Chamber of Commerce News

At the January 16, 2002 meeting of the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce, John Gould and Judy Bushy were appointed as new board members. Congratulations, Judy and John!

The St. Patrick’s Day dinner is still in the planning stage, however the beautiful green afghan crafted by Jean Dulong is ready to be raffled! This year’s afghan is knitted in rows of varied shades of green with a dark green fringe. The effect is very attractive, and the colors are brilliant. Plan now to buy your raffle tickets. They are $1 each, or 6 for $5. A disk jockey, Vivian Jordan, has been hired for the St. Patrick’s Day dance, which will follow the dinner. The dinner and dance will be held on Saturday night, March 16 this year.

Jen Dulong with the afghan
Jean Dulong and the beautiful afghan she knitted. The afghan will be raffled off at the 2002 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner.

May 25-27, Memorial Day Weekend, is the time for the Bigfoot Summer Games. They will be held all along the new Bigfoot Scenic Byway from Happy Camp to Hoopa. Activities are being planned in Happy Camp, Orleans, and Hoopa. There’s a good possibility that the activities will include a bike race between Orleans and Happy Camp.

A Canoe &Kayak Family Fun Festival is being planned for the Bigfoot Summer Games/Memorial Day Weekend in Happy Camp, with races and other activites on the Klamath River between Indian Creek and Elk Creek. Planned are a backwards race, shore to shore relays, and duck races. Both inflatable and hard body watercraft are welcome.

Debbie Wilkinson has decided to take a leave of absence from Chamber of Commerce activities. Her participation and presence will be missed. Jean Dulong announced that she will soon be moving out of town – another great loss for Happy Camp. She has lived here since 1988 and has made the afghans for the St. Patrick’s Day raffles for the last three years.

Jim Gould won the logo contest for the 2002 River Run, and earned $100 in prize money. His logo features a motorcycle riding man in front of the US flag. A committee has been formed to finalize plans for the second River Run.

2002 Happy Camp River Run logo
Jim Gould’s logo design for River Run 2002.
The River Run will be held on July 5, 6, and 7 this year.

Mid-Klamath Economic Development Summit

By Linda Martin

Teenagers tell Happy Camp what they want.
Teenagers describe a better vision of the future for Happy Camp youth at the Mid-Klamath Economic Development Summit in June 2001.

January 1, 2002 – Last June we had a wonderful meeting to discuss the future of Happy Camp. About 200 people attended and contributed to discussions of our economic and social needs. It is time for the sequel… another community meeting is planned for Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 4 pm at the Family Resource Center. Dinner will follow the meeting.

The Karuk Tribe is hosting the Mid-Klamath Economic Development Summit meeting where the tribe’s strategy for economic renewal in this region will be unveiled. In his letter to all Happy Camp citizens, Alvis Johnson, Chairman of the Karuk Tribe, wrote, “Our approach is inclusive of the greater spectrum of diverse constituency groups within our ancestral lands. We envision the January meeting as a first step to greater socio-economic prosperity locally and the development of a new paradigm for post-resource dependent communities across the Pacific Northwest.”

Restrictions on timber harvests from federal lands decimated Happy Camp’s logging industry during the last decade, so economic renewal and change are a vital need for the people of this region.

Follow-up article:

Scott Clements and John Martinez
Consultant Scott Clements discusses the summit results with Karuk spokesman, John Martinez.

January 16, 2002 – Scott Clements of Clements Partners, LLC, a Portland consultant, was in Happy Camp to present the results of the latest study done on economic development for the Mid-Klamath region. This study was commissioned by the Karuk Community Development Corporation with an initial community meeting held last July. He said the other studies, done in 1994 and 1998, were helpful but there were no lasting effects for the benefit of Happy Camp.

This time we have a three part plan to work with – starting with Pre-Development initiatives, followed by Stage One and Stage Two initiatives. The Pre-Development plan calls for the formation of a new umbrella organization tentatively called the Community Achievement Leadership (CAL), which would coordinate community planning, prioritize committment of resources, and monitor implementation of specific resources.

As planned, CAL will be a centralized source comprised of members representing all the present community organizations. CAL’s function will be to coordinate efforts and funding for the development of economic opportunities in this region. An important step will be for all participating organizations to pass resolutions approving the formation of CAL.

Another feature of Pre-Development is to request an incorporation revenue assessment from the Siskiyou County auditor. Also suggested was to combine our current sanitary and water districts into one community service district. According to Clements, “A multi-purpose CSD would provide a focal point to address Happy Camp’s future physical infrastructure needs.”

After Pre-Development is underway, Stage One Economic Initiatives can begin. There are five recommendations: 1) forest salvage and juniper harvest programs; 2) an eco-cultural park that would share elements of Karuk culture and customs and would help preserve and maintain Karuk tribal heritage; 3) development of the computer center with website design training programs leading to a virtual marketplace for local businesses, artists, and crafts-persons; 4) establishment of a small business incubator program to support the community’s needs for future commercial goods and services; 5) development of a housing resource center to coordinate housing policies, land use, financing, development opportunity, and service programs.

