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Fun at the RiverPark: Rockin’ the Klamath Coming June 29th

June 20, 2013

A week from Saturday, there will be another wonderful June day at the River Park, full of music! It’s time for the third annual Rockin’ the Klamath musical event at the River Park.

The afternoon will begin with the opportunity to share your talents with your friends and neighbors of the community, “Happy Camp Has Talent”. Can you sing? What instrument do you play? Can you recite a poem or share something else? This is your opportunity. We are all looking forward to seeing you there and hearing your talented performance at the River Park pavilion on that day.

The winning performances will give an encore after the Jam Session. All you musicians need to come for the Jam Session.

Ponderosa Breeze, an Oregon band that you may be following on Facebook as they play at the Greek Place in Ashland, will be playing.

Headliner is the Spiro Kings who will be returning because they were enjoyed so much when they were with us in 2011 at Rockin the Klamath. Here comes the opportunity to have a great night out at the River Park.

There is the Raffle for an inflatable Kayak that comes with paddle, pump and life vest. You can get your tickets in the Chamber Office for $1 each, or for a limited time only 15 for $10. Can’t you just think how much you will enjoy a cool kayak floating down the creek on a hot summer day? Sounds like delightful fun! This grand prize was donated by Klamath River Resort Inn just a couple miles upriver from Happy Camp, right on the River! If you are more into games, there’s a play station music “thingy” to win, or a cast Bigfoot footprint donated by our local Bigfoot hunter, Javabob Schmalzbach. Ron and Rosemary Boren have donated entrance to Bike Rally which has a value of $55 also. So, come into the Office and see what your pleasure is in the wonderful opportunities in this raffle!

The Happy Coordinating Council will be fundraising for the Bigfoot Jamboree by running the Beer Booth and having hamburgers and some yummy baked goods also. There will be Quick Dogs and Dolly’s Deli also serving something for your picnic lunch as you listen to all the musical performances.

There will also be other vendors and more than ever before have planned to come so please thank our vendors. I didn’t get much chance to look at all the beautiful Happy Camp Jade and other jewelry that Rich Kelly had on display a couple of weeks ago at the Art & Treasure Klamath Yard Sales so looking forward to more time to look at the beautiful things he has created.

All together it will be a lovely day in the Park in Happy Camp,Saturday, June 29th from noon to midnight.

Friday Night Dinner at the Art Center and other News!

July 27, 2011

Friday Night Dinner at the Art Center. Yes! Alan Crockett has announced a very special menu for Friday night July 29th. ‘…Hey, just wait till you hear the menu for the next dinner…
Jon Grunbaum is whipping up the tastiest Spaghetti and Meatball dinner this side of Sicily (with a veggie option of course). With loads of Jon’s life changing Garlic Bread and a Garden Fresh Green Salad to boot!
Oh yeah, We’ve just got a great selection of drinks to try and a sensational music mix if I do say so myself.
Here’s hoping you can make it. ‘ Don’t forget that when you enjoy the special menu Friday night, that you are also helping to support the Art Center! For more inforation, go to the Art Center information (with a photo of the Crockett’s and Michael Hentz) on Happy Camp News Art & Entertainment page!

New stories on Happy Camp News include more photos also!

Check out the calendar and let us know new events to put on the Happy Camp Calendar, please.

Community page has new pictures of the 15th Annual KARUK REUNION last Saturday! New business in town, and one that moved to Highway 96 to a new place also got their pictures in the paper.

On the Opinion Page is a Perspective by Pete on the Art & Treasure Weekend!

Art & Entertainment has more photos of Rockin the Klamath in July.

Children’s page has photos of those youngsters who took their flight into adult world at Graduation from HAPPY CAMP HIGH SCHOOL June 11th. Also, did you see the winners of the Fishing Derby there?

Church News has anniversary news from the Happy Camp Bible Church.

There will soon be the addition of the Bigfoot Jamboree page so keep an eye open for it!!

Thank you, dear readers, for your interest in Happy Camp and all the activity and all our neighbors along the beautiful, wild Klamath River!!
I thank you sincerely!
Judy Bushy, editor

Cheerful servers offered good things to eat while rockin the Klamath

Veto to New Regulations for Klamath River Use

October 16, 2007

Governor Swarzengger has vetoed the bill of great concern to the gold prospectors along the wild Klamath River. We want to see the fish and wildlife protected from harm, if there were harmful effects of suction dredge mining, however, most dredgers looking for gold are amazed at how the fish enjoy participating in the sport.

No scientific study has shown dredging to be harmful, and at least one has shown that it is particularly helpful in restoring habitat for fish.

The Governor said that “current law gives the Department of Fish and Game the necessary authority to protect fish and wildlife resources. It is unclear why this bill specifically targets a number of specific waterways for closure of further restrictions,” he said, and “scientific environmental review should precede such decisions.”

Wild River Ride

June 14, 2001

by Linda Martin

This is the real thing – not some manufactured thrill in a materialist theme park in the middle of a heavily populated city area. No? this is the real thing – a wild river ride created by nature itself.

Running west from Southern Oregon to the Pacific Ocean on the California side of the border – the Klamath River was originally called Ishkeesh by the local Karuk tribe. Upriver, the Shasta tribe called it Klamet.

Joe Cote’ Giera and his wife, Becca, came to Happy Camp about ten years ago, setting up a whitewater rafting business at their home on the bank of the Klamath. River County Rafting is a full service rafting company offering both day and overnight excursions. I chose a day trip as a celebration of my son’s eleventh birthday.

