Saturday, December 2, 2006
News staff writer
November 8, 2006
Voting turnout was 69 percent in Hood River County for the Nov. 7 General Election.
Here are selected results, based on final unofficial results from the Hood River County Elections Office:
Hood River City Council: Paul Blackburn, 1,303; Arthur Babitz, 1,256; Carrie Ann Nelson, 1,006; Martin Campos-Davis, 872; all but Campos-Davis were elected.
Cascade Locks Mayor: Roger Freeborn won with 158 votes; Arni Konenen had 80, Bobby Walker 71, Rob Brostoff 41, and William Logue 33.
Cascade Locks Recall: Rob Brostoff (212 yes, and 166 no) and Lee Kitchens (213 yes, and 166 no) were recalled.
City Locks City Council: Randy Holmstrom 219, Kerry Jo Osbourm 218 and Tom Cramblett 204 were elected. Also running were Tom Brazille with 162 votes, Darrell Driver with 132, and Todd Mohr with 162.
Hood River County voters gave Senate District 26 incumbent Rick Metsger (D-Welches) a 4,676 (64.5 percent) lead over Republican Carol York of Hood River (2,552, 35.3 percent). Metsger won re-election.
The vote in House District 52 was closer, with incumbent Patti Smith (R-Corbett) earning 3,700 votes to 3,491 for Democrat Suzann VanOrman of Hood River, 51.5 to 48.5 percent. Smith won re-election.
Cascade Locks voters rejected the proposed creation of a rural fire protection district, 223-175, a 56 to 44 percent margin.
In the Cascade Locks City Council recall vote, it was 213 yes, 166 no regarding Lee Kitchen and 212 yes and 166 no regarding Rob Brostoff.
Parkdale Fire District and Dee Fire District voters overwhelmingly supported the merger of the two district. In Parkdale, the vote ws 831-192, an 81-19 percent margin; in Dee, it was 109-17, or 86 to 13 percent.
For governor, county voters joined the state-wide trend by giving Dem. Ted Kulongoski a 60 to 37 percent margin over his challenger, Republican Ron Saxton, 3,329 to 2,740.
County voters gave U.S Rep. Greg Walden of Hood River a margin that mirrored the rest of District 2, 4,427 to 2,740 for Democrat Carol Voison and 114 for Constitutional Party candidate Jack Alan Brown, Jr., a 61-38-1 percent split.
In State Ballot measures, county voters said yes to 39, no to 40, no to 41, yes to 42, no to 43, yes to 44, no to 45, yes to 46, yes to 47, and no to 48.
See the Nov. 11 edition of the Hood River News for details.
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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