Tuesday, May 30, 2006
By SUE RYAN
News staff writer
May 20, 2006
Port of Cascade Locks commissioners worked Thursday night resolving issues with the Columbia Gorge Racing Association.
CGRA Vice-President Jarvis Brecker presented the commission with a draft document.
“We have become a significant enough user at the park we thought we should come up with a framework,” he said. “Our goal is to manage better how we use the site.”
Brecker estimated their events each drew an average of 600 people last year. The association has 10 events planned this summer. Those events draw traffic and create parking issues, which commissioners had concerns about.
“I have a problem with a limit of two hours for parking. One — it’s not logical. Two —it’s not fair,” said Commissioner Kathy Woosley. “Last year local people had no access to the beach.”
Commissioners agreed to have two spots marked “Cascade Locks residents only.” The agreement also included a clause guaranteeing the association a year-long commitment for events. Port director Chuck Daughtry said it made sense to him because the CGRA needed to have a year’s lead time to sell events to people.
Several of the commissioners asked that Brecker and Daughtry rework the agreement, including the year commitment to CGRA.
“I disagree with that, too,” said Commissioner Tim Lee. “If you had a disagreement with that contract you couldn’t cancel it for a year.”
The port will provide garbage cans and mark spots for the event. The sailors pay a $3 fee to CGRA, which in turn pays the port. Their first event will be an opening day regatta and cookout June 4.
In other business, the commission:
* discussed updating the port logo;
* heard that the Portland Spirit will spend $7,000 on labor and $58,000 on equipment to improve the galley on the Cascade Locks Sternwheeler;
* heard from new maintenance director Dale Davis that the bridge would be closed to one lane of traffic Monday when Port of Hood River welders come to work on repairing the grid;
* sent a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs asking that the BIA secretary visit the proposed casino site; and
* learned that a timber cruise will be done at Pacific Crest Park for valuation purposes to prepare for the wilderness land swap.
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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge