Sports briefs for July 2

Big Winds ‘Ladies Night’ brings multi-sport camaraderie

Big Winds is hosting a “Ladies Night” at its downtown Hood River retail location on July 8, from 5:30-7 p.m. The event welcomes women who are active in, or want to learn, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, and/or kiteboarding.

The event will focus on camaraderie and connecting women with other women who share interests in the same water sports. Each attendee will receive a goody bag of special offers, wine and refreshments will be served, and attendees will have access to special pricing on gear. For more info., visit,, or call the shop at 541-386-6086.

SUP YOGA: Big Winds is starting a new SUP Yoga program this week, which will run four times a week through the summer. Classes, led by instructor Rayna Morton, will include 45 minutes of Vinyasa yoga on a standup paddle board, followed by a 30-minute group paddle. For more info or to sign-up, contact the shop at the above information or

Franks sinks hole-in-one

Jim Franks recorded an elusive hole-in-one last week at Hood River Golf Course, as witnessed by Tom Godwin and Bill Gillette. Franks sank the 118-yard shot on the course’s 11th hole with a three-wood.

Northwest Area Trails remain open for motorized users

The Oregon Department of Forestry tightened fire prevention restrictions late last month in the Central Oregon District, which encompasses Hood River County. Restrictions include the use of off-highway vehicles such as motorcycles and ATVs off of improved roads.

However, ODF granted a temporary partial waiver of those restrictions for a section of Hood River County Forestry land known as the Northwest Area Trails system. Until noted otherwise, OHV use will remain permitted on HRCF’s NW Area trails. The waiver will be active only while the Industrial Fire Precaution Level is at Level 1 or 2; if the level is raised to 3 or higher, the waiver is void and all restrictions are in effect.

July 4 festivities limit recreational access at waterfront

The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to Port of Hood River property beginning Thursday, July 3 when the Hood River Eye Opener’s Lions Club begin setting up its fireworks display just west of the mouth of the Hood River. As a result, the Spit will be closed at noon on July 3 until noon on July 5, access to the Sandbar from the Event Site will be closed at 7 p.m. on July 4, the Sandbar itself will be closed at the same time to spectators and recreationists due to fireworks and the sand area of the Marina Beach and Marina Park will close at 7 p.m. July 4.

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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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