Eagles go for four straight in Prineville

With a state-playoff berth already in the bag, the HRV football team will go for four in a row on Friday when it travels to Prineville to face the 1-4 Crook County Cowboys.

The Cowboys are coming off a 35-8 defeat at the hands of first-place Hermiston, and are looking to snap a three-game losing streak behind the Intermountain Conference’s second-leading passer, Chad Swindle (876 yards in six games).

Swindle and his two prime targets, Mike Tracy (331 receiving yards in five games) and Justin Barden, will attempt to exploit an oft-beleaguered HRV secondary that was picked apart last Friday by Pendleton’s Brian Nooy for 263 yards.

“This week, we’re going to try to play for four quarters instead of three,” coach Mitch Sanders told his players after Friday’s comeback win. “We’re still shooting for 8-1 and if we’re going to continue to play this well in the playoffs, we can’t afford to let up for anyone.”

Not even Crook County, which is staring at an 0-5 finish if it can’t turn things around against the high-powered Eagles this week, or Redmond next week. Swindle and his undersized line will look to air it out on Friday in hopes of salvaging a late-season win against an Eagles team that has little to play for after clinching a playoff berth last week.

Gametime is 7 p.m. in Prineville. The KIHR 1340 AM radio broadcast will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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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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