Heatwave; shouldn’t deter your attending Civic Meetings!

by Judy E. bushy
Last week’s over 100 temperatures “threw us for a loop.” Wasn’t sure what that old phrase means. So looked it up and found it was a term referring to the sport of boxing, to throw (someone) for a loop definition is to cause (someone) to be very amazed, confused.

It complicated travel to five medical appointments in six days, and needing more water for keeping hydrated, Surprisingly, it was hotter at home in the evening (108 degrees) than we had noticed for our Redding VA Clinic appointment during the day on Tuesday.

It made us want to stay home and “live” down by the creek” where we could cool our toes in the cool water all the time! It also made us very grateful for air conditioning in our car!!

The ride to and from appointments was beautiful! The River trees are still a vibrant green and the cool river inviting. The deer were out in greater numbers than usual, we saw 10 on the road, and missed 9.
One managed to kick a little crack in the front bumper, but Ron & Roberta Lantow can fix that up. Even got a washed car at physical therapy, much appreciation to that cool wash off

We are so very blessed living along the Klamath River! The drive requires extreme vigilance due to wildlife and other driver’s. It’s not pleasant to come around a corner and see a vehicle on your side of the road and nowhere else to go!
There was an unusually lot of traffic that evening. Other’s who had traveled earlier mentioned how many times large trucks came racing around corners on the wrong side of the road. Gratefully, we didn’t have that fright and arrived home safely after dark.

I’ve been keeping some roses that survived the Slater Fire for a friend. They’re beginning to bloom and those first couple of roses, pink and red, were such a joy! So is all the green coming up all around against the charred black burned areas!

The Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch meets second Monday of the month at the Partner’s Deli at 5:30. This meeting is an important update on the crime prevention efforts of our community. Surely, our community is eager to keep all of our neighbors safe from all sorts of crime.
We appreciate Deputy Gabe Garrison and the Karuk Housing Authority Security officer Randy White who update us on prevention.. Dan Effman provides a place for meeting and Robin serves as secretary/treasurer for which we are very grateful.. ?
This will also be Flag Day, for you who have flags to fly. Former President Trump’s birthday will bring him to 75 years old on the same day.

Have you volunteered?


The Happy Camp Community Services District will meet on Wednesday at the Happy Camp Community Center 34 Park Avenue. Besides providing our community with water. the also provide street lights and our parks for recreation!!

Original Jefferson Springtime Jam; Great Food, Music & Fun!

Summer, Stormy & Cheyanne  had fabulous soaps!!

Summer, Stormy & Cheyanne had fabulous soaps!!

Happy Camp River Park was the scene of the Original Jefferson Springtime Jam. There was fun and live music, speakers and food. Therese Thomas has put on a JSM Just-A-Memory for several years but with the Evergreen Enrichment Center there was so much more! Cribbage Tournament started at 9 am and ran all morning with Dinah Sulipeck-Hicks and Yukon Sakota dueling out the competition for the top prize. People were also playing Frisbee and horseshoes as well throughout the day.

When I stopped to admire Stacy Hatcher’s painting canvas tablecloth at the Pavilion she just said I missed the children. And indeed, many of them took off in the afternoon for a dip in a cool creek on such a hot day.

I missed the message of Terry Sheen on “How can one person make a difference?” But some were enjoying conversation with him later in the day as well. Terry has an outreach to homeless persons and incarcerated youth in next door Trinity County.

Dr. Ken Campos came to speak on the needs of mentally ill family and friends and their caregivers and came a long distance from Southern California for this opportunity to share with us.

In last week’s column, I said there would be fun mood music and good discussion Sunday at the Park. The typographical error, mood was supposed to be food, wasn’t caught in the spell check! There was a lot of good food from pulled pork sandwiches to vegetarian chili

Arvel Bird made music and told us stories and Kathy accompanied on a special drum!

The afternoon had a cheerful friendly mood too. Arvel Bird, Native American (& Scottish) violinist and storyteller came, the music set such a good mood as well. He has proficiency in so many types of music, some set your feet a tapping, and some, like “Dark Horse,” more pensive. His CDs vary from “Red River Jig” to Celtic music, s variety of metis, Indigenous tribes and European tunes! His stories were mostly from tribal storytelling and fascinating history. He also made music with drums and pipes. Karen Reedstrom also played drum and did some solo numbers. KAREN PLAYED A NATIVE American flute called a grandfather flute.

