Tuesday, January 9, 2007
By SUE RYAN
News staff writer
December 27, 2006
Plans by the Pacific Crest Trail Association to locate a first-time regional office for Oregon and Washington in Cascade Locks have been put on hold.
Executive Director Liz Bergeron said Wednesday that because part of the funding came from the U.S. Forest Service, the recent vote by Congress stymied it.
“The idea is still viable but with the continuing resolution it means there isn’t funding for either the position or the office at this point,” she said.
Bergeron added that the current PCT project manager position within the U.S. Forest Service itself is also vacant. That position is located out of the agency’s Pacific Southwest Region office in Vallejo, Calif.
Under the continuing resolution, the government has enough spending authority to keep the government operating through mid-February. Some government agencies are not filling vacancies as a way to deal with the situation. But that is not the case for the agency’s position in California, according to Mike Mathes, Forest Service regional spokesman.
“We have been acting to find another replacement, but we just didn’t leave the position vacant,” Mathes said. “We even have a detailer in there now on a part-time basis.”
He said the position within the agency is a longtime slot that isn’t affected by the current budget situation. Mathes said some of the latest projects by the agency for the trail include a brand-new line of maps on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Bergeron said it’s unlikely the Cascade Locks office and position will go forward until the budget issue is resolved.
The organization held a board meeting in Stevenson, Wash., this summer. Port of Cascade Locks Director Chuck Daughtry and port commissioners gave the board a tour of office space in the town, including some in the port’s main office building.
The association had advertised until Dec. 8 for a regional representative that would work with agency partners and volunteer organizations to protect and enhance the trail. The intent was also to have that person spend time outdoors and on the trail. They had sought someone with a background in natural resources or recreation with skills in trail design, construction and maintenance.
The Pacific Crest Trail crosses through the middle of Cascade Locks as part of its 2,650 mile path from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.
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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