Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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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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