Wednesday, May 24, 2006
News staff writer
April 29, 2006
Hood River County mailed out 10,880 ballots to registered voters on Friday and the countdown officials begins for the May 16 primary election.
Sandra Berry, elections supervisor, asks that ballots be marked only with pencil and signed by the official recipient. She said damaged or destroyed forms can be replaced prior to mailing by calling 387-4522.
She said it is too late for new voter registrations or to change a political party. But members of the electorate can still request a change of address.
All ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on May 16. A drop-slot for added convenience is available near the front door at 601 State Street.
The ballots will winnow down the field of candidates in contested partisan races. Voters will choose one candidate from the Democratic and Republican parties to advance on to the Nov. 7 general election. In nonpartisan races, if an individual takes 50 percent plus one of the vote, that person will have his/her name singly listed on the fall ballot.
Of particular interest to local voters is the three-way race for the at-large position of Hood River County Commission Chair. District 2 Commissioner Maui Meyer is listed on the ballot, along with challenger Paul Nevin, a Hood River resident. Running as a write-in candidate is Parkdale orchardist Ron Rivers.
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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