Friday, May 24, 2013
Jan Veldhuisen Virk and Mark Johnson easily kept their seats on the Hood River County School District Board of Directors in voting in the May 21 Special Districts election.
Virk gained 1,683 votes (66.9 percent) to 792 for Tim Counihan, a research biologist running for school board for the first time.
Johnson was the only name on the ballot for Position 6, but write-in candidate Mary Reynolds gained 39.7 percent of the votes in the 314-207 race.
Overall turnout was 26.16 percent, as 3,007 out of 11,494 eligible voters turned in their ballots.
“It feels great to know voters of Hood River County have confidence in me,” Virk said. “We have a great school district and I’m proud to be part of it.”
In the County Parks and Recreation District race, Greg Davis gained the most votes and Renee Van de Griend won re-election in a remarkably close four-way race for two open seats.
Davis, an Insitu project manager, received 933 votes, or 28.06 percent of the vote, to Van de Griend’s 928 votes, 27.91 percent. In third was John Everitt with 847 votes, or 25.47 percent. Rob Kovacich received 585 votes, for 17.59 percent.
The race for Wy’east Rural Fire District held a similar pattern, in this case voters choosing three of four candidates in a tight finish: Rob Graves edged Weseman, 387-384, for a 28.6 to 28.4 percent split, with Eric Cedarstam close behind at 323, or 23.9 percent, for the third seat. Rodney Hasty pulled in 249 votes, 18.45 percent.
Butch Gehrig was the clear winner in the only other contested race on the ballot, for Odell Sanitary District. Gehrig gained 142 votes, or 50 percent, and Bob Duddles (74 votes, 26 percent) edged Steve Smith (69 votes, 24 percent).
See the May 29 edition for full results.
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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