Friday, March 4, 2011
Winter contended with spring on Monday - and winter won.
The snows of the past four days caused a mix of pain and frustration, with some unfortunate injury accidents, along with an inclination among many folks to enjoy a late-winter opportunity for skiing, snowboarding and sledding.
Monday was to be the first day of spring sports at Hood River Valley High School.
While state skiing and snowboarding athletes geared up with bindings and poles at state competitions at Mt. Bachelor, some of their classmates walked the halls of HRVHS with their lacrosse sticks in hand, ready to take to the green fields.
But spring sport athletes were to be disappointed. The fields quickly turned white and all after-school activities were canceled Monday, followed by school itself on Tuesday.
While some folks skied to work on the Heights Tuesday, at least one man was seen shoveling show, wearing shorts.
Recollections were mixed when valley residents were asked whether or not this seemed to be an unusual amount of snow to fall in a 24-hour period in late February.
Mostly, folks dealt with it in their own ways.
Among the strangest anomalies of Tuesday's snow day was this: At Odell's Chevron Station, Butch Gehrig's tow truck stayed in the shed.
"People are coming in for gas. They know they need to stay gassed up," Gehrig said.
His counterpart at Windmaster Market, Russ Gray, said, "People are pretty smart about what to do when we get this much snow."
March and April blizzards are not unprecedented, so the smartest advice of the day should be kept in mind in case more snows are to come:
Said OSP's Sgt. Pat Ashmore, "I encourage people to stay off the roads if possible in this kind of weather."
As temperatures rise in the next few days, shorts may feel the right apparel, but the snowpants might still win the next round, too.
Sign up to serve by March 17
Every community in Hood River County, from Crystal Springs Water District to the Port of Cascade Locks, has a stake in the May 17 Special Districts Election.
Positions are open on the Hood River County School Board, Port of Hood River, Hood River County Parks and Recreation District, the county Transportation District, and two other entities serving all or most of Hood River County: Columbia Gorge Community College and Region 9 Education Service District.
Port of Cascade Locks commission will also be on the ballot, as will Mt. Hood Community College district board, which includes Cascade Locks.
Every water, fire, and sanitation district as well as the school Local Committees will be on the ballot.
The key date is this:
March 17 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to file for office.
Hood River News ran a full list of seats in the Feb. 19 edition. Call the Elections office at 541-386-1442 for details.
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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