Talk Trolley

Talk about an intriguing rollout.

The Hood River Chamber Board has put forth the idea of businesses banding together to support a trolley service for downtown and the Heights. The plan would be to shuttle visitors to businesses, hotels and attractions around the community, including the waterfront.

Such a proposal has great merit with respect to addressing traffic congestion, air pollution, and the shortage of parking.

Certainly it would add a new flavor to the commercial districts and could in itself be a draw for visitors. It’s also a “green” solution that at the very least can be looked upon as an example of the type of cooperative multi-modal ventures worth considering. We’ve urged in this space several times in recent years for organizations and businesses to find ways to partner to reduce congestion and traffic, and this is certainly one valid suggestion.

Businesses will decide for themselves if they feel it is worth the financial contribution the Chamber is asking for in order to make the service possible this summer, but at the very least it is worthwhile a call or visit to chamber director Mike Glover to explore the idea as a pilot project.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge


Edward says...

What a great idea, oh wait, we already have that but no one uses it. Does the CAT ring a bell. Why not expand on what we already have and keep in mind the infrastructure is already in place for this to happen. And more importantly, do we really want some touristy Sea Side like trolley dinging its way down oak. Who are we trying to be. Mike Glover needs to start thinking about our locals. If our town is beautiful, cool, comfortable, convenient, etc.., the tourists will naturally flock. So again, do we want to be Sea Side or something better. Please don't turn us into a lame tourist attraction. Remember, some of us actually live here and raise family's here. Build an infrastructure that solves problems for the locals first and this will naturally help tourism as well. If we had a solid public transportation system we would provide EVERYONE what they want and correct me if I'm wrong, but this would solve many parking problems and please the hotel owners which you (Mike Glover) are so desperately trying to oblige. So, in my to be ignored opinion, a little re-branding, additional lines, outlying parking, and expanded hours. I only mention all this because it has worked in, oh I don't know, hundreds of thousands of small towns all around the country.

Posted 20 June 2014, 9:04 a.m. Suggest removal

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