Beautifying our Highway 96 face:

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by Judy Bushy
It was such a pleasure to meet Sandi Tripp again at a meeting last Monday at the Elementary School. Sandi is a Happy Camper, and her dad, Dave Tulledo was also at the meeting. Sandi was here in her capacity for Karuk Transportation. She brought Josh and Jeff from Chico who had a power point presentation and with grand illustrations of the Highway 96 section through the center of the town of Happy Camp, both as it presently appears and ideas for improvement! Sandi also brought Kelly and Kendee from Redding all the way to Happy Camp to answer questions about a grant, part of the Middle Klamath River Community Transportation Plan.

You know, it is apparent to drivers and pedestrians that safety on Hwy 96 can be improved. One is sometimes amazed that we don’t have more accidents. Much as I find driving in the “big city” more stressful and unpleasant, Nation-wide: 66% of the Highway fatalities are in rural areas. It was mentioned that through town there is such a large space between buildings that it’s a wide free for all, without definitions; where lanes are, and where bikes and pedestrians should be. Visitors to our community are often confused as to where it is appropriate to park!

Sidewalks, at least on the West side of 2nd Avenue, and north side of Highway 96 are included in the plan, with a challenge for sidewalk (American Disabilities Act compliant)up the hillside east of 2nd Avenue by the former Headway building (now Karuk Council & Senior Nutrition.) Another improvement for wheelchairs or strollers is replacing the steps on the bridge over Indian Creek on 2nd Avenue.

What an improvement better definition to the highway would make for those coming to our town and it would calm the traffic. With defined areas, vehicles, bikes and pedestrian traffic and parking, then esthetic components celebrating our community character and wayfinding signs to help navigate the community would top it all off.
It was important to those at the meeting, and presumably the business and residence owners in the area, that no additional easement takings are a part of the plan. However, there was more interest in electric and utility burial which was not part of the plan due to the increased expense. Grant competition is high for these improvements. Street lighting options, although shown on the graphic of the flier, would possibly have to be financed from other funds.

Davis Road would not be in the initial plan, but that area slated for improvement with the Greyback Improvement Plan from Federal planning (17.5 million dollars worth) mostly because the mile and a half up Indian Creek from Davis Road was the intersection area with more accidents than anywhere else in Siskiyou County, according to the planners at that time, wasn’t accomplished on last try. However, this a good start and includes vital improvements! There were suggestions that, after the first phase, more improvements might be made for Park Way to the Elementary School and better access to the High School as well in further plans.

What do you think is the most important improvement that would help the Happy Camp community?? Give me a call or e-mailwith your suggestions this week because I know you have great ideas!!
16HwyMtg_0309 Sue Hillman and Lisa Scott evaluate the Hwy #96 improvement suggestions!

Chamber’s Annual Elections 2013

Next week is the Annual Meeting for the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce. This is the 27th year that the Chamber has been working to promote the business and commerce and quality of life of Happy Camp and the Highway 96 Klamath Corridor!

Membership renewals are up and we’ve been happy to see people stopping by the office next to the Post office to ask for membership forms in order to join or renew. Keeping the office full of business cards and brochures of local attractions makes it a wonderful place for visitors to our community to stop in for information.

We also get phone calls and e-mails with people asking where to get Wi-Fi, when the road is open, where to stay, where to eat, and what there is to do in the area. It is great to be able to help those who call.

We recently had a call from the Cloverdale Historical Society that wanted to contact the widow of our former dentist, Dr. Harold Ives, We were glad to be able to help him contact the family and find out that Ellie is in Missouri. Dr. Ives’ dental office in Cloverdale before he came to Happy Camp was in a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and since that area is celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright next week, they needed more information.

We are also happy to have local visitors to the Happy Camp Chamber office. We have some copies of photographs of life on the Klamath River in olden days. We really appreciate when people stop by and identify persons in the pictures, and sometimes can tell us what event is depicted and other details about the photo. We wish we could get people to stop by and tell us all their memories of Happy Camp and life along the Klamath River as it helps a great deal.

We also have Naturegraph books and other items for sale, Of course, our best sellers are “Dear Mad’m” by Stella Patterson and the rest of the story of Stella’s life by her grandnephew and his wife, “Dear Mad’m Who Was She?” by Peter and Elizabeth Lismer. We also get requests for “Land of the Grasshopper Song” The newest young adult novel is by a local author, “River Girl” is by Linda J. Martin. It’s the story of a young girl and her brother who moves to Happy Camp and the adventures that she experiences, people she meets and what she learns.

If you would like to join the Chamber and work together to promote and encourage business, commerce and quality of life for citizens of Happy Camp and the Highway 96 Klamath River Corridor, give the Chamber volunteer a call 4923-2900 weekday afternoons or leave a message on the machine any time. Thank you for the way the community cares and works together in such a wonderful way!

Not only did we celebrate George Washington’s Birthday recently, but this is a busy time for birthdays along the Klamath River also! Ryan wanted me to say Happy Birthday to Mitch Hokanson. Happy Birthday Mitch! A bunch of teenagers were abroad in Happy Camp last Saturday night in celebration of this important milestone! They were looking for a bunch of unusual things: a pink toothbrush, a pine cone. OK, a pine cone isn’t unusual in Happy Camp with all the trees. It is unusual for the kids to be looking for one! Didn’t find out how it went.. Hope the Scavenger Hunt was successful!!

