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Making Every Drop Count

Going native and saving water in the garden

Best Friends & More

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Spring Ahead On the cover: Lila Lewis holds a 5-day-old lamb at her family’s Black Canyon Ranch off of East Langell Valley Road in this photo by Herald and News photogra-

pher Andrew Mariman. Get a look at life on the Black Canyon Ranch, where modern and time-honored ranching techniques blend into the fold, on page 31.

Scenes from the Basin:

Inside: Destinations ■ Wild times: Get out and enjoy this spring’s wildflowers. Page 6 ■ On the road: Family adventures. Page 8 ■ Get away: Lake of the Woods, close to home. Page 13

Culture In the studio: Life’s lessons taught on the dance floor. Page 17 ■ Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating community. Page 23 ■ Working dogs: Best friends and much more than a pet. Page 26 ■

Country living Black Canyon Ranch: Old and new blend into the fold. Page 31 ■

In our February/March edition of Klamath Life, we asked our readers to send us a few of their favorite scenic photos of the Klamath Basin. This photo, by Daniel Morgan, shows a view of Mount Shasta from the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. For a sampling of some of the photos we received, and to see t he prize-winning photo, turn to page 45.

A look at what’s ahead for Klamath Life 2012 June/July Turf ‘n’ Surf

August/September Get Away From It All

September/October Change of Pace

November/December Close to Home

What’s your story?

On the calendar:

Do you have a story idea that fits a theme for an upcoming edition of Klamath Life? Let us know what your idea is. Send information to Herald and News Lifestyles editor Holly Owens at howens@heraldandnews.com. Please put “Klamath Life Story Idea” in the subject line.

Does your group or organization have a special community event coming up? Let us know and we’ll put it in the community calendar in the June/July edition of Klamath Life. Send event information to clerk@ heraldandnews.com, or call 541-8854412. For Klamath Basin community calendar events through May, see page 45.

Home & garden In the garden: Xeriscaping for the Klamath Basin. Page 35 ■

Cuisine In the kitchen: Cook up something special for mom. Page 37 ■ Tradition: Sharing culture, family history with food. Page 40 ■

Nature ■ Flora & Fauna: Mare’s Eggs and American Coots. Page 44


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Depending on the elevation, hikers can enjoy wildflowers early spring through late summer

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Red-osier Dogwood blooms mid-May through early June in the Gearhart Mountain Wilderness. A variety of wildflowers can be seen through July at higher elevations in the area.

By LEE JUILLERAT H&N Regional Editor

For Ron Larson, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Klamath Falls office, his favorite month for seeing wildflowers is May. “May is the best time,” he says of seeing Klamath Basin wildflowers at lower elevations. “May has more flowering plants than any other month.” Sarah Malaby, a retired Forest Service botanist who’s more familiar with higher-elevation flowers, prefers July for wildflower viewing, especially in the Lake of the Woods area on the Fremont-Winema National Forest’s Klamath Ranger District. ◗ Conditions ❘ Malaby, Larson and Victoria Tenbrink, a botanist and public affairs assistant for the Fremont-Winema, all agree that elevation and temperature are keys in determining when various wildflowers will blooms. Plants show first at lower elevations with southern exposures. That’s why the Castle Crest Wildflower Garden at Crater Lake National Park, which is now buried under snow, is a late-season delight with colorful displays often not beginning until August. ◗ Early show ❘ In contrast, Larson says the Klamath River Canyon below the J.C. Boyle Dam is an area with some of the earliest wildflower displays. “Things start flowering there sooner, especially on the north side of the river,” says Larson, noting early season spring annuals typically include rock cress, pussy paws, wild onions and yellow fritillary. He also suggests areas off Highway 139 south of Klamath Falls near Clear Lake and Lava Beds National Monument. See WILD, page 7

Displays of spring gold, carpet-like flowers that cover large fields, are early spring delights, along with yellow bells, several varieties of biscuitroot and, in wet spots in the Chiloquin area, camus.

Close to home Native plant garden at OIT Kathy Sale, a seasonal Forest Service botanist involved with the Native Plant Garden at Oregon Institute of Technology, said work is ongoing at the 2-1/2 acre site. One of the many purposes of the garden, where signage is being installed this year, is to serve as a teaching garden. That’s because the garden has an emphasis on plants from various Klamath Basin habitats, including juniper, mixed conifer and oak. Sale said the area also is envisioned as a demonstration garden to show what flowers and plants will grow with little or no water. “There’s a lot of beautiful plants that will grow with little water,” she said, noting examples include serviceberry, snowberry, gooseberries, currants and Oregon grape.


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What’s what ... Regional guide on native species Detailed information about regional wildflowers is available in “Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin,” published by the Klamath Basin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. The 2007 book, which was edited by Sarah Malaby, a now-retired Forest Service botanist, was funded through a grant provided by Klamath County Commissioners and distributed for free. The field guide focuses on native species but also includes some introduced plants. “Common Plants” features a vast collection of color photographs of flowers, hardwood trees and shrubs, along with written descriptions and information about the best months to see various plants. The book, which is no longer in print, can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF by going to www. rabeconsulting.com/pdf/plantbook. pdf. It also is available at the Klamath County Library.

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The common snowberry blooms May through July and produces inedible, spongy, white berries that stay on the shrub through the winter.

Reservations required In the Rogue Valley, excellent displays of wildflowers already are happening because of its lower elevation. Some of the easiest viewing is at Table Rocks, about 1-1/2 hours west of Klamath Falls off Highway 140. The Bureau of Land Management’s Medford office is offering a series of reservation-required guided hikes about wildlflowers, birds and geology at Table Rocks through May. For information, call 541-618-2200 or visit www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/tablerock/index.php.

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Tenbrink says she’s often seen early season displays of sagebrush, buttercups and phlox near the park’s visitor center. Early blooms of wood violets and trilliums are common in the Klamath Hills off the Lower Klamath Lake Road, Tenbrink says, and possibly at the Sevenmile Guard Station near Rocky Point. Malaby says displays of spring gold, carpet-like flowers that cover large fields, are early spring delights, along with yellow bells, several varieties of biscuitroot and, in wet areas in the Chiloquin area, camus. The Tablelands and Devil’s Garden areas, both east of Klamath Falls, also are known for early flower displays, and will be the destinations for three wildflower hikes offered by the Klamath Lake Land Trust. ◗

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It’s late March, and despite the equinox having come and gone, the docks that line the shores of the lake are suspended amid a sheet of ice. Organizational camps wait under a layer of snow. Campgrounds remain closed. Several months will pass before they begin filling with their regular seasonal contingents of vacationing children and families on holiday. They are, for now, dead quiet. But recreation is alive and well at the lake. Packs of snowmobilers travel from Lake of the Woods Mountain Lodge and Resort to the nearby Great Meadow Sno-Park, and on the frozen surface of the lake, fishermen

sink lines and lures through holes cut in the ice to catch brown trout living below. Bill Dowling, a Kingsley Field retiree now living in Bend, is bundled in cold weather gear and one of the last to leave the ice as winds begin to pick up on March 24. Dowling was spending the weekend fishing at the lake and visiting friends in Klamath Falls. He fishes at the lake a couple of times each year, though his visits are not as frequent as when he lived in the area. “It’s a convenient little getaway from Klamath Falls,” he said. See LAKE OF THE WOODS, page 15

