2022 Bigfoot Jamboree Grand Marshall, Nell Sakota

There will be the traditional Bigfoot Jamboree dance for the young and young at heart on Friday evening. You can enjoy a delicious Indian Taco for supper and then dance the evening away to Rock Candy.

There are vendors throughout the event. (Happy Campers love having food at every gathering) Besides delicious food, crafts, poker, and even beer booth available at the Park f from Friday afternoon to the end of the event Sunday.

This is an event for the entire family and Saturday, especially is for the Kids. Kids will love the giant inflatable play and there will be many special activities for the babes to the teens, who especially love the laser tag at dark.

The Ballet Dance Performance will be Saturday as well as a live farm petting zoo!
Central for all will be the Royal Coronation and Raffle drawing. (Be sure to bind a queen candidate and get your tickets which will soon be available.) This raffle finances many of the nonprofit activities of our Klamath River Community and your help is greatly appreciated.

1st Rafffle winner, Chey

Raffle Winner

3rd Raffle Winner Chainsaw by Andrea

After the Coronation of this year’s Bigfoot royalty, is the dance to the music of the Roadsters! Don’t forget the traditional salmon or Ribs Dinner on Saturday as well.

Dance to the Roadsters’ really great music!

If you get up for the 5K Bigfoot Dash, you’ll work up an appetite for the Firemen’s pancake breakfast.
Sunday is when Highway 96 is lined with everyone to see Bigfoot in the Parade starting at eleven o’clock. The Grand Marshall of the Parade this year is Nell Sakota. Nell has done so very much for our community, from Easter Egg hunts for kids to the Holiday Dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas for those who would otherwise “celebrate” the holiday alone with a can of beans at home. The big heart that Nell and her family show to us all is what Happy Camp is all about. Good neighbors!!

The Theme of the Parade this year is Board Games….So whether you like to play Candy land with the kiddies or are more into the beauty of Chess, put your thinking cap on and make a float that will win the prize!

Back at the River Park after the parade, I’m looking forward to enjoying the music of Haven Yates! No better place to enjoy a Sunday afternoon with friends and neighbors from 1-5, food and booths at your convenience

After the Duck Derby the live band Frankie Hernandez will play.

While in Happy Camp; be sure to take your photo all together at the Bigfoot Statue on Davis Road and Highway 96.

All these great fun activities are put on for you by the Bigfoot Jamboree Committee and they do a wonderful job but it takes the whole community to make it the best!
This year, with memory of the Slater Fire and still rebuilding, we’re ready to tackle the steps to make it all best ever. Working together with all hearts for our community, we welcome all to celebrate with us in Happy Camp!

Bigfoot Jamboree began Friday; Delicious Indian Tacos & music!

Bigfoot is Coming to Happy Camp again!
Bigfoot Jamboree is on for Happy Camp!! Way back in 1966 this festive event began and this year will be especially great celebration. A small town is like a big family, and family is foremost for most Happy Campers! What began as a musical square dance on Bridge Street (now 2nd Avenue) morphed into the highlight of the year for the whole family in Happy Camp!
It’s always darkest before the dawn, and this year especially we’re planning for the biggest celebration yet. After Slater Fire, September 2020, Karuk Tribe made trailers and RVs, and homes are slowly going up again after two years when this year the Yeti Fire threatened and our neighbors in Klamath River experienced the McKinney Fire.! Many are not back yet, but many will be coming back! They may pitch a tent in the campgrounds or a backyard, but we hope to see them for the Bigfoot Jamboree!!

Bigfoot Jamboree began Friday, September 2nd at the River Park! River Park was about 30 acres grown over with blackberry brush that was transformed into the beautiful River Park for the Jamboree! Rush Athletic Performance will be presented.

The Palmeter Family made delicious Indian Tacos for Friday evening Jamboree attenders. There was dance for the young and young at heart on Friday evening by Rock Candy. You can enjoy a delicious Indian Taco for supper and then dance the evening away
There are vendors throughout the event. (Happy Campers love having food at every gathering) Besides delicious food, crafts, poker, and even beer booth available at the Park from Friday afternoon to the end of the event Sunday.


Klamath River Golden Agers

On August 21st, National Senior Citizens Day recognizes the achievements of the more mature representatives of our nation. The day provides an opportunity to show our appreciation for their dedication, accomplishments, and services they give throughout their lives.

According to the 2017 census, 47 million seniors live in the United States. By 2060, that number will nearly double. Their wealth of knowledge, skill, and experience offer so much to the next generation. As technologies advance, these are the people who’ve experienced each step of change. Not only have they contributed to it, but they understand first hand the benefits and the drawbacks. They know life without the advancements that exist today.

Quote markBy the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it. ~ George Burns
Our senior citizens are pioneers of science, medicine, psychology, civil rights and so much more. Their valuable contributions to our communities create better places to live. They deserve the respect and dignity their achievements earn them. The day encourages supporting senior citizens to live their lives to the fullest and as independently as possible.

Spend time with the senior citizens you know. Let them know they are appreciated and loved. It may also be a good day to volunteer at a retirement home. Share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor today.

If you are a senior citizen, check for special discounts and promotions that may be offered at stores and restaurants in your area.

Thank you to all our Klamath Neighbors who mow lawns, help garden, grocery shop and provide rides to our Senior Neighbors along the Klamath River, Thank you to the Karuk Tribe for providing Senior Nutrition Site with lunch 530-493-2508.
Welcome to church, Seniors. Assemby Church in the Meadows 530-403Z 2638, Bible Church on 2nd Avenue 530-493-2900, and Christian Fellowship 530-598=1549 for worship, Bible study and prayer/

On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847 declaring August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day

God leads His Dear Children Along!

