Sports briefs for March 8

Table tennis tourney March 16

Columbia Gorge Table Tennis Club is hosting its third Battle of the Gorge ping pong tournament on Sunday, March 16, at the Hood River Armory. The contest will run from 3 p.m. to about 6:30 p.m. and is open to all players, from newcomers to fast-handed pros. Categories will be separated between beginner and intermediate. Entry fee is $8 for a single, $9 for doubles or $5 for military. CGTTC plays twice a week at the Hood River Armory. Newcomers are always invited. Times are Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sundays, 3-6:30 p.m.

Free junior golf clinic March 22

Indian Creek Golf Course is hosting a free golf clinic March 22 for young golfers of all ability levels, ages 6-13. The clinic will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon and will include putting, chipping and swinging stations, an opportunity to meet the upcoming HRVHS team and other day-of discounts at the golf course. For details contact Mark Gradin at 541-386-7770.

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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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