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10 Years: Flood recovery, plaque recovered and coffee 'Crew' posted on 02/01/2021

The Flood

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 Lodge.

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 doors.

Brew Crew

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 day.

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




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