Special District election filings trickle in

March 21 is the deadline to run for office

March 21 is the filing deadline for the May 21, 2013, special district election.

Filing has been slow for positions that are up for election on district boards.

No one has filed for two positions on the Port of Cascade Locks and incumbent Rich McBride is the lone person so far to file for any of the three Port of Hood River positions.

Incumbent Jan Veldhuisen Virk has filed for Hood River County School board, at-large, but no one else has filed for that seat nor positions 2, 4 and 6. (To view a map of the board zones, visit http://bit.ly/WM8igo.)

So far, there are contested races in only two districts: Odell Sanitary District, where Bob Duddles, Butch Gehrig and Steven R. Smith have filed for two posts on the board; and Wy’east Rural Fire District, where four men have filed for three posts: Erik Cedarstam, Bob Graves, Rodney Hasty and Chuck Weseman.

Charlene Fort and Paul Zastrow filed for Columbia Gorge Education Service District, and Paula Friedman, Nancy Moller and John Phillips will run for election to the Hood River County Transportation District Board.

Zastrow has filed for Parkdale Rural Fire District and Jim Gray and Bob Nickelsen will run for Westside Rural Fire District posts.

In the Ice Fountain Water District, Gene Baskins, Terry Benton and Gail Hagee will run.

Suzanne Van Orman filed for the Hood River County Library District; there are three positions open.

Suzanne Vandergrind is so far the only person to file for the two open posts on the County Parks and Recreation District Board.

Any candidate interested in filing for board positions can visit the Hood River County Elections website to obtain filing forms or may visit the office to pick them up.

The clerk’s office is located in the County Administration Building, Sixth and State streets.

For details contact the Election Office at 541-386-1442.

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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

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