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Developing a historic trade route, planting fish and harvesting huckleberries ◗

Lake of the Woods is believed to have been largely ignored by indigenous populations in the 1800s. Historian Bill Dodge said the lake sits east of the nearest major trading route for local American Indian tribes and contained few fish prior to regular stocking by federal agencies in the following century. The recorded history of settlers at the lake begins with Captain Oliver C. Applegate, who said he discovered the lake in 1870. Applegate and his 50-man, all-native Axe and Rifle Company cleared a O.C. Applegate wagon road from The Dalles to Fort Klamath in the 1860s. He extended another road, now named Dead Indian Memorial Road, from Howard Prairie Lake to Pelican Bay on Upper Klamath Lake to improve the supply route to the fort, Dodge said. Wild huckleberries, and later, stocked supplies of fish brought visitors out to the lake in the 1900s. With the appearance of privately owned cabins on leased federal forest land in the 1910s, the lake became a popular destination for campers and weekending families.

Wild huckleberries, and later, stocked supplies of fish brought visitors out to the lake in the 1900s. H&N photo by Alex Powers

Bill Dowling, of Bend, takes a small catch of fish from Lake of the Woods near Lake of the Woods Mountain Lodge and Resort. By ALEX POWERS H&N Staff Reporter


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Mount McLoughlin is visible from a gazebo under construction at Lake of the Woods Mountain Lodge and Resort.

LAKE OF THE WOODS, from page 13 ◗ Outdoor living ❘ The most recent century’s worth of history at the lake is written in recreation. Multi-generation cabins stand as a sort of testament to the lake’s popularity with fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts. After the turn of the 20th century, residents from Klamath Falls and Medford began making the day-long journey by wagon up to the presentday Sky Lakes Wilderness. Today, area residents can be found boating on the lake, relaxing in the lodge or summiting nearby Mount McLoughlin.

But in the early 1900s, their focus was huckleberries — the mild, sweet berries grow in plentiful numbers throughout portions of the approximately 116,000-acre Sky Lakes Wilderness Area, said lake historian Bill Dodge. “We’re talking gallons and gallons of huckleberries,” Dodge said. “They’d take the wagon up and go pick the berries.” In 1917, Dodge said, the U.S. Forest Service began permitting sites for private cabins around the lake and the first recorded stocking of fish in the lake was in 1913. See LAKE OF THE WOODS, page 16

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‘... IF DANCING WERE EASY, THEY WOULD CALL IT FOOTBALL.’

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— Emily Pace, 8-year-old student of Rachel Glenn

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The 8-year-old, quoting her teacher Rachel Glenn, said, “Miss Rachel always said if dancing were easy they would call it football.” Her mother said the girl realizes dancing may be hard but it’s worth the work. Emily has been dancing at Rachel’s School of Dance for five years. Other members of the family, including Kristin, also have taken classes. Kristin said the dance studio has become like a second home

for her three children. “They grew up there. They’re real comfortable. It pushes them to try things that are hard,” she said. “It is also an outlet. When they’re having a rotten day, they can go and dance. By the time they’re done, their focus isn’t on anything it was when they went in the door.” ◗ Dance in Klamath Falls ❘ Rachel’s School of Dance is one of three in Klamath Falls. The others are: Klamath Dance & Exercise and Carla’s The Dancers Studio. Carla’s did not return phone calls for this story. See LIFE’S LESSONS, page 18


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LIFE’S LESSONS, from page 17 Rachel’s School of Dance and Klamath Dance & Exercise teach students of every age. Glenn said her youngest student is 2 years old, her oldest student over the age of 90. Becky Chase, owner of Klamath Dance & Exercise, said her youngest student is 2, the oldest students in their 60s. Both schools have girls and boys, men and women, who dance. ◗ Variety ❘ Klamath Dance & Exercise offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, Latin mix fitness and belly dancing. More advanced classes include en pointe ballet, where dancers move on their toes, and aerial silks, where dancers take to the ceiling on long strands of fabric, similar to aerobatics in Cirque du Soleil. For little ones she has a class called “creative movement,” which gets kids moving around, but Chase joked can be like herding cats. Klamath Dance & Exercise is home to Dedicated to Dance, a dance team that performs at functions like Relay For Life and Oregon Institute of Technology basketball games, as well as dance competitions. This month they will compete in the Portland dance competition, Onstage. See LIFE’S LESSONS, page 20

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‘Dance is the only art form that your body is the instrument.’ — Rachel Glenn, owner of Rachel’s School of Dance

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Rachel Glenn, left, instructs students in an intermediate ballet class. Glenn said dance can be a unique challenge for adults, giving them something different to experience.

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The team includes boys and girls. The youngest member is 12, the oldest 17. Rachel’s School of Dance offers parent and tot (similar to kids’ gymnastics) many levels of ballet, creative movement, tap, jazz and ballroom dancing.

Ballet & history ❘ Glenn specializes teaching the Cecchetti method of ballet, which is an international system. As Glenn puts it, her students can achieve a level of proficiency in her school and go elsewhere in the U.S., or the world, to find another Cecchetti school and tell a teacher exactly where they are at in their ballet education. To achieve their levels of proficiency, dancers must take exams. The method requires students learn French terms and history to go with their physical exercise. Both schools also offer martial arts classes. Rachel’s School of Dance offers tai chi and karate. Klamath Dance & Exercise offers ◗

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Dance studios also feature martial arts classes, like this tai chi class taught by Mel Murakami at Rachel’s School of Dance.

tai chi, karate and shou’ shu’, an animal-style martial art. Klamath Dance & Exercise has three times to sign up for classes: fall, spring and summer. The summer session is shorter than the fall and winter sessions.

Students sign up once a year in the fall at Rachel’s School of Dance. She wants students to go a full school-year length of time. Her school doesn’t have regular classes in the summer as Glenn participates in camps and workshops.

