May 20 election results

The vote total reached 31.1 percent of registered voters in the May 20 special districts election, according to the Hood River County Elections Department.

Of the 10,425 ballots sent out, 2,493 were returned in time for tabulation.

Full results will run in the May 24 edition of the Hood River News.

In the five-way race for Crystal Springs Water District board, three candidates were selected:

George (Mick) Swyers earned 488 votes (18 percent) to Brian Gray's 472 (or 17.4 percent) and Gorham Blaine's 410 votes (15.2 percent). Hugh McMahan took 394 votes (14.5 percent) and James Jans had 236 (8.7 percent).

Cascade Locks voters chose Jean McLean and Timothy Lee for the two open positions on the Port of Cascade Locks commission.

McLean defeated Kevin Benson, 111-84, a 54 to 41 percent split. Lee defeated Jessie Groves, 151-42, a 74 to 20 percent margin.

The vote was close in two fire district board races in which four men vied for three positions:

In Odell Fire District: Kenneth Raasch had 265 votes (24.8) to Eric Cederstam's 227 (21.3 percent) and Steven Smith's 207, or 19.4 percent. Edged out was Rodney Hasty with 144 votes, or 13.5 percent.

In West Side Fire District: Mark Beam had 567 votes or 22.6 percent, Steve Benton had 529 votes or 21 percent, and Jeff Cooper had 486 votes or 19.4 percent. The fourth candidate was Brian Lay with 374 votes or 14.9 percent.

Running unopposed for Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Directors were incumbents Michael Schend, Christie Reed and David Fenwick.

Voters made it official in the Hood River County School District: Karen Ostrye of Hood River, Kathleen Malone of Cascade Locks and Ramona Ropek of Parkdale ran unopposed, and will join the board on July 1.

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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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