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Trout Lake News for March 1

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Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Sean McGroarty, 395-9394

Kira Fogarty

Sofie Brubaker

Saw robin today, a really good sign that spring is on its way. This column seems to be full of opportunities available to the community. Some of the information will be disseminated at the community council meetings. So attend, obtain useful information, and watch your community council at work, always interesting and informative.

There will be available a new grant to fund wildfire hazard reduction around private homes. Jim writes, "Are you interested in reducing the wildfire hazard around your home? A grant is now available for Trout Lake residents who live in Fire District #1 to help with the cost of the work. Don't miss this great opportunity." To learn more, attend a presentation at the Trout Lake Community Council meeting on March 7 at 7 p.m. in the school community room. If you cannot attend that meeting the information will also be presented at the April 4 meeting same time, same place.

The business association is holding a meeting on March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the grange. They will consider grant applications. People or organizations wanting to apply should submit a short proposal that details their needs and the benefit to the Trout Lake area communities by March 1, to Bev at the store.

The business association is still searching for a webmaster for the Trout Lake Web site. If you have the skill and time to help out, the site is set up it just needs someone to do ongoing maintance, please contact Rick Allen at The Business Association is also looking for people to help with the Mt. Adams Bike Tour which is occurring on June 30 this year. They especially need a computer knowledgeable someone to help with the registration. Again contact Rick at the above address.

March 1 is the day to start donating items to the Community Foundation's enormous yard sale. However, this year there is no weather proof place to drop off items because the TLC office lost its porch roof to the storm. So, please contact Page at 395-3683 or Coralee at 395-2218 to arrange to deliver the items to Coralee's office when someone can be there to receive them. PLEASE do not just leave them near the door; the items will be ruined by the weather.

At the April 4 meeting of the community council there will be a presentation of the draft reconnaissance study developed by the Trout Lake Irrigators Working Group. The working group was formed in 2008 to investigate the possibility of consolidating the ditch companies and water systems in Trout Lake to establish a single take out point and possibly a power generation component. Irrigation withdrawals must be screened for fish, and a single take out point would be easier to screen. Underwood Conservation District (UCD) coordinated the group which was funded by UCD and some local ditch companies. In 2010, the Trout Lake Community Council requested the Economic Development Grant go toward a preliminary feasibility study to be coordinated by UCD. The grant money was received in 2011, and UCD hired an engineering firm to do the reconnaissance study. There are lots of great maps, showing six alternative designs for a consolidated system. The irrigators and UCD will likely be seeking funding for a more comprehensive feasibility study as a next step. This is a long-range project that has potential impacts for the irrigators, the community, and the river habitat. Come to the meeting, learn about the project, and lend your thoughts. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the community room.


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