Benefits of dancing ❘

“Dance is the only art form that your body is the instrument,” said Glenn. “It’s so unique.” She said dance gives children the chance to experience something different and they either like it or they don’t. Glenn said it’s the job of parents to introduce the children to the experience and give them the choice to continue. Chase said dance teaches discipline and confidence. For children it helps advance motor skills, listening skills, social skills. It gives children an appreciation for the arts, she said, and teaches them self-expression. Dance is especially beneficial for children who are athletic and participate in other sports, Chase said. “It rounds out athletic skills and enhances them,” Chase said. Kristin Pace, the mother of 8-yearold dancer Emily, said dance has taught her daughter confidence. On the physical side, she said her daughter gained strength, muscle control and she carries herself with poise. See LIFE’S LESSONS, page 21

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LIFE’S LESSONS, from page 20 Kristin had a taste of what dance is like when she took classes at Rachel’s School of Dance last year. She learned how hard her daughter had worked for five years of dance. “It hurt,” she said with a laugh. “It gave me respect for what they do. It’s hard. I respect my kids a lot.” She enjoyed the chance to push herself physically. Kristin described herself as overweight, but she said that didn’t get in the way. “Something that is that beautiful and that rhythmic is not something I thought I would be able to do,” she said. But she was able to do it. “My muscles were getting a good workout. I was having fun.” For adults, Glenn said dance can build confidence. “It’s a challenge to do something different than they’ve done before,” she said. Students learn how to deal with other people, Glenn said, and other personalities, through dance. They also deal with challenges and conflict. “Dance is a life skill,” said Glenn. “The lessons you learn in class help immensely.” ◗

Studio time: Rachel’s School of Dance 638 Klamath Ave., Klamath Falls 541-273-6130 rachelsschoolofdance.com Klamath Dance & Exercise 229 S. 6th St. Klamath Falls 541-884-1522 Carla’s The Dancers Studio 2544 Shasta Way Klamath Falls 541-883-3764

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Sarah Edwards, 2, jumps on a trampoline during the Parent & Tot class at Rachel’s School of Dance.

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Sharing culture: Children participate in the 2011 Cinco de Mayo Parade down Main Street in Klamath Falls.

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There will be tacos, tamales and burritos, plus music, dancing and family fun for all at this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration in Klamath Falls. This will be the eighth consecutive year the Hispanic Advisory Board, led by Lutheran Community Services, will host the alcoholfree celebration. Organizer Dora Hoffmeister said this year’s event will be the best yet. “We’re very excited this year because it’s actually going to happen on the fifth,” she said. When the Klamath Falls City Council approved the use of Veterans Memorial Park

as the venue for the celebration, the advisory board contracted to always have the event during the first weekend of May. In the past, that meant it hasn’t happened on Cinco de Mayo, but this year it will. “I’ve been making tons of flowers,” Hoffmeister said, “so the park can really come alive that day.” The brightly colored flowers, made out of tissue paper, fill vases in Hoffmeister’s house, awaiting their use adorning booths and tables at Veterans Memorial Park. See CINCO de MAYO, page 24


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CINCO de MAYO, from page 23 “We’ll also have a live band this year playing traditional music, and we’re very excited about that,” Hoffmeister said. Local restaurant El Tapatio is sponsoring the band, she said.

Sharing culture ❘ Although popular in America, Cinco de Mayo isn’t a big deal in Mexico. “It hardly means anything in Mexico,” said event organizer Dora Hoffmeister, who grew up in a small coastal town in Mexico. “When I go there and tell them about it they look at me funny.” But, she says, she really enjoys celebrating it here because it allows her to share her culture with non-Mexicans and gives other people from Mexico a chance to celebrate and feel proud of their heritage. “It’s a chance for everybody to come out and feel like part of things,” she said. “And it’s a chance for us to show people that they can have a good time without any alcohol.” Hoffmeister stresses the family friendly aspect of the celebration, and wants everyone to come and sample good food and enjoy festive dancing and traditional music. “This year we’re very happy to have a dozen or so little ones dancing,” she said. The little ones are local Latino/a kids between grades one and six. They’ve been practicing La Raspa, a typical dance from Mexico, along with adult dancers. ◗

‘It’s a chance for everybody to come out and feel like part of things.’ — Dora Hoffmeister, Cinco de Mayo organizer

Celebration has its roots in the Battle de Puebla of 1862 For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo is more about margaritas than history, but the celebration has its roots in the French occupation of Mexico in the years following the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. In the 1850s, Mexico was struggling from the effects of the MexicanAmerican War coupled with a civil war. On July 17, 1861, President Benito Juarez issued a two-year moratorium on foreign debt payments so the country could focus on rebuilding itself, promising that after that time period, payments would resume. The French, Spanish and English decided this was unacceptable, and decided to invade Mexico to get their money. The English and Spanish

Many people mistakenly call Cinco de Mayo Mexican Independence Day but Mexico gained its independence from Spain during the Mexican War of Independence

eventually withdrew, but the French would not. In 1862, the French army advanced upon the poorly equipped Mexican forces. The 5,000 Mexican troops, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, fought and defeated the French at what came to be known as the Battle de Puebla”on the fifth of May. Many people mistakenly call Cinco de Mayo Mexican Independence Day, but Mexico gained its independence from Spain during the Mexican War of Independence, which started on Sept. 18, 1810, and lasted through May of 1822.

Roadblocks along the way ❘

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CINCO de MAYO, from page 24 “We started this celebration eight years ago,” she said. “But for about five years or so before that nothing happened.” When Hoffmeister joined the board she suggested restarting the celebration as a way to share the Latino/a culture and make people from Mexico living in the Basin feel proud of their homeland. There also was some controversy stirred up by City Council member Bill Adams in 2010 when he and fellow council member Bud Hart voted against allowing the celebration to take place at Veterans Memorial Park. The council voted in favor of allowing use of the park, 3-2, and the celebration has continued to grow and further its mission to be an all-inclusive family celebration. “It’s for everyone, and every year it gets bigger with more people wanting to participate,” Hoffmeister said. “We just want everyone to come and have a good time, share in our culture, listen to music and sample good food.”

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WORKING DOGS, from page 26

Best of the breed Rhona Snipes grew up going to dog shows with her mother Betty. This has not only shaped what she does in her spare time but also defined what she does for a living. As the owner of Hot Paws Spa & Boutique, 1035 Main St., Snipes, 36, has more than 10 years under her belt, raising, showing and handling an array of breeds from the smaller French bulldogs to the very large dogue de Bordeaux. If you have researched purebred dogs with show hopes, you know these dogs are not inexpensive. Many of the more rare breeds with documented lineages can cost several thousand dollars. ◗ Rising star ❘ Snipe’s current star, Starla, became a finished champion recently in Florida, meaning she won all points necessary over the span of a handful of shows to be titled a champion. According to Snipes, aside from the initial costs, a lot of investment goes into keeping the dog groomed, clean and healthy. An Afghan’s show style is long and flowing, requiring regular grooming and conditioning. To keep Starla’s coat its shiniest, she needs to be on a good diet, which also can run up the cost of owning a show dog. Getting a show dog started on the right paw is as important as diet and grooming, according to Snipes. “You can start showing dogs at

Champion at show: Rhona Snipes with Starla, an Afghan hound and Carlton, a French bulldog, two of her five dogs. Snipes has been showing dogs for 10 years, Starla is a finished champion show dog.

about 6 months,” Snipes said. “In order to get them prepared, you need to start training them as a puppy, probably around eight weeks.” Not all dogs are show quality. Sometimes people set out to show dogs, purchasing a pure bred dog with show in its blood, to watch the dog grow to exceed breed standards for showing. Dogs can weigh too much or not enough, not have the right length tail or temperament to show. Many different attributes have to fall into place for a true show dog. “It’s fun but it’s also pretty competitive,” Snipes said. “You really have to love to show and have the time to do it or it’s just not going to work out. You also meet some of the most interesting people along the way.”

