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Klamath Life

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Season of Sunshine Inside: On the cover: Jen Watkins, a volunteer at Badger Run Wildlife Rehab, is hand-raising Sherman, a starling, who will one day become an ambassador for the center. Story on page 23.

Destinations ◗ Sight & sound:

See a trio of waterfalls all in a day’s hike. Page 5 ◗ Klamath Badlands: Cabin fever research leads to the Badlands. Page 10

Cover photo by Lacey Jarrell

Klamath blessed with a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities This issue of Klamath Life is dedicated to the outdoors, as it should be. We are blessed with a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities. Appropriately enough, this edition is titled, “Season of Sunshine.” Our local reporting staff found the unique and unusual in the Basin to highlight. For example, under “Destinations,” H&N webmaster Dave Martinez and a few friends explore the local geology at a rock formation known as the Badlands, east of Chiloquin. The photography alone is stunning. And, speaking of photography, our staff photographer, Steven Silton, led a hike to several waterfalls in our neck of the woods, just north of Crater Lake National Park. See his first-hand report. Also of interest will be Tristan Hiegler’s experiences riding along with the local yacht club members as they sail against the clock on their weekly adventures on Upper

Klamath Lake. The club’s been in existence since the 1940s and the races, while competitive, are a relaxed social gathering full of ribbing and jibbing. Lee Juillerat takes us along on improving hiking trails. It’s part work, part recreation and the end result is safety and ease of access for hikers and their pets across the Basin. If you’re up for more motorized adventure, reporter Holly Dillemuth gets to ride along with the Four Runners of Klamath Falls, seated in a sideby-side over rocks, mud, sand and snow. And for the tamer activities, Lacey Jarrell tells us what’s involved in treating injured birds at Badger Run Wildlife Rehab. This issue offers up tips on making your own hummingbird feeder and feed as well as what kind of plants will attract the speedy winged creature. Plus there’s lots of advice on how to stay cool with refreshing summertime drinks. We hope you enjoy it and if you have suggestions, feel free to contact us. Gerry O’Brien, H&N Editor

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◗ Winds of camaraderie:

Klamath Yacht Club races fill the summer. Page 14

◗ Skill & artistry:

Creating sustainable recreational trails. Page 19

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Healing and education at Badger Run. Page 23 ◗ Gear shift: Families, friends together out four-wheeling. Page 37

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Preserving for nutrition and taste. Page 41 ◗ Sweet attraction: Attracting hummingbirds to your home. Page 45

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WATSON FALLS

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he Umpqua National Forest and surrounding area is one of the most photogenic places I’ve ever been and three waterfalls stick out as my personal favorites: Lemolo, Watson and Toketee falls. The three short out-and-back trails are close together and can easily be done in one day, but a few steep sections and some dangerously slippery rocks mean you should be prepared for a tiring experience. See WATERFALLS, page 7

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WATERFALLS, from page 5 Completing all three trails takes just five miles of hiking and you are rewarded with inspiring views of astonishing landscapes including the 272-foot drop of Watson Falls; the tallest waterfall in Southern Oregon. Although each hike is short, the journey is half the fun, and each trail offers unique terrain and views along the way.

❘ Lemolo Falls ❘

There are two trails to Lemolo Falls. The trail our group recently took goes downriver and has a view of the falls from the side, and another view from atop the falls. The other trail takes hikers upriver for a head-on view of the falls. We started down the trail high above the North Umpqua River and quickly descended across a couple small streams. Soon we found ourselves just a few dozen feet from the water and followed a side trail to get a view of fallen trees over crystal clear water. After pausing momentarily to take in the view, we turned back and continued to an unnamed falls with a small overhang and a fallen tree right down the middle of the water. The trail follows the river the entire way, but some sections are above the water and others are right along the bank. After 1.7 miles we reached the side view of Lemolo Falls. There is a small overhang protruding from the trail that offers a great place for pictures, but there are loose rocks and dirt, so take your time if you choose to venture out there. Lemolo Falls is 102 feet high, according to a Bureau of Land Management web page on North Umpqua River waterfalls. The view of the falls and surrounding canyon coated in layers of green is spectacular.

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Trail views: There are several sights throughout the 1.7 miles to Lemolo Falls and many places to relax by the water. Giants: Fallen trees line the 0.4 mile trail to Watson Falls. Wild beauty: A small patch of bleeding hearts offers a nice resting spot by the water. Trail companion: Four-legged trailblazer, Izzie, leads the way to Lemolo Falls.

Getting There

Lemolo Falls trailhead

Leaving from Klamath Falls, take Crater Lake Parkway to Highway 97 north for 60 miles before turning left on Highway 138 West.

See WATERFALLS, page 8

Stay on Highway 138 for 28 miles before turning right on NF-2610. Stay on NF-2610 for about 5 miles before bearing right and going over a dam at

Lemolo Lake. Once across the dam, the road forks; take the slight left and not the hairpin right. Now you’re on Birds Point Road, also called NF-600.


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WATERFALLS, from page 7 There is another view for those without a fear of heights. A side trail before the overlook leads to the top of the falls and a view down the canyon. The easy part is over and now you get to hike uphill, back to the parking lot before heading to Watson Falls.

❘ Watson Falls ❘ Getting out of the car with a rain-soaked camera, tripod, backpack, sweatshirt and dog, we prepared to climb 300 feet over 0.4 miles of trail. The waterfall is actually visible from the parking lot, but the scale of this enormous drop is lost from so far away. Following signs pointing to the trailhead, we set out through the overwhelmingly green switchbacks. The trail touches the banks of the river in a couple spots and each view in these breaks seems more breathtaking than the last. About halfway up there’s a bridge offering views of cascading water over moss-covered rocks with Watson in the distance. The final part of the trail is steep, but as I came out from under the trees, the 272-foot Watson Falls is truly unbelievable. Last year on a clearer day, I saw a few people make their way under the falls, but the steep descent and light rain made us stay inside the fenced-off viewing area. Although this hike is only 0.8 miles round-trip, it is relatively steep and is labeled as a moderate or difficult hike on a few websites. See WATERFALLS, page 9

Getting There

Now you’re on Birds Point Road, also called NF-600. Continue on this road for a mile until you see a small wooden bridge on your left. There are two bridges, one is

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Choose your view: The entire 1.7 mile hike in to Lemolo Falls is along the North Umpqua River and offers several access points to the water. Giants: Towering spruce and fir trees line the 0.4-mile out-and-back trail to Toketee Falls. Crashing down: Watson Falls is the tallest in Southern Oregon coming in at 272 feet. Wild life: Leonard the slug admires the sights from the visitors’ bench along the Toketee Falls trail.

only large enough for walking and just past that is one big enough to drive over. Drive over the bridge and park on the other side. You’ll see a sign for the Lemolo trailhead.

Watson Falls trailhead

After completing the Lemolo hike, head back the way you came to Highway 138. Turn right on 138 and continue for 11 miles.


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WATERFALLS, from page 8

around, but it looked like others made their own trail after hopping the fence. After hiking the 0.4 miles back to the car we headed home, but there are several other impressive waterfalls in the area. I’ve only been to a few, but I can’t wait to return to see them all. There are campgrounds, hot springs, lakes and countless trails in this region. Every one of them deserves exploration and admiration, but at the very least do yourself a favor and take a day to see these world-class geological wonders that are only a short drive away. For more information visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/umpqua/ home or pick up the Thundering Waters brochure available at the Fremont-Winema National Forest Service office at 2819 Dahlia St. in Klamath Falls.

Once you’ve decided to turn back, just go back the way you came and drive to Toketee Falls.

❘ Toketee Falls ❘

Back at the Watson Falls trailhead parking lot, we set out to see the wondrous Toketee Falls. This 0.4 mile out-and-back hike is well traveled and involves several built staircases for an easier climb over rocky terrain. The trail has a few fenced-off viewing areas above the river, but for the most part this hike is all about the final viewing deck above Toketee. The two-tiered waterfall takes a 113 foot dive into a large, blue pool below walls of warped columnar basalt. The first drop is 28 feet resulting in a small pool before dropping another 85 feet to the main pool. This is where we turned

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Trail views: Toketee Falls plunges 113 feet in two stages. The first stage falls 28 feet into a small pool before continuing another 85 feet into a large blue pool.

Getting There

A gallery of photos: More photos from H&N photographer Steven Silton’s waterfall hikes are available at heraldandnews.com under the “Galleries” section.

Watch for signs for Watson Falls. Turn left on NF-37 and the parking lot will be on your right.

Toketee Falls trailhead After finishing the Watson Falls hike, turn left on Highway 138 and go 2 1/2 miles. Again, watch for signs for Toketee Falls, and turn right on NF-34. The parking lot turn off didn’t have a sign when I was there, but look for other cars and a large wooden pipeline. If you reach a Pacific Power building you’ve gone too far.

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Wintertime cabin fever research leads to the Badlands

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new locations rarely go as planned. So as we traveled along the bumpy forest roads east of Chiloquin, my thoughts were on what would go wrong.

