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Beautiful Autumn, Busy time, in Happy Camp!!

October 4, 2012

In Happy Camp and all along the beautiful wild Klamath River corridor there are lots of things happening!!

SATURDAY
Saturday, October 5 is a big Arts & Crafts Fair at the Happy Camp Elementary School on Park Way! The Eight graders are eager to earn money for their class so they can really celebrate advancing to high school after this year. They have at least a dozen people coming to set up tables with wonderful arts and crafts things for you to enjoy. They are also serving food to keep your tummy contented while you shop. I want to go get a cinnamon roll for only $2. They’ll also have drinks, coffee, tea, Pepsi, sprint and Gatorade. If you are in the mood for something better for lunch there’s soup and bread for $4 or hot dogs or corn-dogs for $2. Chips, nachos and rice crispy bars will also be for sale. So don’t miss the Arts & Crafts Fair at the Happy Camp Elementary School!! 10 a.m. To 4 p.m. On Parkway.

MONDAY
Deputy David Nye called me this week with news of the start of another Neighborhood Watch Group. The start up meeting will be Monday, October 8th at 6 p.m. At the Family Resource Center on Park Way. Volunteers with an interest in keeping our town crime and vandal free are welcome and encouraged to attend. For further information you may call the Family Resource Center at 493-5117.

NEXT FRIDAY – Oct 12
Next Friday evening will be an Art Show and Fabulous Friday Supper at the Klamath-Siskiyou Art Center at the corner of Highway 96 and Davis Road. More information to follow but make your plans now to take your favorite lady or friend to the Fabulous Friday Supper and help to build a fantastic new art gallery in our community.

NEXT WEEK – ESPECIALLY FRIDAY Oct 12
Happy Camp Homecoming Football Game is Friday also. That means this will be an exciting week with posters all over the halls walls for prince and princess votes, and dress-up specials each day of the week. There will even be a parade Friday afternoon. Hurray for the Blue and Gold!!!

SUNDAY MORNING Oct 14th
Sunday Morning PANCAKE BREAKFAST at the Happy Camp High School. Support the Senior Class of 2013!!! Breakfast will be served 8 am to 11 pm. Make it a special family breakfast with your family!

Also, Next Weekend is the Dear Mad’m Symposium celebrating Stella Walthall Patterson’s book Dear Mad’m published in 1956. Peter and Elizabeth Lismer, relatives of Stella’s and authors of the new book, Dear Mad’;m Who Was She” will be here to sign books and tell about the writing the book.
Publishers Reception Friday Evening at Naturegraph
Dear Mad’m Symposium with Luncheon Saturday at Karuk Building at Hwy 96 & 2nd Av 10-3
Evening Campfire at River Side at Klamath River Resort Inn
Sunday Field Trip to the Sites where Dear Mad’m story took place.
Reservations $30 at the C of C office 35 Davis Road (weekday afternoons)or $40 at the door.

If you have more events to announce, please contact me.
Give me a call at 493-5192 or email at klamathviews@yahoo.com. Thanks, Judy




Monday Update on Elk Fire Complex

July 23, 2007

ELK FIRE COMPLEX UPDATE

July 23, 2007

Total Complex Acreage: 9,085 acres               

Incident Resources: 1,145 personnelTotal Complex Containment: 22%                 Expected Full Containment: 7/29/2007Cost to Date: $8,201,274                                           Injuries to Date (minor): 8Structures Threatened: 550 The top priority is the protection of the Happy Camp, Hamburg, and Elk Creek communities. Yesterday, crews made great progress constructing fireline (see list below).  The burnout on the Little Grider Fire began yesterday and initial results were positive. An increase in smoke is expected in the Happy Camp area. Additional fire activity was observed as a result of a warming trend.  

Complex Fire Details

Of the thirty identified fires in the Elk Complex, 24 fires are 100% contained. The fires will continue to be monitored, patrolled and staffed as resources allow. The remaining six fires are as follows:

  • Little Grider Fire (1,952 acres) 50% contained.  The first stage of the Perkins Gulch burnout was conducted and yielded beneficial results.
  • King Creek II Fire (2895 acres) 25 % contained.  Firefighters made significant progress on the fire’s southern and western perimeters.
  • Wingate (916 acres) 5% contained.  Crews established a line from Titus Ridge west to the Klamath River.
  • Elk Fire (1144 acres) 40% contained.  Crews are camped near the fire and continue containment efforts.
  • Titus Fire (2026 acres) 5% contained.  A recommended evacuation for homeowners, and closure for campers and miners, from Five Mile Bridge to Norcross Campground on Elk Creek Road remains in place.  Firelines have been constructed around structures.
  • Hummingbird Fire (80 acres) 0% contained.

 Evacuation Planning:

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has taken steps to locate an evacuation center at Seiad Elementary School in the event evacuation becomes necessary.  Individuals with special needs, such as those requiring mobility assistance, need to notify the Sheriff’s Office ahead of time.

In the event of an evacuation, small animals will be accepted at Seiad Elementary and large animals may be taken to the Karuk Ranch at China Grade Road at the two-mile marker.  All animal owners are asked to be responsible for the feeding and care of their pets at both locations.




