Wednesday, May 24, 2006
News staff writer
May 10, 2006
In spite of the three-way race for Hood River County Commission Chair, the local ballot return rate is lower than expected.
As of press time on Tuesday, only 18.88 percent of the mail ballots had made it back to the county Records and Assessment Office. On April 26, ballots were posted to 10,881 voters, but only 2,054 individuals have weighed in on the May 16 primary election choices.
“It’s kind of low unless we get a huge run over the weekend,” said Kim Haack, elections supervisor.
She said it is important for people to hand-deliver ballots to the county administration building, 601 State St., after Thursday. Ballots can also be dropped off at Cascade Locks City Hall, 140 WaNaPa Street, until 8 p.m. next Tuesday.
Haack said postmarks do not count and there are no guarantees that ballots mailed after May 11 will arrive in time. She said one ballot that was locally stamped for May 2 arrived in the county office one week later.
“If you want to be sure that your ballot gets counted then don’t mail it this weekend,” she said.
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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