Annual Meeting is Thursday, February 16, 2017

Friends of Fox Creek will have its annual meeting Thursday, February 16, at 6:30 pm, at El Tapatio Restaurant in Rainier. The public is invited.

Speaking will be Kari Olsen, District Manager of the Columbia Soil & Water Conservation District, on the topic of “The Present and Future of Fox Creek.” Ms Olsen has been coordinating the multi-agency effort to restore controlled stream flow through the area impacted by culvert failure and the resulting sinkhole between Highway 30 and C Street West.

For more information, or to make reservations by February 15, please call Ian Bledsoe at 503-369-0867.

Annual Meeting is Feb. 18, 2016

Our 2016 annual meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18th, at 6:30 pm at El Tapatio Restaurant in Rainier. The public is invited. The address is 117 A Street W., Rainier, OR 97048.

We will have updates on activities, reports from officers, and the election of two members to the seven-member board of directors for terms of three years.

Make your reservations for dinner by Feb. 17th by contacting Ian Bledsoe at president@friendsoffoxcreek.org.

We will be ordering food individually from the menu at El Tapatio. Also, if you’d like to support FFC as a member, please come prepared to pay your membership dues ($15) to our FFC treasurer if you haven’t already sent it in. Additional donations are also accepted.

If you wish to nominate yourself or another person to a seat on the board you may do so during the election that night. Seats that are up for election this year are those currently held by JoAnne Booth and Amy Poulos, both of whom are eligible to serve again but have said they wish to retire from the board.

The meeting will adjourn to a presentation on salmon restoration at the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer by Keely Lopez, the refuge manager.

Irene Martin to present 2015 banquet program

FFC’s annual meeting on February 19 will be followed at 7:45 pm by the evening’s program, presented by Irene Martin of Skamokawa. Her talk is entitled, “Fishing and fish-canning on the Columbia River.”

Irene Martin is an award-winning author, known particularly for her books and articles on Columbia River regional and fisheries history. She has fished commercially with her husband Kent on the Columbia River, Willapa Bay, and in Alaska. Her latest titles are The Flight of Bumble Bee, the Columbia River Packers Association and a Century in the Pursuit of Fish, and a book of poems, The Family that Never Threw Anything Away.

In 2013 Irene received the David Douglas award from the Washington State Historical Society.

She lives in Skamokawa, Washington, where she is an active community member, currently serving on the Board of the St. James Family Center, the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, and on the Board of Trustees of the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria.

Annual Meeting is Feb. 19, 2015

Our 2015 annual meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19th, at 6:30 pm at El Tapatio Restaurant in Rainier. The public is invited. The address is 117 A Street W., Rainier, OR 97048.

We will have updates on activities, reports from officers, and the election of two members to the seven-member board of directors for terms of three years.

Make your reservations for dinner by Feb. 18th by contacting JoAnne Booth at treasurer@friendsoffoxcreek.org.

We will be ordering food individually from the menu at El Tapatio. Also, if you’d like to support FFC as a member, please come prepared to pay your membership dues ($15) to our FFC treasurer if you haven’t already sent it in. Additional donations are also accepted.

If you wish to nominate yourself or another person to a seat on the board you may do so during the election that night. Seats that are up for election this year are those currently held by Darrel Whipple and Kathy Byrd, both of whom are eligible to serve again.

The meeting will adjourn to a presentation on the history of the Bumble Bee fish packing plants on the lower Columbia River by Irene Martin of Skamokawa, Washington.

Jim Lichatowich is 2014 Annual Banquet speaker

FFC’s speaker at the Annual Banquet on February 20th will be Jim Lichatowich, noted fisheries researcher who alerted the scientific community in 1988 to the collapse of wild salmon populations in the Northwest.

Jim is the author of two books. His latest book is Salmon People and Place: A Biologist’s Search for Salmon Recovery. He also wrote Salmon without Rivers: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis.

He has worked on Pacific salmon issues as a researcher, manager, and scientific advisor for more than 40 years. He specializes in the history of salmon management and the life history and status of salmon and steelhead populations and the development of restoration plans in the Pacific Northwest. Jim was formerly the Chief of Fisheries Research and Assistant Chief of Fisheries for the State of Oregon. He served ten years on the Independent Scientific Advisory Board for the Columbia River salmon restoration program. He served four years on the State of Oregon’s Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team. He has served on four independent scientific review panels for the California Bay-Delta Authority.

FFC Annual Meeting is Feb. 20

Our 2014 annual meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20th, at 6:30 pm at El Tapatio Restaurant in Rainier. The public is invited. The address is 117 A Street W., Rainier, OR 97048. We will have updates on activities, reports from officers, and the election of three members to the seven-member board of directors for terms of three years.

