Here’s what’s on the Nov. 7 election ballot

News staff writer

October 25, 2006

Ballots went out Friday for the Nov. 7 General Election. Here is a summary of what Hood River County voters are asked to help decide.

City of Hood River

Mayor — vote for one: Linda Streich

City Council member — vote for three: Martin Campos-Davis, Arthur Babitz, Paul Blackburn, Carrie Ann Nelson

City of Cascade Locks

Mayor — vote for one: Arni Kononen, Rob Brostoff, Roger Freeborn, Bobby D. Walker,William K. Logue

City Council member— vote for three: Thomas. J. Cramblett, Tom Brazille, Randy Holmstrom, Kerry Jo Osbourn, Todd D. Mohr

Nonpartisan County

County Commissioner Chair of the Board —vote for one: Ron Rivers

Commissioner, District 1—vote for one: Barbara C. Briggs

Commissioner, District 3 — vote for one: Chuck Thomsen

Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District

Director, Zone 3 —vote for one: Larry Martin

Director, At Large 2 —vote for one: Rowan (Pete) Peterson

Recall Election, Cascade Locks: Rob Brostoff, Lee Kitchens

Local Measures: 14-26 Proposed Cascade Locks RFPD; 14-24 Merger of Dee RFPD and Parkdale RFPD ; 26-83 Mt. Hood Community College District General Obligation Bond Authorization

State Candidates

Governor —vote for one: Joe Keating, Ted Kulongoski, Richard Morley, Mary Starrett, Ron Saxton

State Senator District 26 —vote for one: Carol York, Rick Metsger

State Representative District 52 —vote for one: Suzanne VanOrman, Patti Smith

Non-partisan State Judiciary

Judge of the Supreme Court, Position 6 —vote for one: Virginia L. Linder, Jack Roberts

Judge of the Court of Appeals, Position 9 —vote for one: Ellen F. Rosenblum

National

United States Representative in Congress, 2nd Congressional District —vote for one: Jack Alan Brown, Jr., Constitution Party; Democrat Carol Voisin, Republican Greg Walden

State Measures

39—Prohibits public body from condemning private real property if intends to convey to private party

40—Amends constitution: requires Oregon Supreme Court judges and Court of Appeals judges to be elected by district

41—Allows income tax deduction equal to federal exemptions deduction to substitute for state exemption credit

42— Prohibits insurance companies from using credit score or “credit worthiness” in calculating rates or premiums

43—Requires 48-hour notice to unemancipated minor’s parent before providing abortion: authorizes lawsuits, physician discipline

44—Allows any Oregon resident without prescription drug coverage to participate in Oregon prescription drug program

45—Amends constitution: limits state legislators: six years as representative, eight years as senator, fourteen years in legislature

46—Amends constitution: allows laws regulating election contributions, expenditures adopted by initative or ¾ of both legislative houses

47— Revises campaign finance laws: limits or prohibits contributions and expenditures: adds disclosure, new reporting requirements

48—Amends constitution: limits biennial percentage increase in state spending to percentage increase in state population plus inflation

Ballots can be mailed or dropped at two sites within the county, Cascade Locks City Hall at 140 Wa Na Pa Street or Hood River County Elections at 601 State Street. If you have not received your ballot, contact Hood River County Elections at 386-1442.

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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



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