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Horizon hoops loses to Stevenson JV

The Horizon Christian basketball team began preseason play on Wednesday night with a 67-45 loss to the Stevenson High School JV team. After a slow start, the Hawks outscored the Bulldogs 20-2 in the second quarter for a 28-20 halftime lead. But Stevenson’s full-court press in the second half spelled the end for the Hawks. Senior Sheldon Diers led Horizon with 22 points, while sophomore Brian Stenberg chipped in 10. Freshman Jared Nagreen scored seven and senior point guard John Winters had six. The Hawks played at Riverdale Friday night (results not yet available) and host them again today at 4 p.m.

Free avalanche clinic on Tuesday

A free avalanche clinic will be offered at 7 p.m. on Tuesday 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.

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 register@hd-events.com or call Dave Higham at 541-408-2091.

HRV wrestling program seeks help

Coach Mark Brown is looking for another dedicated assistant to join his staff this season. The program is currently operating with just two assistants, Jeff MacKay and Jess Flem, and would like to bring in some additional knowledge and experience. For more, call Brown at 386-4500.

Hood River Billiards 9-ball tournament

Hood River Billiards will host the second Open 9-ball tournament of the year on Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. Warm-ups begin at 8:30 a.m., and the cost is $20 per player. Race to seven, double elimination format. Twelve players showed up for the first tournament in November, and more players are expected this time. E-mail hrbilliards@aol.com with questions.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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