Tuesday, April 23, 2013
April 30 is the last day to register to vote for the Hood River County Special Districts election on May 21.
To register, visit the County Elections Office, in the County Administration Building, Sixth and State streets, Hood River. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ballots will be mailed on May 3; ballots are due by 8 p.m. May 21 at either the Elections office or the drop box at Cascade Locks City Hall.
There will be a total of four contested races in balloting for 16 different special taxing districts — every port, education, water, sanitation, parks, transportation and fire district in the county.
Jan Veldhuisen Virk, the longest-tenured board member, will have a challenger in Tim Counihan of Hood River in the at-large position for the Hood River County School District Board of Directors.
Mark Johnson filed for re-election and newcomers David Russo and Julia Ramirez will run unopposed for the other two open school board seats.
Four men are running for three positions on the Wy’East Fire District board: Rodney Hasty, Chuck Weseman, Rob Graves and Eric Cedarstam.
Four candidates signed up for two positions on the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation Commission: Rob Kovacich, Renee Vandegriend, John Everitt and Greg Davis.
In the Odell Sanitary District there are two positions and three contenders: Steven Smith, Butch Gehrig and Bob Duddles.
Hood River Port commissioners Fred Duckwall, Jon Davies and Rich McBride each filed for re-election, with no challengers.
In Cascade Locks, Jess Groves, Joeinne Caldwell and Scott Sullenger all filed for re-election — all are unopposed.
Charlene Fort, Paul Zastrow and Susan Gabay will run unopposed for three positions on the Columbia Gorge Education Service District board.
Also on the ballot are positions on the boards of Mt. Hood Community College (serving Cascade Locks) and the Hood River Library District.
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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