Neighborhood Watch Meeting


Leaders in the Neighborhood Watch: Randy White, Lisa Scott, Becky Tiraterra, Doreen Mitchell and Deputy David Nye welcome volunteers to help keep the Klamath River Neighborhood free from crime!

After a busy weekend. Monday was the Neighborhood Watch scheduled meeting. Last month the Neighborhood Watch started to advance in organizing the group. . Lisa Scott agreed to serve as President of the Neighborhood Watch and we greatly appreciate her willingness to volunteer and help! She will be joined by Randy White who is working in security areas for the Karuk Housing to be the vice president and we appreciate Randy being willing to share his professional acumen with us. Becky Tiraterra has the major concern for the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Doreen Mitchell will serve as Secretary/Treasurer and liason with Karen Derry of the Happy Camp Famiy Resource Center. Deputy David Nye has served as Deputy Dare and also helped the community to get the Neighborhood Watch off the ground.

Since our busy training session on a hot weekend in the summer, there has been continued interest in having more training for the CERT. A CPR Class is in the planning stages so if you are interested, the more people in the community that are prepared for such an emergency the safer our Klamath neighbors, and our own families are. It was also decided to have a Saturday training session on Patol and that will be coming up soon so be sure to sign up.

Please consider whether you can become involved in some small way or large in the work of helping your friends and neighbors in the Neighborhood Watch.

There have been things that need keeping an eye on, such as the disappearance of the Cemetery Flag, that need watching.

Happy Camp Community Resource Team is Ready to Go!

Happy Camp CERT Training Class, July 2013

Thanks to Doreen Mitchell and Deputy Dave Nye and all the instructors especially Lynn Corliss, Linda Nellist, Jerry Havac, Flo Lopez and Dale Bridges, who taught members of our community how to help in the case of an emergency. As members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) we don’t do the job of the the professional sheriff deputies, fire or ambulance and EMT people in an emergency. We have had the introduction to a system that will help our community assist these trained professional workers in order to help ourselves in the case of a natural disaster or other horrific event.
It was a very busy weekend. The weather was hot and we had to go out in it to extricate a victim from debris that had fallen upon him or her (it is hard to tell with a dummy). We suited up in hard hats, goggles, vests, gloves and knee pads as that is what disaster workers need to do as safety is constantly emphasized in the training. One incident where CERT teams saved over 700 victims also found that those who came to help also had about a hundred accidents! Since that diverts much needed help to heal or medical care, the first and most important rule constantly mentioned is to keep yourself safe.
Indeed, if there were to be a flood, wildfire, earthquake, tsunami, or something like the snow storm that isolated many Happy Camp residents last winter, the first thing to do for each of the volunteers is to be sure their home and family are safe before going to a central location to begin helping to evaluate and gather information on the needs of the community. That’s only common sense. You can’t help others otherwise. A CERT volunteer works as a team, with a leader, scribe, medical person and other positions as may be needed. By the end of the third day we had a real great comradeship among all the friendly classmates and were able to learn from each other’s questions and experiences also.
Having a backpack ready to go with protective gear, first aid supplies and other helpful items is our next project and the instructors contributed to our store of supplies with daily drawings for tools, and other things for the kit.
Have you ever used a fire extinguisher? Rather than wait until we are in the emergency situation where we desperately need the fire extinguisher, we tried it out and learned how to operate this tool without taking time to read the instructions at a time when it is needed! I’m grateful for Catherine Meinert who was my backup in putting out a fire in the elementary school playground and I did the same for her next. Rachel Lent put splints on my broken arm and leg and monitored whether I was having difficulty breathing, bleeding or going into shock! This sort of practice made us feel more comfortable knowing what we would need to do in the case of an actual emergency.
Our group of volunteers who took the course were as varied as the Klamath River Community. We had young men, Eric Paul, Justin Smith, Kris Martin, David Poeschel and Aaron Martin who excelled in the practical exercises. We had new comers to Happy Camp like Catherine Huggins who’s been here 7 months and Catherine Meinert who returned to her roots here. We had Dan Effman, a Chamber Board member, and Kris McGraw who recently joined the Chamber. We had people who didn’t even know we had a Neighborhood Watch as well as long time volunteers with the program like Mike and Becky Tiraterra, Dan Effman and Tara Haute.Some like Russ Scohy had to hurry off to feed his critters at the end of class. Lisa West had some delicious baking to do for the Deli. Some of the students had more experience with first aid CPR and other training that could be helpful, and our very own Flo Lopez from the River is a trainer with many years experience from when she worked with Wes and Marion Curtis and instructed us in this training. We all learned something new and I know that I learned many new things!
One of the most interesting parts of the training is what we are NOT equipped to handle. If there should be a terrorism event locally, the expert law enforcement officials would be the one to handle that type of disaster, although we might be of help in keeping eyes and ears open for suspicious activity. If there is a hazardous spill on the Klamath River Highway, there would likewise be the need for experts to deal with the situation, but by recognizing the signs we would know to stay away from the hazard.
Some of the instruction was very scientific such as the faults that cause earthquakes and what could cause Mt. Shasta fifty miles to our east to become an active volcano. Some training was about medical issues by public health workers, with updates in not applying tourniquet except as a last ditch effort. Some are old problems, wildfires, and floods that have happened along the Klamath River for eons of time. Some are newly recognized dangers such as the tsunami warnings fifty miles to the west of us at the Pacific Ocean or terrorism events. Even the physiological and psychological stesses on individuals and how to counteract these stresses were part of the training. This is only the introduction to further training that will be held on a monthly basis by David Nye and others who have more to teach us. If you are interested in how to be a great help to our community in case of a great need, be sure to plan to attend the August 19th Neighborhood Watch meeting in Happy Camp.

