Saturday, April 12, 2014
Gorge Owned (GO!) is accepting nominations for the fourth-annual Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards, which celebrates people who are working on innovative, creative solutions to the environmental, economic and social issues facing the Gorge.
GO! will present the awards to one individual, one business and one student at the Gorge Earth Day celebration on Tuesday, April 22, at the Columbia Center for the Arts.
LeFevre was a longtime resident of Hood River who passed away on March 7, 2011, when his struggle with pulmonary fibrosis ended before donor lungs could be found.
“Tod was a passionate and humble person who exemplified the change GO! wishes to inspire others to make in the world,” according to a press release.
Among many other things, LeFevre was a respected civil engineer with Skamania County, Wash., who eventually launched a solar engineering and installation firm, Common Energy, which is currently owned and operated by Scott Sorensen. LeFevre is survived by his wife, Marti, and children, Cassell and Sutton Bell.
Nominations for the Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards must be made no later than April 15. To nominate someone, go to: bit.ly/1kQxXfn.
In addition to announcing the winners of the Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards at the Gorge Earth Day celebration on April 22, GO! will be screening “The Clean Bin Project,” an award-winning documentary film that looks at our “throw-away society.”
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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