After all, the place we were headed to was dubbed by map makers as the “Klamath County Badlands.” I first discovered the place by browsing topographic maps of the region while nursing a serious case of cabin fever. Where most of the Ya Whee Plateau is a gentle, rolling plateau, this one-by-one mile section sticks out like a bundt cake in a pie factory. A bubbling bowl of misshapen lines zigzagging every direction, the topo caught my

curiosity. Only being able to find a handful of photographs of the area then caught my attention. And so my itching to get to this special place grew over the winter, each good weekend spoiled by rain and muddy forest roads. Not until the start of May did I feel confident leading the caravan currently behind me out to this mystery. See BADLANDS, page 12

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FORMATION OF THE BADLANDS

Michael Hughes, director of environmental sciences at Oregon Institute of Technology, found research that suggests the Klamath County Badlands are a product of magma and groundwater interacting during the eruption that produced the geological feature. The Badlands were formed around 5 million years ago when magma rose to the surface through bedrock fractures that became volcanic vents. As the magma rose, it contacted groundwater and produced what is known as a palagonite tuff. These come from phreatomagmatic eruptions, a fancy term for an eruption where magma and groundwater interact. The combination caused the rapid cooling of the magma, which sometimes creates small grains of ash or rock with a glassy texture. Gas bubbles preserved inside them are known as vesicles. Palagonite tuffs erode more easily than rocks from similar events that did not interact with groundwater. In this case, the parent rock would have been andesite, the same rock that formed Klamath Falls in the Link River Canyon. Similar rocks can be found in Lake County at the Fort Rock Tuff Ring, which is much younger than the Klamath Badlands. Hughes hypothesizes that the eruptive event that created the Badlands also may have created Saddle Mountain. The published ages of both areas suggest the Badlands may have been created before the rise of Saddle Mountain, but both areas appeared within the same general period of volcanism.

Video online: Get a tour of the Klamath County Badlands at heraldandnews.com.

BADLANDS, from page 11 We reached a point where Forest Service Road 22, a well-maintained rock road appropriate for passenger vehicles, split with 9718. Our three vehicles shifted to park and we began to filter out onto the road. I looked around to make sure everyone was ready, glimpsed at my cheap compass and pointed east-ish. “That way,” I told everyone. Directly in front of me was unspoiled forest terrain. Get in, spin, and you’ll quickly forget which way you came from. Luckily, cell service provided me with updates as to where I was on the map. About a mile away from our parking spot, we began to descend from the plateau to the Badlands. Then, as if drawing back a curtain, the trees became thin and the beauty of the rocky terrain came into full view. The topographic map didn’t lie. Rocks jutted from the forest ground in every direction, some making layered formations like thick cake batter. Oth-

ers squeezed tight against one another, providing critters with small crevices from which to escape our approach. The beige rock contrasted sharply with the green forest beyond and behind us. Small sections where erosion had triumphed over the stubbornness created small sand pits. In the center of this cone was a thicket of tall evergreens protected by sharp drops. Birds could be heard chirping away at each other. I’m pretty sure if dinosaurs were secretly roaming the earth, they’d be safely hidden away in this bubble. Scattered throughout this terrain were the natural gems that desert terrain usually produces. Wildflowers were just beginning to poke their petals up; patterns in the rock indicated some geological history, though I’m far from qualified to interpret it; and wildlife skittered or flew just far away from us and just fast enough to avoid full view. See BADLANDS, page 13


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13 ❘ Klamath Life ❘ SEASON OF SUNSHINE Topographic wonder: Rocks in the Klamath County Badlands jut from the forest ground in every direction, some making layered formations like thick cake batter. H&N photo by Samantha Tipler

BADLANDS, from page 12 After spending a lot of time hiking through the Sonoran desert in Arizona, the Badlands reminded me of the isolation you can feel with desert hiking. The roughness of the terrain was a reminder that though you think you’ve conquered nature’s creations, one mistaken step can turn that paradigm upside down. Often, I head to a mountain or trail with the goal of conquering it. My mission is to stand taller than the mountain, to travel the trails faster than last time. But with the Badlands, it will forever remain a mystery. Its residents, the rodents and small game skittering about, have it all mapped in their heads, I’m sure. The rocks, jagged edges, crevices, nooks and crannies keep its secrets hidden to the visitor, though. Perhaps its best the Badlands keeps its mysterious allure. I think I like it better that way. dmartinez@heraldandnews.com

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the Klamath wind By TRISTAN HIEGLER: H&N Staff Reporter


❘ Culture

Camaraderie & competition fill weekly races

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s the start of the race drew close, the chatter and jokes on the sailboats spread out across Upper Klamath Lake fell off. Lines were adjusted, sails were rigged and crews prepared themselves, listening intently for the starting signal. With the sounding of the bullhorn they were off, multiple sailboats of different classes heading against the wind. All were trying to be the first around the set of markers spread across the lake, giving them bragging rights over their fellow sailboat enthusiasts. The racing sailors were mem-

bers of the Klamath Yacht Club, an organization that runs a small marina right on Upper Klamath Lake. Every Wednesday night, starting in April and running through September, club members take their boats out to compete and have a good time. See RACES, page 16

❛ Members of the public are encouraged to come out on Wednesday club races. Not only do people have a chance to watch the proceedings and learn more, they can participate. ❜ H&N photo by Gerry O’Brien


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RACES, from page 15 Skipper Tim Phillips said he has been a club member for approximately 10 years. An employee at Sky Lakes Medical Center, Phillips said he enjoys getting out on the lake because it allows him to stop worrying about work, bills and all other stresses and pressures modern life creates. According to Phillips, when he’s sailing he’s completely present in what he is doing. “I work up at the hospital, and what I love is I moor my boat here, I’m down here in two minutes, my sails are up, I’m out,” he said. “It’s affordable, it’s easy, we have ideal wind here, everything is just ideal in that respect. You just don’t have that in a bigger city and bigger yacht clubs, you just don’t have that accessibility.” Navigating the lake The massive freshwater body that lies next to Klamath Falls has specific benefits and challenges for sailors, according to Phillips. He said throughout the Yacht Club’s racing season, the wind can be counted on to be steady and blow from a specific direction. Except for an unusually calm day, the wind is coming out of the northwest across Upper Klamath Lake. “It blows steady, it doesn’t shift,” Phillips said. “It’s nice that I know the wind is going to blow out of the north and it’s going to blow steady.” One of the challenges new and veteran sailors alike face on the lake is its shallow waters. Phillips said a rock reef just off the Yacht Club’s Front Street location is a hazard for bigger boats, as well as a sand bar that stretches out near the club’s racing course. Phillips said his San Juan class sailboat uses a swing keel, which is a version of the metal counterweight that steadies boats in the water. A swing keel can be folded up into the body of the boat, making the craft easy to maneuver over shallow hazards or even transport from one body of water to another by trailer. See RACES, page 17

Steady as she goes: The massive size of Upper Klamath Lake provides specific benefits and challenges for sailors. Race prep: Crew member Justin Harris, left, and skipper Tim Phillips ready a San Juan sailboat for the weekly race at the Klamath Yacht Club. H&N photos by Tristan Hiegler

H&N photo by Gerry O’Brien


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With the wind: The spinnaker sail deployed at the front of this sailboat is used when the boat is going with the wind to gain a speed boost in the yacht club’s races.

RACES, from page 16 “That gives us a lot of options for getting around in the shallow lake. Aside from that, you just kind of know where to go and where to avoid,” Phillips said. Learning to sail Members of the public are encouraged to come out on Wednesday club races. Not only do people have a chance to watch the proceedings and learn more, they can participate. Steve Campbell, a 13-year member and sailing teacher, said an adult sailing class should be offered in early July. While the exact dates were not set as of this article’s deadline, Campbell said the classes are typically two weekends worth of work. “They know how to rig them, they’re out there tacking, they’re familiar with the lingo,” he said. “They get familiar to that where they could handle a boat on their own. It’s definitely going to take time and practice, it’s really not as

hard as it may look and seem.” Campbell said complete beginners can even come out and volunteer to crew for various skippers. Sometimes boats don’t have enough people to man the lines and sails, causing them to be left on land for a lack of bodies. “You don’t have to have any skills, you can be a first-timer and you can still be a help on the boat. You don’t have to take the class to do that,” he said. “We’re wanting bodies. It’s a good way to learn, in fact racing is the best way to learn racing. The class sets up so you know what (skippers) are asking.” Instructing young sailors Phillips said young potential sailors will have a couple opportunities to learn the craft this summer as well. Classes are scheduled to begin June 27 and July 11. Phillips said each class can take about eight kids ages 10 to 13 and the program runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See RACES, page 18

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‘Sailing can be whatever you want it to be. It’s kind of nice for kids that fall through the cracks in some ways with the more traditional sports.’ Tim Phillips, Klamath Yacht Club member

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“There’s some classroom time, we go through that. What’s kind of fun is they get in the boats and we capsize them right over here in the harbor, before they ever sail them. They knock them over and learn how to get them back upright again.” He noted sailing can become a life-long passion for kids because it can be tailored to fit their style.

It can be mental, physical or both. “What I love with the kids is some kids are football players and basketball players, that kind of thing, and there’s some kids that this kind of thing really appeals to,” Phillips said. “Sailing can be whatever you want it to be. It’s kind of nice for kids that fall through the cracks in some ways with the more traditional sports.” thiegler@heraldandnews.com; @HielgerHN

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❘ Working around Nature ❘

Skill & artistry: Creating sustainable recreational trails When Grant Weidenbach goes hiking, he sees things others don’t see. While I’m admiring the scenery around Gerber Reservoir and feeling delighted because I’m outside, he’s thinking other thoughts. Weidenbach notices things most of us don’t think about, details like how the trail is designed — is it too straight, is it banked in ways that allow water to naturally drain off, is it too close or too far from the meadow and stream below. Weidenbach wonders because he’s the recreation planner for the Bureau of Land Management’s Klamath Falls Resource Office

and the trail we’re hiking along is one he created, the 2.5 -mile-long Pronghorn Trail, which goes to the Stan H Springs Camp. We’re at the Gerber Recreation Area, one of his primary work places, one that includes the lake, campgrounds, boat ramps and this section of trail. “It’s skill and artistry,” Weidenbach says of creating a trail. “It’s a lot more difficult than you think.” See TRAILS, page 20

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Trail artistry: Grant Weidenbach, recreation planner for the Bureau of Land Management’s Klamath Falls Resource Office, opens a gate on the Pronghorn Trail — a trail he developed — near the Gerber Recreation Area. H&N photo by Lee Juillerat


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‘It needs to be maintained and to be maintained it needs to be used and loved and some sort of stewardship program developed.’ Grant Weidenbach, recreation planner for the Bureau of Land Management’s Klamath Falls Resource Office

TRAILS, from page 19 The little-known Gerber trail system is designed for hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners and equestrians. Work on the main 6-mile loop, which connects a series of campgrounds and a day use area, was started in 2008 and not completed until 2012. Weidenbach’s predecessor, Scott Senter, designed and managed most of that loop, which Weidenbach finished and expanded when Senter retired.

