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Elk City News: Slide excavation complete; more Elk City Days results


Jamie Edmondson Elk City 842-2452

— More Elk City Days event reports…this time from the horseshoe competition. Dan Farber and Gary Carpentier took 1st place; Adam Perry and Jasper Thompson, in 2nd place; Kim Holmes and Kevin Schmidt came in 3rd place. Anita and crew would like to thank everyone who participated and cheered them on. She said that “it was great fun.”

A year ago this month, we were all sweating the pending evacuation. We are not out of the woods for this year yet, but … the long range forecast for winter is colder and snowier (is there such a word?) for this coming winter!

Yea! West Co. completed the slide excavation last Thursday. Now “all” that is left is the paving of the roadway and installing guardrails. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers with none needed at night. Thanks to all the workers who made it safe for all concerned, both workers and travelers.

Lyn writes: “...folks living on both sides of the landslide were having fun driving across the work site this weekend now that the excavation is finally done! Both lanes were scraped down to old pavement level, rough and rocky for about 50 feet, but so very nice. I understand the asphalt will be laid today. It will seem odd for a while without the flaggers and work crews who stayed in town, and we’ll miss chatting with them while waiting for the pilot cars. No matter how back-to-normal Milepost 39 might look, we wait now with uncertainty for the upcoming rain and snow.

Those living in Dixie, Red River, Orogrande, and Elk City (and the bears) are heading up to their favorite huckleberry picking sites to finish up with the berry harvest. If you ask where, you’ll get shifty looks and vague directions!

Winners of the Elk City Days parade entries were: Hali Anderson for Most Humorous: The UPS Delivery Horse. Hali, age 9, wanted to honor her dad Will whose UPS delivery truck got caught in Elk City by the slide but continued service over the alternate route through the winter and spring. The horse wore a uniform from its neck to the boots on his fore-hooves, a parcel on its rump, and Will’s trademark broad-rimmed hat. What a patient, gentle, and beautiful animal, Hali.

Osborn-Thompson grandkids for Best Theme: Future Landslide Construction Crew: The kids built a model of the landslide on a small flatbed trailer deck. It included the tree line above the slide, the landslide, and the rocks and the river below. Their toy excavation equipment and dump trucks were positioned along their “road.” Dressed in yellow flagger jackets and hard hats, they rode on the float carrying toy shovels and buckets. The “flaggers” were grandmothers Missy Osborn and Shala Rowan who handed out toy buckets and shovels to children along the route. The Kids: Kylea Clemenhagen, Elizabeth Tow, Ely Miller, Addison Crane. Their Drivers: Alissa Johnson and Jennylou Floch-Murt.

The McKee family for Most Creative: Bugsy McKee’s Speakeasy: Something spectacular comes from the McKee gang every summer and this year they really were a gang — the notorious Bugsy McKee Gang. Led by two flashy flappers and flanked by “Tommy gun” toters, the float recreated a Prohibition Era speakeasy with piano, gangsters, and floozies. Bottles labeled bathtub gin (water), sarsaparilla (root beer), and other libations were passed out to the onlookers on the parade route. The McKee entries are eagerly anticipated each year; their themes are always fun, their floats thoroughly and painstakingly built, costumes and details are as authentic as possible, and every McKee clan participant is joyful and enthusiastic. Come to the Elk City Days parade next year and see how they top this!

Meetings: Sew Help Me Quilters on the 30th.


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