Sports figures help honor Bailey, Elliott at banquet

By Jodi Nofziger, The Dalles Chronicle, and Tom Lanctot, Hood River News

Area football coaches as well as Jerry Allen, “Voice of the Ducks,” and Nick Jones, who works in public relations with the Portland Trailblazers, were the featured speakers at this year’s Annual Columbia Gorge Broadcasters Sports luncheon. Tuesday’s luncheon was sponsored by local radio stations KIHR, KACI FM, KACI AM and K105.5.

Doug Grant, KIHR general manager, welcomed the group and announced that longtime KIHR sports announcer Mark Bailey was again named broadcaster of the year by Associated Press (AP) and the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. Bailey served as master of ceremonies for the noon luncheon.

The luncheon, held at the Bridgeview room of the Hood River Inn, drew around 60 local businesspeople and sports enthusiasts.

Longtime Hood River Valley athletic director Glenn Elliott was honored by Bailey for his 19 years of service. Elliott is moving to Newberg High to serve as a high school administrator there.

Elliott said, “Hood River is a wonderful place, a community that never said no. Our kids grew up and left there with great experiences because of the support of the community and the local media.” He received a standing ovation.

Attendees were also treated to words from three area football coaches, Larry McCutcheon (21 years at Columbia High in White Salmon), The Dalles’ first-year coach Steve Sugg, Hood River Valley defensive coordinator Caleb Sperry (a graduate of The Dalles) and baseball coach Daryn Fogle of the state Babe Ruth 13-year-old tournament to be held this weekend in Hood River.

Local coaches spoke optimistically of their teams’ chances, with Sugg noting, “We’ve been right on the verge and I think this year we’re going to get over the top. If we can win a state championship in baseball, then I know we can win a state championship in football and that’s our goal.”

Sperry and the Hood River Valley Eagles will be one team the Indians face. Hood River Valley hosts The Dalles Sept. 6. The Dalles and Hood River haven’t faced each other in football since 1993; it’s a rivalry that both sides look forward to re-establishing.

Allen, a broadcaster for the Oregon Ducks football team and men’s basketball teams, offered a smooth transition into his short speech by saying, “Keep supporting your local kids, that’s great. Sure, support us but support the kids here at home.” Allen predicted that the football Ducks, who won the Pac-10 title in 2001 and finished second in the nation, will be even better this coming year. That’s due to the defense and the work of defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, said Allen. “I think because of that we can beat anybody in the nation. It’s fun being a part of that.” Allen’s enthusiasm eked out also when he spoke of the $90 million Autzen Stadium renovation, nearly completed and due to be game-ready for the home opener.

Jones said that the Blazers’ first goal for the coming year (after re-signing Bonzi Wells, which Jones predicted will happen within the week) is to make the playoffs. “Our second goal is to be in the top (of the playoffs) because we don’t want to play L.A. in the first round. So we’ve got to come out serious at the beginning of the season, so we can start running over people.”

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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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