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Trout Lake News for Feb. 25

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Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Seth Bichler

There will be a special opportunity to observe some excellent horsemanship in Trout Lake soon. On Saturday, March 6, the Lauman Training Clinic will be conducted at Nelson's Arena on Stadelman Rd. in Trout Lake from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic will continue on Sunday from 9:30 to 3. The Laumans are bringing their expertise in working with wild feral mustangs. The workshop will include communication on the ground, confidence in the saddle, and turns, goes and whoas for competition.

Anyone is welcome to come and watch this unusually high level of training skill brought to Trout Lake all the way from Prineville, Ore. If folks would like to stay for the day, a $25/day audit fee is requested. For a 1/2 day a donation is requested. Less that a 1/2 day will not require a fee. For more information please call Nina Pockna at 509-637-0988.

The Saturday, Feb. 27, meeting of the Trout Lake Men's Club will be held at the Trout Lake Grange from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting will feature archaeologist and special guest Rick McClure with his presentation: The Earliest Americans -- A Case Study in Local Archaeology. McClure will provide an introduction to the purpose and methods of archaeology in the Forest Service, and discuss results from a recent excavation project involving the oldest documented human occupation within the southern Cascade Mountains of Washington. McClure, along with his wife Cheryl Mack, directed excavations at the Beech Creek side, dated to more than 9,200 years ago, in 2006. With analysis finally completed, new information has come to light regarding the First Peoples who initially settled the area.

In other Trout Lake news, the warm weather means that it is a perfect opportunity to get out and train for the upcoming Trout Lake Run, scheduled for April 10 this year. Keep reading the column for further updates.

I would like to add that I was able to visit Vancouver, British Columbia, over the past week for the very first time. Last Thursday I witnessed Team USA take Norway out to the woodshed for a pretty severe beating, 6-1, in Men's Ice Hockey. There were many former University of Wisconsin players who I had seen play in college, so it was very heartwarming. The city was beautiful, the people were friendly, and the weather was perfect (not for skiing, but oh well). For the life of me I cannot fathom why most in the media are focused on nitpicking the mistakes made in Vancouver. If any of you have time off, I recommend driving up for a day or two, the atmosphere is incredible. It only took me about six hours of driving and $200 dollars to get there and see a great game and get a nice hotel for a night, check the interwebs. Talk to you next month, the weather is great, go outside!


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