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Trout Lake News for May 24

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Shirley Keran, 395-2559

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Terry Scott, 395-2760

The Trout Lake community fund sale received some very nice donations for the rummage sale held at the Trout Lake grange May 19 and 20. Many people found themselves useful bargains. The funds raised are used for scholarships. Many thanks to all of those generous folks who contributed items.

At 1:15 a.m. Monday morning, May 14, vandals attempted to break into the ATM machine at the Little Mountain True Value Hardware store. The bungling, would-be thieves were unable to steal any money but several hundred dollars worth of damage was done to the equipment. This is the second time the ATM has been attacked. Little Mountain Hardware offers this machine as a service to the community and is tired of it being vandalized. It is offering a $500 reward for the identification of the vandals. If you have any information as to who the culprits are, please call 395-2773 or stop in and tell the folks at Little Mountain Hardware.

Nepal calls Orin and Margie Pearson! Jonah Ministries hosted a send-off dessert for the missionary couple who will leave for Nepal on May 28. The Trout Lake community gathered to sing praise songs and share in prayers for the missions. Orin and Margie brought photos of Nepal so we could get a glimpse of how the people live. They shared some stories to give us a taste of what it might be like to live in one of the outer villages of Nepal where Margie will be teaching school. Orin wore a hat from Nepal and Margie a pretty lavender native dress. There was a question and answer session and we were treated to a variety of tasty desserts.

Until I met Margie, all I knew about Nepal was that the Himalayan mountains are a favorite of trekkers. The history of Himalayan climbing is written in the ridges and faces of Mt. Annapurna -- 26,545 feet high, near Himal, Nepal. It was the first of the world's fourteen 8,000 meter peaks to be climbed.

Trout Lake school students grades K through 4 are studying lighthouses of the Pacific Coast this month, After viewing a lighthouse video and hearing lighthouse stories, the students will each make a lighthouse and write their own story. The lighthouses and student stories will be shared at Parents Night.

Jonah Ministries is giving any Trout Lake School athlete $10 off any sports camp offered -- soccer, cross country and basketball.

Also, all Trout Lake 8th grade graduates are offered a $25 gift certificate toward any 2001 camp. The Variety Adventure Camp II IS FULL. Call 395-2900 for space availability.

Ben Anderson, a Trout Lake High School student completing his junior year, will be a junior counselor at Victory Ministries, a camp for all ages. He leaves June 2 for Victory, Alaska -- just outside of Anchorage. Ben's family: grandparents, parents, Shandrea, and Micah have all helped at this fun camp making this adventure almost a family tradition.

Trout Lake history: Logging was an important industry in the early days of the century. By 1910 more than 3,000 acres of land was cleared. Transport of finished lumber, from the many mills, was by horse and wagon up to approximately 1916. Some of the early Trout lake logging, before 1900, was done by flooding logs down the White Salmon River using two splash dams in the river to create a flood of water. When the water was released, the force of the water would carry the logs past any obstructions.

There are a lot of good cooks in this valley. I imagine that the meals in logging camps were favorable to those served in the finest hotels. The cook had immeasurable influence in determining which loggers came to work in the camps. A well-fed logger was a happy man for good food is the fuel that kept up their energy. Rigging-men, fallers and buckers could use up to one to 12 calories a minute.

Logging was a dangerous occupation. In 1920, a bulletin issued by the state of Washington suggested that logging in the Northwest was, "more deadly than war." Our states safety board based this conclusion on the period between May and August that year. Forest fires were also a big concern.

About twenty years ago Linda Niskanen worked as a fire watch from 3 to 6 p.m. for Ben Thomas, out of Woodland, and Arnold Logging out of BZ Corners and Husum. One time, while she was working in the National Forest, a Forest Service helicopter landed nearby. Linda was concerned that something serious had happened. Before she could ask, "What is wrong?" a man got out of the helicopter, map in hand, and asked directions to a lake where they were to check out some equipment. Amused that they were asking her for directions, Linda directed them to where they needed to be.

There used to be many look-outs or fire watchers in the area. Some where located on Flat Top, Red Mountain, and Mt. Adams. A fire-watch employee is out there on their own. The first fire spotted is always a unique experience. Linda remembers her first fire. She was on the radio calling in the fire so quick. Some men were clearing a road nearby, and burning the slash. Linda saw a tree catch fire. All she could think of was the fires in Idaho where the fire was crowning from tree to tree. A man driving the bulldozer had just left. He came back and pushed the burning tree over, putting out the fire. Linda was complimented for acting quickly. The next time Linda saw a fire, in the brush, she got some water and the shovel and put it out herself. She was now a pro!

I was browsing through this paper and I noticed that it has been in publication for 97 years. I looked up the details. In May 8, 1903 Thomas Harlan, editor, published the first issue of The Enterprise. I wonder how many newswriters have come and gone in that length of time?

Newswriter- Sandi Thygesen


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