Letters to the Editor for March 3, 2012

Cable park hearing, Preview art studios tour, more...

Cable park hearing

The date for the planning commission's meeting to hear public testimony about Naito Development's proposal for a cable park in the Nichols Boat Basin has been moved to Monday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m., upstairs in the city office building at 211 Second St. This will be an important opportunity to let the planning commission hear your concerns about the proposed project on the waterfront.

Leighton Hazlehurst

Hood River

Preview art studios tour

The Hood River News should be applauded for supporting all of the Arts activities in the Gorge and the Hood River Valley. On behalf of Gorge Artists, an all-volunteer organization managed by participating artists, I want to thank you for publishing notice of the 2012 Open Studio Tour on the front page Feb. 29.

Unfortunately we neglected to inform you that we have reduced the ticket price this year to $10 (instead of the $15 we originally planned) to encourage more visits to our studios, and that we have two preview shows this year at the Pines in downtown Hood River and at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. The preview shows will run the whole month of March.

Come see our work at these great venues and then come see how and where we work during the Gorge Artists Studio Tour April 13, 14 and 15.

Christine Knowles

Hood River

Stop Nestlé

in Gorge

I am concerned to hear that the Oregon Water Resources Department just approved two permits to allow Nestlé to bottle water in Cascade Locks. This brings Nestlé one step closer to being able to exploit our precious natural resources.

Many people here in the Gorge are strongly opposed to Nestlé's proposed bottling plant, for good reasons: It would hurt the salmon, a species that already faces extreme environmental pressure. It would diminish or drain our natural aquifer. It would increase truck traffic and pollution in the Gorge. And, perhaps most importantly, it would encourage the wasteful and irresponsible business of bottled water.

Please write or call Gov. Kitzhaber and Richard Whitman of the Natural Resources Department (listed below) and tell them to stop this process and stop Nestlé, on behalf of the residents of this unique place. You can also get involved with BARK (www.bark-out.org), an organization that is fighting to stop Nestlé.

Write to: Richard Whitman, Natural Resources Department, Governor's Office, 255 Capitol St. N.E., Ste. 126, Salem, OR 97301; Gov. John Kitzhaber, 160 State Capitol, 900 Court St., Salem, OR 97301; 503-378-3111.

Venka Payne

Hood River

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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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