Outreach America Reaches Klamath Children

Last Saturday was a really busy day for oodles and oodles of children of all sizes and shapes! It was the Outreach America in town with games and fun for the children.

The kids got bicycles and all sorts of prizes and seemed to be enthusiastic about the event when I was able to find it at the high school football field.

The Happy Camp Assembly of God was instrumental in bringing a team from Little Country Church to town for this special event for the kids.

Chamber Board Elected 2003

2003 Chamber Board

2003 Chamber Board


Newly elected board members of the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce met to plan for launching of projects for the new year at Pizza House in Happy Camp.

Shown are Tom Jobe of Klamath Inn and RV park who will serve as treasurer, Tom Waddell from Karuk Community Development Corporation, Joe Giera of Klamath Country Rafting Co. who will serve as secretary with the help of Becca, President Cheryl Wainwright of Health and harmony and Craig Williamson of Alchemists Den who will be vice president. Also elected, but not present at this meeting are Rosemary Boren and Robert Schmalzbach.

They will begin their term of office with a meeting for all membership on January 13th which is postponed from the previous week. All members and the public are invited to the Family Resource Center meeting at 6:30 Tuesday January 13th.

Is This Freedom?

by Linda Martin

Can we have freedom while standing on territory safeguarded by killing of innocents? Aren’t we losing a part of ourselves, when we allow innocent people to be victims of our warring governments? I feel so sad whenever I hear about people suffering because of the war. Just like in World War 2 when thousands of innocent Japanese civilians were killed by US bombs, I am distressed to know that children have died in Afghanistan during this conflict. Even hearing that the ten year old son of one of the Taliban leaders was killed distressed me. I don’t care who his father was – I do not want children to be cut down before they even get a chance to live. I have a young son about that age! I guess I lost my enthusiasm for this fighting at about the time the wrongful killings began.

I was reading an article in the SF Examiner yesterday about children – about 450 of them – in an orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan. Most of the children had at least one parent, but that parent didn’t feel able to feed their child. So – there was a picture of little boys with smiling faces, eating plain rice for dinner. Is that all? Just rice? It was the only thing on their plates. It seems like the USA, land of prosperity, could do something to help those poor children return to their families with food in hand. How tragic for the people there, to be so destitute that they think their child will eat better in an institution.

What kind of freedom is this? I will never be free of the memory of these starving and dead children.

Another Arson in Happy Camp?

Fire on Indian Creek Road
This fire started on Indian Creek Road,
about 1/4 mile north of last year’s “Larry’s Fire”
Photo by RK McCall

by Linda Martin

What appears to be another human-caused fire broke out about a mile north of Larry’s Market on Indian Creek Road, and will continue to burn throughout the night.

Local firefighters, USFS, and CDF crews already weary from a day’s work at the Stanza Fire scene were called to extinguish the flames that quickly climbed the hill east of the road and spread into the hills north of Happy Camp at about 5 pm this afternoon.

A few nearby homes were evacuated, however residents are being allowed back in and no other evacuations are expected at this point. The fire is mostly contained; a fire line has been established with a few spot fires being carefully attended to.

Helicopters doused the area with water from the creek, and fire retardant was spread by air-tankers as law enforcement worked to open Indian Creek Road just before sunset.

The Stanza Fire – 100% Contained

Thanks to the combined efforts of various agencies and the work of over 1000 firefighters, our Stanza Fire is now at 100% containment.

Ronald Raley, Incident Commander of the Interagency Incident Management Team 5, and Alan Vandiver, our new District Ranger, wrote the following letter to the community:

On behalf of the incident personnel assigned to the “Stanza” fire and California Interagency Incident Management Team 5, we want to thank you for your patience and support of the firefighting efforts.

Our primary objectives are to provide for firefighter and public safety, and to manage the assigned resources in the most effective and cost efficient manner. We realize our presence here has created impacts on your community, however as our incident personnel return to their home units or new assignments, we hope you’ll remember the good things – The fire is contained and the community is safe.

Thanks again for your support!

/s Ronald Raley
/s Alan Vandiver

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