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Hood River City Council race: Four in running for three positions

Hood River County mailed 11,745 ballots this month.


Hood River County mailed 11,745 ballots this month.

Here are a few things to remember about casting your vote:

  • Ballots must be in by Nov. 6, 8 p.m.; postmarks don’t count.
  • Nov. 1 is the last day to mail a ballot — to be sure it will be counted.
  • Make sure to sign the ballot envelope with your name on it. Don’t sign any other ballot envelope; it could invalidate it.
  • If you have updated your address or moved, you need to re-register at the County Elections Office, 601 State St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Hood River City Council Candidate Q & A

Meet the candidates:

The four people running for Hood River City Council have come as close to running as a team as any opponents in recent memory.

The quartet has made several joint appearances at Gorge Grown Food Network farmers market, standing at one table to answer questions from the community.

Laurent Picard and Kate McBride are seeking re-election to City Council, and Marc Zanmiller and Nikki Hollatz are running for council for the first time, though both have experience on other local panels. Hollatz serves on the City Planning Commission and Zanmiller is a 15-year member of the Hood River County Parks and Recreation Board of Directors.

The Hood River News asked each candidate to answer six questions about their view on the city and what they want to accomplish.

Below are brief biographies provided by the candidates:

Nikki Hollatz, a five-year member of Hood River Planning Commission, moved to Hood River eight years ago after she graduated from the University of Washington.

Hollatz started working for Skamania County shortly after she moved, and that is where she works.

“I worked as a land use planner for six years, and more recently have held the position of Environmental Health Specialist with the Community Development Department.

“My husband and I could not think of a better place to be raising our two children, Hudson (5) and Hazel (3), and we enjoy being actively involved in the community.”

Kate McBride was appointed to City Council in January 2012, and had served on the Hood River City Planning Commission for seven years, approximately two of those as the chair.

She was born in Hood River and has lived her whole life in the county. For the last six years she has worked for Friends of the Columbia Gorge, as its Land Trust Manger. For 12 years previously she worked in real estate sales.

“When my daughters were attending public school in the county I was co-chair of the parent teacher organizations for several years and served on the high school site council. I became involved with land use planning on a larger scale, when the 50,000-square-foot footprint ordinance was passed by the City and the Wal-Mart Super Store was proposed in the county in 2001.”

Laurent Picard was appointed to Hood River City Council in 2005, and elected in 2008.

He has worked as a paramedic for Portland Fire and Rescue for 16 years, and has lived in Hood River for 14 years

His interests include: cooking using local ingredients, travel, hiking, biking, skiing and kiteboarding.

Mark Zanmiller moved to Hood River in 1991. Married since 1984, Kym (“teacher and volunteer extraordinaire”) and Mark have two daughters: Jordan, 22, is an environmental scientist, and Alice, 20, is a junior at Cal Poly SLO, studying community and regional planning.

Zanmiller grew up in Minnesota and lived in multiple states prior to graduating from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Zanmiller has worked in the Hood River small company/high-tech world since arriving here, first as an engineer and head of hardware engineering at ANPC from 1991 to 2002; transitioning from engineering to technical sales and marketing for Cloud Cap Technology into 2011; and as director of business development at Sagetech until mid-2012 when he started Dog River Concepts as a business development services consultancy. He is contract director of business development for SightLine Applications.

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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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