Wasn’t even singing the Red Hawk Totem, but a red tailed hawk circled above. He did speak of beloved wolf, and the song was “Wolf totem”. He shared how he has played for wolf sanctuaries. He said that the wolf taught indigenous how to work together, for community. Although there’s an alpha male and female there are other’s who lead a hunt, scout for game and everyone has a job., and didn’t take that of another. Wolves mate for life and raise the pups together.

Then the Sweet & Juicy Band from Portland came to the stage.

Sweet & Juicy Band was in costume; Banana, Pineapple and Tomato played!!

The banana was guitarist and singing, the pineapple played the drums and the tomato on keyboard. What fun! What great music too! You could enjoy the music in the pavilion, or sitting on the grass beneath a shade tree with your pup by your side, but enjoy it for sure! The audience was bright, the event was making available a bright tie dye t-shirt, or red, for the Evergreen Enrichment Center.

Stormy, Summer and Cheyenne were there with their handmade soaps, with fantastic fragrances and beautiful colors. I couldn’t resist a sniff of the Orange blossom special with pineapple decor, and it was hard to decide. (You read of the Siskiyou Soaps in last issue of Siskiyou News.)

Wish there was more space to tell you of the wonderful stories of the day, and what fun it was to father together, meet new friends and enjoy the music and fun! One person said the music was ‘awesome, super and super cool” so you know they must have liked it.

. I don’t know if there will be a Karuk Reunion this summer, but surely hope so. There will be other celebrations and gatherings and Bigfoot Jamboree is coming September 3-5th Well, time to say “So long” for now, but looking forward to sharing lots of great things with you this summer along the beautiful wild Klamath River.

Fun, Food & Live Music at the River Park Sunday

Therese Thomas in the beautiful tie-dye t-shirt available for sale as well as more from food to soaps, at the River Park event


by Judy E. Bushy
The River Park will be site of fun, food, music and good discussion on Sunday. Especially since her accident last Wednesday, Therese is looking forward to sharing with all those who have so generously helped her to her recovery and accomplishments since becoming a part of our community. This Sunday the Evergreen Enrichment Center will be sponsoring the “Original Jefferson Springtime JAM. “ The event will begin Sunday at 9 a.m. at the River Park in Happy Camp.

You Cribbage Players are welcome to come at 9:00 and play in the Cribbage Tournament. Best of three games wins the Happy Camp Championship and a cash award!!

“How one person can make a difference?” will be the first topic of the day at ten o’clock by Guest Speaker Terry Sheen? Terry has an outreach to homeless and incarcerated youth in Trinity County. (Did you know Happy Camp was originally in Trinity county but borders moved and Siskiyou County is the fourth it has been part of!)

At 11 o’clock Guest Speaker Dr. Ken Campos will be speaking at the Pavilion. He will be addressing needs of mentally ill family and friends and their caregivers most of all. Dr Ken Campos is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association Dr Ken Campos at this time in his mental health career is focused on Severe Mental illness and dual diagnosis care, treatment, and support of the family caregivers.

Dr. Campos studied and trained at Caltech in Pasadena to be a research scientist, then went to medical school in San Diego, followed by psychiatry residency training in Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic.
Before his 20 years in clinical work, he did basic research at NIH, National Institutes of Health. Then got into his love for the care of severely mentally ill patients.

He started a non-profit SchizoPhrenia Care Project organization to support and educate both people with severe mental illness and their caregivers. The SP-Care mission includes the second goal to provide holistic residential support for those living with schizophrenia and people who hear voices

As a podcaster for family caregivers of someone living with mental illness, his podcast is “HOPE: On the Other Side of the Door.” It is addressing needs of severe mentally ill and their caregivers.

One O’clock n the afternoon a forum will be held on Slater fire. Survivors will share stories of loss and our future steps for HAPPY CAMP! All Slater Fire Survivors will want to come to this forum!

There will be music, too! Todd Gilbert Local Happy Camp Jazz Musician will delight us with his Ukulele.
Arvel Bird, Native American Violinist and storyteller, in REGALIA is driving all the way from Arizona to Happy Camp. Her presentation will be at 4 p.m.

Raffle drawing will be held 6:15 just before the Sweet and Juicy Dance Band from Portland, for an ecstatic Dance Party.
Vendors and other opportunities will be available during the day, until t’s time for Park Cleanup and recycling.
For further information text 530-7398949 or email magicalplus13@gmail.com

Remembering; Memorial Day

Remembering those who gave their all

Kathy TOland posted that the Happy Camp Cemetery District would appreciate help on getting our flags and flowers to decorate graves Saturday May 29th.

Pastor Royal Blue is going to be one of the World War II veterans whose stories will be featured on a Memorial Day special on KVIP Radio Saturday at 11:00 a.m. In Happy Camp you can get that on your radio at 98.5

Pastor Blue brought youth groups from North Valley Church in Redding to helped out the log church on 2nd Avenue many years ago.. They gave Vacation Bible School for the children and engaged fellow teens with volleyball and activities on afternoons.

Now, at 95 years of age, Pastor Blue is retired. He is still followed on his program Morning Inspiration on KVIP FM radio 89.5 in Happy Camp each weekday morning at 6:55 a.m.. We find it a wonderful way to start the day each weekday.

Happy Days to Happy Camp’s Mothers!!

Returning the love and care out mothers gave...Thank you mother’s!!! Being a mother is the most challenging, the hardest job in the world, but the most rewarding!

Children are a blessing from the Lord, but raising them seems to take forever, but that precious time also flies by in the blink of an eye!

What are you doing for your mother this weekend? For a couple decades, a mother’s main concern is her children, and her love and concern follow them the rest of her life!.

Flowers and cards and breakfast cam be good ideas to show your mom love and appreciation, but the best thing is your time to be with her! Partner’s Deli in Happy Camp can help you our with breakfast Sunday morning for Mom, they’ll have Very berry French toast or Swedish Creme Pancakes, which Mom would certainly enjoy!
Or for a special dinner, Partner’s Deli invites you to take your mother to dinner (5 pm until gone.) They will serve a rib eye dinner, baked potato or rice pilaf, fresh vegetables, salad and drink for $30 for a special Mother’s Day dinner.

If you are on your way to the chainsaw carving demonstrations at the Siskiyou Fairgrounds, you can stop by the Klamath River Community Hall and have breakfast, or if you make it later, brunch! There will also be a Craft Show there

Abraham Lincoln said “No one is poor who has a godly mother!”

Happy May! Time to get back to work, gardening and planning!!

May Baskets for our Klamath Neighbors

May Baskets for our Klamath Neighbors

Our previous year has been so unusual! It was different for us all, taking precautions for Corona Virus, of course. Then Happy Camp experienced the trauma of 260 families homes burning. One home burned with a family fleeing is a major disaster in Happy Camp.
Everyone being told to flee, is unimaginable. But Happy Camp is strong, and has come back together helping each other. The Karuk Tribe has been able to help so many with trailers or Recreation Vehicles to live in over the winter.
Now spring has come. Rain lets up for beautiful sunny days, although we are still hoping and grateful for rain. Last trip out to the Eye Doctor it was wonderful to see snow on Mt. Shasta!. It had looked awfully bare for this time of year!
The Madrones are in full bloom, some say that the smoke traumatized them last year as well because their blossoming forth is extraordinary this spring. The lilacs, and a bush I bought to plant that isn’t even in the ground is flowering. Deciding where to put it has postponed planting.
This was an especially beautiful blooming spring, from daffodils and tulips, to the lilacs and Redbud. The drive along the Klamath River a wonderful time! After an difficulties from September to Christmas, Christmas was such a peaceful time of joy! Then January, February and March made quiet interlude of staying home. Even doctor’s appointments were often by telephone.
When April hit, being able to go out even to the doctor appointments felt like a vacation, but there’s still good times ,quiet at home, But now it is time to get back to work.
One of the biggest “getting back to “normal” signs is the beginning of the Bigfoot Jamboree planning the big event. Past few years, fire camps changed things and then when Slater Fire hit last year it was completely put off. There’s always requests for the logging show and some of the old favorite activities to resume. Perhaps that will be possible, but only if there are volunteers and participants. So, you’ve had a good time being home but now’s the time to get busy again and make our favorite hometown festival fun for all again!

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