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Committee looks at plan revisions

Trout Lake News for March 10

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Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Laurie West, 395-9330

The Trout Lake Community Council met as usual on the first Wednesday of the month, March 2, at the Trout Lake School. Thankfully an unusually large number of community residents attended to hear about: the Northwest Service Academy community service proposal, a proposed mini-storage, and the upcoming revision to the Trout Lake Sub-Area Comprehensive Plan.

Brendan Norman, training and development coordinator, at the NWSA introduced the new group of Team Leaders who in turn discussed some of their community service ideas. They are planning a town project day on May 13, and they suggested some possibilities like painting the Grange, community cleanup, or working on the nature trail behind the school. Attendees also had some suggestions for on-going activities like helping with the Trout Lake Art Festival or the Trout Lake Fair. Other suggestions are welcome.

There was much comment on a proposed mini-storage facility to be located on the southeast corner of Jennings Road and Highway 141, where the Trout Lake Iron and Carriage Works is now located. The building with the beauty parlor would remain in place, but the Iron and Carriage shop would be torn down and replaced with 16 storage units at the back of the lot. Most comments were focused on what is wanted in town center, both visually and in terms of services. A number of useful suggestions were made, and everyone was grateful to project sponsors Judy and Walt Skelton for bringing the proposal for discussion.

The January Council meeting featured preliminary discussions on a planned revision to the Trout Lake Sub-Area Comprehensive Plan. This plan was last revised in 1995. At the January meeting it was agreed that although the current Community Council generally represented the various views of the community, it could be enhanced by appointing three additional community members. At this March community council meeting three community members, Bret Logan, Zoe Wood, and Jerry Walker, were selected to serve on the Trout Lake Sub-Area Comprehensive Plan Revision Committee. It is expected that the county will use this comprehensive plan as it formulates revisions to area zoning regulations. Pat Arnold was selected to chair the Revision Committee.

Having finished the meeting by forming the Trout Lake Sub-Area Comprehensive Plan Revision Committee the Community Council adjourned and Pat Arnold called to order the first Revision Committee meeting. The importance of having a vision statement for the plan and sample statements were discussed. It was agreed that, once approved, minutes for the Revision Committee would be posted on the Trout Lake web site ( A tentative agenda for the next Revision Committee meeting was set. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 22 at the Trout Lake School. This meeting is scheduled for one hour and will deal with procedural matters and continue the discussion of a vision statement. Community members and their comments are welcome at all Revision Committee meetings.

The following Trout Lake students qualified for the Reader's Digest Word Power Challenge: Holly Phares, Max Long, Anna Nakae, Roman Hillstrom, and Zach Morris,

Congratulations! They will leave for Lacey for the State Championships on March 11.

The Trout Lake High School Spring sports practice for baseball, softball, and track began on Monday, March 7.

Local tuba player, Chris Olson, will be performing with the Gorge Winds Jazz Band on March 18 at the Dalles Civic Center from 8 to 11 p.m. Grab your partner and dancing shoes. It is only $15 per couple at the door. The Gorge Winds Jazz Band under the direction of Sam Grotte entertain regularly throughout the Gorge. This past season they charmed us at the Trout Lake Arts Festival. The band has some trumpet vacancies due to students moving on to college. If interested in a jazz band challenge contact Sam at 493-1082.


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