Sports Briefs for Mar. 6

Water polo starts, adds new youth opportunites

Hood River Water Polo will be starting its spring season March 5 at the Hood River Aquatic Center. The junior squad for ages 10-13 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the senior squad for ages 14-18 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. The spring session will run through the end of May. New members are welcome. For more information, contact hoodriverwaterpolo@gmail.com or Dave Cameron at 541-806-3335.

County Forestry opens trails to OHV use

The Hood River County Forestry Department announced last week that trails on its property opened for off-highway vehicle use starting March 1. Trails have been open to the public but closed to motorized use over the winter. HRCF advises caution because about a third or half of the trails will still be under snow or blocked by downed timber from winter storms. County maintenance staff and volunteers will work on the trails to get them opened and get needed repairs completed.

For questions or to report trail issues, contact Henry Buckalew at 541-387-7089

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