Friday, January 18, 2013
Representatives from the Oregon State Marine Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m. at the Marina Center Ballroom, 1000 E. Port Marina Drive in Hood River, on a proposed boating rule near Hood River.
The board seeks public input on a rule that would restrict boat operation within the artificial lagoon on the immediate west side of the mouth of the Hood River.
The rule would create a slow-no-wake zone within a marked area of approximately 494-by-155 feet. The area is heavily used by swimmers, sail and kite boarders and personal watercraft engaged in instruction activities.
Written comments can be submitted until Jan. 31. Comments can be emailed to osmb.rulemaking@
state.or.us or mailed to June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. N.E., Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone cannot be accepted.
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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