Editorial: Cleaning up from the storm

February 11, 2012

Storm cleanup and repairs will be, for some folks, a long-term project. With the snow melting, we all get a much better view of just how many of our neighbors lost branches and whole trees. We'll really miss those trees when the budding and leafing happens this spring. But now in sight are opportunities for both cleanup and revival.

Home and business owners have more time to dispose, at no charge, of woody debris. Hood River County, the City of Hood River and Hood River Garbage Service established free drop-off sites for woody debris at several area locations in the wake of last week's winter storm; Feb. 24 is the final day to do so at no charge at the City of Hood River Public Works Yard, at 18th and May streets, and at the Hood River County materials yard on Dee Highway, one mile south of Lost Lake Road intersection. Hood River Garbage free brush drop-off occurs every Wednesday. Disposal at these locations will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Maximum size is 12 inches in diameter; no other types of waste such as appliances, household garbage, etc., will be accepted. In Cascade Locks, drop-off will be at the community burn pile on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where nature tore down trees, Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District may have a way to fill the gap.

The SWCD is taking orders now for its annual native tree and plant sale. The SWCD offers a variety of native conifers, deciduous trees and shrubs. These bare-root seedlings are 1-2 years old and will be delivered to the SWCD in early April.

Check hoodrivernews.com for details on how to order, and for signing up for the free hazardous waste collection events this month for local agricultural producers, courtesy of the Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program .

(Pre-registration is required and there are restrictions on what is accepted.) The first will be held In Hood River on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hood River Garbage Service.

It's not too late to count winter out, but you could say all these add up to opportunities for some early spring cleaning.

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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

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