Everyone’s A Painter

Rick Tolley, a painter from the coast, helped organize a painters’ day Saturday with a team from the Karuk Tribe’s Pikyav Field Institute. The field had been mowed in advance but the mower had left big clusters of California poppies./Photo by Malcolm Terence, Two Rivers Tribune Contributor.  Forget the calendar. The first day of spring in Orleans was last Saturday, and dozens of locals of all ages showed up to observe it at a painter’s picnic. A handful of established painters from the coast also joined in. A crew of Karuk Tribe organizers set up the “Drawing Connections” event at the site that once held the Orleans Hotel. Read More →

Obama Blocks Dakota Pipeline

Carley Whitecrane, flanked by her children, joined the march she helped organize in Orleans last week. Despite short notice, 75 people showed to show opposition to completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In mid-November Carley and her family traveled to Salem, Oregon, to oppose permits that would allow another fossil fuel pipeline that would cross the Klamath River./Photo by Konrad Fisher, Klamath Riverkeeper. Federal officials from the Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that that they would not approve the permit to construct the last leg of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in its present route across the Missouri River. The decision was met by cheers across the camps at Standing Rock. A , few days before the Army Corps announcement an estimated 75 people joined for a march and rally in Orleans last week to support the water protectors, and they gathered with only one-day notice. To give perspective, the population of Orleans is 500-600. A proportionally large turnout in New York City would be around 1.2 million. Read More →

Nip it in the Bud

Peach leaf curl is a fungus that can severely damage the productivity of a tree or even kill it./Photo courtesy of the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension. Most gardeners in the Klamath-Trinity have encountered Peach Leaf Curl – the curled, deformed leaves that appear on peaches and nectarines in the early spring. Problem is, by the time it’s visible it is already too late to treat it; in fact, the ideal window for controlling peach leaf curl is coming up in early to mid-December. Read More →

A River Runs Through Us

The Karuk Tribe and two other Orleans-based groups invited their neighbors last week for an update on the condition of the Klamath River and also to share a supper of venison stew. It was preaching to the faithful and to newcomers alike. More than 100 people attended. Read More →

Truck Causes $15k in Damages to Mid Klamath Watershed Building

The Mid Klamath Watershed Council runs programs as diverse as fuels reduction, youth education, and fisheries restoration but the busy non-profit has spent the week restoring its own Orleans headquarters. Read More →

Burning for the Better

There were some general agreements at the Fire Ecology Symposium last week in Orleans, among them that 100 years of contemporary fire suppression is not working and that traditional Native burning should not have stopped. These insights are not news to the 75 scientists, fire managers, agency reps, tribal reps and Read More →

Mid Klamath Watershed Council’s Third Thursday Dinner Features Local Indigenous Food on the Menu

Nancy Bailey, resident of Weitchpec and employee of the Mid Klamath Watershed Council, especially enjoyed the fire roasted peppernuts.Local indigenous foods served up at this month's Third Thursday Cafe dinner in Orleans. Read More →

Bringing the Community Together

1643FrankLakeCookingFishFrank Lake of Somes Bar carefully watches over several dozen sizzling salmon steaks cooked to perfection on redwood sticks around a madrone wood fire. The fish was part of a local  indigenous meal of acorns, seawead, deer, peppernuts, and huckleberries prepared by local chefs Clarence and Deborah Hostler, Luna Latimer, and Lake, at the Third […] Read More →