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12B Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, Rec(N, . _ i"+ ili:i! ?~ii~iiiiii!~!:i~:: Photos by Marian Liddell Thomas Blevins and his family have designed and orent- ed sturdy country rocking horses Just in time for the Christmas season. Malachia, 1, has picked out her favorite rocking horse from the family's stable in the basement den. By Marian'Liddell lar. They are high on the Ruby is a horse and dog Chester Editor mountainside, where TV fan. She has a strong back- lake a mythical dragon doesn't need a cable to get re- ground with horses. For 14 breathing flames, unemploy- ception. Radio stations zoom years, she raised and trained ment in the Lake Almanor in from all over Northern thoroughbreds and Arabians. Basin can rear its ugly head California and Nevada. Currently, she is working at the most unexpected Forsome reason, the phone with a neighbor's stallion. times, company is sure there are no Thomas also has a con- The summer season in homes where the Blevins' struction background and Chester appears to be a time and two other houses sit. hates to see scrap lt mber go to prosper. Everyone is busy Trying to convince the phone to waste. Friends and some in the woods, at the mill,company to turn the phone local contractors started de- down at the airport and all on is a challenge yet to be fig- livering their scrap lumber about town for the met- uredout, for theBlevins toburn. chants. The Lake Almanor Right now, however, the Thomas took a look at the Basin population swells with lack of a phone doesn't seem wood and started thinking the return of summer resi-to be the Blevins' biggestabout how to make some dents and camping tourists, problem. Thomas and Ruby money for his family. He be- But, for some, this summerare tryirlg to figure out the gan making small plaques season didn't hold the bigger problem of just getting with whimsical sayings and promise of work and pay. by. painted bears. Next, he ex- Thomas and Ruby Blevins, Thomas said he has always panded to corner shelves and of l,ake Almanor, had to face made do with "crazy things." small wooden benches and this reality this year. He can fix and repair justtables using branches from f.. Thomas was out of work. about anything. He says he the forest. Ruby added deco- The:i3le~i~:tivejn +~,build:it, ~ix it~.make it rative items to: the ~helves ~~+ +!llot~'s:~~+~ ~ ,1~ tfful" mobntainsld~ :~hofl~rk.'' H'e ca~ i'epair big and eventua|ly addeffclbcks~ of Lakb~qMmanor.+The shelf with clock was designed and crafted in a country along Highway 147.+l'he view Screen TVs, VCRs and all and music boxes to some of of Lake Ahnanor is spectacu- kinds of electronics, the shelves and hand-painted designs, since she was three years old. experience and lots :t acy's Magic... All Wrapped Up in a Peppermill Package.) Room & Shopping Tbrougt) Dec. 24, 2001 l.et the Peppem ill pamper you while you do your holiday shopping! Stay in a luxurious Tower Room for $59 per night or a five- star Spa Suite from only $79* Sunday through Thursday. Weekend packages "also available! Complimenta " round-trip shuttle service to Macy's A special gift when you shop at Macy's Exclusive Macy's coupon hook Free MaQ"s package deliver" to your room Free gift wrapping for up to five Macy's purchases Nightly turn-down service (Macy's customers only) $10 off European facials & mass es at the Peppermill 1'o a'ap up this speci',d rate, just call: With support from Ruby With her love of horses, and support from his and their four children. San- she asked Thomas to make aThomas continues dra, Jonathan, Ruby and "more realistic" horse. On a his n.ew craft and art. Malachia, Thomag took the weekend trip home, she received several family's love of horses and brought fabric from Chico ders, including a started making rocking hors- and the whole family started foot, room-for-two es. giving suggestions on how to horse. Some of the rustic, sturdy build a better rocking horse. Anyone looking horses are replicas of the Today, the horses will rock cial, oneofakind 1800s Seat's & Roebuck eata- or roll. They are sturdy and child or adult should log horses, will hold up to 500 pounds, ride out Highway The Blevins' daughter, With the encouragement of Blevins'. Sandra, is a student at Butte family, neighbors and Turn on Indian College. She is taking classes friends, Thomas has filled his and watch for the on advanced photography, basement with a herd of dif- rocking horses. The has trained her own wild ferent designs for his horses, always on and horse from the Bureau of Malachia's favorite is theRuby will give you Land Management adoption white, winged Pegasus. tour of their program, and has been riding With only a few months' rolling horse designs. Grab your warm clothing, 284-7069 for more informa-has been taking your birding gear and a tion, or if you would like to over 100years. lunch--it's time for the participate that day by count- The counts Christmas bird count at Lake ing the birds at your feeder tant scientific Almanor Wednesday, Dec. 19. (Chester/Lake Almanor areariding Sponsored by the Lake A1- only), long-term health of manor Nature Club and the Following the bird count, ulations and Audubon Society, bird watch- watchers will meet at the environment that ers of all skill levels are Knotbumper Restaurant in with all living thingS. asked to volunteer on Chester for dinner and taffyYou can follow Wednesday, Dec. 19. at about 5 p.m. mas bird count, and Those interested in partici- Christmas bird counts takemore interesting paling in all or part of the ad- place across the United birds, by venture are asked to meet in States, Canada, parts of Cen-