Summer plans along the Klamath!

Bob Schmalzbach, president of the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce presents Paul LaFleur with first prize won by The Flower Band at Rockin' the Klamath.

Bob Schmalzbach, president of the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce presents Paul LaFleur with first prize won by The Flower Band at Rockin’ the Klamath.

Our busy summer along the wild Klamath River has begun. Thanks for all who helped at the River Park for Saturday’s Rockin’ the Klamath. So sad I didn’t get a photo of all the Bigfoot Jamboree volunteers making delicious hamburgers and serving customers, Dan & Cathy’s Kwik Dogs or Dolly serving Strawberry lemonade at her stand.

July 20th families will be returning to the River for the Karuk Reunion. It’s always wonderful to see friends and family from far and wide return for a visit.

Siskiyou County Fair will be held in Yreka August 7-11 after the Horse Show on the 4th. The theme for the 2013 Siskiyou Golden Fair is “Ol’ Nugget’s Birthday Bash!” That gives all the 4H kids who will be tremendously busy at that time, to recover by the time school resumes August 22nd.

Then August 30 starts the Bigfoot Jamboree, put on by the Happy Camp Coordinating Council. Friday there will be the coronation of the Bigfoot Queen and the dance for the teens. Vendors will be there and continues Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will have a great new Kids Day at the Park for the youngsters as well as plenty for others. Sunday is the Parade, based this year on a Disney theme. If you haven’t seen the monthly newsletter that Abigail Yaeger is putting out about the plans for this year’s Bigfoot Jamboree, you will want to check it out. Lots of fun things are planned!

They are planning a 5K Bigfoot Dash also so contact Jaclyn Goodwin about that! I wonder if they’d give a t shirt to Seniors whose dash has slowed to a walk??

The girls are selling raffle tickets in the contest for Bigfoot Queen so be sure to support their efforts. Our community is great about supporting the youth opportunities and it makes one proud of our Klamath Neighbors! The Bigfoot Jamboree ties up the summer and with kids back in school, it seems that fall can’t be far behind, but we have weeks of fun yet to go before that time.

Fun at the RiverPark: Rockin’ the Klamath Coming June 29th

A week from Saturday, there will be another wonderful June day at the River Park, full of music! It’s time for the third annual Rockin’ the Klamath musical event at the River Park.

The afternoon will begin with the opportunity to share your talents with your friends and neighbors of the community, “Happy Camp Has Talent”. Can you sing? What instrument do you play? Can you recite a poem or share something else? This is your opportunity. We are all looking forward to seeing you there and hearing your talented performance at the River Park pavilion on that day.

The winning performances will give an encore after the Jam Session. All you musicians need to come for the Jam Session.

Ponderosa Breeze, an Oregon band that you may be following on Facebook as they play at the Greek Place in Ashland, will be playing.

Headliner is the Spiro Kings who will be returning because they were enjoyed so much when they were with us in 2011 at Rockin the Klamath. Here comes the opportunity to have a great night out at the River Park.

There is the Raffle for an inflatable Kayak that comes with paddle, pump and life vest. You can get your tickets in the Chamber Office for $1 each, or for a limited time only 15 for $10. Can’t you just think how much you will enjoy a cool kayak floating down the creek on a hot summer day? Sounds like delightful fun! This grand prize was donated by Klamath River Resort Inn just a couple miles upriver from Happy Camp, right on the River! If you are more into games, there’s a play station music “thingy” to win, or a cast Bigfoot footprint donated by our local Bigfoot hunter, Javabob Schmalzbach. Ron and Rosemary Boren have donated entrance to Bike Rally which has a value of $55 also. So, come into the Office and see what your pleasure is in the wonderful opportunities in this raffle!

The Happy Coordinating Council will be fundraising for the Bigfoot Jamboree by running the Beer Booth and having hamburgers and some yummy baked goods also. There will be Quick Dogs and Dolly’s Deli also serving something for your picnic lunch as you listen to all the musical performances.