An exciting element of the evening’s program was the presentation by four local teenagers on recreational development recommendations for the area. Their suggestions were for winter access to the snow park on Page Mountain, a miniature golf course, a go-kart track, a skateboard park that could also be used by rollerbladers and bmx bikers, an off-highway vehicle park, and a motocross track. Another suggestion from the audience was for a local water park.

After Clements’ presentation, the meeting divided into four special interest groups: natural resources, technology, housing, and recreation. Afterwards there was a lasagna dinner and time for socializing.

Klamath River Writers

Wild Klamath Writer’s Club

The first meeting of the Wild Klamath Writer’s Club will be held on January 17, 2002 at 3 pm at the Bear Cove Cabins. If you’re a writer, or you’ve dreamed about becoming one, you’re welcome to attend! For more information please phone Judy Bushy.

Follup Up Article:

Klamath River Writers

The first meeting of the Klamath River Writers, on January 17 in Happy Camp, was a great success. Six writers gathered at the Bear Cove Cabins. They represented a broad spectrum of interests including poetry, songwriting, short stories, novels, history and journalism.

“Klamath River Writers” was chosen as the name for the group, with the intention of inviting people from other river communities to join. Advertising will extend from Highway 5 to Orleans along Highway 96.

The writers will start with a collaborative writing project. For the next meeting each writer is invited to bring something to add to an anthology intended for children learning about the Klamath River Valley and it’s people. The entries can be of any genre or format so long as they are intended for children under the age of about twelve.

If you’re a writer, or you’ve dreamed of becoming one, you’re welcome to attend the next meeting, planned for Monday, February 11. Phone Judy Bushy, 493-5248, for more information.

A Happy Camp Christmas

2001 Community Christmas Dinner
2001 Community Christmas Dinner

Over 160 people came to dinner
Over 160 people came to the dinner.

Dinner was excellent
Dinner was excellent, as usual. Volunteers did a good job of decorating the old elementary school cafeteria – now the Karuk Community Center.

A good place for friends to meet
A good place for friends to meet.

Volunteer servers stayed busy
Volunteer servers stayed busy this year.

What a great dinner we had!

After weeks of rain and light snowfalls, Christmas in Happy Camp was sunny and unusually warm! We left our firesides to come together at the Karuk Community Center (the old elementary school cafeteria on 2nd Avenue) for another great holiday dinner.

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas for years now, the dinners have provided a community meeting place and food for anyone who wants it. While it gives us a wonderful alternative to the traditional family dinner for those who are far from their loved ones, or who might not have a family, it also is welcomed by Happy Campers who just want to be with the people who live in our town, remote as it is from the rest of the world.

Dinner is traditional. There’s always a turkey, dressing, ham, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans and corn, cranberry sauce and bread. At Thanksgiving we had green salad – this time someone made a big pink jello salad with marshmallows. A variety of beverages were served on a side table and at least three types of pies were served for dessert.

Outside, children played on the lawn and dogs waited for their owners, while a few adults chatted with one another in the sunshine.

These holiday dinners are very much appreciated. May they continue for many years to come!

Helen and Wilson Forbes with Coreen Davis and Scott Hampson
Helen and Wilson Forbes chat with musicians
Coreen Davis and her husband, Scott Hampson

Rae Walker and her daughter, Savannah
Rae Walker and her daughter, Savannah
helped serve the pies: pumpkin, peach and mincemeat.

Prize money: $100 will go to the winner of the Logo Contest!

Prize money: $100 will go to the winner of the 2002 River Run Logo Contest!

The Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a logo contest for the 2002 River Run event. This event brings motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the west coast to Happy Camp for a weekend in July.

The logo contest is open to all artists. Entries must be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce by January 15, 2002.

Seven Simple Computer Security Tips

From the National Ifrastructure Protection Center:

1. Use strong passwords. Choose passwords that are difficult or impossible to guess. Give different passwords to all accounts.

2. Make regular backups of critical data. Backups must be made at least once each day. Larger organizations should perform a full backup weekly and incremental backups every day. At least once a month the backup media should be verified.

3. Use virus protection software. That means three things: having it on your computer in the first place, checking daily for new virus signature updates, and then actually scanning all the files on your computer periodically.

4. Use a firewall as a gatekeeper between your computer and the Internet. Firewalls are usually software products. They are essential for those who keep their computers online through the popular DSL and cable modem connections but they are also valuable for those who still dial in.

5. Do not keep computers online when not in use. Either shut them off or physically disconnect them from Internet connection.

6. Do not open e-mail attachments from strangers, regardless of how enticing the Subject Line or attachment may be. Be suspicious of any unexpected e-mail attachment from someone you do know because it may have been sent without that person’s knowledge from an infected machine.

7. Regularly download security patches from your software vendors.

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