Friday, May 24, 2013
For the first time since competing in the Electrathon America electric car racing program, a Hood River Valley High School racer, Adam McCaw, claimed the overall first-place title after the final race of the Northwest series last weekend.
The spring series held races at Mt. Hood Community College, Hood River, Pasco, Lacey, Mapleton and Lane Community College and the cumulative score from all six races determined overall places.
McCaw and Hood River’s other five teams raced against cars from other schools in Oregon and Washington that were built from scratch based on certain basic parts and parameters.
For HRVHS, the race series is the culmination of the school’s advanced engineering class taught by Jeff Blackman. McCaw, once a national soapbox derby champion, was accompanied in the series by team drivers Josh True (11th overall), Kiefer Krepps/Wyatt Vallejo (12th overall), Leo Castillo (14th overall) and Conner Curtis (24th overall).
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge