Happy Camp High Celebrates American Education Week!

American Education Week

Next week, November 12 – 16 is American Education Week! Happy Camp High School wants to celebrate with the whole community. Education is the key to success for our students in the future.

School Celebrants
Happy Camp High School wants to celebrate not only the teachers (Dave Timbrook, Denise Bearding, Diane Oliver, Erica Mitchell, Indigo Mack, Carissa Bussard, transportation crew (aka bus drivers), Mandy Stone, Bob Humphreys, para-educators:Tom Evertson, Leona McLaughlin and Chena Ariza, office worker Rachel, food service worker Leona McLaughlin, custodians Smokey Titus and Greg McDonald, but also the parents and community members (you!) who make our school so much better.

Principal Quote
Casey Chambers, principal at Happy Camp High School said, “Since I have worked in education, over 32 years, I have watched our schools and educators beaten down by negative public opinions of education in the USA. This is so contrary to what I witness every day in our schools. Daily I see school adults who work tirelessly for the academic, social, and emotion growth of our students. I see students who are happy to be in school (though many won’t admit it!) and the entire school community working together.

“Public schools are a place where students from all backgrounds and circumstances come together to learn. At Happy Camp High School, we are proud to say we believe in providing all students with the support and tools they need and deserve.”

Parents Day
Please plan on joining Happy Camp High School on Tuesday, November 13th, for PARENTS DAY! Join us for coffee and treats in the morning, or come lunch with us at noon. We want you to see for yourself how our school works.

Or, do you have a skill to teach or an experience to share? Let us know and you can be a part of our “BE AN EDUCATOR FOR A DAY”(or an hour) event on Thursday, November 15th. For further information call Happy Camp High School at 493-2697

How did Our Bigfoot Get to Happy Camp??

Judy Bushy

Cheryl Wainwright puts finishing touches on Bigfoot Statue in Happy Camp

What is the first thing you notice coming to Happy Camp? It appears that, for many at least, it is our Bigfoot Statue at the corner of Highway 96 and Davis Road. Whenever visitors come to town, they usually can be seen taking their photos with the big guy!!

It all began when Cheryl met Sculptor Ralph Starritt, famed for transformation of junk into works of art. Her enthusiasm for the project began to grow and I recall her excitement when she reported on her project at a meeting of the Happy Camp chamber of Commerce!

It was early 2001 during a River Clean-up that a conglomeration of fabulous litter began to be collected in the Forest Service parking lot. Cheryl Wainwright organized the community to collect this junk metal for a special project and clean up the River at the same time.
As sometimes happens, it took a longer time as we might have supposed to get enough material and donations and get the Bigfoot Statue built, but the whole community watched, and many helped the project take place. Contributions of scrap metal, rocks, and donations from Frontier Café, Evans Mercantile, Clinic Pharmacy and the Forest Service came in for supplies, equipment, and lodging for Mr. Starritt when he came to town for the project.
Eventually, Bigfoot found a home on the corner of Highway 96 and Davis Road and attracts quite a bit of attention there!! It is appropriate that it is on the corner where the Klamath Siskiyou Art Center has met for years, and faces the corner where they have bought the place that is becoming their new Art Center, since it is the largest artwork in town. Well, perhaps not, Diann Hokanson made us several murals, and the one on the side of the Market at the other end of Davis Road is 109 feet long, which is longer than Bigfoot is high!! There is also a sepia colored stage coach scene on Evan’s Mercantile on the side nearest the Brick Building. There was a beautiful color mural on the side of Pence’s Hardware, which became Karuk Building Supply and was obliterated when painting for the new computer operations that building has now become.

Book Club Meets Author of “Beginner’s Luck; Dispatches from the Klamath Mtns”

Author Malxolm Terence Meets Klamath River Readers

by Judy Bushy
Tuesday twice as many came to the Book Club! The special guest of the meeting was that the author of Beginner’s Luck; Dispatches from the Klamath Mountains, Malcolm Terence was coming. Most of the books that the book club reads are novels, and we’ve had some good ones! This is the story of life along the Klamath River from Malcolm’s eyes.

