Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Hood River County Clerk’s Office announces two key filing deadlines in March.
n The filing deadline for filing personal property returns is March 1, to avoid a late-filing penalty.
Any business in the state of Oregon is required to file a personal property return with the county assessor’s office.
If you have any questions contact the assessor’s office at 541-386-4522.
n March 21 is the filing deadline for the May 21, 2013, special district election.
May 21 Election Timeline
March 21 — Filing deadline
April 6 — Military/out-of-country ballots mailed
April 22 — Out-of-state ballots mailed
April 30 — Voter registration deadline
May 3 — Ballots mailed
May 21— Election day
June 10 — Certification
Any candidate interested in filing for board positions can visit the Hood River County Elections website for filing forms or visit the office to pick up a form.
The clerk’s office is located in the County Administration Building, Sixth and State streets.
Among the special district open positions, there are four up for election (out of seven) on the Hood River County School District Board.
The Port of Hood River will have three seats open and the Port of Cascade Locks will have two.
In addition, the Hood River County Transportation District will have four of its seven seats up for the vote, and on the Hood River Library District, three of the five seats.
Also on the ballot are positions on the boards of Columbia Gorge Community College and Mt. Hood Community College (serving the Cascade Locks area) and the Rural Education Service District No. 9; Hood River County Parks and Recreation District, and rural fire, water and sanitation districts in Hood River County.
For more information contact the County Election Office at 541-386-1442.
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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