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Surprise Party No Surprise Any More

Trout Lake News for May 20

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

sandiray@gorge.net

Terry Scott, 395-2760

dtscott@gorge.net

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

bonnier@gorge.net

Come one, come all to a surprise birthday party for Art Clinton. The Big 5-0. Everyone is invited to the party, at the Clinton's house, on Sunday afternoon, May 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. Surprise? In the column? Does anybody read us? And no, it wasn't Art who called. Happy birthday, Art.

The Community Council, the Fire Department, and all involved wish to thank all the community members who attended the meeting on fire preparedness. More on this next week.

The Community Council heard a presentation from Chris West, production director for the Phoenix Festival, a music festival planned for July 1 - 5 at Pat and Mary Morris' place. The council meeting, for a change and a pleasure, was well-attended. DNR representatives also attended. Chris West responded to many questions from community and council members. Fire prevention and noise were the chief concerns raised, and the Special Use Permit comes with conditions and requirements in both these areas. While not all concerns were assuaged, it appeared that the festival organizers had addressed these and other issues, including equipment requirements imposed by the DNR, in a well-organized and thorough way.

After much discussion the Council requested some modifications in the festival plans, notably an emergency evacuation plan to be approved by the DNR, Mr. West agreed to make these changes, and the council voted to support the Festival's application for a Special Use Permit.

The Special Use Permit is for one year only. If the festival wishes to return in future years, they will have to apply for a Conditional Use Permit, a process that involves public hearings.

More information can be obtained from the Phoenix Festival website at www.phoenixfest.com . Copies of the Special Use permit application and attachments can be obtained, I suppose, from the County Planning Department.

Pat Arnold, stand-in newswriter. P.S. Anyone who wants a copy of the newswriters' schedule for 2004 can call or email Pat and I will send one. We love to have you call us, and always feel bad when you have to call four people to find the one who is writing.

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