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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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