Wednesday, March 12, 2003
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 www.skihood.com.
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 www.skihood.com.
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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