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HRV girls JV’s beat Mountain View

The HRV girls JV basketball team beat Mountain View, 48-46, last Friday to raise their conference record to 3-4. Coach Phil Hukari complimented his team for playing tough defense down the stretch and not giving in to the Cougars’ pressure. The JV girls played Tuesday at Hermiston, but results were not available at press time.

The HRV boys JV basketball team fell to 0-5 in the Intermountain Conference with a 60-31 road loss to Mountain View on Saturday. The JV boys have won just two games this season and “have yet to play 32 minutes,” according to coach Dan Telles. “It’s been a roller-coaster ride for us so far,” he said. “We just need to see a more blue-collar effort.”

Horizon falls to 1-13 with loss to Echo

The Horizon Christian basketball team dropped its sixth straight game last Friday with a 58-38 loss to Echo. The Hawks were down just nine points at halftime (31-22), but were outscored 15-4 in the third quarter. Freshman Jon Strickland led the Hawks with 10 points, while senior Sheldon Diers added nine, and freshman Jeff Larson had eight. Echo has only lost once in Big Sky play and is in first place in the East division. Horizon’s next game is Friday at Condon.

Knights of Columbus shoot Saturday

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a youth Hoop Shoot on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 2-4 p.m. at Wy’east Middle School. All kids, ages 10-14 as of Jan. 1, are eligible, and proof of age is required. For more information, call Frank Wall at 354-2489.

Community Ed seeking hockey fans

Hood River Community Education is hosting a group trip to Portland on Saturday to see the Portland Winterhawks play the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Rose Garden. Trip includes bus transportation and a reserved seat right behind the glass. An orientation of the game of hockey will take place on the bus ride. Bus will depart Hood River at 4:30 p.m. and return at approximately 11:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to attend. Cost for the trip is $27 per person. If you need more information or would like to sign up, call 386-2055.

Co-ed volleyball league seeks players

Anyone interested in playing co-ed volleyball is asked to turn out to Wy’east Middle School in Odell every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. Single players and teams are welcome. Drop-ins are also OK. All abilities are invited. For more information, call Hood River Community Education at 386-2055.

HR pool closed early on Tuesday

The Hood River Aquatic Center will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday for a high-school swim meet. The Hood River Valley High School team will host five other teams in preparation for the Feb. 14 district meet in Bend. For more, call 386-1303.

Little League sign-ups next week

All three local little league chapters will hold sign-ups next week. Hood River Little League is asking players to come to Westside Elementary on Feb. 6, Feb. 7 or Feb. 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration includes boys and girls T-ball, coach pitch, minors and majors. Parents who wish to help coach or umpire will also register at this time (need a picture ID). Kids should have a copy of their birth certificate. Call 386-2450 with questions.

* Parkdale Little League will hold sign-ups on Feb. 4-5 from 6-8 p.m. in the Parkdale Community Center. Cost is $30 per player and a copy of birth certificate is required. Call Rich Garvin at 352-7227 with questions.

* Odell Little League will hold a board meeting tonight at 6 pm. at Wy’east Laboratories, located in the Weber business park in Odell. Call 386-3514 for more information.

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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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