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Trout Lake News for April 17

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Nicole Bull

Congratulations to the TLG track teams for a fine performance at the Portland Christian Invitational this weekend. If my source, a proud parent, is right, the TLG girls took first place in the meet, which included eight Oregon 1A teams (schools more or less our size), and teams from ten larger schools.

The results page, (or go to the Portland Christian Invitational website) shows places in each individual event, but not overall winners. TLG girls took firsts in the pole vault, high jump, 300 low hurdles, 800 meters, 1500 meters, and 3000 meters, and many seconds, thirds, and fourths in big fields of athletes.

The boys' team, with many younger athletes, didn't do so well, but names of TLG athletes are still prominent in the results. Go have a look -- it's wonderful to read. Congratulations, coaches and athletes.

While the high school runners were enjoying the weather in Portland, many other were enjoying the run and the weather here for the Trout Lake Class of 2012 fundraiser 5K, 10K, and half marathon. I saw a lot of runners on the road, but hadn't gotten results by press time.

I sometimes think that this column is superfluous -- we could just direct folks to the Trout Lake website and the school newsletter for all the news, and more. If you're not in the habit of checking the website, go have a look. The school newsletter, which I always consult while writing this column, has consistently interesting articles, opinion pieces, student writing, and photography. The middle school assignments on the Guinness records produced some inspired writing. Thanks, Mrs. McKinney and students.

Community Foundation Pennies for Scholars fundraiser is in full swing -- drop your change into the collection cans at any local store. This fund drive collected enough last year for a $2300 scholarship, and the goal this year is to do the same or better.

The school board and administration are re-evaluating the Trout Lake -- Glenwood sports combine. The issues are many, and the school has held a community forum on the subject. Still, if you have something to say, you have until May 1 -- contact Doug Dearden or any school board member.

Two DI teams went to the state competition in Wenatchee on March 29. An elementary team, coached by Wendy Baker, took second place. Good going, team members James Baker, Corbin Steffy, Emma Tiffin, Peggy Renoso, and ShanDale Tardiff. A middle school team coached by Katy McKinney took 7th place, and also won a "daVinci" award for creativity, in particular for using all team members in an effective way in the skit. Again, good going, team members Devin Van Laar, Seth Tiffan, Ben Vollema, Maggie Baker, Caitlin Scott, Riley Steffy, and Natasha Wilson.

Adding to the fair news in last week's column, there is a particular need for volunteers to organize the parade (the organizers from the last several years will provide helpful information) and to work on publicity. The Fair Board would also like to have an exhibit on Trout Lake history, and so volunteer(s) are needed for that too. And now is the time to plant that garden, and those flowers, so you can bask in the admiration of your neighbors with your exhibit at the veggie and flower booth.

Finally, I can report that the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee is making progress. If any readers have noticed that I have not been much in evidence at community events, social events, or much of anywhere else, blame it on the plan. For the three years we have been working on this, "spare time" has been a mockery, not a reality. Other committee members have taken on significant burdens of research, time, mapping, but I've been the principal writer, and there's always another section to draft, or a little more rewriting to do. Now, the end is in sight. The CPUC will be posting sections of the draft regularly from now on, and we expect to have them all posted somewhere around the end of June. These will be drafts, and things can and will be rewritten and revised as general public input is received.

The plan is organized into sections, which are the "elements" of the plan. Our plan is following, more or less, an outline that is widely used in Washington, under the state laws that authorize comprehensive plans. The Klickitat County Plan has not been revised, except a few small parts, since 1981 or thereabouts, so it does not follow the outline that we are using. Snowden has recently published a draft plan, available on the Klickitat County Planning Department website, which uses a very similar outline.

Two of the first sections that will be on the website will be a (very short) introduction to what a comprehensive plan is and an overview of the organization and contents of the Trout Lake plan. As the other sections go up, we hope that Trout Lakers will read them, think about them, and send comments. There are surely people out there who have useful and interesting knowledge and perspectives to bring to the process of final revisions. We hope to hear from many of you, so that the final plan, when presented to the county, will be as good as we all can make it.

Pat Arnold, newswriter


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