He says Senter did a good job of having the trail pass near, but not through, the campgrounds. Weidenbach terms the Gerber Loop route, which connects with the Pronghorn, as “works in progress. You still have to perform regular maintenance,” although he says pre-planned trails generally require less upkeep than trails that start as paths of least resistance to attractions, or “social trails.” See TRAILS, page 21

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Showing the way: New signs will help mark the route for the Gerber Loop and Pronghorn trails at the Gerber Recreation Area.

Visiting the Gerber Recreation Area The Gerber Recreation Area is about 42 miles east of Klamath Falls. Along with the reservoir, which is especially popular with anglers fishing for bass and crappie, the area away from the lake — which is already unusually low because of the drought — features ponderosa pine forests, open lava-strewn grasslands, juniper shrub-steppe and rocky outcroppings. The region is laced with small streams and rivers, and riparian zones that provide habitat for a variety of birds: bald and golden eagles, prairie falcons, osprey, American kestrels, sandhill cranes, nighthawk, red-breasted sapsuckers, gray and ash-throated flycatchers, Western meadowlarks, scrub and pinyon jays, various sparrows, horned larks, western tanagers, canyon and rock wrens, mountain bluebirds, Townsend’s solitaires, great blue herons, American white pelicans and turkey vultures. To reach Gerber from Klamath Falls take Highway 140 East to Dairy. Turn right and follow Highway 70 to Bonanza. From Bonanza continue east on East Langell Valley Road for 11 miles. Turn left on Gerber

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Road — the intersection is a sharp 90-degree curve. Drive 8.5 miles to the campgrounds entrance. Both campgrounds are staffed with volunteer hosts through Labor Day. For more information contact the Bureau of Land Management’s Klamath Falls Resource Area, 2795 Anderson Ave. Building 25, call 541883-6916, or visit www.or.blm.gov/ lakeview. To view a full recreation map, visit http://on.doi.gov/1gPsng9.


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TRAILS, from page 20 “There’s a big move to create trails so they’re sustainable,” he says, noting agencies have trimmed recreation dollars used to build and maintain trails. Trails also need hikers, bikers and equestrians. “It needs to be maintained and to be maintained it needs to be used and loved and some sort of stewardship program developed.” He credits the High Desert Trail Riders with providing some of that needed use, love and stewardship, including volunteer trail maintenance weekends. Because equestrians use the Gerber area for rides, especially in the spring when places like the Mountain Lakes and Sky Lakes wildernesses are covered with snow and in the fall during

hunting season, Weidenbach helped develop a Horse Camp. The camping area has corrals, hitching posts, drinking water, vault toilets and manure holders. Each of the seven sites at what he describes as “a campground on steroids” is large enough to accommodate large pickup trucks and trailers. Along with equestrians, Weidenbach says the trail is used, and was designed, for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. “The word’s getting out,” he says of attracting varieties of users, especially mountain bikers who are excluded from the four regional wilderness areas, the Pacific Crest Trail and Crater Lake National Park and Lava Beds National Monument. See TRAILS, page 22

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We Suppor t Our Troops and Veterans Making way: Trail crews worked in 2013 on the Gerber Loop Trail at the Gerber Recreation Area. The trail winds 6 miles west of Gerber Reservoir. Bureau of Land Management photo


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Connecting the dots: Research is key for trail development Larry Hills spent 25 years designing, building, rerouting and maintaining trails on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, mostly in Lake County. Shortly before he retired, Hills helped create the Bullard Canyon Trail, a 4.5-mile route that connects Lakeview with the nearby Warner Mountains. “The upper part, I really enjoyed that.” He also was the key person in developing, maintaining and sometimes realigning sections of the Fremont Recreation Trail. A favored section extends from Moss Pass to the Chewaucan River. Preparation, he says, is critical in laying out a trail. “You can’t just walk through it once,” Hills says of laying out trails. “The hardest thing is finding a new route. You have to really canvas the country.” He studies potential routes for water sources, vistas, special features, terrain and he tries to connect the dots. You want to keep people moving but also provide points of interest. The grade’s important. Steepen it a little bit, but not for too long.” Hills says he likes to route trails near features like unusual trees, snags and rock formations, and away from areas with cultural resources which need protected.

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Finding a new route: Larry Hills strolls along the Bullard Canyon Trail he designed near Lakeview.

‘The hardest thing is finding a new route. You have to really canvas the country.’ — Larry Hills, Bullard Canyon Trail developer

TRAILS, from page 21 No matter who uses the trails, Weidenbach says trails need to be contoured to help prevent puddling and erosion, and to keep the users’ interest. Undulations, curves and grade changes are needed “because it keeps the person using the trail more interested.” Many sections of the Gerber trails meet Weidenbach’s expectations. The Miller Creek segment offers views of the often surprisingly boisterous Miller Creek. Inside the canyon the trail often parallels basalt outcroppings while weaving past towering ponderosa pines. Other sections open up to high

desert terrain punctuated with gnarly junipers. Near the South Campground, a short spur route provides views of bowl-shaped Gerber Dam. We followed the Pronghorn Trail to Ben Hall Creek, where an armored crossing, or series of rock steps, traverses the creek and weaves back uphill to another ridge. As we reverse our steps, Weidenbach reflects on the challenges and delights of designing and seeing a trail take on its own personality. It takes vision, passion and experience. “And it’s super fun.” lee@heraldandnews.com


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Jen Watkins said if she could

Young Sherman: Badger Run Wildlife Rehab volunteer Jen Watkins holds a juvenile starling named Sherman. While handlers interact with most birds as little as possible, Watkins is paying extra attention to this bird, who may one day become an ambassador for the center. H&N photo Lacey Jarrell

catch any bird, it definitely would not be a barn owl — the species tends to be a little aggressive and somewhat intimidating.

But the barn owl Watkins is holding isn’t threatening at all. He is alert, but calm, and doesn’t struggle against the gauze wrapped over his white and butterscotch feathers. Liz Burton, the founder of Badger Run Wildlife Rehab in Keno, explained that the wrap, which hugs the owl’s right wing and chest, immobilizes the wing above and below a break in its humerus, which is similar to a human upper-arm bone, except it’s in a wing. See WING, page 24

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‘If you’re a wild animal and you look sick or debilitated or injured, you’re going to be somebody’s lunch. So they do their best to look normal — even with a dislocated shoulder they’ll try to flap their wings and fly.’ — Liz Burton, founder of Badger Run Wildlife Rehab

Mending: Birds of all kinds are rehabilitated at Badger Wildlife Rehab in Keno. This injured barn owl was found near Crystal Springs Road. H&N photo Lacey Jarrell

WING, from page 23 “If you’re a wild animal and you look sick or debilitated or injured, you’re going to be somebody’s lunch. So they do their best to look normal — even with a dislocated shoulder they’ll try to flap their wings and fly,” Burton said. Burton and Watkins, a Badger Run

volunteer, hope to expedite the owl’s recovery by giving it a small dose of vitamin B. “It stimulates appetite and helps with head trauma,” Burton said. According to Holly Hughes, an assistant veterinarian at the Everett Veterinary Hospital in Klamath Falls,

the wrap was placed on the owl after he was found in a field off Crystal Springs Road. Hughes said his injuries were not consistent with being struck by a car or electrocution, and it’s nearly impossible to know exactly how the bird was hurt. See WING, page 25


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Inside view: An X-ray of an injured barn owl shows a broken humerus. It is similar to a human upper-arm bone, except it’s in a wing. Image courtesy of Everett Veterinary Hospital

WING, from page 24 Before injecting the liquid vitamin supplement, Burton peeked inside the owl’s cage to see what was left of the food it was given earlier. “Oh, he did eat two mice. There were four,” Burton said. The four mice also were injected with vitamin B. Burton said because owls almost exclusively eat mice, and swallow them whole, dosing rodents is one of the easiest way for the han-

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A dose of vitamins: Badger Run Wildlife Rehab volunteer Jen Watkins holds an injured barn owl while Liz Burton, founder of the center, injects the animal with vitamin B, which can increase appetite and help heal injuries.

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dlers to medicate owls and it’s much less traumatizing for the birds. Burton estimates the injured owl will stay at Badger Run for four to six weeks. She explained that each of the center’s cages are set-up based on birds’ natural instincts. Birds want to be as high as they can, and that’s why the owl’s rehabilitation cage doesn’t have any perches. See WING, page 26

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Bound for recovery: The gauze wrapped around this barn owl will prevent it from moving the broken bone in its wing while it is recovering at Badger Run Wildlife Rehab.

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WING, from page 25 “When they have a wing injury, we don’t want them to gain altitude because they are working that shoulder too much. We want them to stay down low,” she said. After the owl’s injuries heal, he’ll be placed in a cage with a series of low perches that can be easily hopped among without placing too much strain on wing joints. Once some strength is regained, he’ll be moved to a small flight pen with slightly higher perches, and finally a 120-foot-long flight pen where he can fully use his wings. Burton said although bird anatomy is very similar to humans in terms of bone structure, key differences determine how injuries are treated. She explained that unlike mammals, which have tight-fitting ball-and-socket joints, bird joints have depressions. This means when veterinarians set dislocated bird joints it’s harder to get a sound fit. According to Burton, the best way to ensure the setting stays put is to “wrap the tar out of it so they can’t maneuver it back out.” See WING, page 27


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WING, from page 26 Burton said bird injuries and Badger Run’s intakes tend to spike in the spring, when babies are hatched. Barn owls often nest in haystacks, and Burton said barn owl babies, or sometimes entire nests, come in when ranchers start stacking or moving hay. “What we really try to do is get them back out to where they came from,” Burton said.