Hunting Greg Glassow, 49, has been hunting as long as he can remember. His father took him out on hunting trips from about the age of 8 and he’s been hunting ever since. “I’ve basically been hunting as long as I could hold a BB gun,” Glassow said. It wasn’t until 20 years ago that he started upland hunting. Glassow’s hunting partner is a 9-yearold female Brittany named Danni. She also is the office dog at his business High Desert Promotions & Printing, 128 S. 11th St. Sweet, mild mannered, personable — that is of course until she gets into her hazard-orange vest. From that point on she’s in hunting mode. “It’s like she has two personalities,” Glassow points out. See WORKING DOGS, page 28

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WORKING DOGS, from page 27 “She’s calm, mellow, just wonderful 90 percent of the time, then when we get to the field or even the truck sometimes, she goes nuts.” According to Glassow, the two read each other well when they’re out hunting, and that is crucial to any hunting relationship between dog and owner. “When a bird is spotted, her posture changes immediately. I have to pick up on this in order to be effective.” Danni will pick up on his cues and gesture, too. “It’s kinda crazy,” Glassow said. “We’ll sorta shuffle positions, moving through a field until she picks up on a bird. She just keeps going too. She’ll cover 20 miles on a trip and I will do one.” Danni sometimes takes a week to recover from a weekend of hunting. “She will literally go until she falls but you’d never know it in the field.” According to Glassow, Danni’s

Klamath Life — Spring Ahead posture changes depending on how she’s is attempting to locate a bird. When tracking by sight, her tail wags vigorously. When winding by smell, her tail is straight out. But in both cases, once she’s locked on, she’ll drop, almost crawling toward her target, until it’s flushed out. Like showing, it’s important to get to training your dog while they’re puppies. “Some people send their dogs off to be trained, but I don’t think this is the best way to go about it,” Galssow said. Glassow got Danni at around 6 weeks old, about the time most owners pick up their new puppies. Danni never left his side for the first couple of weeks. “It’s really important for owners to establish who’s alpha,” Glassow said. “I even slept with her close to me for the first couple weeks.” It’s important to train them early on, letting them run out in front as puppies, then hide from them, forcing them to find you, Glassow said. It keeps them aware of their proximity

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‘She’s calm, mellow, just wonderful 90 percent of the time, then when we get to the field or even the truck sometimes, she goes nuts.’ — Greg Glassow

to their owner, which is crucial in hunting scenarios. “You can’t just buy a dog, send them off to be trained, then keep them in a kennel until it’s time to go hunting. You have to spend time with them, train them yourself, treat them like a pet first and hunting dog

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Soft Shoulders Lost & Found: Marlene Palmer with Rayna and Gideon, Beaucerons she has trained for search and rescue.

WORKING DOGS, from page 28

Search and Rescue Marlene Palmer has owned and trained dogs used for search and rescue for over a decade. Although she began with Rottweilers, the 63-yearold handler is the proud owner of two Beaucerons. Her male, Gideon, is nearly 4 years old. Not only has the 115-pound Beuceron been to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, but he also has been a certified search-and-rescue dog with the Klamath County Sheriff’s department since the age of 1. Reyna, at only 10 months old is Palmer’s female Beauceron and already at 91 pounds, is following suit. Like any other purebred there is some initial investment and at around 100 pounds, these dogs can eat you out of house and home if you’re not prepared, scarfing down four cups of high-end dog food a day. Although Gideon received certifi-

cation at 1 year, the training can take two years, according to Palmer. “We practice once or twice a week,” Palmer said of the strenuous training to keep their skills up after the dogs are certified. “You really never know when they’re going to be called out on a search.” Gideon went out on 30 searches in 2011 alone. ◗ Hard at work ❘ On-the-job dogs like Gideon work with searchand-rescue personnel not just to find missing people, but to clear an area, effectively narrowing a search. “These dogs are really athletic,” Palmer said. “One dog can do the work of 20 men in the field, making them vital to the process.” Rayna and Gideon are just like any other dog when they’re home. “The two of them are a calm and relaxed around the house, but when we put the bells and vests on them, they’re all business.”

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In 2007, Susan Kincheloe, and Joanne Carson, owner of Double C Dog Training, set out to make a difference in the community through a local volunteer, therapy dog service called Angels in Whiskers. What started with one dog, Shasta, Kincheloe’s miniature Australian shepherd has grown to include some 30 dogs, of all breeds and sizes, and 20 handlers. “It’s a huge commitment and people really need to search inside and make sure they can do this,” Kincheloe said. The group expects its volunteers and their dogs to visit elderly care facilities, schools and libraries twice a month.

Paws on ❘ The dogs bring comfort and temporary companionship to the elderly who don’t always get visitors. They bring smiles to the faces of special needs students. They help shy children overcome their fear of reading aloud. Their service is invaluable. “Many people we visit are lonely,” Kincheloe said. “To see their faces light up when we bring the dogs in is priceless.” Training is a must for both handlers and dogs. Handlers go through two hours of classes on their own while their dogs go through four, one-hour classes over the span of four weeks. “The training is more than people think,” which is why getting certified isn’t for everyone, Kincheloe said. Although the original Angels in Whiskers canine member, 12-year◗

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H&N photo by Andrew Mariman A herd of white Dorpers at Black Canyon Ranch.

■ Black Canyon Ranch

Modern, time-honored techniques blend into the fold By ANDREW CREASEY H&N Staff Reporter

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aul Lewis’ Dodge Ram lumbers past a rusted old Studebaker truck at Black Canyon Ranch, a 330 acre sheep farm east of Bonanza. His border collie and sheep-herder extraordinaire, Meg, sits dutifully in the back seat. It’s a rare treat for her to ride in the truck, and Meg’s thumping tail and bright, alert eyes are a testament to that fact. As the truck rumbles down the lumpy, dirt road toward the pasture where Lewis keeps his stock of breed-

ing rams, it leaves the rusted truck behind. It fades into the background, a symbol of the fusion of the ancient with the cutting edge, the old living with the new, that is emblematic of the sheep ranch that houses it. ◗ Selling points ❘ The sheep industry is one with ties to both time-tested techniques and modern scientific innovations. On Black Canyon Ranch, border collies corral sheep into groups, herding them in any direction the rancher desires as they have done since the late 19th century. Yet a closer examination of these sheep shows a shaved area on their backs where an ultrasound was taken to gauge fat depth and loin eye, which determines how much meat the animal will yield. Both are key market indicators and strong selling points for farmers.

