That's our vision

In response to Brian Sauncy's "Vision of Compromise" (Another Voice, Jan. 5) concerning a Hood River waterfront Casino I would like to say, "sure wish we in Cascade Locks had that vision." Hey, wait a minute we did, nearly two years ago. During the past year we have spent an enormous amount of time refining our vision of a waterfront tourism Center anchored by a Casino operated by the Warm Springs Tribe. During the past year we presented our Vision of Compromise to virtually every governmental entity in the mid-Columbia River Gorge. Guess what, all who have taken a formal position to our proposal, including Hood River County and City, and our state representatives have publicly supported our vision of compromise and this is the vision we have submitted to the governor for his reconsideration. The last thing we as a county need is to clutter the governor's desk, and this public debate with yet another vision, we must be united and get behind the most viable plan.

I would however like to commend Brian for taking what appears to be a lot of time, thought, and effort in developing his vision; as a public official in a small city it makes me feel good when a private citizen takes an idea and puts it into presentation form.

Living on the "West Coast of Hood River County" we historically are not always heard loud and clear so I can understand why our Casino vision has not been seen or understood by most residents of the Gorge. I would like to encourage and invite all Gorge residents to attend some of our City Council meetings not just the ones with casino issues, you might be surprised at how we are working to position our city (yes, there are two Cities in Hood River County) for economic recovery and planned growth.

Roger Freeborn

Mayor, Cascade Locks

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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