Sports briefs

Football banquet at HRV on Dec. 4

Reserve your spot today for the 2002 HRV football banquet, to be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6-8 p.m. in the HRV cafeteria. A prime rib dinner will be served for $8 per person, and there is a limit of 300 people. Call 386-2318 by Monday, Dec. 2, to reserve your place for this historic awards night.

Alumni basketball tourney Saturday

The annual alumni basketball tournament at Hood River Valley High School will take place this Saturday, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. and games beginning at 9:30 a.m. For $15, all former high-school students and interested community members can play in an all-day “pick-up” tournament to benefit the HRV softball program. For more information, call Phil Hukari at 386-1516.

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.

Community Education youth b-ball

Hood River Community Education is still taking registrations for youth basketball. Boys and girls in grades 3-6 are eligible and games will begin the first Saturday in January. Cost is $35 per player. Registration deadline is Dec. 3. For more information, call Community Ed at 386-2055.

Julee’s Gorge Tours at Trillium Lake

Julee’s Gorge Tours is organizing a Trillium Lake snowshoeing/cross-country skiing trip for Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $45 per person, which includes brand-new Atlas and Rossignol gear, sack lunches, Clif Bars, and experienced guides. The group will meet at the Trillium Lake Snopark, and carpools can be arranged. Payment is required by Dec. 5. The trip is excellent for beginners, but also a great workout for experienced trekkers. For more, visit

Oregon Amateur Basketball tourneys

Oregon Amateur Basketball will be holding nine tournaments throughout the 2002-03 season in Portland, Salem, Bend, Eugene and Florence. Tournaments cost $185 and are open to boys and girls teams in grades 5-8. Each tournament also has a four-game guarantee. For more information or to receive a tournament packet, call Nick Larsen at 541-517-4160. You can also email

Central Oregon Shootout tourneys

Sisters Organization for Activities and Recreation (SOAR) is now taking registrations for the annual Central Oregon Shootout series. SOAR is in its ninth year of hosting youth tournaments, and caters mostly to boys and girls teams in fifth through eighth grades. The first tournament this season, the Kickoff Classic, will take place on Dec. 7, and will be followed by the Central Oregon Co-op on Dec. 14-15, and the Pepsi-Cola Shootout on Dec. 21. Two more tournaments will take place in January, another two in February, and one in March. For more info on how to sign up your team, visit

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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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