Lewis, who has been raising sheep for over 40 years, embraces this type of technology. He uses genetic information to predict and control what type of offspring his lambs will produce. By monitoring and tracking traits such as birth weight, fat depth and scrotal circumference, Lewis can produce consistent stock that is improving both physically and genetically. Sheep farming for Lewis started as a 4-H project for his children. At the time, he was working for State Farm Insurance in Sonoma County, outside Santa Rosa, Calif. He and his wife, Kathy, were raising cattle, but they “enjoyed the sheep so much it just started to grow,” Lewis said. “In 1989, we got out of the cows and were strictly into sheep.” Lewis’ job took him to Clear Lake,

then to Chico, Calif. Each time they moved, their herd grew and the farm expanded. Paul retired in 2003 and moved to the Klamath Basin. By that time, he was managing over 1,000 ewes, bringing breeding stock back from Australia, and selling both rams and ewes throughout the country. At one point, his lambs were sold to one of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants in San Francisco. ◗ Change ❘ Since Lewis started lambing in 1967, the industry has been slowly shrinking. The U.S. sheep population peaked in 1945 at 56 million. Today, it accounts for less than 1 percent of the total livestock receipts. Paul says three friends he visited in Australia last year probably have more sheep between them than exist in the U.S. See FOLD, page 32


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Border collies: Minding the herd

Ready for work:

Perhaps the most enduring image associated with sheep farming is that of a border collie streaking across pasture, skirting the edges of a herd, slowly bringing the shapeless mass of livestock into form and moving it across the landscape. Black Canyon Ranch is no different. Their very survival depends on these dogs. “Without them, we’d be out of business,” rancher Paul Lewis says. Watching the border collies work is a marvel of boundless energy and rigid obedience. Sometimes, their eagerness to run gets the better of them, and they race off ahead of Lewis. He gives a sharp call: “Lay down.” The dog hits the ground immediately, its forward momentum sending it sliding across the pasture grass on its belly. Ranchers have a variety of commands to guide border collies, passed down through generations of sheep farmers from England and Scotland. “Away to me” means that the dog is to encircle the outer edges of the herd moving in a counter-clockwise direction. “Come by” means the same, but in a clockwise direction. If a ewe or ram decides to test the bounds of the dog’s dominance, the rancher will say “get a bite.” The dog does not bite, but instead rams its head into the body of the recalcitrant lamb, not trying to hurt it, but reestablishing the pecking order of the farm. The sheep at Lewis’ ranch are used to working with dogs and respond quickly to their movements by clustering together. The dogs control the herd with eye contact, taking advantage of an innate response that makes sheep uncomfortable when stared at by a predator. The Lewises train their own dogs, and the capacity in border collies to learn herding tactics is eerie. “There’s a command of ‘Look back’,” Kathy Lewis says. “And I swear the first time I said that, they turned their head around. It was like ‘Whoa, where was that in your genetics?’ ” The look back command tells the dog that there are some stragglers that need to be brought into the pack. The concept of leaving a task in progress is counter to a dog’s natural intuition, says Kathy. “Dogs don’t want to leave something they have control of,” she says. While border collies are tremendous farm dogs, they are not as well suited as a household pet, given their endless energy and insatiable appetite for work. “If your border collie doesn’t have a job, it will get a hobby, and you won’t like it,” Kathy says.

Border collies Jet, Lacey and Sage ride on the back of an ATV waiting to help corral sheep at Black Canyon Ranch.

In the herd: Paul

Lewis mingles with his rams at Black Canyon Ranch off of East Langell Valley Road. H&N photos by Andrew Mariman

FOLD, from page 31 The decline is the product of several factors, according to Lewis. A prominent poison used to deter coyotes, 1080, was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1972. Since then, many large sheep ranches have been inundated with marauding coyote packs, forcing farmers to switch over to cattle, which are generally left alone by coyotes. Another reason for the decline is a change in culture. “Sheep farming is hard work. It’s not like going into an air-conditioned office and sitting down. Sometimes you make money and sometimes you lose money,” Lewis says. “It got

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FOLD, from page 32 “The Endangered Species Act and the government are killing us,” Lewis says. “They spent hundreds of millions of dollars to bring back a predator. If they get here, I don’t know what we’re going to do. Some wolves got to the farm of a friend of mine and killed a pack of his guard dogs and 125 head of sheep.”

Lost ❘ According to Lewis, lamb meat sells for $2 per pound, and most ewes are about 100 pounds. The loss of 125 sheep, then, is $25,000 out of that farmer’s pocket. “They’ve removed them from the endangered species list east of the I-5, which means you can now shoot them to protect your livestock. But good luck,” he says. “A friend of mine in Idaho has a huge sheep ranch, and he’s hunting and trapping and he’s never even seen a wolf. But he has huge losses every month. They hunt in packs at night. What can you do?” His livestock guard dogs, which stay on the pasture with the sheep at all times, can protect the herd ◗

from coyotes and mountain lions. The Lewises have not lost a single sheep all year. Wolves, however, are a different matter. While packs haven’t come to Southeastern Oregon yet, Lewis fears what the future might bring. “I’m worried as can be about what will happen when they get here, and I have no doubt that they will get here,” Lewis says.

Way of life ❘ But sheep farming is not all dire predictions and back-breaking labor. Lewis relishes the opportunity to work outside with animals. And with the lambing season upon them, tiny lamblings scatter between the legs of their mothers. “Look at that one!” Lewis exclaims, pointing to a young ram with the number 27 pinned in his ear. “He’s sticking his nose out and acting like a buck already.” “He thinks he’s king of the hill,” he laughs. The old is again living with the new.

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■ In the garden

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Visit the garden:

Xeriscaping for the Klamath Basin By LEE BEACH: H&N Staff Reporter

Annual average precipitation is 13.7 inches in Klamath Falls and 10.9 in Tulelake, according to native plant guide “Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin.” This means trying to maintain lush, green lawns and plants that require moist conditions is going to increase water usage and costs since the water supply is not unlimited. Agriculture and landscaping experts at the Oregon State University Extension Service say it’s not impossible to have abundant plant life with little water, with “xeriscaping,” or waterefficient landscaping. Some of their tips include: ◗ Work with quality soil: Nutrientpoor, dry soil will make it hard to produce a garden. To improve soil quality, add compost, bark mulch or peat moss.

This will improve water absorption and help plant roots extend deeper into the soil. ◗ Look for plants that need less water: Utilizing plants that can adapt to drought conditions will save on water use. ◗ Water for high absorption: Using systems like a drip system or soaker hoses will increase absorption into the soil, rather than using a sprinkler, which can waste water, as droplets can cling to grass stalks and evaporate. Gardeners should also water before 10 a.m. or late in the evening to decrease the amount of water that can be lost to evaporation. ◗ Maintenance: Prune, mow and fertilize appropriately, depending on individual plant needs.

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Ten plants for xeriscaping

Some of the waterthrifty native plants that thrive here, according to Annie and Leslie Sedlack of Rock Bottom Ranch Koi and Nursery in Bonanza are: ◗ Plants: mountain monardella (also called coyote mint), sulphur flower buckwheat and yarrow. ◗ Shrubs: golden currant, desert gooseberry, snowberry, wild roses and antelope bitterbrush. ◗ Grasses: Idaho fescue and blue bunch wheatgrass. Seventy to 80 percent of the plants the ranch sells are native to this area.

