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Caitlyn Shortt wins dual state titles

Former Hood River Valley High School swimming standout Caitlyn Shortt won the 200 Individual Medley and 100 backstroke state titles on Saturday at the Mt. Hood Aquatic Center. Shortt, a junior at Reynolds High School, was one-tenth of a second away from breaking the state record in the 200 IM (2:02.70), and won the 100 back by more than a full second (57.42). Both Shortt’s times were All-American qualifying times.

Jones posts three top 15 finishes

Local youth swimming enthusiast Erin Jones traveled to Corvallis last weekend for the Oregon Swimming 11-14 year-old Championships. Jones, 11, placed sixth in the 500 free (6:09.84), 12th in the 100 breast (1:23.79) and 15th in the 100 IM (1:14.43). Her times in the 100 breast and 100 IM were both personal bests, and she also swam PR’s in the 50 free (29.62) and 50 fly (33.36). Jones has also qualified to swim at the Northwest Zone Age Group Swimming Championships, March 21-23 in Federal Way, Wash.

Monthly 9-ball tourney draws crowd

Last Saturday’s monthly open 9-ball tournament at Hood River Billiards drew some 24 players, surpassing the previous high of 14 participants. Cary Brauer of Walla Walla, Wash., won the tournament by defeating Jeremy Mercado of Vancouver, Wash., in the finals. The best local finisher was Alejandro Solano of Odell, who won the Dec. 2002 tournament. HR Billiards will host an open 8-ball tournament on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call owner Cristy Barsky at 490-3124.

High school softball coach needed

Hood River Valley High School is seeking an assistant softball coach for this season. Practices started Monday, and the new assistant would likely be in charge of the freshman team. A baseball or softball background is preferred. Call coach Phil Hukari as soon as possible at 386-1516, or call Athletic Director Mitch Sanders at 386-2318.

Trail Daze to be held Saturday at HRV

The second-annual Trail Daze outdoor education clinic will be held Saturday at Hood River Valley High School. Sponsored by Heights retailer Shortt Supply and Hood River Community Education, this all-day clinic will teach people all there is to know about trail first-aid, orienteering, footwear/ conditioning, and water filtration/hydration. Each two-hour class will be taught by an industry professional. Cost for the whole day is $10, payable to Community Education. For more information, call 386-2055 or 386-5474.

Donkey Basketball Sunday at HRVHS

Saddle up! It’s time for Donkey Basketball! Wy’east Middle School is organizing an all-day fund-raising event for Sunday, March 2 at Hood River Valley High School. Two shows of three games each — one at 1 p.m., one at 5 p.m. — will grace the HRVHS gymnasium, and everyone is invited to attend. Teams from Safeway, Juanita’s, City/County Public Works, City/ County Police, Hood River Middle School, Westside and Wy’east will ride around the gym and try to put the biscuit in the basket. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for students in grades 7-12, and $4 for children in grades K-6. Advance tickets ($1 off) are available at Wy’east and at Waucoma Bookstore.

First HRWGA meeting on March 4

All lady golfers are invited to attend the season’s first meeting of the Hood River Women’s Golf Association, to be held Tuesday, March 4, at 9 a.m. at Hood River Golf and Country Club. Following the meeting, nine holes will be played. If you haven’t paid your $30 dues, you are asked to pay at this time.

Table tennis tourney on March 19

The table tennis club at First Baptist Church will hold an all-comers tournament on Wednesday, March 19, beginning at 7 p.m. Five divisions — open, Jr. high/high school, 6th grade and under, 1,250-1,750 and 1,250 and less — will be offered, and the entry fee is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Trophies and door prizes will be presented, and the competition will be both local and from Portland. Call Oscar at 386-4923 with questions.

Open gym on Thursdays at HRMS

Anyone interested in playing pick-up basketball is invited to turn out to Hood River Middle School every Thursday from 7-9:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per player, and the gym is open to all men and women ages 15 and older. For more info, call 387-2625.

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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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