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HRV baseball loses 11th straight

The Hood River Valley baseball team lost its 10th and 11th straight Intermountain Conference games last Friday at Redmond by scores of 7-2 and 9-5. Junior Heath Goin took the loss in game one and senior Ryan Pratt fell in game two. HRV had a 5-3 lead in game two, but allowed four runs to score in the fifth and two more in the sixth. The Eagles totaled three hits and three errors in game one, and eight hits and two errors in game two. HRV attempted to break the skid Tuesday at home vs. Pendleton, but results were not available at press time.

Space Arc wins first HRYC race

Space Arc won the first Hood River Yacht Club regatta of the year on May 14 by defeating Steel Breeze by more than one minute. Space Arc’s time of 1 hour, 48 minutes and 4 seconds surpassed Steel Breeze’s time of 1:49:09, and Max Q’s time of 1:51:20. Tamanawas placed fourth with a time of 1:55:18, while Shaka rounded out the top five at 2:01:03. The weekly sailing race series will continue throughout the summer.

Hershey Track Meet on May 29

Hood River Community Education will sponsor its annual Hershey Track and Field meet on Thursday, May 29, at 6 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School. Ages 9-14 are eligible to compete for a chance to go to Hershey, Pa., for the national competition later this summer. Each individual event winner at the local level will automatically qualify for the state meet, to be held in Eugene next month. Entry fee is $1 and competitors are limited to three events. All Oregon residents are eligible. Call 386-2055 with questions.

Youth fishing clinic to be held May 24

The Hood River Ranger District, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, is hosting its annual fishing clinic on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Middle Fork Pond (Road 2840 below Laurance Lake near Parkdale). This free clinic is for kids 13 and younger, and a special emphasis will be placed on family fun and environmental education. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. If you would like more information about the clinic, call the HR Ranger District at 352-6002.

Julee’s Gorge Tours offers raft outing

Join Julee’s Gorge Tours this Sunday on the White Salmon River for a three-hour whitewater rafting excursion. Cost is $75 per person, and includes life jacket, wetsuit, booties, helmet, snacks and a picnic at Northwestern Lake. Carpools are available and RSVP is required by Friday. Last-minute registrations are not available. Contact if you are interested.

** A similar clinic will take place Saturday, May 31, on the Des-chutes River. Both excursions are fine for beginners, but the May 31 outing is Class 2-3 rapids, compared to Class 3-4 on the White Salmon. Payment is required by May 29 for this one.

Clif Bar “Epic Day” essay contest

Clif Bar would like to celebrate the change in seasons by inviting the people of Hood River to relive the most incredible day they have ever spent in the great outdoors. In 400 words or less, tell them about your most epic day in the outdoors, in the snow, dirt or wherever you choose to play. The winner will receive $100 and some Clif Bar memorabilia. The winning story will be posted on, and will be entered into the “Mac Daddy of all Epic Days” contest. Entries will be judged by Clif Bar’s Hood River representatives. Submit your stories to Clif Bar Epic Day, 2811 Prospect St., Hood River; or to

HR Heat offering ‘mailbox makeovers’

The Hood River Heat girls 16-and-under softball team is trying to raise money for the upcoming summer season, and you can help. For a base price of $15, the team will sand and repaint your mailbox and flag. If you would like to add one-inch letters or numbers, the cost is 45 cents each. Three-inch letters or numbers cost 50 cents apiece. Standard colors of silver, white and black are offered, with custom colors available for $5 extra. The team needs to raise money for league fees, uniforms, tournament fees and out-of-town expenses, so if you would like to lend your support, please call Mike Hoikka at 354-2144 or Terry Smith at 354-2429.

Youth track meets scheduled at HRVHS

Hood River Community Education will be sponsoring a kids’ track meet at Hood River Valley High School on June 3 and June 10 at 6 p.m. Starting at 5:30 p.m., there will be a clinic on various track-and-field events. Children 2-15 are welcome to participate. Cost is $1 per athlete, and ribbons will be awarded. Cancellation may occur due to weather. Call 386-2055 with questions.

U.S. Forest Service announces closures

The U.S. Forest Service will be granting the Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America permission to control access to the following roads on Oct. 25, 2003, during the times indicated, for the purpose of holding a sports car rally. FS Road 17 from the intersection of FS Rd. 660 to FS Rd. 670 from noon to 11 p.m.; FS Rd. 4440 from the Lower 8-mile campground to the intersection with FS Rd. 160 from 4-10 p.m.; and FS Rd. 1722 from the intersection with FS Rd. 160 to the intersection with FS Rd. 1720 from 4:30-10 p.m. Comments should be directed to Dennis Becchler, Barlow Ranger District, Bear Springs Work Center, 73558 Hwy 216, Maupin, OR 97037.

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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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