Saturday, September 28, 2013
Trails open as fire season winds down
As of last week, a number of trails in Hood River County and the Gorge region are open after cooler weather and rain reduced fire danger enough to lift closures. In addition, off-highway vehicles are again allowed on Hood River County Forestry trails designated for motorized use in the northwest, Middle Mountain and east areas. The Oregon Department of Forestry also ended its Regulated Use Closure restrictions for the year.
The Whoopdee trail on the east side of the valley and Hospital Hill on the Washington side of the Gorge, both on private land, have also been reopened, although some Hospital Hill trails have been impacted by logging operations and are in need of rebuilds.
HRVHS water polo plays
Hood River Valley High School water polo had two games this week: at home Tuesday against Barlow and on the road Thursday at Parkrose. Connor Dunn scored three goals and Stan Ochesky and Tex Spezia-Schwiff had one each in Tuesday’s 15-5 loss and on Thursday Ochesky had four, Dunn had three and Myles Cameron had two in a 21-9 loss.
Community Ed wrestling starts Sept. 30
Hood River Community Education is gearing up for its Intro to Wrestling program for kids in grades K-6. The five-week program will teach the fundamentals of the sport in a fun and safe environment. HRV alumni and high school assistant coach Jim Donnelly will direct the class with the help of HRVHS wrestlers.
Sessions run every Monday from Sept. 30 to Oct. 28, from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at HRVHS; cost is $41 per wrestler, which includes a team T-shirt. Concluding the camp, those who want to continue wrestling can join the Hood River Wrestling Club, which practices and competes regularly through the winter.
Preregistration is required at hrcommunityed.org or by calling 541-386-2055.
Columbia Gorge CASA hosts superhero Run/Walk
Who is your inner superhero? Dress up as your favorite one and run/walk to support Columbia Gorge CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates ) on Oct. 6. The event starts and finishes at The Discovery Center in The Dalles and goes along the waterfront trail. Distances include 3K and 5K races and a 300-meter “Kids Dash.” Kids Dash starts at 9 a.m. and the run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Preregister at http://bit.ly/15mt6Q1 or fill out registration form at gorgecasa.org. Foster kids run for free if registered by Oct. 1.
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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