How Malcolm got here was a very interesting story! He had graduated in Journalism and worked on the Los Angeles Times, a far different world than Klamath River life. After traveling with a rock band, and experiencing the life of Haight Asbury, he took a trip to Black Bear Ranch. Legal entanglements kept him longer than he had planned. At that time the commune was beginning in the remote area of the Klamath Mountains near the Oregon-California border. He waited at the ranch enjoying the fresh air, but by mid October with thirty of them living in the wilds, the romance, and the food, were disappearing. That’s when Malcolm shares his culinary triumph at the Commune.

Later, some residents returned to civilization, some, like Malcolm, moved nearby to take a place among the Native American, timber-logging families and other very varied views in the community, but there are some things that they found they had common to share. Some of the locals wondered about the hippie neighbors, but many befriended them, told them their stories, and joined them in fighting herbicide use in the area. Some gathered together to form a cooperative to plant trees for the Forest Service, and when the wild fire came to the forest, they learned fire fighting. They learned about the disputes between the Forest Service and the miners, and the habits and stories of their neighbors.

He joined his neighbors in a gold mining effort to save the mining claim, enjoying berry and apple pies, quiches, soufflés of the hostess and said the Potluck is a highly honed tradition on Salmon River! There were some great storytellers that he met and enjoyed their craft! They started a reforestation cooperative and named it Ent forestry!

The wood-stove heated tents that made a portable city which are pictured on the front cover of the book served as kitchens dining rooms and dorms which were kept comfy by wilderness standards, but a shantytown elsewhere. Personal stories such as the impromptu wedding with his wife with which a son, Slate was included, and the home-birth of his daughter are some special stories and we appreciated him reading the “water and love” and other parts of the book.

It was also interesting to hear from Malcolm, who had an academic publisher, Oregon State University Press, who had it peer reviewed and an editor who gave lots of input and questions in the process. We always hope that more of our Klamath neighbors will write down their memories of the past along the river and Memoirs and appreciated reading new (to us) aspects of life on the Salmon and Klamath Rivers.

Tuesday is BOOK DAY in Happy Camp

Judy Bushy

Book Club Meets Tuesday at 11 o’clock to noon at MMGC!

It is quite logical for Tuesday to be Book Day in Happy Camp. After all, that is the day, each Tuesday afternoon that the Happy Camp Branch Library of the Siskiyou County Library System is open! iT IS A a MOMENTOUS DAY and looked forward to most of the week by many! The volunteers who keep our library open are gratefully appreciated.

To make Tuesday even more of a Book Day, a book club, to which you are invited, meets at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at the Marble Mountain Gift Co.. We’ve read several books, The Education of Little Tree, One lucky Dog, Last Bus to Wisdom and a local history book, Beginner’s Luck by Malcolm Terence In fact, since we plan to finish reading about the Black Bear Commune and Malcolm’s experiences since that time living along the wild and scenic Klamath River, we are looking forward to his joining us and reading some excerpts on the first Tuesday in October!

Then a new book will be read, I’ll add that to this post as soon as I know it.

In the meantime, everYone is welcome, and we’d love to have you join us if you enjoy reading a good book!!

Bigfoot jamboree Parade Rocks with Dr. Seuss!

content/uploads/2018/09/18BigfootJamboreeDancingToesFloat.jpg”> Dancing Toes Float with Horton and his Who[/caption]Sunday morning, Bigfoot Jamboree festivities resumed from Friday and Saturday. After a hearty Pancake Breakfast with good food, the parade entries registered and began getting in line. It was a very fun parade!

In the first category, the Ambulance won 3rd place ribbon, the River Valley 4-H horsemanship gals on 2nd and the first place trophy went to the Chicks with Sticks, a fun bunch of ladies who walk with sticks and are famous for it!! They were dressed and preformed as Dr. Seuss Rock band (as Thing one and Thing 2, the Grinch, Horton who hatched an egg, Cat in the Hat and one of the characters that had Stars on theirs…all the delightful characters from the Dr. Seuss books. Dr. Seuss was the theme of the parade.

Karuk Dancers Tapasarara

In the next category, the Karuk Tribal Dancers dance in honor of Vera Arwood. Double J and the Pizza House had a float with lively little Dr. Seuss Characters as well. The trophy went to Dancing Toes with Horton the Elephant and his Who!

Dr Seuss Band AKA Chicks with Sticks walking group