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Wing anatomy: Liz Burton, founder of Badger Run Wildlife Rehab, describes the anatomy of a golden eagle. Burton said the skeletal structure of birds is similar to humans, but injuries must be treated differently. Little Bit: Badger Run volunteer Jen Watkins plays with Little Bit, a red-tail hawk that came to the center as a nestling with multiple fractured bones.

If young birds are found on the ground, it’s always OK to put them back in the nest, according to Burton. “Just because a bird is down on the ground doesn’t mean it’s in trouble,” she said. “If it looks like a ball of fluff — if it looks downy — it’s not flying yet. If it looks like a bird, like with regular hard feathers, it’s probably just learning and it’s having some trouble.” Continued on page 28


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BORN TO EDUCATE:

Badger Run’s ambassadors Badger Run Wildlife Rehab has several permits to treat, keep, and raise birds, including for the center’s resident animal ambassadors, which are native species and are allowed to be kept for education purposes. The only catch, said Liz Burton, the founder of Badger Run Wildlife Rehab in Keno, is that ambassador birds are required to do 12 presentations a year. “That prevents somebody from becoming a collector and having these birds just because they want them,” she said. According to Burton, Badger Run gave more than 100 wildlife presentations last year. Badger Run volunteer Jen Watkins is handraising a starling that could become another educational ambassador. Unlike other birds at the center that have limited interaction with humans, Watkins spends much of her time nurturing the fledgling. “I am purposely imprinting him by cuddling and petting him and talking to him,” she said. Burton explained that the starling Watkins carries with her around the clock, is a nonnative, invasive bird. The species, originally from Europe, is highly adaptable and can be found all over the U.S. According to Burton, even if someone brings an injured starling to Badger Run, it’s against the law for her to release it. “Starlings are very adaptable. They can live in mountains, cities, deserts, beaches, swamps — they don’t care. They figure it out,” she said. “We can use the bird as an intro to talk to people about non-native species and why we don’t release them.”

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Imprinting: This starling, named Sherman, is being hand-raised by volunteer Jen Watkins and may one day become an ambassador for the center. To ensure humans are imprinted on him, Watkins takes Sherman almost everywhere with her and hand feeds him. H&N photo by Lacey Jarrell

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Auditions will include singing, dancing and acting. Those wishing to audition for a leading or supporting role are expected to have prepared one verse and one chorus of an up-tempo Broadway style song (including bringing sheet music or CD accompaniment with no voice overlay), or can choose one verse and one chorus of the songs suggested by the director (full selection and sheet music available at the Ross Ragland Theater office). No a cappella auditions will be allowed. Everyone who auditions will be put through a movement audition. Experienced tap dancers should come prepared to perform an 8 – 24 count a cappella combination of their choosing. All performers seeking a speaking role must tell a favorite joke or present a short comedic monologue in addition to reading scenes from the play. This show features mature themes, as such, it is suggested that only mature teens and adults audition.

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Monday, June 23 – Friday July 18, 2014 The Summer Youth Theater Day Camp offers an intensive four week session providing a complete immersion into the world of theatre and the arts. Classes include acting, dance/movement, voice and art projects. The 2014 camp experience culminates with two performances of the musical, Disney’s Peter Pan JR.

More details: Grades: 4–12 (ages 10-18) Camp times: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Weekdays Final Performances: Saturday, July 19 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuition: $425 Registration packets are available online at http://www.rrtheater.org/learn/summer

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Monday, June 16 – Friday, June 20, 2014 Little Sprouts is one week long and offers half-day camp sessions. Students will have so much fun they won’t even realize they’re also learning the basics of acting, music and movement! The camp culminates in two showcases. More details: Grades: K–3 (ages 5-10) Camp times: 8:30-11:30 OR 12-3 Final Performances: Friday, June 20 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuition: $125 Registration packets are available online at http://www.rrtheater.org/learn/summer

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Join us as our Youth Performance Arts Camp presents two magical performances of Disney's Peter Pan JR. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's enchanting, “JR” is a modern take on a timeless tale. Share in the fun and adventure as the Darling children traipse across Never Land with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, mermaids, Natives, pirates and, of course, the nefarious Captain Hook! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs, such as "Following the Leader," "You Can Fly," "The Second Star to the Right" and "Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me."

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Friday, June 20, 2014 TIME: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. • TICKETS: $5

Prepare to have your heart melted as RRT’s tiniest thespians don animal and pirate costumes to bring you this action-packed the adaptation of the classic Grimm fairy tale. The heroes are four animals who desperately want to leave their barnyard duties and become the town musicians. Their dreams are interrupted by the entrance of a pirate crew planning to rob the small village of Brementown.

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Trick Pony

TIME: 7:30 PM TICKETS: $45, $25, $15 In February of 2014 Trick Pony announced their intention to reunite, record new music and embark on tour. “You can’t go forward unless you’ve visited your past a little bit and go, ‘Let’s not do a repeat performance of that,’” says lead singer Heidi Newfield. “We’ve done that, and we’re all in a really healthy mind space.” “It’s not like we took a hiatus,” adds bassist Ira Dean. “We just played in different bands. We never slowed down on the road.” All three of them are thrilled to reunite the band and are especially excited about hitting the road, “After our first album as Trick Pony, I don’t feel like the music ever lived up to what we did live,” says Keith. “Our new music that we are working on does that very thing. We have no doubt in our minds that we’re going to get up there onstage and blow those people away.”

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August 7–17, 2014 TIME: Thurs. – Sat. 7:30 PM • Sun. 2 PM TICKETS: $29/$23/$19

The 2014 Summer Community Musical

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Directed by Chip Massie and performed by talented locals, the beloved Broadway hit, The Producers, is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film of the same name. The story concerns a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Things go awry, however, when the show turns into an instant success. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. “The Producers” uses songs like the gloriously irreverent “Springtime for Hitler” and joyously (and hilariously) turns Broadway tradition upside-down.

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The Klamath Film Makers Group (KFMG) is proud to be again presenting the Klamath Basin with an Independent Film Festival at the Ragland. Open to Oregon and California residents of Klamath, Lake, Siskiyou and Modoc counties, video submissions will be accepted until August 1. Films must be shorter than 25 minutes and made after January 1, 2012.

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The Ross Ragland Theater proudly presents

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Helen Bivens Bookkeeper

Helen has been a longtime fan of the Arts. A graduate of OIT with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology with the Accounting Option, she was excited when the opportunity to work in her chosen field for the Ragland became a reality.

Jerri Ann Holdaway Box Office Coordinator Jerri Ann was involved in the theater community in Virginia for over 10 years prior to moving to Klamath Falls. She has performed in community plays and musicals and has even directed a time or two. Before moving here she earned double bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology, so of course, she joined the Ross Ragland staff! She loves the theater and is really enjoying being a part of it again.

Crystal Muno Marketing Coordinator

No stranger to arts in the Basin, Crystal is excited to join the Ragland staff and mix her loves of marketing, PR and theatre into one perfect job. A graduate of OIT, she has a degree in Communication and Marketing, 10 years of experience in public relations and over 4 years of experience as a Board Member for a non-profit theatre company.”

Amanda Squibb Arts Education Coordinator

While Amanda has been our Arts Ed Coordinator for only a short time, she was the fearless Ragland Youth Theater Classes teacher and our Youth Theater Summer Camp director for a year before joining the staff. Amanda has a major in theater, has toured with Missoula Children’s Theater, performed with NightBlue performing arts company and taught youth theater classes at Chicago’s Beverly Arts Center.

Deborah Jones • Office Manager and Programs Coordinator

Deborah is originally from Southern California. She and her husband have lived in the Basin for over 20 years now, choosing to make it their home. She is thrilled to be able to put both her degree in Art and many years of experience in both office environments and event planning to good use here at the Ragland.


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Gear shift By HOLLY DILLEMUTH H&N Staff Reporter

Families, friends venture out on four wheels When Grant Laugsand hears

people say there’s nothing to do in Klamath Falls and the surrounding area, he quickly does a double take.

“Really?” Laugsand said, as he zipped down a trail on a side-by-side vehicle toward Fourmile Lake on a sunny Saturday in May. “Klamath Falls

has a ton to do; you’ve just got to get off the couch.” Laugsand and his wife, Kim Kinnan, of Rocky Point, can be found enjoying the outdoors through a number of activities 12 months out of the year. Switching gears each season, the couple enjoys snowmobiling, and welcomes the chance to fish and camp in the spring and summer, as well as running their side-by-side all over the back roads and trails of the Klamath County area. See GEAR, page 38

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Fourmile break: A group of riders take a break after a recent Saturday ride to Fourmile Lake. Families, couples, kids and dogs are welcome to come along for the ride. Scenic shore: Riders let their rigs take a break at Fourmile Lake, after a 45-minute scenic ride through the backwoods of Klamath County. Doggles: Boston Terrier “Butchie” enjoys the ride in his owner’s side-by-side vehicle on a recent Saturday ride. H&N photos by Holly Dillemuth

GEAR, from page 37 “We’re gone every weekend,” Laugsand said. “We transition from snowmobiling season to fishing season to side-by-side season back into fishing season. “We’re in the outdoors yearround,” he added. Recently, the couple gathered several friends at their home for a ride to Fourmile Lake. The riders come together with a variety of experiences, some with quads and all-terrain vehicles and others with a fondness for dirt bikes. Regardless, everyone just enjoys the rush of getting out on the trails.

