Sports briefs for Feb. 5

Little League sign-ups Feb. 6, Babe Ruth Feb. 9

Youth baseball sign-ups are Feb. 6 for Hood River Little League, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Westside, Parkdale and Mid Valley elementery schools and Babe Ruth sign-ups are Feb. 9, 6-9 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School indoor batting facility.

County Forestry seeks Trails Committee member

Hood River County Forestry has one opening on its Forest Recreation Trails Committee and is currently accepting applications (due by 5 p.m. Feb. 11). The opening is for a member representing the motorcycle user group. The Trails Committee is comprised of 13 members appointed by the County Board of Commissioners. Members represent the various users who utilize the trail system. You must live in Hood River County to qualify for Committee consideration. Terms are for three years. For more information or to get an application contact HRCF Trails Coordinator Henry Buckalew at 541-386-7089 or henry.buckalew@co.hood-river.or.us.

HRV soccer hosts youth indoor academy

An indoor soccer academy for kids ages 4-10 will run one evening a week starting early April and ending early May at Wy’east Middle School. Age groups will be divided into 4-5, 6-7 and 8-10-year-olds with an emphasis on fun and developing ball control and game awareness through drills and activities. The fee is $75 per player — discounted rates available — and proceeds will go to fund Hood River Valley High School boys and girls soccer programs. Sign-ups are through Hood River Community Education at hrcommunityed.org. For more information contact Jaime Rivera at 541-490-0699.

Gorge Roller Girls ready for Feb. 15 season opener

The Gorge Roller Girls take on Southern Oregon in their home season opener on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Dalles High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the action starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10, on sale now at gorgerollergirls.org or at the door. Kids 6 and younger are free.

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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



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