Monday, January 16, 2006
January 7, 2006
One week into the new year, our Round Two (and hardly an exhaustive list) of Best Wishes for 2006:
To the Port of Hood River commissioners, a magnifying glass in their search for the best person for the job of Port executive director.
To the Warm Springs Tribes, a condor feather — for the protecting thunderbird — at the passing of their beloved leader, Rudy Clements.
A sharp eye to motorists along Interstate 84, Washington Highway 14, and Oregon Highway 35 — all byways where dangerous rockfalls have occurred in recent weeks.
An instant mental thesaurus to authors everywhere, up to and including Hood River native daughter Virginia Euwer Wolff, whose book “Bat 6” will be the focus of the Hood River Community Reads project this spring.
Quick sales to all those folks who park their “For sale” cars along public roads — in violation of city ordinance.
To the Hood River, Horizon, and Cascade Locks basketball teams, all enjoying seasons peppered with wins and hustling play — a firm grip on those rebounds.
To the Hood River ski and snowboard teams — calm, cold days and steady knees.
To the HRVHS wrestling team — more pins than a tailor shop.
To the HRVHS swimming team — straight dives and smooth strokes.
And, while they are not yet in competition, a wish for lacrosse players (elementary, middle and high schools) for big crowds this spring to see this exciting but misunderstood game.
Thanks and a round of applause in advance for our local students in many other avenues, including (but not limited to) music, drama, robotics, speech and debate, computers, business, agriculture, electric cars, and FFA and 4-H.
They also compete, learn, and entertain, with less attention than they deserve.
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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