Make your reservations for dinner by Feb. 19th by contacting JoAnne Booth at treasurer@friendsoffoxcreek.org . We will be ordering food individually from the menu at El Tapatio. Also, if you’d like to support FFC as a member, please come prepared to pay your membership dues ($15) to our FFC treasurer if you haven’t already sent it in. Additional donations are also accepted.

If you wish to nominate yourself or another person to a seat on the board you may do so during the election that night. Seats that are up for election this year are those currently held by Bob Burnham, Chip Bubl and John Byrd, all of whom are eligible to serve again.

The meeting will adjourn to a presentation on “Salmon, People and Place” by Jim Lichatowich.

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Charles Fox sign ceremony

Speakers at the Charles E. Fox sign ceremony on Saturday, October 19, in Rainier Riverfront Park are shown here lifting the veil from the newly-installed sign about the city’s 1851 founder.

At left, in period dress, is Andrew Demko, social studies teacher and advisor to the Rainier Jr/Sr High School History Club, whose members also came in 1850s garb. Demko conceived the idea for the sign two years ago and worked with Friends of Fox Creek and the City of Rainier to bring it to fruition.

Other speakers at the noon event were ASB President Tiffany Fletcher, Rainier City Councilor and high school teacher David Sills, Friends of Fox Creek board member Darrel Whipple, State Rep. Brad Witt, Rainier Masonic Lodge officer Dearl Taylor, whose group provided the portrait of Charles Fox for the sign, and Larry Cole, Chairman of the Columbia County Cultural Coalition Board, which awarded a grant to Friends of Fox Creek to fund the sign project through the Oregon Cultural Trust’s sale of “culture” license plates and from tax-credit donations by individual taxpayers.

Also attending, with his family, was Scappoose resident Mike Wilson, who is a relative of Charles Fox. [Photo by Kathy Byrd]

Charles E. Fox historical sign to be unveiled Oct. 19

The historical sign about Charles E. Fox, who founded Rainier in 1851, will be unveiled at a public ceremony at noon on Saturday, October 19th, near the A Street bridge in Rainier’s Riverfront Park.

Research and planning for the sign has been a collaboration of various groups and individuals in cooperation with the City of Rainier. Funding for production of the sign came from a grant from the Columbia County Cultural Coalition using allotted funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The sign is two feet by three feet in size, rendered on high-pressure laminate, and was manufactured by Interpretive Graphics of Salt Lake City.

Partnering with FFC on the sign project has been the Rainier Junior/Senior High School History Club, advised by Social Studies teacher Andrew Demko, who first conceived the idea of the sign acknowledging Fox. The History Club, which has won national awards, produces an annual re-enactment of events of 1853 in Rainier at the Beaver Homes Grange.

The sign project has also received the full cooperation of the Rainier School District, the City of Rainier and Rainier Masonic Lodge #24; the latter supplied the portrait of Charles Fox for the sign. Bell Studios supplied a digital file of the portrait for the sign maker. The image on the sign of the town plat filed by Fox at the County Courthouse in 1855 was produced by local artist Dee Vadnais.

Join the Fox Creek Cleanup crew on April 20th

The 24th annual Fox Creek Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 20th, 2013. the public and all the usual Fox Creek volunteers are invited to join the event, which is co-sponsored by SOLVE.

The time is 9 am to 1 pm. Volunteers are advised to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for trail work on uneven ground. Friends of Fox Creek will provide gloves and hand tools and buckets, but anyone is welcome to bring their own, visibly marked. FFC will treat the volunteers to a barbecue at the site at the end of the event. 

Volunteers will assemble at 9 am at the Fox Creek trailhead, with parking on West C Street near 2nd Street West, or in the lower parking lot of Riverside Community Church. The registration tent will be along the path to the Fox Creek Trail sign.

Volunteers may skip filling out the SOLVE waiver on the day of the event by registering ahead of time (before April 19th) at the SOLVE website. Register today at www.solv.org .

http://solv.org/get-involved/events/fox-creek-trail-cleanup .

 

 

Rainier Revisited is slated for April 13th

Rainier Revisited, the annual re-enactment of events of 1853 in Rainier, is scheduled for Saturday, April 13th. The public is invited to attend the event any time between 10 am and 4 pm at Beaver Homes Grange, 31105 Beaver Homes Road, Rainier, Oregon 97048. Admission is one can of food or donation for H.O.P.E. of Rainier.

This is the fourth year of the re-enactment, which is produced by the Rainier Jr.Sr. High School History Club, under the tutelage of Social Studies teacher Andrew Demko, Friends of Fox Creek is one of several sponsors of the event.