To 2002

Some good things keep on ticking

The ebb and flow of the year 2001 rose and fell like the water level of the Columbia River, our timeless, harried ribbon.

In Hood River County, our consciousness last year was dominated by questions over a casino, stances on a super-store, murmurs of a mountainside resort.

In addition to Wal-Mart and the casino, other smaller furors arose in 2001, two of them defined by non-decisions: the city decided not to pursue, for the time being, the proposal to fluoridate city water, and not to put to voters a proposal to annex land west of Hood River. Both questions are dormant, not dead.

And pitched over all of the local arguments are the echoes of Sept. 11. Hood River County citizens went to New York City to help out after the terrorism attacks, and locally many others rose to the awful occasion with fundraising.

The events of 9-11 redefined us, but life cycles onward.

"Time, peaceful as a hurricane eye," wrote Paul Simon.

In 2001 the Pear and Wine Festival went away for a year, but plans are to renew it in 2002. The Hood River Valley High School Community Work Day went away for a couple of years; students and businesses made it successful in May 2001.

The Port is still devising an affordable plan for waterfront redevelopment, but next to the marina the county museum gave a new home to one of its centerpieces, the M.S. Henderson wheel.

Meanwhile, downtown, in August the clock at 3rd and Oak chimed again after 20 years of silence.

And so the clock ticks into 2002.

We can hope that matters will calm down this year, but the ebb and flow are likely to be just as consistent, just as fluctuating, as in 2001.

But how's this for a consistent ticking: early in 2001 the drivers for Hood River County School District celebrated one million miles without an accident. That string continues into 2002.

As we roll into 2002, the Hood River News and Columbia Gorge Press bids its readers a year of positive change.

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(Hood River News: Rhen Adamson, classified ads manager; Steve Annala, circulation; Janet Cook, reporter; Jack Dancy, composing; Joe Deckard, general manager; Allen Diers, composing manager; Jim Drake, composing; Ray Edwards, delivery; RaeLynn Gill, reporter; Ailene Hibbard, archives; Tom Lanctot, publisher; Dave Leder, reporter; David Marvin, composing; Stacey Methvin, classifieds; Kirby Neumann-Rea, editor; Sandy Peterson, display sales; Jim Semlor, photographer/reporter; Chris Stenberg, office manager; Erik Steighner, reporter; Debbie Trujillo, receptionist.

Columbia Gorge Press: Scott Beard, printing; Ron Bolyard, mailroom; Omar Cripps, press; Jason Edwards, press; Kristi Freda, mailroom; Todd Jensen, printing; Jesse Johnson, press; Debbie Jones, print sales/display; Marjorie Kahler, mailroom; Jesse Krieger, mailroom; Loretta Laughlin, mailroom; Cecelia McFall, mailroom; Gabriel Mercer, press; James Mercer, press; Tony Methvin, general manager; James Redshaw, mailroom; Patt South, press; Kristi Taylor, pre-press; Rick Ursprung, printing.)

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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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