This old familiar humn by George Young was written 19031.
In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.
o Refrain:
Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.
2. Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.
3. Though sorrows befall us and Satan oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.
4. Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.

Remember:L To him the gatekeeper opens.
The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out John 10:3, ESV:
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake. Psalm 23: 1-3 esv

Thank you for Firefighters on the McKinney Fire, Yeti Complex and other local Fires!

by Judy E. Bushy
Things are really busy around Happy Camp these days! Warnings were given for Happy Camp Friday to be prepared in case evacuation of the town is necessary. Fires begun this week have already claimed four lives, and we want all our Klamath Neighbors and all the Firefighters and other workers SAFE!!

McKinney Fire started Friday afternoon, July 28th, 2022 west of the Walker Creek Bridge over the Klamath River. Strong winds and a storm enabled it to gain 18,000 acres by the time the first night was over. It kept growing to 53,493 acres by Monday, August 1st.

Highway 96 runs next to the Klamath River through this area and the Road was closed as the fire increased.

The path of the fire nearing Yreka CA, county seat of Siskiyou County home of nearly 8,000 people, was about 12 miles away. The Yreka Police Department issued evacuation orders for neighborhoods in the western part of Yreka as the fire approached 12 miles away.

The China 2 Fire was started by lightning strike about two or three miles west of Seiad Valley and was about 300 acres on Sunday. It was later turned over to Incident Team as Yeti Complex and prompted an evacuation preparation warning for Happy Camp, CA on Friday. Happy Camp experienced the Slater Fire which destroyed many homes and made almost half of the town homeless, September 8, 2020.

The Klamath River Community Hall burned. It was a sad sight to see no building, but Old Glory still flying high. the Klamath River Post office burned.

Quigley’s Station, a popular stopping place to enjoy lunch or delicious desserts, survived the fire. It’s named after “moon” Quigley, who was a historic moonshiner on the Klamath.

Keep safe and say a prayer for the community and thanks to the Firefighters

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Forest Lodge Thanks our Heroes!


Congratulations, Happy Camp Graduates!!!

by Judy E. Bushy Friday evening was a very special gathering at Happy Camp High School! Eleven of our young people celebrated their graduation from High School and the opening of the next chapter to reach their life goals.
Many family and friends watched them enter in their graduation attire to pomp and Circumstance. All were welcomed by Principal Erica Mitchell.
After our National Anthem was played, Marcus Jackson, salutatorian of the class, was the first to speak. Madison Rilea then shared her message as the Valedictorian
Dave Timbrook, who teaches wood manufacturing and welding classes was the main speaker for the evening. .
The Senior Slideshow with photos and songs momentous to each was produced by Kaylee Bangs, Emilie Cushman, Maddie Davis, Isabell Gomez, Taylor Hammon, Cheyenne Laflin, Vinn Morales, Madison Rilea and Jessica Williams.
Following the Class Certification by Principal Mitchell was presentation of Diplomas by Becky Lantow who is our Siskiyou Union High School District Board Member! The young adults who had just completed their high school education left the stage for the recessional.
Kaylee Eileen Bangs not only received her diploma, but has also received the Happy Camp High School Certificate of Excellence in welding.
Madeline M. Davis will be taking a year before entering the Dental Program at College of the Redwoods.
Eric P. Duval 11 is looking to become a pilot with the US Air Force.
Marcus R. Jackson plans to continue his education at Shasta College.
Cheyenne Laflin-Grimes receives her high school diploma as well as having received the Happy Camp High School Certificate of Excellence in Graphic Arts.
Zachery W. McCartney plans to go on to become a Wildland Firefighter after graduation.
Emily M Mitchell plans to continue her education at College of the Siskiyous and study Early Childhood Education.
Madison R. Rilea plans to study Biochemistry at San Diego State University.
Jessica K. Williams plans to study Environmental Studies at College of the Siskiyous.
Hannah R. Wilson plans to go into Nursing at the College of the Siskiyous. `
Virusur O. Watson is another of our graduates that we are happy to celebrate and look forward to his next steps in the future. Virusur also has received the Certificate of Excellence in Athletics.
` These students have certainly had an unusual high school career! They’ve studied while changes from Covid-19 pandemic, Slater Fire in which many lost a great deal, and adjustments to further changes in life and schooling that occurred.
They have been involved in community service in the past years. The organizers of the Veterans Appreciation Dinner greatly appreciated their putting American flags on local businesses to honor veterans!
The rest of the students of Happy Camp High will be on summer vacation until next August. Some will be rafting and swimming in the creeks, and enjoying hiking and camping in our wilderness area.
Some will be preparing to earn a scholarship from participation in the Bigfoot Jamboree Royalty efforts. The final announcements of that will be made public during Bigfoot Jamboree which is traditionally Friday, September 2 and 3rd, with the parade and closing awards and events at the River Park on September 4th.
Their teachers, besides Dave Timbrook; are Ryder Hennessey, Diane Oliver, and Ricardo Picart will be having a change of pace for the summer as well.
Amanda Stone and Roberta Ricardy have worked on transporting students this year. Greg Macdonald serves in Maintenance and custodial duties while Smokey Titus cares for school buildings and grounds. Rachel Rhinehart keeps up the office work as secretary.
Tina Dual and Joe Robba are Instructional Aides and Leona McLaughlin serves as an aide as well as food service to be sure the teens get their lunch and nutritional needs met.
Always busy overseeing all aspects of the school is principal, Erica Mitchell and the Happy Camp community is very grateful to all of our school staff for the work that they do!

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