Sports briefs

Wrestling officials meeting Monday

The Mid Columbia Wrestling Officials Association will have its first meeting on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Fadness Realty in The Dalles. Anyone interested in officiating middle school and high school wrestling for the upcoming season is invited to attend. For more information, call Dennis Radford at 541-296-3058.

Airtime Wrestling begins Monday

The Airtime Wrestling Club will begin its new season at

6 p.m. Monday at HRVHS. Coaches Bill Van Ek and Mark Brown encourage all youth wrestlers in grades K-8 to stop by the high school and learn what this exciting program is all about. For more information on Airtime or youth wrestling, contact Van Ek at 354-3616 or Brown at 386-9365.

Odell Little League to meet Oct. 30

The Odell Little League board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Mid Valley Elementary library. The agenda will

include budget issues, new uniforms and new equipment. For more information, call Lisa at 386-3514.

Skate Park fundraiser on Halloween

The Skate Park Revival Committee will host a Halloween chili feed at Obsidian Snow and Skate from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday. Cost is $5 and includes chili, cornbread and a drink. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Skate Park in Hood River. For more information, call Julie Tucker at 386-3928.

Hood River Billiards tourney Nov. 2

Hood River Billiards will host the 2002 Autumn Open 9-Ball Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Warm-up begins at 9:30 a.m. at the facility on East Cascade in the old Antique Mall building (next to the Mt. Hood Railroad Station). Format is a double-elimination race to seven and entry fee is $20. HR Billiards will contribute $50 to the prize fund, which will pay out to the top six competitors. Players are asked to bring two cans of food or donate $1 to the Drive for Hunger in Oregon. For more, call 386-2978 or e-mail

League 8-ball season starts soon

The Columbia Gorge Pool League is inviting all clubs, taverns and other establishments to join in the fun of sponsoring a team for the upcoming Tuesday night 8-ball league. Games will be played every Tuesday beginning Nov. 19, while rosters of eight and sponsorships are due by Nov. 8. Anyone interested in registering a team or competing as an individual should call Dennis Wang at 509-538-2950 or e-mail

HRV Ski Swap scheduled for Nov. 2-3

The Hood River Valley High School ski team will hold a ski swap on Nov. 2-3 at Westside Elementary. Equipment check-in hours are from 3-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, while the sale hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 2, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 3. A $2 admission charge applies on Nov. 2. All sales are final and 20 percent of all sales go to benefit the HRV ski team. Call 386-4500 with questions.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge

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