“Off-roading, four-wheeling — It’s basically all the same,” Kinnan said. She and Laugsand love to ride with their side-by-sides, a caged allterrain vehicle with a roll bar. The vehicle is a bit more grounded than an ATV in their perspective, but they welcome riders who enjoy all sorts of outdoor toys. “We love to get people into the sport,” Kinnan said, with some of their favorite spots close to home. Even 5-year-old Boston terrier, Butchie, equipped with red goggles, fondly referred to by the group as “doggles,” seems to enjoy riding. The pooch was all smiles saddled between two of the vehicle’s

youngest riders as they forded through a shallow creek and up to the road. The black-and-white pooch emerged from the window of Jim and Lisa Harris’ side-by-side vehicle, pink tongue hanging out. Butchie has logged plenty of miles with his owners on the backroads and trails. “He’s been riding with us for years,” said one of Butchie’s owners. “You open the door, and he jumps in.” Racking up miles Laugsand and Kinnan have logged more than 5,100 miles on their off-road vehicle, a Razor 800S, since buying it in 2012.

“Most of the average riders that have these, they only go out maybe four or five or six times a year,” Laugsand said, adding that he and Kinnan have made the activity more than just part of their summer lifestyle. “So they’re only going to put maybe 600 to 900 or 1,000 miles on it at the most. We’ve been averaging about 2,500 (miles a year).” He and Kinnan also like to fish and camp, and are able to mix in more activities when they take the vehicle for a spin. “That’s the life; that’s our life,” Kinnan said. See GEAR, page 39


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GEAR, from page 38 Julie and Scott James used to ride quads, but made the switch to side-by-sides. Julie James, a social worker, said the activity lets her get away from the job. “It is how I de-stress and stop thinking, and I get my fun on,” she said, after the group stopped to rest on the shore of Fourmile Lake. “I’m just hanging on — (riding) it’s like a rollercoaster for me.” With a scenic view of Mount McLaughlin as the backdrop for the lake, she commented that traveling in her side-by-side lets her go places she couldn’t travel in a car. For others, like Dan and Pam House, the hobby has recently become a part of their lives. After trying it for the first time a few months ago, the pair said they are hooked. “She swore she’d never do it,” Dan said of his wife, Pam. “Once she rode in it ...” he said, it was clear that changed. The couple had their first ride with

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Time together: Dan and Pam House just started driving side-by-side vehicles this year. The couple say it’s given them more ways to spend time together. Shortly after buying their side-by-side, the couple bought a toy hauler, a camper to tote their vehicle.

a friend on a Sunday, bought their own side-by-side vehicle on a Tuesday, and within six weeks, bought a toy hauler, basically a camper that lets them tote their new “toy” around. “I love it,” Pam said.

The couple have been married for about 30 years, but the activity has helped give them more fun things to do together. That includes getting to know more people in the sport, who also happen to be their

neighbors for 20 years. “We’ve already been out (riding) twice with them,” said Dan House. “It’s just a common ground and we’ve met so many really good people,” she said. “Families that play together stay together.” “That’s what we always say,” Laugsand said, in agreement. Safety a key component Both Laugsand, Kinnan and their friends emphasized safety is key to off-roading sports, no matter the type. Riders in their group are equipped with helmets, goggles, gloves, long-sleeved jackets and pants, which keeps the riders warm as they travel to higher elevations. As much fun as they have, they’re aware of the dangers of the sport. “We are safe, we all wear helmets,” Kinnan said. “We don’t drink and drive,” she added. State law requires drivers of sideby-sides to have an Oregon driver’s license, but no additional training is required to ride. See GEAR, page 40


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GET UP, GET OUT, GET TOGETHER Kim Kinnan, a side-by-side and general off-roading enthusiast, suggests checking out four-wheeling groups on Facebook to make contacts with those already involved in off-road sports. Some of the best places to ride

aren’t far from home, either, such as the areas of Gerber Reservoir, Rocky Point, Aspen Lake or the Klamath River canyon near Keno. To learn more about the sport or how to get connected, contact Kinnan at 541892-8060.

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GEAR, from page 39 The side-by-side is classified by the Forest Service as a Class IV vehicle, while the ATV is classified Class III, according to Laugsand. The classification difference can dictate where vehicles can lawfully travel off road. Laugsand sees the side-by-side as a safer alternative to riding ATVs. “We have seatbelts, ATVs don’t,” Laugsand said. “We have a protective roll cage that supports the passengers and the weight of the vehicle if you get (turned) upside down, and the ATV doesn’t. “They are safer in a lot of ways (than ATVs), and more comfortable.” But all off-road vehicles are welcome on their rides, such as Jeeps or ATVs. In Laugsand’s experience, ATVs can run cheaper than side-by-sides from $5,000 to $9,000, versus $13,000 for a side-by-side vehicle. But for Laugsand and Kinnan, the price for all of the outdoor toys is worth the thrill of the ride, and the camaraderie that riders share. Rider camaraderie And side-by-side drivers watch out for each other. People rarely ride alone, Laugsand said. When traveling with a group, riders always stop to wait at corners

for those behind them. “Whenever there’s a turn there’s always someone here waiting,” Laugsand said. “If something happens, we’re all there.” Up ahead Turns are particularly important when riding side-by-sides or quads, because of wildlife that could be around the next corner, he said. Laugsand has experienced a couple close calls with deer since he started driving the vehicles. “You think they hear you coming but they don’t because sound doesn’t carry in the woods very good,” he said. “You come around the corner, they’re in the road … so you just kind of hit the brakes.” It’s more common for the riders to see wildlife from afar, such as wild horses, elk and antelope; just another reason to enjoy the ride. “It’s amazing the people that live here that have this outside their door, they just don’t know how to get into the sport (or) they don’t know where to ride,” Kinnan said. “I feel blessed that it’s our life.” “If you’re going to live in Oregon, you should be doing things like this,” Kinnan said. hdillemuth@heraldandnews.com

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Miles to go: A group of friends and outdoor enthusiasts spent a Saturday afternoon in May four-wheeling to Fish Lake. The group welcomes newcomers wanting to get into off-road sports.


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Know what you eat:

Preserving for nutrition & taste Food preservation classes give hands-on experience, opportunity for self-sufficiency & sustainability By SAMANTHA TIPLER: H&N Staff Reporter

Know-how: Queso fresco is a fresh cheese with a grainy feel and very mild acidity. A Woman Called Sam made the cheese during the soft cheese making class at the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. H&N photo by Samantha Tipler

K

erry Criss doesn’t have to fret over what her children are eating. She knows what they eat because she preserves it herself.

“I do a lot,” the mother of a boy and a girl said. “I can fruit: peaches and pears. I also make jams and jellies, quite an extensive amount. And apple butters. I can tomatoes and green beans. And I also can chicken and pork and beef.” Some of the food comes from her own garden. Her family raises their own beef and chickens. And she is in a food coop where she lives in Macdoel that buys bulk items. “This week we had apricots,” she said. “It’s the only week we’re going to get apricots, so I’m canning apricots on Saturday. It’s definitely very seasonal, and you have to work with what’s in season.” Criss said preserving food this way doesn’t save her money, but it gives her a degree of control and peace of mind when it comes to what her family eats. See PRESERVING, page 42


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PRESERVING, from page 41

Ingredients list: Kerry Criss, an Oregon State University master food preserver, reads a cheese making recipe during a class at the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. Kefir cheese: Patty Case, associate professor at the KBREC, finishes making kefir cheese at the class.

Queso fresco: A Woman Called Sam, left, and Kerry Criss, both OSU master food preservers, pour queso fresco into a piece of muslin to drain. Curds & whey: A Woman Called Sam cuts the curds in whey from queso fresco. H&N photos by Samantha Tipler

“I know what’s going into my children’s bellies,” she said. “I can control the amount of sugar that’s going into my children’s jam, and they like to eat peanut butter and jelly. I can use low-fat. Or no sugar for family with diabetes. It’s like organic food, it’s not cheaper but you know what you’re eating. It’s definitely an effort but I think my family is healthier for it.” Criss is a master food preserver with the Oregon State University extension. She took classes at OSU’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, which is offering food preserving classes this year. Now Criss is one of the teachers. Making cheese On May 20, Criss and a fellow master food preserver, A Woman Called Sam (she said this is her name, which she has used for almost 50 years) led a class on cheese making. “I like the idea that I know what’s in my food,” Sam said, giving the same reason for why she preserves her own food. “I like the idea that it’s not totally processed. That it’s individually made. And that I can control what I put into the jars and into the freezers.” Sam lives in Chiloquin, and said going to the grocery store is a 30-mile drive. When she shops she shops for fresh and preserves it herself. “It depends on what kind of produce I can get. In our side of the woods it’s kind of difficult. I do grow stuff but the growing season in Chiloquin is pretty sad,” Sam said. “I do a lot of freezing of vegetables and fruits and pie crusts and that kind of stuff.” Sam also cans occasionally. “I can when I can,” she said with a laugh. Traditions old and new Criss grew up canning with her family. Today it is still a family affair. When she went to can the apricots, she did it with her mother, sister and daughter. “This is how I was raised,” she said. “It’s a generational thing in our family.” See PRESERVING, page 43


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Klamath Basin Research & Extension Center ‘Grow and Preserve Your Own Food’ courses:

H&N photo by Samantha Tipler

Step by step: Queso fresco cheese drains through a muslin, similar to a cheese cloth, one of the steps in cheese making.

