Neighborhood Watch next meeting will be July 10th

by Judy Bushy

Steelhead Capital

Welcome to Happy Camp

Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch met Monday night. There was a message that it was going to be postponed as our meeting place couldn’t be used, but a bunch were already there. The door was locked, but we had a couple of officers from the Sheriff’s department (Gabe Garrison and John Erickson (841-2900) We also had Vice President, Dan Effman, Board Members: Becky Tiraterra, Lisa Bousfield, Bernard Lowry, and interim secretary, Forest Service Recreation expert and Laurel Buhrmann who is making “calling” cards for the Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch meeting at the Forest Service.

Gabe reviewed some of the things Sheriff Jon Lopey and John from the District Attorney’s office explained in May when they came. Because of John’s explanations, it was decided we need to have more information on California Senator’s actions, sort of a “legislation watchdog” to educate our community on the problems these changes make for our community. Right now crime pays in California! There was concern about drug task force not getting convictions due to leniency and especially recidivism. The Orleans law officer has not been assigned there as of yet, but should be soon.

There was discussion on some repeat and new problems brought to the attention of the Neighborhood Watch and actions taken in the past few weeks. Report, report, report suspicious things you see, better to be cautious and make notes of things, than to let them go and have a big problem afterwards.

Some can post cameras on public land as well as the one’s the Neighborhood Watch can put up on private places. Landlords who rent to criminals and the businesses that serve them were also discussed. The “mystery black Infinity” that was parked other and now at town trail was checked out.

Next meeting there will be a vote on filling vacant officers of the Board, Bylaw changes and bringing things up to date Next meeting will be July 10th due to Independence Day conflict with regular meeting time.

“Trying to Plant Cut Flowers” without a past….

4th of July

Independence Day


by Judy Bushy

The founding of the United States principles of Freedom and Liberty is celebrated soon!
which has I’d planned to share some gems from an interview I heard on the radio of David McCullough. McCullough’s new book is The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand for. McCullough is a very honored historian and has won two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book Awards as well as the Medal of Freedom. For this book, he went over eighty of his previous speeches to condense down Who we are as a nation and what we stand for….a very appropriate read for the Fourth of July. I especially appreciated a quote from Daniel Boorstin shared by McCullough, “Trying to plan for the future without a sense of the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.”According to the Nation’s Report Card, U.S. History seems to be American students worst subject which is really hard to believe as fascinating as it is, and how it explains who we are, by knowing what we stand for.

Neighborhood Watch
Next Meeting of the Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch will be delayed to July 10th due to the Independence Day celebrations. With fire setting, Horse Creek Church broken into and All Saints Church burglarized, and other matters of concern, please come and hear of the solutions. Bring your solution if you have one, as we need to solve crimes!

Friends of the Siskiyou County Museum will meet on July 14th in Yreka.
Karuk Reunion is coming up on July 22nd.
Stay cool!!

4th of July

Independence Day

Happy Camp Holds Kindness Week


By Judy Bushy
Happy Camp Elementary School celebrates Kindness Week this week from Febryary 10-17th. the kids always want to be kind to one another and to everyone in their family, friends and community, but this is a special emphasis.

The first six weeks of 2017 have been a whopper, weather wise! The Klamath River Community has had snow! bESIDES Lots of snow, rain, high water, rocks and mudslides, Then part of Highway 96 deciding to slip off into the Klamath River. West of Seiad Valley, you round a turn, and come abruptly onto a stop sign with the instructions beneath it “Proceed When Clear.” You precariously proceed wondering about the bumps that need to be transversed. Part of the time the road has been closed. Residents haven’t been able to get to work, or in other cases, to get home.
Oh, and let’s not forget the electrical outages and downed trees. Travel with a chainsaw down Highway 96 this winter!!

Friends drove down to see how high one of the creeks south of Happy Camp was, and on the way back had to stop due to downed trees. Before official assistance could arrive, friends and neighbors came along with chainsaws and cleared the road. Others were stuck by a downed tree after a trip to town, and walked a couple miles by moonlight to get home. After the highway crew came and cleared the tree the next morning they were able to fetch their vehicle and bring it home.

This is such a perfect time for the Happy Camp Elementary Bulletin Board to announce that they will be celebrating Kindness Week !Erica Mitchell has handed out wrist bands to her high school classes, “Be Kind”

Good time to remember that “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never ends…..”
They say you need 8 hugs a day for mental and physical health, and it must be so, since I read it on the internet! (haha) Share a hug with those you love and tell someone you care. Hopefully, our children will lead us, in kind civility. Let’s really celebrate and be thankful for Valentine’s Day! Not just today!

