanic, 4.3% are of Asian descent and 0.4% are African American ethnicity. Other things that divide us, unfortunately. What we all need to strive for is love, togetherness and unity. Only working together can we achieve what we all want for our community. Meet a stranger today, welcome someone new, and greet all you meet with a welcoming smile!! When we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Tuesday, Happy Camp had a man hunt out! Word got out, mostly by social media that Jesse J. Flagg, our local FedEx delivery person, was missing. After making deliveries to Happy Camp and Clear Creek last Monday, he hadn’t returned that evening. Our Sheriff, Jon Lopey, said, “We were very concerned about Mr. Flagg’s welfare and we are relieved he was found alive and he is now receiving the care he needs. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the involved SCSO, USFS, CHP ground and air units, and fire rescue personnel that played pivotal roles in the search and rescue of Mr. Flagg.
His Grandma said she has her Christmas Miracle! ”Miraculously, Jesse survived 22 degrees last night with a thin shirt and shorts and was found about 10am this morning. He tried to make a torch with his undershirt, as he left his coat and cell phone in the van. He kicked the window out after smelling gas. Then he dropped ten feet to the ground, (first of many drops).
“He has gone thru a warming process and is in a lot of pain from it, but no frostbite, no broken bones, no spinal injury except a slightly compressed disk in his tail bone, no head trauma, lots of bruises and scrapes and scratches and berry thorns. – He swerved to miss a deer. Had he gone off at a straight angle, he would have went way down and into the river (in the deep part) or just a few feet more and the van would have been nose first, about 80 feet down and probably in pieces. Instead the van landed in two trees just like a couple of angels carried it there (really). It’s unbelievable, especially when you see highway 96 and all the possible awful places it could have happen – almost all would be landing in the cold Klamath River, They brought him up 120 feet from the embankment as we watched. He survived digging himself a hole of clay to insulate himself – still ALMOST frozen! – To God be the Glory. Thanks to all who prayed so much! We are ecstatic and full of joy!
Working together for Happy Outcome!
Lisa Bousfield posted on Facebook, ”Thankful for this community. Thankful I work for an agency that doesn’t wait. When I got to work today I emailed our district about the FedEx guy missing. Our Acting Deputy Ranger (Johnny Clem) sent people out in all different directions. Within 30 minutes he was found, down the embankment, alive, no injuries. Glad we have willing capable people here that just do.
Thank you Lisa and the Happy Camp Ranger District and all the agencies and volunteers who were looking or praying for his safe rescue! It is happy when we all work together and have a happy outcome!!