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Blood drive exceeds goals

Trout Lake News for Feb. 13

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Terry Scott, 395-2760

February often brings with it visions of roses, chocolate and bright red hearts. But for nearly 50 residents of Washington and Oregon, it was a chance to save lives.

On Feb. 4, the freshman class of Trout Lake School -- helped by members of the Trout Lake School staff and a team of Red Cross nurses -- put on a blood drive that took in almost 30 percent more units of blood than expected. The drive was set up for four hours in the school and has been called one of the most successful in Trout Lake history.

"I think it was a combination of our helpers, our community and the Red Cross professionals," said Corey Cult, a Trout Lake teacher who advised the class throughout the drive.

With his help, students constructed signs, called potential donors, and arranged for the donors' food and drink. But even after preparations were done, everyone was amazed by how well the drive had gone.

The Trout Lake blood drive is a yearly event hosted by the school and the Red Cross.

On Feb. 5, Klickitat County Commissioner Don Struck attended the Trout Lake Community Council meeting. He announced that the Klickitat Economic Development Authority approved a Trout Lake School District proposal for a Community Activity Center. This is a room that was left unfinished due to lower than expected student enrollment. The weight equipment presently stored in the room will be moved across the hall. The remodeling is scheduled to start this spring and be finished for school start up in the fall. About $19,000 has been budgeted for the remodeling and equipment. This Community Activity center will be a great bonus for our community.

Don Struck said that estimates of the cost of preparing the Energy Overlay have been exaggerated. This Energy Overlay addresses potential future siting of electric, gas-fired, and wind powered energy sources in the county and will include an Environmental Impact Statement for Klickitat county.

The Community Council will soon be receiving the maps for the Comprehensive Development Plan from the Klickitat Planning Department. These maps of the Trout Lake sub area will aid the Community Council when commenting on planning and zoning area issues.

On Condit Dam, Don Struck said, "If the dam has to come out, it should be done properly." The commissioners do not favor blasting a hole in the bottom of the dam because of downstream environmental concerns. They have suggested dredging the sediment behind the dam before it is removed. This would be more environmentally sound.

Another topic discussed was the Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA). WRIA is a group of local people who are charged with characterizing area watersheds. This covers Rock Creek, Wind River, the Little White Salmon, the Big White Salmon, Jewett Creek, Catherine Creek, and Major Creek drainages. WRIA was established by the Washington State Legislature and is implemented by the Washington Department of Ecology. The idea is for local people to meet and plan for their area giving consideration to water quality, water quanity, in-stream flow and habitat.

Isn't the sunshine great! I wonder if we will have an early spring? Sandi Thygesen


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