PRESERVING, from page 42 Criss doesn’t remember the first time she canned with her mother. She guessed she was 7 years old. That wasn’t the case for Sam. “I did not grow up doing this,” she said. “I grew up in New York and the only lettuce we

had was iceberg. We didn’t get any fruit or vegetables so nobody I knew canned. But when I came out here four years ago I started.” She said canning is not difficult, but it is time consuming. “It’s not difficult at all. If I can do it, anyone can do it,” Sam said. See PRESERVING, page 44

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Cheese facts One gallon of milk makes: ◗ two pounds of soft cheese ◗ one pound of hard cheese Fat content of common milk products: ◗ yogurt, nonfat: .4 grams ◗ 1 percent milk: 2.5 grams ◗ buttermilk: 2.2 grams ◗ yogurt, lowfat: 3.5 grams ◗ 2 percent skim milk: 5 grams ◗ yogurt, whole: 7.4 grams ◗ whole milk: 8 grams ◗ half-n-half: 28 grams ◗ light cream: 40 grams ◗heavy cream: 88 grams

Investing in time: A Woman Called Sam makes cheese during a class at the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. Sam said food preserving is not complicated, but it is time consuming. By preserving her own food, she enjoys knowing exactly what is in it.

Cheese nutrition: ◗ part of a healthy diet ◗ rich in calcium, potassium, vitamin D ◗ promotes strong bones and teeth ◗ based on a 2,000 calorie diet, you need three cups of milk a day ◗ 1.5 ounces of natural cheese or two ounces of processed cheese equals one cup of milk

H&N photos by Samantha Tipler

PRESERVING, from page 43 Cheese making is new to Criss. She started about a year ago, after taking classes at KBREC. “I’m honestly just a beginner,” she said. “I do soft cheeses; I like soft cheeses. I make yogurt and soft cheeses. I’m doing a birthday party for a friend and making crème fraîche to put on the dessert,” Sam said. “It’s great fun. I think once you see it, you realize that it’s not as daunting as it appears to be.” Why preserve? “It’s fun,” Criss said. “It’s definitely a lot of effort. You need a lot of supplies. But once you get the basics down and buy quality equipment, it lasts forever.”

Sam said some people can be daunted by the idea of buying expensive jars for canning. She recommended picking them up cheap at a yard sale and then buying the lids separately. For those wanting to give cheese making a try, use a coffee filter instead of a cheese cloth or muslin. The biggest ingredient in cheese is a gallon of milk and a box of rennet, which is used to coagulate milk. Hands-on learning Sam said beginners can learn from a book, but she prefers to take a class at KBREC for the hands-on aspect of learning. Criss also recommended classes either at KBREC, or she and other ladies teach classes at the Butte Valley Community Center.

What do people gain from preserving? “When you can food at home the food tastes like what it’s supposed to taste like,” Sam said. “You can a peach, it tastes like a peach. You can beans, it tastes like beans.” “Self sufficiency and sustainability,” Criss said, “especially where I live, it’s nice to go from farm to table right out your back door. It’s nice that where we live we have that opportunity to raise our own food. And it’s good to have, especially in a pinch. If I haven’t gone to the grocery store I just go in my pantry. I have everything from fruits to vegetables to meat.” stipler@heraldandnews.com; @TiplerHN


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If you build & grow, they will come ...

Why do hummingbirds hum? Because they don’t know the words! Making your own hummingbird feeder is a great way to recycle glass or plastic bottles, and attract the small birds to your yard where you can enjoy watching them. Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, so you might want to include that color on your feeder. Using Pinterest, this reporter gathered a variety of ideas on how to make a feeder. One of the easiest to follow tutorials is on the blog toristoris.wordpress.com. The full tutorial can be found at http://bit.ly/1gQX2tv. The directions below have been edited to match the feeder made for this story.

You will need: ● 1 clean glass or plastic bottle with a small neck and opening (the one shown here is a small plastic wine bottle) ● Chain or wire, about 3 feet depending on the size of your bottle ● Hummingbird feeder tubes (check local craft and pet stores or look online) The project shown here used a cap from an old feeder ● Pliers and/or wire cutters ● Optional: glass paint, beads, extra wire, or anything else you want to decorate with. This project used a sheet of red foam paper cut into flower shapes and glued with specialty foam glue.

Directions:

Attract hummingbirds to your home this summer with a homemade feeder, nectar and alluring blooms By NORA AVERY-PAGE: H&N Staff Reporter

Start by checking that the cork of your hummingbird feeder tube fits snugly into the mouth of your bottle. In the finished product, the bottle is upside-down and full of liquid, so this is very important.

If using chain, measure a length of chain that fits around the base of the neck of the bottle. Use pliers to open the appropriate link in the chain, and then refasten to the other end to create a ring. Determine how long the four chains that secure the sides of the bottle will be. Use pliers to open links and make four equal lengths of chain. Attach one end of each length to the chain ring, spacing equally. Make a length of chain to go between a porch hook and the bottle. Attach the four support chains to the bottom of the hanging chain. See HUMMINGBIRDS, page 46


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If using wire, first wrap it around the bottle’s neck, then wrap it artfully around the bottle. It doesn’t have to look perfect. Secure the end of the wire at the bottom of the bottle by twisting it together, being careful to tuck in sharp edges. Using a new length of wire, create a loop to hang the feeder, attaching it to the first wire.

Add any decorations to the feeder you wish.

Fill the feeder with nectar solution, and hang somewhere you can enjoy it.

Feeder freshness:

● Change the mixture every four to five days — more frequently if temperatures are over 90 degrees ● If the liquid appears cloudy or you see mold, wash the feeder thoroughly right away

Feeder maintenance:

● Feeders must be cleaned between refillings; don’t “top off” nectar without cleaning. ● Use a mild detergent and water; rinse thoroughly. ● Once a month, soak the feeder in a solution of bleach and water (1 Tbsp. of bleach per quart of water); rinse thoroughly ● Some feeders can be put in the dishwasher for sterilization. ● If your feeder is attracting ants, use a moat or ant guard to stop them. Source: hummingbirdsociety.org

Plants to attract hummingbirds

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, at almanac.com, hummingbirds are attracted to plants with brightly colored tubular flowers, which hold the most nectar. These include perennials such as bee balms, columbines, daylilies and lupines; biennials such as foxgloves and hollyhocks; and many annuals, including cleomes, impatiens and petunias. These other plants also attract the small birds. Choose varieties in red and orange shades.

46 ❘ Klamath Life ❘ SEASON OF SUNSHINE Drawn to red: Add any decorations to your feeder that you like, such as foam flowers. Hummingbirds are especially attracted to the color red. Wrap it: Look for decorative wire to give your feeder a special touch. H&N photos by Dave Martinez

Making nectar: 1 cup of cane sugar 3 or 4 cups of spring water Dissolve sugar in the water. Do not add red food coloring. Unused mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Source: hummingbirdsociety.org

Nectar tips:

● Cane sugar is highly recommended, although beet sugar is acceptable. ● Do not use any other sugar, such as turbinado or brown sugar, and never use honey or artificial sweeteners. ● Spring water is preferred, but most tap water is acceptable. ● If the feeder attracts too many bees, change the mixture to five cups of water for every one cup of sugar. ● In the fall, wait until you haven’t seen even one hummer for three weeks before taking your feeders down to reduce the risks to late migrants.

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BEYOND BEEF Take grilling up a notch in flavor with fresh fruits and vegetables By NORA AVERY-PAGE: H&N Staff Reporter

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rilled steak, chicken or fish is always delicious, but sometimes, especially as the weather heats up, you may be craving something a little different.

So instead of traditional grilling fare, look to the produce section for your next grilled meal. Switch out the T-bone for a cauliflower steak, and swap a basic hamburger for a mushroom burger instead. The natural sugars in fruits and vegetables are caramelized by the high heat on a grill, intensifying their flavors, and the smokiness adds a new taste dimension. Grilled fruits and vegetables can make a meal on their own, or make a great side dish. Plus, by swapping out vegetables for meat, especially red meat, you’ll be saving on potentially hundreds of calories without sacrificing flavor or a full stomach. See GRILLING, page 48

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GRILLING, from page 47 Grilling corn takes it to a heavenly level, especially when the smoky kernels are slathered in a tiny bit of homemade mayonnaise, grated cheese and spicy ground chipotle. For dessert, grilled watermelon is delicious. For an even sweeter dish, give it a dash of salt and a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar. Or top your favorite flavor of ice cream with a grilled stone fruit, like peaches, for a special treat. The beauty of using a grill is that it means you won’t have to heat up your house by turning on the oven. Try cooking your whole meal on the grill instead, whether you use a charcoal or gas grill. Use a heavy, cast-iron skillet, or wrap foods in aluminum foil packets that are too small to sit on grill grates without falling through, or vegetables you would usually make in the oven, such as roasted potatoes. Now, go forth and grill! naverypage@heraldandnews.com

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Heat exchange: The natural sugars in fruits and vegetables are caramelized by the grill’s high heat. This intensifies their flavors, and smokiness from the grill adds a new taste dimension.

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Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

1 head cauliflower 1 to 2 Tbsp. oil salt and pepper, to taste

2 red bell peppers 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 tsp. garlic, chopped

Preheat grill to about 350 degrees. Wash the cauliflower, and starting from the outside, slice about 3/4- to 1- inch thick slabs down through the stem. At first, the florets will fall off the stem, but once you get into the middle section, you should get two to three full slabs. Make sure to cut any of the leafy greens off of the stem. Lightly coat the steaks with oil and season both sides with salt and pepper. For any of the cauliflower that fell apart, coat as directed above and then wrap tightly in one to two sheets of foil. Place the slabs and/or the foil pack on the grill for about 5 minutes. Flip once and cook for another 5 minutes. Makes two to four servings. Source: edibleperspective.com

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 2 to 3 Tbsp. diced tomatoes, optional

Over medium heat on a gas range, place washed and dried pepper on its side on the grate. Heat each pepper for about 3 to 5 minutes per side (about four sides) until charred. Watch your pepper and stove closely the entire time. If you don’t have a gas burner, you can roast your peppers in the oven instead. Let the peppers cool, then cut around the stem and pull the top off with the stem and seeds. Remove other seeds in the pepper,

trying to retain the juice inside. Place the peppers, oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add more salt if needed. If the mixture doesn’t smooth out, blend in one tablespoon at a time of diced tomatoes (canned or fresh) until smooth. Heat the sauce over medium low heat and bring to a light simmer until ready to serve. Stir as needed. See GRILLING, page 49


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Grilling tips for fruits and vegetables ✘ Make sure to clean the cooking grate thoroughly to ensure residue from previously grilled foods doesn’t ruin the flavor of the fruit or vegetable.

