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Seiad Days – End of August

August 28, 2009

O'Reilly Buggy with Billy, Justin and Jeffrey.
O'Reilly Buggy with Billy, Justin and Jeffrey.

The Seiad Day of fun was Saturday, August 29. There was a parade right down Highway 96 from Seiad Creek Road to the Fire House.

All day long there were festivities at the Seiad Valley’s Volunteer Fire Department Fire House, 44601 Hwy. 96. Fun included a children’s bounce house, poker tournament, horseshoes, 50/50 raffle and chicken poop bingo.

There was a live auction with beautiful and unique hand crafted items and artwork to be treasured. Proceeds helped the Volunteer Fire Department.

Steak or chicken dinner was just before the dance with Blue Stew until midnight,

13th Karuk Tribal Reunion Coming

The 13th Annual Karuk Tribal Reunion is coming Saturday August 29th! Come on down to the Happy Camp River Park where you can sit in the shade of the trees by the riverbank and enjoy the day. Of course, if you want to get active, there will be a 5K Fun Walk and a Fun Run, traditional card games, and an obstacle course & water-slide for the kids AND Adults who are brave.

See Robert A. Goodwin to compete in the Horseshoe Tournament. Ellen Joyhnoson is the contact for cribbage games. Doug Goodwin will arrange the Poker Tournament. Arch Super will be in charge of the Volleyball Tournament. Then, when you’ve played, you can stop by the Health Fair before going to the food booths. Now, don’t fill up on Indian tacos, hot dogs and cheeseburgers because Acorn Soup and the Salmon Dinner will happen at 3:30 or so. Other vendors will be having crafts, jewelry and art items for your pleasure. There will be a demonstration Brush Dance.

Even though the day will likely be hot, bring your own umbrella chair and you’ll have a comfortable place to rest and visit with old friends and family. All vendors are welcome. For a wonderful time with the family, come on down to the River Park and celebrate “Chimi ikriva koovura pa’ararakuuphaveenati” (Hold Onto Our Heritage.) For further information contact Sara Spence at 493-1600 ext 2010. This is a drug and alcohol free event.

The Story Behind Dear Mad’m

August 24, 2009

At the time of her eightieth birthday, Stella W. Patterson was faced with a dilemma. Her decision involved when a person is OLD and how she wanted to live her “senior years.” Stella made a surprising decision and became a hero to seniors who have since loved her book, Dear Mad’m.

Read more about Dear Mad’m

Ranger Harris Comes to the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll District

August 20, 2009

It was a pleasure to run into Ken Harris at
the Pizza House today!! We have enjoyed Alan Vandiver as our
District Ranger, and Don Hall as acting Deputy District Ranger. Don
Hall has planned to retire the end of the year and we will really
miss him a great deal. Alan has moved to the coast.

Now Ken Harris will take the helm as the new District Ranger on the
Happy Camp and Oak Knoll Ranger District. Ken was just on the
Salmon/Scott River Ranger District.
Ken’s a long-time resident of Siskiyou County, Etna precisely. His
career began as a firefighter on the Angeles National Forest and he
spent a year in Alaska before coming to the Klamath for the first
time in 1978. After earning a degree in Forest Management from
Humboldt State University in 1980, he worked on the Scott River,
Ukonom, Salmon River , and Oak Knoll Ranger Districts. Harris also
served on the Lassen National Forest before coming back to the
Klamath to work on the Goosenest Ranger District in 2006. That is
where our son Stephen has been working summers and met Ken Harris.

Ken even took a break in his Forest Service career, as my husband
Dan did, and also taught school during that time. Harris was a
consultant for private landowners as well as teaching. Theresa
teaches school at Scott River Junior High School in Fort Jones .
Together they have three children: Kari, a college student in San
Diego ; Staci, who lives and works in Etna; and Ashley, a college
student in Kansas.

As a District Ranger, Harris looks forward to working with all
interested publics and people who have different viewpoints. He
said, “The Happy Camp/Oak Knoll District has phenomenal resources.
It’s possible, and desirable, to bring differing interests together
to work toward solutions so we can manage these resources wisely.”
Harris has been a member of the Etna Lions Club, coached sports
teams, and officiated at high school and youth football in Siskiyou
County .

Personnel are changing all over the Klamath Forest . Patty Grantham,
Deputy Forest Supervisor since February 2007 and acting Forest
Supervisor for the past five months, has been named as the new
Forest Supervisor for the Klamath National Forest .

Things to do – for children and teens

August 11, 2009

What are your kids doing for the summer vacation from school? I was reading that Sasha and Malia Obama’s fabulous summer vacation includes foreign travel, the Eiffel Tower, Rome, the Pantheon and the Kremlin, concerts, and being free from school routines. They also spent time volunteering at Fort McNair in Virginia, where the girls helped stuff backpacks with books and toys for the children of military families. But the presidential family limits their television and computers all day until just before bedtime, which is early for the girls even during summer vacation.

While we don’t have opportunities to tour Paris and Rome, I think that kids along the wild Klamath River have better opportunities in some ways. . . .

Read the rest: Things to do, places to go, and summer reading on the wild Klamath River

Happy Camp Summer

August 4, 2009

Since the one week of over 100 degree temperatures has passed, Happy Camp is back to being a wonderful Summertime place! Guests out at the resort sitting on the expansive green lawn watch the Klamath River flow by. Kids still rush to the creeks in the heat of the day for a cooling SPLASH down! Hikers climb to the top of the Town Trail from Elk Creek Road, and sit and watch over our beautiful little town.

Gardens have begun to yield their harvest. Wilson had tomatoes to spare and EmmaLee shared some zucchini with us. Blackberries will soon be ripe and instead of cherry pie we will enjoy blackberry cobbler (a la mode!)

Summer events will soon be happening all along the Klamath River Communities. First is the Blackberry Festival at the Klamath River Community Hall on August 22nd. Ask at Quigleys for more information on all that is planned!

Seiad Day is next with a parade, booths, and auction on wonderful arts and crafts on Saturday. This should be on August 29th — after school has begun, if we are lucky. The adults enjoy the dinner and dance following the day’s activities.

Finally, as if to top off all the events of the summer with friends and family coming from all corners, the Bigfoot Jamboree will be September 3-4-5th! All the fun from Fridays coronation of the Queen and teen dance to the parade on Sunday takes place at the beautiful River Park beneath huge shade trees! The Parade begins on Davis Road and then proceeds down Highway 95 so everyone (who isn’t in the parade) has a good chance to see all the floats and entries.

What a fun way to culminate happy summer days along the beautiful wild Klamath River!!!

Will Happy Camp Lose
the Sheriff’s Substation?

The rumor that has been flying around our community since economic times have hit the nation, California and especially Siskiyou County: “Will Sheriff Riggins shut down our Sheriff substation?”

Read more about the Sheriff’s substation and community crime-watch.

Klamath River Resort Inn
Klamath River Resort Inn

Indian Creek

Indian Creek, downstream from the Eddy.

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Happy Camp River Access Buck

A buck at the Happy Camp River Access.

Elk Creek Bridge

The Elk Creek Bridge.

Klamath River

Downriver, about four miles.