Ranger Harris Comes to the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll District

It was a pleasure to run into Ken Harris at
the Pizza House today!! We have enjoyed Alan Vandiver as our
District Ranger, and Don Hall as acting Deputy District Ranger. Don
Hall has planned to retire the end of the year and we will really
miss him a great deal. Alan has moved to the coast.

Now Ken Harris will take the helm as the new District Ranger on the
Happy Camp and Oak Knoll Ranger District. Ken was just on the
Salmon/Scott River Ranger District.
Ken’s a long-time resident of Siskiyou County, Etna precisely. His
career began as a firefighter on the Angeles National Forest and he
spent a year in Alaska before coming to the Klamath for the first
time in 1978. After earning a degree in Forest Management from
Humboldt State University in 1980, he worked on the Scott River,
Ukonom, Salmon River , and Oak Knoll Ranger Districts. Harris also
served on the Lassen National Forest before coming back to the
Klamath to work on the Goosenest Ranger District in 2006. That is
where our son Stephen has been working summers and met Ken Harris.

Ken even took a break in his Forest Service career, as my husband
Dan did, and also taught school during that time. Harris was a
consultant for private landowners as well as teaching. Theresa
teaches school at Scott River Junior High School in Fort Jones .
Together they have three children: Kari, a college student in San
Diego ; Staci, who lives and works in Etna; and Ashley, a college
student in Kansas.

As a District Ranger, Harris looks forward to working with all
interested publics and people who have different viewpoints. He
said, “The Happy Camp/Oak Knoll District has phenomenal resources.
It’s possible, and desirable, to bring differing interests together
to work toward solutions so we can manage these resources wisely.”
Harris has been a member of the Etna Lions Club, coached sports
teams, and officiated at high school and youth football in Siskiyou
County .

Personnel are changing all over the Klamath Forest . Patty Grantham,
Deputy Forest Supervisor since February 2007 and acting Forest
Supervisor for the past five months, has been named as the new
Forest Supervisor for the Klamath National Forest .

Things to do – for children and teens

What are your kids doing for the summer vacation from school? I was reading that Sasha and Malia Obama’s fabulous summer vacation includes foreign travel, the Eiffel Tower, Rome, the Pantheon and the Kremlin, concerts, and being free from school routines. They also spent time volunteering at Fort McNair in Virginia, where the girls helped stuff backpacks with books and toys for the children of military families. But the presidential family limits their television and computers all day until just before bedtime, which is early for the girls even during summer vacation.

While we don’t have opportunities to tour Paris and Rome, I think that kids along the wild Klamath River have better opportunities in some ways. . . .

Read the rest: Things to do, places to go, and summer reading on the wild Klamath River

Happy Camp Summer

Since the one week of over 100 degree temperatures has passed, Happy Camp is back to being a wonderful Summertime place! Guests out at the resort sitting on the expansive green lawn watch the Klamath River flow by. Kids still rush to the creeks in the heat of the day for a cooling SPLASH down! Hikers climb to the top of the Town Trail from Elk Creek Road, and sit and watch over our beautiful little town.

Gardens have begun to yield their harvest. Wilson had tomatoes to spare and EmmaLee shared some zucchini with us. Blackberries will soon be ripe and instead of cherry pie we will enjoy blackberry cobbler (a la mode!)

Summer events will soon be happening all along the Klamath River Communities. First is the Blackberry Festival at the Klamath River Community Hall on August 22nd. Ask at Quigleys for more information on all that is planned!

Seiad Day is next with a parade, booths, and auction on wonderful arts and crafts on Saturday. This should be on August 29th — after school has begun, if we are lucky. The adults enjoy the dinner and dance following the day’s activities.

Finally, as if to top off all the events of the summer with friends and family coming from all corners, the Bigfoot Jamboree will be September 3-4-5th! All the fun from Fridays coronation of the Queen and teen dance to the parade on Sunday takes place at the beautiful River Park beneath huge shade trees! The Parade begins on Davis Road and then proceeds down Highway 95 so everyone (who isn’t in the parade) has a good chance to see all the floats and entries.

What a fun way to culminate happy summer days along the beautiful wild Klamath River!!!

Seeking Community Solutions for Our Youth

Love is the Anti-Drug

Love is the Anti-Drug

We have learned that “Love is the Anti-Drug!” One of the greatest concerns is death and other serious consequences due to the impact of alcohol and other drug use by our young people. As a community we will be seeking ways to reduce access, educate, and support recovery of our young people.

An amazing group of Happy Campers came out for the first meeting and potluck dinner Thursday, Nov. 20th, 2008 at the Happy Camp High School. The second meeting was held at the Grange in December and young people volunteered for committees and action was planned. For the January 28th meeting, Kirk Andrus, Siskiyou County DA is invited. For further information, go to the Community page.

Panther Fire News and Updates on other pages

Happy Camp is clear and it is a beautiful day. This summer has been a very smokey one and we really appreciate the blue sky above. Our appreciation for the firefighters, and sorrow at the loss of so many brave firefighters this season has been deeply felt. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these firefighters.

The Panther fire still burns fifteen miles south of Happy Camp and as of today has consumed 21,018 acres. It was started by lightening. Yesterday crews made good progress on establishing fire line in the Bishop Creek area on the north east portion of the fire. Mop-up and monitoring continued on the south boundary of the fire. Last night crews patrolled and held existing line and continued to mop up on the south and south west perimeter while watching for rolling debris on Highway 96. The fire continues to burn slowly into the Marble Mountain Wilderness where it is expected to die out due to existing, natural barriers and sparse vegetation. Efforts to steer the Panther fire into the areas consumed by the King Creek (2007) and Titus (2006 & 2007) fires helped stop the spread of the Panther Fire to the north and east.

Command of the Panther Fire was transferred to Rich Harvey’s Great Basin Type 2 Team this morning. Today work will be focused on improving the line established to contain fire in the Bishop Creek area and to continue mop up there and on the south and south west perimeter.

Bigfoot Jamboree is just around the corner, August 29-31st this year. There will be balloons and clowns and lots of fun for everyone!! Raingutter Regatta for Cub Scout sailboats before Friday’s Coronation of the Queens and the youth dance!!

Update on the children’s page: Scouting Campout Full of Surprises!

Update on the Community Page:12th Annual Karuk Reunion

Thank you to our faithful readership for your patience during technical difficulties which prevented getting news of the Happy Camp Community in a timely manner as we wished. It is a beautiful day along the wild Klamath River and we celebrate summer!

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