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Summit’s drive for five postponed

The unexpected happened last weekend when the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboarding Association cancelled its state competition at Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline. The reason? Too much snow. In a season full of disappointments — when the OISA was lucky to organize a race due to lack of snow — the cancellations only added to the frustrations of snowboarders statewide. Most notably, the four-time defending state champion Summit Snowboard Team. Talks are underway for a reschedule in early April.

Men’s soccer players needed for team

Any experienced men’s soccer players looking to play locally this spring and summer are urged to contact Dave Leder at the Hood River News immediately. Practice begins Thursday and games are set to begin the last weekend in March. Cost per player is $37, which includes league dues and mandatory insurance coverage. Extra money for uniforms may be needed, depending on availability of sponsors. The season runs from April through September, and most games are played at Wy’east Middle School in Odell. For more information, contact Leder at 386-1234 or

Golf tournament deadline is Thursday

Indian Creek Golf Course will host a benefit golf tournament for Noah Smith on Sunday, March 16, beginning at 1 p.m. Format is a 9-hole scramble with four-person teams. Cost is $35 per person, which includes greens fees, a shared cart, and a soup/sandwich buffet to follow. A silent auction will begin at noon, prior to the scramble, and continue through dinner. A live auction will take place after dinner. Registration deadline is Thursday. Please call John or Lynn Garcia at 386-6450.

Table tennis tourney Saturday

The table tennis club at First Baptist Church will hold an all-comers tournament on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.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. First matches begin at 10:30 a.m. and the advanced divisions will begin at around noon. Trophies and door prizes will be presented, and the competition will be both local and from Portland. Call Oscar Stenberg at 386-4923 with questions.

Hood River Little League meeting

The Hood River Little League main board will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 17, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Anyone is invited to attend. E-mail with questions.

Vegetate festival at Meadows

Starting Thursday and lasting through the weekend, the 8th-annual Vegetate Snowboarding and Skiing for Native Wildflowers festival will be held at Mt. Hood Meadows. The event, which brings together professional and amateur freestyle snowboarders and skiers, will feature a Slopestyle and Rails competition to raise money for the resort’s award-winning native wildflower and grasses revegetation program. For more, visit

USA Luge to host demo March 22-23

Athletes from USA Luge will demonstrate proper luge techniques on March 22-23 at Mt. Hood Meadows during the Verizon Luge Challenge. The free family event is open to adults and children ages 10 and up, and also features a live DJ, prize drawings and free refreshments. After instruction and practice runs in the morning, participants will spends the afternoon tackling the snow-banked track in a race against the clock. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on March 22, with qualifying runs to follow, and finals at 1 p.m. A Kids Carnival will also be taking place at Meadows. For more, 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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