Playing the links: October 2,2012

Basin plan generates plenty of discussion, MP 66 fire causing headaches, Eagle football rolls

Amazing Helicopter Pilots working valiantly on the Milepost 66 Fire, with the sun setting on the smoke.


Amazing Helicopter Pilots working valiantly on the Milepost 66 Fire, with the sun setting on the smoke.

The proposal by the mayor of Hood River and the president of the Port Commission to scrap the proposed cable park at Nichols Basin in exchange for allowing a hotel and commercial building project and building an esplanade connecting the waterfront has generated a bunch of attention over the past few days.

At the Hood River Biz Buzz blog, those on both sides of the issue, including the proposals two main proponents, waded into a debate over whether it was simply a scheme to get the hotel property landscaped with public money.

Meanwhile windsurfing and kiteboarding forums lit up over the proposal.

At iwindsurf.com, a couple of threads were devoted to the topic.

At nwkiteboard.com, those in favor of the cable park expressed their outrage at the plan in no uncertain terms.

The public will get its first chance to weigh in on the proposal at tonight's (Tuesday) Port Commission meeting which is at 5 p.m. at the Port office.

In non-political news, the fall sports season is in full swing. However, the recent Mile Post 66 fire may have thrown a wrench in the plans for the Columbia Gorge Marathon. The event, which is scheduled for Oct. 28, uses the Twin Tunnels train which is currently close due to debris and fire mop up. However, organizer Chad Sperry says he should know more about the marathon's plans to deal with the situation when he meets with Oregon State Parks staff later this week.

Speaking of the Mile Post 66 fire, user Paul Kline submitted some great photos of the fire, which you can view in the gallery below.

You can also view our gallery of photos from the fire here.

And speaking of even more fire, we have video of the Hood River fire department extinguishing a car fire on State street.

In more positive news, the Hood River Valley football team crushed St. Helens in the Eagles' homecoming game Friday night. The loss left the Lions bemoaning the big plays they surrendered to allow HRV to blow the game open.

We've got all the highlights from the beat down here.

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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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