HR News staffers win ONPA awards

Hood River News won six awards in the 2011 Oregon Better Newspaper Contest.

First-place honors went to reporter Ben McCarty, for Best Multimedia Element, and editor Kirby Neumann-Rea, for Best Editorial.

The awards were presented Friday at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention in Welches. Hood River News competes with other newspapers in the 7,000-or-less circulation category.

Hood River News took third in Best Special Section for the Women in Business edition.

McCarty’s winning entry was about driving a Model T at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, posted on the Hood River News website on Aug. 24. The Internet package included video and article based on a story he wrote for the print edition.

Neumann-Rea won for three editorials: Jan. 10, “Flood Watch: We escaped damage, but hazards remain,” following last year’s high water event; Feb. 12, “Child Safety: A scary thing moves from rare to real,” in response to an attempted child abduction; and Aug. 10, “Heights Safety: Look at streets and crosswalks as a system,” based on concerns about pedestrian safety in the area of 13th and May streets.

The news staff also won two second-place honors in the beat feature judging. Janet Cook and Adam Lapierre won for “Friendly Neighbors,” about Daniel Pepper of Hood River.

The subhead for the Aug. 19, 2011, article read: “An accidental beekeeper finds his place.”

Adam Lapierre, Ben McCarty and intern Hallie Curtis received a second place in Best Photo Essay for coverage of the 2011 Homecoming events, “A Colorful Week of True School Spirit.”

Neumann-Rea also took third in the Best Personality category, for his “Into Africa” Kaleidoscope article on Hood River native Anna Hidle’s work with the Peace Corps in Zambia.

Lapierre provided the graphic design for the photo and features articles.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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