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Trout Lake News for Sept. 14

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

The Trout Lake Troglodytes (you'll have to look it up, just like I did), our most recent Hood to Coast team, came in number 649 of 1030 teams, but they say they would have been higher up except for a navigational error (or was it sleeping? The details were a little fuzzy) that cost 40 minutes. In their category, mixed open, they were 51st of 82, with a total running time of 29 hours and 5 minutes. However, that time falls short of the leading TL time from the past, the details of which are lost, but was under 24 hours. The overall winners ran in 16+ hours. TLTrogs say the low point was when the winning teams (who have late start times) began to pass them on the road. Anyone for next year?

The Organic Farm Walk at Monte and Laura Pearson's dairy, Mountain Laurel Jerseys, will be on Sept. 25. You can pre-register with Tilth Producers of Washington at 206-442-7620, or you can register at the farm the day of the walk. There is a charge, benefiting Tilth Producers, an association of organic farmers in Washington. The walk will cover organic dairy herd management, and organic pasture and grazing. This is a great chance to learn how organic dairying works, and what farming challenges are involved. The event is from noon to 4 p.m., and you are requested to bring a brown bag lunch. I know we all drive by the dairy, but we all haven't had the opportunity to hear Monte the farmer talk about his decision to go organic and what that's meant to him as a farmer, and it's a really interesting story. Go for it.

The Fair Board is seeking to replace a retiring member and is accepting nominations for this position and for two positions that come up for election this year, those held by Sarah Arnold and Laura Pearson. Any one wishing to nominate himself or someone else should e-mail or call Ray Thygesen before the end of September. The annual meeting, where the elections will be held by the board, is in early October.

A word about Community Council elections, also. The council election is always held on Election Day in November in the room next to the official poll at the Grange. For those who don't know, the Community Councils were established by the Washington legislature in the 1970s as a mechanism for providing local input to land use planning. The official identity was allowed to lapse by the legislature, but some counties, including Klickitat, continued to find the councils useful and have continued to include Community Councils in the planning process. However, council elections are not eligible for inclusion on the official ballot, so elections have been held separate from but next to the official ones.

The council is concerned, with the increasing number of people voting by mail, that turn-out for council elections, which has always been pretty good, will slip. If you vote by mail, please still stop by the Grange on Election Day to vote in the council election.

Or, better yet as a first step, decide to run. There will be five positions on the ballot. The positions held by Pat Arnold, Monte Pearson, and Ray Thygesen are up because their normal term of office is ending. The positions held by Robert Schmid and Hans Winterlich are up because they were appointed mid-term and must stand in the next regularly scheduled election. To run, you must have been a registered voter in Trout Lake for at least one year. Jim White, Ken Belieu, or Jeff Baker can provide you with your filing papers, a petition that must be signed by five registered voters and returned to Jeff.

Wow -- the big Labor Day sale is over. School is back in session. Where did summer go? Any reports from the Rockin' The Troops concert this weekend?

Remember Memorial Day weekend and all the traffic in downtown Trout Lake? We had to drive single file at five miles an hour down SR 141 to avoid hitting people stacked high with paper bags full of stuff? It was worth it. The Community Foundation earned another $12,000 for the scholarship fund! Congratulations on a continuing job well done.

Every year on Public Lands Day many local activities are planned to improve the condition of public lands where most of us play. Last year the Mt. Adams Ski Club picked up trash in the Berry Fields area East of Indian Heaven Wilderness. This year the Cleanup the Pinchot is scheduled to work the area around the Panther Creek Horse Camp on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. until noon. Meet at Panther Creek Horse Camp. Call Ray Thygeson at 395-0022 to let him know you are interested.

On Tuesday evening, September 19, the public is invited to hear Marty Kantola of Six Rivers Mediation at the Presbyterian Church monthly potluck. Six Rivers Mediation provides trained volunteers to help parties resolve civil conflict in hopes of avoiding costly and adversarial court processes. This is a service available to all of us in the Mid Columbia Region. Potluck begins at 6 and the presentation begins at 7.

The Trout Lake Community Chorus began its fall season on Monday, Sept. 11, and continues for eight weeks. All are invited to participate! Doug and Janet Anderson, experienced producers of choral music, have the knack of making the best of what ever talent we bring them. Whether you are an experienced singer or just sing along with country music radio, join the singers. The group meets Monday night from 7:30 until 9 p.m. at Anderson's -- the gray house at the corner of Mt. Adams Hwy. and Sunnyside Rd. Call the Andersons at 395-9307.

Pat Arnold and Bonnie Reynolds, newswriters


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