Windfields songs at the Art Center Coming

Did you have a wonderful holiday for Independence Day? Some from Happy Camp went to the coast to enjoy the Pacific Ocean. Some went to visit friends or family other places, but some of us stayed home.

Being in the middle of a National Forest, and always conscious of the dangers of wild fire, fireworks are forbidden. Not that the sounds around us didn’t hint (loudly) that some didn’t comply.

But the most amazing thing about living out in the middle of the forest, relatively close to the wilderness, is the beauty of a spectacular star-lit night. Try it sometime. It is fantastic to just enjoy gazing at the heavens and seeing the constellations and be amazed at the beauty we often miss.

Klamath-Siskiyou Art Center

The day after Independence Day was the beginning of the summer season at the Klamath Siskiyou Art Center. There was a delicious dinner served for a donation. The salad was especially deliciously fresh. They had my favorite raspberry vinaigrette dressing too! It was great.

Linda Jo Martin, who moved away from Happy Camp six years ago, June 30th, came back and treated Dan and I do dinner at the Klamath Siskiyou Art Center. Linda began Happy Camp News when she was here and Facebook on Happy Camp, California. She also did web design and assisted with Happy Camp Chamber activities. It’s good to have her back in “the Camp” from Idaho.

After dinner, the music was tuning up and more was to follow. It had been announced that, “The Distilled-Spirit Rebellion will be down in Happy Camp, CA to celebrate their own kinda freedom…..cosmic cowboy style!!!”

“Their Facebook page said, “We’re excited to climb over the mountains once again visit our friends on the Klamath in Happy Camp, CA…..bringin’ our 100 Proof ‘Backwoods Blend’ of Honky Tonkin’ Cosmic Outlaw Country Rockin’ from Williams, OR” that’s Rogue River country!

When the crowd had brought chairs and assembled around the “black box”, Nazel Pickens introduced Mike O’Donnell on drums, Benji on the bass, Jimmy MacLeod guitars, Fred Epping pedal steel, Lob Strilla banjo, fender and additional guitars and vocals.

Music, toe tapping, and for some, dancing music began and there was a lot of music to enjoy. They even sang a gospel song and included Noah in the repertoire.There was a discussion recently on the Klamath Siskiyou Art Center. It is a 501c3 organization and the members are enthusiastic artists and appreciators of other’s art as well. I remember when they first went to the RAC for a grant to get a building for the Art Center…and they have worked hard and grown over the years.

This Friday, July 19th (Ron Boren’s 80th birthday)a note from Alan Crockett said, Hang ON, We’re flying high this Friday with a soaring party of deliciousness.” This is usually the case with the Art Center Dinners, I never remember one that wasn’t delicious!! First, get ready for the grilled taco explosion featuring organic grilled Chicken with Spanish Rice and slow organic pinto beans with a sensational spread of salsas and a fresh green salad.

Following the fantastic dinner, at 8 pm at the Black Box will be a night of musical enjoyment with the energetic tunes of folk indi band, The Windfields. It is fun to see families gather for a night of music, and this will be a night to remember.

These fun gatherings, for the Karuk Reunion and for a dinner and music at the Klamath Siskiyou Art Center are a wonderful way to enjoy the friends and neighbors and even those returning home from rar away, and a great activity for summer days

Our New District Ranger joins the community

Judy Bushy
Have you met out new Happy Camp/Oak Knoll District Ranger yet? I really am happy to have Jeremy Sullens and his lovely wife, Julia, and family join our community.

It is great to see Jeremy and Julia becoming active members of our community at gatherings in Happy Camp. While young son, Wyatt is a bit shy yet, his daughter enjoys friends at the Happy Camp Head Start. Jeremy came before Christmas, but things have been busy since then, and Jeremy has been busy being sued and other typical Forest Ranger work for this area of the Klamath National Forest. Julia also studied at Oregon State University and was Former Southern Regional Operations Chief at Idaho Department of Lands.

