Local man Dan Betz headed to national bass championship

Hood River local and competitive fisherman Dan Betz travels next week to Grand Lake, Okla., to compete in the 2013 the Bass Federation National Championship. The bass fishing tournament brings the best fishermen from across the United States and Canada, who qualified for the event finishing in the top two in local and regional contests over nearly 25,000 other anglers.

Betz earned the invite after competing at the state level to qualify for the 2012 TBF Divisional Championship Series held last May on CJ Strike Reservoir in Idaho. Betz took first place for Oregon, which qualified him for the Grand Lake championship tournament.

The three-day contest will pit top anglers from the U.S. and Canada against one another and the challenging fishing conditions of the Oklahoma lake that’s consistently ranked one of the top in the country for bass fishing.

On the final day weigh-in, the boater and co-angler with the heaviest three-day cumulative weight will be crowned national champion. The TBF Federation National Champion boater and co-angler will advance to the world’s championship of bass fishing.

In addition, the winning boater will receive the $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package to include a prize check, fully paid entry fees on the 2014 FLW Tour as a tour pro, travel expense stipends for each event, and the use of a “living the Dream” wrapped Chevy truck and Ranger boat for the year.

In addition to his time spent fishing locally and at tournaments, Betz is involved in the “Cast for Kids” and “Take a Warrior Fishing” events sponsored by TBF throughout the year.

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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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