|10 Years: Flood recovery, plaque recovered and coffee 'Crew' posted on 02/01/2021|
In the Feb. 2011 issue of The Mountain Times, it was
reported the mountain community was still busy mopping up from the floods that
raged through mountain neighborhoods in mid-January, with residents, volunteers
and emergency personnel alike responding in an overwhelming display of selflessness.
Heartwarming stories of neighbors helping neighbors poured
in, the Hoodland Fire District set up emergency operations and an evacuation
center, enthusiastic volunteers of all ages turned up to fill sandbags,
benefits for flood victims were planned and much more. From this unwelcome
event which devastated significant portions of the mountain, an outpouring of
care, compassion, concern and support for one another came to the fore.
Magic Mile Plaque
The Magic Mile Plaque, which disappeared from the slopes of
Timberline Lodge in years past suddenly reappeared when a man who wished to
remain anonymous found it while moving belongings from his mother's house and
shipped it to Christy Covington, Zigzag Ranger District coordinator.
Originally placed at the first tower of the Magic Mile, the
plaque commemorated the first Magic Mile chairlift, and was dedicated by
Norway's Crowned Prince Olaf on May 21, 1939.
The Magic Mile is considered to be the first ski lift built
and fabricated with steel towers and was the first lift to serve Timberline
Covington planned on re-installing the plaque at the Silcox
Hut, noting it also has a connection to the lift. Unfortunately, the plaque is
not the first historical treasure to disappear, or even reappear, at or around
Timberline Lodge, and Covington said that one year an ashtray was returned.
Who knows what lurks in our basements and attics.
Mt Hood Business Alliance – Pharmacy
The recently formed Mount Hood Business Alliance announced
at its meeting in Jan. 2011 that a new pharmacy on the mountain was a distinct
possibility, and semi-retired local pharmacist Jeff Williams was approached by
the group to get the ball rolling.
"People keep saying 'do it.' I'm certainly open to
talking about it (with Thriftway). The Mountain certainly needs the
service," Williams said.
The idea of Thriftway being a possible site for the project
was discussed, although as mountain residents will recall, the pharmacy
ultimately opened up in the Rendezvous shopping center. It has since closed its
After purchasing 'Java the Hut' in Jan. 2011 from Rick and
Georgi Tyson, new owners Travis and Suzy Brewster opened the coffee shop
located in the Hoodland Shopping Center under the new name of “Coffee
Brewsters.” The Brewsters had plans to redecorate the interior and convert the
look to a more lodge-like rustic feel, which resulted in old snow shoes and
skis being dropped off by locals.
Despite the changes to the decor, the Brewsters stuck to the
slogan "Where the Mountain gets its coffee," which remains to this
In other news
Students at the Welches Middle School vowed to stomp out
bullying, a packed Villages at Mt. Hood Town Hall meeting heard information
from Clackamas County Commissioners regarding the flood and the proposed
mountain bike trails on Mount Hood, and the Cascade Ski Club in Government Camp
hosted the “Come Fly with Us” open ski jump competition at Skibowl.
By Fran Berteau/MT