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Sign up for Cooper Camp

Cooper Spur Race Team’s annual Cooper Camp is right around the corner. The four-day ski camp runs from Dec. 27-30 and teaches youngsters racing basics through fun drills and freeskiing. The camp takes place at Cooper Spur Ski Area and is open to boys and girls ages 5-12. For more information or to register visit

Arpag sets record HRST record

Hood River Swim Team member Sarah Arpag (pictured below, back right) set two new team records at the recent Kelso Winter Blast swim meet. The 8-year-old set 25-meter freestyle and 200-meter IM records for the team and finished first in five different events at the meet.

Also at the meet were HRST members (pictured with Arpag) Sean Arpag, Audrey Hinchliff, Celilo Brun, Abby McCormack, Maeli Ready, Ali Parsons and Brinna Weiseth.

Gymnasts compete at state

The Gorge Gymnastics team competed at the Level 4 State Championships last weekend in Eugene. Poppy Miller, Taryn Schilling and Rosalie Dillon (pictured below, left to right) all qualified for the meet. Top results were Miller’s eighth-place finish on floor and 10th place on vault in the Junior B division and Dillon’s sixth-place finish on floor and eighth-place overall in the Senior B division.

Head coach Steve Roney said, “I’m really proud of the girls; they held their own with the best girls in Oregon and really showed what they can do under pressure at the big meet.”

Youth hoops opportunities:

For more information or to register contact Hood River Community Education at or call 541-386-2055.

n Grades 3-6 (boys and girls): is run by Community Education. Early bird registration is open now through Hood River Community Education and is discounted through Dec. 10. Early registration is $58 and increases to $72 after that. The program runs January and February with games on Saturdays at various locations around Hood River County.

n Traveling team: Run collaboratively by Community Ed and high school and volunteer coaches, teams include sixth-grade girls and sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade boys. Teams travel to tournaments throughout western Oregon and southwest Washington. This is a chance for dedicated athletes to get in many more games and practices. Cost is $250.

n Girls middle school: Registration is open now for the January-February season for girls at both Hood River and Wy’east middle schools. Organizers are still looking for a Wy’east seventh-grade coach.

Roll with Roller Girls

The Gorge Roller Girls are seeking dedicated men and women to join their league as referees, coaches and volunteers. As a skater-run league, we love and depend on our volunteers to make derby happen in the Gorge! Wanna play derby? New skaters are welcomed too!

Information about how to volunteer or skate with the Gorge Roller Girls will be presented, as well as photos and videos from the league’s latest events! Celebrate with us and get involved!

For more information see

HR Strikers fight against West’s best

Hood River Dynamo’s under-13 boys, the Hood River Strikers, exceled through qualifying rounds to make it to the recent Northwest Champions League semifinals. The team played hard but missed making the finals and a trip to San Diego with a tough 3-1 loss against Tacoma’s Washington Premier Football Club. The Strikers were able to tie up the score 1-1 shortly after the start of the second half, but WPFC found the back of the net on a couple of set plays. Despite dominating possession most of the second half, the Strikers couldn’t put one in. With the fall season ending, the Strikers will now focus on the upcoming spring season and State Cup tournament in May.

Pictured below are team members (front row) Diego Rivera, Angel Sonato, Robby Running, Reese Carroll, Alvaro Ramirez, Wences Bolanos; (back row) coach Pero Lovrin, Alan Garcia, Erik Siekkinen, Alonzo Beltran, Travis Running, Ulises Juarez, Jorge Campos and coach Steve Carroll.

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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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