Local riders make top marks in bike series

A first of its kind for Cascade Locks, the Gorge Short Track Series concluded last week with a fifth and final race at the city’s newly created EasyCLIMB trail system on the east end of town. The five-week event, organized by Gorge-based Breakaway Promotions, was hailed a success as it drew dozens of competitors of all ages and ability levels from across the Northwest.

At the end of Thursday’s evening races, overall winners were recognized for putting in the top cumulative scores for the series.

Among the list of division winners, Gorge-area riders who made the top of the list were Mark Deresta of Hood River, Thomas Morgan of The Dalles, Laura Melkonian of Trout Lake, Micah Melkonian of Trout Lake and Kellie Dunn of Hood River.

“We are really pleased and excited about the level of riders and drawing so many from outside the Gorge,” said Chad Sperry, event director. “The community of Cascade Locks has been very supportive in helping make the series a success, and the Port of Cascade Locks has been instrumental in not only providing an incredible venue, but in making this track a reality for all riders to use.”

Sperry also recognized the following sponsors for their support in making the event possible: Nestlé Waters North America, SDS Lumber Co., Cascade Locks Ale House, Sternwheeler/Portland Spirit, Bear Mountain Forest Products and Bicoastal Media.

“We look forward to coming back with the series next spring,” said Sperry, who is now focusing his energies on Breakaway Promotions’ flagship event, the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, which runs June 21-23.

Top three series placers for each division:

Cat 3 men 19+ – 1st: Jeff Fink; 2nd: Nathaniel Wells; 3rd: Brook Bielen

Cat 3 women 19+ – 1st: Kellie Dunn; 2nd: Temira Wagonfeld; 3rd: Caroline Gentry

Junior men – 1st: Micah Melkonian; 2nd: Davis Melkonian; 3rd: Mac Potter

Junior women – 1st: Grace Vickers

Cat 2 men 45+ – 1st: Thomas Morgan; 2nd: Daniel Melkonian; 3rd: Sean Rees

Cat 2 women 35+ – 1st: Lora Melkonian; 2nd: Temira Wagonfeld; 3rd: Sue Hanna

Single speed men – 1st: Scott Barker; 2nd: Shane Myers; 3rd: Nick Graves

Single speed women – 1st: Susanna Hart; 2nd: Sharon Hart

Cat 2 men 35-44 – 1st: Mark Deresta; 2nd: Gregg Rice; 3rd: Matt Hooge

Cat 2 men U34 –1st: Jonathan Miller; 2nd: Michael Zaccaro

Cat 1 Men 19-34 – 1st: Tyler Fox; 2nd: Loren Mason-Gere; 3rd: Tyler Horton

Cat 1 Men 35-45 – 1st: Geoff Rice; 2nd: Bjorn Clouten; 3rd: Nat Johnson

Cat 1 Men 45+ – 1st: Jeff Standish; 2nd: Jerry Fox; 3rd: Martin Baker

Elite/Cat 1 women – 1st: Bre Rue; 2nd: Jennifer Johnson; 3rd: Jill Hardiman

Elite Men – 1st: James Ceccorulli; 2nd: Tyler Fox; 3rd: Carl Decker

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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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