Four city offices up for election

June 23

Three Hood River City Council seats, and the position of mayor, are up for election in November.

Councilor Charles Haynie, who was first appointed in 1999 and ran in 2000, plans to seek another four-year term in office.

“I think I am doing a good job,” said Haynie, who wants to continue his focus on replacement of the aging water supply conduit system.

Councilor Andrea Klaas, who has held her current post since 1996 is unsure about whether she will run for another four years in office. However, A.J. Kitt, who was just appointed to replace Scott Reynier, does plan to seek his first elected seat. After Reynier became ineligible to serve by moving outside the city limits, Kitt applied for the job and stated during the interview process that he wanted to put the next seven months of training to long-term use if possible.

Council President Linda Rouches has stated her intent to seek a two-year term as mayor. That office is being vacated by Paul Cummings, who has served in the role for eight years, with an additional two years on the council.

If Rouches is elected, the council will appoint a replacement to fill her unexpired two-year term.

* The four open positions are “at large” and allow a candidate to live anywhere within the city limits.

* Residents interested in filing in campaigning for one of the non-partisan offices have until Aug. 16 to sign up as a candidate.

* All contenders must have lived inside the city limits continuously for the past 12 months and been registered to vote during that time.

*For more information on the elected offices, call Jean Hadley, city recorder, at 387-4212.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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