Sports Briefs for Feb. 16

$10 Monday at Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is opening an extra night next week and is offering a special $10 rate for Presidents Day. The special 3-9 p.m. rate on Feb. 18 will be available exclusively through the resort’s website at www.skihood.com and must be purchased by 2 p.m. Feb. 18 (price at the resort will be $20).

Umpires needed for spring season

The Mid-Columbia Umpire Association is looking for a few good men and women to umpire baseball and softball games in the upcoming 2013 high school season. The MCUA covers games for local high schools in the Mid-Columbia Area. The season starts in March and ends in May. All umpires are paid by the game. Interested individuals should attend meetings at The Dalles Middle School on Monday, Feb.18, and Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. or contact Bob Ford at 541-980-4165.

Gorge Roublaix rolls March 24

Breakaway Promotions announces a new, and rugged, cycling event for the Gorge.

Gorge Roublaix comes March 24 to The Dalles.

“It’s as dangerous as you make it,” writes promoter Chad Sperry in the website for the event, found on the Gorge Roublaix Facebook page.

The 32-mile loop rolls through the wheat country of eastern Oregon. “Course is rolling on narrow farm roads. Pavement is in good shape, gravel road sections have dirt and gravel on them,” notes the website.

“Gravel section is 3.9 miles in length and is rolling with the exception of one short steep climb on Wrentham Cutoff Road. Many of the roads have been used in the past for the Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic and the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic out near the old Petersburg School.”

For course information, entry divisions and fees and more, visit www.breakawaypromotions.com/events.

Gorge Gymnasts spring into new season

Hood River's Gorge Gymnastics team started off its spring season with a success at the Pacific Edge Invitational in Newport. Three athletes competed at Level 5 for the first time, moving up after their successful fall showing at the state championships at Level 4. Poppy Miller and Taryn Schilling tied at 33.2 points for the all-around, Rosalie Dillon scored a 34.05. All three girls met the qualifying standard for post-season competition in April. Competition continues this weekend at the Multnomah Athletic Club meet on Feb. 17.

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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



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