Building permits: January


Covenant Hood River, 455 Frankton Road, commercial assembly: convert school into church

Port of Cascade Locks, 511 N.W. Portage Road, commercial miscellaneous: interior remodel, loft

WOCA of Seventh-Day Adventist, 1090 22nd St., commercial storage: rebuild shed and dock

Tim Thigpen, 4146 Central Vale Road, mechanical: gas heating stove

The Next Door Inc., 1428 Barker Road, mechanical: gas pipe and gas heater for greenhouse

Robert Benton, 1575 Nunamaker, mechanical: upstairs of garage to become gym and bathroom

Bryan McGeeney, 1470 Alameda Road, mechanical: fire damage remodel-addition

Patricia Hutson, 2884 Paasch Drive, mechanical: woodstove insert

Kimberly Hirshberg, 792 St. Charles Place Road, mechanical: vent for gas water heater

William Edwards, 5051 Lost Lake Road, mechanical: venting for wood stove

Raymond and Patricia Galligan, 5205 Mitchell Point Drive, mechanical: woodstove

Dolores Maggiore, 5300 Lost Lake Road, mechanical: gas stove and gas piping

Ronald Guth, 576 Frankton, mechanical: garage repair, fuel piping to house and garage

Jeff Osborn, 3471 neal Creek Road, mechanical: replacement dwelling

Cameron Curtis Homes, 870 Makena, mechanical: replacement dwelling

Ken and Betty Short, 2615 Swyers, mechanical: install fuel piping and freestanding propane heating stove

Donald Hull, 515 Highline Drive, mechanical: replace furnace and heat pump

Steven Bickford, 1870 Highway 35, mechanical: replace heat pump and furnace

Leisa Runyan, 1010 Multnomah Road, mechanical: gas stove and gas pipe

Darrel and Beverly Shackow for Vera Davis, 4120 Dewal Drive, double-wide manufactured home: attach to existing DWMH

Carl and Jeanine Jacobson, 3955 Willow Flat Road, double-wide manufactured home

Ken and Betty Short, 2615 Swyers, structural: covered porch over deck

Bryan McGeeney, 1470 Alameda Road, structural: fire damage remodel-addition

Cameron Curtis Homes, 870 Makena, structural: replacement dwelling

Jeff Osborn, 3471 Neal Creek Road, structural: replacement dwelling

James Sims, 3045 Gilhouley Road, structural miscellaneous 2: interior remodel of shop into office/storage

Robert Benton, 1575 Nunamaker, structural miscellaneous 2: finish upstairs of garage into gym and bathroom

Vawter Parker, 3057 Lingren Road, structural miscellaneous 2: roof-mount photovoltaic system

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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