Margaret Wolf from River’s Edge Nursery offered these suggestions for drought-tolerant plantings for this area: salvia (meadow sage), artemisia (wormwood), saponaria (soapwort), caryopteris, penstemon, coreopsis, achillea (yarrow), echinacea and thymus (creeping thyme). Wolf emphasized these do need regular watering the first year to get their roots established. “Then after, water accordingly depending on whether we are having unusually dry weather,” she said. “And using drip irrigation is the most efficient method for watering.”

See XERISCAPING, page 36

Volunteers work on the Native Plant School Yard Native Habitat near Oregon Institute of Technology. Photo courtesy of Kathy Sale

Achillea (yarrow)

Homeowners who would like to use native plants, which are most adaptable to this area and its climate, might want to visit the Oregon Institute of Technology Native Plant School Yard Native Habitat at the college. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the funding agency for the project with Akimi King as liaison between them and OIT. This project is a test plot for the introduction of native plant species into the OIT landscape and serves as a teaching garden for the community. Best time to visit: April and May, when some of the plantings are blooming. The 2 1/2-acre spot is designed to be totally selfsustainable, with no need for supplemental water, once plants are established, using a method known as xeriscaping. Five “communities” were designed: sage and native grasses/perennials; rock flat; oak woodland; mixed conifer; and juniper community. It is located on the west side of the campus, closest to the lake between Facility Services and Cornett Hall.

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“Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin” is a good source for more information about plants native to the area. Find it online at www.rabeconsulting.com/ pdf/plantbook.pdf. It is a 272page book produced by the Klamath Basin chapter of the Oregon Native Plant Society and Rabe Consulting with funding from the Klamath County commissioners in 2007. This book also recommends another source for information on how to grow native plants: “Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest” by A. R. Kruckeberg. Both of these books are available at the Klamath County Library.


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■ Setting

Availability of native plant seeds

goals to save water

Klamath Sustainable Communities, a Klamath Basin advocacy group, has as a stated goal that by 2020, “Klamath County’s residential water users will be educated in sustainable-use concepts and will employ use practices that ensure that the amount of water used does not exceed the available water supply. Conservation strategies will take into consideration that both surface and groundwater resources are limited in supply and the community benefits from sustainable practices.” Some of the strategies the organization suggests are: ◗ Residential grassy landscape areas will be minimized to no more than 15 percent of the owned land, and drought-tolerant and wildlife-friendly plants will be substituted for those areas that exceed the 15 percent amount. Native plants will be used as much as possible.

◗ Watering of all property areas will occur between dusk and dawn to maximize moisture conservation. Hose watering will not flood areas so that water runs onto the sidewalk or the street. ◗ Newly developed sites will use the best principles of water conservation and wise use in planning landscape and residential use of water. ◗ Homeowners will attempt to “catch” rain water for use in landscape watering. ◗ Homeowners will use mulch to conserve water needs of all plantings. ◗ Property owners will use “green” roofs, bioswales, pervious pavers, “rain gardens” and other water management techniques wherever possible in new construction or renovation to prevent water from running off their property into storm drains. ◗

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■ Celebrating Mother’s Day — Sunday, May 13

By LEE BEACH H&N Staff Reporter

Credit for a job well done

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ne of the most enjoyable aspects for mothers celebrating Mother’s Day is the attention and recognition of what they do on a daily basis in caring for their families. Too often those completed tasks simply become invisible or expected — the clean clothes, schlepping to practices, help with school projects, grocery shopping (how often do they hear “there’s nothing to eat?”), cheer-

ing section, calendar keeper, hug dispenser and budget magician. Preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner every day — day in and day out — is one of the jobs most moms will happily give up for a day. To make that possible, here is a sampling of recipes that dads, sons and daughters can put together for a pleasant and delicious Mother’s Day brunch everyone in the family can savor. And don’t forget to wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen.

Dish on the street: What favorite food did, or does, your mother make for you? ‘My favorite is pizza she makes with a Boboli crust, pepperoni and cheese.’ — Jami Taylor Klamath Falls

‘I can’t choose just one. First would be her meat ragout: I want that to be my last meal. And her graham cracker crème cake with M&Ms for dessert.’ — Biagio Sguera Klamath Falls

‘Mom’s potato salad. I never paid attention to what was in it; I just ate it. But my wife’s is just as good. — Jerry Anselme Klamath Falls

‘Her hot, yeast rolls she made from scratch. All three of us girls have her recipe but none of us make it as good as she did — I think it was the love.’ — Dayle Scott Klamath Falls

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‘My mom was really good at chocolate éclairs — they were to die for.’ — Ken Dugan Klamath Falls

‘Macaroni and cheese.’ — Jenae Rhine Klamath Falls

Give mom the morning off — make her brunch! Crustless Ham & Egg Tarts 2 tsp. vegetable oil 12 thin slices of ham 12 large eggs 12 medium cherry tomatoes 2 Tbsp. chives, finely chopped 3 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil all cups in a 12-cup muffin pan with oil (cooking spray also works well). Line each muffin cup with a slice of ham. Leave the ends of the ham sticking out over the top slightly. Break one egg into each ham-lined muffin cup. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with one cherry tomato, a sprinkle of Parmesan and a sprinkle of chives. Bake 18-20 minutes until egg has set. Let cool 5 minutes before removing tarts from muffin tins. To remove, run a knife around each muffin cup to loosen. Serve. Source: www.divinedinnerparty. com/brunch-menu-ideas.html

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BRUNCH, from page 37

Breakfast Pizza 1 Tbsp. butter 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 1/4 cup chopped Canadian bacon 1 (12-inch) prepared pizza crust 8 eggs, beaten 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 3/4 cup picante sauce 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (about a 1/2 cup) 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro leaves (optional) Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Melt the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, pepper and bacon and cook until the vegetables are tender. Place the pizza crust onto a pizza pan or baking sheet. Place in the oven to warm. Stir the eggs and black pepper in the skillet. Cook and stir until the eggs are set. Spoon the egg mixture onto the pizza crust. Top with the picante sauce. Sprinkle with the cheese. Bake for five minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with the cilantro. Cut the pizza into six slices. Source: Campbellskitchen.com

Tip: Combine the Crustless Ham and Egg Tarts with a fruit salad and bakery muffins or the Breakfast Pizza with a coleslaw or Southwestern black bean salad (make them yourself, or get them at the deli).

For the Youngest of Chefs: Something Easy and Fun If you are looking for something the little ones can actually “make” for mom, here are a few suggestions, even if it’s not “gourmet.”

Wafflettis Heat oven to 200 degrees and put plates in for keeping waffles warm. Make a simple frosting from the recipe below. Don’t put the sprinkles in yet. Toast frozen waffles in the toaster or toaster oven. Use a hot pad to take the plate from the oven. Put waffles on the plate, drizzle with the frosting, and sprinkle with colorful sprinkles.

