Trout Lake Newswriters
Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318
Pat Arnold, 395-2233
Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527
Laurie West, 395-9330
Annie Salvig and Brian Duke were married on Friday, March 25, at Jonah Ministries. The gymnasium was beautifully transformed for the occasion. Pastor Don Boldt welcomed us. Pastor Adam Peck led the opening prayer. Pastor Charles Fischer told us how true love waits. Parents Randy and Debbie Salvig and Jeff and Beki Duke lit the unity candles. After the ceremony we were treated to a slide show of Annie and Brian by Austin Beatty. Don Boldt did the presentation of husband and wife. Congratulations to Annie and Brian Duke!
The Trout Lake Sub-Area Comprehensive Plan Update Committee met March 22. Members present were Pat Arnold, Frank Childs, Denise Heard, Brett Logan, Ray Thygesen, Andy Jacobson, Jerry Walker, Zoe Woods, and Jim White. Pat Arnold presided. The first order of business was to develop a meeting schedule. The next four meetings will be: one hour each after the Community Council meetings on April 6 and May 4 and 2 hours each on April 21 and May 19 starting at 7 p.m.
The rest of the committee meeting dealt with the revision process and a vision statement. It was generally agreed that revised sub-area maps would be the main output of the process. Nine possible vision statements were discussed. Andy Jacobsen will combine the three best for further consideration at the next meeting. Frank Childs provided GIS maps of the current Trout Lake Comprehensive Plan and Zoning.
The Trout Lake web site (I'm assuming you can all go to Google and find the site) has also set up a special page for the newly started sub area planning process. What?! I hear you exclaim, not again! Not so soon! But yes, 10 years have passed, and although a revision to the comprehensive plan was adopted by the County Commissioners in 1995, the zoning was not brought into line with the plan, which is not a good state of affairs. If the plan says an area is, say, rural residential, but the zoning says it's open space, then the conflicting provisions of the two regulations might cause problems for a person who wanted to know what they could do with their property in that area.
The county has commissioned Tenneson Engineering to produce a study of projected population growth and of the population capacity allowed under our current zoning, along with maps. We are scheduled to have a presentation of this report at the April 21 meeting.
All meetings will be at the Trout Lake School. Community members are welcome at all meetings and are encouraged to participate. Meeting minutes and agendas will be posted at troutlake.org. Additional information will be posted at the Trout Lake Post Office. Community comments can also be sent to committee member Ray Thygesen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for Trout Lake Community Foundation scholarships must be filled out and returned by April 1 in order to qualify for review. Please return applications direct to Coralee's office or in the mail to: The Trout Lake Community Foundation, PO Box 322, Trout Lake.
The annual Pennies for Scholars penny drive started on St. Patrick's Day and continues through May 31. Penny jars are at participating merchants throughout the community and at the Trout Lake School. 100 percent of all proceeds from this event along with other fund raising events go towards the funding of scholarships for local students pursuing post-secondary education opportunity.
You can contact the Community Foundation, and many other worthy organizations and businesses, through the Trout Lake web site. In fact, you may read this column there, or follow the link to the Enterprise site and be the first to get the news.
But oh, the rain! What a storm we have had! The Trout Lake School weather data is currently showing 4.97 inches of rain for the month of March. A week ago it was, what -- about 1.5 inches? Three inches of rain won't, of course, get us out of the disastrous winter drought, but it's cheering nonetheless. And more to come, the forecasts say.
Here are some great sites to visit during storm events. The school site, which is at http://www.aws.com/aws_2001/asp/obsForecast.asp?zipcode=98650 has really great, more or less real-time, data. We are fortunate to have this site. Thanks to the school and the students for maintaining it.
Second, you can visit the real-time US Geological Survey stream gauge near the mouth of the White Salmon River. Here is what you will find. The mean stream flow, over 84 years of records, is about 1524 cubic feet per second, or thereabouts, this time of year. The river has been flowing at levels not much over 600 cfs throughout much of February and March. As a point of reference, the Condit Dam water right alone is for 1400 cfs.
This morning the gauge read 1580 cfs, and as I write now it is at 3340 cfs, which is nearly a record for this month. This site has charts and graphs and tables on historical flow. You can, for example, look up the annual peak flows, and see the 1996 event at about 45,000 cfs. You can also see that since about 1964 the pattern of peaks looks markedly different than in the period 1912 - 1964. This very interesting site is at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wa/nwis/uv/?site_no=14123500&agency_cd=USGS.
So enjoy, go outside and play in the puddles, and revel in the roar of the river. This storm may not solve the human problems of irrigation water and such, but it will go a long way for the native plants trying to flower and set seed and survive the drought.
Newswriters Sandi Thygesen and Pat Arnold