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Elks Hunters Bring Out 32

Trout Lake News for Nov. 19

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Maxine@gorge.net

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

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First snow of the year frosted the valley in white this past week, giving us a hint of what's to come. It was beautiful to look at and thankfully melted away by afternoon. That's my kind of snow, the kind I don't have to shovel!

Elk hunters must be happy, the Trout Lake Store has counted 32 elk taken so far this season, with photos to verify the bragging rights. I have no idea how many elk are in our area, but I'm guessing there's at least three hunters for every elk -- it's a busy season!

Crafters are busy getting ready for the Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 5, in the school multipurpose room, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is sponsored by the National Honor Society and AP English class to support their spring trip to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. Call Laurie Sherburne at 395-2294 to reserve a booth space. There will also be a Book Fair and a basketball tournament going on at the school that day, so it will be a great opportunity for shopping and visiting, mark your calendar!

The Trout Lake-Glenwood high school girls volleyball team went to the state tournament this past weekend and they won their first game, but lost the last two. Congratulations to them for getting to state!

The Trout Lake Comprehensive Plan final draft is now on the Trout Lake web site (www.TroutLake.org/CommunityCouncil). This document outlines the goals, objectives and policies for future growth in Trout Lake and has been in the making for many months. The vision statement for the comprehensive plan states: "Trout Lake will continue to be a rural community where people thrive. It has a strong resource based economic tradition, based on environmentally sound, progressive agriculture, dairy, forestry and outdoor recreation, complimented by a strong K-12 education system. Related services are encouraged as are other non-intrusive small businesses." What do you envision for Trout Lake in the next 10 years? In the next 20? This writer has lived here for 35 years and has seen many changes, I'm sure others have seen many more. Good planning is essential to good growth; a big thank you to those that have been working on this comprehensive plan update. The community council will meet with Curt Dreyer of the county planning department on Dec. 18, here in Trout Lake, at the grange hall at 1 p.m. to review the comprehensive plan; then at the Jan. 6, 2010, council meeting, the council will host the county planning commissioners, with a public meeting to be held in February.

Speaking of planning, exciting plans are in process to form a Parks and Recreation District for the western end of Klickitat County. As outlined to the community council and written in last weeks column, there will be a petition drive in March which will require 15 percent of the registered voter signatures within the district. Once the petition signatures have been approved by the county, the proposal will then be put on the November general election ballot. Approval at that time will require 50 percent (+1 vote) approval.

The Baptist Church is accepting food and cash gifts for the food baskets that they prepare for local families. Items need to be dropped off at the church by Nov. 22. Contact Ruth Belieu at 395-2712 if you have questions. This is a wonderful local support effort in these times when every gift of food is so necessary; thanks to all who give and to those who make the distribution possible.

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving and our regular news writer will be out of town celebrating with her family. Now this would be a perfect opportunity for "you" to jump in with a test column! Write up what you would like to see in a column and then email it to Maxine@gorge.net. Go ahead, give it a go, you know you can do it.

Trout Lake Grange will have it's annual Holiday Potluck on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Bring your favorite holiday dish plus a white elephant gift and join us for popcorn and cranberry stringing, paper chain creations, ornament making and Eskimo bingo. Lots of fun for the whole family...see you there.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! Maxine Bulick, news writer

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