Saturday, March 8, 2014
Seasons change, or keep cycling around, and so it is with the next season.
Spring, yes, eagerly awaited March 21 (with Daylight Saving Time this weekend a welcome harbinger).
But the other season that will be upon us soon is election season.
March 11 is the filing deadline for anyone wanting to run for three open positions on the Hood River County Board of Commissioners on May 20 Primary Election ballot.
This is a great opportunity for citizens who want to have a big effect in local decisions. The three incumbents are back on board for re-election, but so far no one has signed up to run against them.
Ideally, we should see races for all three of these positions. The incumbents probably want it, because it keeps things fresh and brings to the forefront active discussions about those key issues such as growth, affordable housing, economic development, and how best to provide public services.
Candidates must file in person by 5 p.m. March 11. The Elections office is located at the County Administration Building, Sixth and State streets. Call 541-386-1442 for details.
The ballot will include at least one local ballot measure: from Cascade Locks, Resolution 1296, which sends the measure to the May 20 primary ballot. If approved, the measure would apply the fee to all City of Cascade Locks electric utility customers in the EMS department’s “designated or contracted ambulance service area,” which runs from the east end of the parking lot at Multnomah Falls (exit 31 on Interstate 84) to the east end of Viento State Park (milepost 56). The proposal would tack on a $6 monthly fee to the electric bills of residential customers within the city limits and a $7 fee for commercial and public agency meters. Outside the city, residential customers would pay an $8 monthly fee and commercial and public agencies would pay $9.
With elections comes election letters, and we welcome them. We will clarify our policy in more detail in later issues, but in general we encourage writers to keep it positive, tell us what you like about a candidate, resolution, or issue, and remember that newspapers reserve the right to limit publication of boilerplate letters. If the candidates or measure supporters are going to take the time to run or place something up for consideration, the least their supporters can do is take 10 or 15 minutes to write something original on their behalf.
Oh, and if you’re going to write a political letter, please register to vote first. Not a requirement and we don’t check, but it gives you a good feeling and it’s a nice preparatory step to taking a stand.
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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