Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Here are highlights of the May 17 Special District votes, according to preliminary results from the Hood River County Elections website.
See the May 21 edition for full results
Voters kept one incumbent and turned another out the Port of Hood River Commission races May 17, choosing Brian Shortt over Position 4 incumbent Sherry Bohn, 1,464 to 807 and returning Position 5 commissioner Hoby Streich in an overwhelming margin over two challengers.
The Odell-Pine Grove fire district merger proposal passed by a large margin, with Odell voters saying yes 294-63 and Pine Grove voters casting 113 yes votes to 61 no.
Streich gained 1,461 votes to Erlene Veverka Smith's 368 and Rob Kovacich's 355.
Meanwhile, in the Port of Cascade Locks commission races, Samantha Verschuren edged Rob Brostoff, 94 to 83, and Brenda Cramblett defeated Gail Lewis, 106 to 74.
Running unopposed were Hood River Port District 3 commissioner Rich McBride and Donna Mohr for Cascade Locks Port position 2.
Charlotte Arnold defeated Martha Dell in the onl,y contested race for Columbia Gorge Community College. Arnold won 1,490 to 506 in the Position 4 race.
Art Carroll, Glenna Mahurin and Karen Ford were the top three candidates in the Hood River County Parks and Recreation Board race, with 22.5. 21.5 and 16.9 percent of the vote, respectively.
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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