‘Sense of Place’ continues Dec. 18

The Columbia Gorge Earth Center’s third annual Sense of Place lecture series began Oct. 16 and continues Dec. 18 with a presentation by Jon Tullis, “Timberline and Why It’s Cool.”

Seventy-five years ago, in the throes of the Great Depression, Timberline Lodge rose high on the south slopes of Mount Hood through President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. The lodge provided work for hundreds of Oregonian laborers, craftsmen, and artisans.

Today, Timberline has a firm respect for its tradition, yet a forward-leaning sense of innovation. Learn about how the lodge’s historical significance has been preserved as it continues to offer recreation for 21st-century visitors.

Jon Tullis is Timberline’s director of public affairs; he is the company’s primary spokesman and oversees media relations, publicity, public relations, governmental affairs, community outreach and master planning.

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Whether it is recreation, resource extraction or farming, most people who live in the Gorge are here because of some connection to the land. As the Gorge becomes increasingly popular for both locals and tourists, conflict over how best to manage this unique place becomes elevated. Ideas about how to use and live on this land that connects us can quickly become an issue that divides communities.

Through monthly speakers who represent a variety of industries and perspectives, the Sense of Place lecture series seeks to explore the cultural and natural history of the land so that together we can uncover what ties us all to this place and to each other outside of times of conflict.

All lectures take place at Springhouse Cellar Winery, 13 Railroad St. in Hood River. Doors open at 6 p.m.; lectures begin at 6:30. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer, save a seat, buy a book on the lecture’s topic from Waucoma Bookstore and meet others in your community.

Still to come:

n Jan. 15 — Brett Vandenhuevel and Lauren Goldberg, “Hanford’s Nuclear Legacy: The Impact on our River Today.” Learn about the history of Hanford and how its impact on our communities today.

n Feb. 19 — Scott Burns and Marjorie Burns, “Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods.” This lecture will focus on the story of the discovery and development of the idea of the floods by J. Harlen Bretz and their effect on the development of the landscape of 16,000 square miles of the Pacific Northwest.

n March 19 — Arthur Babitz, “Visible Change: The Transformation of the Hood River Valley As Seen in the Photographic Record.”

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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



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