Jeremy was raised in Prairie City, Oregon, which is a rural area of Eastern Oregon. It was there as a young man he graduated high school and began working seasonally for the Oregon Department of Forestry. His bachelor’s degree is in Forest Management. After he graduated he was Assistant Unit Forester for Pendleton Unit and then stewardship forester, both in Eastern Oregon.After this, he moved to the USDA Forest Service in Boise at the National Inter-agency Fire Center as Fire Analyst for Predictive Services working to identify critical fire danger situations. He also assisted federal, state and local fire managers, in distributing limited resources around the country where they could be most effective, before coming to Happy Camp as our District Ranger.

Jeremy sums it up, “We enjoy being in the outdoors and are excited to be back in the small town environment that Happy Camp provides.”

Welcome to the Sullens family to the lovely wild Klamath River community!!

The History of Happy Camp town….

Steelhead Capital

Welcome to Happy Camp

By Judy Bushy
There was a time in Happy Camp when the Karuk Tribe was the whole culture here. They were fortunate in the surroundings which provided generous harvest of acorns, berries, salmon and venison and many other food sources. They were great hunters, clever gatherers, and made beautiful baskets and regalia!

Then there came a few trappers coming through the area, gathering pelts, like Jedediah Smith finding his way back from making it to the Pacific Coast. But trappers were pretty transient, they didn’t stay.
Indian Ned who lived to be 115 told of the first time that he had seen a white man as a teenager. Looking through old records, it seemed most likely they were from a shipwreck on the coast. They didn’t stay long.

Packers went through from an encampment on Scott River heading to the coast. The two murdered men, William Mosier and Mr McGee (or by some give as Mr. Reaves.) gave the new name of “Murder’s Bar” to this place and caused further animosity and violent retribution.

After 1849 discovery of gold which brought on the Gold Rush, some of those gold prospectors came up the Klamath River looking for gold in 1851 and changed the name here to Happy Camp instead of Murder’s Bar. The new name definitely put a more positive view on the town’s public relations. The arrival of the miners meant a lawless time when men came looking to become rich by obtaining enough gold. The gold hunters would hear of a new “find” and head off to possibility of better prospects, so they weren’t very stable. Many gold towns became ghost towns and that might have happened to Happy Camp. It did to Indian Town just up Indian Creek Road, which had a much larger population than Happy Camp at one time. There’s not much left of what used to be Indian Town however, yet Happy Camp endures.

After the Gold Rush, when the gold mining became something that happened more by corporations, the mills that had made lumber for the building of mining equipment became the start of the timber industry that once had five or more mills in the vicinity of Happy Camp. That was a very prosperous time for Happy Camp whether one worked at a mill or falling or hauling logs.

Thanks to cutbacks in available timber, about 1995 the Stone Forest Mill which had round the clock shifts closed, the population was drastically affected. The advice from economics experts seemed to want to trade those good paying jobs for breadwinners in families to tourism paying minimum wages and small business.

Celebrate Resurrection April 21st

Sunrise Services for the Klamath River communities

The best celebrations of the year, Passover and Resurrection are happening. My youngest son, Stephen, used to always put a towel over his head and watch Charles Hesston in The Ten Commandment. What better hero than Moses and what greater modern illustration of God’s ability to protect His People and bring them out from bondage! Ben Hur is another favorite of this time of year, although those chariot races are rather grim for the little ones.

Christians in Happy Camp will gather at the “Happy Camp International Airport” according to Kirk Eadie for Sunrise Service at 7:30 am Bring a chair if you need it, and dress warm. I know first light will hit Happy Camp a bit before 5:53 and sunrise ins considered 6:23 but it is always kept at 7:30 no matter what the change of date varies.

In fact if it rains, Pastor Stan Poeschel will be welcoming all to the Log church, Happy Camp Bible Church 64301 Second Avenue in Happy Camp.

Upriver, Horse Creek Community Church will meet closer at 7 am for their Sunrise Service and then they will follow with a 8:30 breakfast, 9:45 Sunday School, and 11:00 church service to celebrate the Resurrection. Talking to Pastor Paul Mcilroy, he also said that in June (June 24 – 28 they will be having Vacation Bible School for all the children in the community who would like The Incredible Race!

Speaking of the kids, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at noon at the Happy Camp River Park, Don’t be late, these kids are great egg hunters!! Earlier there you have your final opportunity to support the Easter Egg Hunt by purchasing raffle tickets. Wonderful prizes!!

