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FORMER CAMP COUNSELOR REPLACES TOTEM POLE STOLEN 30 YEARS AGO

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When Floss Waltman was a counselor at the Brighton LDS girls camp, she built a totem pole for the camp, but then someone stole it.

That was 30 years ago, so Waltman, now president of the Brighton Camp Committee, decided to build another one."The new pole is 100 times better than the first one," Waltman said of the 13-foot carving. "The original was carved out of a telephone pole, but we used a tree a fellow brought down from the Uintas for the new one."

Using a chainsaw and carving tools, Waltman carved the pole which she says has a 6-foot wing span and a big nose. "It didn't look so big before we stood it up," she said.

Waltman received help with the carving from her husband, Rex. She said Mary Winters, a counselor on the committee, painted the pole.

The pole, which has been in Waltman's yard, has been taken to the camp to be used in Indian ceremonies. Waltman said 1,300 girls from 33 stakes will attend the camp this summer.