HCHS Students go to Washington!!!

Students from Happy Camp High School who joined those from Weed and Yreka going to the Presidential Inauguration last week!!

Presidential Inauguration Field trip for HCHS Students!!


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(Further information on the Trip to Washington for the Presidential Inauguration after January 24th.)

Last week was time for semester final exams AT hc High School! Snow storms, electric outages, and bad road conditions resulted in some high school students missing some final exams!
Some of the students were missing them because they were a very long way away! About three thousand miles away!
It was great that fourteen of our students from Happy Camp High Tashawna Brink, Madison Carroll, Wren Crapser, Kai Crockett, Estalita “Ella” Galindo, Rudolf “Rutz” Galindo, Adriana Garcia, Angelica Garrison, Madison “Maddy” Offield, Royale Pinassi, Elijah”E.J.” Triance, Noah Triance, Sophia Triance, Damian Valenzuela, and Silas Yamamoto, along with their history teacher, Erica Mitchell went to Sacramento to fly to Washington D.C. for the Inauguration.

Snowstorms and Power Outages for the New year….

Neighbor helping Neighbor! That is the most wonderful thing our recent difficulties have shown us! New Year has brought with it snow storms and rain, electrical and heat outages.

Some of our neighbors, some who are elderly or disabled, not only had no heat or way to make a hot meal with the electricity off, but were unable to physically get out because show blocked streets and drives!

The electric hasn’t been off completely for the past three weeks, but much of the time! After being off 18 hours, so when it came on there was the mad rush to do all one could while it was on, and then off again.

Sometimes it was on downtown and there was school, but off at our house and couldn’t get out of the drive anyway…so we were stuck!
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I didn’t see all who were out there clearing snow or helping out, but Siskiyou Road workers, CalTrans, and Pacific Powers have been working long hours and doing a great job and we want to thank them! Tha nks to all our neighborly neighbors who did so much to help!!

Klamath Neighbors are the BEST!

Klamath Neighbors are the BEST!

Make Someone’s Christmas!

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What do you think of when you remember Christmas as a child, a youth, and through the years?

My early Christmases were spent at the large two story home that my father had built over fifty years before as home for my grandmother as a new bride. There was plenty of space for five daughters and son and all the spouses and at least a dozen children for breakfast. No one could do anything until breakfast was eaten together and the dishes all washed except look at the beautifully lit tree, We’d first seen the tree that morning as the adults decorated late Christmas eve. After dishes we opened presents and then my mother would gather us to leave for church. I’d put on a red choir robe for the junior children’s choir. The organ would play out the joyous music as the bells in the tower rang and we began the processional singing down the aisle.

It is such fun to see the joyous anticipation of children at this time of year. At a department store in Minneapolis while in High School— two Christmas seasons! It was especially fun when I got to help the elves make handmade candy canes that were given out by Santa Claus! Cleaning up the orange soda that was stuck everywhere from the tikes dropping them wasn’t as such fun, but it was so neat to see people thoughtfully buying gifts for the children in their lives!

After meeting my husband the week of high school graduation at seventeen, we were busy driving from Minneapolis to Bayfield, Wisconsin each Christmas Eve. After time with my family we drove 300 miles to Dan’s family on the shores of Lake Superior for Christmas morning. Usually there was a blizzard. It was always beautiful and we loved the snow. The years went by and we added pur little ones, and they kept growing up fast.
As they years went by I’d usually have first five or six and then ten or more children every day for daycare. We’d make something new, ornaments, gifts, wrapping paper and cards; projects of artwork and stories, songs and games each day in December.. That was always fun!

But sometimes this isn’t such a happy time of year. There was 1976, when my mother was in the hospital, mostly unconscious from before Thanksgiving to New Years eve.. We were grateful for the years the Lord had given us with her as she was expected to leave us six months after the diagnosis/ Instead, by the Lord’s mercy, was able to be present for four grandchildren thirteen years later.

I remember in 1990, crying for months solid. It is unbelievable how much tears a person has capacity to shed. Anytime “I’ll be home for Christmas” was sung or another program suggested families all being together, would bring on another cloudburst since our oldest son, Michael, had gone home to be with the Lord October 26th that year.

Even when it isn’t a time of great grief or sorrow this time of year it just seems like there should be gatherings of friends and family, When that isn’t possible, missing them is hard. So sometimes this time of year isn’t the joy and excitement as it is at other stages of life. Pray for the opportunity to help other’s for whom Christmas will be lonely or sad or very difficult this year. Pray that you’ll forgive any enemies you need to forgive. Pray that the Lord will use you to bring a Christmas peace nd joy to their life.
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