Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Hood River voters passed two land-use measures that were posted on Tuesday's ballot.
Measure 14-15 was approved by a 61.4 percent margin, with 3,187 votes in favor and 1,998 opposed. The initiative sponsored by the Let the People Decide political action committee seeks to give voters a voice in either the approval or denial of any application for development of 25 or more units in a forest zone.
Measure 14-16 passed by 67.4 percent, with 1,081 "yes" votes cast and 522 against. The Citizens for Responsible Waterfront Development sponsored the initiative that seeks to establish a city policy that preserves a large sector of the waterfront for a public park.
Lee Shissler, county elections supervisor, said more than 49 percent of the county's 10,375 registered voters returned their mail ballots. Only 2,970 city residents were allowed to mark their choice on the waterfront issue and Shissler said 53.9 percent participated in the election.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge