Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Hood River Valley High School ski team continued its run at the Mt. Hood Ski League title over the weekend with a third straight sweep of racing action at Mt. Hood Meadows. Five boys and four girls finished in the top 10 and William Lamer and Korey Cimock won individual titles in Saturday’s giant slalom race — the first of that discipline this season.
Although the team result was consistant with the previous three races, there was a change of guard for HRV’s individual winners. Lamer beat-out Austin Keillor for the first time this season, and Cimock beat Lucy McLean for the first time — a detail coach Scott Keillor said reflects on the team’s depth. He also said the course for the race along the north side of Shooting Star, favored different individuals and their strengths than the previous three slalom events.
The team competes next Feb. 15 and 22 before preparing for state racing March 5, 6 and 7 at Mt. Hood Meadows.
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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