The most important celebration of the Christian Year will be April 21st
Living He loved me, dying He saved me, Buried He carried my sin far away,
Rising He justified me freely forever, One day He’s coming—o glorious Day!!

Updating for March as we plan to Spring Forward!!

Spring Forward for Daylight Saving Time March 10 at 2 am
Meeting for the 53rd Annual Bigfoot Jamboree.
When will Bigfoot Jamboree be? Well, you will have to come and see if it has been moved to Memorial Day, stays at Labor Day or some other plan is afoot!! There will be sharing of last year’s outcomes and survey results as well as taking suggestions and ideas for this year! If you are interested in working to make Bigfoot Jamboree continue to be the best little hometown festival ever, please come. Please volunteer and, please make your views known. Anyone interested in putting on an event when it is held, vendors, just all the community minded persons who will volunteer are welcome to come and help.

Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch
The Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch voted a few months ago to have the meetings on the second Monday at 5:30 at Partner’s Deli and that’s what will happen on March 11th.

High School Input
Community Input for the Siskiyou Union High School District on March 13, 2019. The Board meets at each of the High School locations and that will be their board meeting for the Happy Camp High School. They are requesting Community Input and so it would be most helpful if there were a number of community members to give input at that meeting.

River Reader’s Book Club
As I write this week’s column, with sadness I’m thinking Kirk mentioned he hadn’t had a coffee for 9 whole days. With the closing of Marble Mountain Gift Company last week, the River Readers met at the home of the founding instigator of the Book Club! What a great time we had visiting and discussing Land of permanent Goodbyes. In preparing to complete the reading for next meeting, it was a very tearful experience. The Syrian children had great hardships to overcome.

We especially enjoyed a great lunch as well. Now the River Readers will be starting a new book in just a couple of weeks. I hope to tell you what it will be; there are some very interesting possibilities. Dan Effman has offered us a public place where we can continue meeting Tuesdays at 11 o’clock and we greatly appreciate his offer. The River Readers will begin meeting at the Partner’s Deli & Arcade the next Tuesday, March 19 and reading a light novel, Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille , join us for friendly social time and discussion on books!!

Happy News of Sweet Survivors

Happy Birthday Ethan, it is such fun when grandkids have birthdays!!

Found! Caroline & Leia who were lost in the woods.


Did you hear the happy news of the two little girls who were found? They weren’t very old, Caroline is five years old and her sister, Leia Carrico, is eight years old. Friday afternoon, they asked their mother if they could go for a walk, and she said “no.” but then she turned around to take care of a younger brother.

A little later she found they were missing. They searched and asked neighbors if they’d seen them but after two hours reported the girls missing.

Mendocino County, Napa County, Del Norte County, California State Parks, the National Guard and the Us Coast Guard, Cal Fire, Humboldt Technical Rescue and the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse worked with the Sheriff’s office all to find the girls.

They weren’t found before the sun set on Friday night and they weren’t found by sunset on Saturday. How worried their parents, family and neighbors must have been!

There was going to be a press conference at 10:30 Sunday morning, but due to “new developments” it was delayed to 11:30. The happy conclusion of the missing girls was that they were found Sunday morning, They were somewhat dehydrated but got in warm clothes and went home soon.

The girls had been following a deer trail, when they realized that they were lost. The good news is that Leia had learned some things about being lost in the woods from the 4-H program. They had boots on, granola bars, and drank water from huckleberry leaves, and huddled together under a bush to keep warm and stayed put until Delbert Chunley and Abram Hill of the Piercy fire Department found them. The men had found boot prints and wrappers, and knew which way the girls were going, and found them about a mile and a half from their Benbow home.

How wonderful that so many people joined the search, coordinated through the Humboldt Sheriff’s office. Many were searching, and thoughts and prayers were definitely rewarded with the girls found safe and sound!!

The 4-H program has been popular with many of the Kids on the Klamath River in years gone by. They’ve raised pigs and lambs, and learned horseback riding, but I didn’t know that part of their hiking and camping program included survival skills.

Boys and Girls from first grade to thirteenth- one year after high school, can join the 4-H program and it looks like it is a good idea for kids living in the forest to be aware of survival skills.

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