Arriving at 10 am, we met Joe and Becca. They are neighbors and we’ve seen them many times before, but this was different.

The first thing we found out was that we were dressed wrong. “We’re going to get wet.” Joe informed us. We refused the opportunity to go change from long pants to shorts. I also refused the very nice water resistant clothing that they have on hand to protect rafters from the elements. Later I would regret that, as this Spring day had a few cold moments.

The one thing we didn’t (and couldn’t) refuse was the life jackets, which would keep us buoyant in deep water even if we did everything else wrong.

Becca and another rafter drove their cars down to Ferry Point, our destination. During the half hour they were gone the kids and I watched Joe prepare the raft at the Indian Creek river access. First he pumped up the raft, explaining that at the end of each trip it was deflated a bit. He attached an oar brace and seat apparatus and plenty of straps for us to hang onto. Everything was put into plastic bags or waterproof boxes (sweaters, cameras, food, etc.) and tied securely down. The only things that wouldn’t be firmly attached to the raft were people.

When Becca got back from Ferry Point, we got our safety talk. We were taught to relax if we fell out of the raft, enjoy the ride and go feet first downstream, especially in areas with rocks. Joe explained the danger of getting behind a rock or trying to hold onto one as we would then be pinned to it by the current. We learned about eddies and how not to fall out of rafts and what we could expect as a rescue effort in case of emergency.

Finally, totally apprehensive, we got into the raft and started floating on the river. At first it was unbelievably mellow. The first part of the river was lake-like, peaceful, and calm. After a few minutes of that, we finally got to the first area of class 2 rapids and picked up speed. It was fun, very wet, but not too scary. Still, we had heard about the class 3+ Rattlesnake Rapids up ahead, so we remained apprehensive for the first couple of hours, not knowing what to expect.

In the quiet spaces between rapids, Joe let the raft float downriver propelled only by the current of the Klamath. We had plenty of opportunities to observe flora and fauna. Since it was late Spring, several times we saw mother ducks with their little ducklings trailing out behind as they swam upstream on the edge of the river.

My daughter who has been called names like “Dog Girl”, “Wild Child” and “Woofy” could not stop talking about the possibility of taking her dogs along with her on the raft someday. Joe and Becca said if they had nails clipped and a doggie life jacket on, it would be possible. My daughter, who spends hours reading dog supply catalogs, let them know about rubber foot pads that are available to glue onto dog paws. Whether such glue would be waterproof is something we would have to find out. I happen to know both our dogs are total cowards when it comes to being in the water. They will not even swim with the kids, who they are dedicated to protecting.

The whole trip was twelve miles. Just when I thought we were about done, Joe mentioned we were halfway to the destination. Nothing to do but enjoy the rest of the ride. The river starts to get inside you after a while. Not physically? but into your soul. Something about floating on it for five hours gives you a whole new perspective on what the Klamath is really about.

We had the choice to eat lunch before Rattlesnake Rapids, or just after. With all that apprehension about going down class 3+ rapids, I didn’t want to wait until after lunch. Joe pulled the raft over to the beach to give us some last minute safety instructions. Downriver we went, and soon we were over the first rocks. The river drops about ten feet and we got soaked in the process. Holding on tightly, we had no problems and when it was done I could only say it didn’t last long enough. I kept looking over at my daughter and seeing the excitement and happiness on her face as the water splashed all over her, and that, more than anything, made it worthwhile to me.

Next we stopped for lunch at a beach near a small creek that tumbled down the hillside, and enjoyed sitting on sun-warmed rocks for a few minutes. I got to observe the plants close up. Though I often take walks next to the river, I saw river plants and wildflowers I hadn’t seen in other more highly trafficked areas. I got Joe to tell me the names of the plants he knew, since native plant identification is one of my hobbies.

Back in the raft we went through rock canyons with class 3 rapids and quiet lake areas where the kids got out and swam. Since I’m still recovering from an operation, I didn’t have the energy for that, otherwise I would have been in there with them. Life jackets kept the kids afloat without any effort on their part. We passed several turtles sunning themselves on the rocks. Their usual reaction to us was to disappear suddenly beneath the surface of the water.

Near the end of the trip we stopped on a sandy bar and watched as a pair of rafters floated downriver past us in one of those tiny store-bought inflatable rafts. After having been through some very intense rapids, I asked Joe if he thought those little boats were safe. He explained something about the quality of plastic in one of the $50 rafts as compared to his huge, expensive self-bailing raft. We could only shake our heads and wonder at the bravery of rafting the Klamath in something smaller.

During the last peaceful mile, the kids tried out an inflatable kayak. We stopped at another sandy beach to pump it up, and again I was amazed by yet another variety of unknown wildflower. When we stepped back into the raft one of us finally did the bad thing: trailed in some sand. We had been warned that sand was the enemy of rafts and that we must avoid getting any inside. Joe said he was planning on washing out the raft anyway so we tried not to feel too bad about it.

Taking turns with the kayak, my children had a great time. We all felt like we were one with the river by the time we got to Ferry Point, but we were glad to see that Becca was waiting with the truck to take the raft back upstream.

As we got out, we noticed that the little store-bought raft we had seen earlier was abandoned, totally deflated, on the riverbank nearby. We could only wonder what the story behind that was. The people who had been in it were gone.

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.