GRILLING, from page 48

Sautéed Greens 1 large bunch of greens, such as spinach, kale, collards or chard 1/2 Tbsp. butter

✘ Slightly firm fruit will stand up better to the heat; if you’re using ripe fruit, remove it from the grill a few minutes sooner than directed.

Heat a pan to medium heat and once hot, add the butter. Once melted, add in the greens (stems removed) and cook until wilted, stirring often, about 4 to 7 minutes. Season with a small amount of salt and pepper after the dish is compiled if desired.

✘ Almost any fruit can be cooked on the grill. Hard fruits such as apples, pineapples and pears are easier to grill than softer fruits such as peaches, nectarines, plums and papaya. Softer fruits require more attention when being grilled to prevent overcooking, which will cause the fruit to become mushy. Softer fruit only needs to be heated, not cooked.

Cook the polenta last so it’s creamy and ready to serve when everything is complete.

✘ Brushing fruit and vegetables with melted butter or a favorite oil during grilling will help keep the fruit from sticking to the grill grate. Spraying a non-stick cooking spray on the grate before heating the grill also prevents foods from sticking. ✘ Seasoning the vegetables with a coarse salt, such as sea salt or kosher salt, before grilling will draw out extra moisture from the vegetables, which will intensify sweetness and flavor. ✘ Cook all fruits and vegetables directly over moderately hot coals or use the indirect heat method. Rotate or move them to a cooler part of the grill during cooking as necessary to ensure that the outside isn’t cooking too quickly. From recipetips.com, cookinglight.com, and wholefoodsmarket.com

Creamy Polenta

1 cup polenta grits 3 to 3 1/2 cups water 1 Tbsp. butter 1 tsp. salt In a medium-size pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil, add the salt, then add in the polenta and stir. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 5 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed (check your package directions for a possible cook-time difference). Add more water to smooth out if needed. Stir in the butter and serve immediately. Note: Cook the polenta last so it’s creamy and ready to serve when everything is complete. Spread the polenta, then add the spinach, then the cauliflower. Finally, smother everything in the red pepper sauce. See GRILLING, page 52

H&N photo by Dave Martinez

Pre-grill: Brushing fruit and vegetables with melted butter or a favorite oil during grilling will help keep the fruit from sticking to the grill grate.

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GRILLING, from page 49

Grilled Brown Sugar Pineapple 1 pineapple, peeled and sliced 3/4 stick of unsalted butter 3/4 cup brown sugar In a bowl, melt the butter at 20 second increments in the microwave. Remove from the microwave and add the brown sugar, stirring quickly to evenly combine. This will take a minute to absorb the sugar. Heat a grill to medium-high heat and add the pineapple, cooking for a few minutes or until grill marks begin to appear. Flip and cook again on the other side. Remove from the grill and quickly brush the butter-brown sugar mixture over each side. Serve immediately. Note: Leave the pineapple core intact when slicing, it will help hold the fruit together during grilling. Source: ohsweetbasil.com

H&N photos by Dave Martinez

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Grilled Avocados with Lemon

2/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt 3 Tbsp. prepared horseradish 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 3 medium-large red onions, thinly sliced (about 2 pounds) 2 sprigs fresh thyme Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 cup red wine

1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 4 large portobello mushrooms, (about 1 pound) stemmed Lettuce leaves 4 whole-grain buns, or whole-wheat English muffins, split and toasted

The only limit to these grilled avocados is your imagination. Simply place halved avocados and lemons on a grill, cook, then fill with your favorite ingredients. Lightly oil the cut side of avocado and lemon halves then grill until the avocados have grill marks and are heated through, and the lemons are lightly charred and caramelized. Chop up whatever fresh herbs you have on hand (such as parsley, thyme, lemon thyme, chives or basil), then mix with a good olive oil and salt, toast some nuts (try pine nuts), and slice some cherry tomatoes. Top the avocado halves with the herbs, nuts and tomatoes, then give the caramelized lemons a good squeeze over the whole mess. Source: chimeraobscura.com

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‘MUDDLING’

Through Summer

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ith summertime comes a wish for lighter fare, particularly light but refreshing beverages to counter the summer heat. Sodas contain either too much sugar or artificial sweeteners, which one might want to avoid, and contribute nothing in the way of healthy vitamins and minerals. The beauty of summertime is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that can be combined in countless

ways. Adventure into the addition of herbs, and new and unique flavors can be enjoyed. Several recipes in this collection suggest some of these combinations. For the purist, four recipes offer ways to flavor water, along with equipment and techniques. Sugar or agave for sweetener is an option, starting by adding just a teaspoon at a time, as these waters can be an acquired taste. See WATERS, page 54


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All-Citrus flavored water Adds refreshing tartness to water Slice 1 orange, 1 lime and 1 lemon into rounds, then cut the rounds in half. Add to jar, press and twist with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. Press enough to release some of the juices, but don’t pulverize the fruit into pieces. Fill the jar with ice. Pour in water to the top. Stir it with the handle of a wooden spoon or a chopstick. Put a lid on it, put it in the fridge, and chill. You can drink it right away, but the flavor intensifies if it’s made an hour or two ahead, or even better — 24 hours before. The ice at the top serves as a sieve so you can pour the flavored water without getting fruit bits in your glass.

Pineapple-mint flavored water A hint of minty sweetness Add a sprig of mint to the jar. You can throw in the whole sprig; or, remove the leaves from the sprig, if you prefer to have the mint floating around and distributed within the jar. Muddle the mint — the goal is to bruise the leaves and release their flavor — don’t pulverize them into bits. Add 2 cups pineapple pieces, press and twist with the muddler to release juices. Add ice to the top and then water. Stir, cover, and refrigerate.

How to make naturally flavored fruit waters SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED Fruit — Whatever kind you like (except bananas); make sure it’s good and ripe for maximum sweetness and flavor. Use frozen fruit if it’s out of season. All kinds of citrus and berries, pineapple and watermelon work well for flavoring water. Buy pre-cut fruit if you don’t want whole fruits. Fresh herbs — These are optional, but many herbs are a surprising complement to fruit flavors; almost any herb will work depending on your preference. Mint is the most obvious herb choice. Also suggested: basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender and tarragon. Jars or pitchers — Any 2-quart pitcher or Mason jar will do. These flavoredwater recipes are all for 2-quart jars or pitchers. Fruit infusion pitcher — If you think you’ll make infused waters regularly, this is a very easy, tidy way to strain fruit from water. Muddler or wooden spoon for mashing fruit and herbs Water — Filtered water, but regular tap water is fine if yours tastes good to you. Storage — Put a lid on your flavoredwater pitchers and jars, put them in the fridge, and they will keep for up to three days. Source: http://bit.ly/1k0nksz

WASH FRUIT THOROUGHLY! The citrus and berries need to be thoroughly cleaned to keep contaminants and bacteria out of your flavored water. Organic fruit is recommended if it isn’t going to be peeled.

Raspberry-lime flavored water Beautiful color and mildly tart Quarter two limes. With your hands, squeeze the juice into the jar, then throw in the squeezed lime quarters. Add 2 cups of raspberries. Press and twist with a muddler to release some of the juice (don’t pulverize the fruit). Fill the jar with ice, then add water to the top. Stir, cover and refrigerate.

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Watermelon Rosemary Flavored Water Lovely flavor combo Add a sprig of rosemary to a jar and muddle gently (rosemary releases a strong flavor without much muddling). Add watermelon cubes; twist and press gently to release juices. Fill jar with ice cubes, add water to the top, stir, cover, and refrigerate.


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WATERMELON CUCUMBER JUICE WITH A SPLASH OF LIME 1/2 (4 pound) watermelon, seeded and cubed 4 cucumbers, peeled and cut into chunks 2 limes, juiced Run the watermelon and cucumber pieces through a juicer following manufacturer’s instructions, and place juice into a pitcher. Stir in lime juice, and serve. Makes four servings. Source: allrecipes.com

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The beauty of summertime is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that can be combined in countless ways. Adventure into the addition of herbs, and new and unique flavors can be enjoyed.

