Tapes not edited

An April 10 letter from Barbara Sexton of Gorge Reality contained several factual errors.

First, the Columbia River Gorge Commission did not edit the tapes of the meetings of Dec. 12, 1989, and Feb. 27, 1990, provided to Gorge Reality. To address their concerns about the tapes, we offered Gorge Reality an opportunity to review the original tapes to ensure that their copies were accurate. In addition, we also explained that there may have been some conversation lost when the tape recorder reached the end of a tape. Furthermore, we provided Gorge Reality with printed copies of the minutes of those meetings that covered material missed when the tapes were changed or flipped over.

Secondly, the Commission did not dismiss any letters received from Gorge Reality that called for an independent party to review the Management Plan for the National Scenic Area. We received these letters before Plan Review began and used them in compiling Monitoring Reports. The original letters are on file at the Gorge Commission office.

Gorge Reality was also wrong in stating that the Commission received 124 comments about mining instead of "over 200" as mentioned in a Commission press release. As shown in a spreadsheet distributed at a Commission meeting on March 26, the Commission actually received 226 response forms, letters, postcards and e-mails with nearly identical language urging it to ban new mines in the Scenic Area. All these "form" responses were grouped together as one comment on the spreadsheet. The public is welcome to examine the original documents on this or any other Plan Review issue at the Commission office during regular business hours.

As a side note, Columbia River Gorge Commission decided on March 26 that new mines should continue to be allowed, subject to the guidelines that protect scenic, cultural, natural and recreation resources.

Keith Fredrickson

Public Outreach Coordinator, Columbia River Gorge Commission

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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