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Trout Lake News for April 29

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Terry Scott, 395-2760

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Keep those pennies (dollars accepted, too) dropping into the Pennies for Scholars collection jars. The drive ends May 31, so you still have time to lighten your pockets. You can also make a contribution directly to the Trout Lake Community Foundation, P.O. Box 322, Trout Lake.

The hearing on the rezone proposal for the Elmer property will be held by the County Commissioners on May 25 at 3 p.m. at the County Courthouse in Goldendale. Two appeals were filed, but they may have been consolidated for the purpose of the hearing.

If a flier about the Community Wildfire Preparedness Program has reached your mailbox, the council and the fire department would like to hear your comments. At the April meeting, Greg Page, Steve Koenig, and Jim Wells outlined the program, which is aimed at reducing wildfire dangers to homes and to firefighters. There is a $25,000 federal grant available through the county, which would allow the establishment of a community fire prevention program. The program would involve a community survey and efforts as desired by individuals to reduce fuel loads and improve conditions on their individual properties. A first step in the application for funds is community feedback.

Also at the May 5 meeting, the organizer of the Phoenix Festival will be on hand to talk with the council about the application for a Special Use Permit. The Festival is proposed to run from July 1 through July 5 on the Morris property on Jennings Road. The festival has been held near Wahkiacus for the last two years. The Festival is expected to draw between 1000 and 1500 people. As well as the County permit, festival organizers have applied for and agreed to meet the requirements for the necessary special permit from the DNR.

CAMP, the festival organizers, describe themselves as "a collection of event organizers, artists, carpenters, computer engineers, musicians, stage and lighting designers, decorators as well as a host of other creatively endowed individuals. A number of us have roots in a variety of art and music scenes within a collection of communities in large cities on the West Coast." The literature also states that "we place strict demands on our participants to ensure that there are no spectators and that each person who comes through the main gate is expected to contribute to the overall feel of the event. In a sense we are creating stone soup on a very large scale." In an interview in the Seattle PI, a festival organizer explained further. Performers must camp out. "We don't want any rock stars. It's a community event."

The Columbia Center for the Arts is holding a live and silent auction on Saturday, May 22, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the new building at 3rd and Cascade in Hood River. This building will soon house the Columbia Art Gallery, formerly located below the police station in Hood River, and CAST, the theater group formerly located next to the Crazy Pepper restaurant. This is not strictly Trout Lake News, but is included here because so many from Trout Lake are involved. Trout Lake residents have served on the boards of directors of these organizations and many TL artists and thespians have shown their work at the gallery or participated in the theater performances. Tickets can be purchased by calling Judy Hanel at 541-387-8877.

Newswriter, Pat Arnold


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