Unhappy Camp

There are 6 comments on the North Coast Journal Weekly Politics story from Oct 14, 2010, titled Unhappy Camp. In it, North Coast Journal Weekly Politics reports that:

It might be time - way past time - for a sad little renaming ceremony for our cousin town deep in the hills.

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Mckinleyville, CA

#1 Oct 20, 2010
We could not agree more with PARRY,S MARKET Its time for people to take a stand. It is so worng that people cannot work and thin the woods the way it should be so that there could be a true healthy forest .And not the inferno of miss management brought to you by so called environmentalists that have an agenda that goes beyond so called caring for the environment .Or bias journalism from a paper i pick up for free to use a toilet paper .Good thing you give your paper away for free because its not worth one cent .
dont squeeze the charmin

United States

#2 Nov 18, 2010
bias journalism from a paper i pick up for free to use a toilet paper .Good thing you give your paper away for free because its not worth one cent .
that's hardcore you must have roids of steel
select cut bio mass

Lubbock, TX

#3 Feb 22, 2011
time to open the forest up to active management

Crescent City, CA

#4 Feb 23, 2011
environmentalists are the reason there are no jobs,which leads to poverty and drug abuse,ect.

Eureka, CA

#5 Feb 25, 2011
environmentalists are the reason there are no jobs,which leads to poverty and drug abuse,ect.
GO WARRIORS, GO FAR, AND KEEP GOING, There are many reasons there are few jobs available, being poor does not make one a criminal or abuse drugs. Giving people money does not make them get off drugs or alcohol. Poverty has always been with us and will always be with us. Those who get out of hand trying to control others seem to be the problem.

Eureka, CA

#6 Feb 25, 2011
Unhappy Camp

... Things haven’t, in truth,
been all that happy
for a lot of people in Happy Camp
ever since the spotted owl
and the timber industry collided
and collapsed in a heap of splinters,
feathers and rancor.

This was back in 1990, following several years of fighting, when the owl was listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Timber companies had to quit cutting the big trees, the mill closed and the exodus of families to better jobs left those who remained behind to rattle around in the empty spaces.

And there they’ve simmered, all these years. Recently, that old rancor has returned to a full boil — reminiscent of the spotted owl days, say some residents. Several resource-related battles have cropped up like pretty poison Amanitas in the forest duff: Gold dredge miners have been banned from their mining activities in the Klamath River in order to protect fisheries, putting a dent in tourism-dependent businesses’ incomes. Four Klamath dams are being studied by the feds for removal to protect fish and the fisheries of local tribes (though not all tribes are in accord with the multi-party dam removal agreement). And the environmental group K-S Wild (Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center) is proposing creation of the Siskiyou Crest National Monument, which would add five large federal roadless areas in Oregon and California to an existing monument — which would mean serious curbs on public land grazing, logging, access to private inholdings, road-building and off-highway vehicles, in exchange for protecting what the proponents classify as a significant land bridge between diverse habitats.

Battle lines have been drawn, and political speeches are infecting daily life. Why, during Bigfoot Days, over Labor Day weekend, the opening act before the dog show was an anti-monument speech. After the show the person handing out awards wore a Bigfoot costume and a T-shirt that said “KS My Ass.”

“It’s getting to be too much,” said Rachel Lent, of Happy Camp, by phone recently. The 48-year-old silviculturist has lived 30 years in the Siskiyou region and currently works part-time for the Karuk Tribe’s community development department.“I mean, everywhere you go there’s ‘No monument’ signs. Everybody is mad because dredging’s been shut down, and everywhere I turn it’s ‘those damn environmentalists.’ I feel like they think they’re speaking for me, and they’re not. And if you do say anything, you can be ostracized, you can be threatened physically.”

“You know, it’s politically pretty dangerous to be too vocal in these former logging towns,” added her husband, Chuck, 57, on speaker phone. Chuck, a therapist employed by the Karuk Tribe, has lived in Siskiyou County since 1992, mostly in Happy Camp.“For the most part, people just keep their mouths shut. A friend of

ours got you-know-what beat out of him out in Scott Valley for his political views. He was surrounded by a bunch of redneck ranchers and beat up. He was a member of the Klamath Forest Alliance at the time.”

Actually, though, the Lents have managed to make nice with everyone in town, even though they think that the angrier among the jilted timber families are silly to resent and reject this new era, in which the Forest Service and the Karuk Tribe are the major employers and there’s money to be made in grant-seeking for environmental projects. They’re not hard-line on the issues, though — some timber sales might be OK, said Rachel, as a for instance, and some might not be.

But then, one day last month, they arrived at the lone grocery store in town, Parry’s Market, to do their weekly shopping and saw a big new sign in the window:“Attention: If you are involved in the protesting of the timber sale up Elk Creek you can take your business elsewhere. Parry’s Market Management.”

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