Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Hood River Valley Nordic ski team traveled to Bend over the weekend for the first race of its winter schedule. Both HRV boys and girls teams placed third overall in the 5K Classic, held Saturday at Meissner SnoPark. The field consisted of racers from eight boys teams and 11 girls teams.
Leading the way for the HRV girls squad was Delia Dolan, who finished ninth out of 81 racers with a time of 22:16. Grace Grim and Althea Dillon rounded off the top three for the team in 14th and 18th place, respectively. Sam Wiley finished out front for the HRV boys with a 5K time of 17:33.5; good enough for eighth place out of 58 overall. Nils Engbersen finished 13th and Mason McDowell 25th to represent the only other HRV boys in attendance.
Conditions for the race started out clear and cold with sun breaks, but quickly deteriorated into driving wind and snow. Keeping warm both before and after the race became a high priority as both teams had to race in the worst of the storm.
The team competes in the Oregon High School Nordic Organization league and has six races between now and early March. The next meet will be Jan. 12 at Hoodoo Ski Area. The team then hosts a race at Teacup Nordic on Jan. 26. A complete team feature will run next week in the Hood River News.
Saturday race results
Girls (81 total):
Delia Dolan, 9th
Grace Grim, 14th
Althea Dillon, 18th
Eva Kahn, 23rd
Denali Emmons, 26th
Lauren Robinson, 27th
Miranda Starr, 31st
Naomi Greenwald, 45th
Maddie Ticknor, 59th
Ellen Hudon, 64th
Boys (58 total):
Sam Wiley, 8th
Nils Engbersen, 13th
Mason McDowell, 25th
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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge