Hoops Roundup

News staff writer

February 7, 2007

The sixth annual “Big Tree Ski” 8K Nordic race was held Jan. 27 at Mount. Adams Forty-five racers took advantage of the sunny weather and fast conditions to challenge the classic stride course.

Lis Wilson of Corvallis narrowly took first place overall with a new course record time of 30:54.

Close behind her was Alyce Crocker of Husum at 31:02. Fred Paxson of Trout Lake repeated his previous year’s title as top male finisher with a time of 31:17.

In the 15 and under division Emily Paxson took first place with a time of 40:33 while Anna Schmid finished second at 44:17.

In the 20-29 female division Stacy Wuster took first at 49:22, Karissa Pearson was second with a time 51:39 and Flora Galloway was third at 1:08.

On the men’s side of the division Travis Pearson was first with a time of 38:48, Matt Farmer was second at 40:34 and Nathan Dick crossed the line in 44:18 for third place.

In the female 30-39 division Lis Wilson was first at 30:54, Alyce Crocker second at 31:02, and Eileen Garvin third at 45:00.

On the men’s side, John Shuman finished first at 39:18, Mike Jacoby was second at 40:58 and Adam Peck third at 43:48.

In the female 40-49 divisionTamara Shannon crossed the line at 36:27 to take first place, Diane Paxson took second at 42:01 and Lesli Schmid came in third at 52:05.

In the men’s 40-49 bracket Fred Paxson took first at 31:17, Robert Schmid came in second at 32:47 and Dave Gunnersen finished third at 49:00.

In the female 50-59 division Katy McKinney finished first with a time of 42:30, Cheryl Mack took second at 49:19 and Ruth Hazen came in third with a time of 54:58. In the men’s 60 and over section Monte Pearson finished first with a time 39:00 while Lon Ball finished second at 39:33.

East of Government camp this past weekend, snowshoers from around the Northwest gathered at Frog Lake to take part in the 5-mile Frog Lake snowshoe race.

Kevin Cooper of Beaverton took first place overall with a time of 57:59, while Dave Russel was the top local finisher with a 1:13:37 and 17th place overall finish.

James Ealer finished 22nd with a time of 1:17.15, and Karen Neitzel finished 36th with a time of 1:41.56.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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