Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Hood River Valley Residents Committee recently celebrated 35 years of history in helping protect the Hood River valley. The celebration and annual meeting was held at Kate Mills’ house in Mt. Hood.
Present and elected board members are Ron Cohen, Peter Cornelison, Margo Early, Scott Franke, Judie Hanel, Jeff Hunter, Deanna Joyer, Larry Martin, Mike McCarthy, Nick Kraemer and Polly Wood.
The short history of accomplishments was presented by past president Ron Cohen. In 1977, the residents committee was successful in stopping a one-house-per-1-acre development, which could have ruined many upper valley farms and orchards. Most recently, the residents committee was successful in increasing the Mount Hood Wilderness acreage and protecting the Crystal Springs watershed, which services over a third of Hood River County.
County Commissioner Karen Joplin gave an enthusiastic talk covering the new countywide medical insurance program and discussed the importance of our county water resources and other county budget and land use issues.
Jason Miner, executive director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, spoke about statewide issues and the importance of local land use groups, like the HRVRC, protecting Oregon’s farm and forest lands and quality of life.
The group thanked Peter Cornelison, outgoing chair of HRVRC, for the past three years and also thanked the newly nominated co-chairs Jeff Hunter and Polly Wood.
The Fourth Annual Hood River Harvest Bike Ride will be held Sept. 29. More information is at HRVRC.org and hrharvestride.com.
The vision of the Hood River Valley Residents Committee is to conserve farms, forests and other natural resources through sound planning that promotes quality of life in the Hood River valley now and in the future.
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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