Nov. 7 Election

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.

State Legislature:

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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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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