Art Exibit

Art Exibit
About twenty local artists displayed their work
at the Family Resource Center.

Local artists displayed their paintings at the Family Resource Center during the last week, with a reception on the evening of the 23rd. Artists were present to discuss the local art class and the work they’re doing. Gourmet refreshments kept everyone’s attention when they weren’t busy discussing and learning about art.Children danced to jazz provided by Happy Camp musicians as adults examined the paintings and chatted with the artists.

The painters were enrolled in an art class through the College of the Siskiyous, and more classes are planned. They intend to gather in nearby places of natural beauty (we’ve got plenty of them around here) for group painting sessions during the summer months.

Group Painting
This group painting was the talk of the show.
Each artist completed one small square.

Artists and friends
Artists and friends.

Vehicle Extrication

Vehicle Extrication
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This looks like the scene of a terrible accident, but fortunately it is only practice. Ed Andrews, a Fire Captain from the City of Redding Fire Department taught this two-day vehicle extrication class through College of the Siskiyous, May 4 and 5.Firefighters and EMTs from Seiad Valley and Happy Camp learned the newest techniques for quickly securing and tearing apart cars at accident scenes. The class, which started at the Happy Camp Fire Department, soon moved to an area near the Lyons Club where Ron Boren had provided vehicles to practice on.

Using chains, jacks, cribbing and come-alongs, they learned to stabilize vehicles effectively in a variety of ways. Extrication of victims from vehicles at accident scenes requires a working knowledge of how vehicles are constructed and how they will react when cut, pounded on and torn apart.

A highlight of the weekend was using the Jaws of Life. Instructor Andrews had good suggestions during the entire weekend. As an experienced firefighter whose job now includes extensive teaching duties throughout California, he was able to demonstrate techniques and skills developed in cities with more demand for emergency services.

Aaron Martin at the class
Aaron Martin, 12, watched the vehicle extrication class from the hood of a nearby car.

Local Poet Published in the Book of Hope

Judi Armbruster, known locally for Bigfoot Cookies and the poetic meditations she leaves on Happy Camp bulletin boards, had her work chosen for an international publication commemorating the 911 disaster in New York City.

The Book of Hope compiles the inspired work of numerous poets from around the world. The anthology starts with a poem by the Dali Lama and ends with Judi’s poem, Meditation.

On May 18 the St. Agnes Library in New York City hosted a reading of this poetry. Editor Birgitta Jonsdottir from Iceland and twenty contributors read from the companion anthologies, The World Healing Book and The Book of Hope. Although Judi couldn’t attend, she had a friend, Candice Falloon, there to read her poem.

“The anthologies were a direct response to the fall of the towers and its outcome around the world. Major poets, artists, writers, and spiritual leaders contribute to the books with their thoughts and anyone reading the two books will hopefully feel joy, hope and understanding,” said editor Birgitta Jonsdottir.

The two anthologies are published by Beyond Borders, an Icelandic publishing house. Additional information can be found at

Judi, a descendant of natives Ah Ish K’ and “Shorty”, came home to Karuk ancestral land a few years ago after living in Sacramento. Her father, Weldon Edward Brannan, was a member of the Karuk Tribe.


by Linda Martin

This was written for the April meeting of the Klamath River Writers. We were to bring something we had written about renewal.

“I don’t have time for renewal,” I told myself a million times in the last month. Nonetheless, springtime happened all around me. Flowers appeared and the buds of new fruit showed up on Manzanita and plum trees alike. The meadow outside my window turned green and eventually I took myself outside into all that beauty and found a comfortable spot for morning journal writing.

“No time for renewal,” I continued to protest, and yet my life was changing, reworking itself, morphing into something unlike anything I’d done before. I was swept up by the tide of my friends’ and neighbors’ enthusiasm and enrolled in a business class, then an EMT class — then… online… an Artists Way group, design group, and so much more.