There will also be other vendors and more than ever before have planned to come so please thank our vendors. I didn’t get much chance to look at all the beautiful Happy Camp Jade and other jewelry that Rich Kelly had on display a couple of weeks ago at the Art & Treasure Klamath Yard Sales so looking forward to more time to look at the beautiful things he has created.

All together it will be a lovely day in the Park in Happy Camp,Saturday, June 29th from noon to midnight.

Rockin’ the Klamath Fun & Music Coming June 29th

Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2013 headline band for Rockin the Klamath

The Spiral Kings

The Spiral Kings return to Happy Camp after headlining RTK in 2011. They are from Medford Oregon and are a well known band performing together for many years. Back to Happy Camp by popular demand, they bring an even expanded show. Visit their website for a preview of their outstanding classic rock and blues show.

Spiral Kings Myspace Page

Spiral Kings Facebook Page

Opening Band – Ponderosa Breeze

Rockin the Klamath is a wonderful musical experience (featuring two top bands) and a talent show on the banks of the Klamath River in Happy Camp, California – deep in the heart of the Klamath National Forest.

Rockin the Klamath starts early afternoon on June 29, 2013 in the River Park with “Happy Camp Has Talent.” This is a talent show for people to perform for a crowd. Any act is welcome (within reason, modesty and decorum) from solo musicians, comedians, bands, etc. We had fun poetry recitation, and look forward to your sharing your talent!! (This schedule subject to change)

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM – “Happy Camp Has Talent” – a show of our local and talented performers! The crowd will choose the winner and the Chamber will award 3 prizes: $50 First, $30 2nd, $20 3rd.

Walk-in contestants welcome – report to the MC by the stage to get a performance time.

4:00 PM – Jam session! All musicians are welcome to join in!

5:00 PM – The 2nd and 3rd place winners of the “Happy Camp has Talent” contest will perform an encore.

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Opening band – Ponderosa Breeze (Southern Oregon)

8:40 pm – Raffle – Grand Prize: Inflatable Kayak package donated by Klamath River Resort Inn

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM Headline Band Spiral Kings (Medford Oregon)


Adults $10 at the gate, $7 in advance

Children (under 18) $7 at the gate or $5 in advance

Advance purchase tickets may be bought at the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce Office at 35 Davis Road – next to the Post Office in Happy Camp, CA. Or mail a check to the Chamber at PO Box 1188, Happy Camp, CA 96039 and we will mail the tickets in return or hold at will call depending on the date.

Raffle Tickets $1 each or in advance at Chamber office $7 for 10 tickets. Do not need to be present to win.

(2013 grand prize is brand new inflatable kayak, paddle, pump, and life jacket by KRRI )

Other Prizes: New Guitar Hero for Play Station 2 donated by Rosemary Boren

River tube with handles for floating down an easy section of the river by KRRI

There will be food and drink booths at the park as well as local arts, crafts, and jewelry vendors.

The beer booth is provided by Happy Camp Coordinating Council Inc. (aka Bigfoot Jamboree Committee) in support of the Bigfoot Jamboree on Labor Day Weekend.

The River Park is a well-shaded venue to spread out your blankets or lawn chairs and spend the day listening to the music at the beautiful River Park along the Klamath River in Happy Camp.


No outside food or beverage are permitted to be brought into the park.

No illegal substance to be brought in the park or consumed.

All people must purchase an admission ticket to enter and must wear their admission wrist band at all times – or be a volunteer and wear their volunteer wrist band at all times.

Do you have questions? Contact the Chamber Office 530-493-2900 or email info @

To volunteer and receive free admission please sign up at the Chamber of Commerce Office. Limited numbers of volunteers needed! Sign up early!

MAY Gov’t to Gov’t Coordination Meeting

Wednesday evening was also a Happy Camp Coordinating Committee of Government to Government meeting. The panel there was from the Forest Service, Community Services District, Fire District and Happy Camp Elementary School as well as Buster Attebery from the Karuk Tribe. The importance of getting input during comment opportunities about proposed Forest Service projects was emphasized. Buster Attebery, Tribal Chairman, shared that the 2010 Ordinance makes consultation with the Tribe not only desirable, but they “must” consult with the Tribe. Several projects and possible shut downs of local sales were discussed and will be further researched. It was appreciated how tribal ecological knowledge and that of other local long time residents would be invaluable to the successful efforts to improve the forests for the vegetation, wildlife habitat, jobs and fire safety. The heavy load of forest fuels for coming fires in the dry summer seemed to be a universal a concern of all those participating.

Several questions were also asked about Siskiyou County Roads work from Bill Lahue. He mentioned that not being able to afford update equipment, and the price of materials like asphalt continue to rise. We may take the Road Department for granted, but it would be quite serious if we had no one to plow the roads when we have a serious snow incident such as we did at the end of December last year! Tentative date for the next Coordination Meeting is June 25th at 6:30 at the Grange.

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