Resource Center Postpones Kid’s Fair and Collaboration Meeting Due To Fire

Due to the fire threat to parts of Happy Camp, smoky conditions, and the tremendous number of emergency vehicles, helicopters  and traffic in our area, staff at the Happy Camp Resource Center decided to postpone the Kids’ Fair (scheduled for Saturday July 21) to Saturday August 18th.

The Happy Camp Community Collaboration Project which was scheduled for  Monday, July 16 has also been cancelled. “Michael Hentz and Serena Conkey are under immediate threat from the fire and there’s too many people busy on fire-related activities,” an email from Nadine McElyea at the Resource Center said. Another date will be announced when conditions improve.

To contact the Resource Center, phone 493-5117.

Happy Camp Future To Be Discussed At Meeting July 16

There will be a meeting of the Happy Camp Community Collaboration Project on Monday, July 16 at 5pm. This will take place at the USFS Conference Room. Enter via the back door. There may be a change due to the current fire situation, so phone Nadine McElyea at the Family Resource Center, 493-5117 to see if the location changes.

According to McElyea, “Discussion items include the expenditure of some remaining funds from the first half of our planning grant; the need to submit a request for the second part; and some planning around small projects that can positively impact and improve our community, as well as some brainstorming for the future.”

All Happy Camp residents are welcome and encouraged to attend, especially if they are interested in the future of Happy Camp.

Public Hearing: Transportation Needs

The Siskiyou County Public Works Dept. is holding a Public Hearing next week to get input from Happy Camp residents about public transportation needs in our area. We all have a pretty good idea what those problems are, but the Siskiyou County Public Works Dept. needs to hear from the people who are affected.

If you can speak for yourself or on behalf of a friend, neighbor, family member, client, etc. please plan on attending.

The Public Hearing will be held on Monday, June 4th from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM at the Happy Camp Family Resource Center.

Dr. Burns Resigns Alcohol & Drug Prevention Coalition

by Judy Bushy

Things are busy in Happy Camp. The last meeting of the Children and youth Alcohol and other Drug Prevention Coalition was eventful. I was very sad to hear that Dr. Steven Burns has stepped down from the leadership of that group. Dr. Steve has done a wonderful job in founding this organization with a most important goal for our community—to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse among our children and youth.

Dr. Steve sent an email to let everyone know that he will not be able to continue actively working on the coalition project. Since moving his family to Happy Camp, he has become four times busier than he was in San Diego. He will be refocusing his time on his family and church activities as well as his many ongoing responsibilities as the town doctor.

Karen Derry who directs the Happy Camp Family Resource Center was asked by Dr. Burns to take over the duties, pending a new meeting of the coalition. We thank Dr. Steve for getting the ball rolling on this alcohol and other drug prevention efforts in our community.

Karen and Nadine are excited about the impact the Coalition can have on our Klamath River communities for our children. For more information, or to volunteer your help in this effort, you may call 493-5117.

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