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High-school athletes earn state honors

Four Hood River Valley soccer players and two Horizon Christian soccer players earned accolades this week when The Oregonian announced its all-state rosters. Seniors Matt Dallman and Becca Meierbachtol were each selected for the 4A second team, while senior Dereck Ponce was named to the 4A third team, and junior Lisa Tedford received honorable mention. Junior Cheyne Swick and senior John Winters of Horizon each received honorable mention in the 2A/1A all-state poll. All nominations were made by league representatives, and balloting was conducted by Mary Heinlein of The Oregonian.

Powder Puff football on Thursday

All high-school girls interested in playing “Powder Puff” football are invited to come to the HRV football field on Thursday at 7 p.m. Teams will be determined by class. Any girls who want to play are welcome. There is no cost, but people are asked to bring a canned food donation for F.I.S.H. Parent spectators are also welcome. Call 386-2318 with questions.

HR Billiards hosts Business After Hours

Hood River Billiards will host the next Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Stop by the old Antique Mall building for the free event, which will feature food and beverages from Full Sail, Maryhill Winery and Abruzzo. Jazz music may also be on the menu. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, e-mail

Free avalanche clinic on Dec. 10

A free avalanche clinic will be offered at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Storm Warning, 112 Oak Street in Hood River. Registration is not required; the clinic is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about winter safety in the backcountry. For more information, call 386-9400.

Fishing and hunting licenses on sale

Anglers and hunters can now start planning for 2003 as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is selling licenses throughout the state. The new licenses have been available since Sunday, and prices are the same as the past two years. Two new provisions apply, however, and license holders are urged to visit to find out more. The ODFW can also be reached at 503-872-5364.

Bend basketball tournament coming

The Mountain View Select Boys Basketball program is now taking registrations for the Columbia River Bank Holiday Hoop Festival for middle-school level teams. The tournament will be held Dec. 28-29 at Mountain View High School in Bend, and teams will compete in either the 6th grade, 7th grade or 8th grade division. All teams are guaranteed three games for the overall cost of $150. Proceeds will help fund the Mountain View youth program. For more, e-mail or call Dave Higham at 541-408-2091.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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