As the school year begins, the orchardists near Westside Elementary continue to spray pesticide in the face of parents and school children.
September 24, 2015, I was on my way to work at 7:40 a.m. and I noticed a huge plum of spray going off near Belmont in the same moment a young boy was riding his bike to school, passing in front of the rows that had just been sprayed with who-knows-what. I think that the community of Hood River can do better for their children and insist on limiting the school children’s exposure to toxic spray. Perhaps the orchardists on Belmont should consider going Organic and not spray during school hours.
I have not been involved in the fight over the Nestlé project in Cascade Locks, but it was great to read about the Hood River County ballot measure to protect our limited water supply from bottled water exports.
The current drought makes it very clear that we barely have enough water to support the existing homes and farms. As the population here continues to grow, the pressures on our water supply is only going to increase. We cannot afford to be known as a community willing to send our limited water resources out of the county by the truckload. It’s not just the Nestlé project that I am concerned about, it’s the bigger precedent.
Just a short but public thank you to the Hood River County Heritage Council, Idlewild Cemetery and the Hood River Valley Adult Center for a special evening of Cemetery Tales. What a wonderful idea in its seventh year of production. Portrayals of the lives of the permanent residents of Idlewild Cemetery, researched and produced by actors sensitive to the lives they inhabit so we may see and, perhaps, feel some connection with the lives portrayed and by our respectful, quiet attendance, honor in some small way all of the permanent residents of Idlewild Cemetery. I thoroughly enjoyed Cemetery Tales 2015, whose theme this year was “Choices and Decisions.” Thank you actors, thank you Idlewild Cemetery, thank you Adult Center, thank you volunteers, and thank you The History Museum for an evening of remembrance, education, awareness and enjoyment.
Hood River County is blessed with a river down the middle and large companies that want to do the right thing environmentally.
Many places on the river can have run of river hydroelectric projects.
Run and funded by Hood River electric and sold to those companies.