Saturday, August 10, 2013
Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) has been appointed to the Legislative Emergency Board, a committee that oversees allocation of state resources through the interim until the 2014 session convenes next February, and deals with any emergency issues that may arise.
“It is an honor to be asked to serve in this role,” said Thomsen. “Serving on the budget committee over the last two sessions has prepared me to do a good job on the Emergency Board.”
The Emergency Board operates during the interim when the Legislature is not in session. It is a joint House and Senate Committee. In consideration of agency requests, the Board allocates emergency funds, increases expenditure limitations, authorizes transfers, receives reports, and approves submissions of federal grant applications. The Board will meet every quarter, or as needed to deal with pressing issues.
Thomsen has served as a Hood River County Commissioner for 16 years. A fourth generation orchardist from Hood River, he was first elected to the State Senate in 2010.
Thomsen graduated from Hood River High School in 1975, and went on to graduate from Willamette University. Thomsen has been a volunteer firefighter with the Pine Grove Fire Department for thirty years.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge