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Sarah’s Poem About Our Log High School

February 8, 2010


From “Before The White Man Came”
by Charles S Graves c1934

Composed by Sarah Barney and sung by
Sarah and Mae Barney during the ceremony
of dedication of Happy Camp High School.

Down in a valley
In Happy Camp,
In our log High School
A tribute by all;

Willing hands lended
Lumber was bought,
Logs brought from mountains
To our School lot.

Community Spirit
Labor and toil
Community Spirit
For our High School.

Indian Creek murmurs
Down ‘neath the bank,
Whispering a message
As it goes by.

We’re proud of our High School
Our vision came true,
That we had pictured
From years before.

It’s through our efforts
Burdens and trials,
That our log High School
Stands here today.

Community Spirit
Labor and Toil
Community Spirit
Made our High School.

Editor’s Note: See more information on the Log Memorial High School in Happy Camp and how it was built on the Community page.

Early photo of little log high school & students.

Favorite Recreation Contest!

May 1, 2008

What is the favorite recreational activity you enjuoy along the wild and scenic Klamath River?

 While Happy Camp News has had opportunities to share the “Fun Things children do in Happy Camp”. and “Ten best things to do in Happy Camp” in the past, now we put it to you, dear reader. What are some of your favorite activities in this beautiful outdoor family fun place at the top of California?

Send your nominations to the editor:

P. O. Box 1675, Happy Camp, CA 96039

or e-mail to jbushy using the suffix.

Thanks, looking forward to hearing your accounts of fun times on the Klamath!

P.S. Sorry for lag updating articles while computer problems have caused delays. Thank you for your patience.

Will Schwarzenegger veto “No prospecting” signs on the Klamath?

October 9, 2007

Dave McCracken requests letters to Schwarzenegger to Veto Bill

Each summer, visitors from far and wide come to the Klamath River. Since 1852 many of those travelers are looking for gold. They also have a wonderful outdoor recreation time with family and friends. The Dredgers are facing new regulations that would lead to sharp curtailment of the prospecting activity on the River. They’d appreciate your help right now in sending a letter, fax or email to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, asking him to please veto this bill.

Dave McCracken has sent word to all those interested in prospecting for gold and similar recreation on the river that Assembly Bill 1032 has passed through the California legislature and is now on its way to Governor Schwarzenegger for his signature. AB 1032 is a bill that is intended to modify Section 5353 of the California Fish & Game Code to allow the Department of Fish & Game to arbitrarily close and/or curtail suction dredge activity along numerous waterways in California, which would no doubt include the Klamath River that we love.

For liberty for the dredgers to pursue their recreation on the Klamath, the concen is that they must encourage the Governor to kill this bill right now, or suffer the consequences later. Further information and help with this can be found at the following link:

Liberty to keep the Klamath open to recreational prospecting is dependent on the outcome of this bill.

District Ranger Calls Meeting October 2nd on Salvage Opportunities

September 24, 2007

Alan Vandiver, Happy Camp District Ranger


Location: Happy Camp Grange Hall

Date/Time: October 2, 2007 at 6:30 PM.

By Alan Vandiver, District Ranger

The recent fires in the Happy Camp Ranger District were generally of moderate and low intensity. In most areas, overstory mortality was scattered or confined to small groups of trees. However, on about 15% of the burn area, fire was intense enough to kill larger groups of mature trees.

Just after September 1st, I began to gather preliminary data on these areas. This initial effort will be complete by the end of the month. On October second, my staff and I would like to present this information to you and hear your thoughts on how this timber should be used. We are particularly interested in your thoughts on harvest, retention for ecosystem function and burned area harvest effects such as yarding systems, soil and watershed effects.

I would also like to use this notice to provide a brief update about ongoing rehabilitation and repair efforts associated with the fire.

Roads: Where draws were intensely burned above roads, there is a higher risk that debris will wash down hill to plug culverts. This would, in turn, wash out roads and deliver sediment into streams. We have mapped these high risk areas and are developing a plan to patrol/clean these culverts during the upcoming rainy season. It looks like funding will be available to do this.

Although I closed roads for safety reasons during the fires, I began opening roads as safety concerns diminished. All roads that were open prior to the fires have been reopened.
Fireline: I was, and continue to be, very concerned about repair of the dozer line built during the fires. All indirect dozer line has now been water barred and covered with slash to reduce watershed, soils, fisheries and wildlife impacts. Crews and equipment continue working on perimeter and interior dozer lines.

Silviculture: As smoke cleared and dust settled, District personnel began to evaluate mortality in harvested stands. This effort began with a helicopter flight on August 28. District personnel mapped concentrations of mortality in large trees and in plantations. Unfortunately, more than 1000 acres will need to be replanted. Plantations at the heads of draws which aligned with the wind during the fire suffered complete mortality in many cases. Since the first part of September, we have been building on this initial aerial mapping to plan reforestation efforts for next year.

I look forward to visiting with you on October 2nd and to hearing your thoughts and concerns regarding post fire management.

Some closures lifted
on Klamath River Access

August 9, 2007

The Klamath National Forest Announces the Reopening of Three Existing Klamath River Closures and Continuing One Closure

Yreka, CA–Klamath River access has been reopened for the following areas; Indian Creek Access, Curly Jack Day Use Access, and Chamber’s Flat River Access. This is a result of increased containment of the Elk Complex wildfire and reduced conflict with helicopter operations. However, boaters need to avoid landing on the fire side of the Klamath River (east or south side depending on the orientation of the river segment). Hazards still exist in the fire area including loose rocks and debris, as well as a high number of rattlesnakes.

Based on concern for the safety of the public and firefighters, the Wingate Bar River Access area, located in the W ¼ of Section 5, T.15 N., R.7 E., HM, continues to be closed to launching of boats.

Happy Camp’s Town Trail

May 24, 2007

Happy Camp

By Linda Martin

It is surprising how many people you’ll meet on Happy Camp’s Town Trail. When we hike the trail, we nearly always run into someone. It may be Forest Service employees getting into shape for backwoods exertion, teachers, friends, or teenagers. The funniest was when two horses came up the trail complete with riders. Our dog had never seen a horse before and was so frightened he hid behind us.

It takes me almost an hour to get to the end of the trail – all uphill. When I arrive, there’s a picnic table to sit at and the beautiful view of Happy Camp to look at. It is well-worth the climb.

To get to the Town Trail, cross the Elk Creek Bridge to the south side of the Klamath River in Happy Camp. It is about a mile to the Town Trail sign on Elk Creek Road where you can park and start hiking. Hiking is a great way to lose weight and stay in shape. Take lots of water, especially on hot summer days.

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.

Sheriffs Department Website

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.