Shortt defeats Sherry Bohn in Port race

May 18, 2011

Voters kept one incumbent and turned another out in the Port of Hood River Commission races in the May 17 Special District, 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.

Shortt said of his victory, "You put your best foot forward, present yourself in the best way you can, and let people make a decision."

"First of all, I applaud Commissioner Bohn," Shortt said. "She's had nearly 10 years on the board and that is a lot of community service."

Shortt said he is looking forward to learning as much as he can before taking office in July.

"We're going to head into a busy summer, and I want to be able to understand what's in front of the Port as quickly as possible," he said. "I'll be talking to all the existing port commissioners on their views of where the Port is going.

"I don't just want to start fresh, I want to start aware."

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 only 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.

Here are the results of the Park and Recreation District race: Art Carroll, 1,049, 22.45; Chris Johnsen 555, 11.88; Karen Ford, 794, 16.99; John Everitt, 447, 9.57; Jonathan Graca 405, 8.67; Brian McGeeney, 430, 9.20; Glenna Mahurin, 993, 21.25.

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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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