CUCUMBER ORANGE CARROT JUICE 1 large navel orange 2 carrots, roughly chopped 1/2 cucumber, roughly chopped 1/2 cup water, or as needed 1/4 cup white sugar, or to taste 1 tsp. lemon juice (optional) Peel orange and save a 1- by 1-inch piece of the peel. Place orange, orange peel piece, carrots and cucumber in a blender; pour in water. Blend until desired consistency is reached; add sugar and lemon juice. Blend until smooth, 1 to 3 minutes. Makes four servings. Source: allrecipes.com

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HONEYDEW KIWIFRUIT SMOOTHIE 2 cups cubed honeydew 1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut up 1 kiwifruit, peeled and cut up 2 to 3 Tbsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 cup ice cubes Honeydew and/or kiwifruit slices In a blender container, combine honeydew, apple, kiwifruit, sugar, and lemon juice. Cover and blend until smooth. Add ice cubes; cover and blend until cubes are crushed and mixture is slushy. Garnish with additional honeydew and/or kiwifruit slices, if desired. Makes three servings. Source: http://bit. ly/1hYBVQt

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Quintessentials A close-up look at personalities who help make the Basin a great place to live Meet Charles Cossey By STEVEN SILTON H&N Staff Photographer

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harles Cossey moved to Klamath Falls with his family in 1987 and has been involved in community theater, ice skating, musical performances and much more ever since. Born in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, Cossey went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in petroleum geology in 1959. After serving for two years with the U.S. Army Signal Corps Department of Meteorology he moved to New York to work in the investment banking sector of Eastman Dillon, Union Securities & Co. In 1974 Cossey was listed as one of Wall Street’s top 100 investment bankers by Institutional Investors magazine. During his nearly 20 years in New York, Cossey developed a passion for theater and ice skating. During that time he attended more than 700 performances of opera, dance, concerts, theatre and other shows. After getting a taste for the performing side of things, locally Cossey has performed in 35 shows at the Ross Ragland and Linkville Playhouse. He also has been a set designer for 26 shows, director for two shows and production coordinator for 72 shows. He’s helped make several improvements to the Linkville Playhouse including the balcony, seats and side stage. “We look around at what can be improved and then someone just does it,” he said. Cossey also teaches ice skating at the Bill Collier Ice Arena. “It’s a way of giving back,” said Cossey, “I don’t take pay, I just want to do it as well as possible.” He said people will tell him to stop and appreciate what he’s accomplished, but replied, “No, I don’t need to stop. I don’t need recognition except from myself to know that I did a good job.” “All I want to get out of theatre is good theatre,” said Cossey, “It should be educational and ultimately transforming.” Through his work with the Ross Ragland, Linkville Playhouse, Klamath Chorale, Bill Collier Ice Arena, Klamath Symphony and more, Charles Cossey has ultimately transformed the Klamath community for the better.

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❘ Flora & Fauna of the Klamath Basin ❘ ◗

Indian Paintbrush ❘

This plant with its iconic red-orange flower is known from the children’s story, “The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush,” by Tomie de Paola. In the story, a young American Indian boy tries to capture the colors of the sunset. He is given a special painting pot, and finds brushes with all the colors of the sunset. The next morning, the brushes take root, covering the ground with the bright flowers. The plant’s scientific name is Castilleja angustifolia. The flowers are often a bright red-orange. Other varieties can range from yellow to pink. The plant itself ranges in height from a half foot tall to 1 1/2 feet tall, according to “Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin.” Linear leaves cover the base and have three to five lobes at the top. “The inflorescence is a terminal spike with red-orange to pink bracts” the plant book says. It describes the flowers as “bilateral and tubular with a long yellow-green galea and dark lower lip.” The book also states paintbrushes are semiparasitic on other plants. That is why they’re not easily transplanted or grown from seed. Learn more online: “Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin,” www.rabeconsulting.com/ pdf/plantbook.pdf.

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◗ Indian paintbrush is the Wyoming state flower ◗ It flowers from May to June ◗ It’s found in shrub lands and rabbit-brush shrub lands

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By SAMANTHA TIPLER: H&N Staff Reporter

Cougar

The cougar, or mountain lion, is perhaps one of the most wellknown predators of the Northwest. Oregon alone has more than 5,000 cougars, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s cougar information page. Cougars live throughout the state, but are most concentrated in the southwest Cascade Mountains and the Blue Mountains. Cougars are territorial, the ODFW says, and their home range is usually about 100 miles. ODFW says cougar sightings have increased, but often coyotes, bobcats and dogs are mistaken for cougars. Cougar tracks are also sometimes confused with dog tracks, but there are a few differences. Dog tracks often include claw marks, while cougar tracks don’t because they have retractable claws. Also, mountain lion tracks have three lobes on the bottom of the pad, and an indentation of the top. The shape of the pad looks like an “M.” If people encounter a cougar, the ODFW recommends staying calm and standing their ground, keeping direct eye contact. They should pick up any children, but do it without bending down or turning their back to the mountain lion. Then, they should back away slowly, but not run. “Running triggers a response from cougars which could lead to an attack,” the ODFW says. If the cougar seems aggressive, people should raise their arms and make themselves look larger. If a cougar attacks — very rare — fight back with rocks, sticks, garden tools or anything else available. Learn more online: www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/ living_with/cougars.asp


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On the calendar around the region On the calendar in the Klamath Falls area through Aug. 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 7 ◗ Klamath Falls Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ninth and Main streets. Open-air market with local growers, producers and artisans. ◗ Train rides on the Klamath and Western Railroad, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 36951 S. Chiloquin Road, Chiloquin. Food and refreshments available. ◗ Klamath Dance and Exercise Spring Recital, “That’s Entertainment,” 3 and 7 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater. Tickets $12. SATURDAY, JUNE 14 ◗ Klamath Falls Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ninth and Main streets. Open-air market with local growers, producers and artisans. ◗ Train rides on the Klamath and Western Railroad, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 36951 S. Chiloquin Road, Chiloquin. Food and refreshments available. ◗ Living History Days at Collier State Park and Logging Museum. See operational antique steam engines, drag saw demonstrations, take a horse-drawn hay ride and more. FRIDAY & SATURDAY JUNE 13 & 14 ◗ Carla’s The Dancers’ Studio — Dancing in the Light, 7:30 p.m. both days at the Ross Ragland Theater. Tickets are $18. TUESDAY, JUNE 17 ◗ Rachel’s School of Dance Ballet Recital, “Coppelia,” 5 and 7:30 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater. Tickets are $15. THURSDAY, JUNE 19 ◗ Third Thursday in downtown Klamath Falls from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, food and activities. SATURDAY, JUNE 21 ◗ Klamath Falls Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ninth and Main streets. Open-air market with local growers, producers and artisans. ◗ Train rides on the Klamath and Western Railroad, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 36951 S. Chiloquin Road, Chiloquin. Food and refreshments available. THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY JUNE 26-29 ◗ Kruise of Klamath vintage car

Upcoming hikes The Klamath Basin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon is offering a series of outings through September. For more information. visit the chapter’s website at klamathbasinnps.com. Upcoming events include: June 21: 9 to 11 a.m., Gardening With Natives, led by Klamath County Museum manager Todd Kepple at the museum, 1451 Main St. A tour of the museum’s native plant garden will highlight locally indigenous plants that can be used in landscaping. June 28: 9 a.m. to noon, Fremont-Winema National Forest’s Chiloquin Ranger District, led by Missy Anderson. Meet at the junction of the Sprague River Highway and Williamson River Road. July 12: 9 a.m. to noon, Chiloquin Native Plant Garden Tour, led by Joan Rowe. Meeting at 39560 Modoc Point Road just north of the Wood River Wetland parking area. July 26: 9 a.m. to noon, Big Meadow, near Lake of the show includes mini shows, a swap meet, block party, show ‘n’ shine at Moore Park and a variety of other activities around Klamath Falls. FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY JUNE 27-29 ◗ Klamath Kinetic Challenge, a race of human-powered art and engineering through mud, sand and water at Veterans Memorial Park, Moore Park and Lake Ewauna. SATURDAY, JUNE 28 ◗ Klamath Falls Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ninth and Main streets. Open-air market with local growers, producers and artisans.

Woods, led by Sarah Malaby. Meet at the junction of Highway 140 West and Forest Road 3651. Sept. 13: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Botany of Upper Klamath Lake, led by Mel Schroeder. Meet at Henzel Park along Upper Klamath Lake. The Klamath Lake Land Trust is offering a series of outings this summer and fall through their “Enjoying the Basin’s public Spaces” program. Hikers, and paddlers, should call the land trust office, email info@ klamathlakelandtrust.org, or visit klamathlakelandtrust.org/ events to sign up for the hikes and to get more information. Here’s a list of upcoming hikes: June 21: “Summer Solstice” on Stukel Mountain July 12: “Full moon Kayaking” on Lake Ewauna July 26: “Birds in your Backyard” at Krause Park Sept. 13: “Basin Geology” at Conger Heights Park Oct. 25: “Fun with Fungi” at Kimball State Park ◗ Train rides on the Klamath and Western Railroad, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 36951 S. Chiloquin Road, Chiloquin. Food and refreshments available. FRIDAY, JULY 4 ◗ Independence Day Jamboree and Parade in downtown Klamath Falls. Parade begins at 5 p.m. Festivities to follow at Veterans Memorial Park with fireworks over Lake Ewauna. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JULY 5-6 ◗ Klamath Yacht Club Firecracker Regatta on Upper Klamath Lake. SATURDAY, JULY 5 ◗ Klamath Falls Farmers Market,

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ninth and Main streets. Open-air market with local growers, producers and artisans. ◗ Train rides on the Klamath and Western Railroad, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 36951 S. Chiloquin Road, Chiloquin. Food and refreshments available. THURSDAY, JULY 10 ◗ A program for the opening of the exhibit, “What if Heroes Were Not Welcome Home,” 7 p.m. at the Klamath County Museum. The exhibit will examine the experiences of JapaneseAmerican men from Hood River. SATURDAY, JULY 12 ◗ Klamath Falls Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ninth and Main streets. Open-air market with local growers, producers and artisans. ◗ Rip City Riders Summer Fun Run, 9 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, 3901 Brook Drive. Includes a poker run, vendors and concessions, raffles, a beard contest, bike show and live entertainment and more. Proceeds to benefit local children’s charities. ◗ Train rides on the Klamath and Western Railroad, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 36951 S. Chiloquin Road, Chiloquin. Food and refreshments available. THURSDAY, JULY 17 ◗ Third Thursday in downtown Klamath Falls from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, food and activities. SATURDAY & SUNDAY JULY 18 & 20 ◗ Ragland Summer Youth Theater Camp presents “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19 and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20. Tickets are $8, $10 and $12. SATURDAY, JULY 19 ◗ Klamath Falls Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ninth and Main Streets. Open-air market with local growers, producers and artisans. ◗ Train rides on the Klamath and Western Railroad, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 36951 S. Chiloquin Road, Chiloquin. Food and refreshments available. SATURDAY, JULY 26 ◗ Klamath Falls Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ninth and Main Streets. Open-air market with local growers, producers and artisans.


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