Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The sparse slate on the May 20 Primary Election for Hood River County is either a confirmation of the work of the incumbents or a suggestion that more attention should have been paid to the fact that the elected positions are up to a vote.
Challengers had until last week to file to run against the three incumbents on the County Board of Commissioners, but no one did. When the deadline passed, the only names were those of chairman Ron Rivers, Karen Joplin of Position 1 and Bob Benton of Position 3.
Probably no one more than the officer holders would have liked there to be a contest. But, short of a write-in effort, the three incumbents get a free pass. (Note: Hood River and Cascade Locks mayor and some council seats are up for vote in November; those filing dates are this summer.)
So the focus on participation in the Primary now is on the act of voting, and this is a good time to point out another pending deadline: April 29 is the final day for new voters to register in order to be eligible to cast ballots the May Primary. The deadline is the same for anyone who wishes to change party affiliations. A quirk in Oregon’s election laws is that a postmark of April 29 is acceptable for registration, but a change of party requires the form to be in the Elections office by 5 p.m. on April 29; postmarks do not count.
Stuff of Life: Celebrate Red Cross in March
Each year, the President of the United States proclaims the month of March as “Red Cross Month” to honor the lifesaving work the organization does throughout the year. Show your support by donating blood and asking a friend to do the same.
The Red Cross helps save lives each day by managing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply. In the United States, every two seconds someone needs blood. It must be readily available for accident victims, people undergoing routine surgeries, people with rare blood disorders and premature babies.
In Oregon, someone needs blood every two seconds. Therefore, it takes the effort of blood donors every business day to help ensure that an adequate blood supply is available for patients in local or area hospitals. Any healthy person age 18 (age 16-17 with signed parental consent) or older and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood. Valid identification is required for all donations.
Beta Sigma Phi will host a blood drive March 26 in Hood River; see the 3 to Go page listing on page A1 for details.
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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