Saturday, May 3, 2014
Weekend tasks: Mow the lawn, check the oil, open your ballot.
Election season is here.
Hood River County Primary Election ballots were mailed Friday by the County Elections Department, meaning voters will receive ballots as early as today for the May 20 election.
Any voter who has not received a ballot by early next week should call the Elections Department at 541-386-1442.
Page A11: Linthicum v. Walden
Contested races on the May 20 Oregon Primary Election ballot include Dennis Linthicum’s challenge of U.S. Greg Walden of Hood River for the Republican nomination to the Second District House of Representatives position.
Turn to page A11 for profiles of Walden and Linthicum.
See the May 7 edition for coverage of the Democratic candidates for the House District 2 nomination: C.F. (Frank) Vulliet, Aelea Christofferson, and Barney Spera.
Other things to remember:
n Sign your ballot envelope and only your ballot envelope; a signature by any other person could invalidate that vote.
n Ballots must be in the county’s hands by May 20 at 8 p.m.; postmarks don’t count.
The ballot contains mostly uncontested races, setting the stage for November General contests for such positions as Oregon House and Senate seats.
But in the Primary, voters will choose between two Democratic candidates for governor: incumbent John Kitzhaber and Ifeanyichukwy C. Diru, and Republicans Bruce Cuff, Gordon Challstrom, Tim Carr, Dennis Richardson, Mae Rafferty and Darren Karr.
Challenging Sen. Jeff Merkley for the Democratic nomination are Pavel Goberman and William Byrk, while on the Republican side, one of five candidates will advance to the general: Monica Wehby, Jo Rae Perkins, Mark Callahan, Timothy Crawley and Jason Conger.
The only measure on the ballot is for Cascade Locks residents, and it concerns Ordinance 431: Voters there will be asked to ratify, or not, the ordinance that creates an Emergency Medical Services fee to fund emergency medical services by the city’s fire department. The fee would be collected via city utility bills, and would not exceed $6 per month for residential customers. The fees could only be used for services within the city’s ambulance service area.
The ballot also contains uncontested races for a variety of judicial positions and Commissioner of Bureau of Labor and Industries, held by Brad Avakian.
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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