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Knights of Columbus free throw contest Jan. 4

Attention hoopsters ages 9-14, the annual Knights of Columbus free throw contest is coming to Hood River Valley High School on Saturday, Jan. 4. Participants can show up and compete any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day (entry is free but a parent signature is required). Winners of each of the 12 divisions will receive trophies. The contest is open to all Hood River County and White Salmon area youth.

New Columbia River Basin endorsement required

As of Jan. 1, anglers in pursuit of salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries throughout Oregon will be required to purchase an additional fishing endorsement, and although the added cost may be hard to swallow, recreational anglers will largely support how the money will be used.

The endorsement is part of the 2013 Senate Bill 830 and is part of a larger suite of changes aimed at removing commercial gillnets form the lower Columbia River. The fee is $9.75 a year or $1 a day (available wherever fishing licenses are sold) and is required in addition to an annual regular fishing license and Combined Angling Tag.

The new endorsement is required when fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in all rivers and tributaries in Oregon that ultimately empty into the Columbia River, as well as the Columbia River itself.

“This is part of a package of Columbia River fish management and reform actions adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and their Washington counterparts,” ODFW notes in an explanation of the new requirement. “The package includes a higher priority for sport fishing in the mainstem Columbia River, improved commercial fishing with gill nets in off-channel areas of the lower Columbia River, use of alternative commercial fishing gears and techniques in the mainstem lower Columbia River, and improved fish conservation by better targeting of hatchery runs.”

Under SB 830, the endorsement is set to expire in 2021. Current license fees are $33 for a regular annual resident angling license ($106.25 for nonresident), $9.75 for the new endorsement and an additional $26.50 for the Combined Angling Harvest tag (youth, senior and temporary rates vary).

Free sports nutrition presentation at Shortt Supply

The Shortt Supply Speaker Series continues Jan. 6 with Dr. Erin Martin, of TrueMed, doing a presentation titled “Sports Nutrition 101: Fueling right for energy and the right nutrition for your body.” The free event starts at 6:15 p.m. at Shortt Supply, Second and Oak streets in downtown HR.

Nordic Club invites newcomers to annual meeting

Columbia Gorge Chapter-Oregon Nordic Club is holding its annual membership dinner and meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at China Gorge Restaurant-Bar in Hood River. The meeting is for existing members and anyone interested in joining or learning more about cross country skiing.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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