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!!
“It’s Christmas time all over the world, and Christmas here at home”…..here in Happy Camp we are enjoying Christmas.
The First Saturday was the Grange Holiday Craft Faire at the Happy Camp Grange.
The Second Saturday was the Christmas Lights Parade.
The third Saturday will be the Kids Christmas Party.
But the Fourth will be just before Christmas!
“It’s Christmas Time All Over The World
It’s Christmas here at home
The church bells chime wherever we roam
Så riktig god jul [Norwegian]
Feliz natal [Portuguese]
Shenoraavor Nor Dari (Dari) [Armenian]
To you……….It’s Christmas Time All Over The World
“In places near and far
And so my friend wherever you are
Ein fröhliches Weihnachten [German]
Kala Christougenna [Greek]
Yoi kurisumasu [Japanese]
This means a very merry Christmas (Christmas, Christmas)
Lyrics by Sammy Davis Jr.
Nell stepped up to the bat, figuratively, and hit a homerun!! I’m sure you know the old poem, Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer from 1888. “Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; but there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.” Happy Camp was feeling kind of glum, but not from a ball game.
Many years ago, Muriel Ward-Frederickson’s family, which was a large family with ten children, had a wonderful gathering for Thanksgiving each year. One year Mooch, as she is fondly called, asked Chuck who lived at the Alice Dunaway House, what he had for Thanksgiving. Chuck said,” nothing special,” the restaurants weren’t open and Dunaway House roomers didn’t have cooking facilities.
Since they’d be cooking a big dinner anyway, Mooch went to work and the first dinner was Holiday dinner prospects
Christmas Dinner, probably at the gym, but maybe the Grange. They received donations, vendor and people volunteered to make the Community Holiday Dinner available to all who wouldn’t otherwise have a special dinner for the holidays. When Mooch retired the Happy Camp Family Resource Center began to hold them about 2003. Last year our Family Resource Center closed, so we expected there would also be an end to the Holiday Dinners. Like Mudville, when Casey struck out, this was a sad turn of events lamented by many.
But then, with only three days to the event, or shall I say, non-event, Nell Sakota stepped up to bat! She was helped along with a donation to the Thanksgiving Holiday dinner by the Karuk Tribe and place to have it in the Karuk gym. She put up a poster with Charlie Brown, and went grocery shopping. Donations of desserts began to arrive!
Thanksgiving Dinner this Year
All the criminals passing through Highway 96 behaved, so Deputy Garrison and the CHP Officer Monday helped out. Bamboo brought the beautiful orange flowers and ferns for the table and then started washing dishes. Yukon welcomed arrivals, signed people in and made sure they had tableware. Nell and Molly Sakota dished up turkey and all the trimmings. It was a very delicious meal!
LaVine brought around a cart of desserts, pumpkin pie, cream pies and all sorts of delicious desserts.
Several of the Veterans who meet at the Happy Camp Community Center Wednesdays at 10 for a coffee or social time were there.
Terry and Roberta Everett were planning to be there, and they were and enjoyed the holiday with grandkids too! Their grandson, Joe Everett, who is in the Air Force in Germany, had a big surprise, he got Leave and came all the way from Germany! He had already surprised his mother, Cari, at the spa where she works in Redding. So the whole family experienced the glad surprise of a serviceman home for the holiday!
Even though the sun wasn’t shining, and the rain was coming down, smiles and glad “Happy Thanksgiving” were heard all around. Outside the door several dogs and a horse awaited their partners who were inside enjoying the dinner, until at last they emerged with a warm glow and happy countenance after a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.