Frosting recipe for Wafflettis In a small bowl, mix the following: 1 cup confectioners sugar 3 Tbsp. milk (or more, so it’s of drizzling consistency) 2 tsp. vanilla extract Colorful sprinkles, for topping Source: recipes.familyeducation.com/slideshow/mothers-day/65543.html

Beautific Bagels Toast half bagels (or whole-wheat bread). Spread with cream cheese or peanut butter. Decorate with banana slices, walnuts and/or raisins.

Party Mimosa 1 (12 ounce) can apricot-mango nectar (or apricot only) 1 (12 ounce) can pineapple juice 3/4 cup cold water 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted 1 (750 milliliter) bottle cold champagne (substitute ginger ale, which is sweeter, or club soda for a non-alcoholic sparkle) Stir together apricot nectar, pineapple juice, water and orange juice concentrate in a large pitcher until combined. Pour in the bottle of champagne or club soda just before serving. Source: Allrecipes.com

See BRUNCH, page 39

The first Mother’s Day was conceptualized with Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Howe called on mothers to come together and protest what she saw as the futility of their sons killing the sons of other mothers during the Civil War. She called for an international Mother’s Day celebrating peace and motherhood and she supported celebrations in different cities. The observance waned until a West Virginia women’s group led by Anna Reeves Jarvis began to celebrate an adaptation of Howe’s holiday. In order to re-unite families and neighbors that had been divided between the Union and Confederate sides during the Civil War, the group observed a Mother’s Friendship Day. On May 10, 1908, the first official Mother’s Day celebration took place at Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, W. Va., and a church in Philadelphia, Pa. Her daughter, Anna M. Jarvis, devoted herself full time to the creation of Mother’s Day in honor of her mother, endlessly petitioning state governments, business leaders, women’s groups, churches and other institutions. In 1912, West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day, and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed it into national observance, declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Source: www.mothersdaycentral.com/about-mothersday/ history


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BRUNCH, from page 38

A sweet ending For a sweet ending to a Mother’s Day brunch — one that can take care of itself cooking while the rest of the meal is being prepared and enjoyed — start this in the crockpot first thing in the morning, and it will be done in about three hours. If you can get fresh raspberries for the topping, all the better, but it’s good with thawed, frozen raspberries, too, as were used in this case.

Raspberry Brioche Pudding Unsalted butter 3 large eggs 3/4 cup sugar 2 cups whole milk 1 cup heavy cream 1 tsp. vanilla extract 6 ounces brioche or challah bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups) 3/4 cup raspberry jam whipped cream or ice cream (optional) fresh raspberries (optional) Generously butter the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of the insert of a large slow cooker. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until pale and foamy. Beat in milk, cream and vanilla. Scatter bread cubes in slow cooker. Pour milk mixture over bread. Avoiding the sides of the cooker, dot the surface with jam. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or until center is just set. Serve warm with whipped cream and fresh raspberries, if desired. Source: March 2012 issue of Family Circle

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Sharing a tradition of home cooking By SHELBY KING H&N Staff Reporter

Lots of people think grandma’s cooking is the best, and Dora Hoffmeister is definitely one of those who do. Hoffmeister grew up in a small coastal town in Mexico, and she has fond memories of her grandmother’s meals. “Her tamales were perfect,” remembers Hoffmeister. “It didn’t matter what she made, it was always perfect.” Hoffmeister said even though they had a gas stove for cooking, her grandmother often cooked outdoors because it was too hot to cook inside. “And, it just tasted better,” she said. “I remember my grandmother saying, ‘no, we cook outside because the food tastes better that way.’ ” Her grandmother cooked in a hornillo, a traditional oven similar to a wood-fired pizza oven. “My grandmother used to make the most wonderful posole,” remembers Hoffmeister. “I try, and it tastes good, but it’s never the same. ◗

H&N photos by Shelby King

Dora Hoffmeister supervises and works the griddle while her grandson Jacob, 8, and granddaughter Haley, 10, prep the dough for the tortillas.

When Dora Hoffmeister was young, growing up in Mexico, she said her grandmother cooked their tortillas using a large, flat plowing disc her family would repurpose.

Generation to generation ❘

Hoffmeister, who’s lived in Klamath Falls since the 1970s now has two young grandchildren of her own, and she enjoys preparing traditional Mexican dishes with them. “I bought them each their own little tortilla maker,” she said. “And they love to make tortillas with me.” When Hoffmeister was young, she said her grandmother cooked their tortillas using a large, flat plowing disc her family would repurpose. “After they’d gotten too dull we’d bring them in and wash them off really good and she could make lots of tortillas at once,” she said. Hoffmeister brought her grandmother’s metate, a large plate used for grinding masa to make tortillas, with her to the U.S. as something to remember those days by. “I also, when I go back, always bring a little bag of sand from the beach back with me,” Hoffmeister said. “So that when I get homesick I can look at it and feel at home.” See HOME, page 41


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Posole 3 pounds pork roast 1 large can of hominy 1 onion, quartered 8 cloves of garlic 2 tsp. dried oregano 8 dried California chiles salt Garnish: cabbage cilantro onion lime Cook the meat in water with onion and four garlic cloves in a stockpot on high temperature until boiling. Meat should be covered by 2 inches of water. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for four hours. Rinse hominy, add to stockpot. Remove stems and seeds from dried chiles. In a separate pan, boil chiles until soft. In a blender, blend four remaining cloves of garlic, chiles and one ladle full of liquid from the stockpot. Pour chile mixture through a colander into stockpot. Add oregano and salt to taste. Garnish with any or all of the suggested ingredients. Serve hot.

Corn tortillas 3 cups masa harina 2½ cups warm water or chicken broth 1 cup lard, shortening or butter 1½ Tbsp. onion powder 1 Tbsp. chile powder 1 tsp. salt In a mixing bowl, knead together masa and warm water or broth until combined. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes or so to let the masa soften. Put in a mixer, or knead by hand, until a dough forms. Gradually add the salt, onion powder and cumin as you mix. In a separate bowl, mix the lard about three minutes, until fluffy. Add it a little at a time to the dough while mixing until well combined. The dough should form a soft ball and shouldn’t stick to the sides of the mixing bowl. Form the dough into small balls and flatten with your hand or the bottom of a glass. Place flattened tortillas on a hot griddle and cook until brown spots appear on the dough, then flip to the other side.