Thursday two important ladies at Happy Camp High School will also be celebrating their birthdays, Happy Birthday Dorie and we miss you! And Robyn Eadie is also having a birthday on the same day. Robyn celebrated by bringing her pennies for the bank at Happy Camp Christian Fellowship on Sunday so perhaps this is birthday week. Might as well celebrate all week, if one must get older.

At our house we celebrated Thanksgiving Sunday since we didn’t have a birthday.. The calendar may not say November, but there are always so many blessings for which to be grateful that we can do it all year round! Actually, son, Stephen, and Geneva went to visit her brothers and family in November and planned to have a Thanksgiving Dinner with us at a later time. They came up in December for that meal, and there was no electricity which made cooking on the electric range difficult so it was again put off. Sunday we had the turkey, potatoes & gravy, and finished up with apple pie alamode. Then the younger set invited us to go for a walk up ‘Curly Jack Road and we took along my Aussie, Adom, who loved the exercise.

Then Dan, Hubby, took a nap and I’m typing away to you. The younger set is still energetic and went on a hike the other way on Curly Jack to visit a friend.

Winter Solstice Bonfire under Giant Dream Catcher

Wednesday was the night for the Burning under the Giant Dream Catcher.
Thanks to Jeff for getting a great bonfire going! It was a very chilly evening but the bonfire area was warm and toasty.

Dennis Day had the hot cider heated on a camp stove, and Dolly Elston had popped popcorn that afternoon. Mark also brought chips and salsa.

Many thanks to Patty Sherman, our local yoga and drumming instructor, for not only coming and drumming, but for bringing a fascinating assortment of drums and other instruments. They were great! Others, like Terri Winslow also brought a drum or instrument and there was some singing, even new songs created for the occasion.

A scarecrow figure of a fisherman, representing a poor fishing season, was guest of honor. Lists of things they are going to “let go of,” were burned in the bonfire and people had a chance to have “their say” on things from rescuing cats to keeping children and families safe together. Bob Schmalzbach shared about the new Internet radio program from Happy Camp on IF radio!

The Chamber of Commerce bonfire took place Wednesday, Winter Solstice night under the Giant Dream Catcher, lit up with lights for the occasion. It was a good time, with music and refreshments around a warm bonfire! The best was seeing friends and neighbors we hadn’t seen for awhile, but stopped by for awhile to visit and sing or drum. Dennis shared the “Rebuild the Dream,” which seemed a quite logical beneath the giant Dream Catcher.

Next year’s winter solstice has reportedly believed by some people to be a momentous occasion of some sort according to the Mayan calendar. Since the Bible says only God knows when the end of the age will come, I’m sure the Mayans didn’t know either, but makes life interesting with all the rumors! We wonder what progress will be made to “Rebuild the Dream” (as the American Dream needs some work in the coming days.) But that’s why it is so great to have a new beginning as we see the New Year turn a new leaf on the calendar. A very Happy New Year to all!

Happy Camp town is all Lit UP!!!

All week the children have been looking forward to a talk with the man with white whiskers in the red suit. Friday was the annual Community Tree Lighting.
The Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce usually puts on this event each year and this year, in a great show of community unity, the Outdoor Club stepped forward and offered to help. Chamber president, Cathleen Searle, was busy printing the fliers and busily collecting oranges from Double J, cider from Raley’s, candy canes from Rays. Frontier Café and the Pizza House had specials so families who had little time before the Tree lighting could grab a quick supper . Doreen Mitchell and Nadine McElyea were busy popping the popcorn which smelled tantalizingl It was a very cold evening!
Instead of the caroling there was a very special song! David Arwood is one of the teachers of the Karuk Language and Culture Class at Happy Camp High School. The kids were spending all of class time this week learning “Winter Night Song.” Silent Night translated “ikxaram uskaaxti” winter night, “ishyav ikzdrum.” The song continues to picture a bright warm fire on a dark winter night when stories are told of long ago which help us to learn and grow. This Winter Night Song is sung to the tune of Silent Night. It was translated into Karuk by Auntie Violet Super and Sarah Supahan with help from Bill Bright. It was a most enjoyable musical addition to the evening!
The new lights that had been donated made a beautiful tree. At the top was a large star. It reminded me of a year George Chambers made a star for the top of the tree. When you drive down Highway 96 through Happy Camp the tree and the star is certain to be a bright sight on a cold winter night! Once the lights were lit, Santa Claus arrived in a red fire truck. He was greeted by cheerful children all running to hug him! He made it to a chair where he presided over the rest of the evenings events. Eileen Tiraterra deserves special appreciation as the elf that stood by Santa’s side and kept him supplied with candy canes and oranges for the kids.
Thanks to the Happy Camp Chamber and the Outdoor Club who showed community unity by jointly putting on this annual event for the children. The Forest Service keeps the tree lit. Thanks for the elves who served refreshments. To all those who donated and hung the lights and star, drove the fire truck, sang and served refreshments, the cleanup crew, and everyone else who helped—a big THANK YOU!