My email program crashed this last week, ending my access to the last year of stored email, and though this seemed at the moment to be a disaster, in reality it was a blessing — I was forced to let go of the past and at the same time felt the joy of being released from it. An added bonus — my computer now runs better.

This email release started me over with a fresh, clean, new program, just like all good renewal does. Finally I went outside to the meadow, ready to write about renewal, and at that moment, the spring rain began to fall.

Chamber of Commerce News

Laura Wainwright, Lauren Burns, Eddie Davenport, Dr. Burns
Entertainers at the Chamber of Commerce meeting,
April 2, 2002. From left: Laura, Lauren,
Eddie Davenport, and Dr. Burns.

The Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce holds an evening meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at the Family Resource Center. The April 2 meeting was well-attended with lots of news about community projects underway.

Bigfoot Summer Games

There will be a Canoe & Kayak Family Fun Festival here on Memorial Day weekend, May 25 and 26. That’s the weekend of the Bigfoot Summer Games, which take place all along the Bigfoot Scenic Byway, Highway 96, from Happy Camp to Willow Creek.

While Happy Campers will be having fun in and on the Klamath River, with races and activities from Indian Creek to Elk Creek, the Hoopa Tribe downriver will be hosting their annual Coyote Run. The Coyote Run will have 9 mile, 2 mile, and 1/2 mile events for all ages. Orleans and Willow Creek will host festivals and activities as well, so there will be something to do in each town along the byway.

The Hoopa Valley Tribe led the planning for these events with a federal grant proposal submitted to Six Rivers National Forest in Eureka. Event planner Jaclyn Traversie of the Hoopa Tribe met with representatives of Orleans and Happy Camp on December 8, 2001, to discuss plans for each community.

Department of Forestry

A new interim ranger, Jay Perkins, has been appointed to manage our local forestry office. He plans to return to Yreka and the search is on to locate someone who wants to live in Happy Camp and take charge over the office here.

Action Committee

Tom Waddell reported for the Happy Camp Action Committee. It has been meeting once each month to discuss community improvement projects. They are planning to locate and move old mining equipment from forestry land to the park in Happy Camp as an added attraction. They also are working on plans for a new tourist and art information center in Happy Camp on Highway 96.

Waddell also reported that the new economic development plan is still being studied and modified by the Karuk Tribe and will be released to the community soon.

Marcia Armstrong

Our new county supervisor for District 5, Marcia Armstrong of Quartz Valley, was here to let us know about projects she is working on. With her strong positive energy and warm personality she is always a popular guest in this town.

The Arts in Happy Camp

Happy Camp is becoming an artist’s haven with emergence of fine art classes and activities, the formation of the Klamath River Writers Club, and performances by many talented musicians who have chosen to make this area their home.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance

A few of the diners on St. Patricks Day 2002
A few of the diners at the St. Patrick’s Day
dinner this year. Photo by Judy Bushy.

Decorating the tables for St. Patricks Day
Local teenagers volunteered to decorate.
Photo by Judy Bushy.

With the luck of the Irish, all Happy Campers were invited to participate in our annual Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance. This year the festivities were held at the Family Resource Center (once known as the Headway Market) where dinner included traditional corn beef and cabbage, along with a special Irish stew prepared by the Family Resource Center staff.

A beautiful green knitted afghan – made for this event by Jean Dulong, was raffled off and won by Stella Clark. This afghan was special as it will be the last one donated by Dulong, who moved to Madison, Wisconsin last month.

Dinner and a silent auction started at six pm. By eight, the hall was ready for dancing. Vivian Jordan, a DJ from Yreka, provided the music from her vast collection of CD’s. The dance attracted around seventy children, teens, and parents.

Donna McCulley and Rosemary Boren
Event coordinators Donna McCulley and
Rosemary Boren at the dance.
Photo by Judy Bushy.

Rosemary Boren and DJ Vivian Jordan.
Vivian Jordan, our DJ for the night,
wisely wore green. Photo by Judy Bushy.

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