Elk Complex Fire Updated at Friday’s Happy Camp Meeting

July 21, 2007

By Judy Bushy

Friday’s Town Hall meeting at the Happy Camp Grange was smaller than previous meetings. While it is encouraging that the residents of Happy Camp feel safer, communication is a vital part of being in the midst of a wildfire crisis. The threat is abated with the rain and cooler temperatures, but with another two months of fire season to go, and several active fires in the vicinity, the crisis isn’t over yet.

Don Hall, Deputy District Ranger, spoke to the questions about what “you guys” are doing. He drove down Curly Jack showing the Klamath National Forest Supervisor what was happening and there were hotshot crews next door to his own home. Teams were going door to door on Curly Jack Road, Division L for evacuation purposes, and informing residents of precautions and preparations. At his home, in the early morning hours, smoke was wafting up from the Wingate, also. So it isn’t “those guys” – it is our neighbors involved. Those from far away usually live in a place where they also experience this same crisis. So the people making the decisions about this fire are not only considering public safety from a professional level but also feel it very personally.

Just a few days ago the wind was 20 to 30 mph, the temperatures were going over 100, we had raging crown fires and lots of smoke. They were planning to build a protected box like area around the town.

Then the rain slowed things down. The crews didn’t sit back and relax. They have put in 30 miles of bulldozer line and 34 miles of hand lines and brush clearing. That’s a lot of hard work but the forest dries out fast at 100-degree heat. On Wednesday afternoon the Wingate fire had showed what it could do when it traveled 2 ½ miles in four hours! We are grateful for only one additional injury and that it was minor.

They are ready to go on more direct attack where possible. In some areas that are “steeper than a cow’s face” Dietrich said that they are too steep and too isolated and couldn’t get a dozer in unless they park it in the river, “which is not cool.” Firefighters are too dear to risk to rock climbing challenges. As Incident commander, Mike Dietrich also mentioned that everyone in the country is working with fires in Idaho, Utah and Nevada as well as elsewhere.

Sheriff’s Dept, Sgt John Evans said Seiad School remains the emergency evacuation site and signs have been posted. Be prepared, and once you do clear evacuation areas, keep the roads clear and don’t block the firefighters work.

Kirk Eadie, Assistant Chief of the Happy Camp Volunteers, also said we need to keep “heads up”. Keep informed. Be ready and be prepared. We appreciate Mike Dietrich and his team keeping us informed so we don’t fall to senseless rumors but can know the truth.

Harold Tripp, with the Karuk Tribe, said it is great working on this team with Don and Alan, Happy Camp District Ranger. His job is to inform firefighting teams about protecting any cultural sensitive areas and he was glad that the fire has not destroyed any sites. The dozer lines are following previous lines as much as possible.

Questions from the gathered Happy Camp citizens involved bringing their horses home, how long the river would be closed to rafting, and how the fire will affect the river view. Many questions have to wait to see what happens in the next four or five days but the team is doing all it can to limit the intensity and severity of damage to as much land as possible and ensure public safety and protect lives of both community and firefighters. Thankfully injuries have been minor considering the harsh terrain where the fires are located. Next meeting is scheduled at the Grange on Tuesday, July 24th at 7 o’clock.




Marijuana Inspections

September 5, 2006

Yreka – In accordance with California Senate Bill 420, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department is actively making compliance inspections of medical marijuana growing operations in the County. If the operations are found to be out of compliance with their medical marijuana prescriptions, all of the marijuana plants being grown will be confiscated.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Eradication Unit conducted two compliance inspections in the south county area of Siskiyou County on 9/1/06 and found that both cultivation operations were growing more marijuana that was allowed by California Proposition 215, California’s medical marijuana initiative which provides for a total of twelve (12) immature or six (6) mature marijuana plants together with 8 ounces of processed marijuana for each marijuana medical prescription. All fifty three (53) marijuana plants were confiscated from the growing operation at 498 Arbaugh Street in Weed where three medical prescriptions were in place. All thirty seven (37) plants were confiscated from the growing operation at 5620 Truck Village Drive near Mount Shasta; the person growing the marijuana on Truck Village Drive was in possession of three medical marijuana prescriptions. The two cases will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office seeking charges against both growers.

In addition, anyone with information regarding marijuana being grown in Siskiyou County is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department 24-hour dispatch center at (530) 841-2900. Those who wish to speak with the Marijuana Team directly or who prefer to remain anonymous may leave a message at (530) 842-8328. The Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Eradication Team will aggressively investigate all reports of suspicious activity.




Warning to Hunters & Outdoor Enthusiasts

August 24, 2006

Marijuana plant

Marijuana growing creates problems
around Happy Camp on both public and private lands.

Yreka – The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public to be especially wary and vigilant during this time of year. The marijuana harvest season is fast approaching and conflicts between the public and those conducting illegal growing operations on both public and private lands are possible.

Sheriff Rick Riggins urges the public to exercise caution and to be aware of their surroundings. He cautions the public to avoid areas where they may see suspicious activity occurring. Anyone who encounters gardening supplies, irrigation systems and isolated camps in the woods should immediately leave the area and contact law enforcement.

Individuals are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department 24-hour dispatch center at (530) 841-2900. Those who wish to speak with the Marijuana Team directly or who prefer to remain anonymous may leave a message at (530) 842-8328. The Sheriff”s Department Marijuana Eradication Team will aggressively investigate all reports of suspicious activity.

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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.