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flora and Fauna of the Klamath Basin

American Coot ❘ Spring on nearby waterways means crowds of coots. Flocking birds, returning from migrations to the southern United States — swim, bob and dive on local ponds and lakes. Ralph Opp, a founding member of the Klamath Wingwatchers group, said the small black waterfowl is so common it’s sometimes overlooked. They’re “fairly common in the Basin, especially in the summertime,” he said. But the bird, known in biology texts as Fulica americana, has another name common with locals — mud hen, Opp said. They often can be found rooting around in the mud, he said, and tend to be omnivorous with a diet of small animals, fish and vegetation, he said. With specialized, paddle-like webbed toes, the birds are completely tied to water. Opp said they’re capable of taking off only on water. “They just can’t run fast enough on land. They have to be on water,” he said. The birds begin filtering into the Klamath Basin around April, Opp said, and will be here long enough to mate and raise their young. Their nests can be found among the reeds at the water’s edge. The structures include a ramp, so young birds can easily launch in the water. By autumn, most the birds begin leaving for their migratory habitats. A few remain behind to winter in the Basin, Opp said. And they’re a recognized migratory game bird. In the 2011-12 season that ended in January, coots had a 25-bird possession limit with an unusual 25 daily bag limit. Perhaps not surprisingly, the bird has a muddy, gamey taste, he said. “You don’t see many people eating them,” Opp said. “They just aren’t a very tasty bird.” For hunting regulations, visit www.dfw.state.or.us. ◗

By ALEX POWERS H&N Staff Reporter

Mare’s Eggs ❘ The cold, clear springwaters of Klamath County hide an unusual bacterial oddity. With a bulbuous shape, dark green-black exterior and water balloon-like gelatinous heft, the mare’s egg can be found in lownitrogen springs throughout much of the world. But local springs tend to produce abnormally large eggs, said biologist Sarah Malaby. Local eggs, growing upward of 8 ½ inches in diameter, are believed to be among the largest. Malaby, a retiree of the U.S. Forest Service, said the eggs are “fun to handle.” The thick exterior holds a jelly-like substance, and the organisms always elicit a response from children at outreach days for the WinemaFremont National Forest. “They’re kind of a special thing,” Malaby said. They don’t move, but simply lay on the beds of creeks and springs. They don’t even emit a particularly pungent odor, like other algaes. In the wild, the eggs are easily mistaken for rocks. Until touched, of course, Malaby said. “They’re water ballon-like,” she said. Several years ago, Malaby said, the national forest had issues with vandalism of the eggs at an area spring, when visitors were bursting large numbers of the eggs. A unique management area on the forest, the site used to be marked with signs for visitors. But now “we don’t advertise it a lot because we don’t want a lot of vandalism there,” Malaby said. Malaby said the eggs are colonies of cyanobacteria — also known as blue-green algae — single-celled organisms related to the non-colonial alga that clogs Oregon lakes and causes closures each year. But unlike the large-scale blooms, mare’s eggs are slow-growing. They take about five years to reach a size of 1 to 2 inches. Malaby isn’t sure why the eggs grow to such large sizes in local springs. She said the water conditions are ideal, with low nitrogen content, and the fairly remote locations made them relatively safe from human interaction. When left alone, the eggs are safe to bud new colonies and go about their ways of sitting at the bottom of a spring, still and rocklike. ◗

H&N file photo by Andrew Mariman

Photo from “Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin”

American Coot

Fulica americana ◗ Average weight: Approximately 1 pound ◗ Average length: Approximately 15 inches ◗ Wingspan: Approximately 22 to 28 inches ◗ Breeding: May through June. Usually eight to 10 eggs per season ◗ Average lifespan: Nine years ◗ Known predators include raptors, coyote, fox Nests are about 13 ¾ inches wide, usually among reed cover at water’s edge, and have a ramp for young to reach water. Information from University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.

Mare’s egg

Nostoc pruniforme ◗ Average size: Approximately 1 to 2 inches ◗ Max size: Approx. 8.5 inches ◗ Color: Dark green to black ◗ Average age: Approx. three to five years. A blue-green algae or cyanobacterium, mare’s egg actually is a colony of smaller organisms. Small colonies may bud on outer surface of mare’s eggs. When they die, the leathery outer layer breaks open and gelatinous interior drifts away in the stream.


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Best shots: Photos from Herald and News readers In our February/March edition of Klamath Life, we asked our readers to send us a few of their favorite scenic photos of the Klamath

Basin. Here is a sampling of some of the photos we received. Daniel Morgan, who shared his photo “Pelican Marina,” will receive a $20 prize.

‘Hagelstein Park’ By Diana Wade Bicknell

‘Pelican Marina’ By Daniel Morgan By L. Stevenson

On the Basin Calendar: Make your plans for upcoming Basin events through March

Saturday, April 14 ■ Free pool and shuffleboard all day starting at 10 a.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars, 515 Klamath Ave. Sunday, April 15 ■ Ragland Classical Series Honors Recital featuring high school musicians will be held at 2 p.m. in the Ross Ragland Theater. ■ “Italians in America,” a lecture by Vincenza Scarpaci, author of “Journey of the Italians in America,” at 2 p.m. at the Klamath County Museum. Tuesday, April 17 ■ Basin Outdoor Group meeting, 6 p.m., The Ledge, 369 S. Sixth St. Wednesday, April 18 ■ Ballroom dancing at 7 p.m. in Rachel’s School of Dance, 638 Klamath Ave. Saturday, April 21 ■ Children’s Learning Fair, 10

a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. An additional time from 9 to 10 a.m. will be available for children with special needs. ■ Craicmore performance of Celtic music, 7:30 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater. Tickets $19 to $37. Thursday, April 26 ■ “History of Kingsley Field,” a program by Ryan Bartholomew presented at 7 p.m. during the meeting of the Klamath County Historical Society, at the Klamath County Museum. Saturday, April 28 ■ Trophy Trout Fishing Derby on Upper Klamath Lake at Moore Park. ■ Guided nature hike with the Klamath Lake Land Trust: Early Blooms of the Tablelands, near Beatty. Visit www.klamathlakelandtrust. org, or call 541-884-1053 for

more information. Saturday and Sunday April 28-29 ■ Jefferson State Shooting Association Gun, Knife and Coin Show, Klamath County Fairgrounds. Friday through Sunday May 4-6 Thursday, May 3 ■ Pacific Crest Trail Night, a video and discussion related to the Pacific Crest Trail will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Klamath County Museum. Free admission. ■ Back Country Horsemen’s Horse Packing & Wilderness Skills Clinic at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. Sunday, May 6 ■ Klamath Chorale will present its annual spring concert at 2 p.m. in the Ross Ragland Theater. Tuesday, May 8

■ The

Teddy Roosevelt Show, 7 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater. Featuring Teddy Roosevelt re-enactor Joe Wiegand. Free admission. Saturday, May 12 ■ International Migratory Bird Day and Run for the Birds, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Sunday, May 13 ■ Pianist Emile Pandolfi performance 2 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater. Tickets $16 to $33. Friday, May 18 ■ A Celebration of Stage and Screen, 7:30 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater. Tickets $26 to $39. Saturday, May 19 ■ Taste of Klamath, 5:30 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater. Tickets $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event.

Saturday, May 26 ■ Guided Nature Hike with the Klamath Lake Land Trust: Unusual plants in Devils’ Garden. Visit www. klamathlakelandtrust.org, or call 541-884-1053 for more information. ■ Fools for Rowan will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater. Tickets $17 to $25. Saturday and Sunday May 26 and 27 ■ Heritage Days at the Fort Klamath Museum. Does your group or organization have a special community event coming up? Let us know and we’ll put it in the community calendar in the June/July edition of Klamath Life. Send event information to clerk@heraldandnews.com, or call 541-885-4412.


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